Shopping Diaries: July 2018

After overspending on my wardrobe last year, I decided to track my spending. At the beginning of each month, I will review and reflect on the things I bought in the previous month. I hope the insights I gain from doing this will help me accomplish three goals: 1) avoid overspending, 2) shop smarter (quality not quantity), and 3) have a functional closet full of pieces I love to wear.

Snapshot of last month’s receipt

$95 Veja sneakers that I forgot to include in my June shopping diaries

+ $10 tailoring linen pants for the second and final time.

+ $55 Madewell gingham top.

+ $90.01 Vetta shirt and return shipping for items I didn’t want to keep. Read my review here.

+ $45 Outdoor Voices short.

+ $15 for express shipping on a Madewell skirt that I returned.

+ $76 Reformation black tee and sweater tee that I returned so now I have $48 store credit.

$30 Reformation express shipping for some items I thought I “needed” before my Montreal trip but ended up returning.

+/- $293.96 Net-a-Porter order for a Re/Done denim skirt (go down a size) that I paid same-day shipping for BUT got that all refunded when I returned the skirt and they took two weeks to process it even though they had someone come pick it up. Worked out for me though.

–  $79.99 sold 2 dresses on Depop.

= $336.02

The details (what I bought and kept)

Veja ‘wata canvas pierre’ sneakers

Bag: Clare V. (on TheRealReal for $145 here).

I don’t know how I forgot to include these in my June shopping diaries. Especially, considering how often I wore them last month. They go with practically everything and look especially nice with dresses. I wear them to work on the days I know I will be walking a ton and so far, they have not failed me. For sizing: I’m typically a US 7.5 and a EU 38 fit perfectly. I like that they’re made of a canvas material which makes it easy to clean and care for. And, they’re also ethically and sustainably made. So really, it was a no brainer to get these.

Madewell gingham top (currently on sale with only size medium left, and and on sale at Nordstrom here with only size xxl left)

Jeans: AGOLDE (I wear a 24, size down)
Flats: Repetto (on sale for about $240; I wear a 38.5 for a US 7.5)

I needed more tops to wear for work and this one caught my eye. The gingham print is definitely something new for my closet. And the tie at the bottom of the shirt just gives it a summer twist. It makes me feel like I’m vacationing instead of going to work when I’m wearing it. I also removed the tag so I could wear the top with the front or the back as the front of the shirt. Talk about versatile.

Vetta shirt (limited sizes left)

This was the one piece that was the most 1) wearable 2) comfortable and 3) easy to style piece out of all the Vetta items I tried (read my review here). Like the gingham top (above), this can be worn both ways as well. The cool thing about it is that it was designed with versatility in mind. I like how roomy and breathable it is. I can wear it on a really humid day and still catch slight breezes through the fabric and sleeves. So far, I’m really happy with my purchase. If you’re looking for a classic and versatile white shirt that’s not your typical white button down, this might be a worthy contender. Oh, did I mention it’s also ethically and sustainably made? Yup, do good and look good. I sound like a marketing slogan but yet get it.

Outdoor voices short

I told myself I would work out a lot more if I got these shorts. Well, I did and I didn’t. I didn’t stick to the every other day routine I wanted to keep up with. I did end up working out a grand total of three times the whole month of July. Yup, that many times.   These shorts are really cute and comfortable though. They even have a cool zip pocket for a card and a key…not that I’ll be needing that. I don’t run in these but I like to wear them as an alternative to denim shorts since they’re way more comfortable and pretty much provide a no wedgie guarantee.

Reformation black tee

FYI: These Reformation jeans are currently on sale for $77 here; I’m wearing a 25.

I stopped into Reformation to look for a festival look for Panorama and ended up with this black tee. Ugh, how am I still being trapped by the “I have nothing to wear” mentality. Funnily enough, I didn’t own a black tee like this until this purchase. Impulse purchase aside, this tee is perfectly simple and comfortable. You never know when you might need a cropped black tee right? Well, for whatever occasion that may be, I’m ready.

The numbers

$336.02 = July total

$10 = tailoring a pair of pants

$2,702.40 = Year to date total

5 = Number of items added to closet in July

22 = Number of items added to closet so far this year

Final thoughts

I really need to stop paying for express shipping. My impatience clearly is costing me a whole lot. I almost spent over $70 on express shipping last month. Good thing Net-A-Porter took forever to process my return and I nagged them so much because I got my express shipping fee of $27.22 refunded. Phew! If there is a lesson in this, it’s to stop telling myself I need to wear “x” for this event. I think having Montreal and Panorama happen in the same month really screwed me up because I kept telling myself I needed vacation/festival clothes. I survived without an entire new closet but had to bite a few express shipping bullets.  Is express shipping a ripoff or are there times to justify the speedy delivery?

I’m feeling a bit disappointed that I haven’t even come close to the shopping ban I intended to do since January. I’m almost certain winter will be the perfect time for it. Please hold me to it so I can cheat a little and buy some new winter things in the Fall.

There are five more months left in 2018 and I’m really going to have to reel it in with the spending. Especially, as I already have intel about my August spending. And let me tell you, it is not looking nearly as good as July. Well, guess you’ll just have to stay tuned!

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