As we get well and truly entrenched in summer, many of us find our minds wandering longingly toward autumn clothing. There’s something about that whole image of snuggling in front of the fireplace in a big squishy sweater, cup of tea in hand, Golden Retriever at our feet, book of poetry in our lap… (I’m only missing the fireplace and the dog!)
Retailers know perfectly well how we’re feeling – in Chicago, autumn clothing is already beginning to hit the stores thick and fast. It would be terribly easy to wander into a store and pick up a sweater, or a snuggly wool dress, or boots. OOOOOhhhh, boots….
(I’m sorry, Southern Hemisphere, it’s not lost on me that all of this is backwards for you!)
Let me toss out an idea for your consideration.
Right now, it’s entirely possible that you’re dreaming/fantasizing about what you’re going to buy for the upcoming season. If you’re like me, there are one or two things that are really “top of mind” (as we used to say in advertising) that you’re targeting. You can see yourself wearing these items, and you know what you’ll wear them with – the level of anticipation is palpable.
Now, go look in your closet, and pull out a cool-weather item. And think back to the days BEFORE you bought this item.
Was there anticipation? Mental images of outfits to be assembled? Fantasies about walking down the street wearing this lovely thing? Can you, in some way, recreate the enthusiasm that you used to feel for this item?
I’m the first person to admit that we make shopping mistakes. We outgrow things. And very occasionally, we actually wear out something.
But are you sure that there’s no love to be found in your closet?