Nearly year-end and it’s time to sum up how I’ve fared with my apparel this year. Let me go back to the beginning. I set a budget of $900 for clothes this year and I spent $1516. And am I well-dressed? Probably not. In my own defense, I underspent in other categories and didn’t go into debt. But I was far from frugal.
Here’s how I shelled out the money:
30% on footwear (6 pairs)
I bought shoes and boots I love:
I made two bad purchases – brown sandals I like, but only wore once; and sensible black flats that I later decided were too sensible. I also bought brown shoes for work and “athleisure” cushy black sneakers.
24% on Tops (13 items)
Some weird and wonderful choices. I don’t understand myself sometimes. I was determined to buy more thrifted wool sweaters. One was an unusual marigold colour and a retro style, intended to look funky:
I managed to wear it to work 3 times, feeling successively sillier each time before giving up on it. I concede that retro funky is just not my thing. I am relieved I only paid $10 for it.
I also bought a wool argyle-ish vest! I get a kick out of wearing it. It makes me feel like Ellen!
I somehow bought myself two blue pullover sweaters, and didn’t stop to think, “Hey, I already got a new blue sweater this year.” They are not too much alike, but still!
My favourite purchase was this Nepalese cotton tunic:
21% on Pants/Trousers (6 items)
I am not long-legged so I accidentally bought a pair of 7/8-length trousers thinking they were ankle-length skinnies. They shrunk about 10% and revealed their shortness, so I had to donate them! (I can’t actually wear 7/8s because they just look ill-fitting with my particular proportions).
I bought another skort. I seem to fall for one every summer. You guessed it; I only wore it once. But will keep for next summer, just in case I turn into another person.
I had two favourites this year, the Suki Silver jeans, and these plaid pants:
18% on Accessories and Non-Wardrobe Pieces (29 bits and pieces)
I like this messenger/organizer bag:
The rest of this category included a robe, summer pyjamas, workout top, underwear, socks, tights, mittens and gloves.
7% on Miscellaneous (2 items)
That Paris dress, and a lightweight, early winter jacket.
Thus went $1500! Barring any “emergencies,” that is it for the year. How did you fare with clothes shopping (or non-shopping) in 2015?