Monday, February 8, 2016

January 2016 Wardrobe Post

Mindfully Acquiring

I've decided to go back to posting about my monthly purchases and purges for all categories. I hope to do all of my purchases from the KonMari frame of mind- to only acquire items that spark joy. I want to be mindful about all of my purchases, and not buy things on impulse that may only serve that momentary 'rush' rather than a longer-term feeling of joy. I hope not to bring in anything I don't truly use and love.

What was brought in (Accessories)
Added: 3 items, $143.14
Discarded: 25 items

Black Pumps (Clarks), $79.99
I've really been needing black pumps for many months. These were an excellent buy and I am very, very happy with the fit and comfort. 10/10
WHBM Gold Tassel Necklace, $43.43 (was $55)
I bought this necklace primarily because I've been looking for a replacement to the gold tassel necklace I had that broke (wore it all summer!). This one looks lovely and I love the scale. 9/10
WHBM Blue Stone Necklace, $19.72 (was $50)
I bought this one, again, to replace a necklace. I own a pretty blue stone necklace, but it's really showing signs of wear now and I'm getting to the point that it needs to be replaced. I did not purge the other necklace yet, though. 10/10

Overall, I think this area of my wardrobe needs some help. I need more variety (and yes, I'm guilty of buying TWO gold and blue necklaces this month) in color. I purged 25 items in January from my accessories and shoes during my KonMari session (30% of total).

What was brought in (Out-the-Door)
Added: 7 items, $360.08
Discarded: 21 items

WHBM Navy Tank $58.92 (was $78)
This tank is very similar to a silk top I bought twice last year. The first one got ruined and I re-purchased it, I loved it so much. The second died due to wear very quickly. This top is the same shape but a much better material (soft and silky to boot!). 9/10
Express Tweed Editor Pants $67.91 (was $79.90)
I ordered these pants because I'm sick of the ill-fitting ones (grey pinstripe) ones I own currently. 10/10
Express Grey Columnist Pants $33.91 (was $69.90)
I ordered these pants because I dislike the light grey wide-legged pants that I own currently. They're not ideal for my body shape, so the thought was that these would replace them as a light neutral. When I got them I was even more pleased- they're in between a khaki and a grey, which is a great color and a better alternative than just another pair of grey pants. 9/10
Express Geometric Top $38.16 (was $44.90)
I liked this top because the print is right up my ally with the cobalt blue and black. It's easy and will work well for both weekend and the office. 9.5/10
Express Floral Top $38.16 (was $44.90)
I went for this top because it had a nice print that combined some nice colors, but I also thought the shape could be better for wearing to work when it's hot since it has a nice collar. 10/10
Soma Dress $56.56 (was $69)
I fell in love with the print and shape of this dress. It's a super soft and light material and will be wonderful when it's hot. 10/10
WHBM Printed Cardigan $66.46 (was $88)
I've been loving this cardigan for months now. It's my favorite color, a great print, and a zip-up rather than button up! I only have 3 printed cardigans, and none in this color-way, and zero zipper cardigans. I've already worn this cardigan and really love it. 10/10

I discarded 20 items of clothing during my KonMari session (19%) and additionally discarded 1 pair of slacks because one of the new items replaced them (will do another purge once I've gotten some results from working out, right now I'm very puffy and have gained several pounds and a lot of things don't fit well). I was going to discard a sleeveless blouse that is very billowy (but pretty!), but found that it will be very useful when/if I get pregnant again, since it has enough room to use until probably 6 months along.

What was brought in (Lounge)
Added: 2 items, $68.81
Discarded: 39 items

Soma Sleep Top $34.44 (was $42)
I've been wanting some easy soft pajamas that weren't too warm, so this top and the pants I chose were perfect. Very happy with them.
Soma Sleep Pant $34.37 (was $42)
These, again, are great pajamas.

I purged 39 lounge items in January, which is 35% of the total.


I found that once I started shopping for myself (I hadn't since last October), it was hard to stop. I really tend to binge when I shop, and it's a cycle that is really beginning to sicken me. I like everything I bought, but I bought too quickly. The over-shopping extended into the 1st week of February so you'll see more of the same next month :(

For the amount of times I've been through this, I don't have any answers. I'm going to try to focus on other things, but I don't know how to prevent another binge in say a few months. It's a struggle for me. Stress is definitely a trigger, but I cannot avoid stress so I need to find other ways to deal with it!

2016 Totals

Total Spent: $572.03

Total Items Acquired: 12

Total Items Discarded: 85 (-73 net for the year)


  1. I am sorry that you are noticing a pattern that is bothering you - 'binge shopping' but when I read this: 'but I cannot avoid stress so I need to find other ways to deal with it' it reminded me of my life as well! Some stress is unavoidable I agree. I am reading "The Upside of Stress" and I am finding it super helpful. best wishes! mary

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll give it a look! :)