It was widely noted that Kate Middleton had previously worn her Christmas card outfit several times. It reminded me that I didn’t buy anything new to wear for the holidays this year. While I was out Christmas shopping, I decided I’d splurge on a new sweater – maybe even cashmere – but I didn’t see anything I liked. I am actually a bit sensitive about re-wearing holiday outfits. My family is really, really big on taking photos. We get together on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. I like to wear something different on each of the two days, and different from the year before!
I buy a piece of clothing with a bit of sparkle every few years, and save them for seasonal events. Otherwise I usually have a new-ish cozy sweater I can wear throughout the winter. I checked to see what I wore last year and realized I didn’t have a single photo of myself at Christmas.
Do I really think my family will look at me on Christmas Eve and exclaim, “That outfit is looking tired?” Of course not. I guess somewhere within, I am thinking I should treat myself. And I do look at my Christmas pictures from years past and think about how my look has changed over time!
I spent $1015 on clothes this year, down from $1490 last year. I had budgeted $900 and I am OK with the overspend.
This year I bought:
For work ($411)
- Grey work jacket (blazer) 117
- Dress pants (trousers) 43
- 2 pair dark-wash jeans for work, blue and black, replacements 110 including hemming
- 3 girly summer tops 89
- Long ribbed cardigan 52
Not for work ($84):
- Skort (again! I buy one every year!) 29 – worn once
- Superdry sporty bomber jacket 23
- Pokemon T-shirt 16 (wardrobe essential, haha!)
- Thrifted outfit (hoodie, track pants and long-sleeve T-shirt) that I bought for cleaning out Link’s apartment and helping them move. I intended to throw it away afterwards, but I liked it so much, I made sure I didn’t get it stained or bleached! 16
Workout wear ($210):
- 2 swim suits 57 and 26 (regular price is 80-100 each for Speedo brand)
- Sneakers 95 (bad deal, was not able to find my difficult size at a bargain store)
- Yoga pants 23
- Workout T-shirt 9
Small stuff ($143):
- Bras and underwear 93
- 2 tank tops for sleepwear or layering 20
- Tights 10
- Socks 20 (work)
- Metallic sneakers 29 (not comfortable, minimal use)
- Slip-on fabric shoes 23
- Brown purse/messenger bag 77
- Canvas tote bag 9
- Belt 10
- Gloves 9
- Toque 7
- Ball cap 3
So, I have learned I need to take more care with both size and fit for sneakers! On the plus side, I wear sneakers or boots for walking to work every day, which has tremendously saved wear on my better work shoes, and I still have two pair I bought in 2014.
Sometime in 2016, I owned 136 “significant” items of clothing and I’m now at 153, a gain of 17. When I buy new clothes, I often hold onto the old ones. For example, I replaced my dark-wash jeans for work, but I still wear the older faded ones, which are fine for weekends. I bought 3 summer tops last year and another 3 this year without giving any up. Right now, my selection of long-sleeved winter tops and sweaters is very blah, so I hope to refresh them, January through March. Meanwhile, I have long since pared down my T-shirt and hoodie collections, so they are quite reasonable at 37 and 11, respectively!
I feel most of my 2017 purchases were workman-like; just basic functional things. Yet I do like to have clothes that make me feel good about myself. In 2018 I will think about whether I want to upgrade my wardrobe, if I can do so on the same budget…
Do you buy holiday or party clothes – at all, or every year?
Any plans for changing your “look” in 2018?