My hubby looked at the coat closet the other day and said in amazement, "Do you realize you have five hoodies, each in a different colour?"
Of course I have five hoodies, each in a fabulous colour--royal purple, emerald green, aqua, navy and periwinkle blue. I like to mix and match them with whatever top, jeans or skirt I happen to be wearing that day.
I love shopping ninety-five percent of the time. To me, shopping isn't really shopping in the buying sense. Shopping means browsing, poking in fun stores, looking for nothing in particular. In my experience, I have often found items of clothing or a fantastic pair of shoes or a nifty handbag or even early Christmas gifts when I'm not really looking to buy anything. The times I'm not fond of shopping is when I have to find something within a tight time limit. You know what I mean--the dress for that special occasion. Shopping that should have been done a few months ago, not three days before the event.
My hubby keeps it simple. Every decade or so, he'll venture out for a new sweater or vest or jacket because the replacement item has finally worn out. It's on these rare male shopping excursions that we realize something. There are very few menswear stores available. Individual menswear shops cater mostly to the under-30's age-group. The choices seem to be jeans, tee-shirts, crewneck sweaters, vests and plaid shirts--all suitable for the high-school and university students. Menswear in the department stores carry similar items. Males over the age of 50 have to diligently do a search-n-seek mission to find something that closely resembles what they are looking for. After a frustrating hour or two, men often leave the search for another time, another year, even another decade. My theory is that men only shop when they need something--need it desperately.
On the other hand, women shop all the time. It's part of our genetic makeup. We search-n-seek constantly, whether we need it or not. We like to know what's out there and if we're missing anything. Even though the market is also mainly geared for the under 30's age group, we older women, have to constantly check out what's available--even if we have no intention of buying it for ourselves. I know I don't want to look like "Betty Crocker" but I also don't want to look like I'm trying to dress like my teen-age daughter either!
There's something very wrong with the retail clothing market if the focus is on the younger generation. According to the news, there is an onslaught of "gray power" and the clothing markets should be reflecting this, for both men and women. We all want to look good but we don't want to dress like our parents. Oh wait, we are our parents. When did that happen?