This weekend is the last of summer and I just now finished up my seasonal shop. I spent a good amount of time and energy in acquiring swimwear. The other buys were actually quite unintentional and things I just stumbled upon happily. They might be some of my better buys this year, so I am giving thought to the happy accident vs hunting down of a listed item.
The swimwear was a toss up between a designer style that I really liked vs better fit of a bargain priced suit. Not until I was in the moment of changing after work into the designer bottom yesterday to go to a water slide did I make the choice that it would indeed go back. I’d had a return slated for 4 weeks but was hemming and hawing. Part of my thought process actually went like, “if I have the complete set, resale will be better on eBay someday.” Well, spending $60 on something I’m not comfortable in now to maybe recoup some money later is obviously silly thinking. I mean, I even ordered 2 sizes in this bottom and the larger size did not offer more coverage. It’s just too skimpy. Period. End of story. Move on!
Since making that decision, I went back and reordered a suit I’d first returned as maybe being too tacky. I think the mesh along with the bright red color was what had me questioning it. I went with the white version this time and think that will keep the ‘sexy’ down and make it more wearable. Reordered just the top in red, to go with my black board shorts. Again, enough balance to counter the possible too sexy vibe.
I know this sounds like a lot of back and forth and it was. I don’t like to spend so much time and energy on shopping for things. But swimsuits are hard even when you can try them on in store. Ordering them online makes it all the much more involved. Can’t fake bad fit with a bikini! That said, I’m glad it’s done and I look forward to a month or so of little to no shopping.
The other items I got I stumbled upon at both Ross and TJ Maxx. The blush and cobalt tanks from TJ Maxx were actually on my list (I’d been hunting online but not found the ‘ones’) and the wrap dress at Ross was truly an impulse buy in every sense. I think sometimes just grabbing what appeals to you across the room can be a good thing. As long as it is not the default shopping mode you engage in, that is! Often times I find I get so focused in finding the _____ that I become a worse shopper. I end up funneling my search through, say, color first instead of seeing the garment as a whole – its texture or drape.
I’ve done this with a red dress for several years now. I have tried three, none of which I ever wore. The most recent I returned right away, as the color was off. It has me wondering why I think I ‘need’ a red dress anyway. I like the color on me. But beyond that . . . I don’t have a good answer. Maybe just a red topper over a black dress would be fine. Or better. Maybe I have to let go a little of the gaps I think I need to plug in my wardrobe and just be more open to finding items a bit more serendipitously.
After all, this unplanned for wrap dress is a world better than any of the red dresses I’ve been hunting down!