This is something I am very curious about – how much do people spend on clothing and accessories? I honestly think I am quite good about this – I don’t spend too much money and don’t buy too much. There are a few reasons for this which I will go into in another post but first let me lay bare everything I bought for a year and how much I bought it for so you have some reference.
(This dress is the one mentioned in number 21 in the list below).
The List – not in order of purchase:
- Uniqlo white tee – £15 > worn here
- Sevdah black slippers – £15 (price in Indian rupees converted to pounds) > worn here and here
- Brown men’s shoes – £15 (price in Indian rupees converted to pounds) > worn here
- India Wrap skirt – £15 (price in Indian rupees converted to pounds) > worn here
- Primark tights – £4 (worn here)
- Erdem X H&M Dress – £149 + £90 (alteration expense for seamstress) > worn here, here and here
- Erdem X H&M Jumper -£69
- Erdem X H&M Scarf – £25
- H&M red faux fur coat – £38 (worn here and in the picture below)
- Zara Chelsea boots – £25 (worn here)
- Charles and Keith ankle strap shoes – £35 (bought in Singapore dollars and converted to pounds)
- Reiss blazer – £40 (bought during a sample sale and worn to work everyday)
- Mango white lace dress – £16 (bought on sale and worn here)
- Mango black trousers – £16 (bought on sale)
- Mango white jacket – £30 (bought on sale) > worn here
- Wolford tights (4) – £40 (bought during a sample sale)
- New Look white raincoat – £29 > worn here
- Print shirt dress made in India – (sorry but I just dont remember how much either the material or how much the stitching cost) > worn here
- Zara Polka top top – £15 > worn here
- Zara striped cropped top – £10 > worn here
- Zara leather slip dress – £15 > worn in the picture above
Even with only taking into account the above items which I spent on its comes to about 706 pounds in the year which isn’t that much for a year but still surprised me.
Now this list above doesn’t count presents for which the prices I am not to sure of.
- Red raw silk maxi dress Bidisha made for me > worn here and here
- Mustard cotton print slip dress my mum got made for me > worn here
- White wool scarf from Scotland my mum got for me
- Blue printed cotton dress my mum got made for me > worn here and here
- Fab India mustard short kurta my mom-in-law got me for Diwali > worn here
- Fab India cotton slip dress > worn here
And now the awards! I wanted to pick out the best buys and the worst buys of the year so here goes:
Best clothing buy: definitely my H&M red faux fur coat (no. 9 in the list above) which I actually got myself for my birthday which is in December. I love it so much, it was such a great buy and its the best thing to slip into on a cold winter day. It like wearing a cosy comfy blanket which looks super fun on a grey dry winter day.
Best footwear buy: hands down my Zara Chelsea boots (no. 10 in the list above). I have worn them to the bone and its almost on its last legs now. I absolutely love the shape of the boots and feel they almost look as good as the Acne ones I love!
Worst clothing buy: probably the Zara striped cropped top (no. 20 in the list above). It was on sale and I think I picked it up without really checking (ok, honestly, I don’t check anything when I pick up clothes so lets not pretend I would have and this was a one off!). I later found out there was a small tear which I had to fix. However, other than this minor issue I think it was still a great buy and I wear the jumper quite often.
Worst footwear buy: definitely the Charles & Keith shoes (no. 11 in the list above). Now to clarify, this is no fault of the brand – I love C&K shoes, they have been my favourites for years and I am so upset they are not available in London. The problem with this is I just got the wrong size. I had it ordered to one of our friends in Singapore who brought it along when he came to London. Sadly, its now been sent to Bidisha whom it should fit.
Favourite item: I have only worn it once but its still my H&M Erdem dress (no. 6 in the list above) – its just too gorgeous!
So now let me hear from you – do you have an idea of how much you spent in a year? Why not start by keeping an account for a month and go from there? Please let me know how this goes – I would be curious to know. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram yet? We post pictures and updates everyday about what we’re up to. Come say Hi 🙂 Till next time!