You shouldn’t go shopping for a particular occasion. Unless you are, say, the bride.
New is not necessarily better.
But an occasion is coming up. A certain pair of people are turning 21 and we shall celebrate.
For me, the same simple black velvet dress has done duty for about fifteen years. But it is sleeveless and I suspect that is no longer a good look for me.
So I scrambled the Ford Fiesta and set off to raid the end of the sale at Monsoon. Everything I tried on looked frumpy. The designer seemed to think that if you wanted sleeves you must also wish to hide your cleavage. And probably your legs too. Bah!
There were however hods of one promising sequinned number in just my size. In the changing room I saved it until last. Then I discovered the reason so many were left. They were smaller than their declared size. Stuck with my arms over my head I called to the assistant to cut me out. But it was the sale. There was no assistant.
So I spent some time writhing free. Like an anaconda shedding its skin. To add insult to injury, the nylon lining had electrified my hair and it was standing on end (see pic).
I gave up. It would have to be the old dress and a shrug. Yummy.
Then on Saturday I was on my lunch break, nipped into M&S, and spotted the “will anybody please take this off our hands” rail. Gleaming at me was a black dress with a bronze sheen. It had sleeves AND a deep neckline. It cost less than £20, but it makes me feel like a princess (albeit an elderly one, like maybe Princess Ann).
Perhaps that is why people go shopping for new outfits.