Don't know what it is about women and clothes. Not just clothes, it's shoes, handbags, telephones; they need so many. Marcia will wear three different outfits a day. I know because I do the laundry. Two days of her clothes will leave only just enough space on the washing line for a set each of shirt, shorts and grundies for Alex and I.
I tend to buy clothes of good quality, working on the principle that quality provides better value for money. I have shoes and boots I bought in 1984, suits of the same year and even two pairs of shoes and a suit which belonged to my father so God knows how old they are. More often than not, my motive for lashing out on new clothes is not because the old ones are worn out, but that I have put on weight. I was a thirty two waist for most of my adult life but as soon as I hit fifty, the inches crept on and I hit thirty six. Refusing to accept this sorry state of affairs, I soldiered on, fighting my way into trousers and spending the whole time wearing them with chronic indigestion and looking like a sack of potatoes tied in the middle. I gave in to the inevitable when invited to a wedding last year and coughed up for a new suit whereupon I immediately began to lose weight, I am now back down to a thirty four waist (although I still have an albeit reducing paunch). I am confident of losing yet more weight but in the meantime, I am between sizes and nothing fits.
I expect losing these last two inches to be the hardest so really need a new outfit for the interim. Naturally, I want whatever I invest in to continue to serve the soon to be svelte me. I decided to turn to the Gentlemen's Guide to Casual Wear in the Tropics for head to toe inspiration:
|One of these (note cut brim, not stitched; only pimps, wogs and popstars wear hats with a stitched brim)|
|Half a dozen of these...|
|Three pairs of these (note adjustable waist)|
|Two pairs of these (same detail)|
|Two pairs of these; a day to day pair and a 'best' pair for Church Parade|