Buyers remorse: how much stuff have you got in the wardrobe with the tags still on?

By Aisling | July 29 2011 | 31 Comments

I’m regretting you already

You know the old saying – “you only wear 10% of your wardrobe 90% of the time” ?  Well it is probably true isn’t it (and so is the fact that you only use a smallish percentage of your beauty goodies all of the time too).

But how many clothes have you got WITH THE TAGS STILL ON THEM?

Yes, I’m talking to you.  How many clothes have you bought, decided they were a terrible mistake once you got them home and er, never got around to taking them back to the shop.

And now they’re hanging in the wardrobe, a visual reminder of wasted money, of ridiculous impulse buying and the horrible fact that you never lost the weight to fit into that size-too-small dress.

Go on – we’ve all done it – admit your mistakes!


31 Replies to "Buyers remorse: how much stuff have you got in the wardrobe with the tags still on?"

  • rosey says:

    I have at least 6 dresses with tags on. Two were bought in panic-induced haste for weddings. The others are ones that fit perfectly in the shop and are fab, however, I bought them without trying the key dressing room rule: TRY TO SIT DOWN.


  • Kirstie says:

    y’know, not really. I’m a pretty good shopper. I try things on and in general I’m honest with myself about what suits. If I get it home and it’s VILE, it goes back within the 28 days. I do have a hell of a lot of shoes I have only worn once or twice though.

  • CiB says:

    So, so much. Loads of cheapy tops from Pennys and H&M that were bought in a rush and never returned. I’ll return more expensive things, but am very lazy with cheap stuff but it all adds up! I’ve dresses that I’ve bought, worn once because I’d nothing else and now they just hang in the wardrope making me feel bad!

  • yoohoo says:

    with u on the shoes situation kirstie! clothes wise i’m fairly good!

  • joanne says:

    I’m quite good too-did a wardrobe clear out last year and sold a lot of stuff on ebay that I didn’t wear. I still have way too many clothes though

  • Fififinx says:

    I have a load of clothes I don’t wear, mostly ‘cos I was a size 8 when we came home and now… erm…. I ain’t. But they were all realy expensive and a lot are Aussie/NZ designers you can’t get here!!
    Nothing with tags still on, but I’m terrible for buying shoes in the wrong size. Don’t know why but I always get the shoe urge when I’m wearing manky socks, or haven’t shaved my legs, or need to be somewhere within the next few minutes. I think it’s a syndrome.

  • littlesis says:

    I’m not too bad on the clothes front. It’s the shoes that get me too.

  • Happycurls says:

    I do clear outs pretty regularly so it’s not too bad. Plus I’m trying to buy ‘quality’ lately. Not designers but stuff that will at least survive a wash (Penneys, I’m talking to you here!)

  • Donna says:

    I had a clear out a few months ago and found tshirts with the tags still on them. Now I have lost a lot of weight and they were too big, so some went to the charity shop and other bits given to a friend. But they were a size 18 and I am now a size 14 so hell they must have been in the wardrobe for a long time unnoticed!!!!!! The best bit was I bought another tshirt the same colour and it was only when I was putting it in the wardrobe thought, hold on I think I remember that colour. Yes I had the exact same colour style in bigger size and it had the tags still on!!!!!!

    My excuse I double hang things on the same hanger, so they get lost sometimes.

  • Feefurs says:

    I don’t have too much unworn as I did a big clear out last year, have one dress with the tags still on and one beautiful duck-egg blue trouser suit which doesn’t fit but I love it! It was bought at sale price for a wedding and it just doesn’t suit me in the cold light of day (compared to those shadowed dressing-room lights).

    I’m gathering up my unworn winter clothes and shoes for the Great Rail sale in September as I’d love them to go to an appreciative home and maybe pick up something else for myself.

    My Mum is the worst hoarder ever, she has 5 wardrobes of clothes and a standalone shop rail, she could open her own vintage shop she has so much!

  • Apples says:

    Rosey – so true! I have made that mistake, and only realised when sitting down in the church at a friend’s wedding…. The dinner was painful, I tell you.

  • Fuffyhead says:

    It’s the cheap stuff that’s a killer – I always bring expensive things back.

    What’s worse is I have found myself standing at the till paying, all the while thinking ‘I am NEVER going to wear this’

  • miffyonline says:

    I’ve a fabulous dress by Lauren Vidal that I bought for my 40th birthday party. Ended up wearing something else as the weather was stunning and the dress wintry. So it’s still unworn almost 2 yrs later. Too dressy for most events I go too, not dressy enough for a wedding. Love it too much to sell though so I live in hope of wearing it this winter!

    I also have tons of vest tops with tags on, don’t know why I keep buying them as I ave a drawer full of them already.

    Also guilty of buying new shoes for every big occasion and wearing them once :(

  • ceci says:

    I’ve definitely gotten better, but my wardrobe needs a serious overhaul. I’m trying to buy better quality and also when I buy something I have it in my head what I can wear it with and what I can wear it to! I have too many nice dresses that I never wore as they don’t suit any occasion.

    That said there are some items in the wardrobe with tags, I generally try to return expensive stuff, but the cheap stuff I seem to hold on to.

  • Lisa says:

    Yup, another person with a lot of infrequently-worn shoes here.

    I’m not too bad with clothes (though Mr L is still convinced I have far too many of them) and do regular cleanouts. The few unworn items at the moment are a)shorts, purchased in a sale in fit of optimism about the glorious summer we were going to have *sigh* b)a pair of black jeans that are too wintery for me to continue pretending that it’s summer but will come into their own later in the year c)a fancy frock that’s earmarked for a wedding.

  • I used to be so bad with this but at the moment I only have 1 top with tags stil on and my Mum bought that for me so that barely counts. I have 2 pairs of unworn shoes at the moment, but they were both bought in the last few weeks. I’ve got a lot better at dumping what I don’t wear now so my wardrobe’s been streamlined a bit.

  • Patricia says:

    I’m pretty good when it comes to clothes but shoes get me everytime. What is comfortable in the shop is never comfortable anywhere else..I’ve recently had a clearout of shoes – and got rid of (donated to charity) seven pairs of barely worn shoes and I still have too many pairs of shoes! Who needs three pairs of purple shoes? Apparently I do and none of them made the charity bag.

  • hopeandpray says:

    I used to be bad for this but now I buy less clothes but better quality. I do have waaay too many special occasion dresses though, and nobody I know seems to want to get married and justify my purchases. I generally give away stuff I don’t wear to the charity collections but have a ton of ‘ I swear I’ll get skinny and these will fit me again clothes’ that I know in my heart of hearts I’ll never fit into again

  • candi says:

    since I lost weight I have been able to tear the tags off a good few items and actually wear them! The jeans I have on today were bought in 2004 – and never worn. Its been that long since I decided to take myself in hand and get back to a size 10.
    Now I just have to throw my too big clothes out now, might be a bit hard as having them there is a bit of a safety blanket really. But don’t want to be ever wearing them again!

  • LoloLola says:

    I’m notorious for buying clothes and not wearing them! Hopefully doing a wardrobe clearout before the end of summer but I’m also a procrastinator so i highly doubt it’ll ever happen.

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