As the season changes, we can experience an overwhelming urge to go shopping for some new clothes. It can come on suddenly or we can be planning it for some time. We might save up some money or we might decide to just plunge in and use our credit cards.
We then have to decide where to undertake this shopping trip. Should we go to the one of the big shopping centres or to one of the shopping outlets? Will we really get bargains if we go to the outlets or are we still paying the same or just buying last season's stock? We wonder whether we should stake out the situation first, perhaps going to the bigger shopping centre to see what's there so we can compare it to the fashion outlets. Or then again should we buy online? There's always lots of bargains there. Or are they really bargains?
Once we decide on the destination for this very special trip we then set out, dollars in hand or bag, ready to replenish our wardrobe. We might find lots of great clothes that fit well, colors that suit us and styles that flatter. Or, disappointingly, we might find nothing that looks good. We might become more aware of all the faults of our bodies, noticing little things in the mirrors of the dressing room that we don't have time to notice at home. We might refuse to buy clothes in the next size up. We might leave in frustration committing ourselves to a diet and exercise to regain the shape and size of previous years.
As we get older we might look to styles that we've worn in the past and wonder whether we can still pull it off. Wonder whether we'll look like "mutton dressed up as lamb". Wonder whether we'll look silly, not accepting our age. We may even seek out advice from our friends or children. We might choose to ignore the suggestions and reassurances of the shop assistants, although some might be genuinely able to guide us to find something that works for us.
If we are lucky and find clothes that look good and feel comfortable, we can experience the great joy of being a woman. We can't wait to get home and then to find somewhere to wear the clothes. We know that wearing new clothes helps us to feel fresh, to feel renewed and energized again. It's like a seasonal top up or regeneration.