Don't force it
Last week I had a tiny (well minuscule really) miracle happen.
A piece of clothing I had painfully decided not to purchase from my favourite consignment store two weeks ago, was still on the rack when I went in last Wednesday. I was so happy. I knew it was meant to be.
You see, in my own experience, it is very rare for something to be on the rack in a second-hand store for long. As there is only one of everything, the chances of an item (especially one that is in good condition and from a coveted brand) lasting longer than a week is slim. So the fact that this piece, aka the red sports bra pictured above, was still there meant I had to get it.
I had been hoping all week that it would still be there, and my wish came true. I made the decision to not purchase it the first time I saw it because I had been spending a lot on clothes lately and it felt impulsive. But I told myself that if it was still there a week later then I was allowed to buy it, and sure enough it was!
Now some facts about the sports bra, because facts are important:
- It’s from Lululemon. I tried looking for it online but couldn’t find it, so it’s probably not available anymore. I did find this one in a similar style though.
- It is virtually stain/damage/wear free, Aside from a little mark on one of the shoulder straps, I would think it was brand-spanking new.
- It fits like a glove. Seriously, this was one of the indicators for me that I had to get. Often when shopping second-hand things sort-of fit or are almost right, but that was not the case here. It was like it was molded to fit my body.
- I feel like I could pass it off as a bathings suit top. The fabric is clearly very moisture-wicking, the construction is strong and thanks to my lack of boobs I don’t need a lot of support. So who knows, I might take it for a dip one day or even just wear it out as a top once it’s warm enough. Gotta love a versatile piece of clothing.
So the point of this little story is, don’t force anything. Especially fashion. It just never works out how you want it to. If it doesn’t fit right, or you’re just buying it to please someone else, save yourself the money and DON’T BUY IT. There is seriously nothing worse than post-purchase cognitive dissonance (just a fancy word for regret) that you feel when you know you shouldn’t have bought something.
Take your time. Consider how often you’ll wear it, what you’ll wear it with and decide whether the price is worth it. Oh and don’t forget to wish, wishing for things always helps ;)