Thursday, September 8, 2011

Charlotte Russe

Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a big shopper. My mom and sisters particularly know that getting me to go clothes shopping is like taking a crocodile on a walk through a dog run: possible, but exhausting, painful, and most likely ending in tears and/or blood.

HOWever, I have a secret. If I had all the money in the world (or even just spending money in general; curse you, college expenses!), I would shop at Charlotte Russe every day. When I go to the mall, it takes considerable self-control not to get sucked into the whirling vortex of awesome that is Charlotte Russe.

Why Charlotte Russe? Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, I was seventeen and got asked on a date by a guy I'd liked for a while. I got it into my head that I had to wear a fantastic outfit for this date, so I went to the mall with a friend in search of the perfect top. We went to every single store--Forever 21, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Old Navy--all for naught. There was nothing that was "me" enough or if I did like it, it cost far beyond my meager earnings.

I was just about to give up when something in the window of Charlotte Russe caught my eye. I can't remember what it was, but I walked in and fell in love with just about everything on display. Everything was so chic, so classy, so bohemian! Nothing was too loud or ripped or neon. It was accessibly trendy.

I picked out a few things that caught my fancy, and then I found the clearance rack. Oh. My. Heavens. I ended up buying my perfect top from the clearance rack: a brown cowl-necked sweater that cost me $3.75. Not only was it cheap, it was good quality! I'm still wearing that sweater three years later and there aren't any holes, frays, or rips. The same goes for my $20 black corsetted-back vest. Good quality, and I can wear it to anything!

As such, I am a huge fan of Charlotte Russe. Not only do they have simple, appealing store layouts, they've got an incredibly fun and flavorful official site as well. If I were to make a fan site, I would have pics of celebrities and regular folk wearing Charlotte Russe apparel. (Yet another thing I love about CR: it looks good on everyone.) I'd have discussion boards where people could post ideas for new products or just discuss their favorite thing they've ever bought there. Maybe there'd be a section where the origins of CR are explained and introduce the owners. Of course there'd be a steady stream of posts to let everyone know what sales and deals are going on currently.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to close my eyes dream of the day when not all my money goes to living expenses so I can buy this and this and these.