Last week I shared my Best Fashion Purchases of 2022, and today I’m sharing my most regrettable fashion purchases from 2022 and analyzing why they didn’t work out.
For some reason, this post always gets a lot more engagement than the best purchases post. I guess it provides a lot more fodder for discussion!
I always like to make a disclaimer before I start one of these posts. If you bought any of these off of my recommendation, please don’t feel duped. These aren’t bad products; they just didn’t happen to work for my personal style and lifestyle, or with the rest of my wardrobe.
I really should be calling them my most regrettable purchases, not worst purchases. But anyway! The point is, some of these may have worked out great for you; in fact, if you bought them, I sure hope they did! But for whatever reason, I didn’t find myself reaching for them as much as I thought I would.
My 10 Most Regrettable Purchases of 2022
#1. ATM Slub Jersey Schoolboy V-Neck Tee in Navy/Black/Olive // Let me start by saying that I love, love, LOVE my white ATM slub jersey schoolboy v-neck tee… so much so that I bought a backup when I saw it on sale at Saks OFF 5TH last spring. I saved it and waited to start wearing it until after my breast reduction surgery, so I would have a new one that wasn’t stretched out.
My mistake was buying the same tee in three other colors because it was on such a good sale.
Don’t get me wrong, this t-shirt is a great wardrobe basic. I just get bored when I have four of the same tee hanging in my closet, and I love the white one so much, it’s the only one I wanted to wear.
I think I wore the other colors each once because I was trying to get some use out of them, but eventually they just hung in my closet and mocked me because every time I considered wearing one, I ended up wearing something else instead.
This goes right to #16 of my 22 Things to Remove From Your Closet in 2022: Anything you’ve had the opportunity to wear several times, but you always chose something else instead.
These t-shirts are my style, they are great quality, they fit well, and they work with other items in my closet. But I just couldn’t get excited to wear them, so I always chose something else instead. Finally I decided to let them go, and I haven’t regretted it once. (I kept the white one, of course!)
#2. Paige Brielle Drawstring Waist T-Shirt Dress // I included this in my spring/summer worst purchases list but I decided it was worth including here because it’s one I still think about sometimes. I thought I was going to love this dress and wear it a lot last spring and summer, but every time I tried it on, it didn’t seem quite right. I don’t know if it was the flutter sleeve, or how it’s longer in the back than the front, or if I just liked my other causal summer dresses better, but I couldn’t get comfortable in this one.
Ironically, the sandals I’m wearing here were also included in my spring/summer worst purchases list… not because I didn’t like them, but because I never wore them. I didn’t bother giving them a separate entry here, though, because I have other purchases from last year I regret more. And because I still have them… maybe I’ll find more occasions to wear them this summer.
#3. Evereve Harriet Isles Milia Striped Wrap Poncho Open Knit // I don’t really regret this purchase because I got some good pictures out of it, and it was perfect for touring St. Augustine on a warm spring day, but I never wore it after that. It just always felt a bit much for my life here in the suburbs of Philly, so I don’t consider it one of my better purchases.
#4. AG Alexxis Boot // These jeans are currently in my “maybe” bin because I never wore them last summer, and by the time I realized I wasn’t reaching for them, the return window had closed. I wasn’t quite ready for full-length flares last summer; it wasn’t until the fall that I started wearing them regularly, so I kept these white ones, thinking I might wear them this year.
That said, I have a lot of white jeans that I like, so I still may not find myself reaching for these. I really love the Mother Hustler for a white flare with heels, and the Mother Insider for a crop flare with flats, plus I have the Mother Dazzler for a straight leg style. So yeah… the AG Alexxis is definitely a regrettable purchase, but not one I’m ready to part with quite yet.
#5. AG Mari High-Rise Slim Straight in 15 Years Shoreline // I’m sure some of you will be shocked to see these on this list, but I have such a love/hate relationship with these jeans! I love them, in theory. They’re super flattering, but they don’t fit my perimenopausal middle quite right, and every time I wear them, I’m uncomfortable. (I actually have them in two different washes! 😣) I’m also in between sizes, which doesn’t help. The 28 looks better on me, but the 29 is more comfortable.
I also just realized the other reason I rarely reach for these jeans! They look best with heels, so I thought I’d wear them more this fall when I pulled out my boots, but I always seem to reach for one of my bootcut styles when I want to wear heels.
All that to say, these are currently in my “maybe” bin. I’m afraid as soon as I donate them, I’ll wish I had them, so for now I’m just holding onto them but not keeping them in my closet.
#6. Citizens of Humanity Jolene High Rise Vintage Slim Jeans // And while we’re talking about uncomfortable jeans, I finally had to admit defeat and donate these at the end of the summer. I wore them once, but they were super snug in the waist area, and I’ve only put on weight since then.
They’re really good jeans, and I love the look, but I got tired of looking at them hanging in my closet, knowing if I pulled them on, I’d feel like a cow. This goes to #8 of my 22 Things to Remove From Your Closet in 2022: Anything that makes you feel bad about your body shape or size.
I know my body is never going to be what it was 10 years ago when I was running 15-25 miles a week and my metabolism was still working in my favor, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m not willing to do what I would need to do to get back to the weight I was back then.
But it’s still discouraging to pull on jeans in the size I always wore and have them feel tight and uncomfortable. Leaving them in my closet doesn’t motivate me to cut out carbs and train for a half marathon; it’s just the opposite. It makes me want to give up and eat bonbons all day. So I’ll pass them on so someone else can enjoy them and focus on filling my closet with clothes that fit and feel good on the body I have now.
#7. Cloth + Stone Sleeveless Belted Jumpsuit // Okay, moving on from jeans… I tried to wear this jumpsuit several times, but it always sat funny in the front above the waist, and I could never get it fixed it so it looked right. Maybe it wouldn’t have been noticeable when I was wearing it and moving around naturally (not posing in a mirror), but I couldn’t deal with it, so I finally donated it.
#8. Treasure & Bond Thermal Tees (black & olive) // I don’t know why, but I just don’t reach for these, even though I like them a lot. Every time I try to wear one, I don’t feel comfortable. I guess they’re a little too short and snug, even though I sized up. I finally decided to cut my losses and donate so someone else can enjoy them.
#9. Dolce Vita Petya Booties // Don’t hate me if you bought these boots; I really do think they’re so pretty, but I realized when I went to wear them for a photo shoot that they hurt my feet.
Even though I love the color and the styling and the details, I have other boots that serve the same purpose, so I always find myself choosing the Dolce Vita Volli in Dune Nubuck or the Marc Fisher Alva in Cloud Suede instead. Oh, well! Live and learn…
#10. Jeffrey Campbell Velviteen Bit Loafer // I’m probably going to get some hate mail for this one too, but I just did not get my money’s worth out of these shoes, and I hope those of you who bought them fared better than I did.
I still think they’re gorgeous shoes. I guess it’s the brown color that throws me off? I don’t know, though… it would go great with any of my oatmeal or ivory sweaters and blue jeans. Maybe I need to reconsider my shoes the next time I put one of those outfits together.
At any rate, I haven’t reached for these loafers nearly as much as I thought I would, so they’re going to be the last item on this list!
I’m sure I could go on because I make SO many purchases in a year, and I can’t possibly keep them all. I try to make wise decisions and return what I can, but some things you have to keep around for a while or even wear them a few times before you realize you just aren’t reaching for them.
And I’m also noticing my lifestyle really changing right now. I’ve always been home a lot, even pre-Covid, but now that everyone is living a more causal lifestyle, I just don’t find myself dressing up as much as I used to. Even the dressier casual looks I would wear running around town seem like too much for most of my days right now.
I actually really like most of the items on this list, but I just don’t have the need for them, which is kind of sad. On the flip side, I don’t have nearly as many truly bad purchases as I used to, so I guess I’m learning.
Feel free to share your worst purchases of 2022 in the comments. I’d love to hear!
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