|LL Bean Boat & Tote bag, medium, in Snapdragon and Regatta Blue.|
Oy! I examined the damage done to my wallet by my Spring/Summer 2013 purchases, and it's severe! In total, not counting intimate apparel purchases (because those are necessities, and I wear them year-round), I spent $677.83.
The breakdown by retailer is as follows:
LL Bean: $163.54 (2 sleeveless t-shirts, tote bag, twill chinos, floral scarf)
J. Jill: $414.31 (8 t-shirts, crinkle scarf, denim shirt, linen pants)
Lane Bryant: $99.98 (6 t-shirts, 3 capris)
Obviously, my J. Jill habit is an expensive one.
I started shopping for Spring/Summer on April 19, 2013. My first purchase was the women's casual floral scarf from LL Bean. My most recent purchase was July 11, 2013, from Lane Bryant. I bought the sateen twill capris and t-shirts. I bought everything online. I almost never go out to a store to shop anymore. Almost everything I purchased was on sale, and I used coupons.
With the exception of the sleeveless tees, capris and linen pants, I will wear these items year-round. The items will hopefully serve me well for at least two seasons. That seems to be the maximum life for the average t-shirt in my wardrobe. The only t-shirt I have that's lasted longer than that is the "Spooky" t-shirt I got for Halloween from K-Mart in 2006. Like Halloween, it seems to have a supernatural ability to transcend time. Or maybe I like it so much, I won't stop wearing it until someone pries it from my cold, lifeless hands.
How the Cost-Per-Wear works out over time will determine whether these items were worth what I spent. The LL Bean tote bag, twill chinos and floral scarf and the J. Jill tees are earning their keep so far. I was going to save the Lane Bryant items for next year, but I think I'll start wearing them this year. Summer is long, and this one is turning out to be a hot one, too. NYC is roasting. I heard it was 115* in the subways today. Yowza! That's HOT!!! As we like to say here, it's not the heat, it's the humidity.
My mom had this cute way of asking me after I came home from shopping (back in the days when you had to go OUT of the house to shop), "Are you happy with your purchases?" I have to say, yes, so far I am happy with my purchases.