I had some time to waste between meetings so I decided to go shopping as I need a dress for a couple of occasions. I had a big bag for me so I was worried that some shops might be awkward about it but everyone was super friendly, which weirded me out a bit. I definitely felt like I wasn’t in London.
I went to about 5 shops and tried some things on at a few of them. Even though I was in a busy shopping centre there weren’t any queues for fitting rooms which was good and it made me feel more comfortable.
Shopping is annoying because every shop seems to sell variations of the same thing, which this season seems to be floral prints and dress styles that really don’t suit me. I’ve never been one to follow fashion (which is obvious if you have met me or seen me for half a second). I just want dresses that suit me with nice deep pockets too. Is that too much to ask?
I try on things. It’s rare that I ever try anything on and like it straight away. If I buy it I feel awkward returning it so would rather not buy it. If I buy it I feel like I am taking a big risk. I always tell myself that I will like things more after I have worn them a few times. I need to go through my wardrobe and donate some things to charity.
I’m also wary about the environmental impact of fashion. The shops of environmentally friendly brands always seem to be out of the way though, super expensive, online only (I have to try things on in person and I don’t want to have to deal with returns) or I dislike the clothes. I feel like this is something I need to think about more.
(In the picture I’m wearing my usual clothes of course.)