The other day I had some work in a posh part of town. Wanting to fit in, I wore a casual tan linen skirt, a navy polo shirt, and my real-looking fake diamond studs. The job took about a half hour, and when I was finished I didn't feel like going straight home. Instead, I decided to head to the closest mall.
This mall is small, but very posh. It's anchored by the area's only Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores. My original plan was to get some steps in by walking the common areas, but somewhere during the first lap I veered into the Talbots store, seduced by the clearance racks visible from the front door. Besides, the store has two entrances so by going in one and out the other I was still technically
continuing my lap.
After that I decided to stop in every clothes store that struck my fancy, including the two anchor stores. When the associates wanted to know if I needed any assistance, I cobbled together a story (which was almost true) that I was looking for white shorts or capris for an upcoming casual event with some Very Important People. For the most part I didn't find anything that struck my fancy and I was able to keep going. However, in Neiman Marcus the associate showed me some Eileen Fisher shorts and capris and I decided to try them on.
|That's one fancy dressing room!|
She walked me to the fitting room, unlocked the door, and indicated I should go inside. Holy cow! The room was the largest I had ever seen. Two walls were covered in mirrors, the better to see both back and front of what you were thinking about buying. In addition to plenty of room to try things on there was a chair and a small couch. The associate hung my items up on a rack and left, saying she would be right outside if I needed her.
I tried on and quickly discarded the capris, but fell in love with the shorts They were made with thick but smooth linen, relaxed legs, and an elasticized back. And "only" $188. Not even remotely within my budget. Sadly, I hung them back up and left everything in the dressing room. On the way out of the department I thanked the associate, who gave me suggestions for several other stores I might try. I did go in a couple of them, and even tried on a few things, but after those perfect shorts everything else was disappointing.
When I left the mall I drove to a nearby upscale charity thrift shop, where I found a white golf skirt for $5. The stretchy cotton material was a far cry from the soft linen, but the price was right. I could get it and
have enough to buy dinner that night.
Five years ago today: Bowls Of Morning Goodness