Friday, 6 February 2015

The Buyer's Archive - January

Last year I started keeping a note of the clothes I was buying.  My spending habits had decreased in recent times and I was craving more space and less stuff.  Being mindful about what my money went on with regards to non necessities seemed like the logical place to start.  At first I noted down all non grocery items but later it turned into just wearables, which is what I'm going to be talking about here.  I had an idea to compare my purchases from this time last year to the ones I've made this year and see if there's any change, and if I wasted my money on stuff that didn't last, or that I changed my mind about.

So here's what I bought last January...
  • Long Tall Sally navy wax jacket - £48.75 - This is easily the most worn item of clothing that I own, so a big win on that one!  I'd eyed up this jacket for months as a replacement to my last raincoat, another Long Tall Sally number that I'd been wearing for years.  I'm not mad on jackets and only own a few - the weather up here leans towards wild and unpredictable so I need something that keeps me protected.  The odd price is down to it being purchased when the Glasgow store was closing (I'm still grieving) and there was an extra discount off everything.  Patience was definitely a virtue there! They have a green version in stock right now if anyone wants a closer look.



    • Trespass fleece running headband - £4.99 - Again, this was something I'd been after for a while but couldn't find quite the right one.  I used it a lot before I moved in the summer, and I'll use it again when I get used to running outside again.  When the temperature goes up a little...
    • M&S high impact grey sports bra - £18 - I've worn this a few times and I like it, but I'm not sure it's supportive enough for me.  I'll keep wearing it but wouldn't repurchase the style.  I did pick up this one in the sales recently and it's a much better fit for me, even if those three hooks at the back are a bitch to do up.
    • M&S navy jersey skirt - £11 - Love love love this skirt.  I've worn it countless times, mostly to work, and although it's showing its age a little now, I'll keep wearing it until it dies.  It's navy, stretchy and long enough, awesome.


    • M&S black tapered trousers £29.50, black & white stripe structured t-shirt £22.50 & black small heel pumps £25 - I bought this outfit for a job interview (which I got, so it worked, woohoo!) with the intention of looking smart but not overdressed.  I don't do overdressed (clearly, going by my outfit posts) and I knew the job was based in a casual environment, and I wanted to feel comfortable.  I also knew that since I didn't have money to spare at the time, I'd better buy stuff I'd wear again.  I wore the top a lot in the summer, and the trousers are good for smarter occasions, but the shoes haven't got much use.  They're not quite casual enough to go with jeans and not really the right style for dresses, so I'm not sure what to do with them.  They're comfortable though, so I'm hanging on to them for now.

    Last January's total spend on clothing was £159.74.  For me, the queen of bargains, that sounds kind of insane.  I blame the interview and my panic buying for that.  However, all the items I purchased are still in circulation - some more than others, but I wouldn't say I regret any of them.  Unsurprisingly, this year told a different story from the start...

    I made a mere two clothing purchases in January 2015, and they were both charity shop buys.  And both menswear.  And both blue.  And both knitwear.  Yes, yes, I have a niche.
    • Tesco Finest cashmere jumper (via charity shop) - £4 - After going nuts for this jumper when I found it, I've actually only worn it a couple of times.  It's a little more fitted than most of my other knitwear, but I like the difference in style, and having something to wear with wide legged jeans and less fitted skirts.
    • M&S lambswool cardigan (via charity shop) - £4 - I really love this cardigan!  It's a tiny bit stretched so it's not my most flattering item of clothing, but otherwise the condition is great and it works with just about everything.  Hopefully I'll get a proper picture of it soon.


    The total spent for clothing in January this year was £8.  A bit of an improvement, no?  I did spend a bit of money on other things, like all the wool, but I still managed to boost my savings and keep some space in my wardrobe.  This year is winning so far...

    :)

    10 comments:

    1. £8 is a great spend for two lovely items. Last January does sound like an exception though, plus you got an epic deal on that jacket, which will work out well on a cost per wear basis.
      In January I spent £30 on jeans, which I returned due to the fit. Earlier this week though I spent £18 on 2 (!) pairs of fancy thermal tights from M&S. I wore one pair to find they had holes in both heels after a day's wear. Crazy! I will be returning them for a refund tomorrow and back on the search for good tights :-(

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      1. Oh that's annoying, I get all my regular tights there and I love them! I got my thermal ones from Lidl, oddly enough, and they were 2 for £5 although I did have to size up significantly for length. I like Sainsburys too, their tights last for ages :)

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    2. Oh, I'm doing that this year! I spent £45.48 in January and it was only that much because I was making sure I had things I could wear to feed the baby. I kind of want to make the point that there's no need to spend a fortune on clothes... although that's as far as I've thought it.

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      1. Ooh yay, we'll be budget buddies! That seems like a reasonable spend :)

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    3. Love those charity shop finds - just my colour aswell!! Just checked my budget and I spent zilch on clothes in January, yay! That's rare for me, I normally find something in the charity shops if nothing else.

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      1. Nice! Yeah I think after my post Christmas sales shopping I lost interest in the high street again, I prefer the challenge in charity shopping! :)

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    4. Oh those blue charity finds are great, and cheap too. It's a good idea to note clothes expenses and compare it to last years. I actually don't think I bought anything clothing related in January. Oh wait no I did, I bought pyjama trousers :-D but they're sooo comfy!

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      1. Ooh they're one of my downfalls, I have so many pairs now! :)

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    5. I had a little spending ban in the lead up to Christmas, but the majority of my (expensive) clothing is running and exercise gear! You do pay for what you get, I did manage to drop on a bargain Nike jacket at the end of January x x x

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      1. Yeah I don't mind spending a bit more on that stuff, although TK Maxx and Sports Direct usually have some good stuff on offer :)

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