It has been difficult finishing this post due to ongoing family health issues since the end of 2019 and the devastation of the Australian bushfires. Stay safe, healthy and happy in 2020. 🙂
I thought December was going to be a purchase-free month (in terms of fashion items) but I did get caught up in some post-Christmas shopping while shopping for pre-planned hiking-related clothes, footwear and accessories (I ended up spending over $700 at various adventure stores – eek! – in anticipation for an upcoming holiday and future holidays in the pipeline). I would consider this a separate category to my wardrobe though (same as active wear and underwear).
Autumn Cashmere color-block cashmere sweater (neutral, size S, via The Outnet) – I actually purchased this jumper in October but my order arrived in November. This item was never on my wishlist and I added it last minute to try on, but I felt the cashmere was so much nicer than the other jumpers (see below) that I had sitting in my wishlist for many months. These didn’t have the extra 50% discount (which was what prompted me to make an order for some wishlist items in the first place). I think they are such an interesting piece, with the large cuffed sleeves and contrasting colours. It was difficult deciding between this colour combination and the darker colour combination. This is oversized on me but very cropped, and work nicely with high-waisted bottoms or with a white shirt layered underneath. They came out kid-sized in the first wash but I easily pulled it back into an adult size. $217 (also received $23 cashback and the maths doesn’t make sense but I’m not complaining…)
Ziera Scarlet boots (black, size 37.5) – These look very similar to the Stanford boots which I owned and reviewed a few years ago. That pair eventually came apart at the sole and was letting in water so I had to throw them but they were really comfortable. In person, the Scarlet boots are almost identical but I feel like the leather was better quality on the old Stanford boots. Nonetheless these will be handy to have around as I have only been picking up backup flats and sandals from Ziera since they closed down. The price was slashed drastically (below $100) a few weeks after my purchase, but my size was gone so I don’t feel too bad (my size is one of the popular sizes so typically first to sell). $279.95 reduced to $195.97 minus 20% off promotion plus $7 shipping = $163.78
AG Jeans Super Skinny Legging jeans x 2 (navy and black, size 25; preowned via eBay) – I happened to come across someone selling two pairs in my size. These have been my favourite and only jeans for a couple of years now. It is harder to find the Farrah jeans, which is actually what I am after (on the preowned market), but these two pairs were at a really low buy-it-now price so I pounced. $30 + $14.55 shipping = $44.55
Saba silk floral dress (size 6; pre-owned via eBay) – I was looking for silk pieces for my Mum and found this for myself, oops. I don’t need it in my wardrobe so I feel a bit guilty, but it’s a decent piece and I don’t regret it. Saba is very expensive for the quality (which is fairly average) but the low resale value means some great-value silk, work and occasion pieces can be picked up. The sleeves and hem are interesting and thankfully flattering – it could have easily gone the way. I’ve worn this twice, and it’s very comfortable and machine washes without issue. $30 + $8.55 shipping = $38.55
December (post-Christmas sales):
Skin & Threads cotton tee-shirt dress (black and white, size 1) – I really like the thick cotton and the length of this. A solid/stripey tee-shirt dress is something I’ve been casually looking for and I really liked this the moment I put it on. Skin & Threads uses decent fabrics, even if the finishing is not impeccable (I spotted a minor sewing error on closer inspection and have noticed after the first wear that the front and back fabric was not sewn together symmetrically, so the dress actually veers to one side, which wouldn’t be noticeable without the pockets… it is too late to exchange now but that did bum me out a bit). The stores had 10% off for the first three days after Christmas and I thought this was marked down to $90 (so $81), which I was happy to pay. It turns out it hadn’t been marked down properly and was actually $50 (from $148) minus 10% = $45
Nobody Cult Skinny Jeans (navy/nuevo, size 26; via David Jones) – I saw this on sale before and after Christmas for $99 but was in the market to buy a Cult or Siren pair (high or super-high waisted, respectively) preowned first in order to suss out how Nobody Denim jeans holds up. I was shopping on the 27th at a different David Jones and came across these marked down further to $79, plus I was emailed an extra 10% off sale items offer that morning, so the price became palatable for me to try the brand with a brand new pair first. $199 reduced to $79 minus 10% promotion and used a 10% extra value gift card = ~$64.78
November and December 2019 total: $573.66
Considered or tried
My The Outnet order contained the Autumn Cashmere bow-detail cashmere sweater in grey with navy and dark grey with burgundy because they were an extra 50% off the sale price (bringing them down to $114 each) and had been high on my wishlist for months. The cashmere was mediocre though, and the sleeves absolutely humongous on me (also fussy). I tried one in XS and one in S (based on availability) and if I had to pick, I would have chosen the XS. But my main issue was the quality of the cashmere fibres.
I tried on Paige and Nobody Denim jeans in my continued hunt for high-waisted skinny jeans and to shift my loyalty away from AG Jeans after the new pair I picked up in October was noticeably poorer in quality. I liked the fit and fabric of Nobody Denim a lot better than Paige. I am a 25 for AG, 25 for Paige and 26 for Nobody Denim. I really liked the Nobody Denim Siren jeans which are super high-waisted and would love to pick one up preowned if possible.
I won an auction for a pre-owned pink Jac+Jack 100% cashmere jumper via eBay ($73 + $8.55 shipping). I have wanted to try out this Australian brand’s cashmere which typically retails for $300-700. As soon as I received and felt the item I knew it was not cashmere. I think the tag said it was a wool and cashmere combination (cashmere around 10/20%). Unbelievably, the seller actually had no idea that it wasn’t 100% cashmere and tried to convince me it was still a very good price compared to the hundreds of dollars she had paid. I thought that was a pretty crap excuse – you should probably know what you’re buying (especially if you think you’re paying a lot for something) and you should definitely know what you’re selling! The return was eventually accepted. I think it was relisted and sold for less than half the price when accurately listed shortly after. I’m still eager to find some pre-owned Jac+Jack cashmere to try out so the hunt continues.
During the Boxing Day sales, I did also pop into Jac+Jack and tried on the Iku cotton skirt in dark plum. I fell in love with the stock image a few months ago because of the lovely tiered design and beautiful dark plum colour. I tried on a 6 and it was a pretty overwhelming on me. It is a tie-around skirt and from experience, I find them overly fussy (and a bit lazy from a brand). I could happily try on everything else they stock in the dark plum colour but I don’t see myself needing any of them and I do think the silhouettes of the brand tend towards oversized and boxy, which can be hard to pull off with my frame. I’m not sure I have the patience to figure out what works for me from Jac+Jack.
I did not keep those AG jeans purchased in October and I was so unhappy with the drop in quality that I will probably not be purchasing new AG going forward.
I sold the Ziera Uja sandals purchased in July after three wears as it was too narrow and cutting my feet. It went very quickly and after fees, it pocketed me +$27.51.
I also cleared out an H&M black blazer (this had a really nice floral lining so I originally wanted to sell it but discovered two missing buttons), a pink H&M shirt with stud details and a pair of Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans (my previous go-to skinny jeans).