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Kept & Returned | What I Bought in March

Last month I started keeping track of my monthly clothing purchases in a new blog series detailing my recent purchases, and this month I’m surprising myself by remembering to write another one. 

Oh, and I’m also expanding it a little by including the items I returned, as well as the ones I kept. Well, I figured it’s sometimes just as interesting to see the things that didn’t work, as well as the ones that did, don’t you think? Unfortunately I ALSO figured I’d probably have more than one thing to show to you in the “returns” column, but it didn’t work out that way, so… er, maybe next time?

Anyway, here’s what I kept and returned in March!

Kept:

Zara trenchcoat

Zara cotton trench coat

stone coloured trench coat

Zara trench coat

If you’re familiar with my outfit posts, you might be wondering why on earth I needed a new Zara trench coat, when I already have a perfectly good trench coat – and by the same brand, too? It’s a good question (especially when you know that not only do I still HAVE the older coat, I still wear it, too…), and I’d love to be able to give you a good answer, but I suspect I’m probably the only one who’s going to think my reason is a “good” one. Here goes: I bought it because my existing trench is a knee-length, dark beige one, and THIS one is a hip-length stone coloured one. So they’re, like, TOTALLY DIFFERENT, basically. Yes.

Stupid though it might sound, I’d actually had my eye on this coat for a while, and as soon as I walked into the store and saw it in “real life”, my mind was made up. This was my birthday present to myself, really: I bought it on the first day of our holiday, and went on to wear it about every second evening after that (the days are warm in the Canary Islands at this time of year, but the nights get chilly, so I was really glad of it!), which ALSO justifies the purchase – in my mind, at least. I’ve worn it quite a few times since we’ve been back, too, so I’m sure it’ll be popping up in an outfit post sooner or later, if anyone’s particularly interested.

(My birthday present from Terry, meanwhile, was the replacement white blazer I talked about in this post: I didn’t buy that one myself, so I haven’t included it here, but let the record show that, yes, I came home from Tenerife with two more pieces of outerwear than I arrived with. Good job we upgraded the baggage allowance before we left, huh?)

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Hell Bunny Capri Pants

I bought a pair of these in red right before my California trip last year, and immediately became obsessed with the idea of getting them in black, too : they’re not the best quality I’ve come across, but they’re pretty good for the price, and they’re super-comfortable to wear, with lots of stretch to the fabric. Because they’re not too expensive, I also don’t feel the need to be too precious with them, which makes them perfect for a holiday, when I know there’s a good chance of me getting sunscreen or fake tan on them. (I lose a few items of clothing after every trip, purely because of sunscreen – I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I seem to find it impossible to dress myself without getting sunscreen everywhere!)

Anyway, I became so obsessed with finding these pants in black that I spent the few days before the California trip frantically searching the internet for a pair in my size, and had no luck whatsoever. (Which was actually a bit weird, because I could find them in every colour BUT black, and every size except my own). When we got back it was autumn, so I forgot all about capri pants… right up until a few days before my trip to Tenerife last month, when I AGAIN became obsessed with finding a pair, and AGAIN left it until the very last minute- gah! Thankfully I had better luck this time, and found my size, in stock, and with next day delivery – SOLD!

Er, that was a really long and pointless story, wasn’t it? Moving on…

H&M white twill trousers and grey t-shirt

white trousers and grey t-shirt

You seen both of these in this post: I can’t seem to find the t-shirt on the website, but, well, it’s just a grey t-shirt, and they have plenty of similar ones, so I’m sure you’ll cope.

As for the trousers: I’ve had a pair of white jeans on my ‘Holes in My Closet‘ list forever, and I’ve ordered and returned so many pair of them now that I really didn’t have high hopes of these H&M white twill trousers. Well, whaddya know: they were perfect! Or, almost perfect: I find H&M sizing pretty erratic, and often have to size up in their trousers and jeans.  I went one size up with these, and they still felt pretty snug, so I ordered the size up AGAIN, which fit much better. Looking back at some of the photos from the holiday, I realised I should probably have worn a belt with them, because although they felt fine to wear, there was a bit of a “saggy crotch” situation going on in some of the shots (Don’t you just HATE it when you only notice these things when you look back at the photos, and you’ve already been wearing the thing all day?), but, meh – the fit was good enough that I’ve already ordered the blue stripe version, too. You’ll be seeing those in next month’s roundup….

Breton stripe sweater

H&M Breton stripe sweater

Oh, stop it, you know I can never resist a good Breton stripe, don’t you?

I was initially quite disappointed with this one when I took it out of the box, because the over-sized, boxy fit isn’t something I usually go for. I was sure I’d be sending it back, but when I tried it on, I actually kinda loved it. It has that nice, laid-back look that I’ve been really into lately, so I decided to let it stay. With that said, I promise this will be my last stripe sweater for a long time. I also promise I didn’t have my fingers crossed while I wrote that. Or that.

Finally…

Au Revoir Mon Amour

slogan sweater

Mango slogan sweatshirt

This was another holiday purchase: I’m partial to the odd slogan sweater or two (especially when the slogan is in French, because that is just SO CLASSY, isn’t it?), and this was 12 euros in the Mango Outlet, so it was an easy decision. I’ve been mostly wearing it around the house and for working out (By which I mean ‘I’ve mostly been wearing it around the house, because HAHA, AS IF I’ve been working out!’), so it’s been earning its keep so far.

As for the returns, well, there was only one of them, so here you go…

Returned:

green bikini

NEXT green bikini

About two days before my holiday, I suddenly decided I absolutely couldn’t live without a new bikini. Now, I actually have quite a few bikinis, but here’s the thing: I couldn’t find any of them. Not one. I’ve searched the house, and I have no idea where they are, so I went online and panic-bought this one from Next, who do next-day delivery at the regular price. Seriously, their shipping is amazing – I ordered this at about 7pm at night, and it was at my door at 10am the next morning.

Unfortunately by mid-day it was in the mail and on its way back to where it came from, because it totally reminded me of why I hardly ever wear bikinis: guys, those briefs. They were TINY. Like, “showing my butt-crack” tiny. What was weird about this was that they DID actually fit around the hips, and I could tell that the size up would’ve been falling OFF my hips, but they were just SO low cut on me that I’d have felt like I was walking around naked. I feel like most bikinis these days are like this: the tops are fine, but the bottoms always seem to be either waist-high (I know I like the retro look, but those high waists just aren’t flattering on me), or teeny-tiny. TL:DT – perfectly nice bikini, just not for me.

And that was what I bought in March!

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9 Comments
  • Charlotte Lane
    April 5, 2016

    LOVE this sweatshirt so much! It’s at such a great sale price as well – thanks for sharing! I love these ‘What I Bought In..’ posts that you do 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • Rachel
    April 5, 2016

    Great post – it is just as interesting to see what you’ve returned as well as what you’ve kept. Out of interest, where did you manage to source your Hellbunny Capris in the end? I wear Collectif high waisted capris, but I’d love to be able to get my hands on some cheaper alternatives! xx

    • Rachel
      April 5, 2016

      Ignore me – I found them – helps if I click on your links doesn’t it?! I clearly need another brew! x

  • Anna Nuttall
    April 5, 2016

    Hi Amber, yup I love that trench coat as well. It might be a bit big on me. xx

  • Sandra
    April 5, 2016

    Love this post! I have the same problem with bikinis. I don’t like those tiny pants but I don’t like those high waists neither. I bought one from Chloé, which is the most beautiful bikini I’ve ever seen with a perfect cutted pant. But I haven’t worn it much because it was sooo expensive and I have the same sunscreen problem like you so I’m totally afraid that I will destroy this gorgeous bikini…
    Long story no sense. 😛

    Have a great day!
    xx
    Sandra

  • Bethan
    April 5, 2016

    I really enjoyed this post. I hope these posts of “what I bought this month” continue.

    It’s great for inspiration and just to see what someone else has bought this month. I am trying to build up a “classic staple wardrobe” but never know where to start or how Many items to get each month. Your blog gives me so much inspiration! I know it all depends on income etc but this gives me a good idea.

    Love your style and really enjoy your blogs! Keep up the great work!

    Bxxx

  • Ginger
    April 5, 2016

    Those two trench coats are totally different! Different colors and different lengths = different outfits. Totally justified to get it. 😀

    I love posts like this. I’m glad you remembered to do it!

  • maria
    April 6, 2016

    Love this kind of posts, very fun to read! I’m liking slouchier fits for my sweaters/tops too these days, especially with slim trousers/jeans, maybe it’s because I see them everywhere, but I find this style very modern and perfect for casual, everyday wear, without being too boring!

  • Ash
    April 9, 2016

    You were completely justified in buying that second trench! I was thinking of buying the same one, but they never have my size in stock! Grrr.

    http://www.alittleevil.net

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