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    How much money???

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    I haven't bought clothes for myself in FOR EVER. I buy things randomly, a pair of jeans here, a couple of shirts there, but the last time that I actually went to buy myself clothes?? I don't even remember. Probably not since 2007 - true story.

    Well, with baby being just weeks away and the plan being to get back to pre-baby size relatively quick - DF and I decided that we're going to take a chunk out of our tax returns and set it aside for a new wardrobe for me. A "mommy" wardrobe if you will - since all of my clothes are pre-pregnancy and I'm not sure what my body is going to be like post-pregnancy - I'm planning on waiting to go shopping for probably 2 months post-partum or so - depending on what my body does and what moves where (think boobs, butt, thighs, etc)

    So anyway, how much money do you think would be a decent but not too selfish amount to set aside? I'm really not sure, I don't even know if there has ever been a time that I went out and got myself a new wardrobe, so I'm a little excited but a little nervous at the same time because I don't want to spend TOO much on myself, but I don't want to end up with crappy clothes either.

    Input? Thoughts? Suggestions? Anything?
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    I'm not sure what your budget is, but for me I would think 200-400 is good for an entire wardrobe. It also really depends on where you shop though.
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    If your a bargain shopper like me ex. american eagle,rue 21, maurices, forever 21 than i bet you could get a FULL wardrobe for 400 and be completely set. if not less thats roughly 6 pairs of jeans and a dozen tops obvs you can prob wear some of the clothes you had before I would think
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    Definitely depends where you shop, but I think about $300 would be good if you don't mind hitting up Old Navy or similar stores for your basics.
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    Wow those are low estimates. I bought myself a new wardrobe with "a commitment to quality" last year, and I spend around $1200. Like you I rarely shop, but I bought good quality clothing instead of buying lots on sale or just buying something because it was cheap. I also met with a personal shopper who helped me buy things that suit me. I feel SO much better in my clothes and with my shape. It was worth it.
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    Usually when I go shopping for a new wardrobe I spend 250-350. Most of the time all of my clothes come from JCPenney on their really good sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie View Post
    Wow those are low estimates. I bought myself a new wardrobe with "a commitment to quality" last year, and I spend around $1200. Like you I rarely shop, but I bought good quality clothing instead of buying lots on sale or just buying something because it was cheap. I also met with a personal shopper who helped me buy things that suit me. I feel SO much better in my clothes and with my shape. It was worth it.


    That's kind of what I was thinking too, but I honestly don't know. I just am thinking like ..... A pair of good jeans is $50 these days and most shirts are $25-$30 each so $400 doesn't seem like it would really go very far.

    I am also looking at quality clothes but not super quality. I can't afford to go drop $1500 on a SAHM wardrobe but I'd rather buy things that are going to last than buy things that I'm going to have to replace within a year.

    I usually shop at places like American Eagle, Levi's, GAP, and outlets - but even those places aren't cheap these days. Factor in a little inflation because I'm in Hawaii and $400 will get 2 pairs of jeans, 4 shirts, and a pair of shoes.

    Sadly, I really need to buy more clothes than that.

    What do you guys think is a decent size wardrobe? Like how many pairs or pants, how many shirts? These may seem like dumb questions but I've always worked retail and I've always had A LOT of clothes, but they are all old now, don't fit right, starting to get holes and faded colors. So I need to pretty much start fresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie View Post
    Wow those are low estimates. I bought myself a new wardrobe with "a commitment to quality" last year, and I spend around $1200. Like you I rarely shop, but I bought good quality clothing instead of buying lots on sale or just buying something because it was cheap. I also met with a personal shopper who helped me buy things that suit me. I feel SO much better in my clothes and with my shape. It was worth it.
    I would set aside around $1000 and get some really good quality clothes. After all, I'm sure this isn't what you and DF want to do with tax returns EVERY year. Make 'em last!
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    If I were going for an all new wardrobe I would set aside at least 500. And I definitely needed new pants post baby because my hips were bigger and were never the same
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    I spent about 1500 on new clothes after my skin removal surgery. Everything I owned prior was too big, so it was a full replacement, and I decided to go for quality as well. I bought a lot of things on sale, and things for all seasons.
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