A. on Shopping

July 21st, 2011 § 13 comments

Chambry Dress


  • Dress – Lands End Canvas
  • Belt – from L.
  • Bag – Old Navy
  • Headband – J Crew
  • Sandals – H & M
  • Earrings – Banana Republic


Since this is not my last post, I’ll hold off on my goodbyes.  I would like to start addressing some of the (thought provoking, as to be expected) questions you all raised.  First, some thoughts on shopping.  This dress is the only new thing I have purchased all summer. I spent $10 at Goodwill in May and I can’t remember the last time I purchased something before that. I have to admit that this isn’t typical for me. Being a grad student, I’m always on a budget, but my expected summer funding fell through so now I am on an extra tight – counting my iced coffees kind – of budget.

So, how did I come to purchase this dress for almost $40? Well, I got the Lands End canvas catalog in the mail back in April and loved this chambray dress.  I showed it to my mom, my sister, friends, anyone who would look at it.  I thought about it.  I pulled it up online and looked at it there.  I imagined the various situations for which I could wear.  I looked at it online some more.  It went on sale.  I thought about it some more.  I got a coupon in the mail. I got dressed several mornings and thought: “that dress would be perfect for today.”  I told A2 I was thinking about ordering the dress online.  I thought about it some more.  Finally, three months after seeing the dress in the catalog, I broke down and bought it.  And, don’t think I didn’t consider sending it back.  So, yes this in an extreme version of my shopping neuroses, but not totally outside my norm.  I tend to agonize over any purchase over $20 and am notorious for my buyers remorse which has me bring a third of what I purchase back to the store.  Sorry, no great shopping strategies to share!  But, don’t you feel like you know me a bit better now?

So what are your shopping neuroses?


On another note, I got my haircut again.  A bit shorter this time.  And, I’m wearing headbands again!  Funny story: Years after S. and I had met and become close friends and well into this blog project, we were reminiscing about how we met and what drew us to each other.  We both wore Dansko’s.  I was a training for my second marathon and she had just started loving running.  She was super out-going and I was trying my best to survive in a class for German scholars.  And, apparently, she liked that I could pull off a headband!  Back then my hair was fairly short and I wore headbands on a fairly regular basis.  When S. told me this – probably just 6 month ago or so, I loved her that much more!  I’m going to miss sharing this special project with these incredible women.  Oops, I guess I’m getting all sad and nostalgic too.

Chambry Dress

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§ 13 Responses to A. on Shopping"

  1. Morgen says:

    First of all– the dress looks great! And the headband. I’m starting to get back into headbands, myself.

    Second– I’m very happy to know that I am not alone in my odd shopping habits. Everyone I know can find something that they look great it, buy it, wear it, and love it without blinking an eye. But me? I’m obsessive. When shopping online I look at it. Show it to the bf. Look at it more. Try to find more affordable alternatives at thrift stores/on ebay. Dream about all the occasions I could wear it, and how much more fun they would be in THAT shirt/dress/jacket (seriously). If I’m in a store? I carry it around for at least 20 minutes before I commit. And in both cases, I get buyers remorse. For me, this is probably a combination of my indecisive nature, the fact that I live on a very tight budget, and since I’m so petite ordering online is always a gamble. This drives everyone involved in my shopping process insane, but in the end I’m certain that it has saved me money as I usually 1. end up not purchasing items on a whim, and 2. what I purchase tends to fit in my wardrobe and on my body more often than not.

    Last– I’ve been a longtime lurker (2 years), but I would like to thank you all for this great project as I feel that all four of you have influenced my personal style in the best possible ways.

  2. Kelly says:

    I plan, plan, plan. I can’t just browse & buy things willy nilly. I usually keep a list of things I need, which go with my wardrobe but are also practical. I have recently finished Kendi Everyday’s 30 for 30 & have decided I need a grey cardigan & striped top. When I hit the shops next that is what I will be looking for. It’s very methodological but I would have it any other way …

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

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  4. Jane says:

    Fascinating article. Coincidnetally, I have decided to change my attitude to shopping. Now I will only buy things if I absolutely love them and I love the way they look.

  5. Mariah says:

    This post made me laugh because reading your description of your shopping neuroses is like reading a description of myself! I love, love, love clothes and thinking about clothes and reading about them. I also love saving money…a lot. This leads to a definite conflict of interest and I find myself doing the same things as you!

  6. Angela says:

    I love your haircut and color and I’m really going to miss this site!

  7. m says:

    Just yesterday I began agonizing over a purse I spotted online on clearance. I talked myself out of buying it because I told myself it was not a sensible purchase ($14 purse). Then when I started reading your post, I said out loud, “I am going to buy that purse!” I pulled up the web page and immediately closed it, telling myself I need to think about it some more. Since beginning to type this comment, I have again decided to give it another look. You are not alone in your neuroses.

    Additionally, your headband looks so great, and your hair cut is fabulous. It always impresses me when taller women can pull off really short haircuts. It is one of my mental “rules” that doesn’t really hold water and it always makes me glad to see women break it with splended results.

  8. Terri says:

    It’s an excellent dress and as a result of the neurosis, you got a good price on it.

  9. Em says:

    Love the dress–I do the same sort of agonizing if I’m buying a new clothing item that I don’t need for a specific function and always wait until I get it on sale plus promotion (free shipping, % off, etc.). The dress is a great purchase and you can think about the price divided by how many times you will wear it. I also love your new shorter hair.

  10. SEMinegar says:

    I bought that dress from LEC too! Love it. I made sure I had a free shipping coupon beforehand….so the risk was minimal….you can always return LEC at Sears! I have tons of belts and have a lot of plans for this dress!


  11. Becky says:

    You dear girls and the other ladies out in blog land have encouraged me to think about outfits and pairing when shopping so that I don’t bring home some monstrosity that the dressing room conned me into purchasing. For that I am incredibly thankful.

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