it would not be good business for the manager of a peanut factory to hire an elephant to carefully shell and sort the peanuts.
before i pick a new item, it might be useful to figure out what i want from it. before i become disappointed with an item, it might be helpful to figure out what exactly i want it to do. i suffer from hanger eye. i tend to love things while they’re still on the hanger. this means that i love them as objects, rather than based on how they work for me.
so now i’m thinking. do i want clothing to enhance my positive features, hide my less celebrated ones, or something else. for me, it’s something else. i tend to be more interested in a cardigan being a perfect color than whether or not it has a V- or round neck, long or short sleeves. tunnel vision for a random single detail, if you will (and i never keep in mind what i have at home and what it might go with – i develop instant amnesia on the spot for anything i own, including something that might be quite similar and therefore would negate the need for the item i’m considering). but then eventually this pretty-hued piece ends up being less useful than one with a round collar and long sleeves might have been. one with small subtle buttons. one that hits right at my hips. one without a collar. if i am most comfortable in pants with a high-waist, or i should say, a true waist, coming up to where my waistline is, shouldn’t i only buy pants with this type of waist (don’t worry, i already know the answer). why do i forget this so often?
are you aware of what you want your clothing to do? do you shop with a mental (or physical) list of your desired criteria? would it help?