June: a month of extreme culling and shopping

I toyed with the idea of commencing this post with my name followed by the declaration that I am a shopaholic... but I will not. I will save this opening sentence for another month.

In June I culled over 30 items from my wardrobe.  My eBay tally from these sales exceeded well over $1,500.

I'm not sure how much I spent on new additions to my wardrobe, but I can guarantee that it was less than the above mentioned amount because I have some eBay proceeds left over.

Pictured below are just some of my purchases.  One is being worn to death, one was culled tonight, one has proven to be less comfortable than I imagined and one has not yet been worn. Can you guess which is which? What I am trying to illustrate here is that 2 years on from commencing my ideal wardrobe journey, I still make mistakes when shopping.

Witchery knit (culled) , Mimco scarf (worn to death), Witchery leather front leggings (still with tags) and A.P.C. booties (disappointingly uncomfortable).

Apart from these purchases, I also bought a chunky Country Road cardigan.  This cardigan was culled tonight, as well as the Witchery knit, after I decided that chunky knits should only be worn by those who are not so chunky.

Also hanging in my wardrobe next to the unworn Witchery leggings, are my unworn Everlane purchases - two silk shirts, four t-shirts and a cashmere cardigan. I'm looking forward to wearing these, but lately, due to the long mentally exhausting hours I've been putting in at work, I grab to wear what's easy and familiar. All the things I wore last Winter... why do I even bother shopping for new stuff?

Images sourced from: www.witchery.com.au, www.mimco.com.au and www.shopbop.com.


15 comments:

  1. You did extremely well on the culling front! Good work. I usually go the other way round, buy something new then cull to fit it in although trying to change this bad habit.

    It's a shame the witchery knit didn't suit you - I've gotten so much wear out of mine, the only thing is when you wash it, it takes FOREVER to dry.

    I never would have guessed which pieces you wore and didn't, surely the APC boots will break in with wear? I have been doing the same thing in the mornings, opting for the more familiar as when it's cold it's just so much easier getting ready that way. Let me know how you Everlane cashmere and shirts hold up. I'm still tempted to buy one, that slightly rounded collar is growing on me!

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    1. So sad about the Witchery knit. I think it's just too big for me (got a M, because s was sold out), or maybe just unflattering on my body shape.

      The comfort of the APC boots, or rather lack of, has been surprising indeed. Unlike the IM Dickers, they are not instantly comfortable! The first time I wore them the side of my foot was bruised and yesterday after wearing them for most of the day, I felt like had been stomping around is high heels all day :S I hope they break in too.

      Will most definitely do a review of the Everlane silk and cashmere. The blouses are a beautifully cut, but the cold weather has put me off wearing them.

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  2. Oh wow $1500 is fantastic. I need to get off my backside and list some stuff :S

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    1. My budget is such that if I don't sell, I don't shop... :(

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  3. I told my friend today that when you buy something you should be excited to wear it right away (unless it's a gown for a specific event or a very off season purchase like a puffer coat in summer), otherwise return it. It's very easy to default into the familiar, but sometimes I'll "play dress up" in my closet and I'm surprised with the fresh combinations I can come up with. But I'm also one to talk, because I'm amazed that every year I'm able to find 20 or so things that I **don't** own.

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    1. It's funny because I was excited by everything that I bought. And yes, devoting one afternoon to "play dress up" will get me inspired again I think.

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  4. Wow you have been diligent on the culling front - I have so much stuff to get rid off which I have sidelined for Ebay but I'm in danger of putting it all in charity bags just to get it out of the house. I'm sure I have more that I want to get rid off than what I want to keep which is truly wrong. However your proceeds have just made me have a rethink and to get off my backside.

    Such a shame about the APC boots - I'm not a great believer in breaking shoes/boots in. If they don't feel right, they generally don't stay.

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    1. If I don't sell, I don't shop... Too tell you the truth I'm kind of over eBaying, but I still don't feel 100% happy with my wardrobe, so I will continue doing what I'm doing.

      I like an instantly comfy shoe too. But in wearing these I was just thinking back to when I first wore my Pistols. They were very uncomfortable, but now they have stretched out and they are PERFECT. I'm hopeful the future holds the same fate for these APCs :)

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  5. such a shame you didn't like the witchery knit - I have barely been able to take mine off, best purchase this winter by far.

    I've also got the witchery leather leggings and also can't take these off! I'm sure you'll love them when you eventually wear them :)

    $1,500, so impressive! I haven't done an eBay selling streak for a while, although I don't think I will anytime soon as I was just made a power seller :(

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    1. I love the look of the Witchery knot, but just not on me. Or maybe I am just being overly fussy and suffering from poor body image at the moment.

      I'm going to make it my mission in life to wear the leather leggings this weekend. I got them for a good price so I figured if they didn't work, I would recover my money on eBay.

      eBay have recently changed their fee structure. You will find that the fees are a flat 9.9% for all non-store sellers. EBay have decided to screw all non-store sellers with high fees, not just the Powersellers :). Look here: http://pages.ebay.com.au/help/sell/fees.html

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  6. You are always impressive with the culling.

    I hear you re jumpers :0(

    Did you get the blue Newbury boots? Highly recommend I love mine

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    1. You are a prolific culler too :) Like I said to some previous commentators, if I don't sell, I cannot really justify shopping with my work income given my plans for the next year or two.

      Ah, the blue Newbury boots, decisions, decisions. I really like them :)

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  7. Hmm I need to work on my culling skills. I just get so lazy with eBay sometimes! I need to pick your brain for some eBaying secrets! Sounds like you are quite the master.

    I am curious about leather leggings. Unfortunately I don't think I have the legs to pull them off being the shortie that I am.

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    1. You inspired me to write my latest post x

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  8. $1500! Impressive!
    I love the look of that witchery knit but alas I am up on the chunky scale, ha!

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