I do actually happen to remember what I was thinking at the time. I had a new edgy haircut, and I thought I needed to look a certain way in order to pull it off. I felt that the new stuff I saw in stores was interesting, and I made a semi-conscious decision to steer my style toward what I saw around me, because to me anyway, it seemed to suit that particular look I was trying to achieve. To make things worse, I wasn't in love with any of the stuff I bought, but I bought it anyway. Why did the clothes appeal to me in any way, I still don't know. I didn't think the stuff I bought was beautiful, and what I was going for was probably (in the lack of a better word) the cool-factor.
What I wasn't even considering was the lack of staying power of these clothes (not to mention my haircut), and the fact that I didn't really even like them all that much. I didn't even consider that I might not want to wear that stuff a year later, that a year later these pieces would look very dated, boring and the worst of all, just like every other person's clothes. These, my friends, are the typical characteristics of my bad purchases, of my style mistakes. I have done it before, and I am sure I will do it in the future as well: I buy things that characterise a certain style or trend, and things that for a split second seem to make sense. I really ought to know it by now that every piece I don't fall in love with ends up being a thing I don't wear!
How is it with you guys? What types of mistakes do you make when buying new things - do you buy the wrong styles, wrong colours or wrong sizes? Do you follow a pattern? Have you managed to get to a point when you don't make mistakes anymore, and if so, how?
Luckily I was able to make something out of this particular mess. I raided my closet, took two big bags of stuff to Plato's Closet (not the crappy Closet I visited recently), and after ooh-ing and aah-ing over my horrible mistakes, they gave me $246 (!!!) for it. That's just about enough for me to indulge myself in a pair of Swedish Hasbeens. And yes, yes, clogs are just as trendy now as studded gladiator sandals were a year ago, but right now I am able to pause, to think with the right kind of emotion, and to realise that there is no way that beautiful clogs are ever out of style in my eyes.