Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Buyer's Archive: April

Since February 2015, inspired by Elise's Buyer's Archive project, I've been keeping a record of all my clothing purchases in an effort to track what works and what doesn't and - in theory - cut down on my spending. 

This time last year I went slightly overboard buying midi skirts - three, to be precise, only one of which (the floral charity shop bargain) I wear regularly - a Gap t-shirt that went into a charity bag long ago, and a tote bag that I still love and use all the time. This year? It's not looking like my stripes problem is going anywhere fast, let's put it that way.
Striped t-shirt, originally New Look via charity shop £2.49
I picked this up in a charity shop in Wells and, despite being a size 12, it's the perfect fit to tuck into jeans and skirts. I'm very happy with this purchase as my Primark top of a similar style has recently shrunk in the wash, making it almost unwearable. And as I've already worn this at least six times, I'd say I've got value for money, too.

Button-front chambray skirt, La Redoute £23.40 (with 40% off)
I cannot tell you just how thrilled I am with this skirt. I've spent the last four summers looking for the perfect midi length, button front, chambray skirt and so to find this one for 40% off - and with pockets! - was extremely exciting. I'm not crazy about the buttons so will keep my eyes peeled for ones I like better, then I just need the weather to improve and I'll be wearing it constantly with tan sandals and a white stripey tee.
Polka dot t-shirt, Zara £7.99
Another salutary lesson in not paying attention to size labels - this is an M (and a Zara - home of the tiny sizing - M at that) and fits me perfectly, so I reckon an XL would fit up to a 22 or even 24, depending on height. There's not much more to say about this, I don't suppose: it's navy blue, it has polka dots, it's very very Janet. I'll be wearing this in summer tucked into high waisted jeans and with a headscarf tied rockabilly-style.

Breton top, La Redoute £11.40  (with 40% off)
Funnily enough, last April I bought this same top from La Reodute but in a white/black stripe and had got tons of wear out of it, until a recent encounter with tomato-based pasta sauce saw it relegated to gardening wear. I'm gutted that they don't still do the original white top, but this navy and cream is a decent enough substitute in my wardrobe.

Overall, then, I'm still ploughing away at my blue, striped, polka dotted style rut, but it's not for wont of trying: I swear the shops are full of rubbish at the moment, it's either cold-shoulders or bell sleeves as far as the eye can see. That's my excuse, anyway.

Total for April: £45.28

Total so far for 2017: £240.69

Total this time last year: £203.64

Look out for the #buyersarchive hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to see the other bloggers taking part.


  1. I agree the shops have been terrible! It's been so easy for me not to shop in regular shops as there has been nothing I want to buy! I'm not doing a buyers archive this month while I take a break from the blog but I managed to buy 3 Henry Holland dresses (all donated by the same person) in oxfam this month!

    I love the button down skirt though I have been after something like that for a while!

    Charlotte |

    1. THREE Henry Holland dresses?! Wow, that's an amazing find! I love it when you get a haul in a charity shop that's all clearly from the same person.

    2. I also found 3 hh dresses in a charity shop but bought 1!! Your Buyer's archive madness me smile every time at the stripes!! Niiiiice chambray skirt. I've wanted one too!!

  2. Ooh I love the stripes! I must take a look at La Redoute some time - you seem to get such pretty things there. I tend to just default to Long Tall Sally when I'm looking for something specific, must broaden my horizons a bit! :)

    1. La Redoute has SO much nice stuff, and it's especially affordable when they have their regular discount events - 20, 25 or even 40% off everything. However, I will say that one reason I shop there a lot is that their clothes are never too long for me, so I suspect they'll not be great for you.

  3. not mad about cold shoulders or bell sleeves either (not that that has curbed my spending at all, ha!)
    Stripes need to be replaced and a large number constantly maintained in all wardrobes. It should be law really.
    I'm waiting for the weather to catch up to my recent purchases. Instead I'm still in jeans and jumpers...

    1. Yes, exactly! I'm not buying, I'm just replenishing and maintaining stock...
      And I hear you, I have so many lovely summer things I'm dying to wear - come on sun!

  4. That chambray skirt is so lovely! I've just bought a pattern to attempt to make myself something similar at some point over the summer!

    1. I'm now DESPERATE for it to warm up so I can wear it!