I was all about the budget buys this month with each item coming in under $100. This led to a sartorially scatterbrained month with items ranging from a tropical off-the-shoulder number I haven’t yet worn to an ultra-girly dress that’s not totally my style to a faux fur scarf I can’t wait to wear this winter to a preppy button-down shirt I’ve donned at least a dozen times already. It’s amazing to see how quickly those little purchases added up, though! I came in at $250, which is right on the money if my quarter budget was divided evenly over the three-month span.
I don’t have any holes in my wardrobe I’m looking to fill next month. I do have this bag on its way to me (a steal with the extra 50% off, reward coupons, and a birthday discount code that brought the price down to a whopping $27). I’m also eager to try a few things from Ann Taylor, specifically this pair of heels, this top, and this skirt. I might finally add a Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet to my accessories collection now that this leather-wrap bracelet is on sale for $68.
Summer Budget (June – August): $750
Spent in June: $250
Amount Remaining: $500
*I don’t add money for tax and shipping into my budget, nor do I add athletic clothing or sleepwear. Most of the money I earn from the blogging goes into my general savings account or is earmarked for travel, but I’ll move some to the clothing budget when needed.
See all of the year’s wardrobe additions here.
- H&M floral off-the-shoulder blouse ($25; not pictured): I adore this, but I actually haven’t worn it yet because the top is awfully sheer. I need some sort of tube top to wear underneath. Any ideas?
- J.Crew Factory linen-cotton blend shirt ($35; worn here): The linen-cotton blend of this shirt makes it a comfortable, no-fuss option for breezy summer days. It runs true to size.
- J.Crew Collection faux-fur striped scarf ($36): I’m so happy I patiently waited for this! I adored it last winter and almost pulled the trigger many times, but I didn’t want to spend $165 on it and it was often excluded from discounts. As much as I don’t like winter, at least wearing this scarf is something to look forward to!
- Zara flounce sleeve dress in blue ($70; worn here): In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have kept this. On one hand, the lace is pretty, I love the color, and I’m all about the waist-nipping seams lately. On the other hand, I’m really struggling on how to style it. It’s such a girly dress that I don’t want to wear it with ultra feminine accessories because that’s just not my style. It’s also too large. Zara’s sizing is always so hard for me to figure out. I ordered both the medium and the large. The smaller size was a half inch too small around the waist. On the large dress, I can gather at least an inch and a half of fabric in the back. Eventually I’ll take it to the tailor.
- RACHEL Rachel Roy frond-print dress ($34): I stayed home sick for a day a couple of weeks ago and used it as an opportunity to catch up on magazines. I spotted this frond-print dress in InStyle (I think?) and immediately placed an order for it. I love the graphic black and cream print and the flattering cut. The fabric is stretchy. If you’re between sizes, you can probably get away with the smaller of the two. (I see that it’s now on sale for $42 with an additional 20% off with code FOURTH. Macy’s honored a price adjustment for me, which brought the price down from the $59 I previously paid.)
- Who What Wear x Target apron slip dress ($33; worn here): This was an impulsive purchase when I went to Target in search of cycling clothing. The fabric is lovely and feels like it should cost way more than it does. The box pleats hang straight down so it doesn’t add too much extra bulk too your figure.
- Merona black knot belt ($17; worn here): I purchased this belt the same day I purchased the slip dress from Target. I love the design. It’s been great for belting loose casual dresses this summer. I also love how it matches the bag I have en route to me.
- Jenny Bird large “Edie” hoop earrings (birthday gift): These were from Dave for my birthday! Aren’t they fabulous?
DIDN’T WORK OUT
Things I tried and didn’t love:
- dRA “Henriette” dress ($92): Oof, this thing was dumpy on me. The bust was tight (and I don’t have much to fill it out to begin with), the baby-doll waist was too high, and the extra fabric around the waist made me look pregnant. Now, let’s pretend the fit was great. Would I have kept it then? Nope. The quality was pretty bad for $92.
- ASOS floral skater dress with contrast tipping ($62): I thought the background of this dress would be more of a pink hue, but it was a weird tan color instead. That said, the cut of this dress is incredibly flattering. It’s made of a stretchy knit fabric, so you could go down a size.
- Betsey Johnson lace trim cotton tunic dress ($148): This looks like a nightgown or, as Dave pointed out, a grandmother’s tea cozy. Don’t do it.
- Zara guipure lace dress in white ($70): The lace on this dress is gorgeous! The waist seam and halter-cut top are both flattering. The only drawback is that the lining of the skirt is incredibly tight on me. I didn’t love it enough to take it to the tailor to see if they could add triangle insets to the sides of the lining so that it didn’t keep riding up. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re placing an order or swinging by a Zara store, though.
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