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One of my favorite threads on The Purse Forum (don’t pretend like you don’t read it) is one in the Wardrobe section, about whether you shop for your real or imaginary lifestyle (the originator of the thread, by the way, Sarah, has her own blog too).
I love the line about real vs imaginary because I think it so encompasses a common wardrobe problem that most of us (or at least I) have – that we shop for some fictional self that swans about at formal events all the time, or that lives in a super cold icy tundra half the year, and a really glamorous resort destination the other half. I recently became acutely aware that I am also suffering from “imaginary life” syndrome when I took stock of all the items I purchased while pregnant, which included:
- Long gold chain necklace for baby and/or toddler to grab onto and rip off of my neck
- Light colored silk romper which requires dry cleaning
- Two flowy lace Zimmermann dresses
- Two Reformation dresses where it’s quite difficult to wear a bra
- Thin black handheld Hermes clutch
- Long ivory duster coat
- Strappy heels which dig painfully into my feet whenever I add the weight of a baby in a carrier to my frame
The funny thing is the clothes I bought all can open/have button down on the front – apparently I just thought I’d wear very nice, fancier clothes breastfeeding. Which of course isn’t true, I basically live in cotton Gap items.
I felt so guilty looking at all my resort clothes that I immediately resolved I would try to wear them all and just deal with the dry cleaning costs, but now the weather has turned, and…well. I’ll just have to book a warm weather holiday soon, I guess!
How about all of you? Do you find yourself shopping for an “imaginary” lifestyle? What are your tips for “keeping it real”?