WTF Wednesday is a semi-regular feature of this blog. It documents the things that have made me pause, slap my forehead and say "What the f**k!" Well, that and I just like saying WTF. I'm retired. I don't have to watch what I say anymore. I'm not any one's role model.
I went Christmas shopping last week. Mid-week the mall, while not deserted, was considerably less crowded than on the weekend. At least many of the small kids were in school so the high pitched wails were limited to babies crying. Macy's was having another one-day sale, selling the same stuff that was on sale yesterday and would be on sale again tomorrow at "the best price of the season!" People were carrying around huge bags of purchases. Cashmere sweaters were on sale...buy three get 50% off. Even jeans were an additional 30% off. Judging by the amount of merchandise leaving the store, we should have the best dressed population in the state.
As I looked around the customers at the mall I thought that all the purchases must be for mailing to out of town relatives. The crowd isn't dressing up to the standards of the clothing shown in the stores. Why is this?
People spend a lot of time shopping and there are lots of cute styles in all shapes and sizes. Why then, when I look at a crowd in the mall, is it hard to find anyone who is well-dressed? I sat in the food court and watched the shoppers stroll by. There was lots of flannel, torn jeans and sweatshirts...and these were not the stylish versions of those items. What happens to all that fashionable clothing once it is paid for and wrapped in tissue for the trip home. Is it all sucked into a black hole, never to reappear?
Does everyone save their "good" clothes for some special event that I am not invited to? Perhaps it is time to break out the good clothes anytime you go out in public. What if you were to run in to Oprah or George Clooney and you weren't wearing your best outfit?
Sometime back I wrote a post about the website People of Walmart. The site shows photos of shoppers at Walmart. The mall shoppers weren't quite as outlandish as the people of Walmart, but they were sloppy. When did it become appropriate to wear pajamas and slippers to the mall? When is it ever good for an ample woman to show bare midriff? Why spend so much money on fashionable clothing and not wear it out in public?
If you see me in the mall during the holiday season, I'll be the well-dressed one in the classic, tasteful holiday sweater.