No-one likes to admit it, but here goes:
I think I am getting old!
I go into the shops, plastic at the ready, to spoil myself with something new. I almost beg the retail stores to throw gorgeous things at me and take my money. But … I walk around the stores and realise that I just don’t like anything. The styles out for the next season suit only those built like beanpoles or ironing boards.
And if you don’t believe me, have a look:
I know you think I might have digitally altered this picture. Surely someone’s
legs can’t be that skinny, but I swear I didn’t. This is called a ‘sack dress’ and I don’t think anyone other than a model could carry it off without looking like they are indeed wearing a sack! Here is one more example.
Now take a look at the size of those sunglasses. I tried a pair on and looked like Bennie Boekwurm
! And for those of you not privileged
enough to have grown up in sunny South Africa, Bennie Boekwurm
(Bookworm) is the one in the middle…
Now the next worrying thing is, if the models are looking fat in the clothes, what are us ‘ordinary’ people going to look like. Once again, I promise that this picture has not been altered in any way. It was downloaded straight from the retailer’s website:
This is when I decided to give up on the clothes and focus my attention on shoes. I need a pair of comfy flatties, preferably sandals. But oh my gosh, the shoes out there are ugly. Perhaps it is just me, but I couldn’t get excited about these ‘ballerina shoes’ – the only flat shoes in store. I was unfortunately not blessed with dainty little feet, and this entire range from one shop is either ugly, uncomfortable or makes me look like ‘Ugly Betty’. (To see who Ugly Betty is, look here: http://abc.go.com/primetime/uglybetty/index.html)
I was almost at the point of giving up, when I stumbled across these shoes in Aldos
. A variation on the ‘ballerina
shoe’, they are comfortable and cute. Still, not the flat sandals I was after, but at least something I dare go out into the public in.
If anyone comes across flat, comfy sandals in real leather, please let me know. And of course, I would prefer it if I didn’t have to increase the mortgage to afford them!