My shopping rule of thumb

In April 2007, I visited the Puma store at the Seattle Premium Outlets and found a super cute white windbreaker. It was a good price but I was a broke college student. I didn’t buy it and spent my money on a nice dinner out instead. Because people need to eat, right?

Such regret.

I never forgot about the windbreaker. I went back several months later but it was gone and I haven’t seen one like it since. My chance to have it passed. When I saw the price tag, I should have calculated how many times I would wear the jacket (a lot) vs. how many dinners out I needed (um, none).

Puma Windbreaker 2007. #neverforget

Can anyone else relate?

After that, my shopping rule of thumb became: If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it. Within reason, of course. Because bills. But seriously, if you can’t stop thinking about a piece you see at the store that probably means you’ll wear the heck out of it, which will make it worth every penny.


Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

My most recent obsession was a pink velvet dress by Chelsea28 at Nordstrom Rack. It wasn’t pricey but I was there to buy a dress for a Kentucky Derby party and it just wasn’t the right look. Nonetheless, I thought about the pink velvet dress often: The way it fanned out when I twirled and how the straps were adjustable for maximum modesty — or not — when it came to the plunging overlapping v-cut in front.


Photo by Madeleine Wilson Photography

The next time I went to Nordstrom Rack, I checked the clearance rack and would you believe it the dress was there! Not only could I still purchase it, but I could purchase it at half the cost. That, my friends, is Shopping Fate.

I bought it, of course, and have worn it twice. Now that it’s cold and rainy, I’ll be looking for ways to style it in a more weather-appropriate way. Suggestions are welcome. 😉


Shop this look:

Olyvia halo ankle strap pump • Sole Society • (similar)

Women’s Nsr Velvet Midi Slipdress • NSR • (similar)

4 thoughts on “My shopping rule of thumb

  1. Christine Boothby says:

    We’re on the same page! And sometimes if I love something and it was expensive, it motivates me to wear it even more. My other rule is, don’t buy something just because it’s on sale…if you would pay full price for it, then it’s definitely a fave 🙂 Love your pretty pleated dress!!

  2. Olivia says:

    I abide by the same rule (within reason). I also think of how many times I’ll wear the item / if it’s more of an investment vs impulse buy. Great post!

  3. Tamara Soo says:

    I totally agree – although a part of me still reminds my brain that if it’s a bit too pricey I should take a few hours or maybe a day to think it through with a clear mind. Then if I still want it – then I know purchasing it would definitely make me happy 🙂

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