What (not) to wear

I was standing in Myer looking at coats, accompanied by my very own “What Not To Wear” Trinny and Susannah — only these two were called Marita and Justine.

They spurned the jacket I was considering, instead pointing out a more expensive one. I tried it on.

“That’s a very good coat Daniel.”

“It is.”

For a moment they seemed so approving I almost thought they were taking the piss.

“See that’s casual enough to wear on weekends.”

“Look in the mirror. Those shoes aren’t helping.”

No, it’s true, the shoes weren’t helping. Even with my limited capacity in the clothing judgement department, it was undeniable that the coat was very nice. Ch-ching, or should I say swipe — another purchase on the credit card. Maybe the sales assistant sensed my fear; he emphasised I could return it for any reason. “Even if you decide you don’t like it.”

But I do like it. And hey, at least the advice was free. Sometimes I need all the advice I can get.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “What (not) to wear”

My wife and myself used to always advise each other like this. Even though I was a terrible dresser this always worked well. Until we had children, now we hardly have the time to try many things on and it is very hard to have a good look at each other when watching the children to make sure they don’t get into trouble (in particlular pulling the curtains open on someone change room). We still mange though.

These girls work in pairs – very good. I talked a guy into a $900 Country Road jacket once, but only once. If only I had an accomplice I could have fixed his shoes too….

Rob’s right, coffee is a good reward.

Where can I get my own “Marita and Justine”?
You’re not the only one who needs help Dan – I’d be naked now if it weren’t for my mum!

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