Thursday, April 25, 2013

smart purchase or impulse buy?

I feel really guilty about this.

I purchased my floral blazer last week somewhat on a whim. I saw it around on a few blogs and just thought it was so beautiful... and so I bought it. For a $100 purchase, it wasn't something I thought about a lot. I didn't think about the cost per wear, I didn't think about how much I would actually wear it, I didn't think about the pieces that I've wanted for so long - all I thought was OH PRETTY GIMME.

And then I got it and I liked it but there were some nagging feelings. The colors were bright, and even though I liked the idea of adding something so colorful to my closet, I knew it would be limiting. I usually prefer blazers that have two buttons, and this one only had one. The shoulders were more padded than I was used to, and while that is figure flattering, it had me a bit worried.


So yes, the blazer is pretty and I was really excited to wear it, but then I thought about it some more, and the purchase just doesn't align with what I'm trying to do with my closet. Especially with school starting, and all of the "challenges" that will come with that, I want pieces in my closet that I feel confident in, and that I will get a ton of wear out of. Was spending two thirds of my monthly budget on an uncertain purchase a smart decision for now, and for the future? Probably not.

So it's going back. I know it is somewhat frowned upon to wear something, and then return it. In my defense, I only wore it for a few hours at work so it wasn't something I had on me for 16+ hours. It's going back, and then I will forget about that pretty blazer and focus on a smarter purchase - that camel blazer that I've been looking for for so long. For some reason it has been really difficult to find one right now. Granted, April probably isn't the best time to look for one but I will keep my eyes open for one now and come the fall when I am looking for something quick to throw on, I won't think about that pretty floral blazer and instead be grateful for my very versatile camel blazer.

or I'll just get this polka dot blazer because LOOK AT IT - pretty! ;)