Cynthia: I keep my clothes forever. This is a Corey Lynn Calter skirt that I bought from Anthropologie in spring of 2001.
|Corey Lynn Calter skirt from Anthropologie circa 2001
Cynthia: I loved this skirt immediately upon laying eyes on it. It was unlike anything anyone else was wearing at the time. It was knee length and A-line and looked pretty, not slutty. It reminded me of my super hip baby-sitter from the 70’s.
But, it was $88. Oh my gosh. Eighty. Eight. Dollars. That was a fortune for this theatre actor/waitress. To spend that much money on a skirt was… scandalous!
Every day for a week, before my play rehearsals would start, I would walk over to the Anthropologie store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and agonize over whether I should buy it.
Finally, my fashionable but frugal castmate kind of gave me permission. She said, “buy it.” So, I bought it. (It is possible she got sick of me talking endlessly about a skirt while she was trying to memorize her lines.)
It only took about two seconds to get over my guilt. I wore it constantly for the first five years and still take it out a few times every year. It has held up remarkably well.
And that is what started my love affair with skirts from Anthropologie.
Although I still think $88 is a lot of money to spend on a skirt.
Marcy looks at Cynthia askance.
Marcy: Think of how many cans of Friskies you could buy with $88.
Cynthia: There are a lot of things we could do with $88. (warning) Don’t make me feel guilty, Marcy.
Marcy: No worries. You do that to yourself.