That's the true amount of money that I spent on my wardrobe this year.
December is here and I've been MIA for a while in reporting my wardrobe stats, but it's mostly because I've been a busy and I don't have too much to report. Not entirely a bad thing.
SO, how the heck did I end up spending more than $2k? And what items are the exception items?
Let's do a quick re-cap - my budget for 2017 was $1,000. I set this amount because it was also last year's amount (I went over) but based on a 3 year trend, it seems to be approximately the average amount I spend on items that are not 'investment' pieces, holy grail bags/items, hard to find items, or replacement pieces - items in these categories are exempt from my wardrobe budget. There are exceptions to the rules here and there, and I'll explain as I go along why I did or did not include them as part of my wardrobe budget.
Breaking 2017 down, I added 60 items to my wardrobe and items include clothing, bags and shoes, broken down as follows:
- 3 pairs of shoes - ALL 3 were replacing shoes that had been worn out. This is my best year for shoes - I only bought what I needed and nothing more. Far from owning the 25 pairs of shoes that I want, but I'll celebrate this mini-success! In fact, I only purchased 2 pairs myself since one was a gift from my parents.
- 3 pairs of jeans - ALSO all replacement items. In fact, I finally found a pair of reasonably priced gray jeans to replace the ones I had to let go last year. I tried to live without them but they were such a solid item for me that I had to pick them up even though I had already exceeded my budget at that time; I also replaced a pair of dark blue jeans since the ones I owned were still giving me dye transfer issues after having them for 7+ years, and were also getting misshapen. I did not include these against my budget because I consider them to be such staple items that they are items I have to re-buy. The black pair I purchased I did count towards my budget because at the time, I could have continued to wear my original dark blue jeans in their place. Moving forward though, I don't think I can live without a pair of black jeans - I love mine. I've also culled and refined my jeans game to just 7 pairs, covering all my basic colors and cuts.
- 10 pairs of pants, skirts, and leggings - 2017 marks my foray into leggings and I must say, I do enjoy them. I bought two pairs and while I don't think I will exceed that number, will consider buying them again when they need replacing. All were included against my budget.
- A jacket and coat (2) - I didn't need the coat, but I have been looking for a casual jacket for some time now, and finally found it. Both are included against my wardrobe budget. The jacket I could have exempted since it's a Wishlist item, but I didn't because I technically could have gotten by with my Burberry jacket (which I love, but wasn't quite the casual look I was trying to achieve).
- 3 Weekender bags - technically they're bags, but they are so specific in use, and also to be shared with my husband that I did not include them against my wardrobe budget, and consider them to be more of a household expense.
- 27 tops - this category was actually interesting. Half of what I purchased were replacements for very standard t-shirts and long-sleeved t-shirts, and a few extras for back-ups. I don't normally buy multiples but it took a very long time to find a t-shirt that was comfortable and flattering, so I grabbed every color I could, and then some. For colors that I can wear right away, or replaced worn out versions of them, I included against my budget, and for those 4 extra back-up ones, I did not put them against my budget. A couple of other items like two blazers and a cardigan were also replacement items for things that didn't fit or were worn out but I included them against my budget. My blazer game is also now refined and on point, with only three existing in my wardrobe that can be dressed up or down.
- 12 accessories ranging from belts, bags and SLGs, and scarves - well my major Wishlisht item of an ivory belt with gold hardware definitely did not go against the budget since it was such a painful, but rewarding (and eventually expensive) endeavor. In total I added 3 belts (but only 2 were put against my budget); 2 scarves; 3 SLGs; 1 crossbody bag - it was missing from my wardrobe but by no means a 'need' considering the amount of bags I own; and finally, not included against my budget were: 1 clutch that I got for free through Amazon credits; my long lost, pre-loved Miu Miu; and a heavily discounted Skagen bag that I had been eyeing but never purchased until it became 80% (this one is probably my most major loop hole item of the year).
So how much did I actually go above budget? Stay tuned...!