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I'm just a girl

I've been doing a bit of clothes/jewelry shopping lately -- primarily for blouses, skirts, necklaces, and rings -- and I've noticed something that annoys me: someone out there thinks that women want to wear nothing but hearts and flowers.

I've been sporadically shopping for a long skirt over the last couple weeks, and pretty much anything that isn't a solid color is covered in flowers. Seriously? There are no other interesting prints in the world? Leaves? Geometric patterns? Asymmetrical swirls? Fish? Starbursts? Anything but flowers? I like flowers -- don't get me wrong -- but I like real flowers; I don't want to cover myself in 2-dimensional ones and pretend that I'm a really really real girl. I've been looking for something a little less insipid, but I've found nothing I'm willing to wrap around my body for even the amount of time I would spend in the dressing room.

Maybe this is why I wore nothing but jeans and t-shirts for nearly 20 years: if I don't want to dress like a pretty pretty princess, what are the other options for women?


I have managed to find quite a few blouses and shirts I like that involve no hearts or flowers (or at least, no frilly girly insipid ones), but skirts and jewelry seem nearly impossible unless I want to look ready to flounce through a springtime meadow.

Clearly, I'm shopping at the wrong stores. Or our culture sucks. Or maybe both.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Maybe you're shopping at the wrong stores. I don't like floral prints but I don't have trouble finding geometric ones, solids, etc. I shop at thrift stores a lot. The skirt I have on now is from JJill but came to me from a thrift store.
Mar. 27th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, thrift stores have great stuff. Try Crossroads in Rockridge.
Mar. 28th, 2012 06:00 am (UTC)
(I wish there was some way to just reply to multiple comments at the same time. Sadly, there is not.)

Most of my recent shopping efforts have been on various visits to Out of the Closet, which is less expensive and less "hip" than Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange. Maybe it's only girly girls who donate stuff to Out of the Closet.
Mar. 29th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I was on 4th street last week and noticed signs for a We Be Bop outlet store. They have nice geometric prints.
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