later in life, when I finally enjoyed being in my body, i found that I really really like clothes. It took me a lot of time to reach that point and it wasn't my natural instinct, but an acquired one. I'm frustrated that some things I'd like to wear do not fit my body shape well, but I found that I do like to find clothes that make me look good and as time passes I've also moved from baggy clothes that hide my body to more form-fitting clothes that give me a shape.
Yes. All of that is true, and mostly why originally I deemed it all "stupid" and fake.I've realized just how stupid and probably hypocritical that all sounds. Yeah, some people really are shallow and materialistic when it comes to clothing--like buying some expensive designer shirt because everyone else is wearing it and you want to look cool. And yeah, I'm sure tons of people judge each other based on what the other is wearing; that's inevitable, anyway.
Exactly. I view clothing as self-expression. I'm aesthetically creative by nature and artistic, and I like to reveal/express who I am uniquely, and clothing helps me do that in a social context.However, once I started thinking of clothing as a form of art and self-expression, all those thoughts disappeared. Now, shopping is actually fun for me. I've started thinking, whoa, I'm wearing art.
Yup, you can be both at once.And just because you want to look good for yourself on the outside doesn't mean your insides are shoved aside, y'know?
If I had the money and the time, I wouldn't mind shopping all Saturday for clothes with friends. There's also a joy of discovery -- you never know what you might find that will look surprisingly good on you, and it's a real rush when you do stumble across something that fits you and expresses "you" to a T. (Depressing though when you don't find squat.)So, do you like shopping for clothes?
To save on money, I go shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army; I have a lot of clothes I picked up there that fit me very well, for only a few dollars apiece, that would have cost me 10-12x that price in the store new.
I don't see the point in getting anal, but frankly in women's fashion there's a lot more "pieces" than with a guy. If you don't have a lot of money, you have to think in terms of ensembles or pieces that you can mix/match. There's also accessories, which can make or break an outfit -- that can muddy a good one or spice up a plain one. And there are so many varieties of social occasions that you have to have the right mix of stuff to prepare for any setting. The reason women tend to have a lot more shoes than guys, plus a variety of jewelry, is based on the need for versatility; your favorite pair of earrings won't match every outfit, and they might clash if you decide to wear a necklace. There are many pieces to juggle and you have to consider how they all mesh and tweak things to create an overall good appearance.What's your opinion of people who take their time picking out outfits?
Still, if you're efficient, you can keep it simple and then just dress it up with one or two small things.
Now I am. I used to be all about t-shirts and cargo pants, though. Which I still like, but not as my basic ensemble.Are you happy with the way you dress? And etc. etc.