This week’s poll is about your shopping preferences, or lack thereof. I’ve been in the rag trade for 27 years, and assumed that people in the industry would enjoy shopping. That assumption was completely wrong. You can absolutely take an interest in fashion and style, enjoy looking your best, be well turned out, keep up with trends, and be a successful retail buyer — but not enjoy shopping for your own wardrobe.
You are on Team Shop if you enjoy shopping for your wardrobe. Shopping can take any form be it online, in brick & mortar stores, thrifting, clothing rentals, clothing swaps with friends, and even lots of online browsing. You are on Team No Shop if you enjoy fashion and style, keeping up with the trends, and being well tuned out but do not like shopping for your wardrobe at all. In a perfect world, your seasonal refreshers would be hand-picked for you by a your style angels every three months. The goods would be ready for you to wear at home, and each item would work flawlessly right away, and suit your needs and wants. You would never need to think about or do any shopping for your wardrobe again.
I bat for Team Shop because I love to shop, both in stores and online. I find the process relaxing, social, therapeutic and exhilarating. It’s the fun and unstressful part of my life. It’s a good distraction sometimes, and the hunt is almost as satisfying as wearing the item. Shopping is one of my hobbies, as well as something that I do professionally. I love to shop with others for their wardrobes even more than shopping for my own. I enjoy making the puzzle pieces fit, and helping people do something that they need to do, but don’t necessarily want to. You’d definitely be robbing me of a joy if I couldn’t shop for my own wardrobe and help others shop for theirs.
Over to you. Do you bat for Team Shop or Team No Shop? And tell us why. No batting for both teams, but feel free to sit this one out on the bench with comforting mac ’n cheese, a crunchy green salad, and lemon curdy pud for dessert.