I know we have probably talked about this before but it has really been evident to me recently that I (generally) make much better purchasing decisions when I am measured and thoughtful, than when I make an emotional/spontaneous decision.
Having developed a strong sense of my style and what works and what doesn't, I have found I have become very particular about purchases. I will reject items based on seemingly insignificant elements (i.e things my friends wouldn't notice until I pointed it out) and will often walk away and consider the purchase overnight or for a few days or longer. I have been doing this regardless of price but, having said that, I have also found that I am buying less and buying better quality so given my budget is quite modest, I look upon every addition as an investment.
Recently I had a couple of moments of sheer spontaneity where I just went with my emotional response (possibly despite my better judgement) and splashed out and bought a couple of things with gay abandon!!
Some weeks on, I am aware that they really weren't 'good' investments for me. I like them but I don't LOVE them. Kind of like meeting a gorgeous guy and then discovering there is no substance lol.
My new long cardigan (#2) was one item. I did take the sides in and taper it, and it looks fine, but I don't find myself looking forward to, and planning on when I will wear it.
Then there was the structured grey sleeveless jacket (#3). Not quite sure what I was thinking. I kept putting it on and taking it off. Within days I knew it wasn't going to work so I was able to return it.
The other item is one I haven't shared yet. It's a fabulous draped knit sleeveless 'thingy", long at the front and short at the back, warm and snugly but in a darker grey than I like on myself. I knew it in the store but I was totally seduced by the feel of the knit and the design. I have worn it once and I don't think it's a total loss as it looks quite good when I pair it with white or soft pink but unlike so much of my wardrobe, this and the cardigan take work to style, and I realise I want much more ease when I dress. I do enjoy thinking about putting outfits together and creating new combinations, but when it gets 'hard' and doesn't flow, it's just not fun.
So it's back to measured and thoughtful for me when it comes to shopping. I have had my eye on this Metalicus Tunic (#1) for a few weeks and short of trying it on I am pretty sure there is a place for this in my closet:)
Anyway just sharing my less than finer shopping moments:) And wondering how you shop? Has YLF changed the way you shop? It has definitely changed my shopping habits as I used to be 100% impulsive whereas now I appear to have swung the other way completely.