Window-shopping – pleasure or torture
Torture it is…
Normally I’m not a big fan of window-shopping. I tend to find it more torture than pleasure.
Thing is, if I see something I like, I want to buy it. And if I can’t -because I’m not a wealthy person- that frustrates me. Where’s the fun in that?!
So I go shopping when I ‘need’ or want something and when I find what I’m looking for, I buy it and I go home. Period. Yes, I’m
boring sensible like that.
…but sometimes it is a pleasure; it really is!
Since we live near Orchard, Singapore’s number one shopping street, with mall after mall on both sides of a 5-lane street, our walks often lead us along kilometers of shop-windows. And not ‘just any’ shop-windows.
No, Orchard Road is lined with flagship stores from all imaginable high end brands: Chanel, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Kate Spade and many, many more.
And I can’t deny that their windows are often something else!
Shop window displays as art installations
Walking along these shop-windows often feels like walking along art installations.
Many displays are a real feast for the eye.
Often the window displays of the high end brands are very pretty and photogenic.
On top of that they sometimes tell a story, are interactive, funny or entertaining.
In those cases, window-shopping becomes a pleasure, even for me.
Have a look at this display:
Cool, isn’t it?!
And what about this one?
Oh…if only I were a millionaire…
I usually buy cheap clothes. Allright, MANY cheap clothes, I will admit to that. But I never pay much per item.
Now I know women that are avid thrifters. For bargains, to have unique items or out of ideology (recycling and such). They would not spend that much money on high end fashion even if they could.
I understand where they are coming from, but it does not work that way for me.
Maybe thrifting is different and better in countries like Canada and the USA, but in Holland 1. there are not that many thrift shops, 2. they are not as crazy cheap as in the fore-mentioned countries and 3. there are less spectacular finds like my friends from overseas regularly stumble upon, 4. they hardly have clothes in my size.
On top of that recycling and consumerism are not on the top of my list of concerns, to be honest.
So yes, if ever I were to become a millionaire -or make that: a zillionaire- I probably WOULD buy myself some Chanel, Burberry Prorsum, Prada, Miu Miu and what not, from time to time.
I’m not impressed by brand names and I’m definitely not yearning for designer bags or anything.
But sometimes haute couture or high end fashion DOES make me drool.
And for the men:
Some things I would never wear, but they are fun to look at:
In a couple of weeks I return to Singapore and honestly, I can’t wait to check out what’s in the windows of Chanel and the likes. It’s been over three months now, so everything should have changed by now!
How about you? Do you love or hate window-shopping? Can you enjoy a window-decor as a piece of art? Are you a thrifter? Would you buy expensive clothes if you could afford them? Or is that against your principles?