Outfit of the Day - Don't Buy Multiples *And When To Break That Rule

The Grey Dress Story I don't believe in purchasing multiples. Meaning, I don't think people should purchase an item of apparel in four different colors. Instead, I encourage clients to pick out the color or pattern he / she likes best and to buy only one. Why? If you purchase multiples on a regular basis it's a quick way to build a wardrobe that will leave you saying, "I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear." It will have you standing at the edge of your closet confused, bored, an anxious when you have to get out the door.

Pick the one that you love and stick to that.

Buuuuut, sometimes it helps to break the rules.

Enter this grey dress.

Outfit of the Day - Grey DressI love this dress. It's cool, feels like pajamas, looks pulled together, and it takes 10 seconds to put on. I also have it in lavender. It is the only piece of duplicate clothing that I own.*

I first purchased the lavender version on sale at Anthropologie. After trying it on I realized why it was on sale - it had zero hanger appeal. When it is on a hanger it looks complicated and confusing. In reality it only takes a few seconds to figure out what goes where and to put on properly.

A couple of years later I ran into this version - in grey - at a sale at Buffalo Exchange. It was being sold for $1. And, again, I knew why - it doesn't look great on a hanger. This time I didn't try it on. Instead I went straight to the counter and bought it for a buck.

Outfit of the Day - Grey Dress Close Up

Two versions of the same dress works in this case because it solves multiple problems. I can wear it when I'm hot / feel lazy / don't know what to put on / need to look dressed up / want to feel pretty. It hits multiple categories and can go to a variety of events.

If you are tempted to purchase multiples ask yourself a) if the item is a problem solver and b) if you can wear it to a variety of occasions. If so, it might be worth the splurge. Also, if you have a hard time finding a specific item because of sizing (pants, shoes, a button down top) and find a piece that fits perfectly you might want to buy multiples.

How about you? Are you a "buy it in every color" kind of person? Do tell!

(*With the exception of camisoles.)