I was paid some royalties today :-D! Thanks to the exchange rate, I had enough to buy the cheapest dress in the sales from H&M! It's an unusual tent-shaped dress with no collar, fluffy sleeves, and a cornflower-blue flower pattern. It isn't the most beautiful dress, I think, but it is really practical and so lovely and cool to wear in this heat. I think I shall frame it once it wears out, to remind myself that this was my first ever purchase with my royalties.
On a side note, I noticed that spring/summer 2018's womenswear in a shop for mature shoppers which I won't name was in a wild, dazzling array of styles, patterns and colours. There were sleeveless tops, tops with huge bell sleeves, long crimpled skirts, tiny shorts and skirts, earrings, necklaces, handbags, weekenders, trainers, flip flops, sandals, socks, pop socks, makeup etc. Encouraged by what I saw, I thought I would get something in the sales for the men in my life, so I went to the men's section, where I never normally go unless I have a birthday to cater for. What I found left me reeling. All the colour, flounciness and variety for women was distilled into jackets, shirts, t-shirts, ties, and socks in monochrome navy blue, black, beige, white, and brown. It was just so boring.
I came away feeling very sorry for mature men in general. Is it discouraging for them to know that when it comes to clothes, they can't be flashy like lions, or colourful like peacocks and birds of paradise? It's the summer! Why was the menswear I saw so drab and dull? The most colourful item I saw was a tweed sort of pattern on a flat cap. When it comes to this summer's clothes, have all mature men received a memo to chuck colour, vibrancy and variety out the window? Hmmn.
Anyway, thank you to my readers, you have made this Beanie a very happy Beanie! :-D!