It was only a week ago that I said I had overdosed on lace, yet today I came home with a lace dress. Hmmmm!! I'm quite glad I didn't join the other 2800 shoppers that hit the Bullring, Birmingham's major shopping centre, today, instead opting to go to a smaller shopping park near Spaghetti Junction. Even there was full to bursting but I thought I'd made the best decision as I cruised round Topshop crowd free, although they didn't have any jumpsuits. In fact I didn't cross anything off my carefully formed 2009 shopping list.
River Island had a queue that snaked around the WHOLE store. I tried to find the end for about ten minutes before realising it was probably never ending, and put the belt I was going to buy back on the shelf. My sister and I ventured into New Look, which I where I got this dress. In my defence, I was given a voucher as a present, and to none UK people, New Look is quite a cheapie shop, though they do have a Giles Deacon range. I saw this dress at £15 and it fitted so I snapped it up. I then realised it was lace, ah well! Like many of you said, you can never have too much lace. I think I'll chop a few inches off the bottom.
That was really it for my Boxing Day spends as my sister had to be in work for 12 and my Nan isn't really up for too much rummaging! It was crazy to see people with armfuls of clothes fighting to the tills, do people still have money to spend?! I dread to think of the people already queuing up right this minute waiting for M&S and Next to open at 5am. It's not like the country has developed a die hard fashion obsession, clothing is a fairly luxurious buy if you already have some on your back so I guess everyone is just trying to take advantage of major reductions. What's going to happen when the new season stock hits the shelves? Looking at the shows, there aren't many radical trends or statements so most might just make do with what they've got or snag more things from the sales. When I'm generalising here I'm meaning the majority of the public, who maybe a few years ago went shopping most weekends to buy something that might take their fancy but now will only part with cash for non-guilt buys that feel like a bargain. It's a bit scary for the fun and evolution of fashion in the way that most might not consume fast fashion now and plump for 'investment' pieces. They're saying the economy hasn't been this bad since the end of World War II, but if they could have style then, that means there is hope for us!
I'll show you the Topshop dress I got later, it's a little too big and generally impulse buys that aren't perfect just end up never being worn so I'm not 100% sure. But seems as Susie is showing some sisterly love, here's my sister instead in the TS dress she got. We don't look very alike!