“Wouldn't it be nice if retail therapy was covered by health insurance?”-Anonymous
This week I'm talking about clothes. Specifically, Paul Manafort's clothes. I'm taking my cue for subject from this week's headlines but fear not just from the sartorial point of view, not political.
Women know the depths and the heights of retail therapy and, in particular, those of us who have been overweight at different points in our lives. As we go through our slim down periods or expanding periods, our closets reflect the accordian.
I've had sizes six to 16 in my closet at one time.
Paul Manafort was indicted this week for all sorts of serious charges but the one that caught my eye was his 800K tab at a men's clothing store. I said to myself, “He paid 800K to look like that?”
So, Schadenfreude (pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune) is my theme this week. I admit it. We have all overspent trying to look good or what we thought was “good” at the time.
He appears to be headed for the “stripes” look while my sartorial misfires have been donated to Goodwill.
I've lost power this week so I'm doing the podcast on dwindling battery power but I try to bring some depth to my shallow enjoyment of Mr. Manafort's version of “The Clothes Make the Man.”
PS. I made this collage of jeans pictured above that were kindly donated to me a couple of years ago when I was doing a project about the “before” clothes often seen in contrast to the “after” clothes.
Here is the podcast where I interviewed a saleswoman for a well-known ladies clothing store. She talks about “dressing room” stories and what they reveal about us.
If you'd like to support this podcast, I suggest this mug reminding us of the true answer to all life's woes.