"If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?" - unknown
I was at Barton Creek Square this week on my way to the Apple Retail Store when I passed by the Victoria's Secret Boutique. I stopped for a moment to do some "window shopping" and as I looked over the displays I noticed a person inside I thought I recognized. Upon closer inspection I realized that the person in question was a fellow real estate agent who was obviously shopping for a little something for Valentine's Day. As I continued to watch I noticed that he seemed to be awkwardly looking through the store and at the same time looking around with a somewhat guilty look on his face. Now I have to tell you I know this guy fairly well and he is about as straight laced as they come. To protect his identity we will call him "Bill". As I watched him stiffly lurching around the store I started chuckling and decided it would be a good time for me to do some shopping myself.
I casually strolled into the store unnoticed by "Bill" and made my way over to the "7 Sides of Sexy" section where he was sorting through some fairly racy G-Strings. One of the sales associates approached and ask him if he needed help and he nervously replied that he did not! Waiting a few moments longer and edging to within about 10 feet, I suddenly blurted out, (loud enough to be heard in 1/2 the store) "BILL"...BILL! Hey man, do you shop here too?" He turned around and as soon as he saw me the blood left his face and I thought he would faint! He was flustered and unable to speak so I just kept up a friendly banter, "This place really has lots of fun items don't you think?" He finally managed to stammer something unintelligible, gather up several garments and beat a path to the check out. As he left, I called across the store, "Hey Bill. I bet you have a good Valentine's day!"
Now I know, that was uncalled for but sometimes I just cannot help myself and I also know that lingerie and Valentine's day is a perfectly natural fit. I realize that men and women enjoy lingerie for different reasons but the point of this post is to let those of you who are shy about such matters know that it's okay. Every store I have ever patronized has had a professional staff that was very cool about the product. So don't be afraid to ask questions. For all couples I have a suggestion that my wife utilized for me after we were first married. Ladies, take a file card and write down all of your measurements and place this card in your partners billfold so that (if the lady in your life trusts you to purchase clothing items) you will have the correct measurements. Another tip when I am shopping is I try to find a sales associate who is similar in height, weight and proportion to my wife. This can be a fun shopping event event and when it comes to lingerie, you have to remember this key element, lingerie is not made to be worn for all that long ;-). As a service to shoppers in Austin, here is a list of other fine local establishments carrying Valentine's merchandise:
Last but certainly not least, I realize that lingerie really is something that men probably enjoy more than women but as a friend of mine who was in the fashion business used to say, "A woman enjoys being adorned and admired by her partner, no matter the shape, size or age and it's foolish to try and look like all those models in the catalogs"! So it's fun for all with the right attitude! I am laughing as I type this because it's not what a person usually finds in a Localism post (at least not in the blogs I read). However now that I have actually posted this I hope that it in some small way contributes to a little romance on Valentine's Day. Go ahead, have some fun, I promise I won't tell and if we see ourselves in one of these places together, we will act like Baptists in a Liquor store and ignore each other! It's a good life in Austin Texas, Happy Valentines Day...Y'all!
Disclaimer: I received permission from my wife to write this BEFORE posting!