In my first roundup for the Wartime Wardrobe Challenge I am happy to report I haven’t spent any coupons yet. I was vaguely tempted by some stuff in the People Tree sale, but since I can’t wear dresses just now anyway, it wasn’t hard to resist. They do always have old stuff in their sales anyway, so it’ll all probably still be there in the summer.
I only bought one fashiony thing in January – a vintage style pillbox hat from the Charity shop. Or possibly vintage, though I don’t think so, it’s by Kangol. It’s made from polyester and would have used up two coupons had it been new. It was £6.99, which is lots but that’s Edinburgh charity shops for you.
This is what it looks like on. I will be wearing it in April to a wedding, though I have to sort the netting before then. It’s all sticky outy on one side in a funny way. Anyone know how I can fix it? I don’t think wetting it will work as it’s so synthetic feeling. Maybe hanging things off it to pull it downwards? Any advice gratefully received!
Anyway, back the challenge. As I mentioned, I am also trying to reduce the size of my wardrobe, and I made a start by getting rid of things:
- Vintage men’s bomber jacket (used to be Dave’s, then I inherited it when it didn’t fit him any more. It’s small enough to just about work for me in an eighties style, but I’ve worn it just a couple of times, so off it went.
- Tartan cape. I love this but have only worn it a handful of times as it’s not very practical weather wise. The fabric is really warm, but it’s so open at the bottom that it doesn’t really work as a jacket when it’s cold.
- Black wrap dress. I held onto this longer than I should have, because it’s French Connection, but it’s the least well fitting of three very similar short sleeved full skirted dresses I have, so it’s going.
- Chiffon evening dress. I bought this when I was a student in a charity shop. It’s Monsoon and was new, and I remember it wasn’t cheap. But embarrassingly, I’ve never worn it and now I don’t think I would ever have the occasion to, so it’s going.
- A pair of black trousers and a black cord skirt, both because they were worn out. But that’s ok, both were bought about fifteen years ago when I was at school so it’s fair enough I let them go.
There were a few more things, but the cat peed on them in protest (a story for another day maybe), so they need washed and will go into February’s roundup.
So, in summary:
Coupons used: 0
Coupon equivalent for second hand items: 2
Money spent : £6.99