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September 2, 2008

avoiding shopping temptation?

Filed under: shopping — Tags: , , , — plonkee @ 1:06 pm

Several months ago I was impulsive. I booked a trip to Egypt and then when my friend asked me if I wanted to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Within the next two months, I’ll have been on two trips. Both of these are things that I can afford to do, just about. But I can’t afford to go wild.

The only trouble is that in my experience there are all sorts of sundry expenses with travelling, and they’ve just started – I’ve split my jeans.

I don’t have a huge wardrobe of clothes and tend to wear a sort of uniform outfit almost all the time. On work days I wear a suit and a v-neck or scoop neck top. On casual days I wear jeans, a fitted t-shirt and normally a fitted lightweight fleece. I have few other days, but have a black tie outfit, a funeral outfit and a couple of skirts and things to fill in any gaps.

I know I’ve said it before, but I find it extremely difficult to find certain types of clothes. I’m 5 foot tall, and wear about a British size 12-14. (My, now dead, Gap jeans were US size 10). I have normal length legs for my height, but of course I’m so short, that my legs are too short even for *short people’s clothes*. This makes it hard to find trousers – including jeans – so I only ever have one or two pairs at a time, leaving me with no non-split jeans.

My jeans are dead and I definitely need to replace them. Ideally, by dress down Friday, but definitely before I go to Oktoberfest (bizarrely at the end of September). Which means that I need to go shopping.

This is the beginning of a slippery slope. If I’m going to go shopping, I’m thinking that I may as well work out what else I need to buy. And then there’s the clothes and shoes that ask you to buy them as you walk past. Not to mention the horrors of shopping for jeans.

To add insult to injury, Gap, my former staple jeans shop no longer does really short jeans. I had a quick scout around last night on the way home from work and found that River Island have a vast selection of shorter length jeans at £40 a pair (~$75-$80). Those might well do – short people can’t be too choosy when it comes to clothes that fit.

I will plough onwards and upwards undaunted, and definitely either go shopping on Thursday night and only buy jeans, or go on the weekend, make a short list, and stick to it.

For other people that struggle with clothes shopping – either with temptation, or the difficulty of it or, like me, both – have you got any hints, tips or tricks? Let me know in the comments.

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