My lovely friend bought the green handbag! But then she was debating about a new scarf to complement her bag; she narrowed her choice down to these three:
Each of these scarves would be beautiful with her green handbag, but what struck me was how each of these scarves could lend itself to a very different color scheme!
So I was thinking that maybe, if you were choosing from among three items like this, it might be helpful to think about how having the item in your closet would manifest itself in your future shopping choices. Sometimes, the ability to see where a particular purchase might lead you can give you an indication of how suitable the purchase really will be for you moving forward.
When my mind started churning around the possibilities of these scarves, the first thing I thought of was the possibilities of a simple outfit.
One of my favorite lines of speculation is to think about what sorts of jewelry might feel at home with a new purchase. I thought about feathers, and leaves, and squares as possible motifs that might be adopted in response to a new scarf. Not that you’d wear all of these pieces at once (!), but one or two of them would give you an inner feeling of harmony that only the most attentive of observers would appreciate!
And of course, I’m always interested to see what various handbags might migrate into one’s wardrobe after the scarf purchase…
None of us are fortune-tellers, so our ability to envision the future is necessarily limited. But I think taking some time to picture how a new item fits into our current wardrobe, and how it might influence additional purchases is a smart little “time-out” to take before a major purchase.
Does anybody take this pause, to make sure they’re not going off into uncharted wardrobe territory?
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