See this dress? I recently returned it almost 48 hours after I bought it. I thought I could pull it off but in reality I looked like a fancy pirate.
Dress from Zara, worn for two days. Reason for return: Fancy pirate.
I've always been a big online shopper and a frequent impulse buyer. Because of this, my closet usually consisted of 10 things I wear all the time and an embarrassing amount of unworn clothing with the tags still on or, even worse, things I'd ripped the tag off immediately but never left the house in. I often buy things that I like the idea of wearing but because I can't truly pull them off they just sit in my closet, waiting for my next frustrating trip to an op shop.
To avoid the horrible feeling that comes with a closet full of nothing you want to wear, I created The Two-Day Try-On rule. Here's how it works: If you try on something twice and do not leave the house in it, you must return it. This works for weather-specific clothing too, you just have to be VERY honest with yourself (do these gumboots pinch my feet? and so on). That's it!
This rule has really worked for me, especially once I realised how easy returns are. Most online retailers include a return label in the original shipment. You just peel, stick, and drop it in the mailbox or in your office's mail room.