What to Buy If You’re in the Mood For an Impulse Purchase

I don’t know how many more times I can talk to you about all the things I would wear if I were not pregnant without boring the hell out of you, but in the event you’re willing to listen to me one more time (actually, I’m making no promises about the future of my shopping prose), here is an edition of “In My Cart” — a series wherein Man Repeller editors share what they’ve been storing in their digital shopping carts — that explores just that.

There is genuinely no reason for me to buy anything at this juncture (though I could probably argue this is true 100% of the time), but I have to say, what a difference a small self-indulgent, impulse buy can make! Particularly when it is slightly dreary outside. A little necklace here, or bracelet there, perhaps a pair of sunglasses or somewhat (extremely) frivolous satin mules. The key is that whatever you do end up buying can be used right now. Otherwise, what’s the point? If you’re in dream mode and thinking in outfits that aren’t necessarily practical but do rock, feel free to follow me on an expedition I’m calling: Winter Shorts: Why Not?

But let’s start with rhinestone jeans:

Topshop is currently selling these bomb ass high-waist, crystal-hem jeans and in my opinion, they are the perfect antidote to a red short sleeve polo that Billie Jean King may or may not have owned at some point in time. They are cropped enough to add a little boom to black satin sandals — a pair not unlike those photographed, by Loewe, now $267, or some ugly sneakers, which I have mostly been against until I saw this pair from Sandro. The bag and coat are fun adds, but you can decide how to freckle your main dish if you know what I’m saying.

For my next trick! A serving platter full of equestrian olives:

You must be wondering what an equestrian olive is. To be honest, I made it up, but if I had to guess, it is a breed of olive that makes your hair grow really long, really fast and enables you to jump over dramatic fences at the ready. Good clothes come along with it, too! Like this Isabel Marant muscle tee, which is worth $150 because you can’t make up a good neckline, particularly on a khaki t-shirt that will catch gold-plated jewelry so nicely. Or these $40 Topshop flared leggings, which say, “I am here to party but ready to fight,” which I believe speaks acutely to the current female experience. I included a pair of Isabel Marant cowboy boots because I own them (got them unused, on eBay, for $80 if you’d believe it), and let me tell you, the fit is A+, but Topshop makes an equally competent version, so if you’re in the market, you do you.

And the cojones — my winter shorts:

They’re not actually winter shorts, though, but so what, who cares? Wear them with a pair of knit-ass knee socks ($5!), add velvet sandal mules (on $ale, of cour$e), a striped shirt, a novelty coat, padded headband (also $5!) and boom! My dream outfit in a nutshell full of amniotic fluid.

There is one more thing, though:

You know how I was talking (and talking and talking) about small, self-indulgent impulse buys? Here are the ones in my cart, the most important being the hair clamp. Although to be honest, I feel it requires a rainbow choker and red frame sunglasses to truly thrive.

Hey, can I ask you a question while we’re all still here? What’s your favorite accessory category and why?(???) Asking because we’re working on some really fun stuff internally, and it won’t be the same without your ~input.~

Collages by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.

Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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