|A few of my go-to looks - NOT! Photo: Hegemony777|
According to Elizabeth Cline's book, Overdressed, the average US shopper spends $1,100 per year on clothing and purchases 68 items plus 8 pairs of shoes.
Sixty-eight items per year seems rather shocking, but since reading that I've wondered, do I buy more or less clothing than the average American? Yet I hadn't gotten around to listing my purchases until being inspired by a recent post on Exacting Life.
Before I started counting, I thought that I couldn't possibly have purchased more than 10 items of clothing this year. I have a large existing wardrobe, but there is much room for improvement as it includes items of various sizes and clothing I don't love wearing.
I've never loved buying clothes and shoes like the stereotypical woman, but this has been particularly light year even for me. This is mainly because I'm at a higher weight than I'd like and I haven't wanted to admit defeat and invest in a larger wardrobe for this size me. But, a girl's gotta have something to wear so in the end I've bought some new items.
Items purchased in 2013:
- Two pairs of dress pants for work: $55
- Black knit blazer for work (the only blazer I've ever liked wearing - it's SO comfortable): $36
- black and white summer sweater: $28
- Two black t-shirts: $14
- Black and white shell blouse: $21
- Black summer sweater: $22
- Black knit top: $15
- Black shirt with beaded sleeves: $16
- Black NYC shirt: $9
- Blue sweater: $21
- Jeans: $27
- Peach sweater from thrift store: $4
- White capris (thrift-store): $4
- Black comfty flats for work: $64
- Black sandals: $54
Total spent: $390
Total items: 17
- Black purse (thrift-store): $5
- Red purse: $30
- Scarf: $22
Total spent: $57
Total items: 3
Besides the fact that I'm heavily in a black and white clothing phase (they're slimming colors you know), this has been a pretty good year in that out of these purchases, I really only regret and don't wear the peach thrift store sweater.
I don't set a clothing budget, as I'm pretty good at reigning in my spending month to month. I'm completely fine with spending $447 on clothing and accessories for the year, in fact, I'd be okay with twice that provided I bought items I love and feel great wearing.
How does your clothing spending compare to the average?