what i bought in june

After my devastating closet crisis of Spring 2015, I decided June was the time to take back my wardrobe. I set out to start thrifting again, re-introduce color and pattern into my closet, and, most of all, buy pieces I'm truly excited about. I'll say it: I did a great job this month. I am feel so eager to wear my clothes every day and make new, fun outfits. I think I did a pretty good job of buying diverse-enough pieces that I won't feel the need to shop much in July or August. Maybe a few accessories, but I'm feeling like a new woman...or, more correctly, like myself again.

Enough with all the dramatics. Here's what I bought in June!

what i bought in june

Blue Poplin Dress from Old Navy - $22.99 (on sale!)
Green Eyelet Dress from Old Navy - $5.99 (thrifted! (last season)
Blue Oxford Shirt from Old Navy - $22.00 (on sale!) (seen here)
Goldfield Skirt by Edme & Esyllte from Anthropologie - $49.99 (eBay!)
Vintage Floral Crop Top - $4.99 (thrifted!) (not pictured, but seen here)

Total: $301.54

One of the things I'm really excited about is a bunch of pretty dresses. If you saw my closet in years' past, the majority of my hangers were holding pretty dresses in a variety of colors and textures. Being able to wear a dress most days a week has been so nice -- who doesn't love the ease of wearing one piece to work?

I've been following Fran's How to Build a Cohesive Wardrobe series and one piece of advice I found really helpful was to find your 10 favorite outfits on Pinterest and determine what elements make you like them. For instance, this pin told me I need to get a midi dress in my closet, this pin is the epitome of my love of patterned button downs, this pin reminded me how much I love wearing shades of poppy and coral as a blonde, this pin reinvigorated my love of '60s silhouettes, and this pin (and basically all the others on my to wear board) inspired the purchase of my printed midi skirt (more on this one coming soon!).

It kind of goes against everything I've ever learned about shopping, but it was nice to shop without a real shopping list. I went exploring, instead of just running an errand. I knew some silhouettes I was looking for and I had these pins in mind while shopping, but I also got to try on pieces that inspired me on a deeper level. I think because of my experience with capsule challenges, I know the colors I'm drawn to and the pieces that will inevitable go together, because this collection -- while not meant to be a collection at all -- is actually pretty cohesive. Coral, chartreuse, blue, and black are still my main colors, as they've always been, and there are so many layering options!

As far as budget, I'm still sort of figuring out what makes sense for my life. I definitely spent more this month that usual, but 1. I think it was clear that I had the need and 2. I didn't buy much in May. Though, buying 12 pieces for $300 isn't too bad. I only paid full price for half the items and only one of those items was over $40, and that item was a pair of shoes.

One of my 26 before 26 goals is to go one whole month without shopping. I'm considering making that month July, but I haven't decided yet...so stay tuned on that I guess!

This month I'm linking up with Fran's Budgeting Bloggers, so be sure to check out her June buys and the other awesome bloggers in the link-up!

20 comments

  1. You have the best taste! All of these pieces are wonderful. I am very into these colors, as well. My closet consists of black, blue, and coral. They are the best colors!

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  2. I love all of these!! I wish I had even 1/4th of the style you have.

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  3. I love all of these pieces! Particularly the F21 shirt dress. Also big-up you for re-introducing colour! My wardrobe hasn't yet got the memo that my emo-phase is over (mostly) and so consists of a lot of black and grey! Haha.


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  4. That is seriously the best comment! I feel like there are a lot of style bloggers out there who shop lots and blog tons of outfits, but lack real taste. I super appreciate hearing it! And yes, black, blue, and coral 5ever.

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  5. I agree that your pieces this month look very cohesive. The colors go together very well! The midi skirt is very cute. I look forward to seeing it in outfits.


    I've never really thought about my closet or my shopping in terms of building a cohesive wardrobe. Some of it might be that my work wardrobe (accounting for 5 days of the week out of 7) is so separate from what could end up being a very small casual wear wardrobe (2 days of the week). I've been following along with Franish's series of posts, and maybe I'll try to put some of the ideas into practice.

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  6. you bought the cutest dresses, loving all your picks!

    xo
    PinkSole

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  7. I love seeing your pieces come together. I look at the collage and I see it as a wardrobe, rather than just pieces you bought this month. I think that's exactly how it should be :) I'm so glad you are linking up regularly now :D

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  8. I'm with Fran, these all work together as a wardrobe not just as individual items. All the dresses are so gorgeous. Your budget seems pretty modest. You did very well for how much you spent.

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  9. Girl, I LOVE every single one of these pieces! I think they are all totally and completely YOU. I can't wait to see all the pretty outfits you come up with. I've kinda been going through the same closet crisis, but it doesn't help now that I'm pregnant! If I can't find things that are me lately, how the heck am I going to find things that are me in maternity?! I guess I'll either have to figure that out or just continue with my crisis lol.

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  10. I love all of the pops of colour you have in here! Those dresses are going to look STUNNING on you!

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  11. I love having a closet full of dresses, and I don't right now, so that's definitely something I want to work back toward. These are all such lovely picks. I can't wait to see how you style all of them!

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  12. All of these pieces are so fun and versatile. I love the happy bursts of color!

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  13. Are one of these dresses the one you said reminded you of me? :)

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  14. I love all your picks! We might be style twins. :)

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  15. Yes! The green Old Navy one! It just feels like a shape you would wear and when I style it I guess I have you in mind, haha!

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  16. I had a similar closet crisis this month, but it's so funny that we went in opposite directions. I really like all of the dresses and patterns and pops of colour that you're rocking. It's the complete opposite of anything that I'd choose and I appreciate that. Great buys!

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  17. Gahh you know me so well. I would buy that dress in a heartbeat! I love the color and the eyelet; so jealous you thrifted it!

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  18. I'm loving that Anthro skirt on the bottom & the blue and black dresses up top. I can definitely see a cohesive theme behind all of these picks, and I think you'll look goregous in all of them.

    This post reminds me of a series my bestie did a few years ago (you might remember her from 2013 TxSC, we went together). It was all about developing a wardrobe palette. I know there are certain colors that if I buy them I will NEVER end up wearing, so I sort of have an unintentional palette myself. (i.e., no tan or brown.) Here's one of the posts she did in that series: http://www.mischiefmydear.com/dramatispersonae/2010/developing-your-wardrobe-palette-part-4-2/

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  19. Solid picks! I'm glad you picked out some fun colors/patterns in the midst of classic pieces. I definitely feel my style getting more "classic", but I don't want to lose all the fun things I wore when I was younger, completely! It's great that you know the exact color palette that looks best on you. That polka dot button-up is money! I bet you could wear that once a week or more!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  20. I just keep keeping your blog posts open because I want to comment on them but never have the brain power as I'm browsing through them at work. Anyway. I love that you have put so much effort into solidly building your style. I need to do that. Not only that, but you posting this every month makes me think that I should be spending a little bit more money on clothes every month so that I can feel better in my day to day. I got rid of a lot of stuff in the past two years, but I haven't filled it all back in. Actually, have you done a post on how you organize your clothes in your closet? I would love a post about that, because I feel like I can't ever see everything at the same time. Maybe I need those California Closets people to come in. Also, yes, very solid choices on dresses, I love them all a lot.

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