|from the very beautiful SnowCrystals.com site|
All of my family has not yet come to grips with the fact that I'm not buying clothes for another 9 months. Thus, I found myself, after the winter holidays, as the owner of a very generous gift card to a lovely retailer, with both online and bricks and mortar presence.
Now, when I set out my personal rules for my year-long fast from shopping, I did hold out the exception that I would be permitted to replace any garment(s) that were completely destroyed in the course of normal life. Having spent the last couple of months in the heavy-lifting crew of a retailer, I have destroyed (rendered rag-like) a couple of long-sleeved tee shirts. So I thought that this would be a reasonable opportunity to replace them...
This particular retailer's B&M locations aren't convenient to me (how bad are you locations, if someone living in downtown Chicago can't easily get to one of your stores?), so I was perusing their website. I just wanted some simple cotton tee shirts. Hemmed neckline (not banded), either v-neck or crew neck, and I was willing to be very flexible about sleeve length - long, 3/4, or short. And I wanted black, charcoal, medium gray, and white...
Impossible. I saw hundreds of tee shirts, but they had:
- appliques (including some really ratty looking flowers)
- silk screening
- asymmetrical necklines
- gathered hems
- fringed hems
and sometimes more than one of these "enhancements" at a time.
I'm devoted to versatile clothing, that can be worn in a variety of combinations, and can be accessorized in a number of different ways. These tee shirts were NOT versatile, because they were too complicated and gimmicky. The gift certificate abides, until the retailer can come up with something that meets my criteria.