Clothing budget recap: July 2017

clothing budget recap: July 2017
The month of July has been a really incredible one! Thanks to being out of the country for majority of it, shopping was kept quite light. I had originally intended to see if I could avoid adding to my closet altogether this month. As luck would have it, the bottom of my everyday backpack (the one in this post), purchased in the Summer of 2015, was starting to wear a hole. This started my hunt for a new backpack!

Purchased new
1. RAINS minimalist waterproof backpack: $100 (exact)
It took me a while to chase this backpack down. After passing a handful of people on the street during my commute to/from work carrying this backpack, I knew it was the one for me. The outer shell is vinyl, making it perfect for the rainy Seattle days. The design is so sleek and holds the contents in really compactly, which will be awesome for riding the bus on busy days (my previous backpack bulged as soon as any item was placed in it). There’s a laptop compartment and one zippered pocket on the backside by the straps, which is the perfect size and location for my wallet, keys, etc.

Thrifted
1. ASOS ruffle sleeve top – $6 (similar)
I can’t say the ruffle neckline tops have been a bit hit in my personal books this season, but I’ve been really loving the silhouettes of the ruffle sleeves. Right before heading to India, I found the top in this post and added it to my luggage just a couple days before heading out on the trip. This top ended up being perfect for the hot days while still being work appropriate.

2. J.Crew airspun baseball sweater tee – $4 (similar)
This half linen, half cotton sweater was again purchased for the India trip. I really wanted to find work appropriate tops with sleeves that would be breathable for the hot and humid days. This sweater tee was perfect for just that!

3. LA Cotton wrap sweater – $2.50
The sweater pictured isn’t exactly the same style as the one I purchased, but close! Instead of the wrap bottom, there’s a banded hem. While I won’t be able to wear this sweater any time soon, I’m excited to have another mohair sweater in my closet for the cooler Fall/Winter days to come. Off-season thrifting brings out a ton of gems!

I was really hoping to avoid shopping in July, but here we are… On the bright side, I’ve still managed to stay under my $200 budget! Check out previous clothing budget recap posts here.

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Clothing budget recap: June 2017

It wasn’t intentional to have back-to-back clothing budget recap posts, but here we are! Turns out that June was a much more productive (and less event-driven) month of filling holes in my closet. After doing a bit of recon on my Summer wardrobe earlier this month, it turns out that I’ve outgrown majority of the shorts and tops from previous Summer seasons. This month was spent trying to prep the closet for the warmer days to come.

june-budget

Purchased new
1. Moorea Seal Kyla Top – $42 (exact)
This top has been flying off the shelves of the Moorea Seal store since it first came out! There was recently a restocking of this super cute button down shirt and I am so excited to finally add it to the closet. All sizes were just restocked, so if you’re looking for the perfect Summer button down, now’s your chance (and we can be twinsies!)!

2. Adidas Originals Grey Superstars – $25 (exact (but sold out), similar (but not on sale))
I really didn’t need these shoes, but with such an incredible sale, I couldn’t say no! ASOS was having a crazy sale on all their casual wear earlier in June, which put all of the Adidas Originals shoes on sale. I somehow managed to snag this pair for $25 (regular $100) and am so excited for them!! This specific colour combo has since sold out, but there are other pairs on sale right now!

3. Crocs – Lina Dorsay Flat Sandals – $27 (exact)
Almost positive I once said, “I’ll never own a pair of Crocs!” and here we are. Who knew Crocs made such cute styles of sandals? These wedged sandals are really cute and super comfy. The only downside is that they’re only made in full sizes. As someone who is in between a size 8.5 and 9, the reviews recommended going half a size up, so I went with a 9. They’re a tad bit loose, but not unbearably awkward.

Thrifted
June was such a fun month for thrifting! I had a lot of really incredible finds, especially after coming up with nothing in May. Here is my June haul:

1. Philip Lim for Target green button down – $2.50
I had actually purchased this button down a few years ago while the collaboration line was available in stores. I ended up returning it in favour of the floral printed version of the button down instead. At $2.50, I couldn’t say no and am really glad I added this back to my closet years later. The colour is so vibrant and super out of my comfort zone, but the design and cut make it such a fun and interesting piece to wear.

2. L.L. Bean Vintage Cable Cardigan – $8 (exact)
This sweater is currently on sale on the L.L.Bean website for 50% off ($50 after sale) and I am so glad I snagged it from the thrift racks for even less than that. As a huge fan of the quality of clothing from L.L.Bean, this cardigan was a no-brainer. Thrifting for off-season items is one of my favourite things to do because you can find the best gems!

3. Merona chambray shorts – $2.50 (exact)
As it turns out, one of the Goodwill stores that I like to frequent is the hub for Target overstock. There were so many pairs of new with tags shorts that made picking one pair difficult, but I’m glad that I ended up picking a pair up! The chambray material is definitely way out of my usual comfort zone, but they’re so soft and were a steal. I was pleasantly surprised to see them still for sale online (only $12!) considering that there were at least a dozen or so pairs already on the racks at the thrift store. The pair I linked are the 9″ length ones, which are the ones I purchased… I accidentally used a photo of the 3″ pair for this post (which are also on sale for $12 right now).

Total for June: $107

Although I stayed under budget for June, looking back at the purchases, I think I should’ve come in even lower. I really didn’t need those Adidas Superstars, but they’re cute and will get worn this season!

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Clothing budget recap: May 2017

The month of May totally snuck up on me and seemed to have flown by just as quickly! This month was the first month I spent my full clothing budget ($200). It was really surprising because I didn’t expect to buy anything, but as luck would have it, I ended up splurging on some new pieces.

Having to attend a wedding earlier in May, I realized that my go-to shoes for weddings got trashed after the last wedding they were worn to. I had a great pair of wedges from Shoe Dazzle that attended all of last year’s weddings and barely survived the last one. Having to replace these wedges was a bit of a pain, but I found a great pair on sale at Nordstrom.

Here’s my clothing budget recap for May:

budgeting bloggers May 2017: clothing budget recap

Purchased new
1. ASOS embellished cold shoulder dress – $120 (exact)
This dress was too pretty to pass up on. I actually bought one of each of the ASOS embellished floral dresses (maxi, pencil, and cold shoulder versions) and ended up returning all except for the cold shoulder version. I had a really strong vision for the outfit I wanted to wear to our engagement photo shoot, but it went in an entirely different direction after I saw this line of dresses on ASOS. One thing to note if anyone’s going to pick one of these dresses up, the sizing is a big snug. I ended up having to size up because the underbust was really fitted.

2. 1.STATE Kayley sandal – $80 (exact on sale)
Thank you to everyone on Instagram who helped to pick these out! After realizing that my go-to shoes for weddings were kaput, I had to scramble to replace them– literally purchased this 1.STATE pair on my way to the airport! Since I didn’t have time to break them in before the wedding we attended, I asked the wonderful Nordstrom shoe staff to help find a pair that would be comfortable enough to stand in for 6+ hours. Although these are much more embellished than I usually like to go with shoes, they were super cute and surprisingly comfortable! This was the first time I didn’t take my shoes off after hours of being on the dance floor already ;)

Thrifted
Nada! Turns out when you’re in and out of the city every weekend for a month, there is no time to go thrifting. Aside from the dress and these new heels, I really didn’t have any closet holes to fill in the month of May.

Coming up in June, I’m hoping to amp up my Summer tops collection. I’ve always struggled with dressing for the Summer because of the fact that I love to wear layered outfits and the warmer weather doesn’t work quite well with that approach. As of right now, I have 3 t-shirts that I absolutely love and 2 crop tops, which was not exactly work appropriate.

Check out how I’ve fared in previous months of sticking to my clothing budget here!

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Clothing budget recap: April 2017

Oh boy… turns out April was the month for big spending! Between finally picking up the Stay Home Club shirts I’ve been eyeing for the last 3 years of my life, the blogger closet sale also did me in! Needless to say, I made it under budget just shy of $16… Let’s see what was in the haul, shall we?
clothing budget recap: April 2017

Purchased new:
1. Stay Home Club t-shirt – $25 (exact)
I have wanted this t-shirt for as long as I can remember. There are cats on it. Surrounding a lady. I finally caved…

2. Stay Home Club crewneck sweatshirt – $48 (exact)
As if the t-shirt version isn’t enough, I went ahead and splurged on the crewneck sweatshirt version of this print as well! On my first day of wearing this, my cat also decided to claw me and poked a hole in the sleeve! *cries* It’s ok. Still a cute sweater!

3. Striped tie-knot tee – $66 (exact)
After taking my beloved striped tie-knot tee in blue on vacation, I knew I needed another one of these. The fit is just so perfect! Thankfully, the Moorea Seal store stocked a white version of this top for 2017 and I managed to snag the last one in my size.

Thrifted:
1. J.Crew striped maxi tank dress – $5 (exact)
The jersey knit on this dress is unreal! If thrifting has taught me anything, it’s being able to feel the quality of materials before looking at brand tags. The fine knit jersey caught my attention on first touch and I knew I could not leave without the dress.

2. Zara high neck sweater – $10 (similar)
This was a great find at the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale! Can you guess which blogger’s closet this was picked from? Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire had some of the best layering pieces and I could not leave without this sweater. I’ve already worn it twice and it’s barely been in my closet for a week!

3. Community ammonious sweater – $15 (exact)
This was another amazing find at the closet sale. This piece was from the founder of Fresh Tangerine, Kim’s, closet. With an almost fully monochrome rolling rack of pieces, it was hard to stop myself from buying everything from her closet!

4. L.L. Bean Bean Boots (8″) – $15 (exact)
My partner actually found these for me on our last date to the thrift store. He has the same pair which he thrifted a few years ago. While I already have a pair of the All Weather Bean Boots (worn in the apple picking post), the heavy liners are a little overkill for rainy days. Depending on how well these signature Bean Boots wear in, I may end up letting go of the All Weather pair. We’ll see!

Total for April: $184

While I still stayed under my monthly budget of $200, I spent a bit more than I thought I would. The Bean Boots were a bit of an impulse buy, but sometimes that’s the nature of thrifting! See how this month compared to past clothing budget recaps here!

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Clothing budget recap: March 2017

Spoiler alert: This month’s spending was really low for my clothing budget recap. Since March was vacation month, I tried to reuse as many existing Summer pieces as I could without buying anything that was not absolutely necessary. A few days before having to fly out, I realized that I didn’t have any Summer shoes and had to call in some help from Amazon and their 2-day Prime shipping to fix this. If it weren’t for the shoes, I would’ve spent under $10 this month!
budgeting bloggers: March 2017 clothing budget recap

Purchased new:
1. New Look macrame high neck bikini top – $7.50 (exact)
This bikini top was such a steal! I found it on clearance off ASOS (originally $27) and there was one left in my size. Guess it was meant to be! With this purchase I also bought this bikini set as well as this one with rose gold piping, but I ended up returning both of the sets because the fit on both of the tops were really unflattering.

2. Marco Republic “Berlin” peep toe gladiator sandals – $20 (exact)
Full disclosure: this is the first time I’ve ever purchased footwear off Amazon from a brand that I’ve never worn before. It was a complete leap of faith on fit and comfort since I had no backup open-toed footwear to bring on vacation otherwise. These Marco Republic shoes were such a surprise! They are true to size and were super comfy. I wore them every night for dinner when more-than-casual footwear was required. Truly surprised by the quality considering the price.

3. Bianca glitter jelly pointed toe flats – $10 (exact)
I haven’t owned a pair of jelly shoes since I was 8 and these were a pretty “grown up” pair to reintroduce to the closet! I was pretty worried about the “glitter jelly” because – for better or worse – I am super boring and don’t enjoy having glittery shoes. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be any “grown up” looking jelly shoes in my price range on Amazon other than these. Thankfully, the shoes showed up and there was no glitter be found! So if you want glitter jellies, don’t get these ones. These shoes were perfect for the beach, especially with the swirl jelly pattern that made shaking sand out of them super easy!

Thrifted:
Nothing!

With March being such a busy month and rarely having time to myself, I didn’t get around to thrifting anything for my closet. It all worked out because I didn’t need anything other than the items purchased above.

Total for March: $37.50

Now that we’re 25% of the way through 2017, I’ve started looking back at the previous clothing budget recap posts for what was purchased earlier in the year and how much has been spent in total. January was the most expensive month so far in the clothing department coming in at a whopping $157. February was almost 10% of January’s spending, coming in at $16.50.

Originally, $200 a month was budgeted for clothing. By now, I could have spent $600 but only touched $211. Super proud to have been staying true to my budgeting goals for this year and excited to see how this continues to trend in the upcoming months!

As always, linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers! Check out her post and all the other budgets for March.

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