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How much do you expect to spend on clothes this year? Anyone want to keep track?!

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Fizzler99 Wed 23-Jan-13 22:55:52

I have not bought anything so far........

AmberNectarine Thu 24-Jan-13 19:27:21

Sigh, I wondered how long before one would crawl out of the woodwork. It's been noticeably pleasant since the handbag vs. bench thread. Do you go on to good housekeeping and slag people off for buying KitchenAids and Miele too?

chewingguminmyhair Thu 24-Jan-13 19:34:59

What's the handbag vs bench thread?

I saw the title of this post and thought 'I wonder what ambernectarine has bought!' Your reputation proceeds you grin

I've bought a bag, which I'm taking back. That's it.

ihatethecold Thu 24-Jan-13 19:47:55

Just ignore and enjoy your purchases!

dexter73 Thu 24-Jan-13 19:59:35

Just bought a new apron so that's £12.99!
You always get someone who has to suck all the fun out of a thread don't you.

cloutiedumpling Thu 24-Jan-13 21:03:20

I think I've spent about £250. 2 pairs of shoes and one pair of boots for work from the Clarks sale for about £125 and a tweed jacket and 3 tops to wear to work from the Boden sale. I don't feel at all guilty. I've gone back to work after maternity leave and will wear everything until it falls into holes. I always buy more at this time of year because I think I suit winter colours more than summer ones but will wear things like shoes and cotton tops all year round.

libertychick Thu 24-Jan-13 21:05:17

In January I have spent £462 on a Gerard Darel dress and trousers, APC jumper, wool scarf at TKMaxx, Woolovers black jumper, sweater, shirt and silk blouse from Aubin and Wills, cowl neck animal print top from Micheal Michael Kors, denim shirt and breton top from oasis. Apart from the oasis stuff everything was in the sales and I have just worked out that my average discount was 56% smile

I went back and had a look at this thread from last July on the same topic and at that point I had spent a similar sum for the first 6 months of last year. For that I had bought 17 items, mostly a lot cheaper and of the 17, 2 have already been binned blush and 7 more are likely to go by the time I finish my current wardrobe sort out mission. The January shopping was based on a list I have done of wardrobe gaps and it will be interesting to see in 6 months time if my 'retain' rate has improved.

Of the 17 from last July, 4 are now staples, a Peony and Moore bag, Hobbs top and skirt and Zara scarf which seems to mostly support the theory of 'buy less and buy well'.

For the rest of this year I am giving myself a budget of £100 per month.

MarshaBrady Thu 24-Jan-13 21:05:56

Two J Crew tshirts. Reduced to £15 each.

And Aubin&Wills cream cable jumper and Karl black skinnies, both reduced to around £100 in total. But I have sent those back.

So letting the side down really.

AmberNectarine Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:36

Lol at the idea I'm Rockerfeller.

Added up the RRP of my purchases and it was £1340, so I'm actually very frugal, so ner <pokes tongue>

MarshaBrady Thu 24-Jan-13 21:17:53

You also have a wedge trainer in your name Amber.

The ultimate accolade.

I need to catch up, badly. But I'm going to blame the hideous Australian exchange rate and a holiday for my January tardiness.

MarshaBrady Thu 24-Jan-13 21:18:44

Obviously known as The Amber.

axure Thu 24-Jan-13 21:34:30

I'm trying to be frugal but have succumbed and made 2 purchases in Jan, a small Radley suede bag, £109 down to £61 and a pair of Ecco boots from £110 to £59. Didn't really need either but they are both plain black and should last for a few years. Would love to have £££ to spend every month, unfortunately the family expect to be fed...

fuckadoodlepoopoo Thu 24-Jan-13 21:41:21

Wow Im so jealous of all you that have money to spend on clothes. I look tatty and poor most of the time with holes in my second hand clothes. I sew them up of course but still look poor.

alemci Thu 24-Jan-13 21:42:01

Yes great idea.

£27 Hobbs cardigan
£20 tights, knickers, socks M & S
£24 Monsoon skirt.
£12.50 Boden Top
£23.40 " " skirt

Do try not to buy stuff but these are all sale bargains so money well spent

I have also sold some stuff on ebay so not all spending.

libertychick Thu 24-Jan-13 21:46:10

Bloody hell Amber you have kicked my ass in the 'who has saved the most' game - my RRP was £918.

It is a pain having to feed those families axure - the things I could buy otherwise!

noviceoftheday Thu 24-Jan-13 22:02:14

I was about to say I hadn't bought anything for myself this year then remembered that I bought a new trench coat a few days before the snow began hmm. Oh and 2 new trousers. All at banana republic in the US and paid approx $175 in total which was great. Also thinking of getting a balenciaga bag. It is better not to remember what I have spent!

joliejolie Thu 24-Jan-13 22:49:13

I've recently lost A LOT of weight, so I've spent loads in the sales this year. I mean loads. I needed new clothes though and more than half of the money I spent was eBay funds.

Then there's the bargains like the Olive and Orange lambswool dress I found at a charity shop this morning for £10!!!!

AmberNectarine Fri 25-Jan-13 09:47:01

liberty you have made me laugh digging up that thread. I'm clearly not getting any better, am I?

libertychick Fri 25-Jan-13 10:40:50

Your post about bargain finding on that thread is a classic Amber I learned a lot from it.

I have decided to stop feeling guilty about buying clothes. I spend at a level I can afford, I have a job that requires me to look professional and smart, looking good is good for the soul and fashion is fun!

CremeEggThief Fri 25-Jan-13 10:47:43

Some Converse on Amazon for £38, so far.

Aiming to spend no more than £45 per month. I urgently need new jeans and socks, and will also need a couple of pairs of ballet flats, Birkenstocks and underwear, as the year goes on.

Pandsbear Fri 25-Jan-13 13:00:55

Well I was feeling all smug and thinking I hadn't bought anything...then realised: Toast trousers (£46), 2 x underwear sets (£90) and 2 x tights Primark warm ones (£7). Oh and some wool socks and hat and scarf £45-ish. For me that is quite a lot - need to keep my eyes (and credit card) well away from clothing for a couple of months now grin.

Ilovemyteddy Fri 25-Jan-13 13:19:11

Like Joliejolie I've also lost a lot of weight in the last year and have hit the sales. Having been obese for the whole of my adult life until now, I am still experimenting with finding my style and what suits me (and have been lurking on S&B for tips!).

Have just done a quick reccy-up in my wardrobe and reckon that I've spent about £350 so far, although all very bargainous buys (probably close to £1000 of clothes at full price.). Best buy was an Alice Temperley top reduced from £195 to £35.

I have been buying from charity shops over the last year as I decreased in size, and still look from time to time. Got a Kaliko sweater and a Banana Republic shirt for a tenner for the two this morning.

However I also spent £150 on the yellow-gold Alex Monroe bumblebee necklace, but we were burgled just before Christmas and I lost most of my jewellery and am now replacing it, so it doesn't count in my 'how much I've spent on clothes already this year' grin

Dress, top and coat from Great Plains - £80
Day Birger Cashmere sweater - £100 (- £50 vouchers)
Blouse, 2 linen t shirts and jeans - Zara - £70 (-£70 vouchers)
Cashmere mix gloves - Uniqlo - £12
Cashmere gloves, wristwarmers and scarf - Celtic - £60
Sweatshirt - H&M - £3.99
White jeans - Gap - £13.99
Massimo Dutti - 2 pairs of trousers - £60

So about £280 plus vouchers. But all in the sales and some it it was for work, so practically almost necessary.

QuiteOldGal Fri 25-Jan-13 14:19:55

Lots of sale stuff

Boden - 3 x chinos, 1 x cardigan 2 x tops 1 x mac 1 x cords, total about £215

M & S - Underwear from sale, total about £35 was my usual underwear and got lots so a bargain. Autograph boots £19, Twiggy brogues £15, both very reduced. 3 x black work cardigans total £33 in sale

Longtallsally coat £52 in sale, can only buy tall coats because of ape like arms.

Whoops, thats £369, but it was in the sale so saved loads and all wanted needed, probably won't get anything for a while now.

QueefLatina Fri 25-Jan-13 14:25:38

Not bad so far for me.

A Zatchels neon pink saddlebag for £46 in the sale at House of Fraser.

I've got a wardrobe gaps list that I'll work my way through this year. Hopefully more won't creep on to the list!

I'm giving up on 'summer clothes'. I'll just wear fewer layers of my winter clothes and buy some shorts!

I was recently looking for the perfect white man style shirt until I realised that DH has a million white shirts! I'm now raiding his wardrobe for stuff.

It helps that my clothes are usually black, grey, white or pink so everything goes with each other.

jenny99 Fri 25-Jan-13 18:03:00

Oh my....this looked interesting so I started reading and now it is costing me a fortune!!! I thought I hadn't bought anything yet this year then I remembered the new gym stuff from Sweaty Betty and trainers too (which I got for £95 instead of £120. My husband didnt appreciate what a bargain they were. Also got a gorgeous top half price in the sale from Sandro.

Now I NEED a burgundy biker jacket, wedge trainers, a new Tory Burch bag....and I'm too scared to read any more posts so my wish list doesn't grow!!!

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