Style mishaps and impulse buys happen to the best of us. I strive to live off of a ‘fewer, better things’ mentality but no one is safe from the occasional impulse buy. I love following bloggers and influencers and I can be easily swayed into purchasing something, especially if it’s a brand I love or an insanely good deal, or if several of my favorite bloggers promote the item. I love seeing how they style the item.

This year, I can happily say that I haven’t had that many style mishaps and impulse buys but there have been a few, 3 of which were recent. I bought some items on sale because I was looking for a good deal and yes, the items were on my wishlist of wants but I strayed from my personal style and true ‘want’ in order to catch a good sale. I should’ve waited for the item I really wanted to go on sale.

WHAT I BOUGHT VS. WHAT I SHOULD'VE BOUGHT

WHAT I BOUGHT

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – I held off on these for years… I wasn’t sure if they would look good, if I would wear them, and if they would be comfortable… well two out of three of those statements are true. They are insanely comfortable and hold me in all the right places and I have definitely worn them but I honestly do not think they look good. I have thicker thighs and athletic legs. I love my body but if I’m being totally honest, I just don’t feel very confident wearing these in public. I actually feel a little silly. I think the sheen on them gives them a sort of cheap feel and in the wrong lighting, they emphasize things I don’t really want emphasized. I’ve paired them with mules and longer sweaters thus far but I think these will be an at home staple. I may try to dress them down a bit as athleisure and see how I like them then.

WHAT I SHOULD’VE BOUGHT

-Real Leather leggings/pants – I LOVE the leather trend and think when done correctly, these are timeless staples to add to your wardrobe. You can dress up leather pants for date night with heels and a chunky sweater, add a tee and some casual kicks for a park play date, or a blouse and a blazer for an office look. A pair of real leather leggings is definitely an investment but also a true staple that will wear well over time.

 

WHAT I BOUGHT

Free People Tunic Sweater – I saw this tunic sweater on a number of bloggers I love and when I spotted it on sale, I scooped it up, I have 5 sweaters in cream shades so I decided to branch out of my comfort color. I immediately wore it, it was so soft and cozy and it arrived at the start of a little cool front we had. After countless attempts at styling this sweater, I’ve determined that it just isn’t for me. I have a smaller frame up top and athletic legs and this sweater is just too clunky. It can really only be styled one way for me, with leggings, because it is so chunky and too long to tuck in. If I try to tuck it into jeans, it just off balances my top half. The cowl neck is truly not very flattering on the sweater either; it’s a tad too tight and sits a little too pretty. I prefer my cowl necks to give a messy, laid back and relaxed look. I will keep this sweater though because it does pair nicely for atheliesure wear and I will be able to ride my bike while wearing it in the cooler months.

WHAT I SHOULD’VE BOUGHT

A quality sweater with a better fit and better material. Surprisingly, I wear sweaters a ton in San Diego, even on a warm summer day, our mornings and late evenings are often cool enough to layer a sweater over your dress or tank top. I have been lusting over this sweater for months. It is the perfect balance of cozy and a polished look. I like the ribbing on the turtle neck and can see this dressed down or dressed up and I think it would be a great layer for all seasons!

 

WHAT I BOUGHT

Sherpa lined booties in Black– I wanted an all purpose black boot for the cooler months and these were on sale for a really good deal. Unfortunately, they just aren’t good on my body type. I loved them on another blogger, especially when she paired them with her spanx faux leather leggings. The ankle shaft comes a little too high and is just a tad too slim for my thicker calves. The cowboy look is cute in theory and even though it is very on trend right now, I found it really hard to style with anything other than leggings. I’ll be returning them this week!

WHAT I SHOULD’VE BOUGHT

A good classic leather ankle bootie. I want something I can keep up with the kids but also can be dressed up. Because I’m on the shorter side, I was looking for a little heel for height but may stick to a flat boot instead. I’ve found a few that I’m going to keep my eye out on and try to catch on sale. I never really balk at investing in shoes as I often keep them for many many years and expect them to hold up. I’ve even been known to resole my shoes to make them last longer.

IMPULSE BUYS | 3 RECENT STYLE MISHAPS
IMPULSE BUYS | 3 RECENT STYLE MISHAPS

So all this to say that for even the most seasoned minimalist or the one just starting out, we all have those moments where we impulsively pick up something or are influenced by others. Style mishaps and impulse buys happen to us all, it’s how we grow in our own personal style and create our own look. I’m learning as I go but at least now I know, these three items are just not for me. =) Have you had a style mishap or any impulse buys lately that you regret? Any impulse buys that you love?

-Brandi

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