I didn’t always love clothes shopping. In fact, just a handful of years ago, I absolutely dreaded it and often let my mom and sister go on their shopping excursions without me. Clothes just didn’t seem to fit right, and I had a limited budget that always ran out all too soon. I’d be ready to crash after the first hour, while my mom and sister dragged me from store… to store… to endless store.
They’d cheer when they found a cute skirt or top. I’d cheer when there was a seat outside their dressing room, where I could sit down and rest a bit.
It took some time but I have finally learned that when a particular item of clothing doesn’t fit right, it’s not ME! It’s the clothes! Different cuts, fabrics, patterns, and sizes compliment different body types. (For me, I’ve found that shirts and dresses with empire waist-lines, wrap-style dresses, tops with wider necklines, knee-length dresses, low-rise pants, and boot-cut jeans fit me best).
As for the budget, I’ve learned to stretch my dollars by shopping great sales…AND for spending the majority of my time in the clearance racks! (Or…any rack that has a generous assortment of striped options). 😉
I DO try to find tops without stripes, I promise! They just don’t call to me the way that stripes do…
Anyway, shopping trips with my mom and sister Sarah have become SUCH a special, amazingly fun part of our relationship. Sure, we shop for bargains and try to find some great, fashion deals. But it’s soooo much more than that. (After all, at the end of the day, the only accessory you need in order to create the perfect outfit is your smile)! 🙂
So for me, shopping trips are…
…bowls of Fro Yo and deciding who ordered the best flavor.
It’s scoring a $90 dress for $12. (Oh, yes, my mom did that)!
It’s realizing that a dress can be adorable, even if it only has stripes on the belt.
It’s trying on new styles, just for fun, and then realizing that it looks great! (Isn’t my sister rocking these polka-dot pants and green top)?
It’s finding out that this pillow is too soft…
… but this pillow is JUST right!
It’s realizing that even though I’ve come a long way, I still crash before my mom and sister do. 😉
It’s a coffee before the long ride home.
And most importantly, it’s a day spent with my favorite ladies!!!