And so the month comes to a close–I think I did pretty well on curbing my shopping urges. Here’s what made it into the wardrobe for July:
Not photographed: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Bramble
The shoes were probably the biggest purchase of the month, but that’s to be expected–those last longer than knits and tees. They’re fairly comfortable, though I suppose I did end up having some slight sore spots as my foot got adjusted to the suede sole. The lipstick was my small concession to vanity–I’ve had an image of plummy/wine lips for a while and I wanted to try it out. I like Bite’s formula and low-scent profile (waxy plasticky smelling makeup is the worst.)
Kali wrote a post on how her shopping fast is progressing and while I’m not doing the same, I’m trying to identify the reasons why I buy what I buy, and doing several things to help me prioritize purchases. I’m a big fan of writing lists and checking it before going out to shop–it includes clothing as well as non-fashion items. I put them all in one list so I can see where my money needs to go. For the most part none of the items are urgent needs, but as the month progresses and stuff breaks down/gets lost/or a new need develops, putting items on a list means I focus only on sourcing those items and making decisions on that group instead of being distracted by browsing the Internet or while casually shopping through a store. It’s helped me to be really sartorially picky. It’s very rare now that I will buy a piece of clothing on the first store visit. I try stuff to find my size, check the fabric care instructions, then go home and online to see if I can optimize my purchase with coupons/cash back/deals (especially with big-chain retailers that are notorious for weekly sales *cough*Gap*cough*) I find that giving myself a modicum of a week or so to research a purchase allows me to walk away from it if it wasn’t the best choice, and if I AM interested then the additional time is good to evaluate its potential use in the closet and to try and find the best deal for it.
I anticipate needing these skills as the fall merchandise comes out over the next three months. I will be susceptible to Uniqlo’s sweaters (I already tried on a few in-store and I know what colors and size I want) and replacing my oversized button-downs (hello donation pile!) I’m also still searching for black slacks for work and a serviceable soft blazer (ponte, not wool, unlined or partial lining only.)
What’s on your list of upcoming purchases for the next month? Can you identify where you’re going to be spending the bulk of your sartorial budget for the upcoming season?