How do you feel about shopping?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you like to shop?
    'Til I drop!!! : (56 votes)
    43 %
    NO! : (19 votes)
    15 %
    For certain things : (56 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Your dynastic husband sounds very controlling.  Get a handbag you like, and if he complains, calmly point out the ways in which you are not his ex.


    As for shopping, I prefer to go alone and do not understand the joy of it.  However, I am happy when I find clothing I like, and like to talk to the salespeople about my choices.  

    Post # 5
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Devyn-Diana:  Shopping is totally a mixed bag for me. I really like fashion — in theory. I like clean, classic styles, mostly in neutral colors and I tend to leave trendier stuff to accessories, jackets, or shoes.I also hate that the majority of my purchases have to be ‘sensible’ — in that, I could wear them to work in addition to more casually. I live in a really hot climate and I’m still trying to figure out how people dress professionally in the heat.

    But shopping can be a totally depressing experience. And I feel you on the bras — some stores I think expect I’m a 12 year old boy instead of a woman. And they’re so expensive. Bra shopping is the worst.

    Honestly, I think your method makes a lot of sense. The New York Times did a neat piece a few years ago about a woman who pared her wardrobe down to six pieces and just wore those for a month. And no one noticed she was wearing the same things over and over again.

    Post # 7
    441 posts
    Helper bee

    I hate shopping, to me it’s a waste of time. I like having nice things though, so I put up with it 😛

    However I do like shopping as a social activity. Then it’s not a waste of time because I’m with my friend(s).

    Post # 8
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I love to shop, but only if I’m alone. Long gone are the days of “girls’ trips” to the mall. I have a weakness for clearance racks. I can’t recall ever paying retail price for any item of clothing, and I rarely throw away clothes. I still wear things that I’ve *literally* had since 1995! I mostly wear jeans and t-shirts, often with silly pictures on them.

    I don’t buy myself fine jewelry anymore because 1) I can’t afford it and 2) that’s what husbands are for! I do enjoy costume jewelry, especially if it’s whimsical. Right now I’m wearing long earrings with wooden parrots on them.

    Beauty products are my downfall, although I’ve gotten much better over the last year or so. I’ve cut out color cosmetics (ran out of room after large train cases full of makeup, not including various palettes and sets). I’m stuck on skin and hair care now. I have to try every new thing I can afford. 




    Post # 9
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Devyn-Diana:  I hate shopping. I really do loathe it. I hate going with other people because they take too long and I get so bored. Either you like it or you don’t so make a decision and let’s MOVE ON. Needless to say, I don’t get invited on any female shopping trips anymore (thanks be to god).

    If there is something I can’t buy online, it will take a lot of convincing for me to actually go to a mall and get it. We are even considering buying groceries online so I will never have to be in a stupid mall again. I hate waiting in lines, I hate germs, and I hate wasting time. All of those things happen when I shop.

    Post # 10
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I don’t like shopping. I got when there’s something I need, and I get in and get out. I even hate grocery shopping. Part of it is that I don’t like spending money. I really don’t like clothes shopping, because I’m currently in an uncomfortable phase with my body and nothing seems to look right. I just get frustrated.

    I like browsing for certain things (i.e. books, baby clothes for friends…)…but purchasing anything is just painful! (not that we’re struggling for money, I just don’t like to spend it!)

    Post # 11
    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I actually don’t really like it.

    I like window shopping sometimes, more for inspiration, and I like owning nice things (as long as I don’t feel like it’s too much and feels like clutter), but I don’t really like the actual feeling of buying things. Rather than the positive feeling of obtaining the item, it’s more of a negative feeling of losing the money and all the opportunties the money symbolized. I still buy stuff, but I don’t love the experience.

    Post # 12
    1254 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I guess I am okay with shopping. Sometimes I could even enjoy window shopping, but when the time comes to spend money I instantly become hesitant. I guess that is why I have mixed feelings about shopping: I like having new clothes but I don’t like spending money. My weakness is purses though. I could spend hours just looking at expensive purses.

    Post # 13
    141 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I love this thread! I have to be in the mood to go shopping. I am pretty frugal so I spend a lot of time looking only to come home with a couple things and man, sometimes it just gets exhausting. Clothes shopping especially saps my energy. I am a petite hourglass so basically I have great proportions for fitting into clothes off the rack…. except I’m 6″ too short. And god help me if I am gonna get every last thing tailored after I already spent whatever how much on it, ha! 

    Post # 14
    289 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @Devyn-Diana:  I’ve had horrible experiences with bra salespeople, too; it’s like, just because you don’t carry my size, it doesn’t mean my breasts don’t exist, lol!

    Post # 15
    759 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I absolutely LOVE shopping! But I also am very strategic and choiceful about what I buy. I look like i spend a lot of money on my wardrobe but that is so far from the truth. I buy high quality, classics that are timeless and last forever instead of cheap, trendy throw away stuff. My wardrobe is mostly solids with an emphasis on quality, fit and construction so most of my pieces are three season wear. Many pieces in my wardrobe are over three years old but you would never know it because of their quality and timelessness. Buying a pair of $400 all leather shoes that can be re-soled and fit like a glove works for me more than ten pairs of $40 pleather shoes.  I’ll supplement my core wardrobe each season with seasonal, signature accessories such as some really beautiful silk scarves, two new pairs of shoes and a handbag splurge. I would rather have 10 impeccable pieces that I mix and match for three seasons then an overstuffed closet full of junk and yet feel like I still have nothing appropriate to wear. When I first graduated from college, I worked in fashion and learned this tip of buying less but buying quality from the Buyers I worked with who had routine access to couture fashion shows in Paris and Milan. These Buyers had such a sense of personal style because they had timeless pieces that the quality and fit were perfection.  They always looked so effortslessly pulled together and perfect. I still have some items that they picked for me that are still stunning and wearable today. Once you get a good foundation of high quality basics you can add in seasonal accessories to supplement very easily and it can be fun. Shopping can be incredibly enjoyable and an outlet for your own personal style! I hope that helps you possibly enjoy shopping more – best wishes!

    Post # 16
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I haaaaaaaaate clothes shopping.  But drop me in a Home Goods or Pottery Barn and I can spend hours!

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