Last weekend my niece Erin accompanied me to that most dreaded of places, the mall, to help me shop for clothes for my new job in Houston.
I was not looking forward to the challenge of finding warm weather clothing among all the fall and winter clothes out now, plus I hate the mall, so I had a sourpuss attitude about the whole affair—much more fun to shop for FABRIC!
Having Erin along wiped out nearly all the pain. She took the lead, deciding which stores to visit and which ones to avoid, pulling tons of stuff to try on at each store, waiting patiently while I did, educating me about how items are paired together these days, zipping zippers, turning up shirt cuffs, fetching a different size and returning rejected items to the sales clerk.
Along the way, she confirmed that tops and shirts with structure look better on me than those that don’t. Understanding this eliminates entire racks, even sections, in a store, so you’re not wasting time on items you know will look hideous on you.
Most definitely, she was the mom that day and I was the kid! Still, having her along made the afternoon way more fun than I thought it would be. At one store, I pulled a blue cap-sleeved shirt off the sale rack and asked her, “What do you think?”
“It’s either gonna look really cute or really freaking weird.”
It was really freaking weird.
Despite my resolve not to purchase any sweaters, I did break down and buy two.
The dark purple is very lightweight, and will probably come in handy when the air conditioning makes the office a little frosty. And when Erin brought the gorgeous sweater (on the left) to the dressing room and declared it suitable for black, brown, gray and khaki-colored pants, I could not say no.