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{recap} French Wardrobe Challenge - August

  Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:30 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,,,,,,,, 
The French Wardrobe Challenge is over!! I can't believe I made it through! I'd like to think I did a pretty good job. This month I added a new watch, which I desperately needed, and a cute new bathing suit that I don't need. I also found the EXACT Free People jeans I've been trying to replace for over a year, since I loved my first pair so much. They're used but they still have plenty of wear before they get as bad as my original pair. That's why I love eBay!

Also, if you recall, back in May I went to NYC for the Grand Opening of a new Marshalls store and after that I headed to one of Roundabout's New York locations. I tried on a GORGEOUS Jason Wu dress that I wanted since 2011. Sadly it was too expensive so I left it. BUT a couple weeks ago I went to my local Roundabout for the last day of their Summer Blowout Sale and, as if it were fate, there was the Jason Wu dress! No one bought it in NY so they shipped it over to my store and I got it for $136. It was originally $1995, their original price was $429. With the sale it was an additional 65% off AND ANOTHER 20% off! I also got a black Jason Wu shirtdress for $80, retail $990.

But, I was also really bad and bought a pair of Chanel flats on eBay. In my defense, I had been following them for MONTHS and the seller put them on sale and eBay was offering 4X eBay Bucks, so I made $40 back buying them...justifiable? I hope so! They are also a really cool texture and my favorite colors: burgundy and purple! They haven't arrived yet, so no photo except this.

While I did really enjoy the challenge I think I'm going to go a different direction for the next 6 months. I'm still going to try to only buy basic items but I'm not going to be soooo strict about non-basics.  I'll probably try to stick to a specific color palette so I don't go crazy with statement pieces,  or maybe instead of 5 I'll do 7.

  1. Just five standout pieces per season.
  2. Quality over quantity.
  3. Basics don’t count.
  4. Accessories don’t count, unless you’re spending a lot more than usual.
  5. Socks and underwear don’t count.
  6. Shoes do count.

Part of my Five:

Exempt:  Not counting any items I got from brands or bought for Marshalls Project FAB (bought with a gift card)

Winter Items: I'm still trying to limit these types of purchases, but I can't resist a good deal!

About Closet Fashionista

Loves to get bargains on clothes and is obsessed with Harry Potter and Disney. By day she is a freelance graphic and web designer. She also has a slight obsession with movies.

You can also find her on the web at her Harry Potter and Matthew Lewis fan sites.


  1. Your uncanny ability to get all these amazing deals never ceases to amaze me.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  2. I think you got a lot of amazing pieces and did a good job sticking to the challenge!
    So what I want to know is, what is the total?
    Chic on the Cheap

  3. Wow, great job sticking to this challenge! It was an interesting concept, but I love the things you bought! I tend to buy really flashy things but basics are soo important.
    Happy weekend,
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  4. i would fail miserably at only 5 pieces. however, if they were all black, i could proably make it work

    mon |

  5. I always say that next time I am in NYC I will hunt Roundabout, just from seeing what you and Lydia score, I've become a customer.

  6. Amazing picks!!
    xo, Jane

  7. You really did an awesome job with that challenge and what amazing finds you got on ebay and Roundabout, it was your reward for being so good all this time haha! Happy Weekend Megan!


  8. How beautiful ! This is Such an inspiration!
    Kisses from Miami,

  9. You bought the ballet flats!!! Haha good on you - I reckon why not splurge when you can right? ;)

    1. Haha, yea! I figured I should splurge now while I don't have too many extraneous bills to pay ;)

  10. What!? That went by so fast! I knew you could do it. You picked up some great pieces along the way too!

  11. Chanel flats are always a do! Well done on the challenge!


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