10 Reasons Why Not All Women Love Shopping

That all of us women love clothes shopping is a generally accepted idea, and granted, some do. I don’t happen to fall into this bunch however, and after chatting with the gal pals, it turns out I’m not alone. If you ask me, there is a reason the words retail therapy are in that order, because we’re in need of therapy after the retail part. So here are 10 reasons why not all women love shopping:



1. Changing Room Lighting: At no other time in life does mere lighting make your body look 30 years older, and yet, there you are, looking at your 50 year old self after 4 babies and apparently now suffering from jaundice.

2. Patronizing Staff: Oh hello nice Topshop lady, it’s me, an indisputable member of your demographic who is about to part with a hefty sum of money in your store. Okay, don’t say hi back. In fact, just sneer at me until I want to go and die in a hole, that’s fine too.

3. Jeans: Dear jeans designers of the world. You can have a bum and a waist as well. Just gonna throw that out there.

4.Temperature Control: In the middle of winter you need your coat and scarf just to make it between each shop alive, but once you get in there, you get so hot you simply have to leave. It’s a lose-lose situation.

5. Sizing: The Boyf once asked me in a shop what size I was, naively expecting a one word answer. “Well on top sometimes I’m a this, or a this, or on a bad day a this, on bottom I’m a this, or a this, and on a good day even a this, and in this shop I’m a this, but in that shop I’m a THIS (so I refuse to shop there) – but all this is subject to change so I always take at least 3 sizes of everything to try on. You okay to hold the bags and wait for me here? I won’t be long”.

6. The Sale Comedown: I am always falling into the sale rail trap. A sale rail? I’m BOUND to find a bargainous beauty that was made for me. Oh no, that’s right, it’s just a collection of gawdy, scary, ‘designer’ pieces that anyone would look tragic in who was not a size 6, over 6 foot tall, and on a catwalk. And even then she would look pretty daft. Things are in the sale for a reason. Instead of SALE RAIL, repeat to yourself BARGE POLE.

7. Parting with Cash: One day I hope to be able to blow £29.99 on a jumper and think nothing of it. But whilst I’m on a student budget, a tag that says £29.99 might as well say ‘2 weekly food shops, A month of bills, or 30 shots on student night!’ I just can’t bring myself to do it.

8. Changing Room Curtains: So much cubicle. So little curtain.

9. The Inexplicable Exhaustion: You’ve only walked round a few shops in perfectly comfortable shoes and bought a few clothes, so why does it feel like you’re half way through a hike, whilst carrying dumbbells, whilst wearing stilettos?

10. The Queues: You’ve finally found what you were looking for, you’ve tried it on and it fits, you’ve got the buzz you’ve been searching for all day. Then you see the queue. Forget it, you’re putting it back.



  1. September 14, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    #2, #3 and #5 pretty much sum up all my shopping trips :'( I used to like shopping, but it gets worse and worse as I get older, hahah.

    Patronizing staff is only an issue for me in younger/trendier stores, though. I’m about a size 12 and I’ve had people walk up to me multiple times to tell me they don’t carry my size (without me asking them, and in most cases I am those stores with a friend who is smaller than me hahah).

    • Emily
      September 15, 2014 / 3:58 am

      That is really horrid that they have said that! Not to mention that size 12 is the UK average! It’s not all staff, but some need to realise all they are doing is losing their company money! Well I’m glad you can relate to this post – you are not alone! 🙂

  2. Becky
    September 15, 2014 / 8:21 am

    Number 5 and 8 cracked me up! They are all so true, you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this post. Shopping is definitely a painful experience… unless you’re off to find a beautiful dress with a whole lot of cash in your purse 😛

    • Emily
      September 16, 2014 / 6:32 am

      Aw glad you liked it! And yes that would be nice! Cash that someone else had given you! A girl can dream 🙂

  3. September 21, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I totally agree with you on the staff one. If it’s one thing that turns me off from shopping it’s the staff that judges you and then makes you feel like you shouldn’t be shopping there. Oh I could go on and on! Thanks for calling that out!

    XO Corbin Tate
    Classy South Blog

    • Emily
      September 22, 2014 / 4:36 pm

      I’m glad you agree! They can be so annoying! xx

  4. September 21, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Number 6 is totally me but I tend to get Lucky in sale racks!

  5. September 21, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    I enjoy shopping for the most part but I can relate to a lot of things. It makes shopping such a tiresome hassle sometimes. I can only bear to go shopping a few times.

  6. September 27, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    I am one of those women who love shopping, but I really hate spending so thats two things that don’t work well together. However I do agree with a lot of these. Why can I never find jeans that fit well?! It’s impossible. And do they not realise if it is cold outside people will be wearing hundreds of layers and don’t want to walk into a boiling hot shop and have to strip off!? The sizing thing is horrible as well. Some shops I refuse to even look in because it means buying a bigger size.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • Emily
      September 28, 2014 / 9:22 am

      Jeans are such a nightmare aren’t they? And they are always the worst for sizing, I don’t think I own two pairs of jeans which are the same size!

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