I’m still trying to figure out just how I feel about this particular event in my life. Should I talk about it or not? Hum. Oh, what the heck! It’s funny.
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Total Wine. A woman asked me if I worked there (I get that a lot, my first job was in retail. It must have marked me in some way.) and I said, “No.” Now, in the normal world, that would have been the end of it and she would have gone on to find someone who could help her. Instead, she came right around, got in my face and said, “Well, it’s that belt purse you have on. You shouldn’t wear that. It confuses people.” I thought she was finished at that point and started to walk back down the bourbon aisle.
No, she came after me, and jumped in front of me again. This time she said, “I haven’t seen one of those in years, no one wears those anymore. You need to get rid of it.” Then she stalked off, apparently happy that she had educated me. To be honest, I was glad to see her go. Not because I was embarrassed, but because her attitude was a bit concerning. She was within one screech of going postal!
The offending belt purse is in fact a double glasses case that is made to loop on a belt. It’s beat up and well-loved and probably should be replaced. If I could find another. It also prevents me from getting to know the folks at DMV. Before I found these handy dandy little belt purses, I was regularly losing my handbag, and everything in it. This solves the problem nicely. My hands are free, all my essentials, including my cell phone are accounted for. I never thought of my solution as dated. I just thought of it as something that works!
Did I mention that the fashion police person who accosted me (no other word for it) was wearing an off the shoulder t-shirt, tights, and leg warmers? Yes, I not only met the fashion police and was found wanting, but I offended the fashion police from 1983! What a feeling!
How about you, has your style even been found wanting? How did you handle it?
(P.S. and as an aside—never offend a writer, you may end up in her blog!)