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. 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. I talked about all my purchases last month, but I have to limit it to clothing this month. I don't think my purse had much of a rest in March! I feel a bit terrible about that, but when I looked at last March's purchases, they told a pretty similar story, so maybe I'm just an extreme seasonal shopper...
Starting with last years buys, here's what I got in March 2014...
- H&M knits - Navy £5, Grey £10, Burgundy £10, Pattern £10 - I had a bit of sale mania here! I discovered if I went up a couple of sizes, the sleeves would be long enough, so that explains it. The only one I still have is the pattern cardigan though. The grey and burgundy jumpers stretched out of shape after a couple of washes and caused the biggest fluff storm in the washing machine. Seriously, some of my face cloths are still suffering. The navy one I just went off the style, although I did send it to E in the clothes swap and she seemed to like it. The cardigan is a bit stretched in the sleeves too, but I like the overall style so it stays. For now.
- H&M stripe blouse £14.99, burgundy mini skirt £12.99 - I can't find a picture of the blouse annoyingly, but it's oversize and navy and white striped and I love it. The skirt I fell out with though. I don't know why I keep buying skirts from there, they always seem to get shorter over time.
- Monsoon floral dress - £27.50 - I wore this dress just the other day, so it's still in rotation and getting some love!
- M&S loafers in Navy and Red - £25 each - I wore those cream loafers constantly when I first got them, so when I found other colours in the outlet I had to pick up more. I thought I'd wear the red more, but I've hardly touched them, instead going for the navy or cream. They're really only summer shoes so they'll come out again soon. Three identical pairs of shoes may seem excessive but I have narrow feet that usually don't work with loafers so I take my chances when I get them!
Last March's total spend was... £140.48. I do not feel good about that, especially since a few of the items lasted so little time. On the bright side, I tend to just shop H&M for tshirts now, so I learned a lesson there. Speaking of which, let's move on to this month's buys...
- H&M tshirts - 4 @ £6.99 each - I love the fit and variety of their basics range so it's the only place I bother to look for tshirts on the high street now. My natural instinct for dark colours was present when I was shopping for these but I did manage to get a slightly brighter blue shirt too. The burgundy one is this long style, the two grey ones are these v necks and the blue is the round neck with a pocket.
- Charity shop tshirts - 3 @ 99p each, 1 @ £2.49 - I wear tshirts just about every day when it gets warmer outside, so I can kinda justify this one. Two of the 99p ones are mens shirts that will be cut into vests and the other was for tie dyeing. The more expensive one was a light coloured one with longer sleeves in new condition, which was a good second hand find.
- Hand knit cable vest from charity shop - £2 - I love this top. I have no idea how to wear it. It hangs in the wardrobe, staring at me, Sigh.
- M&S stripe shirt from charity shop - £3.50 - My love of the shirt is also well documented. I suspect it'll get a lot of love in the future.
- Dresses from charity shop - 99p, £3.99 & £5 - My most recent purchases, the two cheaper ones are vintage styles. One fits perfectly and the other will need a slight remodel... The more expensive one was a Matalan number in navy (my favourite) with a drapey style (also my favourite) and is just waiting to be ironed. It was one of those things I picked up and couldn't wait to wear, so I suspect it'll appear in an outfit post soon.
Yeah...that was another shamefully long list! I realised it's not often I shop the high street these days, but staying out the charity shops seems like it might be just as good an idea. Total spend for this March was... £48.90. I actually hadn't added it until now and thought it might be more, so I guess I got a good amount for my money. I'm just not sure I need that many clothes though - April might be the time for a clamp down on unnecessary spending!