Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Monthly Update – January 2018

Holy crow, I actually bought something!

Actually, I had to laugh when I saw Sherry went on a bit of a spending spree at Icebreaker. I’ve been waiting for a sale to hit there for months, and one finally happened! I’ve had my eye on these Vertex half-zip shirts since well before Christmas:

Icebreaker Vertex Long Sleeved Half-Zip Flurry in Black and Blizzard Heather – $124.95 ea (reg $178.50ea)

Now 30% off isn’t great, but it’s certainly better than paying full price. I thought about waiting for a better discount, but the sizes were starting to sell out. I picked mine up on Saturday, and as of yesterday the Blizzard Heather is already sold out in my size. They do shrink a little, but that is to be expected with Merino wool. That’s why I bought mine slightly larger. I washed it in cold water, hung it to dry, and wore the black one to work with a pair of jeans yesterday. If you don’t want to pay top dollar for quality cashmere, these Merino tops are the definition of cold weather luxury. They’re fantastic.

The same day I bought the tops, I picked up a second pair of bootcut jeans. They’re the same style as a bought back in October. I didn’t get quite the sale I did in October, but it was alright. I paid $177.45, down from the regular price of $302.40.

In the three and a half months I’d owned that pair, I’d gotten the price per wear down to ~$2.25. Bringing the cost per wear down that far in that short a time span told me it was worth picking up a second pair, especially considering I wear my jeans for years at a time. As I mentioned in October, I’ve noticed a pattern in my denim preferences. In the summer, when I wear ballet flats near daily, I wear skinny jeans that are hemmed for flats. In the winter, when I opt for boots, I wear bootcut jeans. Knowing this about my preferences allows me to look at my existing closet and prepare for potential purchases. For example, I know I will likely need another pair of skinny jeans come summer, so I should keep my eye out for a major sale. Looking into that now allows me to sit patiently and wait. It also allows me to explore the idea of a capsule wardrobe more realistically, because I have data backing up what I actually wear at different times of the year.

Unless I find a massive sale on an appropriate pair of skinny jeans, I don’t see myself purchasing anything else in the next few months. I don’t have my eye on anything, and to be honest I don’t plan on trying to covet anything either. We’re still looking for a new home, so I’m focused on that at the moment.

Did you purchase anything this month? Have you noticed any patterns in your clothing choices from season to season?

3 Responses to “Monthly Update – January 2018”

  1. Oooh do you recommend these Icebreaker tops for really cold weather? Do they wear well? I’m looking for a couple really warm tops to wear during the week because it’s COLD where I work. If I can save on energy costs by not running the furnace or the space heater with a good warm layer, I would be thrilled!

  2. Yeah… secondhand and mostly tops of prints and textures!!!! Like graphic tees..

    All that is stopping now…. promise

    • The Minuteglass says:

      I seem to recall having heard that promise before ๐Ÿ˜‰

      All kidding aside, I hope this shopping pullback goes well for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.