三级成人视频For the first time in years I’m indulging in fantasy shopping. In the old life, BC, I didn’t have much time for browsing. When I shopped online or, more rarely, in stores, my excursions tended to be short, sharp and to the point. I either had a specific occasion that I wanted to buy for, or gaps that needed replenishing and that was that. I’d make a mental list, drill down relentlessly in the relevant categories, check prices across different websites… I’d become a pretty efficient shopper.
But now that I don’t need much, other than leggings (for the morning Zoom workout class, which I then seem to stay in all day, with the addition of a stylish jumper), my ‘shopping’ has taken on a much more contemplative, fantastical tinge. I’m enjoying ‘just looking’.
Beautiful items I used to speed past because they were impractical, not me, or had histrionic price tags (that are in themselves objects of fascination), are slowing me in my tracks. I’m allowing myself to enjoy them without any thought – or, come to that, desire – of actually owning them. It’s a bit like being in a museum of Picassos and Klimts. Looking is enough – I’m getting as much pleasure out of gazing at the bubble-gum-pink Oscar de la Renta silk taffeta ballgown that Thandie Newton is modelling in the latest Porter magazine (all £9,600 of it) as I’ve always got from the cornflower-blue chiffon gown Grace Kelly wore in To Catch a Thief.
This devil-may-care, beauty- for-beauty’s-sake approach has made my online wish lists far more colourful and interesting than they were a few weeks ago. When I have an idle half an hour, I’ll try and figure out what the common thread is (colour? Chiffon? £10,000?) and whether I can draw on any of these findings later to add freshness and interest to my wardrobe.
三级成人视频Perhaps our fantasy shopping lists have lessons for all of us for when life finally returns to normal, whatever normal will look like. The relative cheapness of mass-market clothes and 24/7 availability have nurtured the idea that if we love it then we must have it. Wants and needs have become intertwined. We’ll be much more contented when we learn to untangle them.
三级成人视频No one wants our world to stay this narrow for ever, but while it is, our fantasy shopping can roam wider and think bigger than before. We can reconnect with the sheer joy that comes from a gorgeous, treasured outfit.
Pink, £350, ; Blue paisley, £246.75, ; White, £195, ; Pale blue, £455, ; Fuchsia, £320,
In the meantime, I’ve also been making shopping list of more realistic – but still lovely – dresses to wear when this is over, because, ironically, there are more of them around than ever. Maybe, if I’m feeling very optimistic, I’ll invest in one before it’s over – because God knows, a woman can’t live in leggings alone.
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