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24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?

Anything that I have ever washed. I need to read labels.

When I was younger and had less money I spent some large sum of money on a corset and medieval shirt that I never ended up wearing. C'est le vie.

It was only $11, but I bought a pair of clearance jeans that I thought I liked, wore once, forgot about just long enough to not be able to return them, tried them on again and decided I didn't like them. I don't know if that's the BIGGEST waste, but it's the first thing that came to mind.

IN my first post-university job I was working at a magazine as 'assistant editor' and I hastened to The Bay and bought a three piece suit: vest, skirt, jacket. Black. I had this idea of myself as career girl. Didn't last long. I got fired. I was a hopeless career girl. It was an idea of myself that didn't fit. Funny, that word 'suit'.

I'd buy something that didn't really fit because I liked how it looked so much. Never a good idea.

I bought a pair of spiked Sam Edelman heels. The heels are literally covered in metal spikes, and since I bought a size too big on sale, they don't really fit me. So as I hobble in them, trying to keep them on my feet, I often scrape the tops of my feet, sometimes drawing blood. But I look really stylish. Everyone says so.

anything I thought would work on a bigger chest because it looked good on a model with an A cup!

whenever i try to go "corporate" and spend the money on a nice pair of "work pants" i end up never wearing them, because the corporate look just isn't my thing. and those work pants are not cheap!

In adulthood, I bought a Michael Kors leather bag, which I intended to be my forever bag, but then realized it was way too small for my everyday needs and stuff was always spilling out the top. I could never zip it. I hung on to it for a while because I had paid a lot for it, but eventually sold it on eBay so she could find a good home. And bought a new vacuum with the proceeds, which is my weird, practical side coming out. I would not consider this a waste, but a lesson.

A pair of Marc Jacobs knee-high boots that I only wore once. They were nice in theory. I sold them to a high end consignment store for the same price I bought them so in the end I guess it wasn't a waste.

I have always been able to resell anything so it never ends up being a mistake.

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.

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