The challenge is to purchase only 20 items total this year in all wardrobe categories save sleepwear and underclothing (which I still must recap on monthly, to ensure I only purchase when needed and minimally). So, I can buy up to 5 items each season. To put this in perspective, I had a tough time limiting my shopping last year and purchased 70 items! To say this year I've set an ambitious goal could be an understatement, considering how much of a shopaholic I've been in the past (for example, in 2013, I purchased at least 90-100 items).
How's it going?
So, I purchased 1 item last month (a scarf), though I had ordered it in 2014 (it did not ship or bill until January as it was backordered). So in actuality I did not shop / purchase last month, but as I decided to keep it I counted it. It's been 6 weeks now, and I have yet to purchase anything- which is a major milestone for me. Additionally, I have not been close to buying anything either- no white knuckling here! There has been some very nice new items in the new spring rollout at my favorite store- and while I am keeping my eye on them, I'm waiting for an excellent coupon for some things and at least a sale + coupon on the others. I'm taking my time planning and browsing, then thinking critically about an item before I consider ordering anything. If I do order something, it will be because it fits all of my criteria and I determined it could be worthy of one of the 19 spots I have left to fill. It's kind of akin to picking MVP's!
What do I have my eye on?
Well, I wrote about some of these pieces last month (this post), but I have eliminated some items and added others. I've taken the extra step and set 'budgets' for each item. When the price hits the right level for me, I may purchase them. As I order online, I may find I don't like the item in reality and return. In order to keep anything, it would need to be an absolute 10.
Want to try:
$140- wait for 30%+ off, because this could sell fast. This could be the perfect easy dress for work and casual!
$88- wait for 40%+ off. Really attracted to the colors/style, but may not work out right on my body in real life. This will probably hit sale before I purchase it as the new 'season' is spring, but luckily I have months of cold weather left in which I could wear it.
$98- wait for 30%+ off, only one of the two colors (probably white). If these sell as fast as the leopard print version, these will sell out long before I get them! I love the leopard shirt, but I ask myself if I want another of the same style. I need to try this one on to figure that out I think.
$160- wait for at least 30% off, because again it's a popular item. This dress would be great for work if it fits perfectly / colorblocking hits the right places
$170- wait for at least 50% off. This dress could be stunning or ho-hum. There is a white version which I ruled out, but this one peaks my interest (that does not mean it belongs in my closet!).
$98- wait for 50%+ off. This top could be flattering and a really great easy piece, or a disaster if it's too loose/doesn't hit the right places. I do need more tops that go well with my skinnier bottoms, and this one should work both casually and professionally which is a new priority for me.
$78- wait for at least 30% off. Either could make a great fit in my wardrobe if they fit right. The question I ask myself is, do I NEED more pants? My dark skinnies are a bit too dark, and these might be 'just right', and I've been really wanting a pair of red pants for quite some time now.