Connie Wang, Style Director
"I'm pretty good about only buying things I will wear forever and always, so I thought I'd clock in under $500 easily. I thought I was doing well! Whoops.
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Marissa Rosenblum, Shopping Director
"I'm not sure what to say for myself here. Actually, I know exactly what to say, but I'm not sure how to phrase it without coming off as a crazy lady hoarder. I take after my father. Meaning, I'm a collector. But, while his collections range from history books to coins to rare Scotches, I've only had one collection in my lifetime — clothes.
"I account the low total cost of my unworn items to a few things:
1. I moved into a new apartment two months ago, which gave me an excuse to do a major closet clean out. Even in doing that, there were not a ton of unworn items, but many of those I did have, I got rid of before moving.
2. I generally don't spend a lot of money on any one piece of clothing. If I see a runway/high-end look I like, I have a crazy knack for finding an inexpensive version through extensive Google research. Additionally, I do a ton of thrifting. I only invest in a more costly piece if I plan on wearing it at least once a month, or if I have a specific event I need it for (and even then I'll usually only purchase if I can foresee myself wearing it more beyond that first event).
3. I feel extreme guilt when I don't use things I buy. For that reason, I almost always wear any new item within two to three days of purchasing it. I also take extreme consideration over items before purchasing. I plan multiple outfits around the item in my head before taking the plunge.