Male order

Years ago, I ran a couple of Mail Order catalogues which were great for buying the kids clothes and mine for that matter on a budget.
Every so often, I’d order a variety of stuff in different sizes, and what I liked that fitted was kept, and the rest returned. All this was ‘on credit’ but no interest was applied as you had a few weeks to pay.
I hate trying clothes on in a shop. It’s such a hassle getting in and out of the changing room, out and in my own clothes, and in-between finding the chosen style and size don’t fit or suit. At least I could have a fashion parade in the comfort of my own bedroom with an honest mirror. Have you noticed how things look different on you in the shop compared to at home? Lighting and angles are everything.
When we went down for my mammogram a couple of weeks ago (no results yet) I had hoped to go into a low-priced store to stock up with tee shirts and joggers. I wear men’s joggers and tees because a) they are cheaper, and more importantly b) more generous in length. If my waist started directly below my boob, I’d be quids in.
Fat chance the way things turned out, but the town’s Covid numbers were rocketing so we played safe and kept our shopping to arts and crafts, hot food and coffee on the outskirts.
Today, we finally got round to check if they did on-line shopping.
They did, hurrah, so I was all ready to place an order of around £50 to stock up for both of us, only to find that they are currently not doing home deliveries. Damn!!

According to the government guidelines, clothes are not ‘essential items’, and as such, clothing stores are closed. Double damn.
I have a problem. Before my mastectomy, I’d bought a lot of tees, but they were actually vests for the summer. Not that I’m embarrassed being one sided, but in the summer, wearing The Precious could make me all hot and sweaty, and to go without, looks a little strange! As things turned out, we didn’t really have very much ‘vest’ weather this year, but the other tees I had in storage were Hubby’s size so a little tight on me, and the ones from my ‘heavy’ days were sleeveless and just a tad too baggy.

Bouncing around on the internet, we finally came across tee shirts at an affordable price, though at £3.50 each almost double the £2 we could have paid, so I placed an order for 4.
Of course, I had to open an account.
Of course once that was open, I had to start from scratch for my items of choice.
Of course payment required an authorisation code which had been sent to my phone.
Of course Hubby had my mobile as he was waiting for a call from the doctor (another shambolic story) and was up at the surgery having his blood test, so by the time I’d contacted him to tell me, the damn thing had expired!!
Damn, Damn, and thrice Damn!! Still, it was reassuring to know that when they say a code is only valid for a certain time, it is only valid for that time.

Anyway, Hubby came home, so I resubmitted my details and got a new code. The goods should arrive next week. They should fit if their size chart is correct. If not, they’ll fit Hubby and I’ll order the next size up for me.

It looks like this is the way we shall have to go in future. I’m dreading buying shoes.

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19 Responses to Male order

  1. I realize this article is major importance as we do have to wear clothes (a rule for outdoors). The title was a bit humorous ‘male order’ – if only I could order one – then as I read further the sign of the times and unable to order due to non-delivery (sad). Then the cartoon pic ‘big babe’ OMG a sight and big chuckle (much needed). Further reading – ah, online shopping can be draining (page after page of selections) takes more time compared to browsing in stores. I’m glad you finally managed to place your order. A nice read with a few laughs. Thanks, Di.

    • You’re welcome June, and so glad to make you smile. 20 years ago I weighed in at 18 and a half stone (260lbs, 117.5 kg). Now I’m a good five stone lighter but still trying to lose an extra 10 lbs or so. I have a tee shirt from those days that swims on me, but I;ve always liked things baggy!!

  2. Sadje says:

    I never bought running shoes online. My foot has a mind of its own and I can only wear open fit flops which are easier to buy.

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Shoes and bras… the two things you really need to buy in person. But many online places now let you order a selection of sizes and return them. A hassle, but you don’t get stuck with upfront payments for things you won’t be keeping.

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  5. murisopsis says:

    I refuse to purchase shoes on line. The sizes are all over the place and each different color (in the same style) will fit differently!

    • I know. We had a lovely shoe shop in Poole who came to know us very well. It was nothing for us to go in, try on umpteen pairs and not buy anything. But then if we found something we liked and were comfortable, we’d buy two pairs each. I wanted two pairs of a particular design and they ordered them in with no obligation. I had them both.

  6. willowdot21 says:

    I honestly think shopping on line is the way we have to all go! A little tip but you probably know this, check the reviews people very often say what the sizing is like .💜

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