Right after I posted about needing retail therapy, I browsed online and then went to an actual mall today. Despite my determination to spend, I ended up empty-handed. Part of it is due to a “too-frugal” mindset. A bigger part is that I don’t find shopping that much fun anymore. I tend to have a style/item in mind when I shop, try to stay within budget and generally know what works and what doesn’t, which all comes together to mean I’m SUPER picky.
For example, I found a beautiful gray, short-sleeve shift dress with an interesting yet classic design. I’m trying to update my work wardrobe for summer and this would be a nice addition to any closet. It was about $90 on sale, a bit on the high side for me. The main problem was: I don’t like to wear sleeveless dresses to work and covering it up with a cardigan just ruins the look for me. Basically, if I had purchased it (as I might have in my younger days), it would end up hanging in my closet where I would look and admire it from time to time.
This happened several times today (and often in general). I saw a striped dress at H&M that would have been fun yet nice enough for work. The problem was: the length was too short (for me). While some women would find the length acceptable for work, I now know myself well enough. My younger self would buy it in hopes of wearing it to cultural events; in reality, when such occasions arise, I would end up wearing a casual top and favorite jeans (again).
I’m still hoping to spend on something nice to celebrate getting a bonus (yay!), even though the urgency has worn off, but I don’t want to buy something nice to hang in my closet.
Who knew shopping could be so hard?