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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #200 on: February 16, 2018, 03:52:38 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...

I also never had more than five complete outfits at any point in childhood, excluding school uniform. I had "my trousers", not a choice of trousers, "my Sunday/party dress", "My shorts", one or two t-shirts and sweaters. My own children (all now in their twenties) had far more, especially the younger ones who had hand-me-downs. Now I get their hand-me-downs.

Most of the clothes I wear have had 30 or more wears, but there's a little section of my wardrobe that I don't wear, probably won't wear, but can't quite bring myself to ship out. Skirts intended for work which in reality are frumpy beyond belief, and anyway, I always wear black trousers to work. Shirts and jackets intended for work although my colleagues would think I was going for an interview if I turned up in anything other than t-shirts and sweaters. Silk dresses, bought second hand, intended for ... who knows? A parallel-universe me who drifts around looking decorative rather than functional?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #201 on: February 16, 2018, 11:29:23 PM »
Oh yes, I have a pretty top in my wardrobe bought for parallel universe me! The one that doesn't have a farmer tan and can wear a strapless bra.

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« Reply #202 on: February 17, 2018, 04:09:52 AM »
Feeling very vulnerable today.  DD left yesterday on a weekend school trip, taking my one pair of black work pants, and my one pair of black flats with her.  She has been known to lose things, alas.  If either of those critical members of my capsule work wardrobe were to vanish, well . . . I might have to bow out of this challenge.  Fingers crossed for their safe return.   :)

DD is super unusual by the way.  14 year old girl, doesn't care a fig for fashion, and has even fewer clothes than I do.  Which is why she ends up borrowing things from me.  Hilarious that my limited little wardrobe is actually supporting two people. 
 
Our 11 year old DS missed out on those genes somehow.  He is a total clothes horse, very image conscious. 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #203 on: February 17, 2018, 08:41:12 AM »
I was very much like your DD. I had a period in high school of wishing I was into fashion so I wouldn't always look out of place ;)

The 30 wears post was a fun read. My current regularly worn clothes have been worn at least 300 times apiece. I don't wash them every time; that definitely helps the longevity.

I was thinking more about this challenge and why I find it necessary, when I don't consider myself a clothes shopper or fashion fan.

Clothes buying tends to be my biggest tell when it comes to wanting external validation. For instance, I historically will buy a new sweater or sundress and new earrings before a date with someone new.

I also could pare down my wardrobe a lot more. I've outgrown (literally and figuratively) quite a lot of items that I just haven't gotten around to booting out the door.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #204 on: February 17, 2018, 10:11:15 AM »
I'm in! I donít buy much clothes, but Iím trying to be more conscious of my consumption. I always happier when I have a plan, so here's my plan. My clothes buying triggers are 1) trips, 2) feeling like something is missing in my wardrobe, and 3) sewing. For 1) and 2), I made capsule wardrobes today. I have a trip packing checklist for a variety of trips, and I added two work capsule wardrobe sections depending on the type of trip. When I travel for work, I'm almost always the most casually dressed, and I get the itch to up my professional wardrobe before trips. However, I've been trying to remind myself that more clients ask for me than I can possibly support, and management keeps trying to promote me even though I am not interested, so it doesn't seem to be hurting my career. I already have capsules for vacations. For everyday wardrobes, I made 4 mini capsule wardrobes and set them to repeat on my calendar. Iíll choose the one Iím using for the week and delete the rest. I set it up so that even though there is overlap between capsules, I can just throw clothes in the washer at the end of the week so Iíll have the next capsule ready. I may make 1-2 clothing items from existing supplies and then plan other crafting projects for the year that use existing craft supplies.

I have about 6 pairs of socks with the heels and pads worn out. Iím going to cut out some patches and then work on sewing them while watching the Olympics. Iíve done this semi-regularly and have been able to extend the life of my favorite socks for years. My hiking backpack is getting pretty ratty, and it's really no longer appropriate for meetings with clients. Iím going to hunt around the house today and see if I can cobble together something appropriate. Worst case scenario, Iím making a laptop sleeve from existing supplies and bringing a big purse.


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #205 on: February 19, 2018, 01:51:39 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...

Maybe something like project 333 would be more suitable for kids? I don't have kids so I don't know, but I guess something like trying to only having the essentials would be better than the focus on 30 wears because they grow faster.

https://nosidebar.com/project-333-kids/

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #206 on: February 19, 2018, 02:54:26 AM »
Feeling very vulnerable today.  DD left yesterday on a weekend school trip, taking my one pair of black work pants, and my one pair of black flats with her.  She has been known to lose things, alas.  If either of those critical members of my capsule work wardrobe were to vanish, well . . . I might have to bow out of this challenge.  Fingers crossed for their safe return.   :)

Both my pants and my shoes made it back -- yay! 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #207 on: February 19, 2018, 03:21:42 AM »
My shorts have had about 400 wears I reckon and they are struggling! I need it to hurry up and be May because at least I have about 5 pairs of jeans I can rotate, assuming they still fit.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #208 on: February 19, 2018, 03:37:03 AM »
Feeling very vulnerable today.  DD left yesterday on a weekend school trip, taking my one pair of black work pants, and my one pair of black flats with her.  She has been known to lose things, alas.  If either of those critical members of my capsule work wardrobe were to vanish, well . . . I might have to bow out of this challenge.  Fingers crossed for their safe return.   :)

Both my pants and my shoes made it back -- yay!

What a relief!!

My shorts have had about 400 wears I reckon and they are struggling!

I read the 30 wears article and had a hard time believing anyone buys clothes *expecting* to wear them fewer than 30 times. I expect to get hundreds of wears out of my clothes, and I generally do! Your shorts comment stood out to me because I think I've probably had a similar number of wears out of my favourite dress, and I would be fucked if it gave out suddenly.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #209 on: February 19, 2018, 04:11:29 AM »
Day wear yes, but I have wedding / evening stuff that has seen little wear, e.g. I have two dresses that I've worn twice. Realistically I should get rid of it all because it either won't fit or will be really out of style on the next occasion I need it for. 

Problem is - I looked at dress rental and all their occasion dresses are really designer fashionable & difficult to wear things. I only wear shift dresses that end just above the knee which are lined with full straps so I can wear sensible undies! They don't rent those.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #210 on: February 19, 2018, 05:57:26 AM »
I read the 30 wears article and had a hard time believing anyone buys clothes *expecting* to wear them fewer than 30 times. I expect to get hundreds of wears out of my clothes, and I generally do! Your shorts comment stood out to me because I think I've probably had a similar number of wears out of my favourite dress, and I would be fucked if it gave out suddenly.

Yes, I know! I have to say though, that I didn't always do this but the last few years the 30 rule is easy for me, just by buying better, buying less and buying multi functional items. Not to mention buying items that work for me, not a future me, past me or a me that doesn't exist. Analyzing why you wear stuff of why you don't is good thing!

I was appalled by this quote: The average woman keeps a piece of clothing in her wardrobe for only 5 weeks.

WHAT!!! 5 weeks???
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #211 on: February 19, 2018, 08:00:27 AM »
I was appalled by this quote: The average woman keeps a piece of clothing in her wardrobe for only 5 weeks.

WHAT!!! 5 weeks???

My brain totally skipped right over that and read it as 5 months, which still is nuts to me, I've never had a true seasonal wardrobe. But 5 weeks.... dang. How wasteful!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #212 on: February 19, 2018, 08:08:44 AM »
As a former recreational shopper, I can tell you I easily don't "expect" to wear clothes 30 times.  I might expect to wear it 2-3 seasons, but that means I wear it about 6 times per season, so 15-20 times.  I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this is the high end of how frequently I wear clothes.  So wearing something 30 times is truly a goal to work toward for me.

I did think expecting to have an article of clothes for only 5 weeks was insane.  That's not even the whole season.

For kids, I think essentials or capsule is a better way to go.  We do laundry only on Sundays, and they get dirty at school, so they need 7 outfits.  Not much more than that, and virtually no specialty clothing.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #213 on: February 19, 2018, 10:11:10 AM »
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 had four outfits (max) at a time when I was growing up. Every fall, Mom would take me to get 2-3 pairs jeans or pants and she would come up with 2-3 winter weight shirts if the old ones were too small (at least until about 6th grade, I was not invited to the shirt selection). I'd always outgrown the pants from the year before. The fourth outfit was a dress that fit, replaced when the old one no longer fit. My parents also always bought me one school logo t-shirt each fall . . . I did very much appreciate this.

In the summer, the only annual purchase was a new swim suit. I normally had 2 pairs of shorts (my jeans made into cut offs), 2-3 tank tops or tshirts, and the swimsuit. A pair of athletic shorts often fit from one summer to the next until I hit puberty, so no new ones if they fit.

I remember one summer winning a t-shirt at a drawing . . . I was unreasonably excited to have an additional shirt. A couple of years later I won a sweatshirt from a radio station. Hooray!

That was just how it was for me. Clothes were just not seen as important, and any request for new or different clothes met with being told I was spoiled.

As soon as I could lift the washing machine lid, I was responsible for my own laundry . . . which I couldn't do if anyone else happened to be doing laundry their that night, so dirty clothes were normal. I don't ever remember anyone else doing my laundry, although I suppose it happened when I was very little. Having 2 pairs of clean jeans available at the same time was a special treat.

Looking back, it seems really weird. No wonder I don't pick up the phone half of the time when I see it is my mother calling.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #214 on: February 19, 2018, 12:28:16 PM »
Clothes were expensive back then, all mine except undies and shoes were second hand.

There was a tv series recently here about waste with a feature on clothes. The teenagers in the story wore everything no more than once. They couldn't be seen in anything twice. It seems they weren't even donating the clothes after. It's all about fast fashion now. Hubby got me a $10 tee from one of these type of fast fashion shops in a print he knew I'd think was cute and it lost it's shape in one wash. I was only supposed to wear it once I think! I still wear it but it's so misshapen! I buy $50 tees from Boden that are on sale for $25 and they are high quality & don't lose their shape. I have five I think so I'm good for about five years ;)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #215 on: February 19, 2018, 01:37:22 PM »
Yes, clothes back then cost more (on the price tag) than clothes do now in the US. Which is completely crazy! Clothing is even cheaper in China.

You make an excellent point. I shouldn't be so bitter about it . . . the situation had its pros and cons.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #216 on: February 20, 2018, 01:37:46 AM »
I can relate to only having a few clothing items and everything being hand-me-downs when I was young. I used to wear weird clothing combo's. I remember that I went to a 2 week camping trip and I had to borrow clothes from a friend because I didn't have enough (and this wasn't America, so we wore our jeans/pants and shirts multiple times anyway).

When I got to buy my own clothes I was so happy. At first I didn't buy that much, just cheap things I liked, extremely on sale. But when I started having a bit more money I went crazy for a while, buying things left and right. I never bought crazy expensive things, just bought a lot so that added up.

I think I had to go through that crazy phase to find out that that was also not the solution. 
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« Reply #217 on: February 20, 2018, 03:16:13 AM »
I think there's room to let a child pick their own clothes, within certain limits, even with a strict budget.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #218 on: February 21, 2018, 09:30:37 AM »
So, I went to an appointment the other day and just as the good-looking, young physio was about to do a psoas stretch in a compromising position I realized that my old, stretchy work pants (which had been relegated home pants) had two gaping holes along the seams.

Right down both sides of my inner thighs. Eegads. Ha..

He graciously draped me with a towel and continued the treatment.

My SO said "told you that keeping those pants around would get you into trouble".
I will still stitch them up but lesson learned is to do those fixes ASAP.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #219 on: February 25, 2018, 05:13:23 PM »
So, I went to an appointment the other day and just as the good-looking, young physio was about to do a psoas stretch in a compromising position I realized that my old, stretchy work pants (which had been relegated home pants) had two gaping holes along the seams.

Right down both sides of my inner thighs. Eegads. Ha..

He graciously draped me with a towel and continued the treatment.

My SO said "told you that keeping those pants around would get you into trouble".
I will still stitch them up but lesson learned is to do those fixes ASAP.
:)
I love that you and your SO can joke about those things.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #220 on: February 26, 2018, 01:55:19 PM »
So, I went to an appointment the other day and just as the good-looking, young physio was about to do a psoas stretch in a compromising position I realized that my old, stretchy work pants (which had been relegated home pants) had two gaping holes along the seams.

Right down both sides of my inner thighs. Eegads. Ha..

He graciously draped me with a towel and continued the treatment.

My SO said "told you that keeping those pants around would get you into trouble".
I will still stitch them up but lesson learned is to do those fixes ASAP.
:)
I love that you and your SO can joke about those things.

@Candace definitely..he gets a kick out of some of my frugal measures :)
 We are both trying to figure out this whole 'no-shopping' year and mostly it is flowing smoothly but I can see how retail therapy is something I've used in the past..now I just have no inclination to go into shops since I won't be buying anything!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #221 on: February 26, 2018, 02:53:19 PM »
Just found this thread - I'm in but will have to go March 1st - March 1st.  I did buy a few things this year (consignment store - good deals) since I lost weight and needed a smaller size.  I'm happy at this weight and have no need to buy anything else. 

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« Reply #222 on: February 26, 2018, 07:10:30 PM »
On my Android phone, I downloaded an app (actually it's a widget) called Egg Day Widget (by Etienne Lawlor). It's on my phone's home screen now to show me how many days in a row I've purchased nothing that's non-essential. As far as I can tell, it will continue counting days for the whole year. I figure it'll be a nice way to see progress.

Related, there are other apps that count "days since..." such as sobriety apps. I liked the simplicity of the egg widget.

Alright, I'm quoting myself here, but I just wanted to bring up this widget again. I like it even more now. In January, the day count was simply whatever the date was (day count was 17 on January 17). Now that it's not January anymore, it's more useful. Today it's telling me it's day 57. I find that super-motivating. I use it to brag to my husband (mr-rarely-buys-anything) and sometimes I show it off to my friends, even though they think I'm a bit weird. On the screen it's a little egg that says "Egg Day 57" and my husband will ask me "is this the day the egg will crack?" So it keeps things fun between us.

Anyway, if you need a little fun motivation on your phone's home screen, this might be the widget for you.

(I have no affiliation with the makers of this widget. I just like it.)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #223 on: February 26, 2018, 08:25:02 PM »
@Miss Piggy what a great idea!

I was thinking just today that part of my problem with longer term challenges is literally forgetting I'm doing them when they are just trucking along.

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« Reply #224 on: February 27, 2018, 01:52:39 AM »
I am dropping out of this challenge and moving to the only necessary clothing challenge because I realised I had made an impossible burden for myself - I had minimal clothing that looked good, less that worked together and unless I lost an implausible amount of weight or did an implausible amount of sewing, I was going to spend every day feeling frumpy.

BUT I did use all the lessons from the capsule wardrobe sites to work out the exact gaps in my wardrobe and shopped for only those items this last weekend and now I have cute unstained clothing that all works well together and fits my actual lifestyle. So it has been a valuable exercise and I am cheering you on from the other thread. Thank you.

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« Reply #225 on: February 27, 2018, 03:43:37 AM »
I'm out, I need 2 new bras and a raincoat.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #226 on: February 27, 2018, 03:57:59 AM »
I'm out, I need 2 new bras and a raincoat.

I choose to believe this is a complete outfit you're buying for a very special occasion.

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« Reply #227 on: February 27, 2018, 05:08:24 AM »
I'm out, I need 2 new bras and a raincoat.

I choose to believe this is a complete outfit you're buying for a very special occasion.

Hahahaha!

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« Reply #228 on: February 27, 2018, 05:39:01 AM »
On my Android phone, I downloaded an app (actually it's a widget) called Egg Day Widget (by Etienne Lawlor). It's on my phone's home screen now to show me how many days in a row I've purchased nothing that's non-essential. As far as I can tell, it will continue counting days for the whole year. I figure it'll be a nice way to see progress.

Related, there are other apps that count "days since..." such as sobriety apps. I liked the simplicity of the egg widget.

Alright, I'm quoting myself here, but I just wanted to bring up this widget again. I like it even more now. In January, the day count was simply whatever the date was (day count was 17 on January 17). Now that it's not January anymore, it's more useful. Today it's telling me it's day 57. I find that super-motivating. I use it to brag to my husband (mr-rarely-buys-anything) and sometimes I show it off to my friends, even though they think I'm a bit weird. On the screen it's a little egg that says "Egg Day 57" and my husband will ask me "is this the day the egg will crack?" So it keeps things fun between us.

Anyway, if you need a little fun motivation on your phone's home screen, this might be the widget for you.

(I have no affiliation with the makers of this widget. I just like it.)

Oohh, I NEED this! ;) Anyone know if there is something similar for Iphone?

Update: I found DayCount. Not quite the same but does the trick. And you can add more 'challenges' and see your streaks. https://appadvice.com/app/daycount/1121088244
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #229 on: February 28, 2018, 12:52:37 PM »
Made it through February, though that peach wireless bra was a close call. 2 months down 10 to go.

I love the idea of the egg day widget. Sounds very motivational.


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« Reply #230 on: March 02, 2018, 03:27:37 AM »
Month 2 is successfully in the books.  10 more to go.  March should go quickly, as I have a week's vacation.
 
This challenge is super fun, but very aggressive for me -- not sure I will make it.  Some of my core work capsule items are getting seriously shabby.  I guess it comes down to how crappy I am willing to look at work as the year wears on, haha.  However, the fact that I am turning in my notice at the end of the year is certainly helping.  What are they going to do, fire me?  :)

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« Reply #231 on: March 02, 2018, 12:13:12 PM »
@Trifele  Shabby chic?  :)

So far, no problem but my partner has worn some SERIOUS holes through the bottom of his socks. I will try to darn them but don't know how comfortable it will be.

I might try to sew some simple summer tanks out of things/fabric that I already own since once warm weather hits, I will be in more trouble..currently bundled in snowgear and I have heaps of it.

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« Reply #232 on: March 02, 2018, 01:07:58 PM »
@Trifele  Shabby chic?  :)

So far, no problem but my partner has worn some SERIOUS holes through the bottom of his socks. I will try to darn them but don't know how comfortable it will be.

I might try to sew some simple summer tanks out of things/fabric that I already own since once warm weather hits, I will be in more trouble..currently bundled in snowgear and I have heaps of it.

Ooh Serendip -- I missed that you were doing the challenge for two (or a family?)  That is awesomely hardcore!

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« Reply #233 on: March 02, 2018, 01:10:14 PM »
So far so good.

I don't have a lot of clothing to begin with. Several items in frequent rotation (especially work clothes) have small holes that I need to repair... need to get on that!


Nice job AllSummerLong!  I too have to make some repairs.  Yesterday the zipper on one of my work pants tore out for the second time.  Time to break out the sewing kit.   

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #234 on: March 02, 2018, 02:51:22 PM »
I made it through the first 2 months.

Kids got uniforms and shoes in Jan (but they were not part of the challenge).

Am sitting on a fence about buying a pair of casual pants for my husband for his birthday if I find something in his size (which is way harder than you think). He managed to rip the bottom of his only functional pair. Patched it himself. But still. and he will need a pair of hiking boots for our European trip. Hm.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #235 on: March 03, 2018, 07:51:06 AM »
@Trifele  Shabby chic?  :)

So far, no problem but my partner has worn some SERIOUS holes through the bottom of his socks. I will try to darn them but don't know how comfortable it will be.

I might try to sew some simple summer tanks out of things/fabric that I already own since once warm weather hits, I will be in more trouble..currently bundled in snowgear and I have heaps of it.

Ooh Serendip -- I missed that you were doing the challenge for two (or a family?)  That is awesomely hardcore!

Thanks @Trifele, just two of us. It was initially his idea even though he is far from frugal--more of a consumption awareness year for us (a no-shopping year..includes everything except necessities for the house, maintaining the things we have & experiences).

It's nice having both of us in on the experiment.
And so far, the only clothing I have wanted to buy were replacement socks &  a merino wool base-layer that was nice & long (I am tall and ladies shirts tend to be so short-bodied!)..but holding strong and it's no big deal so far, even with the small wardrobe I have.

I am currently visiting my parents and finding some clothing & earrings that were left up here last visit.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #236 on: March 04, 2018, 09:30:13 PM »
I'm finding myself wanting to buy a plaid shirt.

???? Where is this coming from?

I had two or three instances this weekend of thinking Oh I should go to the mall.

Wha?? I actually can't stand the mall!

Springtime primping impulses seem to be coming in on the breeze ahead of our next winter storm!

In the meantime thanks to recommendations here, my phone's home screen reminds me I'm 63 days in already. My closet reminds me I am fully clothed. My single life reminds me if I do meet an amazing date he won't have seen any of my wardrobe so it's all brand new :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #237 on: March 05, 2018, 02:22:46 PM »
Temptation going on here again. Last year I listed one exception to my no-clothes-buying rule, which was that if I saw a cycle jersey that grabbed me by the eyes I could buy a matching pair of them for DH and me. As it turned out I didn't buy any for myself, and I didn't make the same exception for this year because we have about six matching pairs of perfectly good cycle jerseys already. But there are two recently-released designs on which I'm struggling to avoid hitting the spend button.

I reckon it's that "buying for my aspirational self" thing, because with work and bad weather we haven't even hit 250 miles of cycling for the year yet and it's likely to be a few more months before we can think about wearing short sleeved jerseys. And if I can hold out on the purchase until I'm cycling regularly again, the impulse will go away.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #238 on: March 06, 2018, 02:21:27 AM »
I made a pinterest board with clothes I would like to have for some reason or another, so I log the temptations. I also log thoughts, like when I think 'I would like a different color cardigan' when I think my black one is getting a bit boring. I would like to see if they are just temptations or really things I'm lacking.

The weather is finally changing here, spring is coming. I always pack away some of my stuff (sort of capsule wardrobe, but more fluctual), so it's good that I can wear some other things the coming months.

I really like this challenge. I like noticing I have enough, I like the fact that I don't buy extra just to buy extra, but to really wear the things I have and to practice gratitude. And I don't want to come across to other people as a persons who aimlessly spends money on clothes.


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #239 on: March 06, 2018, 02:49:58 AM »
I don't want to fully commit to this thread, because I do want to be able to buy e.g. new socks whenever I need them. But so far, I haven't bought any clothes in 2018. I will try to continue not buying anything I don't need. I have enough normal clothes to wear.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #240 on: March 06, 2018, 02:57:13 AM »
I don't want to fully commit to this thread, because I do want to be able to buy e.g. new socks whenever I need them. But so far, I haven't bought any clothes in 2018. I will try to continue not buying anything I don't need. I have enough normal clothes to wear.

There's a thread for Only Necessary Clothes Shopping which might fit?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #241 on: March 06, 2018, 05:10:03 AM »
Still going strong, but I have an issue.

My aunt is getting married and I only have one dress that sort of fits, but itís black, which isnít ideal for a wedding. Thatís fine, I know other people are wearing black, so Iím not too concerned.

My mom owns a high end womenís clothing store and is offering to give me an Italian designer dress for the wedding, which would involve me going to her store, trying stuff on, and really, shopping for a brand new dress. I just wouldnít pay for it.

It will piss my mom off if I say no.
The stuff in her store is rarely flattering on me, itís all geared to an older clientele, so itís unlikely that Iíll actually end up with a new dress, but if I do, does that count as shopping if itís kind of against my will???

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #242 on: March 06, 2018, 08:28:04 AM »
Still going strong, but I have an issue.

My aunt is getting married and I only have one dress that sort of fits, but itís black, which isnít ideal for a wedding. Thatís fine, I know other people are wearing black, so Iím not too concerned.

My mom owns a high end womenís clothing store and is offering to give me an Italian designer dress for the wedding, which would involve me going to her store, trying stuff on, and really, shopping for a brand new dress. I just wouldnít pay for it.

It will piss my mom off if I say no.
The stuff in her store is rarely flattering on me, itís all geared to an older clientele, so itís unlikely that Iíll actually end up with a new dress, but if I do, does that count as shopping if itís kind of against my will???

Tough one although I would say it's fine. You wouldn't have bought anything otherwise, it's not a loophole you're trying to justify. It's not an addition to your regular wardrobe but for a special occasion and so on. I think you're good.

If you're not sure just think about the reasons for doing this challenge and the consequences for these reasons.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #243 on: March 06, 2018, 02:01:17 PM »
I made a pinterest board with clothes I would like to have for some reason or another, so I log the temptations. I also log thoughts, like when I think 'I would like a different color cardigan' when I think my black one is getting a bit boring. I would like to see if they are just temptations or really things I'm lacking.

The weather is finally changing here, spring is coming. I always pack away some of my stuff (sort of capsule wardrobe, but more fluctual), so it's good that I can wear some other things the coming months.

I really like this challenge. I like noticing I have enough, I like the fact that I don't buy extra just to buy extra, but to really wear the things I have and to practice gratitude. And I don't want to come across to other people as a persons who aimlessly spends money on clothes.

I love this. This is part of why challenges for me often need to be all or nothing - it helps me identify my true impulses and the underlying wants or habits.

I've noticed I feel a lot more appreciation for the clothing I do have, too. Especially having a "uniform" that I find very comfortable in the winter.

Still going strong, but I have an issue.

My aunt is getting married and I only have one dress that sort of fits, but itís black, which isnít ideal for a wedding. Thatís fine, I know other people are wearing black, so Iím not too concerned.

My mom owns a high end womenís clothing store and is offering to give me an Italian designer dress for the wedding, which would involve me going to her store, trying stuff on, and really, shopping for a brand new dress. I just wouldnít pay for it.

It will piss my mom off if I say no.
The stuff in her store is rarely flattering on me, itís all geared to an older clientele, so itís unlikely that Iíll actually end up with a new dress, but if I do, does that count as shopping if itís kind of against my will???

Are you able to borrow it and return it worn?

As far as how this fits into the challenge for you, I agree with Sanne's last sentence. How would this affect your feelings and thinking about clothing? For instance, if you are doing the challenge to break a mindless shopping habit, how does visiting a shop and trying on clothing affect the impulse to shop?


Myself, I just discovered how to accessorize (not well, but still) in the last year. So I'd wear the black dress with a spring-color scarf. I'd offer a better accessorizing suggestion but that's as fashionable as I get, haha.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #244 on: March 06, 2018, 02:31:18 PM »
I'd also accessorise the existing dress but that's because I don't much like dress shopping...

March is wet and a bit cooler where I am so I think I can successfully say I've headed off my need for shorts and sandals. Hopefully the end of the year won't be too hot, or so hot that I don't leave the house ;)

My bras are just terrible, the one I'm wearing now has a strap that digs in, it's a weird stretchy strap that you can't get the right length, but I need to wear it as it's flesh coloured for under white tees. I'm going to wear it off the shoulder when I'm not in public! In winter I won't be wearing just a tee on its own so I can choose a more comfortable black one OR I'm going to wear one of my sleep tops with a built in bra or go with no bra under all my layers. Boobs are such a pain.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #245 on: March 06, 2018, 08:00:49 PM »
What about borrowing a dress from a friend to give you a bit of variety but not need to "purchase" new?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #246 on: March 07, 2018, 01:50:59 PM »
I find saving clothes to Pinterest or downloading a picture satisfies the urge to shop and I often find there is something similar in my physical wardrobe already!

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« Reply #247 on: March 07, 2018, 08:17:18 PM »

Still going strong, but I have an issue.

My aunt is getting married and I only have one dress that sort of fits, but itís black, which isnít ideal for a wedding. Thatís fine, I know other people are wearing black, so Iím not too concerned.

My mom owns a high end womenís clothing store and is offering to give me an Italian designer dress for the wedding, which would involve me going to her store, trying stuff on, and really, shopping for a brand new dress. I just wouldnít pay for it.

It will piss my mom off if I say no.
The stuff in her store is rarely flattering on me, itís all geared to an older clientele, so itís unlikely that Iíll actually end up with a new dress, but if I do, does that count as shopping if itís kind of against my will???

Are you able to borrow it and return it worn?

As far as how this fits into the challenge for you, I agree with Sanne's last sentence. How would this affect your feelings and thinking about clothing? For instance, if you are doing the challenge to break a mindless shopping habit, how does visiting a shop and trying on clothing affect the impulse to shop?


Myself, I just discovered how to accessorize (not well, but still) in the last year. So I'd wear the black dress with a spring-color scarf. I'd offer a better accessorizing suggestion but that's as fashionable as I get, haha.

Thereís no way my mom would let me borrow and return a dress. Also, I visit her shop all the time and it doesnít make me want to shop. I havenít bought much clothes for nearly a decade because I spent 4 years gaining weight and then 5 years losing it, so my size has changed for years.
This challenge is therefore pretty easy for me...except that I donít own much that fits.

I can definitely accessorize the slightly unflattering black dress, I worked in fashion previously, so Iím pretty comfortable with styling. Itís just not a very nice or flattering dress, and it happens to be black. Itís just sub-optimal all around.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #248 on: March 08, 2018, 04:12:07 AM »
What about borrowing a dress from a friend to give you a bit of variety but not need to "purchase" new?

Sadly, none of my friends are quite my size.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #249 on: March 08, 2018, 08:03:48 AM »
The purpose of this challenge for me personally is to stop mindless spending and buying unnecessary things.  For me, being gifted a dress I somewhat needed would not break the challenge.  It sounds like you don't even want it, and wouldn't be tempted by being in the shop, so I would get the dress.