Shopping Diaries: August 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

$75 Everlane cami

+ $179.64 Rothy’s loafers

store credit for Amour Vert sleeveless top 

$136 Everlane straight leg crop pants x 2 

+ $69 Reformation denim skirt on sale

= $459.64

The details (what I bought and kept)

Everlane polka dot cami

This is definitely something different for me. I don’t wear camis often because they’re usually v-necks and impossible to wear with a bra. This one is different with the square neckline that is both practical (perfect for a strapless bra underneath) and flattering. And, the polka dotted print is just so chic, no?

How would you wear it? With the hem out or tucked in?

Rothy’s loafers (referral link for $20 off)

I feel like I’ve been talking about these nonstop but I really do love how practical and cute they are for a pair of shoes. They’re machine washable and are made from recycled plastic bottles. Also, run true to size in my opinion. They even sell insoles now so you don’t have to stop wearing them in between washes. Genius, right? P.S. I wrote a review on these here.

Amour Vert top

I don’t wear sleeveless tops often because, well, you have to remember to shave your armpits. But, I did have store credit from returning these boyfriend chino pants that I ordered from their site, and I was itching to finally use it. And this seemed like the best thing to get. I like how it looks tucked into high waisted pants, and I know I’ll be able to wear it underneath a cardigan when it gets colder. The ruffle details and the micro floral print make this feel feminine and classic. Kind of how I imagine my ideal self would dress. I’ve been wearing this a bunch for work and haven’t made the transition to wear on the weekend yet. Any suggestions for styling this top?

Everlane straight leg crop (in the cropped length)

I’ve been wearing these pants nonstop. They’re the most comfortable work pants I’ve ever owned. Seriously. They’re also the perfect cropped length which rarely happens to me since I have short legs. FYI: I wrote a whole review on them here. If you’re looking for new work pants, I would definitely give these a try.

Reformation denim skirt (sold out), similar version from Levi’s here

I’ve been searching all summer for the perfect denim skirt. Then finally, at the end of last month, I spotted this one in my size (25) during Reformation’s sale and decided that it was too good of a deal to pass up. I haven’t had a chance to wear it since getting it, but I already know it’s going to get a lot of wear next summer. File under: Summer 2019.

The numbers

$459.64 = August total

$3,162.04 = Year to date total

6 = Number of items added to closet in August

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

Final thoughts

I’m pretty happy with the things I bought last month. I definitely needed a new pair of shoes for work and I’m really glad I went with the Rothy’s loafers. They exceeded my expectations.

I’m also super glad to finally have some go-to work pants that are the exact opposite of the itchy, polyester ones that are sold to women as workwear.

I also totally didn’t expect to add two sleeveless tops into my closet. I do like how easy they are for layering underneath cardigans though. Can you tell I’m a fan of a cardigan look?

And last but not least, can you believe there are just four more months left in this year? I think if I play my cards right aka plan it out, I can definitely do a shopping ban in December.

That wraps up August. As usual, thanks for stopping by. See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

What did you buy this month? 

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