I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “perfect” pieces. Probably because I’m tired of gazing listlessly into my closet for (what feels like) hours on end, being overwhelmed by a sea of “fine” – rows of options that are overplayed, uninspiring, or just not quite right for one reason or another.
This year, I’m making a conscious effort to reprogram myself. I want to be a person who buys less, even if that means spending more. I’m willing myself to actually buy that perfect dress at full price, instead of buying 4 not-quite-perfect-but-they-were-on-sale stand-ins. Because after all, doesn’t a closet filled with pieces you love, and can’t wait to wear, sound pretty divine?
And yet. Something always stops me with the splurge-y pieces, especially when they’re a smidge outside my comfort zone. Remember that alice + olivia skirt I mentioned a while back? A friend told me she spotted it on the street recently and it was as divine as I thought it would be. Still, I can’t quite take the plunge. And then, there’s this dress:
Sonar Wool Dress, Helmut Lang
I’ve had the web page for this dress open on my desktop for nearly a month. It’s not flashy, but that’s the beauty of it. Simple, elegant, but just unexpected enough to be interesting – and that cut makes it look exponentially more expensive than it is. I’m betting it would do some seriously impressive things for just about every body type.
Still, I’m talking myself out of it at every juncture. “I’ll wait for it to go on sale” (seriously, I think I’m allergic to paying full price), “I don’t really have anywhere to wear it”, and so on.
So, is it just me? Tell me, can you take the plunge when you find a “perfect” piece? Or do you talk yourself down?