The kind you do when you already have a closet full of clothes still with tags that have never been worn.
The kind where you complain about how your huge walk-in closet is stuffed and you have to declutter and you can never find anything to wear.
The kind where you set yourself a challenge to spend *only* $100/month plus the several hundred you have on gift-cards plus whatever you get from doing consignment for the stuff you declutter so you can make room for new clothes.
Granted, I, like Cloud, hate spending time clothes shopping. It’s not even that I’m pudgy or anything or that I can’t afford it. I just don’t want to spend the time. But even if I had a ton of time, my closet has enough stuff right now, I have plenty of variety, and nothing looks too shabby.
When I do go clothes shopping it’s because I need specific items. A pair of black pants. Some new suits. Colorful shirts. Anything I buy I have to be able to see in a completed outfit. When it’s just me, these outfits tend to be very simple (skirt or pants + top), but shopping buddies will often put together something complete and I just have to memorize it. (I always get compliments when I wear a shopping buddy chosen outfit.)
So I go shopping once every few years, generally at the January or late Spring/early Summer changing of the season sales. I go with a shopping buddy who loves shopping (and has a closet full of clothes, many still with tags). I stick to Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, and Brooks Brothers. Though in my youth before I had a real job, I was more of a J.Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, and Marshall’s kind of shopper. (I still wear my Paul Harris Designs suits– wish they were still around.) And lots of online comic t-shirts, not to mention this guy.
It’s not that shoppers necessarily want more diversity in their clothing. I actually wear more variety than my shopping buddy. She has favorites that she wears once every week or two, whereas everything in my closet gets worn or it gets put in the goodwill closet. (With the exception of a small number of “fat” clothes and an even smaller number of “skinny” clothes because occasionally I do hit size 12 or size 6, but not for long enough to replace the wardrobe.) I only buy things that I like enough to wear regularly and make me look great. Since I’m so busy with mental load, I set up my closet so I can just pull the next “teaching” outfit or the next business casual outfit. (This semester my teaching days are such that each suit will get worn twice.) Only my weekends take any planning and that’s just figuring out the temperature and which top to wear with my (anthropologie) jeans or (ann taylor) shorts.
It might be something about keeping up with fashion, which is something I don’t tend to understand. I tend to buy what looks good on me whether or not it’s “in” and never go so deep into fashion that it looks off years later. I tend towards classic styles. My friends don’t go crazy with fads either, but they do tend to be aware of the seasonal colors and styles and so on.
It could be something about the shopping itself. My current shopping buddy loves getting a “great deal” and clothes shops at least once a month. She’s also single and goes shopping with a lot of other single friends and they give each other hundred dollar gift cards to clothing stores at Christmas and birthdays. So she gets endorphin rushes and it’s one of the ways that she socializes and networks.
Or maybe clothes are just Gazingus pins for some people.
And now, a challenge update:
A nasty GI thing kept us out of the grocery store last weekend, and DH made up for it with a mid-week shopping trip on Wed: $60
He went again on Saturday: $120
DH and DC1 had pizza for dinner as a treat because DH had to host a review session right after picking DC1 up from school: $11
DH bought gas: $33
And went to the dentist: $34
DH also hit Starbucks but that’s out of his allowance. We got a little income too– a cash settlement from a class-action suit against Honda and an honorarium for an NSF panel (but not counting that either).
Why do you think some folks spend so much time and money clothes shopping? If you do, why do you?