It usually starts with a boredom rather than a desire. A beautiful remedy to ease the eyes away from an endless essay. Oh, I’ll just take a quick break away from my homework, you say as you type Forever 21 into Google’s address bar. A sense of thrill creeps into your hands as you click on the blue link. Bright colors of various new clothing replace the once monotonous Times New Roman-word-filled screen. As you start clicking through the New Arrivals, thoughts of your homework soon drift away….
Suddenly, you’re jerked away from your trance. Maybe it was the sudden darkness in your bedroom or the sounds of your roommate getting ready for bed. But as your eyes adjust, you realize the mess that has almost occurred. In front of you is a shopping bag full of clothes and accessories, a neglected essay, and a clock revealing a whole hour wasted. Your hand contains a credit card ready to spend.
In a sickened panic, you toss the card to your side and begin to curse yourself and online shopping. Minimizing your website tab, you pull up your essay in a frenzy. Damn distractions, you think as you type furiously. Pushing past ideas of how you would be more useful as a personal shopper than a college student, you work into the night.
You finally type that last word with a sigh of relief. Bedtime has long passed and your mind is beyond exhausted. After saving the essay, you begin closing out of all tabs and windows on your computer. You click on the Forever 21 tab to close it out but your shopping cart from earlier dances in front of your eyes. The angel on your shoulder tells you no but there is something so enticing about clothes. You earned it after writing that essay, you say to yourself and grab that disregarded credit card next to you.
Sure, you might have just written a hurried essay but at least you have some clothes arriving in 3-5 business days
Oh Online Shipping.
It is such a beauty and a curse at the same time. I usually don’t have the problem of impulsively buying new clothes online although I will admit that it proves to be quite the time procrastinator. But one of the biggest problems for me is making sure the clothes that I buy online will fit. Since you can’t try clothes online (although they should definitely find technology to solve this problem), it’s a luck of the draw. Unfortunately, I’m not the luckiest person and the clothes end up being too big, even when I get the smallest size. (Darn you small body!) This romper is a perfect example. I got the smallest size from Forever 21 and when I finally tried it on, the strapless romper fell to my waist. Disappointed, I put it aside in my closet for two years and would bring it out to wistfully look at it. (Maybe in hopes that my boobs would miraculously grow or something?) Then last summer, I determinedly decided I was going to wear it and took a seam ripper to it. After much sizing, pinning (myself), and sewing, I was able to tailor the romper! Now I wear it all. the. time. Even in the middle of winter like shown here.
What are your thoughts on online shopping? Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below!
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