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5 New Things You Definitely Don't Need to Buy

But might want to?

Gucci hat on model Photo: Net-a-Porter

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Every week, the fashion world spits out a host of new things for us to buy — and we all know that some are better than others. At times, pulling out the plastic or balancing the checkbook (apparently people do that still I guess) is justified, but other times, a head scratch or an artfully placed finger-on-the-chin emoji feels more appropriate.

In any event, let’s take a look at some of the new arrivals that made us, well, react last week.

Moschino Bomber Backpack

Moschino Bomber Backpack ($1,595)

Alright, I’m willing to admit that nobody is expecting anything demure or understated from Moschino — that’s its whole thing. But I do wonder who among us has a spare $1,600 to pick up a backpack that’s wearing a jacket. The backpack is great, the jacket it’s wearing is also great, but the two together seem a bit (heaping) much. But look, if you want a backpack, and are willing to drop the cash, just pick up a Mansur Gavriel one instead.

Fendi Blue Monster Robe

Fendi Blue Monster Robe ($390)

I feel so foolish, everybody. This whole time I’ve been drinking my morning tea in an understated striped bathrobe. After seeing this, I question why I haven’t been using every morning to parade around my apartment dressed like a Fendi wild thing. If the sarcasm in the preceding text eludes you, let me just counsel you to buy something that’s a little more adult, a little more mature, and less like a child’s novelty towel. (Try Sleepy Jones.)

Gucci hat

Gucci Berta Cap ($435)

This is a tough one, because at this time, the fashion world is on its knees for Gucci, and this is a cool-ass hat. But in all my years of shopping, I have never found that spending hundreds on a baseball cap works out well. I once bought a pony hair cap for more than I care to say, and it sat gathering dust for years before it wound up posted on Grailed. Why not go full custom with New Era instead?

Ami Sweater

Ami Wool-Blend Sweater ($270)

I will go to the mats for Ami sweaters any day of the week. They’re a good weight, they don’t cost a ton of money, and they look great, hitting your waist at just the right spot (if you’re about 5’9”, at least). What makes this one worth the $270, aside from what I already mentioned, is the ribbing on the sleeves and the hem — it takes it just a cut above a regular sweater. I’d do it with faded blue jeans, but that’s just me.

Kate Spade Whimsies T-Rex Crossbody

Kate Spade Whimsies T-Rex Crossbody ($378)

Whoa. Niche.