Friday, August 15, 2008

Why can't dress shopping be this easy?

There’s a happy ending to the whole suit story. Not only did Husband look handsome in the ensemble he pulled together, but he did get a new suit last week. I had never been suit shopping before, but I figured that if it was anything like dress shopping, we had a long night ahead of us. But, the suit shopping experience went so well that, even as I write this, I have to remind myself that it wasn’t a dream. We walked into the department store. Husband spent approximately 2 minutes sizing up all the suit offerings. Then he saw a black pinstripe suit he liked (very classy!) and it was a reasonable price (on sale!). He took another 3 seconds to find his size, and then he whisked it off to the dressing room to try it on. As he’s trying it on, I stand outside the dressing room and I remind him: “If it doesn’t fit exactly right, you could always have it tailored.” Just then he emerged from the dressing room in a suit that fit like a glove. It was perfect. I was speechless. We then paid for the suit and left the store. By my estimate, the whole experience took less than 10 minutes. This experience was obviously nothing like any dress-buying session I’ve had. Noticeably lacking from the ordeal was: 1) spending hours wandering from store to store, 2) sighing as dress after dress doesn’t fit, 3) throwing up your hands in a fit of frustration, 4) gasping at the price tags, 5) trying to imagine what shoes you would need to buy to match the dress, and 6) crying. It was there, in the suit section of the department store, that I had a major epiphany. This is the reason why women have, on average, a longer lifespan than men. We need those extra years to compensate for all the time we've lost dress shopping. Personally, I’d rather have a shorter lifespan and skip the dress-shopping drama altogether. The only thing we didn’t get on that shopping trip for Husband was a tie. But, if tie shopping is anything like suit shopping, that should take approximately 30 seconds this weekend.

4 comments:

Bon said...

That's just sick! Yep, 1-5 always happens and 6 happens with a frequency directly correlated to how important the event that the dress is for.

It's no wonder our men don't get why we have so many shoes etc....

Kel said...

I love it! I completely agree with you, why is suit buying so much easier? Obviously we buy dresses much more often than men buy suits, so why can't they make them to fit us...why do they have to make us cry??

Have a wonderful weekend!
~K

Annie said...

You know...It's just not fair. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Angela said...

I read the suit story and now the trip to the store to buy another one... I hate to go shopping for dresses myself, and wear one only when it is an absolute must!

When we got married, my husband's groomsman ordered his tux too big, and we had to staple him in it!