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24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?
I bought a crinoline when I was drunk on a Monday afternoon during my undergrad. I never wear it but I can't get rid of it. I like the way it looks in my closet and the memory of buying it, however foolish, is a good one.
This anecdote is more about disappointment than financial waste, but here goes: I bought my high school prom dress for a little over $200. It was by far the most lavish purchase of my teens (and to this day, a clothing purchase over $150 leaves me feeling guilty and a bit queasy). I found it at a small boutique on Santa Monica’s stylish Main Street. It was turquoise with an asymmetrical cut and large red roses embroidered all over. There was also substantial boob-padding stitched into it. I didn’t love my boobs at the time, but the padded versions were even worse. In the end, I ignored the awkward fit and bought the dress, convinced that its unique fabric (and steep price) would make the purchase worthwhile. I spent most of the evening uncomfortable and self-conscious, tucking and re-tucking my boobs every five minutes. Prom as a whole was an overpriced letdown. So maybe the dress was perfectly symbolic.