Fast To Buy, Slow To Purge

May 17, 2016

4 pairs of Lucky Brand jeans.

4 new pairs of jeans in under 20 minutes.

I recently stumbled across one of my favorite jean manufacturers, holding an exceptional sale.  The Lucky Brand outlet store had select pairs of Lucky Brand jeans discounted enough times for a total cost of $12 to $16 per pair of jeans.  I immediately jumped at the chance to purchase my beloved jeans at such a low price, after all these jeans typically start at a cost of $74.50 per pair.

It took me less than 20 minutes to have the sales associate pull the jeans in my size and favorite styles.  I walked out with the 4 pairs of jeans at the top of this post.  Then came the hard part.  Figuring out which pairs of jeans to purge from my wardrobe.  It took me over 2 hours to select 4 pairs of jeans to donate.

Why did it take longer to purge than buy?

Easy.  I didn’t enter the Lucky Brand outlet store seeking to purchase jeans.  When I returned home, I had 3 options:

  1. Add the new jean to my wardrobe, increasing the total number of items in my wardrobe by four
  2. Return the jeans, despite the low price
  3. Select four pairs of jeans to donate/purge from my wardrobe

Well, I was unwilling to return the deeply discounted jeans and  I realized that I would prefer to sport my newest jeans, over my old ones, thus options 1 and 2 were eliminated.

So how did I decide which jeans to purge?  I selected my oldest pairs of jeans, as well as the jeans that were washes and cuts I never really cared for, as the one’s to purge.  Hopefully my old jeans, that still have some life left in them, will find a new home.  And now I can use the new jeans I impulsively purchased.

Which of the 3 options would you have chosen for the 4 new pairs of jeans?


  1. I really look forward to your posts! So thought provoking and really do help me in revamping my waredrobe. I guess I would do what you did and donate the cuts that didn’t fit well. I just purged yesterday and had been holding on to a flannel lined pair of jeans that I kept basically because they were long enough. I’m almost 6ft tall. I can see I need to get out of the mindset that I can’t ever find jeans/pants that are long enough. It’s still difficult, but not as hard as years past! Anyway, I purged them because I just don’t like the fit! Keep up the encouragement and wisdom in your waredrobe process. It’s helping me SO much! Thank you!!!:)

    1. I am super delighted to learn that you are not only enjoying my posts, but that they are also helping you with your own wardrobe. One reason why I started this blog was to share my experiences with others, in the hope that it would help. Needless to say, I am delighted to find out that I’ve been able to do so. Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to write a review! Cheers, Lisa

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