I tell you what, though – coronavirus will certainly get me out of my dubious habit of “having a look round the shops”. Every three weeks or so I will get on the bus and go into town and have a poke about and see what’s there. Shops are so beautiful these days – sometimes it’s almost like going into a gallery.
I also like most to have a look at what people are wearing because what’s in the shops is all very well, but it’s what people are actually wearing that’s the most interesting.
Masks and queueing has killed all that for me, which on one hand is a shame but on the other hand is probably quite a good thing. I will stop accidentally buying things that I can’t be bothered to take back; I hope that I will start doing that thing that people go on about, which is buying less but buying better things. I will still accidentally buy things online of course – have we met? – but about 80% of what I buy online goes straight back; sometimes I send it back the same day. This backfired with a pair of Mott & Bow jeans, (perfectly alright, but basically very expensive jeggings), that I laboriously sent back to freaking AMERICA, which then arrived back on my doorstep a week later. Bit creepy.
I do feel very sorry for the retail sector but it was about time that something came along to halt the shopping-as-leisure culture, which is a pretty miserable thing. I try not to think about how much time I have wasted having a look round the shops, even though it kind of doubles as cardio because I definitely always did my 10,000 steps.
Where am I going with this? I don’t know. But I can tell you that I have discovered the £12 Net a Porter premier service, where your stuff arrives by special van in a brown bag the next day and then the same van comes to pick it up the day after (in my case). By my reckoning I spend £12 in town on Pret A Manger snacks, lipbalm and some random bit of snake oil from Boots, so that’s that cost written off.
Anyway, this green sweatshirt from The Great is in the Net a Porter sale and it’s gorgeous, really generously cut around the old tum. I am a size 10-12 and took a 1 in this.