Clothing budget recap: January 2017

With today being the last day of the month, here’s the moment of truth on the clothing budget recap! As mentioned in my goals for this year, I’ve given myself an allowance of $200 each month as a clothing budget. If the full amount is not spent, the remainder will not be carried over to the next month.

Budgeting Bloggers: January 2017 budget recap

Purchased new:
1. “Could’ve danced all night maxi dress” from Lulu’s – $49 (exact)
After years of great experiences buying maxi dresses from Lulu’s, I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s currently on mega sale (marked down to $49 from $98) and will be used as a backup dress for a special event. *wink wink*

2. Topshop destroyed boyfriend jeans – $55 (exact)
After outgrowing my favourite pair of destroyed boyfriend jeans 2 years ago, I never replaced them. I’ve been living in skinny jeans (or leggings) for the past couple years and figured it’s time to hop back on the boyfriend jeans train. Even though I ordered these online at the beginning of January, they still haven’t been received thanks to some mail delivery fails… Adding this to the list even though I have no idea if I’ll keep them or not. *fingers crossed* that they fit whenever they decide to arrive!

1. Bisou Bisou v-neck zippered sweater – $6 (similar)
I purchased the black version of this sweater (could only find photos of the white version online) and have worn it almost once a week since! I really like the fit and cut. Bonus points for the fact that the yarn is 100% acrylic, so no need to dry clean– so easy to toss into the laundry pile with everything else!

2. Vintage Coach crossbody purse – $35 (similar)
Again, couldn’t find a photo of the black version of this purse online, but this is the exact style that I thrifted. It was in slightly rough condition with dried patches of leather and some worn edges, but nothing that was a deal breaker for the price. I’ll most likely share a tutorial on how to restore vintage leather bags in February, as this is something I’ve learned to love doing after thrifting my entire collection of vintage Coach purses.

3. Billabong beach cover-up top – $5 (similar)
It’s been really rainy and gloomy all year (haha it’s only January…) and I’m already thinking about a sunny vacation. Despite the fact that a sunny beach vacation has yet to be booked, I know it’ll happen this year, so I’m prepping my closet for it! I haven’t been on a “lazy, beached whale” type vacation in a while, so I couldn’t pass up on this top when I saw it. Bonus: it was 50% off!

Not pictured: 2 of the same Banana Republic shawl collar sweaters – $3.50 a piece

Total for January: $157

Not too shabby for the first month of the year! The biggest surprise purchases were the maxi dress and the vintage Coach crossbody purse. While neither were on my shopping list for this month, sometimes a good sale or happenstance find at the thrift store just happens to fit perfectly within the budget and is too good to pass up on.

Linking up with the budgeting bloggers for the first time this year and cannot wait to keep the recaps coming!

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  • You had an awesome month – I adore that maxi dress and can’t wait to hear if you end up keeping those perfectly distressed jeans!!

    • The dress was such a steal!! Although maybe I should’ve waited until we picked a date (or at least a season) before buying a backup dress… haha oops! Too excited :)

      After a long month of chasing down the package for these jeans, I finally have them! The fit is really nice and the denim is soft (unlike previous non-stretch boyfriend jeans I’ve owned in the past). Will do an update on these when they get worn more!

  • oOo I can’t wait to see you wear that maxi dress! It looks dreamy! Also, I seriously swear by Topshop jeans. Most of my jeans are from them – they fit well and are affordable! Lastly, I can’t believe you found that Coach bag for only $35! Amazing thrift find girl!!

    • True fact: I only considered looking at Topshop jeans because I saw how many pairs of them you owned… haha! They’re comfy and super affordable (especially when on sale).

      The Coach bag was such a great find. It wasn’t in the best condition, but it was a pretty easy fix to bring it back to life.

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  • Marcie Wirtz Cheung

    You find some cute stuff! I always buy things off-season to maximize the most bang for my buck! I’ve never heard of Lulu’s but that dress is gorgeous!

    • Off-season wardrobe building is the best. After Xmas sales is what I seem to shop most for replenishing wardrobe basics. Didn’t really do that much of it this year since my haul from last year is still going strong, but would love to hear your tips if you have more to share!

  • Ahhhh I’m excited that you’re now on the Budgeting Bloggers train! Woot woot! I’ve contemplated doing posts like these, but they really don’t fit in with my content at all.. bummer. But I will live vicariously through you, especially for that gorgeous cover up! ;)

    • hehe I am so curious to know what your posts would look like! Ever since you sent over that green dress find, I’m so curious to know about how you’re building your closet.

      • Yeah, I’ve been thinking about maybe just joining in on Instagram? This month was expensive, but I only bought a real leather jacket (€129) and a real down coat (300,99€, and already worth its weight in gold). I’m down to 154 items in my closet, which I’m really happy with. Now it comes down to being consistent & making those last cuts.

        • Have you been tracking the number of items in your closet year over year? This is one thing I have avoided (for the same reason I don’t own a weight scale… I don’t know if the number should matter?) but curious to know what your thoughts are.

          • I’ve been tracking them since 2014. I generally agree with you that the numbers shouldn’t matter, but just like with the scale, I always feel it’s beneficial in terms of gauging status quo. Like, I weigh this much now, and I am uncomfortable – so I’ll work out (or whatever) until I get to a place where I am comfortable, and then check the scale again. Same with clothes: I felt like my closet was really full without actually being coordinated or put together in a thoughtful way. So I counted everything (I think I started with about 217 pieces in 2014?) and have just done a little check-in. Does that make sense? The numbers are more a way of having perspective. But I don’t have a goal of “I want to weigh x” or “I want to own x pieces of clothing” – that would be a negative kind of pressure to me.

  • Emma

    That maxi dress is gorgeous! I’ve also allocated myself a shopping budget per month (because if I didn’t I would be in trouble). Thanks for sharing both your new and thrifted items! :)

    xo, emma

  • That coach purse is amazing! My Grandma used to have one just like it and LOVED it. What a fun find!

    • It’s one of my favourites to date! Granted, I only own a handful, so they’re really all my “favourite” haha :)

  • Sahra

    great trendy buys!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra