As some of you know, for a while now I’ve been on a mission to buy less clothes – and to try to make sure the clothes I DO buy are (mostly) the kind of thing I’ll get tons of wear out, as opposed to party dresses that will languish in the closet, unworn.
To help with that, I thought I might start doing a little monthly roundup of all of the things I’ve bought (or all of the CLOTHES, I’ve bought, anyway: I’m not going to be trotting out my grocery list or anything like that…). This isn’t really a “budget” post, as such, because my aim isn’t necessary to SPEND less on clothes (part of the point of this excercise is to buy good quality classics, even if they cost a little more…), but, just for clarity, these are the items I bought personally, not including things that were sent by brands…
I hesitated for ages over this one, because I’d already ordered the Boden classic shirt, which also has a polka dot print. It isn’t going to be arriving until May, though, apparently (which is why it isn’t included in this roundup), and this one looked gorgeous, and is a different colour, so I finally succumbed, telling myself I can always just send the Boden one back, if it doesn’t measure up. As it happens, that shirt will have a lot of living-up to do, because this is just gorgeous: it’s a thick, silk-touch fabric which feels like a much higher quality than the price would suggest (I have a couple of real silk blouses which aren’t as nice as this, seriously), and I also really like the print/colour, which works with a lot of my closet. There was no question of whether or not I’d be keeping it: the labels were removed as soon as it arrived, and into the closet it went. Boden, you have some competition…
I’ve pretty much lived in knitted turtleneck dresses this winter, and when I saw this one was just £22.99, I figured it would be a useful addition to my growing collection. It’s a much looser fit than the other dresses I have in this style, which gives it a slouchier feel than I usually go for, but I love the colour, and have worn it a couple of times already, so it’s been earning its keep.
Confession: I bought these purely as “back ups” for the one I already have. This is another item I’ve been living in for months: it’s really soft and warm, and it works with jeans, trousers and skirts, so it’s rarely off my back. In fact, I’m wearing it as I write this, so when it came back in stock, I bought a couple, in preparation for the inevitable moment when I spill red wine or something on my existing one, and want to cry. This is exactly the kind of thing I need to stop doing, so hopefully doing these posts will shame me into stopping it. Hopefully.
OH GOD. See, this is exactly the kind of thing I’m talking about: I had this skirt in green, and then I also bought the blue version on sale, because I liked the green one so much. I hang my head in shame. In my defence, it’s a great quality skirt, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it: I haven’t, however, worn it yet, because I bought it with my holiday in mind, and when I do that, I like to “save” the thing for the event in question. Yes, I should stop doing that, too.
This dress was another purchase made with my holiday in mind, so it’s another one I haven’t worn yet: mind you, it’s not exactly suitable for the February weather, so it’s not like I’d have been wearing it much, anyway! I fell in love with this dress when I wrote about it in this post: it happened to come back in stock at the same time I had some spare cash in my Paypal account from an eBay sale, so it ended up costing me £5. I was pretty happy with that, because the material isn’t nearly as nice as I’d been expecting, and the dress is very high-waisted. That was also the case with the Lindy Bop ‘Vanda’ dress I bought back in December, which is a similar style: to be fair, I DO have a particularly long torso, so it’s not unusual for me to find dresses to be too short in the waist, but these are particularly short, and while I can make them work by adjusting the belt, it has put me off buying any more in this style. Oh well, live and learn!