April 29, 2016
I’m a big fan of duplicating items in my wardrobe, for style, color, and sometimes even both. Often when I purchase something and the item turns out to be a workhorse piece (ie reached for often), I am easily encouraged to repeat the item in my wardrobe.
But then there are the times, when repeating a purchase doesn’t work out as well as one planned. The shoes at the top of this post are a great example.
The ballet flats on the right were the original purchase. I adore these flats, they are comfortable, with a fair amount of padding in them, and the nude color is flattering on my skin tone. When I repeatedly reached for these flats, I ran out and purchased another pair, the one’s on the left.
Unfortunately, this purchase was done, back in 2014! And I have yet to wear the second pair of flats. I still routinely reach for the flats on the right, but the one factor I did not consider, was how LONG it would take to wear out these shoes.
Another example of a repeat purchase is the top on the right, the black knit is another workhorse item, so when I saw the top on the left, which had a similar style to it, I immediately purchased it. And the top on the left has been a complete dude. There are subtle differences between the old black top and the new grey one, that make the new top a poor fit for my wardrobe. The color does not remix with my blazers, the ultimately, the grey top was returned.
When debating whether or not to repeat a purchase I have to consider two things:
- How long will it take for the original item to wear out? And will I still want to replace it by then?
- Is the potential duplicate, REALLY a duplicate of the original?
Have you ever experienced repeat failure?