Have you ever bought something that you’re convinced is going to be the greatest thing ever–and a short while later, you’ve completely changed your mind? You’re not alone! Buyer’s remorse is something that happens to many, if not, all of us. Here are 12 such examples in my wardrobe, and suggestions for more stylish alternatives.
By the way, both Raphael and Preston have compiled similar lists of regrettable items, so be sure to check those out, too!
Wardrobe Items I Regret Buying
1. Fingerless Driving Gloves
You have to admit they look pretty cool–but unless you really need that much extra grip strength when driving around in your Prius, you probably should leave these alone, lest you look like a burglar. I felt incredible in the store at first, but I soon realized I didn’t have a genuine place or time to wear these gloves, so they were never worn. And then, of course, there’s the small issue of me not currently owning or driving a luxury car like an Aston Martin, a Bugatti, a Corvette, or anything like that!
For a selection of high-quality driving gloves, though, it’s worth checking out the offerings from the Fort Belvedere shop.
2. Denim Jackets
I really enjoy denim jackets and I’ve bought a few of them over the years, but I almost never wear them. I believe they sit in my closet because of the typical shorter body length that denim jackets are almost always offered in.
I usually prefer wearing jackets that go a little bit past my waist. I’m already tall to begin with, so wearing something in a shorter body length like a denim jacket makes me feel like I’m shopping at Gap Kids.
3. Over-Embellished Clothing
Now, we all might have our own interpretation of what “over-embellished” actually means. But I’m not referring to clothing that represents a particular cultural heritage, or that has a certain type of functionality; for example, extra pockets on a military garment. I’m talking about clothing that is so busy that an onlooker will be quite distracted when they try to talk to you.
Clothing that has so many buttons, patterns, colors–one has to wonder where in the world you’re actually going? I once bought a few shirts like this; so many colors, stripes, and patterns, that if I were to wear it in a crowd, you would never lose me.
4. Faux Glasses
It’s not that I dislike the concept of wearing faux glasses from time to time, but the style of frame that I chose was just a little bit too trendy for me. Going forward, I will stick to glasses that actually help me see. Crazy concept, I know, but I will still keep an eye out for some fun faux glasses to wear from time to time for a fun occasion.
Need help choosing the right eyeglasses or sunglasses? We’ve put together a bunch of guides you’ll enjoy!
5. Acrylic Scarves
I suppose I could have also said “acrylic anything,” as I’m not a huge fan of this material. However, acrylic scarves in particular are something I highly regret purchasing. Initially, I was quite happy with my selection. I liked the style of the scarf, but I soon found that after wearing it, in the middle of the day, I would find large clumps of the acrylic fabric on my beard and head, which was very irritating.
Lesson learned: I got what I paid for. In the future, I’m investing in better quality scarves, especially those made from natural fibers.
6. Madras Shorts
In truth, I’ve really liked all the madras shorts that I purchased. I wore them around for a while, but then I soon realized that I looked like I had just retired. In other words, they were not an age-appropriate fit or style for me. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try them, though, especially if your style skews more traditional (like Raphael’s and Preston’s, for example).
7. Fast-Fashion Shirts
I enjoy the ease of being able to supplement my closet with an inexpensive shirt to wear on occasion. But I’ve found these fast fashion shirts to occasionally break down in the laundry and to very often be too tight across my chest.
I still browse for shirts from stores like Gap or American Eagle from time to time, but I prefer–and recommend that you buy–high-quality products from reputable brands to prevent future headaches.
8. Linen Pants
These are so comfortable, lightweight, and airy–but they wrinkle like no other! We know that the wrinkle is a natural feature of the linen fabric. However, this amazing feature might make one look as though they are wearing pajama pants. This may come down to the fit and styling of the trousers so again, it depends on the style you are going for.
9. Low-Quality No-Show Socks
Nothing can be as irritating to me as when I’m starting a run at the gym or walking around in a nice outfit, and all of a sudden, I start to feel my socks take on a bit of a mind of their own and crawl below my heel. Then I have to completely stop what I’m doing, take off my shoes and pull my socks back down my feet.
This tends to happen on a lot of low-quality socks, where the fabric is shrinking and the grip on the heel is just not that strong. Fort Belvedere doesn’t offer no-show socks yet, but stay tuned!
10. Narrow Dress Shoes
I remember buying a really sharp pair of leather dress shoes many years ago, but every time I wore them, they felt incredibly tight across my toes. I told myself, “They’re leather, they’ll stretch out.” But you might have already guessed, they did not stretch out. I ended up walking around the rest of the day like a newborn giraffe; my feet were not happy with me. I have learned my lesson: take the time to try on different shoe widths at a store.
11. Heavy Dress Shirts
I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I’ve got this incredible ability to get really warm and sweaty and to look like I just ran a mile when I haven’t even done anything. Therefore, I find it incredibly helpful to invest in clothing that breathes easily. Heavy clothing (and a shirt in particular) that doesn’t breathe easily is usually going to just sit in my closet, and I will avoid putting it on.
I really like hats and the different styles we can all choose from. I’ll occasionally buy a hat style that I enjoy, but I always go back to my default hat choice of a baseball cap. Every time I try on a fedora or buy a trendy beanie cap style over the winter, I almost never wear it and it just collects dust in my closet.
As with a few other items on this list, this all comes down to my personal style. However, if you’re curious about trying to add classic hats to your wardrobe, our series on hats might be helpful.
Conclusion: How to Rid Yourself of Regrettable Purchases
We’ve all had a time where we bought something that we thought was fantastic, but soon had a change of heart and regretted that purchase. Whether you bought these items because of peer pressure or a desire to not miss out on a movement or a trend, don’t lose heart. There’s plenty of ways that you can rid your closet of these things that you no longer want.
Two of my personal favorite ways are donating and reselling. Donating is a great (and environmentally friendly) way to give those gently used items to someone who could really use them. Reselling is another option I occasionally will use, as I like recouping some of the lost money I spent on that item.