Monday, May 26, 2008

New Feature: Diabolina Don't

I know it's happened to you. It happens to all of us. It strikes swiftly and mercilessly. It goes by many names but I call it The Shopping Frenzy. And it's a big Diabolina Don't.

The Shopping Frenzy is that irrational thing that takes over when you buy clothes that you don't need or don't really want or don't have any business owning. They might be on sale or limited edition or made by your favorite designer so you justify the purchase.

The Shopping Frenzy makes you switch into consume, consume, consume mode. You turn off that sensible shopper voice inside you and turn into a big capitalist problem. Blech. It's not attractive and deep down you know it's not right but you do it anyway.

I have been pretty good about not falling prey to The Shopping Frenzy in the past few years. Only buying things I absolutely love. Thinking and rethinking the purchases I'm not sure about.

But out of nowhere, the frenzy took hold of me a few weeks ago. It happened at Barney's with the Rogan for Target line.

I KNEW the stuff wasn't me. Knew it from all that I'd seen online. Knew that I didn't really need any of it. But there I was buying it after reading what a frenzy it created in NYC. Buying it because it felt good to get stuff at Barney's (where I NEVER shop) that didn't cost a small fortune. F. What a dope.

All the warning signs were there. I expressed hesitation to Fancypants in the dressing room. When I got home, I didn't take the clothes out of the bag and hang them up. Two weeks later they are still in that bag. I don't know about you but when I really love something I wear it right away.

The final straw came a week ago when I saw two of my fave online fashion bloggers wearing the looks.

Confused? Let me explain, Childhood Flames is a teenager and Fashion Toast is in her early 20s. Both are model thin, no curves, deliciously waif-like. And they lead very different lives than I do from what I can tell.

The Rogan pieces fit them to a T. Me and my body and my life? Not so much. They are passable, yes. I could work them, yes. But don't really want to.

Not quite sure how I deluded myself. Probably the little cute details like the leopard print on the jeans and the colorful buttons on the jumper. I'm such a sucker for details. Sigh.

Well, at the very least I did get one good pair of wide leg trousers that are very me and tote bag that I want to be part of a greener me.

And I guess I have this cautionary tale to share with you to help steer you away from similarly misguided shopping frenzies.


weezermonkey said...

Hmm. I think they look fine on you....

But, then again, I wear oversized hoodies with mustard stains.

In public.

Jean Bean said...

I think you should keep the jeans.

tam pham said...

i love the trousers. the jeans look great too. i'm not sure how i feel about a romper, but you could still rock it.

MissJordyPants said...

I can't FORCE myself to shop lately. I think I've lost my mojo.

I agree, if you can wait to get home and leave it in a bag for more than 3 seconds, it's not worth having!

Da Fashionista said...

no no no, Jean Bean. I am right in between the sizes. This pair is too bouchy at the crotch and saggy in the tush. And the next size down looked like sausage casing. boo.

Artsy Fartsy said...

I had a similar reaction to the Rogan line at Tarjay. I was so excited about the prospect of oh-so-soft organic cotton mixed with safari chic, but to my dismay, only one piece worked for me...the brownish black, elbow-length button down shirt. I really like it (so thin, its almost like cotton voile), but all the rest of the stuff was just cut...weird. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

Kate said...

I too was curious about the Rogan line but frankly none of it seemed wearable to me. Love the little t-shirt that Childhood Flames got (I stalk that little teenager!) but my Target, predictably, didn't have it.

But I think the romper is actually pretty cute on you. Not so much?

Anyway, yes, the frenzy is a problem. A few months ago we had a one shot chance at H&M while traveling. Got lots of cute things but also a few that I will probably never wear. Sucks. Hate that.

lookrichbitch said...

OMG... I've fallen victim to the shopping frenzy many times in my day. It's quite sad really. I end up spending several hundres dollars that I probably do not have.

I say return it all and buy items that you clearly love and can't wait to wear! Smoochies!

amber said...

i've totally brought home items that have sat there for days before i've been able to deal with them. most times, i leave the tags on for just this reason and then i just bring it back to the store. better to get the refund if you don't love it and use the money on something else that is fabulous :)

fancypants said...

I like the romper for warm weather. Just do it, Diabolina!!!

Victoria said...

am i going to see you tonight at chanel?

Da Fashionista said...

nonono, Fancypants. It is adorable. But not me. Could do it but don't wanna.

YES YES YES, Victoria! Tonight we CHANEL!!!!!


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