Many of you may not have a clue how much money you spend on clothes and I admit that for many years I fell into that camp. What I do know is that my clothing budget was very limited while my children were growing up, and most of my purchases were from charity shops, so I obviously didn't spend a lot. Nowadays I don't have to watch the pennies in the same way, but I still find myself reluctant to spend too much money on any one item of clothing. The danger though is that if you don't keep track of your spending too many small amounts can add up to a large total.
In 2012 I spent over €1,500: I know this as I kept a list of all my purchases in my diary and was a bit shocked to see how much it came to. Part of the reason that I spent so much was because I bought a new outfit for my 65th birthday party in Paris, and because it was a special occasion I spent more that usual on my dress (I think it cost £90-£100). My most recent purchase of a new dress was the one from East that I bought for my husband's 70th birthday, which cost me half that amount as it was in the sales. I do love a bargain!
|65th birthday outfit.|
Janice of The Vivienne Files wrote a very interesting post about this subject in November 2012. The clothes that she shows on her blog are usually pretty expensive and she has been criticised for this, however her point is that they are there to inspire us and we don't have to go out and buy the exact item. In a recent post Janice included a pair of Eileen Fisher black ankle jeans at $178. I own a similar pair from Marks & Spencer that cost me €44 (around $60). Do the Eileen Fisher jeans look better? I don't think so. Will they last longer than mine? Only time will tell.
I intend to expand on this in my next post, where I will be talking about cost per wear, however I am interested in knowing your thoughts on clothing budgets.