I'll start with a spoiler alert: I went into this month knowing I was going to go just a bit over my budget. At the very end of October, I ordered these loafers that happened to go on a great sale that I couldn't pass up. From there, I had a really clear plan of what I wanted out of this month's budget, and I'm happy I was able to track everything down (while also staying on track)!
Usually at this point you've seen most of what I bought in outfit posts, but I'm a little behind on photos so I actually get to share about these pieces in this post! Here's what I bought in November:
H&M Knit Sweater in Emerald, Mustard, Beige, and Burgundy - $12.99 x 4 = $51.96
Gap Crazy Knit Shimmer Stripe Sweater - $27.88 (originally $69.95)
Gap AUTHENTIC Girlfriend Jeans - $27.87 (originally $69.95)
J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck - $39.50
Old Navy Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Booties - $26.96 (originally $44.94)
Maiden Lane Pointed-Toe Leather Loafer - $79 (originally $109)
J.Crew Factory Striped Sweater (not pictured) - $17.99 (originally $69.50)
Forever 21 Necktie Blouse (not pictured) - $22.90
Total Spent: $294.06
Total Earned on Poshmark: $13.60
Budget Spent: $280.46 (out of monthly $250) = $30.46 over* budget
I was a bit like a squirrel this month, stocking up on essentials to get me through the winter. I knew that I wanted to focus my funds in December on holiday shopping for loved ones and paying off some debt, followed by what will be an attempt at a shopping freeze in January (just like last year). Especially now that I work from home (do I sound like a broken record?), I don't need to shop the way I did before. I leave the house only a couple of times a week, and I've been so excited to remix what I've got and make each outfit count in a way that I didn't pre-WFH.
If you want to know what basics look like in my closet, this is basically it. All of these pieces (except maybe the shoes) are foundations for outfits. They go over, under, and tucked into everything else I own, but can easily be worn on their own and still feel special. I'm averse to "basics" that feel basic; it's why you don't see me in a plain t-shirt very often. I don't feel like myself in a t-shirt and jeans, but put me in a striped sweater, girlfriend jeans, and loafers? Now that's an outfit. (And it took literally no more work than your average tee + jeans + flats combo!)
Okay, let's talk about these jeans, which are the highlight of my shopping month. What you can't see from this budget post are the seven pairs of jeans I bought and returned this month. SEVEN. Partially because I'm between sizes again and partially because I just wasn't finding what I was looking for, I decided not to settle for a pair of less-than-perfect denim. And then I found them. Designer jeans were way far off (what's with the button flies, y'all?) and Old Navy missed the mark, so I turned to my old standby: Gap. Before discovering Old Navy's Rockstar jeans, I exclusively wore Gap denim. (To be honest, the extra cost makes a difference in quality, while the fit difference is negligible.) So why these jeans?
My new WFH lifestyle has made me skinny jeans-averse. When I run out to check the mail or pick up a prescription, the last thing I want is to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans. Aside from the fact that I've sized out of my current pairs, the silhouette just hasn't been appealing as of late. I craved something cropped, mid-rise, and roomy. Boyfriend jeans tend to be too baggy, so I started looking at the trendier cut of girlfriend jeans. Gap's AUTHENTIC girlfriend jeans fit me -- and the bill! I might have to buy a second pair just because I only seem to want to wear these. I can't wait to show you super soon how to style them, because I think they make every outfit look a little bit more chic while being a lot more comfortable.
I'm being a wordy Wendy, so I'll save the rest for upcoming outfit posts. As always, I'm linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers. Be sure to check out what everyone else bought!
*I decided not to roll over my unspent budget from last month. $250 is a pretty generous monthly budget, so I'd rather go $30 over than keep spending just because I technically spent less last month.