Recently I’ve received dozens of catalogs. Some make sense like the fall bulbs for planting (which I no longer plant) but I also received summer clothes sales catalogs, pet catalogs and ones devoted completely to swimsuits.
By July 4th the summer clothes are on sale or gone. If you need a new swimsuit in August you will have to settle for what they have. (Ok, so it’s two sizes larger and a color that makes you look like vomit. No one will notice!)
It’s not officially summer yet. How can they put summer clothes on sale?
I haven’t worn a swimsuit in at least a decade, maybe more. When I go to the beach I do it in shorts and a tee-shirt. So why do I get a ton of swimsuit catalogs? It’s a conspiracy!
The swimsuits of today are nicer than the ones available when I was young. I like the colors and the styles. When I was a young snip, if you were under 50 you wore a two piece and there wasn’t much fabric. You had to be careful. Any strenuous water exercise would find you topless or even with your bottom beyond your bottom. Only competitive swimmers wore the stretchy one piece suits that flattered no one.
Today’s styles have more coverage (some of them). They are designed to make you look good (no small task!). There are tankinis which are like a full suit but in two pieces. There’s boy shorts, skirts and full cut bottoms to hide your…um…bottom.
Those catalogs went directly to recycling (after a short period of longing for the old days).
I linger over the fantasy catalogs. Those are the ones that sell products and clothing for a lifestyle. One that includes sailboats, verandas and delightful cocktail parties. (How often have you been to a delightful cocktail party?)
The clothes are edgy without being skimpy. It’s an avant-garde look. A style middle-aged celebrities (with sailboats) would have. I love it but I rarely wear it. If I showed up to a party in a kaftan, my friends would wonder.
Perhaps I should go back to the fall plant catalogs. Or maybe the pet catalog. I need flea stuff for the cats.
The worst thing about aging is that you get so much more practical. Practical isn’t fun.
First photo courtesy of Soft Surroundings, second from the Athleta catalog.