Buyers remorse, you know how it goes. Your heart pounds and gut churns with excitement as you spy the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. You start to feel hot, the palms of your hands become clammy. They’re 50% off! The gaudy print is totally you! Despite the unfamiliar height of the heel, you tell yourself you can learn to walk in them. The crescendo of excitement ends with a euphoric feeling running through you as you walk off with your gorgeous new shoes.
Roll on 12 months and they’re tucked away at the back of your wardrobe. That print that was so ‘you’ doesn’t quite go with any of the clothes you’ve got. You’ve not had time to practice walking in them. Maybe you should have stuck to a more familiar 3 inch or less?
Does that story resonate with you? Maybe a pair of Christian Louboutins is a thing of dreams, but you’ve had a familiar experience with another item of clothing.
I’ve been there and I know many others have too, despite whether they’re willing to admit it or not. I’m often guilty of talking about the positive things you can do to cultivate great style. But rarely do I focus on the mistakes. After all, no matter how stylish you are, we all make them. Looking back at the things we regret buying should (or may have already) provide us with valuable lessons for our style journey.
I can quite easily say there have been 5 things I’ve regretted buying, hindsight is is a beautiful thing. So here are my top 5.
- Bold printed jeans: My preferred brand of choice was Evisu and Wale Adeyemi. I’d just started university, received my student loan and was feeling like a boss! I’d never had that much money in my bank account before so as most do, decided to spend, spend, spend! Now that wouldn’t have been bad if it wasn’t for the fact I bought lots of the same thing. Any expensive jeans with big painted logos on were like crack to me. Although through buying the jeans I learnt about great quality denim early on, I could have spent £300 on something with much more longevity. Now nothing screams 2002 like Evisu.
- Obnoxious Jewellery: I can blame Lil Wayne and the ‘bling bling’ era of Hip hop, but ultimately there’s no excuse. In my teens I decided to part with a fair bit of money, for someone of that age, to get a ‘customer piece’. Not quite platinum, my sterling silver ‘M’ pendant (short for Maz, my nickname) complete with cubic zirconia was my pride and joy. Looking back it made me look like a wannabe gangster. But it did teach me that when it comes to jewellery, especially for men, less is definitely more! I think I have it still at my parents, when I get the opportunity I’ll take a photo and put it on Instagram.
- Bold printed tops: If you thought I stopped with the jeans then oh no! You thought wrong! Not only did I want the jeans, I had to have the tops by the same brands. Bold prints, large logos and obscure quotes scrawled across my chest were my regular attire. At that time when I talked about wanting ‘something different’ then that’s what I meant.
- Primark shoes: Oh the shame! This purchase was much more recent than all of the others and at a time when I should have really known better. My trainers are almost exclusively Converse and my pair at the time had past their sell by date. Instead of forking out for a new pair I decided to skimp and get some Primark pumps. Within 24 hours the sole had cracked and they were letting in the rain. I then went and bought some Converse the next day.
- Badly fitted clothes: I didn’t know what to choose for my last spot it was a toss up between clothes that were way to big for me or Timberland boots. But it makes me cry when I think about the amount of clothes I’ve had to get rid of, as I bought them either too big or too small. Now when it comes to the fit I’m really, really strict, simply because I’ve learnt from my mistakes. But something so simple, such as fit, is often one of the hardest things to get perfect.
So that was my top 5 fashion regrets, I’d love to hear about yours.
What are your top 5 fashion regrets?
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