Weekly Capsule 40.4: Why I Don’t Have A Clothing Budget

navy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I’ve got nothing to say about today’s outfit, which is just random top + whatever bottom and shoes I still have in the weekly capsule, so I’m going to talk about something a little more serious: clothing budget (and why I don’t have one.)

A lot of the blogs I follow have a post every month where they talk about what they buy and how they keep those purchases within their budget. I like those and had considered doing the same, when my shopping was getting a little excessive and I wasn’t happy with everything I bought. But when I tried giving myself $50/month (which is a lot considering what I make), I went over-budget every single month. What went wrong?

I realize that, the moment I gave myself a budget, it was like money burning in my pocket begging to be spent. My mindset is that “Oh I have that extra $50, I must buy something with it!” And once I started buying, it was hard to stop. In a way, it was like my capsule wardrobe experiment. By restricting myself, I only made myself think more about what I was not supposed to do, and it backfired.

So, instead of a budget, I try to be more conscientious about my shopping. I create a list of “holes in my closet” and when I come across an item on that list, I would consider it carefully before making a purchase. I guess restriction just never works with me, not in shopping or in dieting or in anything. I just have to be smarter about it.

navy print shirt mustard jeans by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

navy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt copper necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Cache, Shoes & Necklace: local shops

My outfits this week:

polka dot chambray shirt navy skirt brown heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite lace tee mustard jeans leopard flats by 14 shades of grey

navy gingham shirt navy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of greynavy print shirt mustard jeans heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

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Weekly Capsule 21.3 &4: The Heat

hot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

watercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Is it just me, or is May a really long month? Maybe it’s just me and all of us here in Hanoi, because it’s been a particular hot month – it was around 100F when I took these photos last week, and it’s going to be 105 over the next two days (and heat index is close to 120!!!) Usually we have a few warm days followed by some rain, but this year it was almost like one big month-long heat wave, with no sign of letting up any time soon. So my outfits in the next two weeks, at least, are not going to be interesting. My brain is (almost literally) fried.

And yes, I have been wearing these boyfriend jeans a lot. I’ve been searching for a pair to replace them but found nothing I like so far. Maybe I should look for straight-leg jeans instead of a true boyfriend fit, which tends to be baggier.

watercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of greyhot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans by 14 shades of grey

hot air ballon shirt bar necklace by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, T-shirt: local shop, Necklace 1: self-made, Necklace 2: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks

My looks this week (or last week, rather. It’s convenient, scheduling posts a week ahead, but it’s also confusing. Sometimes I have to remind myself that these were last week):

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of greycat tee boyfriend jeans sandals by 14 shades of grey

hot air ballon shirt boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of greywatercolor tee boyfriend jeans beige sandals by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 21.1: Hot-Air Balloon

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

Look at this, you guys. I’m wearing colors! And a print that is not stripes or polka dots! What is going on?

Seriously though, the outfit is not that different from what I usually wear. Even the shirt, despite the colorful print, is primarily navy. However, it’s been a while since I actually wore something other than black/blue/grey/white, so it’s pretty exciting (is it lame being excited over an outfit? I don’t care.)

When I saw the print of this shirt, I knew it would fit right in with my growing collection of “quirky button-ups”, and the fact that it’s made from super soft, breathable fabric just sealed the deal. It was a bit tricky deciding what shoes to wear with it – I don’t think brown or even black shoes go with the shirt (this was one of the times that the “no black + navy” rule actually applies); and nude shoes look boring. In the end, I pulled the pink/purple color from the print and matched it to my flats. A good choice, even if I do say so myself.

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants by 14 shades of greyhot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of grey

hot-air balloon shirt white khaki pants magenta flats by 14 shades of greyhot-air balloon shirt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Pants: Zara, Flats: Payless