Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shopping Review 1st Quarter


I've been doing a 5-item wardrobe/20 item challenge this year. I also started another similar challenge for my at-home wardrobe, which only started in March so I will review those items in the next quarterly installment. Similarly I bought no other items until March, so today I'm only reviewing the 'out-the-door' purchases.

I really think that the 20 item limit has been extremely beneficial for me, along with the recently added LIWI challenge.  I feel like I have a great grasp of what my needs and wants are (though I'm constantly learning), and the teeny item limit helps me keep focused, controlled, and prioritize my needs vs. wants.

I bought 10 items the first quarter, which was a little too much, if we're spacing out those 20 items between the 12 months. I really should have purchased half that amount if I were spacing this out properly, so I have to slow it down quite a bit in the months to come and really focus on what my future needs will be. I spent $649.23 on those ten items, and my budget is $1500 so I have $944.30 left to spend on the next 10 items. This is a good thing, as in those future purchases I'll have to buy more expensive items like a winter coat and boots this fall. Out of those 10 items, 9 are really items I love and use, and 1 item is undetermined because I have not worn it yet.

In comparison to last year, I actually have purchased one more item this year! This was a surprise. I did most of my shopping later in the year, and I had a shopping ban in February which probably made a big difference as well. Of those 9 purchases that I made, only 3 items are still in my closet. I wasn't as focused or as picky as I was this year, and I know for certain as we look back in future updates that things will look a lot different.

'Undetermined' Purchases- 1 item, $39.02

WHBM Black Dress $39.02
This dress was purchased in March, and has not been worn yet. I hope it'll work out to be a great purchase, but as it's unworn I really cannot say that it's a good purchase!

'Good' Purchases- 9 items, $610.21
WHBM Blue Printed and Embellished Scarf, $20.69
This scarf was bought in January has been worn several times, enough to convince me that I could use another one in a different color/print!

WHBM Navy Striped Dress- $26.25
This dress was bought in late February and I've worn this dress twice already. I really like the ease and the shape of it.

WHBM White Surplice Blouse- $62.71 
I bought this blouse in February and I really love it. I've only worn it 4 times because it's pure white and difficult to keep clean, and it needs special care to wash.

WHBM Colorblock Sheath Dress- $114.01
This dress was also purchased in February. I've only worn it once so far because it's formal and very fitted. It's really beautiful and will be in my closet for a long time to come.

WHBM Dark Wash Skinny Jean- $55.58
These jeans have been practically glued to my body since I bought them in February. Obviously, these are all-stars!

WHBM Toffee Open Leather Jacket $220.58 with tax
This jacket was purchased in March and is lovely. I've only worn it twice, but I'm certain it will get more wear.

WHBM Mint Printed Embellished Top $61.59
This top was purchased in March and has been worn once due to the cold weather, but I really adore it. I'm sure it'll be a warm-weather all star.

Turquoise Handbag, $32.39 with tax
This bag has been used daily since it's purchase in March. It's a great pop of color and coordinates well with my wardrobe,

WHBM Quilted Knit Black Jacket $61.38

This jacket is similar in some ways to another jacket I wear that is an all-star. I bought it in March and have worn it 3 times, and it's a really great jacket. It's worn in different circumstances, which makes me believe that it was worth adding to my wardrobe despite the 'duplication'. The other jacket is 3/4 sleeves and is shorter with a peplum waist.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Love it, Wear it Challenge- Month One

decided to join with Debbie Roes with her LIWI Wardrobe Challenge this month. I decided to stop tracking my outfits / wear per item as it was tiring and not providing me the benefit I sought. I decided to take this challenge on because it is very simple and does not take much time (I even already had most of the photos of my clothing!), but is beneficial in that it will help me further refine my wardrobe.

The premise of the challenge is to wear only what you love, and to hang those loved items in a separate area from the rest of your wardrobe (even if it's on the same rack but with something 'dividing' the sections, like me- a winter coat separates mine). You slowly add to the 'love' section as you wear what you have, and anything you don't love gets purged. Additionally, anything you pull from the 'love' section should continue to be loved- or purged.

I have a more than adequate wardrobe in terms of size, but perhaps not as much in terms of functionality. My hope is that this challenge will help me identify items I can let go of, what is 'missing', and what things I should buy no more of.

What I learned this month:

I'm learning more than I expected with this challenge. I've been leaning more and more towards simpler outfits and less of what was my style before- big/overly-ruffled tops and loud jewelry have mostly lost their appeal. I'm enjoying simpler silhouettes and simpler jewelry now (or I let the jewelry be the 'star' in a simple outfit) and I really think I'm getting closer to 'me' in my style. Looking at my LIWI wardrobe pictured below, it looks very complete and cohesive. I think this wardrobe def. 'sparks joy' for me!

I wore 29 clothing items, 8 pairs of shoes, and 22 accessories counting gloves, hats, and scarves as well as jewelry this month. I'm particularly surprised that I've only worn 7 tops and one sweater, and only 3 pairs of trousers! I need to rethink what my needs are- while I have felt a little boredom in not having many tops to choose from,  My other 9 tops and 3 sweaters are either the wrong season/too lightweight or may need to be purged, and the same goes for my 5 other pairs of trousers. I only purged two items from my closet this month. I expect to have more time to really look through and/or purge things next month. I just started a new job in the middle of this month and have not had the time!.

My 'LIWI' Closet:

The following items were worn over the 31 days this month and placed in my 'love' wardrobe:

Pants and Jeans- 5
Dresses- 4

Tops- 7
Sweaters and Cardigans- 4
Jackets- 4

Outerwear- 1

Foundation items- 4

Shoes- 8

Accessories- Necklaces- 7
Accessories- Bracelets- 2

Accessories- Earrings- 9

Accessories- Other- 5

Purges: 2

Based on the LIWI principle, the following was let go:

This top was too fussy. It's tiered and has a white underside, so when it pulls ever so slightly you can see the white part. It's also very form fitting and a bit low cut. It never was a favorite of mine, much as I like the print.

This purse was too worn out to be anything but a burden. The pockets were all torn inside and it was replaced with the blue purse above. It photographs nicer than it looks!

What is left unworn:

I had 80 items of clothing and 60 accessories all-told at the end of March. I wore 29 items of clothing and 31 accessories, leaving me with 51 items of clothing and 37 accessories unworn.