At some point in college, I developed my first shopping philosophy. It went something like this: spend no more than $10 on a tank or tee, $15 on a skirt, $20 on a top, $25 on a sweater, $30 on pants. It worked for a while, although I ended with a lot of $15 tops from Forever 21. Most of those are in sitting in a ThredUp bag today, waiting to be sent off.
While I've done away with that philosophy, I still find myself shuddering at the thought of spending $25 on a top (and then do it anyway). Last month, I ordered a few tops from LOFT. I thought the graphic tee would my favorite of the haul, but it was actually this striped tank. I've worn it three times in the past two weeks. I have honestly found myself trying to calculate whether enough time has passed so that I can wear it again. (It's been exactly a week... that's enough time, right?)
$22 is a ridiculous amount to spend for a tank top. But $22 also feels like nothing when we're talking about the happiness that I feel when I wear this tank. Moral of the story? Forget the price tag, focus on the feeling. And feel that way about everything you buy.
Striped Tank: LOFT | exact
Cardigan (c/o Mom): LOFT | option
Jeans: The Limited | option
Espadrilles: via Target | exact