It's August and I stuck to my resolution and didn't buy a dress in July. Of course, that didn't mean that I was completely virtuous--the Office shoes, the gap gym clothes and the J. Crew splurge may have all been bargains and may have even totaled less than one dress, but I still have a way to go before I meet my goal of not spending anything on clothing for a month (and then I'll try for longer).
August is always difficult as the final sales wave temptation in front of my face in the form of deep markdowns on things I actually like, may even need or just fantasize about owning. Then there are those pieces by the designers I like, in prices that match what I'd love to spend (again deep discounts) that I don't actually need.
Of course, this all comes with some sadness when you miss that item that you weren't really going to buy but almost bought on a number of occasions. Case in point, this Rachel Comey Ether dress. I loved the fabrics, but don't need any summer silk dresses, particularly with spaghetti straps--it's also a shade too long for me too. I'm not sure the boning would have worked for me either. But it was so pretty and it was $168 plus tax and shipping (which may have been the killer as it puts it at a hair under $200). Too late now as it's gone, but I offer it up here as an example of what I didn't buy this sale season--and as a testament to my self-discipline if I might pat myself on the back.