For adults onlyPosted: September 1, 2012
As you get older your shopping habits are supposed to change, apparently. You’re supposed to leave the fast cheapie fashion to the youngsters and embrace classic quality as you develop a new appreciation of fine fabrics and refined style. I think that at 36, this must be what I’m going through as yesterday I surprised myself by buying a silk blouse. Not a silk blend blouse- a 100% silk blouse. This is serious stuff. In my head I’ve always associated silk blouses with the classic 1980’s American workwear wardrobe of women over 35….
…….. Like the kind worn by Katherine in Working Girl. I bet she never wore polyester.
Female. Working. Over 35. OMG that’s me.
As I own an adult blouse I have to change my usual attitude to clothes and act all responsible ‘n’ stuff. I now have to find non- biological washing powder to wash it in, do this washing by hand, hang it up when I take it off instead of throwing it on the end of the bed or over the corner of the wardrobe door, and be extra careful about which jewellery I wear with it so it doesn’t get snagged. I didn’t even know they still made non- biological washing powder. When everything in your wardrobe is either cotton or polyester, with the odd bit of viscose, you don’t really need to know the chemical composition of Surf. I get my washing powder really cheap from the local high street and all the text on it is in Spanish, so I don’t even know what the fragrance is never mind whether or not its going to dissolve my new ladylike blouse. This is too much effort. I have to pledge to treat this new acquisition with care and it’s already doing my head in. Oh my goodness I may even have to cover it in a garment bag before I put it in the wardrobe to protect it from the zips and buttons of neighbouring clothes. Do I even own a garment bag? This grown up clothing thing is just too considered and I don’t think I’m ready for this level of responsibility. At this rate I may decide to never wear it again and pass it on to my mother. She’s the responsible type- silk blouses, house plants, the cat- all things flourish under her ministrations. They come under my wing their end is nigh. I bet this blouse doesn’t even make it to the end of the year.