What I bought & Wardrobe diaries: March 2021

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Assembly Label Ida Tee (black; 4 | grey, 6) – I have been wanting tight ribbed tees because most of my tops are looser and balloon where they are tucked in to pants/skirts/shorts, so I wanted to give myself some easy options that could be tucked in to almost all of my bottoms. These tees are not exactly what I had wanted. They are loose fitting so even the size 4 hangs like a comfortable tee. The fabric is thin too. The grey one I purchased in size 6 and the combination of the lighter colour and thin cotton made it even less fit for purpose than the black tee. I’m still trying to sell it. Was $40 each, down to $20 x 2 = $40

Elka Collective Alessia Knit (parchment; 6; still available at The Iconic Outlet but more expensive) – My best discovery this year so far is Elka Collective, which I am so pleased is a Melbourne company and at least have a page on their ethical responsibilities as a company. I was served an advertisement on Instagram and, most unlike myself, made an order of three items though I had never tried this brand or even inspected and felt their clothes before. Fortunately I fell in love with the brand. I liked that the fabric was above average for the listed fabrication. The way the garments are cut and sewn was also above average. For this price, they could have lowered their costs in the fabrication and labour department. I will say I wish they stocked a smaller size (4) though. This jumper is a really beautiful beige-y white in a substantial but smooth and soft 95% cotton 5% cashmere. The “shallow funnel neck” is definitely not shallow for me and my short neck though, haha. I usually roll it down so I don’t feel like I am being suffocated. Was $229, down to $99, extra 25% off = $74.25

Elka Collective Sherry Knit (oatmeal; 6; still available at The Iconic Outlet but more expensive) – I’ve never had a short sleeve knit like this before. For some reason the colour names confused me because this looks like a bright paper white to me, so I would have thought the above jumper would be oatmeal and this parchment instead. It’s also a bit loose on me so doesn’t fit the bill of a tight ribbed short sleeve. It is also not that long so it will untuck from bottoms. I love this though and the fabric is really nice. Was $179, down to $89, extra 25% off = $66.75

Elka Collective Linden Pant (navy; 6; still available at The Iconic Outlet but more expensive) – Still needing to find more pants, I picked up this pair too because it looks like a nice cropped length on the model (and thus might not be too long for me). These pants are amazing and so comfortable. This polyester-viscose blend is REALLY nice – very smooth and tight weave. For convenience sake, it also washes really well and doesn’t wrinkle. I like my pants to be quite high waisted and this slid down to my hips so my Mum added an extra hook closure so I could wear it tighter. With the belt done up, you can’t see the old hook. Was $229, down to $89, extra 25% = $66.75

Also received $14.54 cashback for this order

Elka Collective Wynn Shirt (winter ecru; 6; still available at The Iconic Outlet but more expensive) – I was so pleased with my first order I almost immediately (within three days) made a second order. This long oversized shirt is really cool with button details down both sides, but I probably made a mistake getting this kind of fabric because I only steam and never iron my clothes. It is quite hard to steam out all the wrinkles. The buttons also start a bit too low, especially since it is roomy and oversized, so I had an extra invisible button added. Was $229, down to $69

Elka Collective Everly Pant (parchment pinstripe; 6; still available at The Iconic Outlet but more expensive) – So please with the first pair of pants, I decided to be adventurous with this light pinstripe pair, which also looked like it would suit me length-wise. Because this doesn’t have a belt, the waist needed a bit more work to get it to sit right for me. The back had to get substantially taken in too. The fabric is not as good at the Linden pants but it’s really opaque, thankfully. I won’t wear it as often anyway but it’s still nice to have something different. My big gripe is the zipper and button are on the back and the button is SO HARD TO CLOSE when you can’t see it, that I just never do it! Well, it’s just a precautionary button, right? Was $199, down to $59.

Also received $8.96 cashback for this order

March 2021 total: $352.25

Other updates

I sold the See by Chloe cropped crepe tailored pants gifted/purchased in July 2019 which I wore quite frequently. They are so big on me now and the material catches and snags incredibly easily so it wasn’t worth tailoring. I also sold a Veronika Maine silk and cotton skirt (purchased preowned) that I’m not particularly fond of, a TFNC pink pleated midi skirt purchased in 2016 that is also too large for me, and AG Adriano Goldschmied black The Stilt Cigarette jeans (purchased preowned) that just never suited me. +$44.46