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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #350 on: July 27, 2018, 03:08:31 PM »
Having fun wearing things in new combinations so no need to buy anything as yet. I may get a few pairs of trousers altered as they are too large on the waist and a slimmer leg will look more current than the wide legs that were 'in' 10 years ago!

I've also found that my husband has quite a stockpile of chino's that now fit me too... I may have to downgrade my old baggy / saggy chino's for gardening / smallholding and appropriate one of his spare pairs?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #351 on: July 30, 2018, 08:47:25 AM »
I was really tempted this past week. I went into a Ski n Sun shop in NH and was looking at the clearance skis they had and managed to drift into the clothing section and saw they had Patagonia shorts on sale! My dream is to retire and live in Patagonia clothes. They are soooo comfortable. Anyway, I resisted as I don't NEED any more shorts but as soon as I do you know I'm going to be checking the clearance section for Patagonia anything. :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #352 on: August 03, 2018, 11:52:50 AM »
Today is Day 215. I find that it's getting easier and easier to say "no."

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #353 on: August 15, 2018, 02:03:21 AM »
I'm out! I ordered a jumper in two sizes online because I have basically have one jumper and the neck is too wide to wear with everything. One size arrived today and I'm not entirely sure I'll be keeping either one as the shape is odd but still, the shopping has happened and I must banish myself! From here I could probably make it a good few more months but I really really need a decent bra so I may just say stuff it.

Good luck to all still standing!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #354 on: August 16, 2018, 09:25:43 AM »
Sorry to see you go Fresh Bread.

I just found out I am pregnant. 5 weeks along, so very early on (it always amazing me how easily I tell internet strangers these types of things). I am sure I can make it through the summer on the clothes I have now but I will most likely have to move on to the only necessary clothes shopping sometime in the fall.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #355 on: August 16, 2018, 02:18:18 PM »
Sorry to see you go Fresh Bread.

I just found out I am pregnant. 5 weeks along, so very early on (it always amazing me how easily I tell internet strangers these types of things). I am sure I can make it through the summer on the clothes I have now but I will most likely have to move on to the only necessary clothes shopping sometime in the fall.

Congrats!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #356 on: August 18, 2018, 05:25:57 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  All the best.

Hanging tough in the challenge here -- nothing bought this year.

I wanted to share one funny story.  So my company is currently being bought by MegaCorp, and "integration" discussions are underway.  We found out recently that MegaCorp has a dress code that is way stricter than what we have.  For men, suits and ties every day.  For women, no bare shoulders, closed-toed shoes, and pantyhose with skirts.  Whaaaat???  I don't own any pantyhose, and there is no f*ing way I am buying any five months out from FIRE, and in the midst of the Absolutely Zero Clothes challenge.  If my new overlord boss says anything to me, I am just going to say "I'm sorry, Ma'am.  My priorities are clear.  Do what you must, but I refuse to fail the MMM clothing challenge." 

FU money use at its finest!  ;)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #357 on: August 18, 2018, 05:41:04 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  All the best.

Hanging tough in the challenge here -- nothing bought this year.

I wanted to share one funny story.  So my company is currently being bought by MegaCorp, and "integration" discussions are underway.  We found out recently that MegaCorp has a dress code that is way stricter than what we have.  For men, suits and ties every day.  For women, no bare shoulders, closed-toed shoes, and pantyhose with skirts.  Whaaaat???  I don't own any pantyhose, and there is no f*ing way I am buying any five months out from FIRE, and in the midst of the Absolutely Zero Clothes challenge.  If my new overlord boss says anything to me, I am just going to say "I'm sorry, Ma'am.  My priorities are clear.  Do what you must, but I refuse to fail the MMM clothing challenge." 

FU money use at its finest!  ;)

Tell them with a straight face that panty hose gives you Candida and walk away. Or tell them you're wearing them but they are just really really sheer and no you can't touch my legs to check. Or wear pants for five months!

OR! Another idea, wear full on fishnets. Please wear fishnets.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #358 on: August 18, 2018, 06:21:25 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  All the best.

Hanging tough in the challenge here -- nothing bought this year.

I wanted to share one funny story.  So my company is currently being bought by MegaCorp, and "integration" discussions are underway.  We found out recently that MegaCorp has a dress code that is way stricter than what we have.  For men, suits and ties every day.  For women, no bare shoulders, closed-toed shoes, and pantyhose with skirts.  Whaaaat???  I don't own any pantyhose, and there is no f*ing way I am buying any five months out from FIRE, and in the midst of the Absolutely Zero Clothes challenge.  If my new overlord boss says anything to me, I am just going to say "I'm sorry, Ma'am.  My priorities are clear.  Do what you must, but I refuse to fail the MMM clothing challenge." 

FU money use at its finest!  ;)

Tell them with a straight face that panty hose gives you Candida and walk away. Or tell them you're wearing them but they are just really really sheer and no you can't touch my legs to check. Or wear pants for five months!

OR! Another idea, wear full on fishnets. Please wear fishnets.

LOL!!!  Awesome ideas!  Love the Candida idea, laughing so hard right now.  Someone on my FIRE cohort thread also suggested I take an eyeliner pencil and draw a line up the back of my legs . . .

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #359 on: August 18, 2018, 06:23:56 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  All the best.

Hanging tough in the challenge here -- nothing bought this year.

I wanted to share one funny story.  So my company is currently being bought by MegaCorp, and "integration" discussions are underway.  We found out recently that MegaCorp has a dress code that is way stricter than what we have.  For men, suits and ties every day.  For women, no bare shoulders, closed-toed shoes, and pantyhose with skirts.  Whaaaat???  I don't own any pantyhose, and there is no f*ing way I am buying any five months out from FIRE, and in the midst of the Absolutely Zero Clothes challenge.  If my new overlord boss says anything to me, I am just going to say "I'm sorry, Ma'am.  My priorities are clear.  Do what you must, but I refuse to fail the MMM clothing challenge." 

FU money use at its finest!  ;)

Tell them with a straight face that panty hose gives you Candida and walk away. Or tell them you're wearing them but they are just really really sheer and no you can't touch my legs to check. Or wear pants for five months!

OR! Another idea, wear full on fishnets. Please wear fishnets.

LOL!!!  Awesome ideas!  Love the Candida idea, laughing so hard right now.  Someone on my FIRE cohort thread also suggested I take an eyeliner pencil and draw a line up the back of my legs . . .

I wore seamed stockings at one point but the seams kept going crooked! Eye liner is a much better idea.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #360 on: August 20, 2018, 08:37:50 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  All the best.

Hanging tough in the challenge here -- nothing bought this year.

I wanted to share one funny story.  So my company is currently being bought by MegaCorp, and "integration" discussions are underway.  We found out recently that MegaCorp has a dress code that is way stricter than what we have.  For men, suits and ties every day.  For women, no bare shoulders, closed-toed shoes, and pantyhose with skirts.  Whaaaat???  I don't own any pantyhose, and there is no f*ing way I am buying any five months out from FIRE, and in the midst of the Absolutely Zero Clothes challenge.  If my new overlord boss says anything to me, I am just going to say "I'm sorry, Ma'am.  My priorities are clear.  Do what you must, but I refuse to fail the MMM clothing challenge." 

FU money use at its finest!  ;)

Tell them with a straight face that panty hose gives you Candida and walk away. Or tell them you're wearing them but they are just really really sheer and no you can't touch my legs to check. Or wear pants for five months!

OR! Another idea, wear full on fishnets. Please wear fishnets.

LOL!!!  Awesome ideas!  Love the Candida idea, laughing so hard right now.  Someone on my FIRE cohort thread also suggested I take an eyeliner pencil and draw a line up the back of my legs . . .

I wore seamed stockings at one point but the seams kept going crooked! Eye liner is a much better idea.

Yup I'd feel the same, no way am I failing at a challenge with 5 months to go over pantyhose! All of Fresh Bread's suggestions are great. I especially like the Candida one.

Good luck, hopefully these rules don't go into affect until the cooler weather comes and you'll be wearing pants anyway.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #361 on: August 22, 2018, 12:54:32 PM »
I'm still truckin' along. Having dated same person for a few months now I can feel wee little impulses to buy new things but I know that's a primping impulse and my own clothes are just fine for that ;)

...I have however gained a bit of weight so we'll have to convince the midsection to get back in line before cold weather!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #362 on: August 24, 2018, 09:50:17 PM »
I only discovered MMM a few months ago, but had coincidently given myself the same challenge for 2018.  My only failure was a business trip with my boss.  We traveled on Sunday (which is very rare) and did so in casual clothing.  Monday morning I realized I didn't pack dress shoes because it's not part of my normal checklist because they're usually on my feet when I leave the house.  My plan was to go the three days in tennis shoes, but my boss called me out on it no more than 10 minutes into day one.  It's not like I would have been disciplined, but I figured if he noticed that I should probably take care of it.  I spend $7.49 at a thrift store over lunch and bought a pair of brown dress shoes, which were a little nicer and a lot more comfortable than the pair I left at home.

Other than that, I don't think I'll get through basketball season (as a referee) without a new pair of black athletic shoes.  I put a hole in a shoe in February, and instead of buying new ones I reverted to a pair I'd considered worn out but never tossed.  If I have any knee or back pain issues, I'll probably have to spend again. 

Other than these incidents, I think I'll make it through 2018 with no other expenditures.  I was given three shirts through the course of the year from vendors, but my goal was related to spending rather than consumption so I'm considering those legal.  I also can't imagine any reason why I'd have to spend in 2019 unless I lose another pair of brown socks beyond darnability. 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #363 on: August 29, 2018, 01:31:35 AM »
Congrats on all the people still going strong!

It's actually easier than I thought to be honest. It really helps to have a good (capsule) wardrobe already. I'm so glad I already reduced my clothes to the stuff I actually wear all the time with some extra's. It's so easy to get dressed. I think I will do 'one in, one out' next year to keep the amount I have now and keep the same balance. And I will try to do mostly second hand.

No one notices btw. Not that I thought people would, but they actually don't.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #364 on: September 05, 2018, 03:09:14 PM »
Made it through August. I'm now 8 weeks pregnant and haven't needed to buy any new clothes but I can tell I'm not going to make it too much further. Dresses are great but once the cooler weather is here and I need to wear pants I'm gonna be picking up some maternity clothes. At that point I'll move over to the other challenge for only necessary purchases. I'm hoping to make it through September but we'll see.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #365 on: September 05, 2018, 03:46:29 PM »
Made it through August. I'm now 8 weeks pregnant and haven't needed to buy any new clothes but I can tell I'm not going to make it too much further. Dresses are great but once the cooler weather is here and I need to wear pants I'm gonna be picking up some maternity clothes. At that point I'll move over to the other challenge for only necessary purchases. I'm hoping to make it through September but we'll see.

Well, that's about as good a reason as someone could have for failing this challenge! Congratulations on your failure!  :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #366 on: September 06, 2018, 09:20:17 AM »
Made it through August. I'm now 8 weeks pregnant and haven't needed to buy any new clothes but I can tell I'm not going to make it too much further. Dresses are great but once the cooler weather is here and I need to wear pants I'm gonna be picking up some maternity clothes. At that point I'll move over to the other challenge for only necessary purchases. I'm hoping to make it through September but we'll see.

Well, that's about as good a reason as someone could have for failing this challenge! Congratulations on your failure!  :)

Haha, thank you :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #367 on: September 18, 2018, 07:40:31 AM »
Well I am officially out of this challenge. I bought some Maternity pants and tops last Friday. Zero regrets I am sooooo much more comfortable now. 9 1/2 months of no clothes shopping is pretty good though.

Good luck to everyone still remaining.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #368 on: September 19, 2018, 04:23:42 AM »
Congrats Haypug!  Being comfortable is important. 

I'm still hanging tough, nothing bought this year.  I think I should make it through the year, barring something really unforeseen.  (Pregnancy will definitely not be happening.  :)).  My small wardrobe is definitely showing some wear, especially my running shoes, but I think they will make it to the end of the year.

Hope everyone else is doing well.   

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #369 on: September 19, 2018, 11:04:57 AM »
Still here and no anticipated issues. How many of us are left?!

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« Reply #370 on: September 20, 2018, 07:07:02 PM »
Still here and no anticipated issues. How many of us are left?!

Still here.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #371 on: September 22, 2018, 10:52:39 AM »
Good job to those still in this challenge!

Looks like I am going to make it through the year with only one purchase (a locally made swimsuit after I lost mine earlier this spring). Some things are getting quite worn (I have a small wardrobe) and will need to buy some socks/undies in the new year but am amazed at how relatively easy it has been to wear the same things all year. ha.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #372 on: September 24, 2018, 03:39:19 AM »
Still here and no anticipated issues. How many of us are left?!

Still here.

Also still here!

One of my favorite pants have a hole on the butt, however the weather doesn't allow me to wear that one anyway. Bummed that I have to buy a new one next year though. Will try to fix it but it's not on the seam and it's really light travel fabric. Maybe something to iron on it on the inside? And I have to fix my bikini before I go on holiday. Other than that.. going strong!
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #373 on: October 18, 2018, 01:33:04 AM »
That's it? Only 4 still going? ;) Good for us! =pat on the back=

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #374 on: October 18, 2018, 02:48:05 AM »
Yep -- still here.  I'm going to make it . . .Can't think of anything that could crop up that would require me to buy something.  And -- I'm going to make it to the end of my career, since I'll be FIREing in early 2019.  I will never have to buy fancy office work clothes again.  Man that feels goooood to type.  Woo hoo!   :)

On a sad note, my best pair of non-work shoes (11 year old brown leather sneakers) split at the toe.  I really love these shoes and I am going to try hard for some kind of repair.  But in a worst case scenario, I'll replace them next year.

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« Reply #375 on: October 18, 2018, 03:05:15 AM »
Yep -- still here.  I'm going to make it . . .Can't think of anything that could crop up that would require me to buy something.  And -- I'm going to make it to the end of my career, since I'll be FIREing in early 2019.  I will never have to buy fancy office work clothes again.  Man that feels goooood to type.  Woo hoo!   :)

On a sad note, my best pair of non-work shoes (11 year old brown leather sneakers) split at the toe.  I really love these shoes and I am going to try hard for some kind of repair.  But in a worst case scenario, I'll replace them next year.

Yeah!!! That's great, good for you! Congrats!

I personally work in a very casual work environment, so no too fancy stuff for me, pfew! I can just buy things that are presentable that I can also wear outside of work. So happy about that. Throw in some fancier pairs of shoes that I've had for years and good to go.

That sucks on the shoes! I hate it when favorite shoes wear out. I always just want the same ones again.. ;)


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #376 on: October 18, 2018, 07:08:51 AM »
I'm out :(

Almost made it!! But found an incredible deal on rain/snow pants that will work for biking. I've been using kids' $10 poofy snowpants that didn't fit well and was resigned to wearing them again this year, while saving up for sales next spring. The particular item I was saving up for showed up used on REI for a fraction of the price so I jumped on it.

I love love love that this challenge made me rethink "adornment" purchases. No accessories, no random buying of underwear that doesn't fit right anyway (my recent over 40yrs old curse), no new swimsuit top just because. Making myself not buy new underthings also helped reframe what I actually need. I'm most comfortable in a tank top and merino underwear, but previously only wore those camping because the fabric tends to be more spendy. I've whittled down my current clothing to the "uniforms" that I feel really great in, and can plan for replacement purchases as things wear out in five or so years, instead of having some nebulous budget idea of random clothing.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #377 on: October 18, 2018, 02:04:55 PM »
That's awesome, Katscratch!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #378 on: October 19, 2018, 03:44:07 AM »
I agree Katscratch!  Great takeaways from a great challenge. 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #379 on: October 19, 2018, 04:57:07 AM »
Iím joining, because I will be having surgery shortly that will give me about a month off work and my body is going to drastically change shape and size, so buying clothes now means theyíll just be thrifted shortly.  Iíve also decided that wearing nylons is dumb, and so Iím planning to wear pedi socks with flats and dresses until itís cold enough here to wear my boots.