January 10th, 2020
On My Mind

Resolution: Restraint

Buying doubles has been my shopping credo since forever — having a backup of a beloved item gives me peace of mind. However, acquiring an item in multiple colors is a habit I’m determined to break.

A few years ago I shared an office with the stylist and designer Amanda Ross Bacon aka ARossGirl. It was 2014 and I was head-over-heels for a Céline hobo, which I purchased in a number of colors. One day, as I was sporting yet another new hobo, Amanda cautioned “you don’t need them all, Preston.” Fast forward to January 2020 when, while packing my closet to move, I realized that I wear two of the bags much more often than the others — Amanda’s comment was spot-on.

So, as much as I love beige, I bought the Bottega Veneta mesh pumps solely in black because they actually look better on me. The Gucci 1955 Horsebit bag in brown is currently attached to my shoulder and even though black is great too, I don’t need it.

Let’s see how long this resolution lasts…

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ANNA QUAN

Bebe ribbed cotton top

CELINE

Manon Wedge

CELINE

Deeply pleated shirt dress

HERMÈS TIMESPIECES

Heure H 21 mm small gold-plated and textured-leather watch

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

TOTÊME

Aviles ribbed wool-blend sweater

GUCCI

Grosgrain-trimmed cady tunic

CELINE

Lerins sandals in vegetable-tanned calfskin

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

Satin midi skirt

GUCCI

1955 Horsebit grained-leather shoulder bag

BOTTEGA VENETA

Stretch Pumps in mesh

BOTTEGA VENETA

The Pouch medium leather clutch

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  • Oh, Preston, I’m not sure we can be sisters any longer! Over the years you have convinced me to buy classics. Which I do, often in multiple colors. I love being able to swap out my winter black hobo for summer tan or my luscious autumn oxblood. Instead of wearing one to death, then not being able to find it again–classics have a way of disappearing–I have three bags that will last forever. And pumps, cashmere sweaters…you get the idea. This is one resolution I hope you reconsider! Because, as always, you are my inspiration.

    EricaJanuary 10th, 2020  9:35 AM

     
  • My resolution this year is to not buy any shoes or handbags. I have way too many. All beautiful and all classic. We will see how long this lasts!

    Elizabeth VelasquezJanuary 10th, 2020  9:54 AM

     
  • I do think that when I am attracted to an item, it is one particular color that appeals to me most. I have learned to go with that one, even if it is a less practical color. Don’t know if that is the smartest move, but I find the color of something is an integral part of it’s appeal to me.

    AprilJanuary 10th, 2020  9:57 AM

     
  • I agree with April. I’ve had a habit of buying doubles in handbags and shoes in cognac and black. One is absolutely worn more than the other and it’s because the original color appealed to me first. I think the Gucci handbag is beautiful in all the colors, but…the brown is the standout.
    I do buy multiples in different colors, if I find a great sweater or tee shirt. No more with shoes and bags.

    KathyJanuary 10th, 2020  10:55 AM

     
  • Multiples are definitely appropriate for lower ticket items like jeans and tank tops. There are so many great bags out there I’m almost never tempted to buy two in different colors.( the Dior book bag is my exception and I don’t regret buying two and I want another!!!!! I often buy the same shoes in different colors and I agree with your readers that one color usually gets worn more so I’m going to try and break that habit!!

    Paula BJanuary 10th, 2020  11:14 AM

     
  • Preston I wish you luck! I’ve been trying to break the habit of buying multiples for years…I’ve found it’s worth while on more classic items, Gucci Loafers, Kelly ‘s and Birkin’s are great examples. It’s the seasonal
    fashion items that really are unnecessary. Keep us posted on how it goes, all tips are welcome!

    JoannJanuary 10th, 2020  11:14 AM

     
  • For Paula B – I’m so curious about the Dior book bag. When it first came out I thought it was hideous and now I’ve sort of fallen for it? (This happens to me often) I love totes, so that part I know would work, but I’ve worried it’s too flashy or too much logo? But I know you don’t dress that way so if you could expand on it, that would be amazing…

    KathyJanuary 10th, 2020  12:12 PM

     
  • I am intrigued that so many women buy bags in multiples. I do not have two identical of anything except for Petite Bateau tees (in all colors and sleeve lengths and Tod’s driving mocs), both of which have been on repeat in my closet since the early 80’s. I love my favorite handbags, but I’ve never feared they are going to wear out (unless it’s a dress bag/special skin/fabric, of course). I have bags from the 80’s that are still not close to being worn out. Like April, I’m attracted to certain bags in particular colors and feel that one particular color is ALWAYS the standout. The brown Gucci bag was the obvious standout when you posted on it. Once I’ve seen the best color, I can rarely get interested in anything else. Who wants the second best color?? Or the third best?? : ))

    PaulaJanuary 10th, 2020  1:31 PM

     
  • I used to be very “if you like it in red you’ll love it in blue” and buy the same thing in multiple colors, but after a while I realized that a) I get bored with wearing the same thing over and over, even if they are different colors and b) there was always the color that I wore all the time while the other one didn’t get worn at all. But I still believe in back-ups!

    joannawnycJanuary 10th, 2020  3:06 PM

     
  • An admirable resolution and so much better for the environment! When I want doubles or replacements for some of my classic, beloved pieces, I go resale. The luxury sites have a host of new/almost new clothing and accessories.

    BonnieBHCAJanuary 10th, 2020  5:44 PM

     
  • Think I have to weigh in with April and Paula as I’m always drawn to a particular colour of most things, especially accessories. Of course, being drawn to the same hue is not always a good thing, but that’s a different discussion and post!

    SueMJanuary 10th, 2020  6:06 PM

     
  • For Kathy,
    I hear you! I wasn’t sure at first if the book bag was worth the money. It’s unlined, it folds flat. No pockets. All canvas – no leather. Still, I took the plunge and got one ( resale) in khaki and black and I used it all fall. When Dior recently came out with a new toile print version in black, white and tan, I jumped at the chance to buy another. Great as a bag to stuff and use as a carry on, perfect for just a day out. It’s really amazingly sturdy and holds its shape well. I just love it ! Perfect to fold flat at the bottom of your suitcase – takes up no room and you have a whole extra bag on a trip!. I will probably get the book bag in traditional print in burgundy next. I’m hooked! Note: these bags actually cost more when you buy used because Dior releases them in small batches and they sell out quickly. . If you find one you love that’s new, you actually can pay less.

    Paula BJanuary 10th, 2020  10:11 PM

     
  • Thanks Paula B – I love totes, and have given up on the idea that I’m going to be a small bag person.
    Not sure I’ll spring for the Dior Tote, but I do love the toile print one and you’re very lucky to have it as I know they do sell out fast. Thanks for such a thoughtful answer.

    KathyJanuary 11th, 2020  8:35 AM

     
  • I love this resolution. I buy multiples of clothing (jeans, white button downs, pajama sets), but when it comes to shoes and accessories I am one and done. My closet is comprised of denim, white, black and gray, so I am always drawn to the black version of the latest shoe or handbag that caught my eye. This makes it much easier to decide which one to purchase, and it’s also easier on the wallet 🙂 My one exception might be the Gucci loafers as I have worn them to death and might need a fresh pair for the new year!

    MichelleJanuary 11th, 2020  10:24 AM

     
  • I agree with Michelle, with a black , white & grey wardrobe..where the only colour is a Burberry trench & RED hunter boots … accessories other than black have no place 🙂

    SusanJanuary 11th, 2020  1:01 PM

     
  • Anything to reduce wardrobe indecision, in my opinion one of the major avoidable causes of stress for any woman.
    Limit the wardrobe, limit the choices (to impeccable well-thought out items like the brown Gucci bag) and get dressed without carving into work time or raising your blood pressure.

    nomarmiteJanuary 11th, 2020  5:54 PM

     
  • Susan – I’m so happy to hear that we are in agreement! I’m obsessed with my all neutral wardrobe; it makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze, just how nomarmite described it.

    Also, Preston, if you are using the move as an opportunity to purge your wardrobe, please give your lovely KIC readers first dibs on anything that’s for sale 🙂 I would love to shop your closet!

    MichelleJanuary 12th, 2020  7:51 PM

     
  • Preston do you have plans to consign any of your items that you may be ready to part with? Would love to be able to shop your closet. Long time reader. Love every single post of yours!

    AliciaJanuary 14th, 2020  10:59 AM

     
  • Thank you, Alicia, for your kind words. I give my daughters and sisters items that I no longer wear, my form of recycling. xp

    PrestonJanuary 14th, 2020  11:30 AM

     
  • Great resolution: SO much better for the environment

    MariaJanuary 14th, 2020  11:58 AM

     
  • Thank you Preston for supporting a black, white, neutral wardrobe. Keeps things very simple. I’m all for uniform dressing. I’m one and done and wear it to death. Then toss and replace. I keep bags as long as possible but if there is no use I resale online.

    KarinaJanuary 14th, 2020  12:37 PM

     

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