Have you ever looked at an old photo of yourself and wondered what on earth you were thinking when you got dressed?
Oh, I know I have. I could include some old photos of myself, but I don’t want to scare you off. Too short, too long, too dark, too light, too baggy, too tight, the list could go on forever. We have all made bad fashion choices in the past, and we’re sure to make them again in the future. But do you think that you could name your biggest fashion mistake, the one thing that you just know you never should have purchased? I know I can. I can even show you a picture. Check it out:
They’re flares, they’re long enough, and they have hidden pockets. All things that I require when I’m buying pants.
But yet, despite all the positives, I consider these to be my worst clothing purchase ever. Why?
Because they still have the tags on! This is the only item of clothing that I have ever bought and then never wore. Never even tried them on, because they never fit me, not even close. Why did I buy them, then, you ask? Let me tell you the story.
It was a sunny winter afternoon three years ago, right after I had given birth to my first child. I was hungry, tired, cranky, and seriously underdressed. I had nothing but sweatpants and maternity clothing to wear, and I felt like all the cute had gone out of me and settled upon my newborn son. Trapped at home during a 6 week, doctor ordered quarantine, keeping my tiny baby away from the bad flu season, I turned to online shopping. I added a couple shirts and a pair of jeans to my cart, after carefully measuring to make sure they would fit my new body shape. Then the magical words popped up on the screen! What were they? “Free shipping”? “25% off”? Nope.
Buy one, get one half off.
Say what! Half off my second pair of jeans? There was no way I was passing up this deal! I hurried to add another pair to my cart, but I hesitated over the size. Surely I would lose this baby weight quickly…what was the point of buying two pairs of jeans in a size I was only going to be for a short time? The second pair of jeans ended up in the cart bearing my “ideal weight” size, and so started this tale of the worst purchase ever.
It’s not just that I bought a pair of jeans that were the wrong size, or that I was hopeful about losing weight. The bad thing about this story is that I bought something that was completely useless to me. Of all the things you should never buy, useless items are at the top of the list! Clothing that is too small is never going to make you feel good, it doesn’t have some mythical weight loss motivation quality, and it is never a good purchase at any price. Even though those jeans were cheap, they cost a lot in mental irritation. And the worst part? I still refuse to throw them away, because one day they might fit!
The bottom line? If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. It’s just not worth it.