We have a Christmas party to go to in early December. Naturally I’ve been thinking about what to wear. It’s casual but I want to wear something nice and Christmassy. I’ve been thinking about maybe something in a bright, Christmas green with only little touches of red because, generally, red seems to be the preferred color when people want to look Christmassy. At the same time, I’ve been thinking about the black velour pants and tunic set with embroidered poinsettias in a necklace like arrangement that I received as a gift several years ago. I’ve only worn it once or twice. So I finally tried it on to see what I think of it now and, “Oh yeah! This is definitely what I’m going to wear!” (Black really is slimming, darn it.)
That brings me to another problem. I need a black purse and shoes. I have a small, dressy black purse but it’s not big enough for my minimum necessary stuff, now that my minimum necessary stuff includes a cell phone and digital camera, which it did not when I bought the purse. That’s not a huge problem. Wal-mart usually has decent looking purses for under $10 and nobody at this party is even going to notice that a purse came from Wal-mart, much less look down their noses at it. Shoes, on the other hand – that’s a problem. I must have comfortable shoes and those never come cheap. I have a pair of black shoes that are about 15 years old. They were the most comfortable shoes in the world back when my feet were half a size smaller than they are now but they’re a little tight around the toes and starting to show their age just a little bit.
Men don’t understand stuff like this – the need for matching purse and shoes to the outfit – and, to be honest, I’m a little bit embarrassed that I have this need because I am aware of the silliness of it but that still doesn’t change the fact that I cannot go to this Christmas party without a black purse and black shoes.
Fortunately, there’s Endless.com with their free overnight shipping so I will have time to buy shoes, try them, and if necessary send them back and buy another pair. There are several styles I’m looking at. These Mary Janes would do. (Damn, that’s a long URL) I’ve always turned my nose up at Mary Janes. I think of them as little girl shoes but… maybe. I also like the skimmer of the same brand. I’m not entirely sure about the “bubble textured footbed”. I was sort of attracted to this one but I think I’ve already ruled that out. But of course I have saved the best for last – these Hush Puppies. I think I am in love with these shoes. “Glove soft leather”… mmmm…. ooooo… ahhhhh… I would not hesitate to buy these shoes but they are at the very top of my price range and the others I sort of like cost somewhat less. Also, I suppose the skimmers, being plainer, would be more versatile.
I need to make a decision in the next day or two. Should I follow my cheapskate instincts or follow my heart?