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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #250 on: March 09, 2018, 01:18:17 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 it’s black, which isn’t ideal for a wedding. That’s fine, I know other people are wearing black, so I’m not too concerned.

My mom owns a high end women’s 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 wouldn’t pay for it.

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

There’s no way my mom would let me borrow and return a dress. Also, I visit her shop all the time and it doesn’t make me want to shop. I haven’t 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 don’t own much that fits.

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

It sounds like your options are between wearing an unflattering black dress you own, or being gifted a dress you probably won’t love because it won’t suit your age. Not ideal!

What about something like rent the runway? You’re not adding to your closet, and it’s not mindless consumerism... is it cheating? :P haha probably... which is why I just lurk in this thread but actually belong in the other! (Only necessary clothes shopping).

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #251 on: March 09, 2018, 04:12:55 AM »


It sounds like your options are between wearing an unflattering black dress you own, or being gifted a dress you probably wonít love because it wonít suit your age. Not ideal!

What about something like rent the runway? Youíre not adding to your closet, and itís not mindless consumerism... is it cheating? :P haha probably... which is why I just lurk in this thread but actually belong in the other! (Only necessary clothes shopping).

Renting dresses costs a fortune, at least here. All of the rental dresses are couture, so they cost $400-1000+ to rent.
I can usually find something used for $20-40 that I then alter it myself to make it fit properly. The black dress would need professional alteration to be more flattering. Itís just a plain wrong cut for me. Itís not hideous, itís just not fabulous and Iím known for some pretty  fabulous dresses. I go to 3 or 4 formal galas a year. Two of last yearís gala outfits still fit, but they are sooooo not wedding appropriate.

Iím not stressed at all about wearing the unflattering dress, itís fine and I truly donít care how good I look at my auntís wedding, I just cannot wear anything too sexy and I still havenít lived down wearing a waaay too sexy dress to my uncleís wedding when I was 19. The unflattering dress does nothing for my figure, and definitely not sexy, but it looks fine.

I just wanted to make sure Iím still welcome in the ďbuy nothingĒ thread if my mom makes me ďshopĒ at her store for a new dress.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #252 on: March 09, 2018, 05:00:07 AM »
I just wanted to make sure Iím still welcome in the ďbuy nothingĒ thread if my mom makes me ďshopĒ at her store for a new dress.

I would say you would still be welcome ;) Like I said, it's not a loophole! It would be different if you would really want a new dress from the store and basically you mom said she would give it to you because she knew you really wanted one but couldn't/wouldn't buy one. Or someone who receives giftcards and spends them 'because it's not my own money'.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #253 on: March 09, 2018, 04:54:22 PM »
I'm still good on this challenge; no clothing purchased for myself this year! The only clothing that has been purchased in my house the entire year to date is one winter coat for my daughter who has outgrown hers. We are finally out of hand me downs because she has caught up to her big brother (and the girl across the street who is 2 years older) size-wise. It was bound to happen eventually. Since my participation in this challenge is only for myself, I am still in. :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #254 on: March 12, 2018, 10:06:18 AM »
I had an odd assortment of shorts and tees for my daughter and needed some things to match with a few (our kids do full matching outfits so they can easily get dressed in the morning).  I haven't shopped there in ages, but went to Once Upon a Child and was able to get everything she needed for summer for $20.  It satisfied the shopping urge and I stuck with necessity.  I figured I saved about $45 by buying everything there instead of Target, etc.

I was looking at my sad, saggy, faded swimsuits and thinking about the cruise we are taking in a few weeks.  Then I uncovered a swimsuit I forgot I owned that looks brand new.  While I'd love to get another suit, this one serves its purpose for now! So I am still in this challenge!  It's the longest I've ever gone in my life not purchasing a single article of clothing for myself.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #255 on: March 12, 2018, 11:52:40 AM »
Well, I'm out, moving to the "no unnecessary clothing" challenge. I'm training for a half marathon and it became abundantly clear last week that I needed a couple more clothing items for my busier weeks where laundry isn't well managed. I bought a couple sports bras, one more pair of running tights, and two breathable tops this weekend. I also ran 3.5 miles yesterday which is the furthest I have ever run in my life; I feel great and I don't regret it a bit. I did go affordable at Target though on the sports bras, thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Good luck to you all for the challenge the rest of the year!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #256 on: March 12, 2018, 04:04:29 PM »
Day 71 and still going strong!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #257 on: March 12, 2018, 05:02:11 PM »
@FireHiker good luck with the no unnecessary clothes challenge!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #258 on: March 12, 2018, 05:08:22 PM »
@FireHiker good luck with the no unnecessary clothes challenge!

Thanks!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #259 on: March 13, 2018, 09:29:08 AM »
Good job @AmandaPanda 
 I also have a swimsuit in rotation that I swore I'd get rid of 2 years ago- Oh well! I am working on jumping in lakes more this year and might even try swim lessons for adults so I could do longer swims..in my some-what saggy suit :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #260 on: March 14, 2018, 10:17:08 AM »
I posted this challenge before seeing this much more developed one. And I thought I was being all original and stuff.

I will not buy, for myself, one stitch of clothing in 2018. Not a shirt, not a pair of socks, or shoes or even a shoelace. I have more than enough to get through the year, and if I don't I'll wear what I have even if it is threadbare down to the molecular level.

I will buy what is reasonably necessary for my wife and kids, but necessity will be evaluated on substantially stricter standards. Looking at their closets I should put them on the same clothing restriction as myself for the year, but I know better than to be an ogre about it. 

Anything I own that I don't wear at least once in 2018 is getting the heave-ho.


Since I posted my own challenge, and I joined this challenge, that's like a double dog dare.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #261 on: March 14, 2018, 03:56:11 PM »
So after all of the agonizing over the that possible dress that I might have gotten for free, I now need to bow out of this thread because I actually bought real clothes today, and not even second hand, not even on sale.

As I stated earlier in this thread, I quite literally have almost no real, adult clothes as Iíve lost over 70lbs and havenít yet replaced my clothes.
I have a pile of athleisure from Costco for work. I also have an abnormal amount of formal wear since I go to multiple galas every year. And I have two pairs of jeans that are a bit loose. I own literally nothing that would appropriate in most work places.
I have worn leggings to numerous medical professional events because I simply give no fucks.

However, Iím now playing with some big money finance people and was offered a side hustle job that will require me to show up in something more respectable than leggings and carrying a back pack.

So itís been fun, and had I not taken on a side hustle in the finance industry, I could have made it all year, but itís necessary for my career, so today I bought a wickedly nice, perfectly tailored,  black wool suit.
I absolutely despise shopping and my standards are insane. Iíll happily wear ill  fitting crap if it costs $2-10, but if Iím spending hundreds of dollars, it better be beyond perfect, meaning it took me 7 hours and about 40 stores to find what I wanted.

It would have been fun to make it all year, but business comes first over fun internet challenges with strangers. Itís been nearly 10 years since I bought any proper adult clothes, and man, that makes it sweet.

Peace out.


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #262 on: March 14, 2018, 05:18:26 PM »
However, Iím now playing with some big money finance people and was offered a side hustle job that will require me to show up in something more respectable than leggings and carrying a back pack.

I get it, @Malkynn. Last year, I got a gig in the finance industry, and that's why I could not have succeeded with this challenge last year. Had to buy several conservative business "outfits" for the new gig. But because I may have gone slightly overboard last year, I reeeeeeaaaaallly don't need anything this year.

Congrats on the 70 pounds!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #263 on: March 14, 2018, 05:25:19 PM »
However, Iím now playing with some big money finance people and was offered a side hustle job that will require me to show up in something more respectable than leggings and carrying a back pack.

I get it, @Malkynn. Last year, I got a gig in the finance industry, and that's why I could not have succeeded with this challenge last year. Had to buy several conservative business "outfits" for the new gig. But because I may have gone slightly overboard last year, I reeeeeeaaaaallly don't need anything this year.

Congrats on the 70 pounds!

Thanks!
I wouldnít have caved for anything less, but you get it. Itís really a business expense.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #264 on: March 15, 2018, 02:46:27 AM »
Best of luck Malkynn, and congrats on the gig! 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #265 on: March 15, 2018, 06:41:45 AM »
I had a nightmare last night that I bought clothes and was kicked off this thread...

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #266 on: March 15, 2018, 07:39:42 AM »
Malkynn - I hope I’ll see you in the Only Necessary clothing shopping thread?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #267 on: March 15, 2018, 09:45:12 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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These pants have re-emerged! I bought a gym pass and then really realized I don't have many bottoms/pants to wear so I wore these yoga-pants from my physio-story even though they haven't been fixed yet. I will do it this week! (especially since they have a new hole in one knee)
It's actually been interesting to remove the option of buying gear which I may have previously used as an excuse not to do something 'better not go to the gym until I am dressed in the appropriate type of clothing ,etc'.
In reality I could wear jeans to the gym if I needed to, which wouldn't be comfortable but it's a good challenge to my social self to question these assumptions.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #268 on: March 15, 2018, 05:20:33 PM »
Best of luck Malkynn, and congrats on the gig!

+1

And I hope you do join the only necessary clothes shopping thread @Malkynn , it sounds like your purchase was 100% necessary!

I posted this challenge before seeing this much more developed one. And I thought I was being all original and stuff.

I will not buy, for myself, one stitch of clothing in 2018. Not a shirt, not a pair of socks, or shoes or even a shoelace. I have more than enough to get through the year, and if I don't I'll wear what I have even if it is threadbare down to the molecular level.

I will buy what is reasonably necessary for my wife and kids, but necessity will be evaluated on substantially stricter standards. Looking at their closets I should put them on the same clothing restriction as myself for the year, but I know better than to be an ogre about it. 

Anything I own that I don't wear at least once in 2018 is getting the heave-ho.


Since I posted my own challenge, and I joined this challenge, that's like a double dog dare.

Welcome @GOFU :-) great minds think alike!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #269 on: March 16, 2018, 04:09:07 AM »
Malkynn - I hope Iíll see you in the Only Necessary clothing shopping thread?

Maybe.
Iíve bought only necessary clothes for years now, so itís not like itís a challenge. That would be like me joining a ďnever buy coffee or lunch at workĒ challenge thread when I havenít done that in over 4 years already.
Granted, I do sometimes participate in weight loss threads even though Iím pretty much done losing weight after 4 years, so maybe I can still contribute something of value.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #270 on: March 16, 2018, 01:12:50 PM »
Well, I'm out, moving to the "no unnecessary clothing" challenge. I'm training for a half marathon and it became abundantly clear last week that I needed a couple more clothing items for my busier weeks where laundry isn't well managed. I bought a couple sports bras, one more pair of running tights, and two breathable tops this weekend. I also ran 3.5 miles yesterday which is the furthest I have ever run in my life; I feel great and I don't regret it a bit. I did go affordable at Target though on the sports bras, thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Good luck to you all for the challenge the rest of the year!

Good luck on your 1/2 marathon. I just got back into running myself and have signed myself up for a 1/2 in June. It's such a great experience.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #271 on: March 17, 2018, 10:27:07 AM »
I had to give sizes for my bike team pieces this week, and that kicked off a week of browsing REI's website looking at bike clothing that will fit in team guidelines. I didn't buy anything, but it was very surprising to find that impulse pop up. Without this challenge I don't think I would have noticed that as a shopping impulse - which it very much is - rather, I've previously thought of it as picking up needed gear. I did that last year, and most of it is black so it matches my team kit, and I really need absolutely nothing this year.

I definitely looked at my favorite wool-blend underwear, too. Underwear is my nemesis in this challenge, ha!


....I've also recently begun seeing someone and my friend has gotten a lot of laughs out of my self-inflicted pain around this issue, haha.

It's been really valuable to me not to have the option of buying something new for dates, including accessories, because that has always been a habit I've enjoyed. In my head, I always thought that buying a new sweater and earrings for a date was fun and made me feel pretty and like I was making an effort/assigning a value to the act of preparing for a date -- but in reality, I feel even more confident and put together not having that option. I still primp, for sure, but having very limited options for winter-slush weather means I've worn the same thing multiple times and of course nobody cares. It's so much less about how I look and more about what we're building together -- removing that particular level of self-pressure in the early dating days has been a really positive thing to come out of this challenge!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #272 on: March 19, 2018, 02:22:24 AM »
It's so much less about how I look and more about what we're building together

I totally agree!

I almost bought some ankle boots this weekend. Went to the second hand clothing shop nearby where I sometimes bring some clothes they can sell (if they don't sell online) and then you get 50% and if it doesn't sell they bring it to a charity for people who live below the line. I went there to collect some money, but then I saw these cute ankle boots for 7.50 in my size. I shouldn't have been looking in the first place... ;)  I tried them on, hoping they wouldn't fit right but they did.. Of course. I walked around in them, even looked at some dresses while walking around and then noticed the slippery slope and decided to put them back and to not return there!

I'm so glad I didn't buy them. Close call though. It was good to notice the slippery slope.


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #273 on: March 19, 2018, 09:34:17 PM »
Well, I'm out, moving to the "no unnecessary clothing" challenge. I'm training for a half marathon and it became abundantly clear last week that I needed a couple more clothing items for my busier weeks where laundry isn't well managed. I bought a couple sports bras, one more pair of running tights, and two breathable tops this weekend. I also ran 3.5 miles yesterday which is the furthest I have ever run in my life; I feel great and I don't regret it a bit. I did go affordable at Target though on the sports bras, thanks to a recommendation from a friend. Good luck to you all for the challenge the rest of the year!

Well done on your progress with your running.

I'm out of this challenge for the same reason. I'm almost down to my racing weight and some of my sports bras (I always wear sports bras, I prefer them to wisps of lace and wire) have become too loose and need putting away until my next off-season. I managed to find four Shock Absorbers in my preferred design and discontinued colours on eBay for just over £20 in total and wasn't going to slop around in loose bras for the sake of £20, or for a challenge. I can save the £20 by avoiding stopping at a restaurant on one or two long bike rides and doing loops from home instead.

I may need more thermal cycling tights before the year is over but the ones I have will last until shorts weather returns and I'll review the situation in fall.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #274 on: March 20, 2018, 05:54:17 AM »
Still doing ok here -- no purchases. 

But ah yes . . . the running bra issue.  That is also a potential area of vulnerability for me this year.  I run six days a week, and I've only got two bras -- both old.  I only have one boob (prior mastectomy) which makes it trickier to fit a running bra.  If they stretch even a tiny bit, I might be forced to buy a replacement . . . We will see!   

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #275 on: March 21, 2018, 11:00:57 AM »
When I saw this challenge yesterday, it occurred to me, "Hey, I haven't purchased anything this year!"  And after checking a Quicken report, I was right!  I'm actually at a negative spend for 2018, because I bought a couple of things in December that I returned in January. :D  The only clothing expenses for our household this year have been a pair of hiking pants for dh (bought on clearance, and he did need them), and a couple of team ballcaps for dh and dd when we visited her in her college town.  (since dd supports herself, the purchase of her ballcap should probably be reclassified as a gift instead of clothing).

Anyway, I'm excited and wondering if I can keep it up.  I'm a little concerned about my panty stash, as most of them are stretching or otherwise wearing out. And my jeans have all seen better days.  (my black jeans are several years old and are definitely not black anymore, more of a charcoal - maybe I can dye them).  And dh will probably buy a few things for his work wardrobe.  Is this a personal or household challenge - does his spending disqualify me? 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #276 on: March 21, 2018, 11:52:35 AM »
Still no problem keeping up with this challenge (my conditioning is good!) - sorry to see a few people go, but all completely understandable.

@ohsnap, it seems like everyone is doing it as a personal challenge, not household. Good luck!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #277 on: March 21, 2018, 05:36:06 PM »
@ohsnap up to you if you want to include your husband or not!

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« Reply #278 on: March 21, 2018, 05:48:29 PM »
Start with the positive: I have no desire to buy anything. This is great!

The negative: I'm not convinced I can make it through the year. I have six dresses that fit and are in rotation; four of them are made of polyamide (plastic) and thus will probably outlive me, but the other two are starting to lose their shape. I wear dresses seven days a week, some days more than one dress if the baby vomits on me. I don't wear skirts or pants to work (too hard to find ones long enough for my legs) or jeans on non-work days, so I can't just rely less on the dresses and more on other options. The dresses are my entire wardrobe, basically.

And when I'm not wearing dresses, I'm wearing track pants (the type that Americans call "yoga pants") and t-shirts. T-shirts are okay, especially as my maternity ones didn't stretch TOO much and can still be worn. Track pants are an issue heading into winter. I have two long pairs, one of which is in okay condition (not perfect), but the other pair is developing a massive hole in the thigh. The fabric is wearing through there (these were my maternity track pants, so I'm guessing there was a lot of thigh rub!)... I will try patching them, but I doubt they will look good enough to be worn on pram walks during daylight hours. Sigh.

This is really just a rant / stream of consciousness. I'm not giving up until I'm forced to - which for me will be when I have to do laundry so absurdly often that it breaks me, or when I can no longer dress even borderline-appropriately for work or other important activities. I think for me this is now an exercise in delaying the inevitable for as long as possible (hopefully until 2019!!). I still feel determined to keep pushing through.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #279 on: March 22, 2018, 10:40:48 PM »
I'm a late entrant, but I'm in!

I'm also trying to declutter my wardrobe because I have a ludicris amount of clothing. I find it difficult though, because I have the space and I do cycle through things.

This thread will keep me accountable in moments of weakness though!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #280 on: March 23, 2018, 02:09:11 PM »
A couple of days ago, I mentioned that my jeans are an area of concern (they are all several years old with quite a bit of wear).  I found a surprise in my closet last night - a pair of jeans that I'd purchased last spring and worn a few times before putting them in the back of the closet for the summer and forgetting about them.  I think with this addition, I should be able to stretch my jean wardrobe through the end of the year.  I was pretty excited that one day after I announced "no buying jeans this year", I found a pair of almost-new jeans!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #281 on: March 25, 2018, 08:29:54 PM »
Found holes in two of my best cardigans (ones I wear to work) over the weekend. Shiiiiit.

They're polyamide (soft stretchy plastic) so repairs are difficult. I know from experience that sewing and/or patching won't work. Time to google repair methods...

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #282 on: March 26, 2018, 09:18:34 AM »
@ohsnap: That's good karma!

@HappierAtHome: Noooo!!! Crap! Don't have any good tips unfortunately. Cardigan repairs are hard..


I'm still going strong. I thought of things I wanted to buy but can honestly say none of them are needs.

One of the things I wanted to join, besides the money I was spending, was because I only want to buy things I truly love and wear a lot, not have the fluff. This seemed like the right thing to do after already cleaning out and selling and buying new stuff the last few years (hit and miss).

Because of this I'm already thinking about next year (a bit early I know;)). I don't want to mindlessly consume again next year after this year. I don't want to clutter up my wardrobe again. I'm thinking about some options other than 'only necessary shopping' because necessary is relative and I tried this before and failed horribly. I thought about only buying second hand, but I buy a lot second hand anyway and the thing is that for some pieces it isn't better to buy secondhand, e.g. my winter coat that is still good but doesn't really satisfy so I'm going to grow tired of it sooner. For something like that I should've invested in a piece that is multi functional and suits my needs (easy to bike in, still decent enough to wear to work or with a dress, water resistant, long enough sleeves etc).

I came across this 'challenge' that might be a contender: one month, one piece or #onepieceamonth:

https://www.chapterfifty.com/2016/01/one-piece-a-month-challenge/

http://theslowpace.com/2017/05/15/capsule-wardrobe-one-month-one-piece/

And maybe some extra rules:
- Buy durable / good quality - will I wear it a minimum of 30 times - will it become a staple piece
- Buy second-hand if possible and good enough (same standards should apply)
- Buy fairtrade and eco friendly if possible
- Buy less than 12 pieces = even better

Any thoughts? I know everyone here is doing this for different reasons, any thoughts on how you are going to handle the next year and why?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #283 on: March 26, 2018, 01:37:12 PM »
@Sanne - I love your thought process and your questions. Still figuring out my answers!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #284 on: March 26, 2018, 02:53:51 PM »
Just thought I would pop in to let everyone know that Iíve decided to wear my new beautiful suit to my auntís wedding.

I thought everyone in this thread might be able to appreciate that. Lol.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #285 on: March 26, 2018, 04:22:44 PM »
Just thought I would pop in to let everyone know that I’ve decided to wear my new beautiful suit to my aunt’s wedding.

I thought everyone in this thread might be able to appreciate that. Lol.

I dig it!!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #286 on: March 26, 2018, 05:09:32 PM »
Just thought I would pop in to let everyone know that Iíve decided to wear my new beautiful suit to my auntís wedding.

I thought everyone in this thread might be able to appreciate that. Lol.

That's awesome :D :D :D

I bet you look great in that suit.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #287 on: March 27, 2018, 12:59:30 AM »
Just thought I would pop in to let everyone know that Iíve decided to wear my new beautiful suit to my auntís wedding.

I thought everyone in this thread might be able to appreciate that. Lol.

Nice! Good choice!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #288 on: March 27, 2018, 01:12:32 AM »
@Sanne - I love your thought process and your questions. Still figuring out my answers!

Thanks! It's good to have a place to share my brainstorming.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #289 on: March 27, 2018, 01:30:57 AM »
My shorts are now so thin on the bum that one false move will reveal all. When I was in my teens I patched my ripped jeans, badly & from the inside, with crazy fabric. I'm not sure I can pull off that look now! Also I don't have fabric, crazy or otherwise. Maybe an old work shirt of hubby's?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #290 on: March 27, 2018, 02:33:37 AM »
@Fresh Bread I've been using old scraps of leftover corduroy from a skirt I made a few years ago to nurse my jeans through the last year and I'm in my mid-40s so consider this one vote from me (a stranger on the internet)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #291 on: March 27, 2018, 04:36:16 AM »
@Fresh Bread -- Oh hell yes, you can patch things at any age.  Another vote of approval!  :)

At our local fabric store they have a scrap bin where I can usually find something suitable for just pennies.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #292 on: March 27, 2018, 04:49:57 AM »
Was talking with DH last night and he reminded me that he has not bought any clothing in three years.  Kinda puts my three months in this challenge in perspective, haha. 

We have the same zero desire for clothing, but he definitely has the advantage in a no-buying contest as a stay at home dad.  When I look back at my clothes buying over the past few years it is almost all work clothes.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #293 on: March 27, 2018, 10:18:28 AM »
@Sanne , really interesting to read your thoughts & those articles.
I will also reflect on this a bit more before answering but thanks for sharing. Inspiring, I started browsing through her 'capsule' buys and became excited to rework some of my own belongings :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #294 on: March 28, 2018, 06:24:37 PM »
I haven't bought any clothes in the last week, but I have gotten rid of three pairs of definately-end-of-life shoes and put a few more items in a big bag ready for a clothes swap party a friend is having in May. I have a very small list of things I am in the market for (a small black bag for going out, a new pair of flat shoes to replace the ones that died), but I will make do until the clothes swap and if what I want isn't there then I'll see how long I can make do after that!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #295 on: March 29, 2018, 05:16:51 AM »
@Sanne , really interesting to read your thoughts & those articles.
I will also reflect on this a bit more before answering but thanks for sharing. Inspiring, I started browsing through her 'capsule' buys and became excited to rework some of my own belongings :)

Thanks! Good to know you don't think it's rambling.. ;) It's nice to be able to share it although mu own thoughts aren't clear yet.

I also started browsing her buys and that was kinda dangerous because I immediately thougt I needed some 'nice' sneakers. Ofcourse I don't but it would be nice.. ;) I love comfortable chic, so it would be perfect. I already have a few pairs of sneakers, so I put the want on my pinterest 'clothing wants' board and will see what I think next year. Just goes to show that it's good to limit my purchases next year so I really have think about it. Is it worth it to be one of the 12 (or other number)?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #296 on: April 02, 2018, 04:54:38 PM »
I have given away more clothes this weekend. I'm starting a list of things that I know are missing that I'm going to buy on Jan 1st 2019!! So far: denim shorts, summer sandals, a skin coloured bra and a pair of bigger jeans.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #297 on: April 02, 2018, 05:31:52 PM »
Does a watch count as clothing? Husband wants to buy me a watch for Mother's Day. A watch would be useful now I'm back at work, and I don't have a jewellery "problem" (haven't bought a piece of jewellery in years). But is it clothing? If yes, I will tell him to wait for Mother's Day next year :-P

I'm starting a list of things that I know are missing that I'm going to buy on Jan 1st 2019!!

I have a list like this too - all needs, no wants. That's assuming I can manage to make my clothing streeeetch the whole year. I'm feeling pessimistic right now about making it through winter with one pair of pants.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #298 on: April 02, 2018, 07:15:56 PM »
I think a watch falls under jewelry, for sure!

I wish I could send some of my excess clothes your way to help you make it through the challenge (provided theyíd fit, of course) - it would be so much winning all around! But, I donít think shipping from Canada to Australia is cheap (or environmentally friendly). You were talking about needing really long jeans, and I was thinking, ack, I have the perfect pair. Never wear them and theyíre like a 36Ē inseam... darn.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #299 on: April 03, 2018, 09:19:56 AM »

Because of this I'm already thinking about next year (a bit early I know;)). I don't want to mindlessly consume again next year after this year. I don't want to clutter up my wardrobe again. I'm thinking about some options other than 'only necessary shopping' because necessary is relative and I tried this before and failed horribly. I thought about only buying second hand, but I buy a lot second hand anyway and the thing is that for some pieces it isn't better to buy secondhand, e.g. my winter coat that is still good but doesn't really satisfy so I'm going to grow tired of it sooner. For something like that I should've invested in a piece that is multi functional and suits my needs (easy to bike in, still decent enough to wear to work or with a dress, water resistant, long enough sleeves etc).

I came across this 'challenge' that might be a contender: one month, one piece or #onepieceamonth:

https://www.chapterfifty.com/2016/01/one-piece-a-month-challenge/

http://theslowpace.com/2017/05/15/capsule-wardrobe-one-month-one-piece/

And maybe some extra rules:
- Buy durable / good quality - will I wear it a minimum of 30 times - will it become a staple piece
- Buy second-hand if possible and good enough (same standards should apply)
- Buy fairtrade and eco friendly if possible
- Buy less than 12 pieces = even better

Any thoughts? I know everyone here is doing this for different reasons, any thoughts on how you are going to handle the next year and why?

I enjoyed looking at those threads you shared @Sanne and I could feel myself itch with the desire for something new, but that feeling passed :)

Definitely have been noticing how little I need, even with my small wardrobe I only use a portion of it over and over. The things that feel ease-full, lovely and to which I have a connection.
Of course, comfy clothes & pjs are on heavy rotation as well (Currently, I admit, I do not have a beautiful wardrobe--a lot of casual, saggy cotton things and not much pizzazz, things are a bitty ratty)

Having said that, I studied textiles, so always check quality of construction, fabrics & fibers--I lean heavily to buying naturals and hand-made or ethically consigned (ie..my wallet bag, embroidered by artisans in India who were fairly compensated for their gorgeous work).

 I see this challenge (and my no-shopping year in general) as a re-boot even though I was moving in this direction for the last decade. Even when I wasn't making much money, I would try to seek out quality in thrift stores (silk shirts for $2-$5, especially in remote towns) or spent outrageously on one special thing and wear it with my mother's old clothing :)

Fast fashion does not appeal to me.
For next year: liking the idea of one thing a month (if even!) and agree with your 'extra rules' too

- Buy durable / good quality - will I wear it a minimum of 30 times - will it become a staple piece
- Buy second-hand if possible and good enough (same standards should apply)
- Buy fairtrade and eco friendly if possible
- Buy less than 12 pieces = even better

**also if you are on IG, there is an interesting project called #10x10 which challenges participants to choose 10 items (including shoes, but not other accessories) and wear only these for 10 days, in differing combos..I like this type of creative encouragement--even though it's not difficult if you only have a teeny wardrobe anyhow :)
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