April 6th, 2017
On My Mind

Buyer’s Relief

Many of us have experienced buyer’s remorse—the sting felt after making a regrettable purchase. I try very hard to never feel that sting and sometimes deliberate on an item for so long that it sells out before I commit. But, what about the reverse? I’ll coin it buyer’s relief—the feeling I get when I’ve had my heart set on an expensive item that, in the end, doesn’t suit me. The relief is the $$$$ I didn’t waste on something I would only wear out of guilt.

This happened recently with the above Miu Miu coat. I was smitten the second it hit the runway last fall and immediately put it on my spring wish-list. As I added other items to said list, I was mindful that I already had the pricey coat on there. When I got the call that it was in, I raced over to try it on. As the SA pulled it out my heart sank because, as gorgeous as it was, I knew the color would not be good on me. Disappointed? Yes. Relieved, too.


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  • I can totally relate to this situation. I have often lusted after a particular item, only to be disappointed when I have seen and examined it in person. Fit, fabric, color, construction- all can be an issue. Sometimes serendipitous clothing finds end up being my favorites as well as a “basic”. But what happens when the perfect item is not and the gap in one’s wardrobe still exits? I have the most frustrating time shopping when I have envisioned the perfect item and cannot find it.

    RebeccaApril 6th, 2017  4:49 PM

  • Coincidentally, I had the exact thing happen just this week. A fur jacket which I had been admiring all winter was just reduced, but still a very significant purchase. I knew the second I opened the box the color was not right and not going to be good on me. I felt relieved not to have to think about it any more and had it back to FedEx within the hour! Whatever the wardrobe void, if it’s significant, it’s worth waiting for.

    PaulaApril 7th, 2017  1:15 AM

  • This is why I always tell people who are truly lusting after something they think is perfect and agonizing over it to just go try it on! Most of the time it’s not what they think it is and they can let go. If it is, it’s probably worth the splurge 😉

    joannawnycApril 7th, 2017  10:16 AM

  • Lovely coat 🙂
    M&MFASHIONBITES : http://mmfashionbites.blogspot.gr/search/label/MariaV.
    Maria Vidrasco

    Maria VidrascoApril 7th, 2017  12:21 PM

  • I love buyer’s relief. I feel like I earned money! It’s a beautiful coat, but I think a tough color to wear.

    KathyApril 8th, 2017  8:18 AM

  • Finding out that something seriously contemplated isn’t right for you is just as rewarding to me as an item on sale: it’s shopping math. Or as Kathy said “earned” money.

    SueMApril 8th, 2017  1:55 PM

  • Buyer’s Relief is a beautiful thing!

    LisaApril 11th, 2017  3:33 PM


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