AS my autumn wardrobe update mission continues, I have travelled far and wide over the last couple of weeks in an attempt to follow this season’s key fashion trends.
Leopard print and camel are two of the looks ‘du jour’ and without my trusty little hatchback in which to stash all the fruits of my labours (yes – shopping IS quite hard work) I wouldn’t be able to indulge in such mammoth retail therapy sessions.
Indeed, after a particularly fruitful mission to Bicester Village, below, last week that involved almost having to put the seats down to accommodate my haute couture harvest, I started to think….how WOULD I cope without my car?
I appreciate that many shoppers come to BV on the train or bus (public transport – how quaint!) and while this may be very environmentally friendly and relieve any parking stress, I do worry about how they are going to transport their bountiful collection of goodies home. My little car has been full to bursting on more than one occasion, and I shudder to think about how I would have managed without it.
For example, preparations for my 40th birthday weekender took approximately eight weeks, with daily shopping expeditions for dresses, party shoes, Champagne and so on. On some occasions I actually had to do a two-centre shopping spree and, even then, the boot capacity of my car always came up trumps.
My car coped admirably whether piled high with Veuve Cliquot or Jimmy Choos, but what would I have done if I was one of those ‘train-people’?
The only reason to travel by train in order to shop is so you can either have a glass or two of wine with your lunch OR because you are simply doing a pre-shopping trip recce and are only planning to buy things that can be transported in very small designer carrier bags.
In my opinion, a car with a decent sized boot and the option to fold all the seats flat in case of a bargain emergency is as essential as this season’s Chloe bag.
So while I understand the park-and-ride option as a way of saving the environment and reducing traffic chaos, I will never understand HOW serious shoppers planning to make multiple purchases (some of which will be heavy) will ever cope without the option of swapping their convertible Mercedes for their hubby’s trusty Volvo estate.
I mean, how would you get on a bus with four or five bags in each hand?
It simply doesn’t add up.