We HAVE to confess. We each have an item of clothing with which we are, perhaps, unnaturally obsessed. Our obsessions do not mean that we wear these items more than others. But, somehow, whenever we acquire something new to wear, we rush to see if it “goes” with our wardrobe obsessions.
We don’t claim to know why we feel this way, but maybe you can figure it out when you read our stories.
Jeanne: Several years ago I bought this incredibly cute, inexpensive skirt from GAP (similar). Sort of a pencil skirt with a base layer that I can only describe as gray sweatshirt material overlaid with olive green/khaki lace. So odd/unusual, right? Talk about a combo that was hard to combine with other items: gray and khaki? A khaki color that changed with the light? Yet it was from this weird combo of colors that my obsession grew. Every time I bought something even remotely connected to olive/khaki or gray, I judged its worthiness based on whether it would go with this skirt. Olive turtleneck tunic – check, olive print blouse – check, camo pullover – check. I cannot tell you how many things I tried to pair with this skirt. The number of times I actually wear the skirt is secondary to the number of times I THINK about this skirt.
Kate: Mom bought a sweater coat at Anthropologie two years ago on sale – gray, red, and white mixed together with an uneven hem (here’s another striped option). There was a reason this sweater was on sale: a great pattern, but hard to easily mix with anything besides black pants and a pair of jeans. Last year she got tired of trying to make up ensembles with this sweater and she passed it along to me. Now I obsess about what will “go” with this sweater just like Mom does with her skirt!
Maybe we are – mother and daughter – simply too fastidious about things like this. Jeanne admits to worrying about matching the colors in her clothes, and Kate is a contemporary young woman who enjoys mixing up colors. But even she recognizes this obsession in herself!
What do YOU think? Are you obsessed with certain items in your wardrobe like we are? Below are some items that would in all likelihood trigger a similar obsession for us all!
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