Wednesday, January 2, 2013

It’s all about the dress.


It’s all about the dress.

“Can I return it tomorrow?” 
“Well, tomorrow we are not open; and after that…and I am afraid we are only offering store credit.
This is actually the ugliest (tube) dress you’ll ever see, the color of Kate Perry/Lady Gaga crazy eye makeup, sparkling blue, for $22 from Forever 21. Never in my life have I bought a dress from them, but it was 3 hours before 00 between the years, in a day that NYE’s outfit was at the bottom of my priority list, knowing that I always have a black dress fitted for the moment.
Just minutes before, I was in a coffee shop for hours boringly looking in Aperture and reading the story of a murder, the 3rd literary approach on almost the same plot this year, doing my own crime, the killing of time. Not the most cheerful, champagne-cheery mood, but lazy and contemplating. And then, on my way to Whole Foods, at around 9pm, we passed by this clothing store whose doors I never open, and saw this dress hanging, not even in the window, with another bunch of identical sisters hiding behind, ordered by size, medium being the smallest available, like the ugliest saddest toys that are never picked and packed for kids for Christmas, like unripe fruits.

“It’s an amazing choice!”, I said with a large smile on my face, knowing that I have just vindicated my light form of snobbism, and the guy at the counter started laughing as if knowing that he should not trust me. Neither did my friend, who tried to convince me to leave empty-handed.

Sold! without even taking her to the fitting room, like you buy socks that nobody sees or a handkerchief that will forever be hidden in a pocket; shopping finished in two minutes (including the waiting at the cashier); the fastest fashion decision I ever made, as if it was the latest Gucci for a tenth of the original price.
But this little mock-buy made me tremendously happy, and the mood continued until early morning, as the sparkling blue dressed matched the sparkling blue night. One thing is sure, hundreds of dollars dresses never cheered me that much.