February 2016 Clothing Budget
J. Crew Factory sawyer sweater: $37 including shipping
Old Navy swing top: $10 total after SuperCash + gift cards (including leggings and active top listed below); worn here
Gap utility jacket: $56.10 (40% off)
Olive and Oak stay in bed top: $2 after Wantable credit; review here
Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet via Nordstrom: $50 (plus 3% back with Ebates)
Old Navy compression leggings: see earlier ON purchase; worn here
Old Navy keyhole back top (in navy, light aqua): see earlier ON purchase; worn here
Target tribal print wrap front one piece: $30 (25% off); seen here
The North Face Thermoball jacket: $78.75 (on clearance- regularly $199, plus 6% cash back with Splender)
Not pictured: H&M long sleeve tee in white: $5 after gift card
– $192.95 pieces I sold on eBay
= $75.90 in February
Annual clothing allotment: $600
– $46.50 in January (ended up returning the vest, didn’t fit)
– $75.90 in February
=$477.60 remaining for the year
When I look at what I purchased this month, it seems like a lot dollar-wise. Luckily, I had some stellar eBay sales on pieces from my closet I no longer wear, so I credited myself back so to speak. That said, I got some great deals on some needed items and purposely purchased items that were an upgrade or replacement to current pieces in my closet. And there were also some unexpected ones…
Take the swimsuit, North Face coat, Old Navy items and the Wantable striped top for instance. Both the swimsuit and the coat were items that I felt filled a void in my closet and would serve a great purpose. (And hey, when you find a swimsuit that fits and looks cute, you buy it…those are hard to come by!) And I couldn’t resist the major savings on the coat…worth it with quite a bit of cold days ahead of us in Chicago, and I didn’t really have a casual coat besides my long North Face parka…but other than that, only dress coats. The Old Navy items were a bit of an impulse because of the SuperCash I had, but I knew activewear would be a good choice (although I am thinking I should have sized up in the compression leggings…doh!) And for $2, that striped Wantable top had to be mine. Neutral & remixable, too!
After doing a clean out of my sweaters, I realized that the remaining ones I had were either A- really worn or B- had a pattern. I’ve always wanted a bold colored sweater and this one from J. Crew Factory is the perfect bright pink (pairs really well with navy and olive, by the way), and can transition into spring since it is light weight. The navy utility jacket was a replacement for my old one that I am selling on eBay. This fits me much better and is much more comfortable. And I have been on the hunt for a nice looking tote that is large enough to carry my laptop and other essentials for upcoming work travel, and although its missing an external pocket for easy access to my cell phone, it’s reversible so it’s that much more versatile. Plus, it got rave reviews from one of my favorite style bloggers. So we will see how it works out!
Speaking of sponsors, I was also fortunate enough to work with these clothing brands:
–Madison leggings via Hottotties (worn here)
–Shopbop–I’m saving up my monthly credit from them for their March tiered sale. Read more about it here. It runs now through March 5th at 11:59 PST with code BIGEVENT16 (Nice to take advantage and purchase with your friends/family for maximum savings!) I’m eyeing up these flats or some adorable activewear, like Beyond Yoga that just teamed up with Kate Spade! Swoon…
So tell me- how did you do this month?
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Alyssa @ Don't Look Down says
I did good again this month! I bought 3 shirts and a pair of jeans at Kohls. I probably did not need 3 shirts but 2 of them are replacing old shirts that don’t fit well or are worn out. The jeans I desperately needed as mine other pair of skinny jeans are way stretched out. I only spent $34 after my gift cards, discount and Kohls cash and that included some shirts for Matt so very successful trip!
Yay Alyssa!!! That is REALLY good and everything seemed totally justified. Gotta love Kohl’s Cash right?!
Alyssa @ Don't Look Down says
Yes and now I have an additional $10 Kohls cash plus $15 from the Yes2You Rewards and a $5 coupon so I’ll be back in March!
Thanks for writing these it is actually helping me be accountable for my clothes spending!
I need to figure out ebay selling more because I keep seeing fabulous sales from you and other bloggers. That jacket was well worth the money. And it’s such a cute color!
I LOVE the jacket– and the color is so fun..even better than when I saw it online! And I’d totally recommend selling on eBay. It takes a little more time that ThredUp, Poshmark, etc. but I feel like you get way more exposure to potential buyers. Good luck!
Those are some impressive ebay numbers!! I have a vest that the consignment store won’t take that didn’t sell on Poshmark. Maybe it will sell on ebay! What brands do you find do the best on there?
Hey, you never know! The nice thing about eBay is you get so much more exposure to potential buyers…but it’s a little more work. Definitely try it! Name brands definitely sell the best. This month, I sold things from UnderArmour, Banana Republic, Stitch Fix and J Crew/J Crew Factory.
How do you like that old navy tee shirt? I am always looking for cute t-shirts! and that swimsuit is Soooooo pretty! I totally agree that if you find a swimsuit that fits you just have to get it!
I love it! It’s lightweight but sweater-like if that makes sense. It’s fitted on the top and more of a swing top on the bottom, but definitely not tent like. I’d recommend sizing down though. I am usually a medium and got a small and it fits great. The sleeves have a ruffle to them too, nice detail! At around $9 right now, I’m considering getting the pink one too! :-)
You got some fun stuff this month–I love the striped top and the pink sweater! And that jacket looks like such a versatile piece. How awesome that you made money by selling stuff on ebay, I’ve never tried that before!
Thanks Shea! I’ve done so well on eBay selling my brand name items…just takes a little time and totally worth it. Helps offset my purchases which has been a big help!