Personal Shopper

by Courtney Sirotin on May 17, 2013

Sometimes I fantasize about having a personal shopper. I don’t enjoy picking out clothes and I’m always confused about fashion. I often have questions about what to wear under what or which shoes go with certain pants. Fashion is one area of my life where I have very little confidence. I will wear bold things now and then, but I don’t stray far from my “uniform”, which is a Dress Down Friday affair nearly every day of the week consisting of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.

Another reason I play things safe and stay in my fashion comfort zone is sensory related. If I were being raised today and going through the school system I would probably have a few classifications, like Sensory Integration Disorder. For example, I need the top of my pants to reach a certain spot on my hips – and they mustn’t sag – or I can’t deal. I also need the arm pit area on my shirts to be very tight or very loose and flowy but nothing in between. (I can’t stand when you raise your arms and there is a little web of fabric underneath!) The back of my bra has to be a certain width and my socks cannot  move throughout the day or they are they only things I will think about. Frankly, if I could get away with wearing something like this every day, I think I would be the happiest person alive:


(Except, I would need to wear it with sneakers. Strategic ventilation would be nice too.)

I had an epiphany the other day while fantasizing about my first meeting with a personal shopper. When I’ve had these fantasies in the past, I’ve imagined my personal shopper, whom I’ll call Betty for simplicity’s sake, asking me what kind of clothes I like to wear. In my fantasy I usually tell her I don’t know and that I need her to assess me and figure out what would look good on me. But, as I was driving the other day, it suddenly occurred to me that there is something I like in clothes, something very specific, and Betty ought to know!

What I really like is STRUCTURE. I like thick and durable clothes with strong seams. For example, I like my jeans to have a wide waste band and for the stitching on them to be noticeable. I like the denim to be thick. I want to feel like my clothes are helping to hold me together.

(Whoa, getting deep here.)

(Then again, I live in yoga pants at home, so how do I reconcile that? I guess I’ll chalk that up to the fact that yoga pants are just dang comfortable).

So, in an effort to help Betty succeed at her job of dressing me, I’ve scoured the internet for some examples of what I like.

These are currently my favorite jeans:

jeans 1jeans 2

(Silver Jeans Juniors Suki Surplus)

I am so drawn to these jumpsuits and wish I had an office job just so I could wear them!


(Yes, some of those jumpsuits are flowy, but the belts and/or cuts give them structure. This is why I want to show Betty examples.)

I really like military-inspired looks like these:




Well, that’s a good start anyway. Betty, get to work!

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