(I apologize in advance for my lengthy post. A lot has happened in one year!)
Well, my year is just about up. At midnight tonight, I will have completed one year without clothes shopping…crazy. I am going to try to crank out a few posts in this multi-part series (I have yet to decide how many parts), so my normal posts will either be on hiatus, or scattered throughout. I would like to start this collective series on how well I followed my rules. Let’s see how well I did versus the rules I established on Day 1:
1. No new clothes for 365 days.
2. Definition of clothes: tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses, belts, sunglasses, scarves, underwear, bras, socks, basics, etc.
I came into this challenge with something like 30 bras and 120 pairs of underwear…so there was so shortage there. Ha
3. Makeup & hair-dye do not count. No new perfume.
Whoops, I failed on the perfume rule here. To be quite honest, I forgot about it. But I didn’t go overboard. I bought Bath & Body Works Red in the fall and Versace’s Bright Crystal this spring. I also received about a billion perfume samples from various beauty hauls and subscription boxes.
4. Workout clothes do not count, assuming they cannot be used as normal clothing.
I had one workout clothing haul totaling ~$100 (true workout clothes–ASICS, New Balance, Nike, tanks, running shorts, running socks, etc.) and a new pair of running shoes totaling ~$150. I don’t regret these purchases since this is the first time I have bought workout stuff in about 3-4 years, and I’ve done 2 half marathons and countless other races since then.
5. I need one new winter coat this year. I am budgeting $120 for this.
6. Any money made from selling clothes will be put in a jar to use at my discretion (a necklace, a pair of flats, a pack of socks) with a $20 start. This will allow me to replace the essentials should the need arise. Any purchases will be documented.
Believe it or not, I made $234.10 selling clothes (80+ items), and spent ALL of it.
7. I can accept clothing as a gift, or gift cards to be used for clothing. I cannot use cash gifts for clothing.
I received a $20 Target card, 2-$20 Forever 21 gift cards for Christmas, and a $50 gift card to H&M for Valentine’s Day (thanks babe!)
8. I can borrow clothes from friends and vice versa.
9. Bridesmaid-related items do not count. Nor do costume items, at a minimum.
Wardrobe Updates During the Challenge
As indicated in numbers 6&7 above, I was able to use gift cards and any cash made selling clothes to buy clothes. I think this little bit of flexibility was key to my ability to continue this challenge. The following were additions to my wardrobe between September 6, 2013 – September 5, 2014 (including their portion of tax):
Beige cable-knit sweater: $8.49 | Black knife-pleated maxi skirt: $6.09
Silver ball necklace: $21.44 (less $20 Target gift card)
Blue quilted jacket: $28.95
Navy blue dress pants: 28.52
Black-sheep sweater: $15.69 | Cream-colored gold-flower button cardigan: $19.02 | Navy/mint striped boyfriend sweater: $12.70 | White polka dot tights: $3.71 | Pink polka dot tights: $3.71 (less $40 in gift cards)
Red cardigan: $7.87 | Black floral lace tee: $9.08 | Taupe skirt: $34.09 (less $50 gift card)
Navy Tommy Hilfiger cardigan: $63.00
Black dress for bachelorette party: $24.13
Gold jewelry for bachelorette party: $7.37
Mint-green sweater: $37.70 | Gray jeggings: $27.23 | Floral necklace: $16.75
Wardrobe Stats Summary
As you can see, despite my best efforts to sell sell sell, I ended up in the hole after my Montreal mini-haul in March. That was the purchase that set me over, and I was only able to recoup about $30 since then.
3 piece suit: $200+ | Calvin Klein tank: $31.83 | Beige bow-heels, blue loafers, and blue heels: $144.43
I was informed in February that I would be attending a trade show in New Orleans in the Spring, and that I needed to wear a suit on the floor. If you’ve ever been the the NOLA Convention Center before, you know how enormous it is, and that there would be lots of standing/walking throughout the two full-days spent there. I got a new pair of heels (all my old heels are scuffed) for each of the two days/outfits and a pair of loafers for when I would have to walk.
Upon landing in Montreal, I realized I never packet a jacket/coat! It was April, so it was still in the 40’s when we got there, and I was freezing. I went into a shop across from our hotel and bought the first one I found in my size. I do like it though, and I still wear it about once a week despite the “Montreal” logo on it, ha.
I think this post on all of the raw data for the past year has been long enough. Please look forward to my opinions on how well/poor I think I did in Part 2!