The piece I wanted but didn’t buy
For about a year and a half I’ve been wanting to add a knit tank top (sweater vest? sleeveless sweater?) to my wardrobe. I’d taken note of a few I like, most of them from Aritzia. Something like this was what I had in mind. I never pulled the trigger for a few different reasons. I like Artizia’s clothes but I think they are ridiculously over priced, sometimes I have trouble with the sizing (big boob problems, le sigh), and most recently, they are not ethical.
The piece I didn’t want but bought
Last Friday I wore a gorgeous silky top I bought secondhand in Vancouver and managed to get salad dressing on it. Not a great look. One of my colleagues and I like to browse the consignment stores in town on our lunch break once a week or so and that was how I spent my lunch hour that day. I bought this sleeveless sweater on a bit of a whim because I wanted to change into something that was not accessorized with salad dressing. I was wearing black skinny jeans and flats. The top looked fine. The outfit was fine. A bit boring, but fine.
The Challenge – Sweater Vest Outfits
When I got home and hung my new-to-me top in my closet I was annoyed at myself for buying it. I don’t like having pieces in my wardrobe that I don’t wear. It makes me feel…. panicked and guilty. I thought that this top would be one of those unworn garments and still be haunting me a year or so down the line. How annoying. So I decided to challenge myself to find different ways of wearing it and create outfits that I like. The fruits of my labour are below.
One another semi-related note, I have never, ever liked an outfit photo, or any photo for that matter, of myself. I don’t like my mirror selfies, I don’t like the pictures the endlessly patient Mr. P&P takes of me, etc. It’s why I don’t post more. I am hideously unphotogenic. I am working on getting over that because I want to show you my outfits. So bear with me ok?
Do you think I’ve successfully made this top a piece that has a useful spot in my wardrobe? Do you struggle with feelings of guilt about things you don’t wear? I’d love to know.