Service of Buyer’s Remorse

November 3rd, 2016

Categories: Buyer's Remorse, Fashion, Mistakes, Retail



“The Lists Issue: Style and Fashion” page of last weekend’s Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section asked five “stylish men” to report their “most regrettable purchase.” These included three pairs of a Clark shoes–all the same–that the owner tired of; a suede Ralph Lauren car coat with too much fringe; Nike sneakers with pink and purple accents bought online while under the influence of Ambien; a $450 umbrella from London enjoyed for 31 minutes before being left behind in a taxi and boots purchased on Piperlime, [it’s out of business now], with too thin soles discovered while walking five miles in a parade.

Too tight shoesShoes that hurt account for most of my mistakes along with a pasta maker I never had time to use so I eventually gave it away after dragging it, with good intentions, from home to home.

However, the one that stings the most and longest was a red dress I pleaded with my mother to buy when I was in eighth grade so I’d have something to wear at a Christmas party at school. We wore uniforms—except on Friday when we could dress in civilian clothes. My mother said, “You don’t like red and will never again wear this dress.” Nevertheless she bought it for me and I don’t think I ever did wear it again. When I think of it I still cringe at my selfishness.

What are some things you’ve regretted buying? Have you learned something from each experience or do you keep making the same mistakes?

 Girls red dress


4 Responses to “Service of Buyer’s Remorse”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    My closets are full of regrettable choices which have languished undisturbed for years. Eventually, they find their way to a charity, thus permitting room for future mistakes! Oh well, nobody’s perfect!

  2. hb Said:

    It may just be old age, but I frequently think about my regrets, and one of mine — for a long time — is that when I was blessed to have so much, I made so little out of it. And that goes for many of my purchases as well.

    Although admittedly in a consumption based society we may often be persuaded to be guilty or inadequate if we do not consume, the best way to avoid buyers’ remorse, is not to buy. That is, do not buy what you do not really want or need or likely to use. In simplest terms, if you are feeling really nervous, you don’t need to buy that pack of cigarettes. Deal with the causes of your nervousness instead.

    I’d say my most regrettable purchases, though, have been when I entered into ill-considered gambles. There is nothing wrong with taking risks, but when the riches to be had, if you win, blind your judgment, you may be in real trouble. I know.

    But I’d rather be positive and, for once, think of the things that I have which actually worked out despite my serious doubts about them like the shoes I am wearing.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Sometimes charities make it difficult to get things to them. I have found that both upstate and in NYC. There’s a drop-off at the farmer’s market on Wednesdays on my way to work. The people in charge arrive late…so the clothes I wanted to donate are in my office and have been for weeks. I need a Wednesday without other commitments so I can go at lunch and hope that they are there. Irritating though.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Just when I think I don’t need another thing I can be tempted by an amazing jacket at a fine crafts fair [I’m still thinking of one I passed up last year] or an intriguing piece of jewelry. My husband gave me a quirky necklace for my birthday from a creative jeweler and I love wearing it! My sister finds scarves in colors and patterns I love. A droopy combination perks up when I wear one. But this isn’t the topic of my post. Perhaps I should have my husband and sister do all my shopping! Trouble with that is they both say they dislike shopping and I love it so my fate will be more mistakes, though I hope not too many!

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