Pardon my cursing, but seriously…what was I thinking? This refrain has gone through my head many times since I started purging my wardrobe. Now that I’m really finished, I thought I better try and learn as much as I can from those WTF purchases to prevent them happening again. Thing is, it’s easy – I know EXACTLY why I bought what I bought, when I bought them.
I was under the influence
I bought the Madewell Erin booties (seen here & here) on a trip to Austin right after Ozzie died (my dog of 14 years) and while I was out shopping with a friend. It was cold, I was still sad, but trying to get some relief for a while, and I’d been looking for a pair of ankle booties forEVER. So I bought them, even though they’re brown, and they’re a more Western style than I usually like. I did get them for 20% off, but still…they were $175 and I only wore them twice. My friend loved them, and convinced me that brown is great with gray (it is) and that I’d regret it if I didn’t get them. I agreed with her, and honestly, really did love them, but that love faded quickly. And damn, don’t I wish I had that $175 back!!! But sunk costs…
I pulled them out recently while going through shoes to purge, and thought WTF? And then I thought maybe I’d try to get them dyed black or gray, but even so, don’t think I’d wear them enough to make it worthwhile; they’re just not my style, and I’d rather wear my Everlane loafers now.
I fell in love
After I lost weight, I literally fell in LOVE with everything I put on my body, and wanted to buy it all. I did buy a lot of it. So specifically after Ozzie died, I was shopping as a diversion, would try stuff on that actually FIT, and fall in love with how it looked on me (through grief-and-lonely-colored lenses), then buy it.
Exactly what happened with the Madewell booties; I thought I finally found a pair I could wear and that looked good with my thicker calves. I did…but again, I’m not the ankle bootie type. As much as I want to be, and as much as I LOVE ankle booties on other women, I just don’t love them on me. Even a “shootie” type like the Madewell version isn’t really my style. Well, maybe if they were black…but I don’t think so.
I fell for “every woman needs _________”
I think I’m finally over this one, thinking that I should have everything that “every woman needs” even if I don’t like the style on me. Chambray shirt anyone?? Ankle booties? (sold my Rag & Bone harrow booties recently) Denim jacket, leather jacket (my Veda Max jacket is on eBay)??
So, the denim jacket is the last holdout…I did really want a denim jacket, and when I tried on the Joe’s Jeans oversized jacket I fell in love, AND I thought “finally! a denim jacket for ME!” And yes, I love it, but I don’t wear it. Turns out, denim jackets aren’t really my style. I like the idea. And I love denim jackets on other women, but I’m more of a cardigan or black slouchy blazer type gal.
It was cheap/on sale/discounted/”free”
This gets me every time. Or used to. I got the Madewell booties because they were new, and I had a 20% off coupon. I did like them, but I was obviously clouded by the discount. And the denim jacket I got with credits at Shopbop – not ‘free’ exactly, because I earn those credits, but I didn’t have to hand over any cash, which made it easier to stomach spending more than $200 on something I wasn’t really even sure of. **more on this tomorrow in The Minimal Closet…
These are the last holdouts. My closet is officially purged. I still have a box of things I’m saving for a spring/summer purge if I don’t wear them, and a box of things I’m taking to share with family over Thanksgiving, but this is it. I don’t have anything else to get rid of. Whoa. Now what?? Haha. I guess I’ll figure that out.
In the mean time, if you’re interested in either the Madewell booties or the denim jacket here are more details:
Madewell Erin booties (SOLD!!): size 7 (the fit my size 8 foot okay when I bought them, they feel a little snug now, but I’m still recovering from summer feet), only worn twice, asking $90 including free domestic USPS priority mail shipping. Here’s a listing on eBay so you can get a better look at the shoes. I can also send more pictures if you’re interested, and email me to grechen (at) grechenmedia.com
Joe’s Jeans oversized dolman denim jacket : size small, worn a couple of times, in perfect condition. Here’s the “new” distressed version on Joe’s Jeans site (ugh… I really love it!!), and an outfit on me (mine is darker, not distressed). I’m asking for $75 including domestic USPS priority mail shipping.
Contact me – grechen(at)grechenmedia.com if you’re interested in either of these pieces before I put them on ebay.
And, what are your WTF was I thinking items? Have you purged them? Are you still holding out hope that you’ll wear them??