Welcome to June’s edition of The Bad Buy Book!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to or Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s start with The Bad Buy Book: dresses!

First of all, my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee On the EdgeThe Bad Buy Book: dresses

I have this dress in black and it is one of my favorites!  When I saw it in this bright yellow floral, I had to have it.  It was slightly damaged so I also received a 50% discount but it was a final sale.  Now that I have it, I realize that the color is not so flattering on me.  And the slimming effect that is created in the black version is not present at all in the bright yellow!  Oh well, I still like the cheerfulness of the dress even though it is not the most flattering piece in my closet.

I actually like the boots and the cardigan with the dress Shelbee!

Here is Lorena of My Every Day Wear

The Bad Buy Book: dressesI’m the first one to admit that something does not look well. In this case, the black jumper dress purchased not too long ago. It looked ok in the dressing room and I was in a hurry, so I did not stop to further evaluate and just bought it. Today I am ready to let it go after just three wears. Does this happen to you often ? Buy something in a hurry,  little thought put in it and then… it just does not work ? I have to say it makes me upset as I like to think that I am now wiser and more assertive with my purchases, well I guess not.

Haha, oh yes Lorena, I can relate to that!

Here is our loyal fellow blogger Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: dressesSo I’m sending this photo of my dress that I consider a bad buy! It may look fine in the photos, but after only one washing it pilled terribly. I had washed it normally like the directions said, but the material must have been defective. I kept meaning to take it back to the store, but I never got around to it. Sadly, I gave it away, even though I loved it otherwise!!  

That’s a pitty Jodie, because the colors and the print are very nice.

Here is Susan of Over 50 Under 20The Bad Buy Book: dresses

Years ago, I made up a little saying for my husband to use when he went shopping by himself.  I felt like this was necessary, because sometimes he would bring home clothing that was…how can I put this?…..downright UGLY. I finally figured out that he did not look good in brown, so I taught him to say, “If it’s brown, put it down” and “If it’s blue, it will do.” His wardrobe choices have improved dramatically since he learned these phrases, but occasionally he will rebel and come home with something in the forbidden color. LOLThe Bad Buy Book: dresses

I am telling you this because I should have followed my own advice. I bought a brown dress, and I tried to make it work. I really did! When I tried this dress on, I thought it was so cute. But as I am fond of saying, my fashion journey is full of trial and error, which is why I don’t like to buy expensive clothes. I don’t like to make mistakes. BUT….I just have to admit…..I don’t like it!  .

Believe it or not, I did not give up after seeing these pictures, but kept going:The Bad Buy Book: dresses

To be honest, it is not just the color.  This dress is just NOT flattering at all. Ladies, this is why the camera is your friend. It will tell you things that the dressing room mirror will not say. The mirror might say, “Only $14.99, and you look so cute in this!  Buy it!”   But the camera will say, “It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t look good on you. What were you thinking??” So bye bye brown dress.  I hope you enjoyed hanging out in my closet for a month.

Haha, what a funny story Susan! At least you’ve tried!

Here is Gail of Is This Mutton?The Bad Buy Book: dressesThe problem:

 I bought this dress about a year ago: I was looking for an “impress dress” in terms of a smart dress for work that would give me confidence in a meeting where I had to present to a senior manager from the US. I thought this dress had the necessary gravitas.

BUT. Although it’s fairly figure flattering, it’s navy blue, a colour which doesn’t suit me and drains me.  I find the dress so dreary, I can’t even think of what to wear with it to make it look better. A belt? Meh. Jewellery? Meh. So probably the navy blue tights and shoes aren’t helping.  The dress is also a bit low cut, and I wore it with a sports bra to avoid showing any cleavage (!), and it shows my clavicles, which, unlike the rest of me, are bony. I don’t like wearing scarves but I don’t like this area being exposed. 

So I only wore it once, and I can’t see myself wearing it again! 

Perhaps styled in a totall different way Gail?

And lastly I, of course, also have a Bad Buy dress!The Bad Buy Book: dresses

I can’t even look normal wearing this one. What was I thinking? I know! Oh, It’s only €15! Why do we ever go back there every time? Bleh! To big, to frumpy, to long, to whatever! Not me.


That’s it for this month! Thank you all so very much for participating! Hope you, and lot’s of more beautiful women, will join us next month!

Next month theme is: Tops!

So dig up that ugly shirt, that without any thinking bought tee and those not to combine tops. And send us your picture before the 10 th of July!

Have a great day everybody!


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  1. June 15, 2017 / 12:17 am

    It’s funny because I feel like all of the dresses aren’t that bad. But it’s true that they can look different in person than on camera. I also think we have been in dresses that “wow” us, and when one doesn’t—it’s sad!!

    • June 15, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      I agree. I think it’s also about the feeling a dress gives us.

  2. June 15, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Jij ook een mooie dag. De gele jurk vind ik inderdaad wel heel geel. Dat zou ik nooit kopen. Het zwarte jump-jurkje is juist schattig. En misschien kun jij een leuke riem dragen op de witte…. wat is het? Een tuniek of jurk? Ik denk dat je het met een bruine riem echt wel leuk kunt flatteren..

    • June 15, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Nou zie! Je weet niet eens wat t is! ik wil m niet eens opleuken!

  3. June 15, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Ik hou van zo’n artikel dan weet ik dat ik niet de enige ben wat miskoop betreft. 😉 De gele bloemenjurk is echt vrolijk kwa kleur, maar het model is wat minder.

    • June 15, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      I agree with you!

  4. June 15, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Your dress isn’t all that bad, Nancy BUT I can see why you don’t love it. It has nothing of your sparkly and fun personality. It’s the sort of dress wherein the batteries need to be replaced whereas you’re the sort of woman who’s always living life to the fullest 🙂

    • June 15, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      You said that so beautifully! Thank you very much!

  5. June 15, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Oh I am so sorry but that yellow dress is not my taste! Glad that Shelbee has a black one!
    I love the dress from Jodie!
    And,… I never had a bad buy with a dress! Skirts, many times!

    • June 15, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      And tops?????

  6. June 15, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    All those dresses are nice on their own but I can see why they were bad buys for those ladies. An item of clothing need to match our personality and body shape.

    Her Hive

    • June 16, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Yes, especially our personality! Thank you dear!

  7. June 16, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I love the dresses! It is just my opinion!

    • June 17, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thank you! That’s fabulous!

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