Buying MultiplesMarch 04, 2016
A few mental states compel me to buy things in multiples: panic (What if I never find anything that fits this well again?!) and delusion (I will never need another t-shirt now that I have ten of these!)
Sometimes these purchases are made in a rational, detached way (incredible price + remarkable quality + exceptional fit = buy), but other calculations are less precise (OMG. Scallops? Lace?? Cap sleeves??? Tulle???? Yes, I'll take them in all the colors).
Despite the range of emotions that drive these purchases, I find many of them to be useful, like Aerie Brooke Bras, Gap Legging Jeans, Aerie Seaside Turtleneck, J. Crew Lady Day Coats, and Hunter Rain Boot.
|Black Halo Jackie O Dress in Heroine (reviewed here; on super sale in white here) | J. Crew Maple Tweed Jacket | Burberry London Westland Trench | Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Bag (reviewed here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Bryce Boots|
I don't think buying multiples is an intrinsically good or bad thing. I think there are a few people for whom buying multiples is efficient (like those who shop sparingly and those who have a minimalist style—which is different from someone who lives a minimalist lifestyle) but I suspect far more people, including me, fall in the other camp: buying multiples because we can or want to.
As someone who shops a lot and who jokingly tells friends that her second job is advocating for consumerism and stimulating the economy, I don't experience too much consumerist guilt, but I do recognize that resources are finite. For me there's also a point at which stuff starts to cause me anxiety and that is why I orchestrate frequent closet purges and care about the utility (and disutility) of buying multiples.
These days, when I do commit to a multiples purchase, I do it because the original gets worn with an undeniable frequency. And I think that's a clear indication that the copy will (likely) also be well loved.