Donor’s remorse is even worse than buyer’s remorse

I rummage through my closet during spring cleaning (and summer cleaning and fall cleaning and winter cleaning) and donate the pieces I no longer wear to charity. But sometimes — very rarely — I go overboard and donate something I wasn’t quite ready to part with.


Like this oversized blazer. Which I thought I had given to charity. Until, while rummaging through my sister’s closet, I discovered I had actually donated it to her. Which means I narrowly escaped donor’s remorse. This time.

gap-rope-beltWore it with my Gap  rope belt.ladyfriend-jeans

My ladyfriend jeans and my open-toed boots, which I’m wearing as much as possible before the rain starts falling in the ‘Couv. Which is another issue entirely — the I-have-a-terrible-feeling-I-didn’t-make-the-most-of-my-summer-when-it-was-still-here remorse.

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  • Reply Tales From A Bar Stool September 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Last season I accidentally put my favourite pair of black pants in the same pile as my donate items instead of in my washing basket. I am a fool.

  • Reply Gerri Ward September 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    WOW! Another FAB outfit! The blazer is one to die for, I ‘m sooo glad you escaped DONOR’s REMORSE!!!:)

  • Reply Neira September 12, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I always donate things im not ready to part with! I will give something I havent worn in months to my mother and she will wear it the next day and I would be like “wow.. that actually is cute with that outfit”.. and its all downhill from there hahaha

  • Reply sofiasophie September 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

    the blazer is awsome, and with the scarf is really cool!

  • Reply HarryMcK September 13, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I recently moved house and in the process thought it would be a good opportunity to trim my wardrobe of any dead wood, unfortunately on this occasion I realised I was perhaps a little TOO ruthless and I constantly find myself looking for items I remember I’d given away…

  • Reply Nadia September 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    i know what you mean .. i can imagine i would donate something i would want to revisit later . like a pair of jeans i gave my sister … too loose perhaps but now i keep wishing i had kept them and made them BF jeans

  • Reply alison September 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    oh yes, donor’s remorse. i’ve had that too…you search and search for something in your closet only to realize it’s long gone in someone else’s home!

  • Reply kirsty September 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    i donated shoes last year that i wasnt ready to part with! x

  • Reply Alinka Johnson September 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I am with you 100%– I’ve been trying my hardest to get all my summer outfits in!

    And I think about donor remorse every time I do a closet-season-switch. It’s like, “what if this style comes back?” or what if I need this to accessorize this outfit?” Oh the terror….

  • Reply dapper kid September 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I love your belt and those open toed boots! I know what you mean, I clear out my wardrobe pretty often, and even with things I may have only worn on the rare occasion I still hold out thinking that one day there will be an outfit that I can wear it on. Hope you’re having a beautiful day dear :)

  • Reply hauteworld September 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    See, this rarely happens to me… because I never throw things out ;-) Ok, I almost threw out an old pair of Docs, but didn’t… and voila! They were on trend again! Love the blazer and good call donating it to you sis!

    I’m the same way about summer by the way. I keep telling myself I should have spent more time outside… sigh… Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Reply Esther September 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    JUST yesterday I was freaking out, ripping through my closet thinking I had donated one of my favorite satchels. Lo and behold, it’s in our storage unit.

    I tend to never be able to get rid of anything because I always see some potential for it. But too many times I’ve been so disappointed by realizing I’d given a favorite item away.

    Love the outfit!

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