I fell in love with my friend’s sweater on Instagram the other day. Like, jump in the car immediately to ensure I could also get one (or more, in multiple colours) fell in love. (Don’t worry, I totally cleared it with her first!) The thing was, once I tried it on, I wasn’t quite as in love, but I went ahead and bought them (yes, two of them) anyway. And then tried them on at home about fifteen times trying to convince myself they were perfect.
But they weren’t. They were close, but not exactly what I was looking for and I’m trying (emphasis on trying) to shop more responsibly. So I returned them the next day and picked up something I definitely knew I needed: new jeans for fall. (You ALWAYS need a new pair of jeans every season, lol!)
So when do you throw in the towel and return something? I’m sharing my top signs below in hopes that I can save you from cleaning out your closet each season because you bought things you really didn’t love as much as you thought you did (or would).
You’re Obsessed About Whether You Actually Like the Item:
This is what happened to me. I brought the sweaters home, obsessed over whether they were long enough, whether I should actually order two sizes larger to get the oversized look I love (I am a huge fan of big sweaters and a half tuck, as seen here), and whether I actually liked the way they looked on me. The truth was, they were ok, but looked much nicer on my friend and didn’t suit me as much as I’d expected.
You Already Have X Number of the Same Item:
I am super guilty of this. I find something I love and I buy every colour. And then I end up wearing the same one over and over again. Spare yourself the closet space – you don’t need that J. Crew button down in every colour or pattern and you don’t need twenty oversized sweaters to half-tuck (ok, that one was directed at me).
You Can’t Afford It. For Real:
We’re all guilty of this sometimes, unless you’ve won the Lotto Max, in which case, buy it for me? JK. The truth is, if it goes on a credit card and then you have no idea who or when you’ll pay that off (or if it means you’re living on Kraft Dinner and never leaving your house for fun) you don’t need it.
Sometimes these work out (like with the dress seen here) but more often than not, it doesn’t. If you have any doubts about an impulse buy, take it back (see point one).
Things you (likely) won’t be able to return:
Lingerie (for obvious reasons)
Swimsuits (for the same reasons)
An Item that was discounted due to marks, stains, etc.
You should always consult the store’s return policy prior to purchasing anything you are even slightly hesitating on. The worst is being stuck win an item that you know you won’t wear. Forever 21 (and some other deeply discounted stores) has a return policy that includes exchange or store credit, but no refunds, so always be aware of what you may be dealing with, should you decide to return.
And with those tips in mind, happy shopping!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,
Editorial Note: In the end, when I went to return the sweaters, they ended up being on sale AND the larger size was perfect after all. So I returned one and kept the colour I loved most. You never know when something might work out after all.