Spring Shopping

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So after spending our most recent warm spring weekend going through my closet and thinking “I hate 30 percent of my clothes,” I decided it was time for some spring shopping.

(I know it isn’t really spring yet. Indulge me.)

First, I researched new trends in fashion:

After my spurt of aggrieved tweets, the actual shopping took me about 15 minutes at Old Navy Dot Com, cost $118.38, and got me seven new items, which might actually come out to 30 percent of my spring wardrobe. Three dresses, one pair of sweatpant capris, one sweatpant skirt, and two T-shirts. (Apparently I either go big or go home, in terms of the clothes I put on my body.)

The hilarious thing is that nearly every item on the list replaces or upgrades an item I already own and like:

—A new gray-striped linen dress to replace an old H&M gray-striped seersucker dress that is currently gapping at the placket (that’s one thing they don’t tell you about hitting your 30s—even if your weight doesn’t change much, everything you own will start to gap at the placket)

—A drawstring “sweatpant material” skirt to replace the nearly identical skirt that I spilled coffee on last year

—More plain gray and charcoal V-neck T-shirts, because, seriously, might as well stick with what works

—A blue and green dress with a high waist and bell sleeves that is ridiculously like another dress I already own, but that one’s blue and orange (or is it white and gold?)

I keep thinking that someday I will completely change my sense of style, possibly to a newer and better sense of style, and the truth is that I’ve barely changed my sense of style since I was two years old and told my mother that I was going to wear dresses every single day.

And, when I get home, sweatpant capris with a V-neck charcoal T-shirt.

What about you? Was your sense of style equally hardcoded in the womb? Am I going to be happiest in a slightly high-waisted dress with a loose skirt for the rest of my natural life?

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