100 Days of Blogging

#40 : Day Twenty One – Women’s Wardrobe & “Clothes shopping” : Decoded

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It’s been three years since I wrote this blog post elsewhere. Not much has changed. No, strike that. Nothing has changed. With the festive season around, I believe this should be shared and could be of some use to the poor menfolk who accompany us shopping.

Inspiration for this blog post : My daddy dearest!

To be precise, his outright refusal to accompany me and mom when we decided to shop clothes for me. Oh right, he did give in a couple of times, but that doesn’t count at all.

Read on why!

Before we go into my case, a little prelude about women & their wardrobe shopping behavior ( I can’t claim to know much though I am girl. Most of it based on observation. Reason : You’ll understand why when you finish reading)

TYPE 1 : The Real Random Picker.
She wakes up in the morning and pulls out what ever comes to her hand first. Though she ensures the ensemble is coordinated enough ,most of the time she is real gorggy  when she picks her clothes for the day.

Her shopping habits : She is most likely to be an impulsive and an obsessive shopper. she virtually picks which ever clothes she likes when she sees. She has a very dim idea of what her wardrobe actually contains. When she realizes her wardrobe is overflowing, she would clean up,discard and create the same mess all over again.

TYPE 2 : The Organized Random picker.
She wakes up in the morning, stares at her wardrobe for good ten minutes and picks her clothes. An on the spur decision as to what to wear for the day. That’s her style

Her Shopping habits : She doesn’t plan her shopping exactly. Its more of on the minute desire to go shop. Yet she knows what she own and picks clothes which appeals to her at that point of time, but she ensures her wardrobe is unique enough with no repeats.

TYPE 3 : The partly organized picker.
She decides what clothes to wear at least a day before hand. Yet there is no guarantee that she would stick to it. She might change her decision and pick something else. Her moods reflect on her “what to wear” decisions.

Her shopping habits : She knows what to buy and when to but, but at times a little impulse pops out and she tends to step out of her normal pattern. Nevertheless she has her wardrobe under control

TYPE 4 : The Perfectly Organized picker.
She decides what to wear a least 2 days beforehand. She has a schedule of “What to wear” based on her daily agenda, she has contingency clothes set apart. She has her clothes sorted based on occasions and how old they are.She re-arranges her schedule every month. She knows what she needs.

Her Shopping habit: She is a meticulous shopper. She shops to the need ( The more of “Just in time Inventory”  kind of shopper). She is virtually devoid of any urges to buy that one piece of top/skirt/tee which is so tempting.

So now we have covered the basics on women shopping “Pattern” ( The topic of “What to Buy” is worth more than one separate blog post! I am not getting into that right now). But how many women are there in each category?

Type 4 is a real rarity. Type 4 kind of women are the business type who are mostly executives and stack their wardrobes with suits and whole “formal” range.

Type 3 is rare, but isn’t unheard of. I’d say about  give or take 5% women belong to this category.

Type 2 is the most common type. Say about 70%

Type 1 is not a rarity, yet not common ( You get the drift!)

But a note of fair warning here, We ladies tend to shift categories over a period of time.

Now coming to why dad refused outright.
I am a hybrid between type 2 and type 3 ( Most of my friends tend to be a cross between Type 2 and Type 1! But I can’t afford to be type 1 due to obvious reasons (Read: MOM))

In chennai, there are many shopping spots where we get clothes right from dead cheap to insanely expensive.

I prefer to shop at T Nagar, Pondy Bazaar and Pantheon road.

T Nagar! I don’t think there is need to elaborate about this place to Chennaites. But for the rest of folks, T Nagar is a overcrowded shopping hub where you can pick anything ranging from electronics to clothes to groceries to accessories to what-not for a reasonable price. Plus, T Nagar is just a stone’s throw from my home.

I normally go shop with a particular color or pattern in mind but I am not too rigid about it. I tend to visit at least 3 shops before I pick one dress. But hey come on! Choosing from so many colors, patterns, materials isn’t easy. Now that my work life has turned into a circus, I hardly get enough time to shop, but when I do, it’s simply wise to utilize it to the maximum.

We women have almost infinite options. What do men have? Trousers (Max Shades of Black,Blue,Brown,Cream,White),Shorts,Cargos,Shirts(Just the usual Stripes/plain/checks), T-shirts, Kurtas, Coats, Jackets, Chinos? That’s almost the entire list. Colors like yellow, maroon, orange etc etc don’t qualify really though they seem to be the latest fad.

Women have all the above said clothes PLUS a whole range of skirts, tops, blouses, Various types of salwars in What-Not Colors and a long list of other stuff. Above all, we have to shop for matching accessories,Bags! Phew! So its a whole colorful world with lots of options to pick from. Not an easy task.

All said, at the end of the day we girls want to look good in what ever we wear and we take efforts for that. Not a crime! Moreover, I’ve seen men take more time picking out clothes in spite of their meager options unlike us. Is it even fair to expect us to be done with the task in a short time?

Now you decide! Is shopping for us an easy thing to do?!

PS: Dear Daddy! Be a sport! You are blessed with three women in your life. Peace.

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