anatomyofpurchasesThey say you regret the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. Does that apply to shopping too ? Every time we decide to not buy something that is beautiful, does it join the regret list ? I think not. If I purchased everything that I ever wanted, I would have been bankrupt. These days, I congratulate myself more for not buying from my wish lists. Most of the things I like, I totally forget about the next day. Sometimes, I look back after a week and wonder why I even found a certain item attractive. I return as many items as I buy. Some cravings are too expensive and I get my friend Maanasa to talk me out of them. But …. But there are a few items that haunt me after all these years. My list :

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1. These sandals, Michael Kors

In 2012, Mr. Kors visited Africa.  Animal prints, khaki green, browns, big belts, rucksacks, dip dyes, rope, … snuck into the Spring collection. I personally would not want to wear any of that. It feels like a jungle of prints coming at me with ferocity. But it did feel like a taste of a land far away and wilderness in a continent I have never been to. The khaki tones stayed with me through the years … turned into a strong affinity for army green clothing and brown leather handbags. These black sandals with rugged soles, is what my closet is missing. ( I am aware of how masculine these shoes look.)

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2. Tie The Knot Belt, Louis Vuitton 

This sort of belt would be a nice way to dress up my oversized shirt dresses. Lots of designers made a version at the height of its popularity but I somehow missed the boat. I shunned it as trendy only to fall in love with the design after they were off the market. I currently make the knot with a long belt but its creasing/damaging. Something designed to be folded with the appropriate leather would be nice.

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3. Pinstripe dress, Stella McCartney, Fall 2013

This collection was the start of my adoration for Stella McCartney as a designer. I was vegan back then and her ideology made a big impact. The veganism weaned off but this collection – especially this dress stayed on the back of my mind through the years. I found it on eBay and purchased it in the Spring of 2016.

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4. Lanvin box bag, 2013 Spring.

I am still furious that they sacked Alber Elbaz from Lanvin. He is a darling human being and a brilliant designer. He is more of a technician with genius garment construction skills than an “IT bag” churner. I have been waiting for him to design his take on a shift dress and a shirt dress. Hasn’t happened yet. This black box bag, I haven’t gotten over after all the years. It has the perfect proportions.

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5. Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Embroidered Dress

My mother used to do lot of embroidery during my teenage years. I wore a similar design during those days as a Salwar Kameez that she made for me. I now want to wear it as a shift dress. I know that stitch and could do it myself with my mum’s help. Or get this made in India when it’s time to replace my embroidered Madewell dress. It has a year or two, left in it.

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I believe that if you wait long enough, everything I missed out on will appear on the second hand market. Or it will appear on the runway again and become trendy. Just look at the number of people wearing velvet blazers and floral printed bombers if you dont believe me. If the costumes inspired by Catherine De Medici can take over the runway, so can anything really ….. So I wait. 

 If you have a list or an item that you passed over, that still lingers in the back of your head with its allure, please do share ?  If you want to make a blog post with pictures and stories, that would be even better. We could make this a TAG post.