Recently I wrote a post on lending and I realized that one of the reasons I am willing to lend or give away my clothes and accessories is that I frequently buy more than one of something. This is especially true of shoes. Often when I find the perfect shoe I will buy more than one pair, and to the surprise of many, in the same color!
I have this fear of wearing something out and then not being able to replace it. I also know that I tend to wear the same things for years and want the security of having a second pair when and if the time comes to throw out the first. The reality is, I rarely wear out the first pair.
My teenager has benefitted from my duplicate compulsion and I must say there is comfort in knowing that when she borrows something and it is worn with reckless abandon or doesn’t come home at all, I still have another one tucked away.
When a piece is well past it’s prime, it is demoted to rainwear like the bag in the upper right.