Before I start my Summer wardrobe planning, it’s time for the 2018 Signature Winter Wardrobe Update.
2018 Winter Plan
The 2018 Winter plan was for a basic 8 outfit wardrobe:
And my planned purchases were:
- Alterations: 2 tops and a waistcoat to provide a minimally viable wardrobe, say $100.
- Jeans: another (non-stretch) pair, say $200.
- Tops: Let’s day three brightly patterned tops $450.
- Pencil Skirt: Just in case I see one I like.
2018 Winter Update
Like many of my plans so far this year, it went a bit pear-shaped.
Budget $100, cost $104.
As it turns out, my “women’s” waistcoat was just a men’s waistcoat with the buttons on the wrong side – not women’s at all! My dressmaker showed me how women’s seams are cut and sewn in a curve to take account of bosoms. I am aggrieved at the misrepresentation but also relieved my dressmaker is a genius.
Budget $200, cost $117.
Bought new jeans ($55), but caved and bought some leggings ($62).
Budget $450, cost $402.
I was trying to economise, so I bought three inexpensive tunics online to go with the leggings ($71), and I am so unhappy with two of them. They fit poorly, are badly made, and look utterly ugly on my body. I wore them a few times, but I just had to get rid of them as they were sapping my confidence.
So I took some fabric to the dressmaker to have some tops made, but she had a wedding party to make, so the tops won’t be ready (and I won’t have to pay for them) until late September.
So I ordered three tops and a dress on sale ($331) and I love them, but they’re not warm enough for winter, though they’ll be brilliant for summer.
Just in case (no budget)
A nice tweed one ($156) that I didn’t get round to altering and therefore didn’t wear.
So that was $779 against a budget of $750, which is not too bad.
- I had to replace my activity tracker ($380) (though I may yet argue this doesn’t belong in my clothing budget).
- While they lasted longer than I expected, my slippers died ($112).
- What with the weight gain, I had to get some new bras and seeing as I was at it, some matching undies. ($300)
- Something wonderful turned out to be cute floral sneakers ($50).
- I was unexpectedly invited to an event ($778).
All up the added $1,620 put me well over budget.
And what with not having lost any weight (yet) it puts me in a somewhat perilous position for summer.
How did your winter wardrobe pan out?
I put this wardrobe together using the techniques I discuss in my book Build Your Signature Wardrobe. It describes how to set a reasonable budget, decide what clothes are appropriate for your current life, how to present your authentic self confidently and consistently, and which clothes and accessories (and how many) you need.
Click here to see some example outfits.