when i originally weeded for 34 Pieces, i started by sorting my clothes. i had 3 piles. the pieces that wow me (which i had to remember to make myself wear) and the grab-and-go pieces that were easy. and then a much more interesting pile, the third, that was full of pretty nice items that just weren't quite right. why would i buy a top that didn't quite fit, or a beautiful sweater but the color wasn't right for me? because it was on sale, of course.
i always congratulated myself for financially benefitting from having taste that was just a bit off. wasn't i lucky that the quirky pieces i liked always found their way to the sale section. you know what i'm starting to think? i'm starting to think that i chose my clothes based on their reduced price more than anything else.
i compulsively shop the sale section on sites, and gravitate to that rack in the back of the store. a "sale" sign in the window always draws me in. or i should say, it used to.
here's a bit of wisdom - if you just start off buying exactly what you want, you might end up wanting what you've got. just like all typical "in the long run" good ideas, it's hard to enforce it here and now, but it's just the truest thing for me. when i buy on sale, i am usually settling, one way or the other, unless (there are always exceptions) unless it is something i admired pre-sale and then was ridiculously, impossibly lucky enough to stumble upon the item marked down, in my size, and in my desired color, with no damage! that’s when I do a jig! of course what perfect item isn't 10 times better for having a below value price to go with it, but regardless of the peace of mind this gives my credit card and conscience, the reality is that any piece of clothing is only worth the cost, high or low, IF I WILL WEAR IT. saving 50% off of a $100 to score a blouse in the wrong color is really a terrible deal. an absolutely rotten deal. any economist will tell you that if you spent $50 on something you will never use, you didn't save $50, you lost $50. if, on the other hand, you fork over the full $100 and wear the item all the time and are satisfied and therefore do not continue to search for the perfect x, you will have made a wise investment in your wardrobe.
i would rather have 3 perfect dresses, instead of 8 okay dresses. i am going to look for full-price items to put into my closet.
under what circumstances do you give yourself permission to pay full price?