Closet orphans can come from many sources, but many of them are purchased for our imaginary selves. These versions of ourselves can wear four-inch heels without tripping, can make use of a gorgeous down coat even though it never gets below 50 degrees, and can safely wear shoulder-duster earrings without risking having them tugged out by a wee one. We see things that we adore in theory, and buy them before admitting that they’re never gonna work in practice. It’s a behavior that can be eradicated if carefully monitored, but even those of us who are mindful occasionally slip up. (Says the woman who lives in a city with six months of brutal winter yet still can’t resist mid-weight jackets. Which get about 47 seconds of wear PER YEAR, if I’m being honest.)
Do you shop for your imaginary self? What do you buy for her? Are the things you wish you could wear for seasons or occasions you just never experience? Or are they due to a lifestyle shift? How does your imaginary self dress?