I liked the article at first read, and it certainly rang a bell with me, but then I started thinking and having doubts about the author's veracicy: Wearing bras every day and wearing only two and only machine-washing them - how does that even work? The narrator's attitude to hygiene and/or the environment must be very different from mine... Not to mention the fact that there's no reason at all for underwear materials (cotton, viscose, polyester, spandex, nylon, or other man-made materials) to shrink in the washing machine (generally serious shrinking is caused by felting and only animal hair does this).
Apart from these considerations, and if I take the article just as food for thought, then yes, I too have a number of items I hardly ever wear/use (seriously - who in Western society only owns what they really need?) I definitely wear more than two of my bras, though I admit that there's some elaborate ones I've never worn. Bustiers and corsets however, pretty much fit the article's premise for me.
But I doubt that it's only women who buy their dreams. Men just materialize their dreams in different items (most of them at least, I suppose): How many tools and exercise equipment get hardly ever used - and is there ever any real use (much less need) for a sports car?