Monday, 1 June 2015

The Buyer's Archive - May

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.  This month might be the biggest contrast between last year and this year that I've done so far...

Last year's purchases start us off.
H&M tunic Wallis blouse Monsoon denim smock dress

  • H&M sheer tunic - £10 - I contemplated returning this but decided to keep it in the end and I'm glad I did, because it gets worn pretty regularly with leggings and a vest underneath.  It was a good layering piece in the winter. (worn here with scarf)
  • Wallis (via charity shop) blouse - £2 - I like the style of this top but it didn't like me.  Floaty sleeves make me look ridiculous, and I forget every time.  I think I made £1 back on it at the car boot sale mind you.
  • Monsoon (via charity shop) smock dress - £2.50 - I've had good wear out of this dress but I've started to go off it a bit recently.  I don't really suit the crazy sleeves again, but I overlook them for the comfort aspect.  Time will tell if this finds its way to the car boot pile... (worn here)

H&M trousers vests running leggings

  • H&M vests - £4, £4, £1 - The red one was £1 and for good reason - it stretches as soon as I put it on, so it got relegated to bed wear pretty quickly.  The others got worn a bit last summer but it's just not been warm enough yet to break them out this year.  Soon...
  • H&M pattern trousers - £15 - I returned the heart print ones so I'm only counting the navy dot ones.  Again, these are only worn in the summer but I love them and I'm actually wearing them as I type this. (worn here with tshirt)
  • H&M tshirt - £5 - I somehow forgot to write this one down so I'll guess it was around a fiver.  It got a hole in it pretty quickly and also got moved to the pj drawer, although to be fair it probably acquired the hole because I wore it to bed sometimes...
  • Running leggings - £20, £15, £8 - All TK Maxx - I can't remember what brands these are so I'll just lump them all together.  They've all had plenty wear, and I especially love the cropped pair on the left, with their super thick fabric and zippy pocket.  
  • Running tshirt - £10 - TK Maxx - Never heard of the RBX bland on the label, but it's another favourite, one of those tops that I wear again as soon as it's off the drying rack.

vintage scarf saucony running shoes

  • Saucony running shoes - £105 - Yeah...the most I ever spend on clothes ever is always on running shoes.  It's worth it though!  I get mine fitted at Run 4 It in Glasgow, although after I got these I noticed some Sports Direct stores had started grading their trainers too, so I guess if you know what type of shoes you need it would be worth looking there to save some money.  Personally, it's the one time I want an expert to tell me what to buy so I like going to the specialty shops.
  • Charity shop scarves - 2 @ 50p - The red scarf is a Jigsaw silk one and I love it - it gets worn a lot in the warmer months.  The other one lasted a few weeks then I wore it on holiday and it slipped off my head the entire hour I had it on, so it got left behind in the yurt.

Total spend for last May was... £202.50.  That boggles my mind, even leaving out the running shoes!  Luckily, this past month sort of went the other way...

cashmere wool mens vintage sweaters

  • EWM (via charity shop) sweater - £1 - A bargain from the pound rail in Largs!  I wasn't really in the market for a grey jumper but I figured it would be useful come winter.  There were a couple of little holes under one arm but they were easily sewn up.
  • Alexander Julian (via charity shop) cashmere sweater - £5.25 - I've never heard of this brand before, but if this gorgeously cosy jumper is anything to go by, I'll be looking out for it again!  It's an XL and there were a few holey bits on the back sleeve seams, but it was so soft I couldn't pass it up.  Another few minutes with a needle and thread and it was ready to be worn again.  I think I've worn it three times in the past week so that's a good indication of my love...

Total clothing spend for this May was... £6.25.  An huuuge difference from last year, and probably for the best!  I seem to have a knack for finding out of season clothing at the moment, but there's certainly no more space for summer dresses in my wardrobe (especially since they're not getting worn yet...) so bring on the knitwear, I say.


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