So the heatwave finally broke and we are back to normal weather for the U.K. Next week it’s back down to the mid to low 20s. My garden is ecstatic that it is raining. The dog, not so much.
One of the things that I always did with my mom just before school started back from the summer was to go “back to school” shopping. Did you used to do that? We would go to the store (when I was young, it was Kmart or ordering from the Sears catalogue, but as I got older, they got more money and so we ventured out a bit more) to buy the obligatory school supplies. This also meant finding a pair of shoes that I wanted to wear for the entire fall until it got cold enough that I could wear boots. It also meant finding clothes that weren’t so tom-boy-ish that my mom would complain that I wasn’t a girl, but that I still felt comfortable in. I now live on a street with a school and everyday I see the school kids going to school in their school uniform. Sometimes, I fantasise about all the arguments I might not have had with my mom if I got to wear the uniform. Alas, the grass is always greener. It’s perhaps no surprise that I am attracted to a casual smart basic look when it comes to clothes.
Thus the turn in the weather prompted me to go on a “back to work” clothes shopping spree. My last purchases I recorded here and was a total of 69 pounds, once I made all of the returns. As for the summer clothes, the muji dress I bought I have been wearing all summer, as well as the flip flops. The summer cardigan also from muji got a hole in it immediately at the seam. I had already worn it for a week and didn’t feel like I could take it back. I’ve also managed to lose 5 pounds (2 kg) since starting my diet and I wore two old dresses of mine in the middle of the heat wave. Only 8 more kilos to go and I will be able to wear everything in my wardrobe! I’m hoping that at this rate, this will be achieved by the new year and before I turn 40!
My latest purchases were much more expensive (482 pounds!) but includes higher quality items and replacements for a couple of items I have had for years. So 482 + 69 means that I have spent 551 pounds on clothes so far this year (6 months), approximately 100 pounds a month. What do you think? Do you think this is too much? What do you spend just on yourself on clothes a year? (Update – I returned 218.50 pounds of stuff, so now at 275 pounds because the return cost 11.50 – I wont shop at this store Trouva anymore now that I know there are no free returns).
Many of my purchases were from a new shop I discovered online called Les 100 Ciels. it is distributed by Trouva. I am not affiliated with them and it’s the first time I have purchased clothes from them so I will let you know how it goes. They seem to specialise in cashmere which is both expensive but also durable. The last time I bought 3 cashmere sweaters (2 black, 1 cream), when we lived in the semi-disclosed place, I basically wore the sweaters to work every day with a pair of slacks. The black ones are in need of replacement (I bought them in January 2016).
So here goes my new capsule wardrobe for the Fall 2018
- Skirt, kinda athletic wear style (34.50). Can be worn with tshirt and trainers – navy. This is the thing that I think that I am most likely to return. (as I expected, I returned this – wasn’t for me)
- Patina Culottes (59.00), which are a wool blend and can be worn with a blouse and nicer shoes or dressed down – navy (unfortunately I had to return these also. They were way too tight and also the fabric was the wrong weight — too heavy, almost like felt)
Light grey wool jumper (60.00) – replaces one I have that has either shrunk or I have grown
Light cashmere black jumper – boat shaped neck (99.00). Can dress up Culottes and can wear for giving a talk.
Heavier cashmere grey jumper (on sale at 125.00, was 250.00 original) by far the most expensive item. Replaces my black cashmere roll neck sweater I have had for 3 years and is starting to have holes. (I also returned this because while the cashmere was fantastic, the cut was not right for me and I didn’t love the colour. Too expensive to not be 100% satisfied)
- American Vintage Cream Navy Striped T-shirt (35.00) – can be worn with either the skirt or the culottes – I actually only have 3 t-shirts currently so this will hopefully be a good addition.
- Woden Light Sand Nora Spot Trainers (69.50) – replaces golas that I have had for 2 years
Let me know what your clothes spending and wardrobe plans are for the Fall.