One of my mother's great joys in life is buying clothing for her only daughter (i.e. me). The two of us have very different taste in clothing, which is kind of a problem. The other problem is that she thinks I'm a size Large and I think I'm a size Small. (Or maybe she doesn't think I'm a size Large so much as she thinks I'm still going to grow a few inches this year so I need to buy things big and grow into them.)
Last year, my mother bought me a bunch of shirts and they are all what I call "comment-provoking" shirts. What that means is that when I wear any of these shirts, someone at work (usually someone much older than me) will undoubtedly make a comment along the lines of, "I like your shirt."
I do not like this.
First, I don't like being complimented on a shirt that I know looks ridiculous. I wore one of these shirts on Halloween and someone thought it was my costume, so I know it didn't look good. I only wore it because I was sick of my usual clothing rotation and it pains me to see a shirt in my closet with the tag still on it.
Second, I generally dislike compliments about my clothes from people I see every day. Because if they have complimented me, that means they noticed my clothing. And that means that I can't wear that outfit again too soon because as a woman, I have to maintain the illusion of never ever wearing the same outfit twice, despite the fact that I basically rotate between 6-7 different shirts and pants.
Damn, it's hard to be a woman.