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!
$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!
$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!
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.
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.
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!