Last year I said I would keep a list of clothes I needed, and buy only from the list. It didn’t happen. I kept thinking, “I know what I need so I don’t have to write it down.” That wasn’t enough to discourage me from impulse buys!
Some good purchases last year were warm-lined rubber boots, hiking boots, grey espadrilles, dark wash jeans, a skort, my first pair of shorts in 10 years, an infinity scarf, and cardigans for work in black and white. How adventuresome, eh? Some duds were a pair of shoes that developed a permanent squeak and couldn’t be returned, a pair of tights that only lasted one wearing, and a beautiful ruched blazer that is just too dressy, even for work (maybe I’ll save it for a presentation to the Board?) And my silliest purchase was a Domo hat, Peruvian-style, which I wore on Hallowe’en. I must remember to keep wearing it in the cold weather to combat any professional stuffiness that I might develop!
So, I have the beginnings of a list for 2014. First of all, I wanted to go skating this week, but my in-line skating helmet is not ice-worthy, and helmets are required at the rink. So I now have a CSA-approved helmet and I can hardly wait to get on the ice! Maybe I can create a new “sports equipment” line in my budget so that won’t have to count it as clothing, LOL!
I have also bought a pair of sneakers. I just loved my old ones which lasted for 2.5 years of elliptical machine workouts and neighbourhood walks until they had no tread left. I was determined not to buy any sort of technical shoe since I am not an athlete. I have big-boat feet and have difficulty buying women’s sneakers, so I was willing to accept any that were affordable and also fit! I ended up with white/silver/purple, not at all what I’d choose if I had free reign. It’s a good thing I work out at home, so my taste isn’t questioned!
Right now I have 2 tanks, 2 pairs of yoga pants and 2 pairs of shorts that I wear for home workouts. One of the sets is 10 years old! I’ve decided if I ever take a class at the gym, I’ll get at least one new set. But probably not Lulu Lemon.
Do you think I should put all of the above under sports equipment?
I lost one of my best-est gloves, and haven’t been able to find a replacement pair on the January sales racks, so I will need to invest in some nice ones next Fall.
I have a pair of black ballet-type flats with the soles worn through. They are good enough quality that I’ll attempt to have them resoled, but if that doesn’t work out, they go on the list.
Most of my clothes go with black or white, but I have a few items in the brown and orange warmer-colours group. I need to replace brown pants (trousers) and shoes this year. I am not ready to give up that whole colour range.
My latest jeans are good for Casual Days at work, but some much cooler ones are in order for the weekends. I can feel a trip to Bootlegger coming on for some Silver Suki jeans!
Two pairs of black cotton pants that I wear most often are faded, although I still love them, so I may try dyeing them.
For Summer and Fall, I have a stack of single-colour short-sleeve and long-sleeve T-shirts that I wear with everything. I replace them if they get too faded for work. I use them to punch up the colour in my otherwise neutral work outfits. My summer collection is good, but I need a new array of long-sleeve ones.
I have a lovely cable knit cotton sweater (2 years old) which I wear often, and correspondingly have to hand wash often. It’s become stretched and is hard to block. I am thinking of upgrading to a Scottish or Irish wool sweater, but that is a serious investment so I will need to shop around!
It has been ages since I’ve added to my hoodie collection and I am not averse to letting another one or two in. I think I only have 10 now?
Finally, I have resolved not to get hung up on particular colours and styles, instead focusing on function and fit. As I once mentioned, if I think I need a new pair of black pants for work, probably a charcoal pair from a thrift store would serve just as well. So I will try to keep a more open mind, and browse at Value Village and consignment shops before getting obsessed about “that one thing I must have.”
Did I mention my budget for the year is $900 – a reduction of 30% from last year? I might be able to keep my spending in check…if I transfer a few items to Sporting Goods!
Spending to Date:
- Sneakers $57
- Ice helmet $69
- Wool blend scarf $20