The last time I went to one of these, though, I took home more stuff than I had intended to. Most of it wasn't even stuff I really liked, it's just the Theory Of Relative Cuteness.
Oh, what's that? You don't know about the Theory of Relative Cuteness? That's OK, I just created it. But I think you know what I'm talking about.
|The scientific study of cuteness.|
It's like, when you go into a store, you judge the clothes relative to the other clothes in there. Say, The Gap. So, for the last few years, they have had a lot of oddly-shaped grey and nude-coloured dresses and tops. But once you're in there, you start judging the clothes against the other clothes in the same store. So, a peach-and-grey striped floofy top that you wouldn't look at twice in another store, suddenly becomes attractive. It's the Relative Cuteness of the item.
Conversely, if you go into a store where all of the clothes appeal to your sensibility (i.e. American Apparel or Joe Fresh for me) then the Relative Cuteness goes up. Suddenly, items that would be the best in a lesser store are not even put into consideration.
|Note: this would never be cute. Unless it is surrounded by yet more heinous items...?|
So it's hard to discern how cute something is, based on what's around it. This is why brides may choose to give their bridesmaids very fugly dresses - so that their own relative cuteness increases.
|Relative cuteness magnified 100%!|
It's easy to get tricked by the Theory of Relative Cuteness into buying something that you don't really like. It's a challenge to see items for themselves, not just in comparison to what they're surrounded by. ESPECIALLY when in a context where all the clothes are free.
My challenge at the clothing swap is to only take items that I actually want. I can't get carried away with things that I might maybe want. Especially since I'm trying to have les clothes (working my way toward Project 333 and all). Anyway, I will be taking a bunch of things that I never wear, so it will definitely free up some space in my closet.