Walking around without a purse


The other day I went out with just a jacket, jeans, my minimalist silver ID wallet and my iPod Touch.

See below:

Nothing else.

I cannot tell you how many times people stopped me in the stores I was browsing in (mostly clothing ones), to ask me if I was an employee.

A couple of times, they were telling me it’s because I had such a nice looking jacket on (??) but the rest of the time it was pure mistake.

For the record, I wore a bright purple Lululemon jogging or gym jacket, so it wasn’t a suit jacket or anything like that.

I’d also like to think that they probably thought I looked like a college student 😛

Then I realized something: As a woman without a purse, a bag or something in my hands, it looks weird.

Guys can go around in just their outfit and their wallets, empty-handed and blend in perfectly.

Women on the other hand, always have a purse or a bag of some sort. So without one, we’re mistaken for being employees in a store because the markers of client (woman shopper) aren’t there.

This is of course, completely unscientific and unproven.

It was only one walk, but it sure made me think!

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.