This is what happens when I catch up to my pre-written posts without writing more. And when I get sick the day I plan to write them. But bear with me, it’s I think it’s a fun train of thought. I’m enjoying the ride anyway.
photo by exfordy
One of the things I did over the last few years was stockpile lingerie. I figured a) my size has been fairly constant since I was 12 b) I’m going to be getting married at some point soon (we’d picked a year anyway) and c) lingerie is expensive. Therefore it was practical for me to buy it periodically because it’d still fit and I had the money.
I suppose I could also have put that money in an ING subaccount (though I didn’t have an ING account back then) and bought it all right before the wedding. The other advantage was being able to pick out pieces I like over a period of time. I wasn’t as pressed to find just the right things all at the same time. Every 4 – 6 months, I’d start keeping my eyes open and get something. I also received a fair amount from friends before the wedding.
Anyway, I was rearranging my dresser a week ago and discovered that even though I’ve been married for 11 months, there’s some lingerie I haven’t even worn yet.
Which makes me wonder if lingerie is really all it’s cracked up to be.
Most lingerie is time-consuming. Requires a small amount of planning or breaking off an “interesting” situation in progress. I’ll wear it, I’ll wear it all, but it still may not have been the best use of my money.
My thoughts on how I’d do it over—I’d spend my money instead on everyday underwear that was as comfortable and flattering as possible. Add a few fun pieces but focus on the everyday stuff. I could have afforded more quality and excitement in the everyday underwear if I hadn’t been thinking in terms of “special occasion.”
I don’t want to give the impression that I have horrible underwear, so let’s think of this in terms of a kitchen. The most impressive kitchens tend to have fancy gadgets or a few showcase pieces. But for durability, the kitchen’s root elements should be made from good material. For the money that went into the shiny gadgets, one could improve the quality of other parts of the kitchen.
Instead of the most high-tech dishwasher, maybe cabinets that will really last. Or a good quality dishwasher (not always the same as high-tech/price) instead of a million single-use gadgets. It’ll save shelf-space and be much more useful on a day to day basis.
Same with stockpiling lingerie instead of nice everyday items. Now that I’m married and have more bills and whatnot, I don’t think I’ll have the money to buy lingerie anyway. So maybe it’s good that I’m set for a couple years with things Micah still hasn’t seen. But when I have that kind of disposable budget again, I’m going to focus on the practical yet pretty stuff.
If you don’t wear lingerie, I’m sure you can find your own “lingerie” where you thought it made sense to go for the special but now it seems like you should have put more into the everyday. I’d love to hear what your lingerie is. Figuratively speaking.
Ok, tomorrow we really will return to your normal scheduled programming. Unless I’m still taking pseudo-sudafed and Advil like it’s candy.