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35. Are you generally a good judge of whether what you buy will end up being worn? Have you figured out how to know in advance?

I wasn't always! But I've recently figured out what works for me. One major way I use to decide is, if I'm trying to decide, it's probably a no! One of my best friends told me her tactic, and it goes along the same lines, but more directly, ask yourself, "do you LOVE it?" If you have to think about it, don't buy it.

I don't think too much about that part. Once you possess an article of clothing, it either serves you, or it doesn't, or it serves you less often, and if it ultimately fails to serve you then you give it away.

Yes, my budget dictates it.

I just try to picture it in my mind. Sometimes I'm a good judge, not always though.

Actually I buy whatever I like even if it doesn't fit me. Like I have a habit of buying amazing shoes even if they are a size 7 and I'm a 9 and half. That's because I can't help it. And then like 5 years later I'll be able to give them to a friend who happens to wear a size 7. I'm terribly compulsive.

I try it on and if it immediately feels good, and I have the money, then yes it will be worn. I generally don't buy things with a "Maybe..." feeling.

Fairly good. The waistband has to be comfortable and not overly optimistic. If I have to snap it open after eating, then it'll end up at the back of the closet.

I think I have gotten better at it over the years. I have to feel really comfortable in it when I try it on. I don't want to have to convince myself I should buy it -- that's when it usually ends up staying in the closet.

No, I have no idea.

getting better…while I'm attracted to more outlandish things on other people, I feel and look better in simpler things…annoyingly...

generally yes. wiggle around in the dressing room - envision yourself wearing it to different places. take a hot lap around the block - if you are still thinking about it - get it!

If I'm hemming and hawing over it in the fitting room, I don't really love it. If the thought that someone else will pick it up and walk away with it (especially in a thrift or consignment setting) doesn't scare me, then I don't need to have it. And if I haven't been excited enough to wear it within a week or so of buying it, I likely won't and can return it.

Yes. Usually black drape-y things in nice material I will wear from start to finish. Maybe everyday. I like unusual things made well.


Yes! But I haven't always been. For years, I was buying things that I never wore. I now always ask two questions:

1. Would Jane Birkin Wear This?
2. Do I Want to Race Home And Put This On Right Now?

If I don't answer yes to both questions, I don't buy it.

I wear most of the clothes I buy - and I only need wear something once every 5 years for me to justify keeping it. Even only once every 10 years! Eventually everything gets its day.
Rules include: it can't need substantial alterations. (I will never do these or get these done.) It has to fit me and not fit some version of me that is bigger or smaller - with secondhand clothes there's no choice of size.

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