30 Day Challenges,  Fashion

30 Days of Dresses: Playing Favorites

This is what I wore for my birthday. I nearly chose to wear a skirt instead and take a break from the dress challenge, but then I remembered my favorite dress, and how it goes well with my favorite cardigan and my favorite shoes, and there you have it! All around, my favorites.

I think my 30 Days of Dresses might turn into more like 20 Days of Dresses. I definitely have at least 30 dresses, but I’m getting to the point where the ones I have left are dresses I feel like I’ve worn recently– before the challenge started– and also, I am getting bored of my closet. Today, I’m taking a break from dresses to go back to skirts, but I’ll get back to dresses tomorrow and try to make it to at least 20 days.

It’s funny how I feel at a loss as to how to style dresses, but I could wear skirts for days on end without feeling restricted, style wise. Part of the problem might be that most of the dresses I own aren’t quite my style somehow. Perhaps it’s time to do a closet clean-out (I already have a few dresses from this challenge that I’ll be getting rid of) and then only buy dresses that I absolutely love.

The one thing I love but don’t love about these shoes is that they are velvety, so any time there’s any sort of wet that I walk through, it soaks into the fabric and my toes get wet. But it’s a small price to pay for such pretty shoes, right?

I really want to find more shoes in this style. I’ve seen a few pairs on Modcloth.com that I may have to splurge for, like this pair… and this one… ah! I got rid of so many old pairs of shoes when we moved. I can totally justify buying new ones.  Although the thrifty shopper in me has a hard time spending more than $30 on a pair of shoes.

I may start actually budgeting my spending, though. Right now, while I haven’t bought new clothes in quite  a while, I tend to just buy whatever I like and not worry about whether it’s in my budget or not. Mostly because… it usually is within my budget, as I have very few bills to pay. But there are these articles in Lucky magazine about three women (who… work for Lucky? I can’t remember their roles exactly) who have their monthly budgets and how they spent them on clothing or accessories, and I think I need to start doing that. Of course, their monthly budgets range from $500 to $3,000, which is incredibly high to me.

But setting a monthly budget would help me when I’m wondering whether I want an item of clothing or not– even though I don’t buy a lot of clothes anyway, I still tend to buy something just because it looks good at the moment. Having a more set amount of money a month to spend on my closet would really help when I’m choosing pieces to purchase.

And, having a set budget would also be fun in a way because at the end of each month, I could do a breakdown post of the budget, what I spent, what I bought, and what I have left.

Anyway. It’s time for me to leave for work! I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!