The first incident took place at Macy's last weekend. I went in with the idea that I needed a few tops to update my current lack of "stand alone tank tops" and frankly the situation left me frazzled. Our desire to be more conscientious about not buying disposable trend pieces led me to Macy's in search of "finer" things. After a tiring amount of weeding and searching, and an even longer time narrowing it down, I ended up buying a printed Elie Tahari tank and a turquoise DKNY ruched tank. But something just didn't feel right. The purchases seemed to be prompted out of: a) exhaustion b) the need to get home to relieve my man from "daddy duty" and c) the meter ticking on the already exorbitant price I was about to pay for downtown parking.
As soon as I walked out the door of Macy's I knew I had made the wrong decision. Looking back at my earlier post The 5 Common Threads of Unworn Clothes I realized I violated Rule # 1... "Do not buy something if it doesn't coordinate easily with the rest of your closet". The turquoise should have been a dead giveaway, I don't wear turquoise. Ever. I got home, tried everything on again, and my suspicions were confirmed. I liked the tops but I didn't LOVE them. So, really, what is the point? Are you going to stay in a relationship with someone you just like? Nah, I don't think so. It is all about love. So back I went a few days later and returned them. Hoorah.
Today I had an even more of a breakthrough moment when I realized I would need to return something that actually fit and I really liked, but it was not practical. (Not to bore you with all of the mundane details but I ordered what I thought was a backless strapless bra to go with a dress I am wearing to my brother's wedding, only to receive a halter style bra that was backless yet not strapless, yadda yadda yadda). The halter bra was actually awesome, but I would have then needed to buy a new dress to go with the new undergarment rather than just wearing the dress I already had and buy the appropriate bra. Sounds ridiculous, but conceivably something I would have done pre-Fashion Rehab. Back to the store it goes!
So there you have it. Budget, moderation, only keeping things you need, saving money, all that stuff. Let me know if you have had any "coming of age moments" since you let a little Fashion Rehab in your life.