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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #150 on: January 31, 2018, 07:42:23 AM »
I'm still doing this.  I made it a whole month!  I also went through a made a list of purchases allowed for the kids from now through summer, and it's helped stop a lot of unnecessary clearance purchases.

I love the idea of the work/nonwork capsules.  My struggle with that is that I have SO MANY clothes right now, and I do cycle through and wear them.  Are any of you getting rid of surplus items that you like that are in good condition, just because the amount of clothing is overwhelming?

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« Reply #151 on: January 31, 2018, 08:45:51 AM »
I'm still doing this.  I made it a whole month!  I also went through a made a list of purchases allowed for the kids from now through summer, and it's helped stop a lot of unnecessary clearance purchases.

I love the idea of the work/nonwork capsules.  My struggle with that is that I have SO MANY clothes right now, and I do cycle through and wear them.  Are any of you getting rid of surplus items that you like that are in good condition, just because the amount of clothing is overwhelming?

Good for you!

I also love the capsule idea; but, I am in the same boat of having far too many clothes. What Iíve heard suggested (Project 333) is you select your 33 (or whatever number works for you) items for the three-month period and pack away/set aside the rest. Then pick some of the next periodís clothes out of there and cycle through that way. I think that would help to wear things out (then I donít feel bad about getting rid of or repurposing).

Iíd rather not just get rid of clothes for the sake of it. Provided they fit, are comfortable and in good shape (and not overly trendy, which I donít really have), Iíd like to make an attempt to use them. If itís something I can sell or give to someone who will specifically use, Iím fine with letting go of things. I donít feel good about usable things that could end in the landfill, so I hesitate to just blindly donate.

Iím also interested to hear what others are doing. I want to try the capsule idea, but Iím not going to let myself get stressed about it. Yes, I have too many clothes. However, they all fit neatly in their room (yes... room) and the space isnít needed for anything else. Stopping adding to the problem for the past three years has helped a lot (have even worn out a few things!); losing weight so everything fits again has also helped (all usable!); consigning and selling some higher-value items has been great to ease the guilt of never using them; Iíll get to a comfortable level eventually.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #152 on: January 31, 2018, 08:58:35 AM »
Made it through January! 11 months to go.

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobes.

A couple weeks ago I flipped all my hangers around and I'm trying to go through and wear everything. Then at the end of the season and year I'll see what I actual wore and donate the rest.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #153 on: January 31, 2018, 09:01:10 AM »

Good for you!

I also love the capsule idea; but, I am in the same boat of having far too many clothes. What Iíve heard suggested (Project 333) is you select your 33 (or whatever number works for you) items for the three-month period and pack away/set aside the rest. Then pick some of the next periodís clothes out of there and cycle through that way. I think that would help to wear things out (then I donít feel bad about getting rid of or repurposing).

Iíd rather not just get rid of clothes for the sake of it. Provided they fit, are comfortable and in good shape (and not overly trendy, which I donít really have), Iíd like to make an attempt to use them. If itís something I can sell or give to someone who will specifically use, Iím fine with letting go of things. I donít feel good about usable things that could end in the landfill, so I hesitate to just blindly donate.

Iím also interested to hear what others are doing. I want to try the capsule idea, but Iím not going to let myself get stressed about it. Yes, I have too many clothes. However, they all fit neatly in their room (yes... room) and the space isnít needed for anything else. Stopping adding to the problem for the past three years has helped a lot (have even worn out a few things!); losing weight so everything fits again has also helped (all usable!); consigning and selling some higher-value items has been great to ease the guilt of never using them; Iíll get to a comfortable level eventually.

I think the 3 month rotation would help a lot.  Right now I've got some thin long sleeved stuff taking up room in my closet, but I haven't worn them since October/November and won't again until March.  A true seasonal capsule would help me a lot.

I am hoping that a few years of not buying anything will also just naturally thin out my wardrobe.  I'd like to slash my wardrobe by a third at least, but just getting rid of good items that fit and I like seems wasteful.  So glad someone else is in the same boat as me!

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« Reply #154 on: January 31, 2018, 03:16:58 PM »
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

(Confession timeI feel like a bit of an imposter in this thread, because I don't want to buy any clothes ... I don't feel nearly the same desire that some others here do.  My only challenge is just to make the few clothes I have last a year .... I felt like I should come clean, in case the OP wants to kick me out.)

Good job everyone! 

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« Reply #155 on: January 31, 2018, 05:32:40 PM »
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

(Confession timeI feel like a bit of an imposter in this thread, because I don't want to buy any clothes ... I don't feel nearly the same desire that some others here do.  My only challenge is just to make the few clothes I have last a year .... I felt like I should come clean, in case the OP wants to kick me out.)

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #156 on: January 31, 2018, 09:07:38 PM »
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

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« Reply #157 on: February 01, 2018, 04:09:03 AM »
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

Ooooh, I'm sorry Fresh Bread.  I hope they turn up.  Maybe you could borrow some from a friend if they don't?

I never once thought of sunglasses as a challenge . . .  I have one pair, and now I am going to watch over them like a newborn baby. 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #158 on: February 01, 2018, 04:11:36 AM »
I too donít have much desire for new clothes, but Iíve steadily bought cheap clothes over the last several years as I lost weight, so itís a huge change for me mentally to not be on the lookout for something decent and cheap to get me through the next time-phase of weight loss.
I doubt Iíll lose more than 3-5lbs this year though as opposed to the 15-20lbs is years past, so itís not like anything that fits now is going to end up too big.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #159 on: February 01, 2018, 05:16:22 AM »
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

(Confession timeI feel like a bit of an imposter in this thread, because I don't want to buy any clothes ... I don't feel nearly the same desire that some others here do.  My only challenge is just to make the few clothes I have last a year .... I felt like I should come clean, in case the OP wants to kick me out.)

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>

I'm in this same boat. No desire to buy any clothes since I have plenty of everything. Feels like we're cheating.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #160 on: February 01, 2018, 07:05:14 AM »
Rather late, since it's Feb now, but I've just found this, and done so well for one month...hoping to actually sew some of the projects I've accumulated over the years.

I'm struggling with the last batch of friends/Facebook culture though - I need to find more people who do something OTHER than acquire stuff.

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« Reply #161 on: February 01, 2018, 07:20:01 AM »
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

(Confession timeI feel like a bit of an imposter in this thread, because I don't want to buy any clothes ... I don't feel nearly the same desire that some others here do.  My only challenge is just to make the few clothes I have last a year .... I felt like I should come clean, in case the OP wants to kick me out.)

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>

I'm in this same boat. No desire to buy any clothes since I have plenty of everything. Feels like we're cheating.

+1 Same here. I used to love clothes shopping but over the past year or so I've lost interest (Thanks MMM) and I'd rather hold on to my money or spend it on other things.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #162 on: February 02, 2018, 12:23:14 AM »
Rather late, since it's Feb now, but I've just found this, and done so well for one month...hoping to actually sew some of the projects I've accumulated over the years.

I'm struggling with the last batch of friends/Facebook culture though - I need to find more people who do something OTHER than acquire stuff.

Well done so far :-)

I'm with you on the company you keep making a difference. I've learned over the years that it does me no good at all to hang out on knitting/crochet websites because so much is about acquiring materials and patterns.

Fortunately, most of my friends who are into buying and displaying new clothing seem to be going through a competitive psychedelic running leggings phase, and I have no interest in running leggings that are any colour other than black, of which I have enough.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #163 on: February 02, 2018, 12:35:56 AM »
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

Ooooh, I'm sorry Fresh Bread.  I hope they turn up.  Maybe you could borrow some from a friend if they don't?

I never once thought of sunglasses as a challenge . . .  I have one pair, and now I am going to watch over them like a newborn baby.

I found them, phew. I did remember that I have kept an old pair, they aren't broken just really scratched up. Ok for sun protection, just not ideal for driving!

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« Reply #164 on: February 02, 2018, 07:47:01 AM »
Oh I'm glad you found them!  I am down to one spendy pair that has interchangeable lenses for biking and driving so I am a total nut about knowing where they are.

@frontstepdesign it's fascinating how much our habits can be shaped by even just conversation among friends. I definitely started shopping more the one year I had a couple new friends who were recreational shoppers.

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« Reply #165 on: February 02, 2018, 08:32:53 AM »
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

Sorry, but I would not count sunglasses as clothing. I cannot live without them, which is why I have 4 pair (one pair in each car, one for walking/outdoors stuff, and one in my purse). I'm very careful with them and try very very hard not to lose them (can't remember the last time I lost a pair), but if I only owned one pair and they were lost, I would not hesitate to buy another, and I would not count it against myself for this challenge.

Am I missing the point?


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #166 on: February 02, 2018, 12:42:50 PM »
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

Sorry, but I would not count sunglasses as clothing. I cannot live without them, which is why I have 4 pair (one pair in each car, one for walking/outdoors stuff, and one in my purse). I'm very careful with them and try very very hard not to lose them (can't remember the last time I lost a pair), but if I only owned one pair and they were lost, I would not hesitate to buy another, and I would not count it against myself for this challenge.

Am I missing the point?

I would agree with you. I'm not much of a sunglasses wearer (where I live, the sun hardly shows its face for six months of the year) but in most places for at least some of the year they're important for long term eye health. I've got a couple of pairs to wear for cycling in the summer and don't regard them as "clothing" for the purpose of this challenge.

Having said that, I also won't be shopping for more unless mine all break or disappear.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #167 on: February 02, 2018, 01:53:06 PM »
I think for me it would depend on my underlying behaviors around accessories.

If part of my typical clothing shopping included sunglasses, necklaces, and socks, I'd probably count those in a No Clothing challenge because it's all part of the same habit.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #168 on: February 02, 2018, 04:49:57 PM »
I wouldn't count sunglasses as clothing, but mine are prescription.

Made it through January! Although the challenge is only for me, I haven't bought clothing for anyone else in the family either. I sure like seeing a category on my monthly spending with a big fat zero in it!

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« Reply #169 on: February 03, 2018, 10:30:50 AM »
I think it's great to have a mix of people on this thread with different relationships to 'buying'. Some feel challenged, some feel relieved.  Clothing is an interesting one since some already have an abundance while others are working with a more minimal wardrobe.

I feel a mix of challenge and relief..so far it's been easy-peasy. We are doing a 'no shopping' year, nothing but groceries, essentials, etc and I live in a gear-heavy community (outdoor gear) so it's interesting how I notice more the tendency to desire an upgrade or aquisition so I can join in on things (ie..a mountain bike, a canoe).
The clothing isn't as important as the ability in most cases.

And I have enough gear/proper clothing (including waterproof jackets, pants, wool layers, etc) so I can work with what I have.  That's the challenge now (well...and taking care of/mending things and avoiding stores having discount sales)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #170 on: February 03, 2018, 11:12:52 AM »
I think for me it would depend on my underlying behaviors around accessories.

If part of my typical clothing shopping included sunglasses, necklaces, and socks, I'd probably count those in a No Clothing challenge because it's all part of the same habit.

Excellent point. Sunglasses are not one of my problem (read: buy too many) items...I was ignoring the fact that perhaps they are for some.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #171 on: February 03, 2018, 09:01:19 PM »
Serendip - really good thoughts!  I also feel a mix.  I know I have too much, so I feel relief, but also I feel it's a challenge because the habit is always to shop recreationally.

I have enjoyed everyone's thoughts on different topics, including the sunglasses!

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« Reply #172 on: February 03, 2018, 09:36:04 PM »
About the sunglasses, I probably don't really think of them as clothing, more like PPE. But part of this challenge for me is too look after my things so I don't create waste. It's so easy to replace things.

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« Reply #173 on: February 05, 2018, 08:06:11 AM »
I'm with you on the company you keep making a difference. I've learned over the years that it does me no good at all to hang out on knitting/crochet websites because so much is about acquiring materials and patterns.

I'm SO GLAD you said this specific thing.  Going now to FB, to 'unfollow but stay friends' to a number of crafty groups...I need a 'new idea' like I need a vacuum attached to my pocketbook!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #174 on: February 06, 2018, 07:07:04 AM »
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

https://www.littlethings.com/same-outfit-for-a-week/?utm_source=ntop&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=lifehack

She quotes CreditDonkey that the average American spends $161/month on clothing and services.  So if I can stick to the rest of the year, that's $1932 saved!  (probably more, because I know how I was last year.  Erg.)

I also appreciate her observation that "I found that I was pretty upset I couldnít wear a specially conceived outfit to the concert and instead was stuck wearing my same old uninvolved getup for my one night out."

^^^This is me.  I'm a person who goes to a Ren Faire and feels left out of dressing up.  My favorite toy as a child was the dressup box.  I made a lot of progress against that feeling in 2016 when I shifted to a "capsule wardrobe" (mostly black, very French, ha!), which I found did indeed seem to help my career.  It was nice to think, "this little black dress is good for the office AND dinner with the girls AND church AND a concert..."

But now I telecommute mostly, so I lack for NOTHING, and just need to unearth all the sources of that message: "psst, you aren't adequately dressed, you need this thing!"

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #175 on: February 06, 2018, 08:17:06 AM »
I wear the same thing every day to and from work for the entirety of winter (so eleventy-billion months, it feels like), and a slightly less layered version of the same thing in spring and fall. Nobody ever notices. If I'm not wearing snowpants I get a question once every few weeks asking if I have a date after work.

My motivation was finding merino baselayers and a sweater that actually keeps me warm, but only being able to afford one of each piece. I'd rather be warm than fashionable but turns out I'm accidentally both ;)


I found myself browsing shoes online this morning. I've looked at purchasing Lems brand shoes for about a year. My back has been so much happier since wearing true barefoot shoes at work - currently Merrell Vapor Gloves. But my bunions of power tend to blow out the side of the shoes in six months or so. The kicker is that the rest of the shoe is in perfect condition and will be for years, really, because there's no cushion to compress. The soles are in great shape, showing zero sign of wear so far. I hate having to throw away a shoe that can't be recycled or donated just because there's a hole.

I work in surgery, though, and wear shoe covers if I'm in an OR, so why don't I just wear them all the time?

That was an easy fix. Browser window closed. My feet are still happy.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #176 on: February 06, 2018, 08:17:57 AM »
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

https://www.littlethings.com/same-outfit-for-a-week/?utm_source=ntop&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=lifehack


I really enjoyed this.  I also like to pick out different outfits, and I would have hated to wear the same thing to a concert! I do kind of feel like a sucker with the amount of money I've sunk into my closet at this point in my life.

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« Reply #177 on: February 06, 2018, 09:00:41 AM »
I'm brimming over with clothes, jewelry and accessories, and I am  committed to having a no buy year. It is a struggle for sure and I have items I haven't even worn yet.  My goals are to reduce my items to fit the size of a new to me set of dressers.  An armoire, dresser and two night tables along with a closet should be plenty.  I have removed myself from websites of clothing stores I generally buy through so I'm not tempted with all the latest sales and promotions on a daily basis.  I have had a setback of sorts where I did purchase a vest, sweater, 2 tops, 2 pairs of earrings, and a jacket at rock bottom prices from two stores on-line that I frequent.  My justification was that I returned a pair of gloves and a scarf from Christmas and the refund more than covers the cost of my purchase.  When I picked up my on-line order yesterday I was browsing the store and saw plenty of items I was so close to buying, but didn't. I do give myself kudos for that.
I want to be careful too that I don't substitute a commitment to not buying clothing, etc. to purchases of another sort like my weakness for tickets to live events. Awareness is the first step!

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« Reply #178 on: February 06, 2018, 10:08:59 AM »
An armoire, dresser and two night tables along with a closet should be plenty.


I use an armoire, a dresser, and hang my coats/formals in a shared 4' closet.  I could probably pare down further, if I could get some more of the fantasy selves to multi-task. :D  "You, WinterQueen, you are totally capable of rocking UglySweater/Holiday Party.  You, FrenchFemme, you are absolutely ok wearing black to the horse races, you already have a hat.  GardenParty, you are on tap for SummerWedding."

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« Reply #179 on: February 07, 2018, 06:33:15 AM »
I wear the same thing every day to and from work for the entirety of winter (so eleventy-billion months, it feels like), and a slightly less layered version of the same thing in spring and fall. Nobody ever notices. If I'm not wearing snowpants I get a question once every few weeks asking if I have a date after work.

My motivation was finding merino baselayers and a sweater that actually keeps me warm, but only being able to afford one of each piece. I'd rather be warm than fashionable but turns out I'm accidentally both ;)


I found myself browsing shoes online this morning. I've looked at purchasing Lems brand shoes for about a year. My back has been so much happier since wearing true barefoot shoes at work - currently Merrell Vapor Gloves. But my bunions of power tend to blow out the side of the shoes in six months or so. The kicker is that the rest of the shoe is in perfect condition and will be for years, really, because there's no cushion to compress. The soles are in great shape, showing zero sign of wear so far. I hate having to throw away a shoe that can't be recycled or donated just because there's a hole.

I work in surgery, though, and wear shoe covers if I'm in an OR, so why don't I just wear them all the time?

That was an easy fix. Browser window closed. My feet are still happy.

I too wear the exact same outfit to work day-in and day-out, not just for winter but all year round.
Granted, I have a bunch of pieces that make up that outfit, but theyíre all nearly identical and no one notices.

I then have my weekend outfit, which is almost always the exact same thing. No one that either.
People barely even notice that I wear all black 99% of the time because I have bright red hair, which is all they see.

DH has two outfits for work, but in a bunch of colours. He has one style of pants in 5 colours, and two styles of shirt in about 10 different colours altogether. Absolutely no one notices ever that his clothes are literally all exactly the same every single day except for colour. Heís actually known for his fashion at work, which always makes me howl with laughter.
[Note: I used to work in menís fashion, which is where I met him. We both used to be total clothes sluts thanks to living in Montreal.]

Neither of us really GAF anymore about being ďfashionableĒ at work. We care about looking professional and tidy, but beyond that, we care more about our work clothes being durable and low maintenance than anything else. I personally prefer a more ďpracticalĒ look on professionals rather than a ďfashionableĒ look. Thatís just my taste though, what others do is their business.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #180 on: February 08, 2018, 10:58:27 AM »
I am still on track with this challenge. I'm down just a couple pounds but the shift is enough that I have a third pair of jeans in my rotation, and a fourth that can fit if I lose just a few more pounds. Since my most-worn jeans are getting an alarmingly thin spot in a critical area, and I wear jeans every day, this is vital to my no-clothes buying. I suppose I have a pair of nicer black pants I could wear in a pinch, but then people will ask if I have an interview, and that just gets annoying so I'm trying to avoid that if possible.


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« Reply #181 on: February 08, 2018, 11:50:29 AM »
I had my first IWantIt moment this morning, seeing a woman in the hallway in a simple black wool dress and thinking OH that particular cut would be a perfect year round uniform!

I sooooo don't need it. 'But I could narrow down my clothes even more!' said my WantIt brain.

My wallet would be quite narrowed. I don't need to even look up prices on Icebreaker. Or Ibex to see if they are clearancing out clothing yet now that they've closed up shop.

Nope. Moving right along. :)

@FireHiker Great progress!

@Malkynn I love that you've come to this attitude after being fashion-knowledgable! I was always the opposite, totally clueless, and came to this side after figuring out one style that looks good on me and not wanting to mess it up by branching out :)

@frontstepdesign All my friends in the PNW have costumed theme parties regularly. I would have a very very different challenge if I still lived there! I totally sympathize with your multi-clothing needs and wants!


 
I'm brimming over with clothes, jewelry and accessories, and I am  committed to having a no buy year. It is a struggle for sure and I have items I haven't even worn yet.  My goals are to reduce my items to fit the size of a new to me set of dressers.  An armoire, dresser and two night tables along with a closet should be plenty.  I have removed myself from websites of clothing stores I generally buy through so I'm not tempted with all the latest sales and promotions on a daily basis.  I have had a setback of sorts where I did purchase a vest, sweater, 2 tops, 2 pairs of earrings, and a jacket at rock bottom prices from two stores on-line that I frequent.  My justification was that I returned a pair of gloves and a scarf from Christmas and the refund more than covers the cost of my purchase.  When I picked up my on-line order yesterday I was browsing the store and saw plenty of items I was so close to buying, but didn't. I do give myself kudos for that.
I want to be careful too that I don't substitute a commitment to not buying clothing, etc. to purchases of another sort like my weakness for tickets to live events. Awareness is the first step!


Welcome! From here on out: NO buying!

I would encourage you to look at it differently. Instead of justifying the purchase (because that reinforces the impulse and behaviour), simply acknowledge you did it, and then move on knowing you won't do it again.

I like that you're already examining your impulses and how they will affect other areas of your life. A few years ago I canceled my gym membership in an effort to save money. By the end of the year I realized I'd spent that and more because I'd gone to the salon and had a pixie cut that needed regular trimming. It took me a while to figure out that I was purchasing *something* that made me feel externally attractive - muscles, cute hair, the once a year sudden interest in makeup that lasts about two weeks, heh. It took a while to correct that internal wiring.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #182 on: February 08, 2018, 05:35:18 PM »
@FireHiker I can so relate to the ďthin-in-a-critical-area jeansĒ problem! I went back to Weight Watchers in April (lifetime member) partly so I could retire some badly worn out jeans and get the smaller ones back into the rotation. The other part of going back was just general annoyance with myself that Iíd let it creep up. Anyway, good luck with both of your challenges! :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #183 on: February 09, 2018, 12:52:46 AM »
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

https://www.littlethings.com/same-outfit-for-a-week/?utm_source=ntop&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=lifehack

As a non-American I always cringe when I read these kinds of articles where people do a 'challenge' of wearing items multiple times in a row. When I used to watch American movies where someone does a 'walk of shame' I never knew how people could know the woman didn't sleep at her own house, but we figured out this was because she was wearing the same outfit..

And this 'revelation' from the writer: 'if you want to wear the same jeans two days in a row, go for it'

Well yeah, duh. That's not a revelation, that's just common sense. I wear jeans more than two days usually. If it's not dirty, no stains, why wouldn't I? And I work in a professional setting. No-one cares and almost everyone does this.

Why are Americans so against wearing things multiple times in a row? If it's not dirty, you can just wear it again right? It won't kill me. What am I missing?

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #184 on: February 09, 2018, 04:05:08 AM »

@Malkynn I love that you've come to this attitude after being fashion-knowledgable! I was always the opposite, totally clueless, and came to this side after figuring out one style that looks good on me and not wanting to mess it up by branching out :)

Lol, yep.
I used to never leave the house without my hair done, a full face of makeup (which involved about 20+ cosmetic products), meticulously planned outfits, perfectly accessorized, plus very expensive and very high heels all season round, even in Canadian winters, which is incredibly dangerous and stupid.

It wasnít even so much vanity as it was part of my identity.
The women in my family are very high achieving, and extremely well put together. As a kid I grew up equating success with a certain type of ďpolishedĒ look. It felt *important* to me to look a certain way.
Add to that that every successful woman in TV and movies is clad in perfectly tailored designer outfits and clacking along in towering heels, and the image just penetrated my brain.

Then I got a doctorate, gained 65lbs, and wore scrubs and running shoes for 4 years. I stopped associating my appearance with my success and it was extremely liberating.

There was this woman in my class who looked and dressed a lot like I did before I gained all the weight. She would arrive at the hospital in full make up, chic dresses and heels, even in winter, at 6:45am, then work and study for 12-16 hours in scrubs like everyone else, and then at the end of a long hard day she would shimmy back into her expensive garb and squeeze her swollen feet back into her heels just to walk out to her car and go home to study.

It seemed like such a waste of energy. I used to shake my head and wonder who she thought she was impressing with this routine and why she would be willing to give up sleep in the morning for a pile of makeup that no one would care about. Our class was mostly women and the rest of us had already given up even wearing makeup within 3-4 months of starting the program.

Thatís when I realized that I had been just as ridiculous my whole life and that thatís likely the way people were perceiving me; not as a polished professional, but as a woman so vain and insecure about not looking perfect that she would risk breaking her neck walking in the winter on ice in heels every day.

So I let it go, and Iíve worn sensible clothes and minimal makeup for nearly 5 years now.
Sure, Iíll still dress up and have fashion-y days, but theyíre a hell of a lot more fun when theyíre not a daily chore. I never even enjoyed it before, it was just a pressure I put on myself.
Now Iím just so grateful I work in a career where itís totally acceptable to wear leggings and crocs.


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #185 on: February 09, 2018, 11:56:17 AM »
@FireHiker I can so relate to the ďthin-in-a-critical-area jeansĒ problem! I went back to Weight Watchers in April (lifetime member) partly so I could retire some badly worn out jeans and get the smaller ones back into the rotation. The other part of going back was just general annoyance with myself that Iíd let it creep up. Anyway, good luck with both of your challenges! :)

I'm sorry that you can related for the same reasons! I turn 40 this year and my youngest child is 6...it's time to get my act together and get back in shape. I have a wonderful wardrobe of clothing down a size/2 sizes, everything I could need except swimsuits (and I'd need to check the state of elastic on undergarments; I decluttered the old swimsuits last year but bras and underwear still seemed alright at the time). Wishing you good luck as well!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #186 on: February 12, 2018, 08:59:47 AM »
Starting to realize my runners might not make it through the year (maybe 4 years old) and I am signed up for a 1/2marathon in June.

I am going to see how long I can wear them but noticed one of my heels seems to not have the right cushioning anymore.
This probably falls under gear more than clothing but still..I am torn!

My partner and I are on a no-shopping challenge this year so while I prefer to not replace things, I will do so when/if it means I am aggravating my body.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #187 on: February 12, 2018, 11:23:16 AM »
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #188 on: February 12, 2018, 12:11:13 PM »
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!

I think this is awesome! Great save! My biggest challenge with challenges has always been remembering I'm doing them :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #189 on: February 12, 2018, 12:29:51 PM »
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!

I think this is awesome! Great save! My biggest challenge with challenges has always been remembering I'm doing them :)

So true, It's especially hard with this challenge because clothes shopping is not something I do a lot so I'm not constantly trying to stop myself.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #190 on: February 12, 2018, 04:29:53 PM »

Why are Americans so against wearing things multiple times in a row? If it's not dirty, you can just wear it again right? It won't kill me. What am I missing?

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?

Honestly I have no idea. Iím American, but I lived in Germany for a while, and while there I had the reverse of your revelation. I regularly wear clothes a few times before washing, but it never occurred to me that I might wear the same item even two days in a row before seeing my colleagues do so.

Might have its roots in marketing,  but definitely (at least for me) is a cultural thing that operated  subconsciously.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #191 on: February 12, 2018, 07:21:12 PM »
Starting to realize my runners might not make it through the year (maybe 4 years old) and I am signed up for a 1/2marathon in June.

I am going to see how long I can wear them but noticed one of my heels seems to not have the right cushioning anymore.
This probably falls under gear more than clothing but still..I am torn!

My partner and I are on a no-shopping challenge this year so while I prefer to not replace things, I will do so when/if it means I am aggravating my body.

I felt a 'pop' under the heel of my trail shoe today so I think I am in the same boat... Annoyingly the tread is still fine and they look ok. But if I'm uneven I'm going to get hip problems even though they are just for walking not running.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #192 on: February 12, 2018, 07:57:39 PM »
I'm still on track, but wanted desperately to buy something new for a work trip. I swear more than half of my clothes shopping happens before travel for some reason. I don't even want fun stuff. I just want to hoard tank tops and solid pullovers. Something about packing makes me want to throw away everything I own and start over with all black and grey. Maybe I'll get there eventually. In the meantime, I'm battling online sales by upping my reading goals.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #193 on: February 13, 2018, 02:26:56 AM »

Why are Americans so against wearing things multiple times in a row? If it's not dirty, you can just wear it again right? It won't kill me. What am I missing?

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?

Honestly I have no idea. Iím American, but I lived in Germany for a while, and while there I had the reverse of your revelation. I regularly wear clothes a few times before washing, but it never occurred to me that I might wear the same item even two days in a row before seeing my colleagues do so.

Might have its roots in marketing,  but definitely (at least for me) is a cultural thing that operated  subconsciously.

Ah, thanks for answering this, good to hear from a perspective of someone who has seen both worlds. I'm sure everyone has things (in every culture) they do and they don't really know why, it's always good to think critically but that's not that easy. I wonder what kinds of things I do without thinking, probably a lot..


I didn't buy any clothing for a month now (doing this from the 15th of January 2018 - 2019). So far so good!

I'm even selling some clothing I knew I wanted to get rid of, it's so good to see my balance go up in the clothing budget part of YNAB instead of going down. I also noticed that, although I already cleared out a lot, I even had a few items (5/6) I haven't worn yet that I bought last year. Sometimes because it wasn't the right weather yet but for 3 items because I just picked stuff that was easier to wear because I already knew what to wear it with. I "challenged" myself to at least wear every item once this month to get it into my routine. One pair of pants to go.

I also feel and notice, although I don't have an extreme amount of clothing (I know that's relative), that I have more than enough.

New clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #194 on: February 14, 2018, 11:51:59 AM »

Why are Americans so against wearing things multiple times in a row? If it's not dirty, you can just wear it again right? It won't kill me. What am I missing?

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?

Honestly I have no idea. Iím American, but I lived in Germany for a while, and while there I had the reverse of your revelation. I regularly wear clothes a few times before washing, but it never occurred to me that I might wear the same item even two days in a row before seeing my colleagues do so.

Might have its roots in marketing,  but definitely (at least for me) is a cultural thing that operated  subconsciously.


New clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like.


I love this attitude!

Absolutely it's marketing - there's a fascinating documentary called The Century of the Self, which details the conscious shift in American marketing practices in the 20th century, from promoting a product's features, to concentration on emotional appeal (FOMO, etc).  Literally, a group of businessmen and govt execs sat around a table and said: We're too efficient at making stuff, supply exceeds demand, we must artificially increase demand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

Interesting revelation the other day - I'm starting to look at my closet and see the "unitaskers", and want to get them out.  Because if I wear the novelty Xmas pants, then that tells the world "this woman is foolish enough to spend her money on novelty Xmas pants" and I don't want to send out that message.  If I 'need' a funny Xmas outfit for a party, I'll...draw a reindeer with hot glue on wax paper, and pin that on a sweater I love and wear regularly.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #195 on: February 15, 2018, 11:45:52 AM »
Count me in! Moving back to the UK after working abroad and experiencing a few changes in size has made it clear I have all the clothes I need for this year (and more!).

I'm slowly getting smaller now that I'm eating gluten free so should be able to get rid of the maternity clothes I bought for when my tummy swelled up. I'll keep some stretchy clothes in case I'm glutened, but plan on donating or selling my larger clothes so I should finish up the year with fewer things.

I'm excited about letting go of the larger things and hope to recoup a little cash and more space!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #196 on: February 15, 2018, 06:48:23 PM »
Had a dream the other night in which I bought a new dress, and my subconscious noted that I would need to drop out of this thread. Fortunately, it was all a bad dream, and I'm still here! :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #197 on: February 16, 2018, 07:49:52 AM »

Why are Americans so against wearing things multiple times in a row? If it's not dirty, you can just wear it again right? It won't kill me. What am I missing?

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?

Honestly I have no idea. Iím American, but I lived in Germany for a while, and while there I had the reverse of your revelation. I regularly wear clothes a few times before washing, but it never occurred to me that I might wear the same item even two days in a row before seeing my colleagues do so.

Might have its roots in marketing,  but definitely (at least for me) is a cultural thing that operated  subconsciously.


New clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like.


I love this attitude!

Absolutely it's marketing - there's a fascinating documentary called The Century of the Self, which details the conscious shift in American marketing practices in the 20th century, from promoting a product's features, to concentration on emotional appeal (FOMO, etc).  Literally, a group of businessmen and govt execs sat around a table and said: We're too efficient at making stuff, supply exceeds demand, we must artificially increase demand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

Interesting revelation the other day - I'm starting to look at my closet and see the "unitaskers", and want to get them out.  Because if I wear the novelty Xmas pants, then that tells the world "this woman is foolish enough to spend her money on novelty Xmas pants" and I don't want to send out that message.  If I 'need' a funny Xmas outfit for a party, I'll...draw a reindeer with hot glue on wax paper, and pin that on a sweater I love and wear regularly.

Ah, thanks for redirecting me to this documentary! I came across it before and wanted to see but couldn't at that point and forgot about it later. Will definitely watch it.

The 'new clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like' came to me when I read an article about the 30 wears campaign (http://www.thesustainableedit.com/the-30-wears-campaign). I thought it would be a good idea to ask myself before buying if I would wear it at least 30 times and preferably more. Sometimes the answer cůuld be yes, IF I didn't already have some other clothing I could wear in the same way, same occasion, etc. So it would rob me of my chance to get the most out of my things already in my closet. Before, my questions were always something like 'do I really love it, can I wear it with most of my other clothes' etc, but I figured those were the wrong questions because I was overlooking something.

For some this would be extremely obvious but for some reason it wasn't yet for me. Even though I already didn't want a closet stuffed full of clothing..

I totally get the unitaskers thing. One thing I ask myself before I buy something is if I can wear it to multiple occasions/ activities, e.g. work/lounge/holiday/city trip/festival/party. The dress up or dress down thing. I have a few unitask items that I keep 'just in case' and to keep me from buying new stuff, a sparkly dress, a sparkly top, a dress suitable for a summer party/wedding and a vintage retro sixties dress for dress-up parties. I sold all the rest.
 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #198 on: February 16, 2018, 10:50:29 AM »

The 'new clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like' came to me when I read an article about the 30 wears campaign (http://www.thesustainableedit.com/the-30-wears-campaign). I thought it would be a good idea to ask myself before buying if I would wear it at least 30 times and preferably more. Sometimes the answer cůuld be yes, IF I didn't already have some other clothing I could wear in the same way, same occasion, etc. So it would rob me of my chance to get the most out of my things already in my closet. Before, my questions were always something like 'do I really love it, can I wear it with most of my other clothes' etc, but I figured those were the wrong questions because I was overlooking something.

For some this would be extremely obvious but for some reason it wasn't yet for me. Even though I already didn't want a closet stuffed full of clothing..


I loved the 30 wears concept! I think right now only jeans meet that criteria for me, which is embarassing.  Even things I've had for a few years don't come close to 30 wears.  It's a great goal.

How do you feel about kids' clothing in with this concept?  My kids would each have about 5 outfits since they grow so fast if I wanted them to wear each thing 30 times...

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #199 on: February 16, 2018, 12:59:39 PM »

The 'new clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like' came to me when I read an article about the 30 wears campaign (http://www.thesustainableedit.com/the-30-wears-campaign). I thought it would be a good idea to ask myself before buying if I would wear it at least 30 times and preferably more. Sometimes the answer cůuld be yes, IF I didn't already have some other clothing I could wear in the same way, same occasion, etc. So it would rob me of my chance to get the most out of my things already in my closet. Before, my questions were always something like 'do I really love it, can I wear it with most of my other clothes' etc, but I figured those were the wrong questions because I was overlooking something.

For some this would be extremely obvious but for some reason it wasn't yet for me. Even though I already didn't want a closet stuffed full of clothing..


I loved the 30 wears concept! I think right now only jeans meet that criteria for me, which is embarassing.  Even things I've had for a few years don't come close to 30 wears.  It's a great goal.

How do you feel about kids' clothing in with this concept?  My kids would each have about 5 outfits since they grow so fast if I wanted them to wear each thing 30 times...

I would think I had five outfits or less growing up but I had uniform for school days...