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A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

Last week I shared one of my weaknesses as a fashion-loving New Yorker … buying clothes for no reason (read my confession here!).  A close cousin of that problem, is my habit of buying things “so I can take it home and decide later”. Because, you know, you can always return it. 

Does anyone else run this conversation through their head before checkout? TELL me I’m not the only one. But let’s be honest, I would say a good 9 times out of 10 the item(s) never get returned. Maybe it’s laziness, but more likely it’s a way for us to momentarily appease our conscious — it’s okay because I MIGHT return this … swipes card.

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

Dress: J.Crew | Hat: street vendor | Sandals: Aldo | Bag; Rebecca Minkoff c/o | Bracelet: Kate Spade | Watch: Marc Jacobs

This sunny little sundress was my latest “you-can-always-just-return-it” purchase. I was shopping for an outfit for the Saratoga trip, and J.Crew was my first stop. My eyes locked on this dress from the minute I walked in, but of course, I couldn’t commit to a dress after only one store! What if miss out on a better dress? So I bought it and continued shopping…

Sure enough, I did find more than one dress that I liked … and frankly, more than one pair of shoes (whoops!). And two days later, when I was looking for something to wear, it seemed much more appealing to wear a new pretty dress than something old from my closet.

And that’s how it happens … every time.

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

I love versatility in a dress. Initially I envisioned dressing this one up with heels and a clutch, and I’d be off to the races! But when Sunday rolled around and Peter and I were in the mood to just run out for coffee and croissants, I dialed it back with a pair of gladiator sandals and my trusty panama hat. I could have made this look even more boho with an oversized bag, but my classy little Rebecca Minkoff kept me feeling feminine and pulled together.

A New York Love Affair :: Yellow Taxis

So tell me, are my shopping habits problematic? Tell me I’m not flying solo on this sartorial struggle. Let me know … I’m happy to start a support group :-P We can go shopping afterwards! Wait….dang it.

xoxoelenamichelle-200

19 Comments

  • Reply August 16, 2015

    Darcy

    LOVE those shoes! I totally do the same thing when shopping.. especially when it is a pricey or formal piece!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Taylor

    As soon as I saw this mustard color I fell in love! So many people are like afraid to wear yellow but I love this kind of dusty mustard color!!
    xo
    http://www.styleiseverythingblog.com

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Betsy Burleson

    I do this ALL the time!! I usually have the idea that I want to take it home and try it on again to make sure I really like it. Most of the time the items get returned if I really don’t like it, but a few make their home in my closet :)
    Beautiful color dress btw!
    Betsy
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

  • Reply August 18, 2015

    Cameron Proffitt

    I love this look. I don’t think this dress could be any more flattering on you. The color looks fantastic on your skin tone, and I love that you’ve accessorized with a cute hat. You look stunning!

    Cameron Proffitt

  • Reply August 18, 2015

    Amanda

    Love this mustard yellow dress! I am so guilty of this! I actually have 2 things I have been meaning to return, but they are still sitting at home in their bags because I am too lazy to return them, ha.

    XO,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Reply August 19, 2015

    Addie

    I completely understand the temptation to do that! I used to do the exact same thing lol, especially in my early college days. I try to shop more consciously now. I can’t even handle malls that much anymore, so I have to get it right before I leave because I hate going back if something is wrong lol.

  • Reply August 19, 2015

    Kyla Currier

    I have such a bad problem with buying things I don’t need! I love that dress though, I’m glad you decided to keep it! The color looks great on you!
    xo, Kyla – KyMarieC / @kycurrierlewis

  • Reply August 21, 2015

    Elle

    Those sandals are calling me from my computer screen! Great post. :)

  • Reply August 24, 2015

    Corine

    GREAT dress! Love the color!! JCrew always has great stuff.

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