It's quite a challenge. It's time consuming and costly. It can lead to a sense of never being complete. Of never being finished. Keeping up with fashion that is. Keeping up with the latest styles,colors and accessories. It could be a full time job just keeping up.
Now don't get me wrong. I like to look fashionable.I like to be stylish and modern. I don't want to look dowdy or out of date. I can never choose whether I would prefer to stand out because I'm looking particularly fashionable or whether I want to just blend in, not really noticed for being super fashionable or super out of date. It's a challenge all right.
When I was younger I probably worried about this more than I do now in middle age. At least now I know what works for me. I know what suits my figure. I don't have to experiment so much to work out what will look good. I certainly know what won't look good. Of course that doesn't stop me from finding fashion confusing at times. It doesn't stop me from making some blunders every now again.
Just thinking about sizes is actually quite stressful. Sizing can be very inconsistent and there are days when the right size just can't be found. I never know on these days whether it's me or the clothes. I prefer to think it's the sizes rather than me gaining weight or becoming weirdly shaped.
Of course we can now look at window shops to get ideas and then go on line and purchase the latest items for a much cheaper price. It's probably not the same experience as noticing the clothes in the shop and trying them on, struggling with the tiny little rooms with their funny doors or curtains. At least you know what you are getting though, whether it looks right on the spot. Whereas when you buy on line something you like in the catalogue might not be quite so good a week or so later when it arrives. Perhaps your mood has changed or perhaps it just doesn't look the same as in the catalogue. You certainly can't get a feel of the fabric through the computer after all.
There's also the idea that if you keep your clothes for long enough you will wear them again, assuming they still fit you of course. I always think about this when denim jackets come in and out of fashion. I've had a few denim jackets over the years and they seem to be in fashion for a while then disappear quite quickly. I've decided to promise myself that next time I buy one I'm going to keep it. I'm not going to put it in the bag for collection at my gate with the other clothes I haven't worn for the last year or so.
I wonder if males have this same experience with fashion. They don't seem to be quite so worried about it,although I do know a couple who are extremely self conscious about what they wear.They usually look pretty good too! I also know some women who don't seem to care too much how they look.They seem to wear the same clothes all the time and don't buy into the latest trends. Perhaps they don't enjoy the challenge of keeping up. Perhaps they have better things to spend their time and money on. Perhaps they are more comfortable with who they are and don't need the latest fashions to prop them up. It's a challenge all right.