OAK side pleat maxi dress | medium. LOVE.
Rag & Bone Quinn sandals | on sale at Shopbop for $203
Everlane belt | small
Jerome Dreyfuss Florent backpack | purchased with store credit I get in return for advertising
It may seem that I’ve bought a lot recently, and I have*. But I’ve also purged A LOT, and am down to one closet and nothing in boxes. And I plan on keeping it that way. I feel a little bit like I’m moving too fast though re-acquiring new things, given all the sales, so I’m going to take a step back for the rest of the month. But not until I order the grey version of this OAK dress…**
The moment I put this OAK dress on, I knew I needed the grey one. In fact, I toyed with getting the grey one first, and not the black, but I’m glad I got the black. I’m pretty sure I’ll also love the grey version, but if I don’t, I can always send it back. And I don’t have any grey dresses right now, certainly not one like this. This dress is exactly what I wanted the Acne dress to be, but isn’t…and it’s like the caftan I wanted, but better somehow. It’s great belted, or un-belted (you know I’ll wear it sans belt more often than not, but I do like it belted!), has sleeves to keep my shoulders covered, and is long enough to lounge around in comfortably. Win-win-win.
I tried to tell myself that I can wait, order the grey one later after I’m sure I’ll wear it enough to make it worth while, but it already sold out in medium once and has been re-stocked, so I don’t want to take that chance (yes, I’ve been watching). And I still have Shopbop credit available to cover the cost, so why not go ahead?
The last time I did this though – buy another color of something I love – I still haven’t worn it. I got the James Perse slub button-front long sleeve top in white on sale at Shopbop and sought out the black version at Gilt and then didn’t wear either one. I’m sure I will wear both over time (I love them), but it’s frustrating. I also have multiple James Perse casual t-shirts, and the only one I wear very often is the white one…
So. I’m going to take the chance and go ahead and order the grey one. But like I said, I’m holding off on buying any more clothing for the rest of the month. Anyway, I’m saving up my Shopbop credits for this Acne studios sweatshirt to wear constantly when (if) it ever cools off!!
Anyway, I’ve always been an advocate of buying multiples of things you love, but now, I’m not so sure. And of course, as if she’s reading my mind, Debbie posted just yesterday about how style re-definition can make you want to shop more because you get tired or grow out of certain shapes and styles. That’s true, and specifically in my case, I have 4 pairs of Repetto ballet flats that I haven’t worn in a couple of years because I sort of feel “over” them. I will never get rid of them, because I know I’ll wear them again, but it’s something to consider.
Is it worth buying multiples of things you love RIGHT now whether or not you will love them in five years? That’s a question to ask of anything you buy, really. I think the answer is that if you can afford to, and can get rid of them when it suits you, then why not?
What do you say?
*I’m going to do a budget recap in tomorrow’s Week in Review post 🙂
**I wrote this last night, and as of this morning, I haven’t ordered the grey dress. I’m not sure if I will actually. I think I need to just enjoy the black one for a while…