Uniqulo polka dot shirt

Wardrobe Updates: What I Bought In February

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…

navy and white polka dot blouse

Ines de le Fressange x Uniqlo spot print shirt

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…

neutral winter outfit

Zara knit dress

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.

two stripe tops

H&M stripe tops

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.

Boden easy jersey mini

Boden easy jersey mini skirt

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.

Lindy Bop Matilda bicycle print dress

Lindy Bop ‘Matilda’ dress 

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!

And that’s what I bought in February! Now let’s see what March brings…

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  • The Other Emma


    Want all of things!! The shirt in particular looks lovely, damn having no money until middle of month!

    February 29, 2016
  • I love the Lindy Bop and Zara dresses. I really ought to get into wearing dresses more, but I love my Converse too much and I can hide them at work with wide-leg trousers 😀 xx

    February 29, 2016
  • I’ve been taking the same approach to buying clothes so far this year too. It’s costing me a bloomin’ fortune! I think I need to work on the quantity thing still… I’m also guilty of buying things in all the colours, having just bought a pair of shoes in cream that I already bought two weeks before in mint green…

    February 29, 2016
  • What is it about H&M and Boden stripe tops that make them so NECESSARY? I must have dozens at this point!

    Love this post idea Amber — I debated at the end of 2015 writing a post about the best purchases I made all year but then time and family emergencies got in the way. But I love your idea of taking inventory each month since waiting to do this once a year means a lot of items on my list are sold out by the time I want to tell readers how amazing they are. Not very nice of me.

    I’m totally snagging that polka dot blouse too…


    Ashley || Sed Bona

    February 29, 2016
  • Myra


    I love all of these

    February 29, 2016
  • I know what you mean about the Matilda. I hate Lindy bop for bringing out so many nice prints in that dress because it just looks awful on me. Don’t get the Megan dress either – that’s also got a short waist. I keep eyeing up the dress and jacket combos on their site at the moment while trying to keep strong with my whole 6 months without shopping attempt!

    February 29, 2016
  • maria


    I really like the polka dotted shirt, so retro and cute!
    I’m trying to buy less clothes with more quality too, and it’s a bit tough because they either cost a small fortune or the outlets are out of town and you have to drive for half an hour to reach them! But I can definitely see the appeal of better quality: it’s usually accompanied by better fitting and a more pulled together look, instead of the ‘I will fall apart after two wears and a washing cycle’ look that fast fashion pieces have these days… I also like the thicker fabrics; last week I saw a Mango’s sweater that was so thin it looked like paper… I have thicker camisoles, just saying, lol!

    February 29, 2016
  • I found the same with The Lindy Bop Tara dress which is a shame as I love the sweetheart neckline and bow belt it comes with. Guess I’ll stick with Audrey for now! That print on the Matilda is lovely though, I’ve no doubt you’ll still look amazing in it!

    March 1, 2016
  • I’ve been taking stock of monthly clothing purchases for the last (almost) four years. I then look back at what were the big hits and the misses each year. It’s a great way to keep track of my spending, which thankfully is not a huge amount, and because I “declare” it monthly on the blog, it makes me pauses before hitting the buy button!

    March 1, 2016
  • Hi Amber, I love the Lindy Bop Matilda dress- it remind me of Cath Kidston for some reason. xx

    March 2, 2016