2017 budget in review

With 2018 upon us, I thought I would continue my tradition of reflecting upon the past year’s clothing purchases. As a reminder I set a $2000 annual budget for clothing, shoes, and accessories. Here’s how that amount was spent on a month-by-month basis:

2017 total: $1966 ($34 under budget)

As you can see, my spending certainly fluctuated much more this year than in past years. Unsurprisingly, these patterns tend to reflect which months were the busiest for my family and me (and thus left little time for shopping). Fall seems to be my favorite time to shop, so I need to remember to plan accordingly with my budget.

This year, I’ve tracked every single outfit I’ve worn using the StyleBook app, which provides some good data for telling you what the best and worst buys of the year were. First up, the losers…

The worst buys of 2017:

  • nude scalloped flats: I obsessed about these flats for a while (I had really wanted the leather version but settled for the synthetic)…and then I just didn’t wear them. They weren’t as comfortable as the leather version, so I ended up selling them on Poshmark at some point. Not a good purchase at all.
  • scalloped tank in rose: Hmm, maybe I don’t like scallops anymore? I was so excited to find a blush pink top that wasn’t too sheer that I went against my better judgment and paid more for a simple tank than I would normally. Again, it just sat in my closet. I consigned it not long ago.
  • striped sassafras sunglasses: I thought for sure that these sunglasses would be a winner because I have the exact same style in a different color and LOVE them. For whatever reason, these didn’t fit the same, and were just not as versatile. I think I would have preferred a more classic tortoise pair. See them here.
  • black pom pom shift dress: Somehow I seem to have found a little black dress that is NOT versatile. As I mentioned when I bought the dress, the sleeves are a bit too much for me, and I think that deters me from wearing it at all, but particularly in a professional setting. I’m keeping it for now to use as a beach cover-up. See it here.
  • tan sandal clogs: I really wanted to like these clogs. I wore them a few times here on the blog, but they are just not the right shape for my feet. It’s a shame considering how expensive they were. I’m thinking of passing them on to my sister. See them here.

The best buys of 2017:

  • ankle skinny jeans: I bought these jeans out of necessity when I was in between sizes last January. I bought them for just $10, and I’ve worn them 42 times! They’re seriously the comfiest jeans I’ve ever owned.  See them here.
  • tan suede mule booties: I bought these on eBay for $7 just last month, and I’ve already worn them 16 times! They’re the perfect color, extremely comfortable, and easy to slip on. Love them.
  • two tone wedge sandals: These were another super cheap purchase at just $10, but I wore them constantly in the summer and well into the fall–27 times to be exact! See them here.
  • gold locket necklace: I don’t wear much jewelry, but when I find something I like, I wear it over and over again. Such is the case with this necklace. I wore it 26 times this year, and I expect that number to keep on increasing. See it here.

So, I tend to make the same shopping mistakes every year–settling for something that’s almost perfect, buying final sale items, and not focusing enough on fit. These are pretty common mistakes, and ones that I’ll continue to try to correct in 2018.


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