2015 | ClothesSunday, January 03, 2016
I spent a lot on clothes in 2015, so much in fact that when I worked out the exact figure, I issued an immediate spending ban. I've added some lovely items to my wardrobe and despite wishing I hadn't spent quite so much, I think I've bought some absolute corkers.
My 'Next Day Dress', £69, and the dress I wore for my Mum's wedding, £85.
My day after dress has already been worn again, on our honeymoon, and I am going to wear it to a ball this year. Ordinarily I would buy something new but I want to wear the dress again so much that it's eclipsed my urge to shop!
The dress I purchased for my Mum's wedding has also been worn again, to a friend's wedding reception and for afternoon tea with Sophie. I'm also hoping to wear it again for a family wedding in July.
These where my two most expensive items overall. But finding something you love doesn't mean you have to spend a lot, charity shops can offer some pretty amazing items, which is where I found some of my other favourites
Mango shirt, a few quid.
And clothes swaps can offer up some gems too - I've worn the Louche dress a few times already, and the red dress on Christmas Day. All they cost me was the donation of clothes I no longer wore (the patterned dress went to a charity shop in the end).
Most expensive pre-loved item
Irregular Choice Frog shoes £34.99, they're in almost perfect condition and still yet to be worn by me. I've admired these shoes on Alex and Char for ages and so when I saw a pair on eBay at a price I was happy with I hit Buy It Now.
Most worn item?
Jeans. I didn't buy this particular pair until June but they still managed to be my most worn item. My love of jeans will never wane.
Any unworn of 2015 purchases?
Bird Dress (needs altering), Kew shorts (purchased after the summer), Frog ICs (earmarked for a special event), and an oversize white dress (relatively new).
I banned myself from buying any scarves or pyjamas in 2015, although when I made this resolution I'd forgotten about my tradition of having new PJs for Christmas Eve - so I bought a pair.
As for scarves I resisted and didn't buy a single one, my only scarf addition came in the form of a Christmas present from Sophie. Thank you lovely!
Still not worn
I have one item in my wardrobe, purchased in 2014, that remains unworn - a Monsoon pencil skirt. I won it on eBay for £5.19 and I love it. I just need to find the right items to wear with it, and then actually wear. Isn't it pretty?
I can't let a post about things I wore in 2015 go by without giving my wedding dress a mention. It is truly the most amazing thing I've ever worn. I did quite a bit of gushing about it over on To Dream of Dresses.
The thing I learnt this year is that buying clothes you really love means you'll wear them, even if it sometimes means spending a little more than you normally would (although I say again - finding something you love doesn't mean you have to spend a lot).
For the coming year I'd like to stick with my ban on scarves and PJs (I might forgo new Christmas Eve PJs come December. Maybe. I make no promises).
I'd like to spend considerably less than last year, and I'd like to focus on buying things that enable me to wear the items I already have a lot more - the monsoon skirt for example.
But more than that I'd like to try living with a capsule wardrobe that changes every season. More on that in a future post...
I hope you've enjoyed a look back into my 2015 wardrobe. What were your favourite items of your wardrobe year? Did you find any charity shops gems?