Contrary to popular belief, I don’t always leave a thrift store with a dress or 10.
Sometimes, I do encounter a day where I just don’t find what I’m looking for. I’m itching to spend money, but nothing speaks to me. Everything looks and feels blah on my body.
And guess what? It’s A-OK.
Aside from the obvious that you’ll have more money in your wallet for future shopping sprees, you should be a bit more choosy when expanding your closet. To get more bang for your buck, it’s crucial to invest in timeless pieces where you’ll rock a particular item for years to come. If an item has a short shelf life, it’s a poor investment that will leave your wallet slimmer and your closet crowded with uninspired pieces.
When it comes to fashion, don’t look for flings or one-night stands that only look and feel good for a moment. Discover true loves, or pieces you’ll treasure for years to come. Look for items that express who you truly are without saying a word.
Here’s what happened on this particular day:
Dress #1: A 1980s sun dress
Why it Didn’t Come Home: The fabric was bulky for a sizzling hot day in the city, there were some glaring stains that would be costly to remove, and the colors were on the meh side.
Do I Regret Leaving it Behind: Nope.
Dress #2: A floral hot pink long sleeved dress that may/may not have been by Betsey Johnson
Why it Didn’t Come Home: I didn’t feel like it would get much use at the moment.
Do I Regret Leaving it Behind: Kinda. It was a beautiful dress with a bold, gorgeous pattern. However, it did resembled many other pieces in my closet already, which is probably why I gravitated towards it. I never saw it again, so I would like to think it wasn’t meant to be.
Dress #3: A 1980s hot pink suit dress
Why it Didn’t Come Home: Who wants to feel like a giant Pepto-Bismol bottle?
Do I Regret Leaving it Behind: Hell to the no.
What I Wore to Shop: A blue and white navy-inspired striped dress I found at a street fair in Manhattan.
Why it Came Home: I usually stay away from striped dresses because I feel wide in them. However, this airy little number made me feel super confident and cool for a warm day in the city.
Do I Regret Buying it: Not at all. The dress is still in my closet. It may fit a little snug these days, but I can still rock it – and I will.