Friday, 4 January 2019

30 Ways To Wear: Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag & 2018 Shopping Review & 2019 Budget

A new 30 ways to wear post, as well as a review of what I bought last year and my fashion budget for 2019!


I love handbags, and I have a lot of them! But I frequently sell some to have funds towards something else I want more. This Chloe Marcie hobo bag was a bag I loved, but rationalised I didn't wear as much as my Balenciaga day hobo bag, so I decided to let it go. I did hit 30 wears before I sold it, so I've dug through the blog archives for some older photos of my wearing it. I wonder if I'll cringe as much looking back at outfit pics now in a few years as much as I am looking back on these pics now? 😂


30 Ways To Wear: Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag In Nut



30 ways to wear the medium Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag in nut brown | awayfromtheblue  30wears challenge


Like many of my bags that I've now sold, I find this tricky to calculate cost per wear on! I bought it at a Reebonz offline sale, after wanting it for a while. I got a really good deal on it, so much so that I managed to sell it for almost what I paid for it. So you could calculate cost per wear based on the price I paid, or take that price minus the amount I got when I sold it and calculate it on around the $100 difference. I'm never sure what to do in these cases.

Inability to calculate cost per wear aside, I'm happy with the use I got from this bag. It held up really well, still looking like new when it eventually left my wardrobe, and I was pleased to look back at these old pics and see that I had hit 30 wears with it. I do sometimes regret selling it, but I know it wouldn't have gotten much more wear if it stayed in my wardrobe longer!


Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag In Summer


Chloe Marcie bag with summer outfits 5 ideas | awayfromblue

The handle drop on this bag is quite large, especially as the leather of the bag sags down a bit when the bag is full. It makes it an easy bag to throw over your shoulder in summer as it doesn't feel too tight or irritating to wear. The neutral colour works with all kinds of summer brights too!



Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag With Winter Layers


5 ways to wear Chloe Marcie hobo bag in winter layers | awayfromtheblue

Being a neutral brown, this 'nut' shade is perfect for adding to winter outfits. I've picked similarly coloured scarves to wear with the bag in each of these layered outfits, but you can see it would work well without any matching as it looks great with black winter layers!


Chloe Marcie Hobo In The Office


hobo bag in the office worn 6 ways: Chloe marcie in nut | awayfromblue

Printed dresses or pencil skirts, I found this Chloe Marcie bag worked so well for the office. Again making the most of the neutral shade I could wear it with brightly coloured or printed pieces, or just let it compliment a neutral outfit. It's a rather structured hobo shape so doesn't feel too casual for work.



Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag With Jeans


5 ways to wear a chloe marcie shoulder bag with jeans  | away from blue blog

As you can see in these photos, before I gave up my blue jeans I used to wear them a lot! The Chloe Marcie bag just works so well with denim, it's an easy choice when wearing jeans. I wore it a lot with skirts and dresses as you've seen in the earlier photos, but it was still a go-to with jeans too. Really versatile bag.


Chloe Marcie Hobo With Printed Outfits


Chloe neutral brown hobo handbag worn with prints 5 ways | away from the blue

Because this 'nut' shade is a nice neutral colour, it made the bag my default neutral piece to wear with prints. Something like a printed dress, or just a little print like a skirt or top, the hobo bag works nicely with all different prints and colours.


Chloe Marcie Hobo Bag In Pregnancy


4 outfit ideas wearing the chloe marcie hobo bag in pregnancy | awayfromblue

Despite only having this bag during my pregnancy with my eldest boy, it was worn enough times for me to be able to include it as a category here in my wrap up. You know I love looking back at my bump pics when doing these posts! I wore the bag a few times in the second and third trimester as you can see. It isn't a heavy bag so was nice to wear during pregnancy, the braided strap is really comfortable on the shoulder.



What's In My Bag: Chloe Marcie Medium Hobo Bag In Nut





Where To Buy:



This hobo style of Marcie has been discontinued, but there are still some places you can buy second hand! All the bags above come with authenticity guarantees even though they are preloved.



More Posts in The #30 Wears Handbag Series:

If you're looking for more outfit inspiration with this bag, you can see all 30+ ways I've worn it in my blog archives. I've included some links to other handbag related 30 wears posts below too. You can find the full post series by clicking here.


2018 Spend And Goals For 2019


My last shopping haul for the year!



My Total Spend in 2018


I totalled it up, I bought 30 fashion items (clothing and accessories) in 2018. In 2017 I spent $1,696.53, my goal in 2018 was to spend less than that. I achieved that as I spent $1,014.44 if you include gift cards, which works out to $84.54 a month. If you don't include gift card spend, I only spent $664.44. I'm really pleased with the figures and that I met my goal!


How Do I Do It?


I'm a fashion blogger with a love for expensive things (handbags 😂) without a big budget and slight shopaholic tendencies! I did a 6 months without shopping in 2017 which I ended up stretching out to 7 months, and really made me evaluate what I was buying and why.

I also continued to work on this 30 wears challenge! Every month I have to find something in my wardrobe I've worn 30 times or more to make these posts. This makes me focus more on ways I can rewear things I already own and makes me less likely to turn to a store for inspiration when looking or something to wear. Looking through my blog archives for ways I've worn things before often gives me ideas of things to try from past outfits!



My Goals For 2019


Same as last year, my goal for this year will be to spend less than I did last year. To make things easy on myself, I'll include the gift card spend. So 2019 will be the year of spending less (again), rewearing more, and hoping I don't go over my $1,014.44 budget! Wish me luck!


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77 comments:

  1. That Chloe hobo bag is the perfect bag to go with everything! I have yet to spend over $300 on a bag (which was a gently-used Chloe, by the way) but it was a wonderful bag. I should list it for re-sale because I haven't used it for years. I didn't see anything to cringe about in your photo gallery! You did a great job lowering your budget and I hope you have good luck in sticking with it for 2019. I saw 2 things on sale that I really wanted to buy yesterday, and I don't know that I'm going to be strong enough to not buy them (one was a sequin T-shirt in rose gold). *sigh* I hope you have a happy, healthy, successful 2019!

    Ruth
    www.voguefauxreal.com

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    1. Oh that tee sounds awesome! Good luck with your resolutions this year! :)

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  2. This handbag looks great in any season! I love that floral dress you wear on one of the pictures. Happy New Year x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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    1. The white one? It was such a beautiful dress, but a no-go after kids, I need a supportive bra which doesn't work under it, haha!

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  3. It was fun to look back and see how much your hair has grown since some of these old pics. You look SO pretty in that pink floral dress!

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    1. Hopefully I'll be able to cut it that short again soon, once I get a few more centimetres to donate!

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  4. It's such a great bag! I love the details on it.
    You did a great job with your spending! I never count gift cards in my total so I'd say $600 is amazing
    https://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. I think it's good to include them so I get an overall picture of what I bought but it is an even more impressive figure without including them!

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  5. Looks like a really cute and practical bag, in which you could fit loads of things :)

    xx

    LackaDaisy

    *LackaDaisy*

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    1. Yep, it fits a lot as you can see from the video :)

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  6. Wow that bag looks great with all your outfits darling. Wishing you a fabulous 2019!


    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  7. Good luck on the budget! I love the size of this bag. Hope you're having a great start to the new year!

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  8. What a lovely Chloe bag! I'm not a bag lady myself, but the design caught my eye. The colour is wonderful as well, and you wore it so well- in all 30 outfits. However, since you were sure you won't wear it that much in the future, you did well by selling it. I think the right way to calculate a price per wear is to use the price difference. If you sell the item, you save up money so that should probably be taken into account.

    You did great this year, congrats on achieving your goals. I do like how you always rotate items in your wardrobe and set 'wear' challenges for yourself. I sometimes get stuck in a rot and only wear my favourite items over and over again. Having a blog is a great way to keep track of our outfits. I think blogging helps us with developing our personal style. Keeping a visual record of our outfits is the best way to see what looks good on us.

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    1. I think that does make sense - as you get the money back when selling it so it doesn't add to the cost of the item? Wasn't sure so I didn't calculate it this time around. I definitely think blogging helps with my style, I often look back in the blog for outfit ideas!

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  9. I love how you layer different styles! You look so fabulous and chic darling!

    Adela

    www.hautespark.com

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  10. You really have a thing, and a good eye, for beautiful bags! Happy weekend Mica!

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  11. Such a cute bag! Love all the ways you styled it!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  12. I really love all your outfits and bags! I wish I could get brave and do a style haul on video or a travel one..kudos to you, you did great, and thanks for commenting today on my blog! Sounds like you are in the UK?

    Blessings!

    Valerie

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    1. Thank you! No harm in giving the video a try! :) Despite the wintery outfits up there, I'm in Brisbane, Australia and it's summer right now :)

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  13. I love how there are so many ways to match your outfits with the hobo bag! Ooh, I am SO IN LOVE with your Burberry scarf. I need to get one of my own one of these years. It's great that you can use it in so many different occasions. Thanks for sharing these looks!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. It is a great scarf, even if it's worn sparingly as it's quite thick for Brisbane winters!

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  14. I don't think you need to cringe when looking at the older photos. You have a wonderful sense of style and it evolved, but it was still unique and you clearly enjoyed it.

    As long as you're happy with the use you got out of the bag, that's all that matters.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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    1. Thanks Kathrin! I do much prefer my outfits and photos now haha!

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  15. You've totally worn this bag in every possible way, all really stylish. I hope you achieve your 2019 goal and have an amazing year ahead.

    www.fashionradi.com

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  16. Wow! It certainly was a very versatile bag and it was so fun looking at the different ways you'd worn it over the years! What a great way to keep track of what you've worn over the years. Blogging is such a fun visual diary, isn't it?! Hope you're having a great weekend, Mica! XXX

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    1. It is an awesome visual diary! I know I've not been doing it as long as some bloggers but I really enjoy having an archive of outfits to look back on!

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  17. I also find what I bought in Reebonz an investment which I can resell more or less the same amount from what I bought. Good on you to be able to stick to your planned budget. You're an inspiration, I hope I can be more like you hehe. Hope you had an awesome New Year celebration.

    www.busyandfab.com

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    1. Yes, you can get some real bargains there if exchange rate, sales, and discounts align!

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  18. Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing, I love your style!

    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN

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  19. btw you won my art giveaway. I sent you an email.

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    1. Responded to your email - I'm so excited to have won!

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  20. Good post
    Beijinhos, http://damselme.blogspot.pt

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  21. I love all of your looks, you are so cute, and this bag look amazing with all outfits.
    xo Corina
    https://unbouquetdamour.com/5-things-i-learned-in-2018

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  22. I love your looks! :-) The bag is pretty too!

    Mira Audrey’s

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  23. All the styles are really nice!!
    how many ways to wear it :D
    kisses :)

    My blog - Lalabetterdayz

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  24. That Chloe bag is gorgeous so versatile! Congrats on beating your budget! I'm trying to rewear more this year too!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  25. I think it is wise to sell a bag that you think you won't wear again that often - especially after 30 wears! No, your outfits from the past don't make me cringe! You looked also in the past beautiful. You have good hands for outfits!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. Yes, I sell handbags to buy new ones, handbag circle of life, haha!

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  26. That's a cute bag, and reselling is a nice way to keep your wardrobe fresh :)

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  27. Wow! This goes to show that this bag is very versatile. I love all your outfits! They're great :)

    The Style Intermission

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  28. I am loving seeing these older pictures of you, Mica!! How cute you are! <3

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  29. I love looking through the older photos of you as well! You have such lovely style. That is a really gorgeous bag. I like that you try to calculate cost per wear with these items as well. That's a great idea!

    I hope you had a wonderful first week of 2019! My brother in law is visiting right now, so I'm a little behind on blog posts. But I'm hoping to read yours all next week!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Lindsey

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  30. Wow you have many bags (I saw your post about the bags), I have sooo little bags! So in 2019 instead of buying shoes and coats, I will try to buy more bags :)) I love Chloe bags by the way. They are never out of style, very feminine and classy. I also like their smaller brand - See by Chloe, bags are affordable, beautiful and also great quality!

    xoxo,
    https://blog.brigitadaisy.com/

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    1. haha yes, I do love buying bags! I haven't had any See by Chloe bags but I agree they have some very cute options!

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  31. What a great bag, I really like your winter layers and summer looks!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  32. I really, really love your style! What a great post. And amazing how you came up with 30 outfits, that's really amazing. I think the bag is also really, really pretty.
    xxx www.nicolished.com

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    1. Thanks :) it was just outfits I wore over time, I didn't come up with all 30 at once! :)

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  33. I really love that you get your money's worth when your bags! I love seeing you style them different ways in different season! That bag is so classic! Hope you have a wonderful 2019 so far!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. haha yes, got to justify buying them by making sure I use them! :)

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  34. You have such a great eye for bags and how to properly style them! And I love the old pictures..so fun to look at :) Happy New Year!! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  35. Happy New Year! First off wishing you all the best in the new year and second I love the bag and the way you styled it! gorgeous!

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  36. So many different ways to style it! It's a great idea to sell bags and get new ones. I usually use them until they are worn out because I love the ones I have so much :)

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    1. I just can't resist buying more, so I have to make room by selling others, haha!

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  37. You looked so beautiful, Mica... even in the past!
    Have a great start to the week!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  38. I totally recycle my luxury handbags as well! I'm always reselling old bags to reinvest in new pieces. :)

    BLOG | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAM

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  39. Wow so many great outfits and beautiful bag! Your little doggie is too darn cute :)!!!

    Amanda xo
    http://www.ontothenextpaige.ca

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  40. I wish you a great week ahead!

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  41. I regularly sell off my hand bans as soon as loos interest in carrying them.
    Lovely post.
    http://www.thestylegalaxy.com

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  42. It's a lovely bag! You did so well with your spending goals last year! Good luck with reducing it further this year x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  43. That bag and those outfits are giving me ultimate fashion inspiration. Love how you were able to get 30 outfits ideas in multiple seasons and occasions.
    Hope you fulfill your goal for this year!
    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

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    1. Yes I was surprised I wore this over 30 times as I didn't think I had it long before selling it!

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  44. You did awesome on your spending for 2018. Good Luck with your 2019 spending. Also that so nice you got some hand me downs from your sister.

    I hope you have a great week. I'm just praying the Flu bug left my house. It was a mess last week. We all got it.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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    1. Yes, I'm so lucky to get so many pieces from my sister! Hope that you are recovered from your flu!

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  45. Loving this bag's style, so chic and classic.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  46. That bag is so chic, I love all of the ways you styled it
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  47. I admire your commitment to reducing mindless spending! That hobo bag has been part of your life for a long time and you took real good care of it! That's really amazing Mica. I've stopped shopping on clothing for quite a while that I didn't really think about it. I have tons of clothes and some are gifted that I don't see the point of getting new ones. The last spend was on a pair of running shoes and that's because I use them to the limit! Thank you for inspiring me with your mindful fashion habits. It was nice to look at the photos of you from different stages of your life! So beautiful. Can we please see how you'd style jeans in 2019? Hehehe!

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    1. Thank you! I still have the odd impulse buy, but I'm trying to be more considerate with what I get!

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  48. First of all the Chloe Marcie is probably my most favourite from Chloe...
    Oh wow Mica I am in total awe- you only bought 30 items in 2018! You did such a great job! I still have not done my yearly recap, I have been procrastinating as I don't want to add up.

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    1. I love the Marcie style, just would get it in a different size or shape, this wasn't the perfect fit for me, I like the cross body ones! I'll be interested to see how I do with my shopping this year!

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  49. Thanks all for your lovely comments, and good luck wishes on my spending goal for the year! :)

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