Do you do this: Fall in love with something because it’s beautiful, speaks to your heart, represents a part of you that’s been unexpressed? Or something you’ve just wanted to have in your closet, or have seen in a magazine and coveted?
And then you find it, buy it, and never, ever wear it? Please say yes, so I don’t feel so alone.
This doesn’t happen to me often. I am a practical shopper for the most part, with an idea of how I like to look. I have my favorite shapes and colors and a price range I can live with. When I vary my style I usually do it gradually, like adding color to a neutral outfit, or changing up my jewelry from “statement” to discreet.
But I have fallen in love with and succumbed to exceptional pieces too. I found an ivory linen 1940’s dress in a vintage store several years ago. Crisp and flawless despite its age. It fit and looked divine. I never wore it, not once, and finally donated it to my favorite thrift store, Molly Mutt.
|It was similar to this darling dress, but in linen.|
Why didn’t I wear this little treasure? It was a little bit itchy, I had to hold my stomach in, it was pristine and I feared spilling on it, and it would need expensive dry cleaning every wear. Still, I wish I’d worn it, let my stomach hang out, spilled something on it, and felt fabulous.
I am going to try to wear things that I fall in love with, even if they are not always “practical”. I’ll apply a 90/10 guideline (cannot take the analyst out of the woman): at least 10% of the time, put on something beloved but impractical and see how it goes. Like the great suede cowboy hat I fell for in San Francisco, or my grandmother’s pearls.
|Yes, I bought a gorgeous hat like this one, and never wear it. That’s gonna change.|
If I wear it anyway, might I surprise myself? How about you: Do you have treasures you fell hard for then never wore? Would you give them a chance, or are they better admired from afar? No wrong answers of course, fashion is fun.
Have a lovely day,