For every online purchase we don't think twice about—a Seamless pizza order here, a white T-shirt refill there—there's another that causes our cursors to hover over that "Buy Now" button. It's not always about the price tag, though that's often the root of our "Should I or shouldn't I?" anxiety. Sometimes it's an issue of not being able to try something on IRL, or falling for a pair of shoes that goes with exactly zero things we already own. They're all very legitimate problems that must be overcome.
Below, Sweet's editors unveil the stragglers in their online shopping carts. Should we just buy these things already? Screenshot our photos, circle yes or no, and snap us back!
editorial intern, @abbeymaxbauer
The Straggler: The Modern Babo Shoe, $145, everlane.com.
assistant editor, @chantagold
The Straggler: Miss You Bad Black Stadium Bomber, $160, shopstickybaby.com
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: I found this brand through a friend's Instagram a few months ago, and it was love at first sight. I'm a sucker for saucy phrases on the backs of jackets, so I immediately stalked every bomber they make and decided this one is my soulmate. Now, $150 isn't the kind of cash I can just drop at a moment's notice—soulmate or not—so I've dragged the image to my desktop and open it up every few days to imagine my life with it on. In order to make myself eventually take the plunge, I'm trying out a new tactic: I've set a few personal goals for myself (go to bed earlier, spend less time on my phone, etc.), and once I feel as though I've earned it, I will reward myself with this bad boy, guilt-free.
assistant editor, @chanelinezp
The Straggler: Signature Blake 40 Jodhpur Boot in Black Suede, $895, ysl.com.
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: About once a month I stumble upon—OK, purposefully go to—Saint Laurent's site and stare at the boots for about five minutes. Then I add a pair to the cart and say to myself, "when I'm rich the first thing I'm going to buy is a pair of black Saint Laurent boots." This month it's all about the Signature Blake in suede, but there are a couple of reasons why they will never leave my shopping cart. One, suede's too hot of a material for the summer season, and two, I can't justify a $900 purchase that isn't my rent (and even then I gawk). So you won't see me clacking around with Saint Laurents on my feet any time soon.
deputy editor, @mallory-rice
Why They're in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: I have been playing chicken with the sale on totokaelo.com for about two weeks now. If you're not familiar with it, Totokaelo (pronounced "toh-toh-kye-oh") is a Portland-based retailer that stocks all kinds of amazing pieces from avant-garde designers. I have a $150 credit for a pair of shoes I bought on super-sale and had to return, and I've been trying to make the smartest possible purchase with my credit without spending much more than the $150. Here are the quick arguments for each thing. Acne: I have zero statement sandals. Won Hundred: This is a really pretty basic I'd be able to wear all the time. Obex: I haven't purchased a piece of jewelry since high school. What do you think?
contributing fashion writer
The Straggler: Floral Intarsia Knitted Turtleneck Sweater by J.W. Anderson, $444, netaporter.com.
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: At full price, this J.W. Anderson sweater was WAY over my budget but now that it is more than 50% off, I am contemplating making it mine.
editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz
The Straggler: Wedgie Fit Jeans, $98, levi.com.
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: OK, hear me out on this one. I know that denim labeled as "wedgie fit" may sound a little inelegant, but to me, these are the perfect high-waisted, straight-leg, vintage-inspired jeans. I've never been a jeans-and-a-T-shirt kind of girl, but there's something both retro and contemporary about this pair that makes me come back to them again and again. I haven't taken the plunge yet because I already own and cherish a pair of Madewell slim boyjeans, and because my size is always out of stock in my coveted hue of Coyote Desert.
senior fashion editor, @c_petreycik
The Straggler: Rainier Leather Moto Jacket, $685, thearrivals.com
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: Having seen (and petted) this jacket from The Arrivals in person, I can attest that it is buttery soft, and approximately 90% classic leather moto, 10% futuristic exoskeleton. I normally wouldn't click "buy now" on anything remotely this spendy other than, like, a round trip plane ticket, but the longer it sits in my shopping cart the more elaborate my justifications become. (It would go with everything in my closet! The cost per wear would be nothing, pretty much.) Still, at this point I've talked myself down from buying it so many times that I probably won't be taking the plunge this fall.
photo editor, @cstorm44
The Straggler: Le Laboureur Bleu de Travail French Work Jacket, $150
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: Made famous by the New York Times' beloved street style photographer Bill Cunningham (who, sadly, passed away last month), this bright blue beauty appeals to both workwear fiends and photo nerds. So, being both, I have to have it. The problem isn't really the price tag (though Cunningham supposedly bought his at a Paris hardware store for $20), it's the fact that it's so darn hard to find. I don't think Le Laboureur is aware of its newfound hipness yet, so the brand's distribution stateside is scarce. When the jacket does become available online, at places like Hickoree's or Hand Eye Supply, my inability to try it on IRL prevents me from pulling the trigger. But while on a recent photo shoot, I saw one of Sweet's fave photogs, Brian W. Ferry, rocking one and fell even deeper in love (with the jacket, though Brian's cool, too). If any Sweet readers in France want to hook me up, my snap handle is above!
senior editor, @re.beccabates
The Straggler: Tulle Sleeveless Dress, $30, zara.com
Why It's in Shopping-Cart Purgatory: It's not an expensive garment, but for this totally see-through dress to work, you must be a pro at styling precision, while being able to maintain the appearance of having barely tried. I'd wear it with jeans and a cami underneath, but those jeans have to hit at just the right place on your waist (a high-rise black style is essential), and the neckline of that cami can't be higher than the dress' neckline. To keep this from seeming precious or, even worse, dressy, I think it's crucial to avoid ballet flats and heels and stick with a combat boot. It's just an awful lot of forethought to put into a completely sheer piece that's supposed to tie together an ultra-casual look. And as someone who stands four inches shorter than the model, I can't help wondering if this isn't a dress for a far leggier girl. I'm probably going to buy this though…
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