I had posted at the beginning of the month about my plans to create a semesterly budget, and so far it’s been going pretty well! I’ve definitely been more motivated to shop after looking in my closet and noticing the classics that I’m missing, and it’s been helpful to have a max amount of money to spend (it’s keeping me from wasting money on things I don’t need).
Did I fill any of the holes in my closet? Not yet.
I bought this really comfy, black, wrap cardigan from Loft — but I didn’t end up finding a traditional open-style one that I could wear on a daily basis to work. I feel like this cardigan is more of transition piece for Fall (and Winter in Florida, let’s be real). And, it’s not something I could wear to work since it ties in the front and I tend to fluctuate in temperature. One thing I struggle with for most sweaters is the itchiness factor – I have very sensitive skin and it gets easily irritated. This sweater is super soft and snuggly. I got a Medium, and I’m so happy that the sleeves are long enough for me.
That same day, I also bought this super cute blue, floral top at Loft. I’m a sucker for floral tops and I love the collar on it. It’s not overly tight across my chest, and it’s not see-through. Plus I love that it’s sleeveless, which makes it so convenient to wear under my white coat! I’m wearing a size Medium here.
I spent $58.90 total for these two items. Gotta love Loft and their 40% off sales!
Next, I bought 3 tops and a dress from Ann Taylor. I got all of these items online, which is something I normally tend to stay away from because I like the act of trying on clothes and seeing how I look in person. With online shopping, I get so frustrated with shipping costs and dealing with returns, but sometimes it’s just so much more convenient to shop online.
This navy and white striped shirt with flutter sleeves. I really like this top because I think it works just as well casually with jeans and some sandals as it does with business slacks and flats. I do have two slight annoyances with this top. I wish it was longer length wise and I wish it was less tight around my chest. Part of me thinks that if I had bought it in the store, I would have ended up getting a Large rather than a Medium. But overall, I love the style of it and the sleeves (my favorite!). It’s definitely classic Erin — navy, striped, and flowey.
This pink and black sleeveless floral shirt. I was originally worried when I bought this top online that the pink was going to be too light for my skin tone and that it would end up washing me out. But the pink ended up being a really flattering shade and I love the gathering at the top of the sleeves. The V-neck doesn’t go too low and it has some super cute slits on the side. I’m wearing a size Medium.
An off the shoulder, casual top. I tend to stay away from tops like this, because I hate wearing strapless bras, but I recently found the Holy Grail of strapless bras at Soma. It’s opened up a whole new world for me, and I’m so excited to start exploring these options. This is definitely not a top that I can wear to Clinic, but I fell in love with the detailing on the bottom. Reviews online said that it tended to run large, but I’m wearing a Medium here and I feel like it fits exactly like a typical medium.
Finally, I got this floral, shift dress. I was a little worried about getting this dress at first, because I don’t always think shift dresses are the most flattering on me. Originally, I thought the base color was going to be navy, but it ended up being black (something I’m happy about). I’m wearing a size 6 here, and I felt like it fit perfectly. I’m still able to move freely and it’s an appropriate length to wear to work — which is sometimes a struggle as a 5′ 9.5″ woman.
I also bought a pair of socks from Ann Taylor when I was ordering these tops (to tip me over into “free” shipping, because I would rather have socks than have spent money to ship). I spent $134.54 total on these items.
Budget: $800 – $134.54 – $58.90 = $606.56 to spend on clothes in Oct, Nov, Dec.
Total disclosure, I did buy two pairs of Tieks this month (Navy and the Tortoiseshell). But I ended up returning them because they weren’t the colors I was expecting. The navy was a little too dark and flat to match most of my clothes, and I didn’t like the wrinkle in the toe of the Tortoiseshell patent leather.
Let me know what you ended up thinking of this blog post! I know its a little outside my normal pre-PA/didactic year/clinical year tips, but I really enjoyed writing this and I’m hoping you enjoyed a look into what I added to my closet this month. As always, follow along on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for a better look into my daily life as I try to survive with a stethoscope and some sparkle.