ShoeperWoman’s first rule of shopping…

… is that when you find great basics that are perfect in every way, you should buy one in every colour!

That’s how I came to own this Zara sweater in three different colours… and I’m considering buying some more when I have some spare cash:

round neck sweater

Now, as purchases go, it’s not the most exciting one, obviously. I mean, you don’t get the same thrill from a sweater as you do from a new dress, or an amazing pair of shoes, do you? Or DO you? Lately I’ve been obsessed with basics, as some of you know, and as part of that, I’ve been on the lookout for some new knitwear. Now, I’m pretty fussy about my basics: I won’t buy them unless they’re absolutely perfect, so this search has, unfortunately, been taking a very long time. You’d think a simple, crew neck sweater would be the easiest thing in the world to find, but, as I never tire of telling you, sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the hardest ones to find – and so it was my sweater search.

Until this one crossed my radar, I’d been searching for what seemed like forever. Every sweater I found was either too baggy, too thin, or it was the wrong colour, or had elbow length sleeves (I’m one of those people who’s permanently freezing, so I need full-length ones at all times!), so it was instantly discounted. This one, on the other hand, is perfect: exactly the right fit, a length that works with jeans/trousers and skirts, and a selection of colours I know I’ll wear to death (especially that green, which instantly doubled my clothing options, as it goes well with so many of my skirts!).

So I bought three – and honestly, I’m tempted to buy three more, just to have as back-ups, for that inevitable day when the ones I have wear out (or I spill something that stains – which is probably the more likely scenario, to be completely honest), and the search has to begin all over again. That probably sounds just a little excessive, but as the headline says, it’s one of my golden rules of shopping: when I finally find the perfect item, I like to buy more than one (if I can afford to, obviously), just so I know I won’t have to embark on another search in a year or so’s time. If you’re the kind of person who relies on outfit formulas, or who considers themselves to have a style “uniform”, it can be an easy way to create a wardrobe that really works for you and your lifestyle.

And now I’m off to talk myself out of buying even more sweaters…

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