What Do You Hate to Shop For?

by Chloe Jeffreys · 37 comments

in Aging Well, Style

When I was in San Francisco (did I mention I got to meet Martha Stewart?) I thought it would be a good opportunity to…

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cue the scary music

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Shop. For. Jeans.

 

The selection at my local mall is pretty paltry and, besides, I wanted some of those trendy “Skinny Jeans”.

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cue maniacal laughter coming from Vogue editors

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I figured that somewhere in a SEVEN STORY Macy’s there had to be a perfect pair of skinny jeans, right?

How hard could this be?

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I obviously did not understand skinny jeans. In fact, I’m here to confess that I didn’t know what skinny jeans were. I thought they were merely straight legged. You know, like “skinny”. 

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So, after meeting Martha Stewart, (I did mention that part, didn’t I?), I headed up to the 3rd floor and what followed next was a physical test of endurance the likes of which I’d never experienced within the hallowed halls of a stuffy department store dressing room before in my life.

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20 PAIRS OF SKINNY JEANS LATER

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  1. All the fingernails on my right hand were dyed a deep indigo blue.
  2. I broke one nail.
  3. One pair was so tight that my butt, in what was probably a desperate 911 call for help, set off the LOUD anti-theft alarm sending the entire PACKED dressing room into high alert while I frantically attempted to peel them off so the saleslady could disable it.
  4. I understand what the term “Skinny Jeans’ actually means
  5. I came home with ONE pair of skinny jeans.

Monday, I’m going to tell you exactly how to shop for jeans, skinny or not.

But today I want to know:

What Do You Hate to Shop for?

 

 

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Annie Mesa November 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

My body isn’t built the way jeans are cut, so I DETEST shopping for jeans…which is sad because after scrubs, my other uniform is jeans and a t-shirt. Sigh…more importantly, I LOVE your blog’s new look! NICE FIT!

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Chloe November 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

If the jeggings fit you have to convict.

Hopefully my article will show that it isn’t us, it’s them.

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Cheri November 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Pretty much bathing suits. I love shopping but not for those.

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Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator November 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Cheri, I’m with you. I finally found a bathing suit that I really like wearing, from Eddie Bauer of all places. It’s a two-piece that’s more like an outfit.
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Julia November 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Shoes (two different sizes and both wide); jeans (just because my size is small doesn’t mean I want jeans that have a half inch rise above my waist ); bathing suits (’nuff said); and shoes for my teenage son (I still don’t understand how two pair of Adidas shoes can be so different — one is cool and the other is “oh please”).

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Kids have sensibilities that adults cannot fathom when it comes to fashion.

Being small doesn’t mean that clothes are easy to find.

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Robin November 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

I have found (now that I’ve been shopping with my buxom beautiful daughter) that it’s actually harder to find clothes that look good on small people. My daughter can put on almost ANYTHING and it hangs perfectly and looks amazing. I have to search high and low for things that don’t look like giant sacks of crap hanging on my like I’m some kind of orphan.
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Chloe November 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Okay, I must admit that the phrase “giant sacks of crap” cracked me up. I hardly think that could be true since you are cute as a button, but it isn’t as easy to find clothes for small sizes as people might think.

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Heidi November 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I’m giggling–as promised.

I hate shoe shopping. There. I said it. It is hard to make an affordable, cute shoe in a size 12 look like it doesn’t belong on a drag queen.
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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

THAT is hard to do, Heidi.

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Anne (@notasupermom) November 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Everything. Except pajamas. Which is ironic since I don’t sleep in pajamas.
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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Pajamas, Official Uniform of the Homeschool Mom.

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Missus Wookie November 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I’m with Anne – I hate shopping for anything clothes concerned. Except jewelry I like shopping for earrings and necklaces.

Now – books, gardening or kitchen stuff, crafty bits or even household decor…. I’m happy to browse but clothes and especially shoes :ugh: I’ve handed it on too, my daughter is worse!
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Chloe November 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I think clothes shopping is very hard for many women, at least many women admit to me that it is hard. You are not alone.

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Robin November 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Groceries. Jeans. Undergarments. Swim Suits. In that order.
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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I have the exact same list but in reverse. I loathe swim suit shopping.

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Joyce November 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I hate to shop for groceries. Why do they keep getting hungry?

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I don’t miss grocery shopping for a family any more AT. ALL.

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Stacy November 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Everything. Clothes never fit right for me. I’m looking forward to your tips- maybe they will help make things easier!

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I hope they will help, Stacy.

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Jill S. November 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Hate shopping for tops. I can never decide if I should buy big enough to hide my “no, I’m not pregnant” pooch or buy small enough for my chesticle area. Can’t win either way!

I LOVE shoe shopping! However, being a one-income family, I don’t get to practice my skills often.

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Stephanie (Just Me) November 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Chesticles! SNORT!

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Jill S. November 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I get all giggly when I try to say “breasts” or “vagina,” so it’s chesticles and cooch for me! (Not that I would teach my son those terms – thank God I have a scientifically-minded hubby who handles those topics well!)

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

My husband told my children that babies got in the mommy because the daddy has a “special tool”.

Eeesh.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Now you’re just encouraging her.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

bwahaha!

Chesticles?

hmmmmmm.

Put up a picture of a lady in a red stiletto and see what happens on a blog?

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Wendy (RRR) November 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Everything, I hate shopping for everything.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh. Boo. That’s terrible.

Some people just don’t like shopping.

I love shopping. I wish it were free. It would be much more fun if it were free.

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Stephanie (Just Me) November 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Bathing suits, jeans, and shoes for my daughter. She’s 9 but wears a women’s 7. It’s crazy how hard it is to find comfortable, age-appropriate shoes for a 9 year old in the women’s department, especially priced such that we can afford for her to grow out of them in 6 months, which she will.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Shopping for kids’ clothes is just unsatisfying on any deep level. Most kids aren’t fun to shop with in the first place AND the clothes never last.

Finding shoes for bigger feet is about as impossible as finding good bras for smaller breasts.

Women are supposed to defy the very laws of physics by having tiny feet and ginormous boobs.

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Susan in the Boonies November 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

Bathing suits.
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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

If women ran the world, department stores that sell bathing suits would be required by law to install flattering lighting and slenderizing mirrors (yes, they have them) in every dressing room.

Oh, and blindfolded pool boys to bring us frosty drinks while we try them on.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

I’m still testing this out.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

I’m testing my Captcha thing. It should just be a simple math problem. I tried taking it off, but my comment box was immediately filled with spam-a-lam-a-ding-dong up the wazoo.

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Tricia November 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

Shoes. I hate to shop for shoes. No matter how hard I try to make sure they’re comfortable and fit properly I always seem to come home with shoes that REALLY hurt my feet. Honestly, I have much better luck buying shoes mail-order from Lands’ End than shopping in a store.

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Chloe November 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

Shoe shopping is one of my favorite pastimes, but I do know what you mean about feet being different in the store than when we get home. I have had that happen to me too.

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