Tuesday, February 18, 2020

I used to record my clothing purchases and did so for maybe three years.  It was super enlightening and I think it made me a better shopper.  I would look at my purchases and think – wow I could have used that monthly sum for a staple item instead.  I would cross out what got donated or sold at the end of the year.  I really recommend doing this if you love clothes like I do.  I learned so much! 

I am naturally a bargain hunter.  I would go immediately to the clearance rack without any thought to my color scheme, what I needed, what I already had – I was simply looking for that bargain!  

Now, I do still look on the clearance rank but I am much more careful.  Also, I have developed my seasonal color palette and I try to use those colors to have a cohesive wardrobe.  I am trying to learn that one full price item may be a better bargain in the long run than 5 sale items.  It is a hard lesson to learn!

Also, I am trying not to change my nature and who I am and what I feel comfortable in.  I like tops with black in them because I have lots of black pants.  I prefer neutral shoes in brown, black, and metallics.  These are what I wear the most.

I have not shopped much in 2020 so far.  I really think it is due to a few factors:  

-I have gotten to be a better shopper and was happy with many of my previous winter purchases.  

-My new closet allowed me to see what I had and I took the opportunity to purge and that makes me feel that I can see what I have even more.  Also, life is too short to be uncomfortable in your clothing.  Why have a closet full of 7s when you can have a half full closet of 10s. I hope that makes sense!  

How much have you shopped in 2020?  During the years I journaled my purchases I did see some patterns.  I have more time in the summer to shop so I do so more.  Plus, I love my sandals, flip flops, cover ups and they are fun to buy.  Two other months stood out for me – March and September.  I was always ready to update for the coming seasons.  

I hope you enjoy seeing what I have bought.  

$12 – poncho/sweater thing open on both sides from The Prickly Pear (local boutique owned by a friend)  

I think this will be a classic and I think this was a great purchase!  

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$5.99 – Old Navy – I have not worn this yet but it matches many of my kimonos.  Heck, this was the price of a latte so even if it was not a good purchase I feel pretty good! img_1340

$5.99 – Old Navy – This is the same top and I have already worn this with a kimono.  Again, I think it is a good purchase!  

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I bought this polka dot top at Steinmart for $20 something.  I lost my receipt.  I have worn this three times already and I am not sure how flattering it is but I wanted a polka dot badly.  This is a non-wrinkle polyester ish material.  img_1418

And, I bought these palazzo pants for $25 at the same time I bought the polka dot above at Steinmart.  I was drawn to the green for March and St. Patrick’s Day for some reason.  I am anxious to wear them but it has been too cold most days.  

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I spent under $100 for almost two months!  I did not include any Christmas money purchases as I did those before 2019 ended.  I am very happy with this amount and I think I made good purchases.

Now, I will continue making my spring wish list based on my current spring clothing.  I feel that I am in a bit of a rut, though.  I am not super excited about ordering from unknown retailers sight unseen.  I much prefer online shopping when I can return to the local store.  Where should I look?  My go tos have been Old Navy(want to get away from ON), American Eagle, Loft, Target (very selectively), and TJ Maxx.  

Thanks for reading!

Amy 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “2020 Clothing Purchases

  1. You are so disciplined. I am NOT! Ha! But you have inspired me – I love the idea of a journal dedicated to purchases that I could then go back to and indicate if I ended up loving it or losing it because it didn’t end up being so great. My advice is to try Amazon for spring pieces – shipping is free and the return window is long so you can think it over. I have been loving these easy dresses. The ones I’ve recently purchased have been terrific. They’ve washed well with no shrinkage!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you try it and what you think. It is so easy when you read blogs to click on and purchase – I used to do that a lot! I will check out Amazon. It is overwhelming and sometimes I have trouble with sizing. I love the baby doll dress on you! I am having ipad/Disqus problems commenting and need to figure out my issue!

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  2. I agree with Amazon- I’ve purchased some basic things and love all of them. My typical go-to’s are Loft, Ann Taylor, J Crew. Have you been to That Cute Little Shop? It’s next to Martini’s in the Paddock Shops. They have some super cute things but I love their accessories.

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    1. I need to look more on Amazon and take more bloggers’ recommendations. I love Loft but some seasons are better than others. I have been to that shop – it seemed a bit pricey compared to some other boutiques around here.

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  3. I also like to shop online at stores that I can return at the local store. If the size is wrong I can try another right away and it gets me into a brick and mortar store to look at current items and sale racks.
    Love the polka dot shirt on you!

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