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.