Thursday, August 09, 2018

Market Addiction

Before we moved to France in January, I carefully purchased clothes to get me through the year. Boots, sandals, running shoes, dresses with leggings and cardigans, dresses with tights, a few pairs of jeans. I was ready. I knew that clothes could be expensive in France and I didn't want to have to buy new clothes.
But I hadn't anticipated the market dresses.
First, since I still have hot flashes, I almost always wear short-sleeved dresses, even in winter, so I can peel off a cardigan and not be so hot. By the time summer came along, I was pretty tired of my short-sleeved dresses. I resisted buying a new dress though until it got close to the Fourth of July. A friend was having a party and I felt so unAmerican to not have red, white and blue to wear.
That's when I bought a white dress and paired it with a blue necklace so I was close to being patriotic.

Having successfully purchased one dress, I fell victim to the next one, a blue cotton off the shoulder number.
I couldn't help myself
I hadn't anticipated the truly hot summer. Sometimes I'd change clothes two or three times a day, and I never seemed to have enough sun dresses. I bought a green cotton sun dress. I liked that one, so I bought a red one just like it.
Wine and sun dresses
Like a stone rolling down a hill, I began to careen out of control. I bought two dresses and sent them home for Grace.
I even accompanied friends in their purchases of dresses from the market as well.
Flowers and a flowered dress
I stopped by the market booths on Wednesday and Saturday, trying on dresses in vans or hastily created dressing booths. My addiction was leading me to places I normally wouldn't go. Sometimes I simply slid a dress on over my other dress to see how it looked.

My latest purchase, not really a sundress but comfortable cotton

Can you have too many off-the-shoulder blue dresses?
I know that I have to get my addiction under control, and even if I continue to fill the closet with dresses, the summer has to end eventually, forcing me to wrap myself in warm cardigans -- but there might be a cute sundress underneath.

8 comments:

Just Me said...

They are fabulous and really suit you Paulita. My rule is it's okay as long as I'm going to actually wear the item. Several purchases in the past just hung in my closet while I wore my favorites over and over.

francetaste.wordpress.com said...

There are worse addictions than sundresses. The more you have, the less often you have to do laundry.
I swore off shopping but I really want a blue-and-white striped cotton dress with loose sleeves and no waist. Something breathable. Thank goodness it has cooled down.

Paulita said...

Just Me, You're biased, but thanks. I do definitely wear them all the time.
Francetaste, I'm sure there are plenty in the market! Hope you find one, and I agree, so happy the weather cooled down.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm so happy you commented recently, bringing me back to your Paris travels. Hope you are happy there. BTW - very cute dresses. Are you still reading and writing in France?

Jeanie said...

These are all so cute -- and you're cute in them!

Paulita said...

Diane, Yes, more reading than writing but enjoying out life in France.
Jeanie, Well, I wasn't fishing for compliments, but... Thanks

MamaKate said...

I understand the addiction - because I shop at thrift stores when I'm costuming shows, I have to constantly tell myself 'no one needs that many skirts!'. And yet somehow, I do! ;)

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