do better this year
Russh magazine's zodiac tableaux with Susan Miller's predictions for 2012. Too bad it doesn't tell me how I will fare shopping.
With another year over, it's time to take a long hard look at how I fared shopping for clothes and such in 2011.
I set a limit for myself to buy just 10 things last year, but argh, I flunked that challenge, and bought twice that. I feel like I didn't buy much - I spent less time shopping and looking at clothes and I remember mostly rejecting stuff. And yet, busted all the same.
It's frightening how little awareness I have of my spending habits, and generally speaking (not just clothing-wise), I need to get more organised about money management.
I set out four categories of shopping at the end of 2010. Looking back over 2011, my 20-odd items fell into the categories as follows:
a) Cute but unnecessary buys
- A sleeveless white cotton top with a little contrast collar from COS. Cute, but something I bought only because I was on holiday and feeling indulgent.
- A pretty daisy-print shirt, bought on the same holiday. Again, indulgence.
- Some shirts (checked, leaf print, all cute)
- Some knits (2 pullovers, a cardigan).
- A pair of loafers, a pair of flat sandals, a pair of suede Chukka-style boots.
- Black cigarette pants. Boring but necessary.
d) Out-and-out mistakes
- Tory Burch Reva flats. They're actually great dressy flats - I wear them for weddings and various dressy dinners - but on a daily basis that gold medallion annoys me a lot.
- That ivory silk Sykes Silk shirt? I wasn't impressed by the quality for the price, and I rarely wear it because as it turns out, I'm a cotton girl 99% of the time. It was one of the things I had to buy in order to realise I could have lived without it.
- Black A.P.C dress. Actually, I like this dress. But I've come to realise my dresses go largely unworn, and so I feel like this was a waste of money. I haven't bought a dress since and I'm going to keep it that way.
- Print trousers from Sessun. I have been really, really, wanting a pair of printed trousers all year and caved to the novelty during the ASOS sale. I regretted it a little after I clicked buy, and to add insult to injury, it didn't fit. I've returned it.
This year, I will avoid:
- The temptation of formal, dressy things: I get it into my head that I need smart dresses and dressy clothes but actually I don't and I always regret the ones I buy that just sit in my closet, reproaching me. I may make an exception for a "dream purchase" but it better be mind-blowing.
- Novelty items. I keep falling for these, when things slip from comfortable to boring. But the charm is usually fleeting.
- Shirts. I added three to the mix last year, and I feel like I have a very comfortable total.
- Knits. Unacceptable to buy so many when it's so hot here. I'm deluded by the air-conditioning into thinking it's okay to buy just one more.
- Shoe break. My ballerinas are probably going to break down by the end of this year, but other than that I think my current roster of shoes will go quite a long way.
So one more time, with feeling: 10 items, and no more!
PS: Editor of Up and Down Town gave me an award - I'm deeply gratified.
I love an opportunity to tell the bloggers I follow how much I like them, so I am passing on the award to five other bloggers, as per the rules of the award:
- Quiet Houses
- A Crisp White Shirt
This award meant for blogs with less than 200 followers.
1) You are to thank the giver, who gave it to you.
2) Reveal your 5 blogger picks, and let them know, by leaving a comment on their blog.
3) Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4) Hope, that the people, you have sent the award to, will forward it to their 5 favorite bloggers.
I'm in Vietnam as this post comes onto the blog. Happy Lunar New Year to all those celebrate it!
Picture from russh