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Title: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 26, 2017, 12:57:39 AM
Anyone else in for ZERO clothes shopping in 2018? No exceptions, no bending the rules.

I'm prepared for this to be uncomfortable and challenging for me. But I'm keen to make it work, and prepared to suffer just a little in the process.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Nederstash on December 26, 2017, 02:55:21 AM
I'm with you! I have so many clothes, they're just a bit too small for me. That'll motivate me to drop some pounds!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 26, 2017, 03:07:07 AM
I would be in but "no exceptions no rules" would need clarity on one rule. Is this on ones self or what about your kids etc.. ? I know I could do for myself especially after my xmas gifts but my kids need things over the year from time to time since they do grow, or hope too!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on December 26, 2017, 12:36:18 PM
I am down for this.  I only had one thing on my list to purchase anyway - new running shoes.  No reason I can't go ahead and order those now and start 2018 clean.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 26, 2017, 01:08:31 PM
I would be in but "no exceptions no rules" would need clarity on one rule. Is this on ones self or what about your kids etc.. ? I know I could do for myself especially after my xmas gifts but my kids need things over the year from time to time since they do grow, or hope too!

I'm not including my child. He's seven months old, there is zero chance of him wearing the same size clothes for a full year.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: DK82 on December 26, 2017, 02:53:05 PM
I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of the "turn the hangers around" exercise.  The majority of clothes hanging in my closet have not been worn in just about a year.  The purge begins in a couple weeks! 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: k_to_the_v on December 27, 2017, 02:37:03 PM
I am posting to follow. I'm aiming for 60-90 days of no clothes shopping to start the year off - basically doing a shopping detox in order to break the twitch (in the words of Anthony Ortega) and work towards more intentionality in my purchases.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on December 27, 2017, 06:06:54 PM
I am in (already had talked with my fella about this..a 'no-shopping' 2018).

This will be a good challenge for me since I really crave variety but am dismayed by the environmental impacts of textile waste..so it's a good call to action
:)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on December 27, 2017, 06:31:00 PM
I am in.

I was wildly unsuccessful in 2017, which means I am more than ready for 2018. There is absolutely NOTHING I need.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 27, 2017, 06:54:21 PM
I am in (already had talked with my fella about this..a 'no-shopping' 2018).

This will be a good challenge for me since I really crave variety but am dismayed by the environmental impacts of textile waste..so it's a good call to action
:)

I'm feeling you! I'm actually doing a full No Shopping Year in 2018 (discussion in my journal of my "rules"), partly so that when I allow myself to purchase items in 2019 I'm starting from a blank slate mentally, and can make careful decisions around buying sustainable and ethical clothes and other goods. A complete break, and then a fresh start purchasing only in line with my values.

I'm also hoping that not buying any clothes or other consumer products in 2018 will help me to focus on reducing waste (mostly plastic packaging) associated with our grocery shopping. But that's a whole 'nother topic, and I'm already off topic in this thread :-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on December 27, 2017, 07:33:43 PM
I am in (already had talked with my fella about this..a 'no-shopping' 2018).

This will be a good challenge for me since I really crave variety but am dismayed by the environmental impacts of textile waste..so it's a good call to action
:)

I'm feeling you! I'm actually doing a full No Shopping Year in 2018 (discussion in my journal of my "rules"), partly so that when I allow myself to purchase items in 2019 I'm starting from a blank slate mentally, and can make careful decisions around buying sustainable and ethical clothes and other goods. A complete break, and then a fresh start purchasing only in line with my values.

I'm also hoping that not buying any clothes or other consumer products in 2018 will help me to focus on reducing waste (mostly plastic packaging) associated with our grocery shopping. But that's a whole 'nother topic, and I'm already off topic in this thread :-)

Oh exciting, we are on the same page as you! We are mostly planning on a complete no shopping year as well (things will be discussed as they come up as we may want to purchase a canoe,etc ) but mostly we also want to move towards only buying things in-line with our values and this seems like a good re-set.   Clothing is a great starter and we are also trying to bring less plastic into our home, it's a great stretch for the creative mind.  Good challenge!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: nessness on December 28, 2017, 11:32:29 AM
This is one of my new year's resolutions, with the one exception of buying new bras after I wean my baby. Since you said no exceptions, I'll just quietly lurk from the shadows. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on December 28, 2017, 03:23:00 PM
I am in UNLESS I make enough success in the "lose weight 2018" challenge. If I get to the point where I have zero bras or swimsuits that fit, I'll have to buy those, but 2 of each, period.  I would have to lose probably 20 pounds for that to be an issue though, so until that happens, I am in.  Also, I have to have 2 pairs of jeans that fit (all I currently have at the moment), so if I have a casualty and only have 1, that's a non-starter for my job, since I wear jeans every day. If I lose SOME of the weight I have jeans a size down that should fit though. And then plenty of jeans (and everything except swimsuits and bras) 2 sizes down, which is the goal.

I tried to do the no clothes 2017 but failed. I did NOT fail as badly as I have in previous years so I feel like I made really good progress there. So, count me in until I have nothing that fits!! Honestly, if I really get these damned 20 pounds off and need to buy new swimwear, I will gleefully do so.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: happy on December 28, 2017, 03:29:37 PM
I'm in. I did  extremely well for about 3 years when I first tried this a couple of years ago. Wardrobe is now replenished, so I don't need much.  Unless, like Firehiker I loose an awful lot of weight.

I think I'll join the lose weight in 2018 challenge, that way I'm going to go well in at least one of the two.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on December 28, 2017, 03:47:25 PM
I think I'll join the lose weight in 2018 challenge, that way I'm going to go well in at least one of the two.

I love this way of looking at it! Either I buy no clothes or I lose enough weight to necessitate buying new clothes. Either way is a win!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Chavak on December 28, 2017, 04:02:10 PM
Sure, why not. I hate clothes shopping and I wear stuff that is several years old already. Broke down and bought a sweater a month ago to keep from freezing and it should last me awhile. I hated spending money even on that (and it was cheap!).
I'm up for the challenge in 2018.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on December 28, 2017, 04:29:12 PM
Ok I'm in. But I really need to get some summer footwear that isn't havianas and doesn't slip off my feet (ie smart sandals) and I'm away right now so I'll have to start on Jan 7 :P

On the plus side, so you don't kick me out, I've realised that instead of shopping for more day to day t-shirt bras (I have three that have stretched & torn), I can first try and wear my fancy bras that never get an outing. No idea if they still fit but they are pretty so even though they haven't been worn in years I've never managed to chuck them out. Hubby will think I've taken a lover! Plus I've got two sports bras that I'll also wear more.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: BrakeForTurtles on December 28, 2017, 04:55:00 PM
I'm in! I spent $300 on regular clothes in 2017, and $300 on a winter coat. Looking over what I bought the vast majority was unnecessary. 90% of it was from thrift stores, so that is a bonus from an environmental perspective. But the things I needed to buy (dress for a wedding, clothes for a professional work environment) will carry over to the same occasions next year, so I think this challenge is realistic. When I told my SO about the challenge he rolled his eyes and said I will look like a hobo. Hopefully he is mostly joking. I figure new-to-me clothes aren't completely out of the equation though, I have long planned to start doing clothing swaps with my friends and this challenge will give me an incentive!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bateaux on December 28, 2017, 06:11:33 PM
In 2017 I only bought socks and bicycle gloves.  Probably going to get more socks in 2018 and might need a pack of whitey-tighty underwear.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: nessness on December 29, 2017, 03:58:45 AM
I was only planning on doing this challenge by myself but I told my husband and he wants to do it too. Woohoo!

The goal for the kids is no new clothes, but thrifted clothes are okay as necessary.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: dmmms on December 29, 2017, 09:43:34 AM
I'm in! A few years ago I combined no clothes shopping with only wearing items ONCE (work wear only & exception being black pants & shoes). I did it for 3+ months and only stopped because I missed some of my favorite clothes! I has PLENTY of clothes to do that, too!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on December 29, 2017, 05:47:12 PM
I'm in until I hopefully get pregnant and need maternity clothes but until then I'm all set with buying more clothes!

I may do the "turn the hanger around" challenge as well. I tried that several years back and it was helpful.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: hegemony on December 29, 2017, 06:33:43 PM
I'm in too.  Although (or perhaps because) I buy almost all of my clothes secondhand, I have more than I need.  Looking back at what I bought this past year, there's a good bit more clothing than I expected.  I'd like to stem the tide, save some money, and make better use of what I already have.  I;d also like to be a lot more mindful about what I actually need, and make more ethical choices when I do make a purchase.

I'm also planning for a no shopping year for 2018, so it seems like I'm in good company.  That said, I'm also planning to do the lose weight in 2018 challenge.  Success in weight loss might mess things up a bit around not buying any clothing, but I'll deal with that later if I need to.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lemonverbena on December 29, 2017, 08:15:05 PM
I will try my best. I feel like this should be easy for me as I literally wear a Monday outfit, Tuesday outfit, etc. every day of every week (which is very freeing and prevents me from spending too much time thinking about whether a certain item isn't flattering or isn't my style or whatever... I just put it on and am done with it)... but on the other hand I probably wear through my clothes faster than most as a result of such frequent wearing. We shall see.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 29, 2017, 10:05:34 PM
I think it fantastic that so many people are going to join in and buy absolutely zero clothes in 2018. I'm excited to see how many of us can make it through the whole year without buying a single item.

For the people posting who are going to only buy one or two things, that's pretty cool! I wonder if maybe you need a thread for "only essential clothes shopping in 2018" or similar?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on December 29, 2017, 10:24:13 PM
Happier has got her badass game face on.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 29, 2017, 10:29:24 PM
Happier has got her badass game face on.

I think buying fewer clothes is great, but this thread is for buying NO clothes ;-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on December 29, 2017, 11:13:13 PM
I think it fantastic that so many people are going to join in and buy absolutely zero clothes in 2018. I'm excited to see how many of us can make it through the whole year without buying a single item.

For the people posting who are going to only buy one or two things, that's pretty cool! I wonder if maybe you need a thread for "only essential clothes shopping in 2018" or similar?

I hear you and will remove my earlier post and refrain from further posting on the thread :-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on December 29, 2017, 11:55:02 PM
Count me in. I will replace my worn-out gym shoes tomorrow or Sunday and should be able to have a No Clothes Buying 2018 without any trouble. I started a shopping ban for 2015 and, with very few exceptions to replace worn-out items (and even fewer impulse purchases), have stuck to it. In three years Iíve spent less on clothes than Iíd spend on one random impulse item in the past.

It helps that I got back to my target weight during 2017, so everything in my closet fits again. Thereís no possible way I could wear it all, let alone wear it all out. Maybe Iíll make a side challenge to wear out two things (and not due to stressing them with extra pounds;)!

Anyway, itís lovely to have lost the desire to shop. I suppose it makes this challenge less challenging for me, but I appreciate having others to discuss it with. Most people just donít get it.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: recklesslysober on December 30, 2017, 11:15:22 AM
I just finished a full year of not buying clothing - only exception was outerwear for snowboarding that I only wear on the mountain and consider sports equipment. It was a great experience! I won't be doing it again right away but I just wanted to pop in and say good luck to everyone! Looking forward to reading about your progress.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on December 30, 2017, 10:33:26 PM
Looking forward to this challenge (and today bought the 2 pairs of underwear that I wanted to get before Jan 1st)
This is going to be tough for me, but I am interested in seeing how I can adapt.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone :)
Lovely to be doing this in a group.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bee21 on December 31, 2017, 01:12:08 AM
This is one of my challenges for the year.

Unless I lose a Lot of weight. I have a pile of size 12 clothes but I will need to restock undies if that happens ☺.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on December 31, 2017, 01:16:12 AM
5hrs to go here on the east coast of Australia! Will try not to panic online shop, ha ha.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 01, 2018, 06:52:41 AM
Joining!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 01, 2018, 06:58:01 AM
5hrs to go here on the east coast of Australia! Will try not to panic online shop, ha ha.

HAHA this was me 12 hours ago!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 01, 2018, 07:02:05 AM
For those of you that crave variety, some inspiration: http://www.theuniformproject.com/
Title: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 01, 2018, 07:19:40 AM
And now I will just lurk and cheer y’all on because I am buying myself a bridesmaid dress this year... and I’m not willing to NOT do that, so I won’t be buying zero clothes for 2018 - but if I can keep it down to one dress, that will be a huge personal success for me.

Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 01, 2018, 07:21:16 AM
Also good for inspiration:
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/08/27/why-im-not-buying-any-clothes-in-2014/
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 01, 2018, 02:11:19 PM
So it looks like I have a minimalistic capsule wardrobe for summer (it is hot here), as i can sqeeze myself into only 3 dresses, 3 bottoms and 3 tops.

Being fat sucks.

Anyway, I love those outfits and I have plenty to run around the house. My exercise clothes fit me, so no need to complain.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 02, 2018, 11:15:23 AM
For those of you that crave variety, some inspiration: http://www.theuniformproject.com/

Love her, I remember watching it unfold with all her accessories :)

I also remember this original 'little brown dress'..way back in 2005!
http://old.seattletimes.com/html/living/2003109318_browndress07.html
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 02, 2018, 11:17:25 AM
I figure new-to-me clothes aren't completely out of the equation though, I have long planned to start doing clothing swaps with my friends and this challenge will give me an incentive!

Clothing swaps are the best! I also find I let go of things more easily when it might go to a friend.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on January 02, 2018, 07:14:47 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 05, 2018, 03:25:56 PM
Oh no, slight obstacle... I am a mystery shopper and it often involves shopping for clothes. Sometimes you return them, sometimes some of the cost is covered and you keep them (eg I spent $10.40 before Xmas and got $10 back). I was just about to accept a gig and then thought, oh wait!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: GoConfidently on January 05, 2018, 04:40:49 PM
Iím in. Iíve been doing some wardrobe simplification this past year, and Iíve been wanting to wear out some things that arenít fitting my ideal aesthetic (but are otherwise in great condition) so I can replace them without guilt. 2018 will be the year to wear it all out.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Zamboni on January 05, 2018, 05:04:33 PM
I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of the "turn the hangers around" exercise.  The majority of clothes hanging in my closet have not been worn in just about a year.  The purge begins in a couple weeks!

OMG this is such an awesome idea! I'm going to turn the hangers around right now, and even hang up some folded things so I can turn the hangers around. We'll see what I wear! This is kind of exciting in a perverse way . . .

Absolutely no clothes or shoes purchases for me this year. Zero. Ziltch. Nil. I don't need a thing . . . not even for variety's sake. I will have to pack very wisely when I travel so I don't end up picking up a sweater or a swimsuit because I forgot to pack it!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym on January 06, 2018, 01:10:02 AM
I am in. No exceptions.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Zamboni on January 06, 2018, 06:10:26 AM
I got my shoes turned around and about half of my hangers turned around last night, including hanging up all of my pants & sweaters. Wow, I have A LOT of pants! The sweaters situation is more lean . . . but there shall be no more anyway.

About 5 pairs of pants are clearly too small, and one almost new pair is even too big, so into the charity pile those went along with 5 pairs of shoes and a few other things I know I won't wear again.

I put a couple pairs of heavy weight pants that I think are just tight/barely too small in the rear part of the closet figuring I can try those again next winter. Aren't we all so confident that we will lose weight? I often do trim down over the summer . . . this summer I was somewhat lazy, but it is more fun if I am not lazy.

Stay strong, anti-shoppers!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Elle 8 on January 06, 2018, 09:56:33 AM
OK, I'm going to try this again this year.  I failed miserably last year.  The only thing I could possibly need is a pair of pantyhose for a wedding I'm going to (already have the dress and shoes).  I know I have at least one unopened pair but like to have a backup in case of a run.  But I'll search the house to see if there's an extra pair around before buying one.  Wish me luck; I know I'll need it!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: kissthesky on January 06, 2018, 02:59:56 PM
Count me in!
I think with the exceptions of running shoes & bridesmaid dresses I was pretty close to not buying any clothing last year.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 06, 2018, 05:08:50 PM
Excellent gauntlet challenge if you want to cut down your clothes shopping but know you will have to buy at least one item: Only Necessary Clothes Shopping 2018 (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/only-necessary-clothes-shopping-2018/msg1842442/#new)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 06, 2018, 05:17:06 PM
It's interesting how knowing I will not be buying clothes affects my mindset. I'm a champion declutterer (if I may say so myself!) but I'm finding I'm much less willing to let go of clothes I don't need, because what if everything else falls apart this year and that's all I'm left with?! I suddenly have a scarcity mindset around CLOTHES of all the silly, non-scarce things.

Part of why I'm keen on this challenge is because while I usually don't shop for clothes much, 2017 was a different story. My body went through a lot of changes (started the year 19 weeks pregnant; went through pregnancy and breastfeeding; then changed again post-breastfeeding as well as the normal post-partum changes) and I ended up buying soooo many items of clothes to keep up with it all.

Given the only body changes that will be happening in 2018 will be getting fitter and maybe losing some more baby weight, I should be fine. I have (just) enough clothes in my current, large-for-me size. I have plenty of clothes that will fit when I am back to my normal size.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 06, 2018, 05:26:50 PM
I had ordered some underwear at the end of December, which just arrived. Last aquisitions.

It's funny--I find my mindset is peaceful currently regarding the 'no-shopping' thing (didn't really expect this).
My SO & I are doing a complete no-shopping year (besides the obvious groceries, etc) and of course, our radio, my purse and glasses all broke the week we started.

But no big deal...we have no radio, I glued my glasses and sewed my purse. Voila!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: akzidenz on January 06, 2018, 09:03:43 PM
I'm somewhat anxiously committed to no clothes shopping in 2018 too!

I love clothes, I'm very into fashion (I enjoy following runway shows, industry news, and I'm alarmingly good at identifying the brands of shoes/handbags/jackets/et cetera when I'm out and about). I obsessively research what to buy next and spend a lot of time online shopping. ButÖ

I have this perverse desire to not buy clothes just to prove that I can, and prove to myself that having a hobby (which often has strongly consumerist tendencies) doesn't require that I also consume at an excessive, environmentally unfriendly pace.

I'm still very unsure if I can do this, and I'm having all these last-minute thoughts of "but! what aboutÖmy desire for a new coat?" (despite owning two already) "but what if I poke a hole in all my socks?" (I'll mend them, just like I did in college) "I have an event I need new clothes for!" (I am adequately equipped for all manner of weddings, holiday parties, funeralsÖ)

I think my unease means that I should do this. Last year I banned myself from buying beauty products (unless I truly ran outóe.g. absolutely no moisturizer in my possession) and books (I relied on the library) and I am so pleased at how well those little bans reset my mindless consumer behavior.

Hopefully, a ban on clothes shopping will do the same thing.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 07, 2018, 12:56:35 AM
I was decluttering my wardrobe and found a few things I'd forgotten about... I'll think I'll be ok.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on January 07, 2018, 01:49:26 AM
I'm committing to this now. My one anticipated transgression - the purchase of new hiking trousers on NYD - didn't happen. DH and I had a shopping opportunity on NYE, he found what he needed, and I tried on some trousers, found a pair that fitted, looked again at the price tag, and thought, "Nope, spending that much was never in the plan." So last year's resolution remains intact, I have no reason to go clothes shopping again, and 2018 is very much on.

I've also cleared out some more clothes I'll never wear. I'd kept them because they're good quality and I thought I might sell them, but I've been saying that for several years and haven't done it. They've gone to the charity shop. One of my daughters has relieved me of some surplus winter garments. I am starting to see the possibility of eliminating the black holes from my wardrobe.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 07, 2018, 04:43:33 AM

But no big deal...we have no radio, I glued my glasses and sewed my purse. Voila!
Badass!!!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Zamboni on January 07, 2018, 06:05:17 AM
I had ordered some underwear at the end of December, which just arrived. Last aquisitions.

It's funny--I find my mindset is peaceful currently regarding the 'no-shopping' thing (didn't really expect this).
My SO & I are doing a complete no-shopping year (besides the obvious groceries, etc) and of course, our radio, my purse and glasses all broke the week we started.

But no big deal...we have no radio, I glued my glasses and sewed my purse. Voila!

Well done!

Have you read any books to inspire your no shopping year?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: LateToTheParty on January 07, 2018, 07:06:22 AM
Iím in. I completed 2016 and 2017 with absolutely no clothes buying and will go another year. If I lose 10# this will be even easier, as I have a bunch of clothing that is in great shape, but just a little too snug to wear. My ďlargerĒ stuff is starting to become threadbare.
Good motivation to slim down a bit.
You all were motivation for my 2016 and 2017 success with this gauntlet. I have been more of a lurker, but plan to post a bit more in the coming year.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: yogagirl95 on January 07, 2018, 09:31:29 AM
Subbing:

I need to do this. I have already returned a pair of jeans bought in November, and will receive a gift card in the mail. I have lost 6 lbs since then and they were a little big. I need to not spend anything this year and use what I have and then reevaluate.

Returns: Jeans 1/6/2018   

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 07, 2018, 09:33:04 AM


Well done!

Have you read any books to inspire your no shopping year?

I had been wanting to try it but didn't have the full support of my SO (I did something similar a while back to pay off my student loan debt and read a lot of personal finance blogs about that side of it)

He recently read a NY Times article and suggested that we try it (I was surprised he was interested) so this year it is about reflecting on our level of consumerism and what impact that has on the environment. I think we also practice self-respect by taking care of the things we have *and sometimes have forgotten how capable we are, not our gear but ourselves!

 The Art of Frugal Hedonism: Annie Rowland and Adam Grubb.

 Tara Brach is a meditation teacher that I listen to. Learning to watch the emotions surrounding aquiring/desiring is quite the key skill for me to develop!

recently from the library --"STUFF: compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things" (mostly stories from one of the original researchers in this field. I am by no means a hoarder but have one in my family so it really hits home)




But no big deal...we have no radio, I glued my glasses and sewed my purse. Voila!
Badass!!!
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Ha--thanks. You should've seen the shock on the optometrists face when I said the word glue!

Oops. I obviously did something wrong with my cut & paste-ing!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 07, 2018, 10:02:46 AM
Excellent gauntlet challenge if you want to cut down your clothes shopping but know you will have to buy at least one item: Only Necessary Clothes Shopping 2018 (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/throw-down-the-gauntlet/only-necessary-clothes-shopping-2018/msg1842442/#new)

Ooo thanks! That thread is for me!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Elle 8 on January 07, 2018, 10:41:43 AM
I searched for that extra pair of pantyhose I'll need this year and they didn't turn up, so I'll head on over to the other thread.  Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 08, 2018, 11:31:20 AM
Made it through week 1! 51 more to go ;) It's actually not so bad. Like others have said, when I have committed completely it's easier then say cutting back on something.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: pegleglolita on January 08, 2018, 12:52:26 PM
I was all set to do this for the next few months, and then when I was at Bargain Hunt buying refillable stick lighters ($1 each!), I found a J.Crew silk blouse that was marked at $5 and then discounted 75%!  $1.25 for a $100 blouse that I will most definitely wear to work was too amazing a deal to pass up.  I mean, does under $2 really count?! ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: asiljoy on January 08, 2018, 12:54:35 PM
I think I'll join the lose weight in 2018 challenge, that way I'm going to go well in at least one of the two.

I love this way of looking at it! Either I buy no clothes or I lose enough weight to necessitate buying new clothes. Either way is a win!

Ooooh. I really like this.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 11, 2018, 12:22:13 PM
I was all set to do this for the next few months, and then when I was at Bargain Hunt buying refillable stick lighters ($1 each!), I found a J.Crew silk blouse that was marked at $5 and then discounted 75%!  $1.25 for a $100 blouse that I will most definitely wear to work was too amazing a deal to pass up.  I mean, does under $2 really count?! ;)

Daaaaayumn. That’s a deal! But did you *need* it? ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 11, 2018, 12:33:51 PM
I was all set to do this for the next few months, and then when I was at Bargain Hunt buying refillable stick lighters ($1 each!), I found a J.Crew silk blouse that was marked at $5 and then discounted 75%!  $1.25 for a $100 blouse that I will most definitely wear to work was too amazing a deal to pass up.  I mean, does under $2 really count?! ;)

Daaaaayumn. Thatís a deal! But did you *need* it? ;)

 a fair enough problem...the uber deal! I can't let myself browse near stores with sales :: bargains are my kryptonite.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: pegleglolita on January 11, 2018, 03:53:55 PM
For those of you that crave variety, some inspiration: http://www.theuniformproject.com/

OMG I remember this...so inspiring!  Of course, where I work I definitely couldn't do the "crotch-high mini" look, but I've often fantasized about having an excuse to wear the same thing every day and not be given The Weirdo Look. 
Title: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 11, 2018, 04:39:06 PM
For those of you that crave variety, some inspiration: http://www.theuniformproject.com/

OMG I remember this...so inspiring!  Of course, where I work I definitely couldn't do the "crotch-high mini" look, but I've often fantasized about having an excuse to wear the same thing every day and not be given The Weirdo Look.

I give you, The Self-Imposed Work Uniform: https://www.google.ca/amp/www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/amp10441/why-i-wear-the-same-thing-to-work-everday/

Although, men can get away with this more easily than women can: http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/tv-anchor-same-suit-sexism_n_6170900
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 12, 2018, 09:01:31 AM
I'm still sticking to this.  With the few other people who are either not buying clothes or losing weight, so either way a win.  I have so many clothes, it's embarrassing.  I have been looking online for a swimsuit, but since those are SO hard to shop for, it's really just hobby shopping.  I haven't been tempted to purchase.

It helps that husband and I made an agreement that we would consult each other for EVERY purchase, including grocery list, before spending, so any unjustified treats are out of the question right now.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Nola584 on January 13, 2018, 12:33:13 PM
Time for me to officially join in on this challenge. Itís been my personal goal since the beginning of the year, when I reviewing my 2016 clothing spending, but I hesitated to join in. What if all my socks suddenly get holes? What if i have an ultra special occasion and NEED something new?

 All just lame excuses that I could find a way to work around. The reality is that i have plenty and I need to appreciate this more. So Iím all in for 2018. Letís see how this goes. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on January 13, 2018, 02:24:00 PM
All just lame excuses that I could find a way to work around. The reality is that i have plenty and I need to appreciate this more. So Iím all in for 2018. Letís see how this goes. :)

THIS. Iíve done my own version of this for three years now (with certain exceptions and only a few impulse purchases), with great success. I want to do this year as per this challenge and buy absolutely nothing. Iím looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym on January 13, 2018, 06:39:16 PM
Time for me to officially join in on this challenge. Itís been my personal goal since the beginning of the year, when I reviewing my 2016 clothing spending, but I hesitated to join in. What if all my socks suddenly get holes? What if i have an ultra special occasion and NEED something new?

 All just lame excuses that I could find a way to work around. The reality is that i have plenty and I need to appreciate this more. So Iím all in for 2018. Letís see how this goes. :)

I was riding to work on Thursday and had a FREAKOUT about work socks and the chance that they would all die and "what if" and "but work" then realised that this was daft- I have tights, I have other [less preferred] socks, I have shoes that don't need socks AT AlLL and this was al  last minute excuses and looking for loopholes. No loopholes, this is it. We got this.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: yogagirl95 on January 13, 2018, 07:46:04 PM
I think the no exceptions is helping me. Last year I face exceptions and I failed. I was going to
Spend this week but stopped myself because of today and my goal list in my planner.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 13, 2018, 09:42:40 PM
I think the no exceptions is helping me.

Me too! When I make exceptions I find reasons to keep making exceptions ;-) better to make a blanket rule and stick to it.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on January 14, 2018, 02:56:26 PM
OK, I'm going to join. I've been hesitating because I'm 24 weeks pregnant. I had a baby two years ago, so I'm familiar with the weird post-partum, breastfeeding body stages, but I also have clothes for them from last time around. This is likely to challenge me, but that's part of the appeal.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 14, 2018, 05:24:52 PM
I downloaded the Smart Closet app and I'm loving it! Useful for seeing just how much I own and what I actually wear, and over time it will help me calculate my cost per wear.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 15, 2018, 02:38:12 PM
I downloaded the Smart Closet app and I'm loving it! Useful for seeing just how much I own and what I actually wear, and over time it will help me calculate my cost per wear.

Just checked out the app. Looks very useful. I am really bad at hanging on to clothes that I don't wear so I think having this app will help me either get rid of or wear the clothes that I'm not wearing.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 16, 2018, 09:20:42 AM
My sister is in town so we went shopping because we both had a few items to purchase.  I didn't purchase any clothing for myself, but it was really difficult.  Surprisingly so.  A friend who does not like to shop will be sending $30 in Kohl's cash my way.  In the spirit of this challenge, am I free to spend a portion of this on myself, or should I only look for items for my family?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on January 16, 2018, 10:41:16 PM
@AmandaPanda youíre all clear as long as itís not more than ďabsolutely zeroĒ ... ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: happy on January 17, 2018, 03:37:33 AM
Oops I found myself browsing online sports craft sale - nothing over $39. Found a great top $229 reduced to $19. Put it in my checkout bag.....

Then, deleted it. Phew!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 03:40:37 AM
Oops I found myself browsing online sports craft sale - nothing over $39. Found a great top $229 reduced to $19. Put it in my checkout bag.....

Then, deleted it. Phew!

Close one!!

@AmandaPanda youíre all clear as long as itís not more than ďabsolutely zeroĒ ... ;)

I feel like "absolutely zero" is such a nice clear limit :-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 03:42:05 AM
Got invited to a bra party today. Politely declined. No new bras for me unless my house burns down with all my clothes inside - and if that happens, flunking this challenge will be the least of my concerns ;-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 17, 2018, 07:07:51 AM
WUT is a bra party???

and I GET IT :) I won't spend any Kohl's cash on myself...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on January 17, 2018, 03:00:21 PM
WUT is a bra party???

and I GET IT :) I won't spend any Kohl's cash on myself...

Yeah, that's a new one for me, too. (The bra party.)

I recently gave away $20 in Kohl's cash. Felt good to not walk in the store to buy stuff I don't need.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 17, 2018, 03:22:15 PM
Had to pick up a safety air cartridge at an outdoor shop today..it's the first time I've gone into a store with great clothing in 2018 since starting this challenge.

 I immediately felt myself "drawn" in the direction of some lovely looking things.
I reminded myself of my errand, went straight to counter, and straight out the door.
*phew*
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 18, 2018, 10:14:08 AM
Had to pick up a safety air cartridge at an outdoor shop today..it's the first time I've gone into a store with great clothing in 2018 since starting this challenge.

 I immediately felt myself "drawn" in the direction of some lovely looking things.
I reminded myself of my errand, went straight to counter, and straight out the door.
*phew*


Good job Serendip! Seeing great clothing up close and in person would be super tempting for me. If I'm not near it I'm OK.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: GnomeErcy on January 18, 2018, 02:59:35 PM
I'm in.

I don't have enough 'business casual' clothes to work at a job that requires business casual...so I'll be using accepted daily attire as a primary filter of places I may change jobs to.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 18, 2018, 03:19:06 PM
If I buy some Thinx style underwear, can I count it as menstrual products and not clothing please Happier?? What if I get hubby to order them and give me them as a gift "have a great period, darling"?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 18, 2018, 03:20:53 PM
If I buy some Thinx style underwear, can I count it as menstrual products and not clothing please Happier?? What if I get hubby to order them and give me them as a gift "have a great period, darling"?

I personally wouldn't count them as clothes, given I don't count my cloth pads as clothes, but only you know if they count for you ;-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 18, 2018, 06:17:14 PM
Happier I love this!

I agree with others who have said the hard line is very helpful. I think that's one of the reasons I fall out of touch in the Uber Frugal threads - we all have a different level of "uber" for various reasons, and it's too easy for me to read along and then find myself rationalizing unnecessary spending.

I'm in. My only impulse in the past few months is new underwear, but my preferred brand stopped selling their merino version. I am down to four pairs of underwear that fit but have made it through this year by hand washing and hanging to dry - usually the two merino wool pairs that I very much love but are spendy and now discontinued anyway. I don't need more than I have, and if they wear out by summer well that's what swimsuits are for ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Ms Terror on January 18, 2018, 06:56:12 PM
I'm in! I actually hate clothes shopping so that's the easy part, I'm going to also limit myself with getting new-to-me clothes from my Buy Nothing group. Unless I also give away an equal number of my current clothes. Basically I don't want to increase the net number of items in my wardrobe as there is already enough in there that I don't wear enough to justify their spot there.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on January 21, 2018, 01:39:21 AM
I'm currently playing with semantics and trying to decide whether a new pair of running shoes would count as "clothing", a Gazingus Pin, hoarding, or a genuinely wise purchase.

I do a fair amount of running. I don't need new shoes at present and probably won't this year, but the ones I like best have been discontinued and I've found a pair in my size at a very good price in a remaindered sale.

The online store window is still open, but I'm having a waiting period and suspect I'll end up deciding that Future Me might want to choose a new favourite shoe.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 22, 2018, 06:25:53 AM
Happier I love this!

I agree with others who have said the hard line is very helpful. I think that's one of the reasons I fall out of touch in the Uber Frugal threads - we all have a different level of "uber" for various reasons, and it's too easy for me to read along and then find myself rationalizing unnecessary spending.

I'm in. My only impulse in the past few months is new underwear, but my preferred brand stopped selling their merino version. I am down to four pairs of underwear that fit but have made it through this year by hand washing and hanging to dry - usually the two merino wool pairs that I very much love but are spendy and now discontinued anyway. I don't need more than I have, and if they wear out by summer well that's what swimsuits are for ;)

You’re a champ! My inspiration :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 22, 2018, 11:37:22 AM
Made it through 3 weeks 49 to go ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Nola584 on January 22, 2018, 08:06:17 PM
Iím finding the clear line very helpful so far as well.

A pair of my tights got a hole in the toe last week- normally Iíd have  gone online immediately to replace this "necessity"  (and likely found some other items to add to my shopping cart while I was at it).

But I still have 4 other perfectly good pairs, and the one pair with a hole is still wearable for a while longer. And I feel totally fine.

Of course Iím not even out of the first month yet, but holding strong so far. :)

Howís everyone else doing?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 22, 2018, 09:16:22 PM
I'm doing ok but I'm going to have to post a few wardrobe dilemmas shortly. Mainly things like: what shoes out of the ones I already own should I wear with this dress?

Also, I was putting something away today when I got a whiff of really bad mustiness. I'm wondering if it's my winter coat. It's the only smart coat I've got but I don't think I've worn it the last two winters. It's also a certain style that is probably well out of fashion and in a hard to wear colour! It's a good brand so I might try and sell it but I'm going to have to wait til winter. The point of this story is: if I need a smart winter coat I could probably borrow one. And if I'm awarded an OBE or invited to an extremely fancy black tie event in winter (both as unlikely as each other), I could probably rent something. And that goes for anything else I find I'm short of for an event e.g I don't have handbags / purses.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on January 23, 2018, 08:23:38 AM
Love your thread Happier!  I've lurked here for a few days, considering it.  Count me in!  It will be a challenge, but I think I can do it.

* My strengths -- I don't have many clothes, and I wear things til they fall apart.  Haven't bought anything so far this year.

* My challenges -- I don't have many clothes, and I wear things til they fall apart.  :)  I work in an office.  My current work wardrobe is ok, but old and limited.  It would be badass to make those workhorse business clothes last to the end of 2018. 

Final interesting wrinkle -- I am planning to FIRE next year.  If I can make it til the end of this year without replacing a single thing, could I maybe make it the whole way to FIRE?  Meaning I am already done buying work clothes forever?  Intriguing . . .   Thank you for such a hard-core, bright line thread!!!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 23, 2018, 09:30:01 AM
Happier I love this!

I agree with others who have said the hard line is very helpful. I think that's one of the reasons I fall out of touch in the Uber Frugal threads - we all have a different level of "uber" for various reasons, and it's too easy for me to read along and then find myself rationalizing unnecessary spending.

I'm in. My only impulse in the past few months is new underwear, but my preferred brand stopped selling their merino version. I am down to four pairs of underwear that fit but have made it through this year by hand washing and hanging to dry - usually the two merino wool pairs that I very much love but are spendy and now discontinued anyway. I don't need more than I have, and if they wear out by summer well that's what swimsuits are for ;)

Youíre a champ! My inspiration :)


Haha, thank you :)  My body has changed a lot in the last couple of years since turning 40 and I started just getting rid of the pairs that don't fit nicely, then realized I got rid of almost everything. But that taught me that yep, I'm willing to hold out for fabric that I prefer and therefore to hold out on purchasing because they are expensive.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 23, 2018, 09:43:52 AM
Wow Trifele, that would be major motivation for me to not buy anything I couldn't also wear after FIRE.

I have struggled.  I never bought the sneakers I was going to buy in December, so I decided to pull out my retired pair.  I worked out in them yesterday, and I realized they are entirely smooth on the bottom instead of providing any traction whatsoever.  So off to the goodwill pile they go.  I still have the one pair that the tread is peeling off of, and I was gifted that Kohl's cash, so I had convinced myself to get new shoes at Kohls.  I even put them in my cart online.

This morning I decided to glue the treads back down on my current shoes and see how long they last that way.  I also won't wear them at all unless working out.  I have other shoes I can wear just for casual wear.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 23, 2018, 09:52:00 AM
Nice will power @AmandaPanda
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 23, 2018, 10:06:18 AM
Part of my plan for the day is to do some mending/cleaning of things that could use some TLC.

I love not having the option to buy anything, it gives me a little mental workout on how to utilize what I have and in the end, it's all okay.
Darning socks for the first time. ha. I have a pair of knee high red wool socks that have a huge sock hole, will see what I can do with them :)


Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: The Happy Philosopher on January 23, 2018, 10:25:03 AM
I'm in.

http://thehappyphilosopher.com/new-experiment-buy-nothing-1-year/

I started with deciding to not buy clothes, but that seemed too easy so I'm expanding it to more stuff. There are some other PF bloggers doing this (I'm too lazy to track down all the links right now...but I will eventually).

My big caveat is running shoes. If I ramp up my running I will need new pair...or two.

I'm gonna update about once a month or so you can watch and make fun of me if I fail :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ElizaStache on January 23, 2018, 11:16:42 AM
I'm in! I'm cutting the habit of browsing at Goodwill for more office clothes. Some of my tops don't fit anymore, because I've gained a bit of weight, time to fix that! One of the parts of the blog (that I just finished reading from the beginning!!) that stuck out to me was that obesity is not cured via larger pants. I don't want to buy new pants because my ass is too fat for them.

I'm lucky that I have an active, decent quality Buy Nothing Facebook group, so I've been getting free clothes from the members and passing on what doesn't work.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on January 23, 2018, 12:59:05 PM
I signed up both for this challenge and the one with exceptions (which haven't arisen as of yet). So far I have spent $0!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on January 24, 2018, 05:20:20 AM
Just thought of another challenge for me in this thread.  I have two pair of shoes for work -- black heels, and black flats.  Both pair are about two years old.   It will be a challenge to make these last another year, but I have a strategy.  I am going to wear them as little as possible to make them last.  Whenever I'm not actually in a meeting, I will slip them off and wear sneakers. 

What are they going to do, fire me for wearing sneakers?  :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on January 24, 2018, 09:03:36 AM
Facebook brought a cringe-worthy ďon this dayĒ post from eight years ago to my attention:

Step37: is going shopping....
Friend: again?
Step37: yes, I need an excuse to wear the dress I bought yesterday. This is what happens when boredom sets in.

I guess itís good to see how far Iíve come (starting fourth year of ďno shoppingĒ), but UGH. Itís also most of the reason that this isnít SUCH a huge challenge ó I have far too many clothes to ever wear them out, and I truly have zero desire to shop.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: abhe8 on January 24, 2018, 09:33:23 AM
So... How do your define spending? Trading money for clothes I understand. What about spending giftcards? What about accepting free clothes, hand me downs? What about trading clothes with other people? Is the goal $0 spent in clothes, or 0 items of clothing coming into my closet?

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Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 24, 2018, 10:20:55 AM
So... How do your define spending? Trading money for clothes I understand. What about spending giftcards? What about accepting free clothes, hand me downs? What about trading clothes with other people? Is the goal $0 spent in clothes, or 0 items of clothing coming into my closet?

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Interesting questions. Personally, I was hoping to reduce consumption and time wasted via shopping

So definitely no spending cash on clothes, but I wasn't opposed to clothes swaps, or making clothes from fabric I already own. Since I have cleaned out my closet to a fairly minimal level, I want to see how far I can push wearing the same things over the year, creatively accessorizing and just resting with enough, but not much more.

:) Everyone might have a different idea of what this challenge means.
 I don't want to bring in even ANY 'free' cheaply made clothing (even from a swap) but if I was gifted something well-made/or of natural fibers, that would be different.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 24, 2018, 12:12:21 PM
So... How do your define spending? Trading money for clothes I understand. What about spending giftcards? What about accepting free clothes, hand me downs? What about trading clothes with other people? Is the goal $0 spent in clothes, or 0 items of clothing coming into my closet?

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It's no shopping, so that would include anything involving browsing. I think Happier's aim with the thread was to rewire her brain and stop wasting time browsing as well as the financial benefits :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 24, 2018, 12:17:08 PM
I'm also taking this literally. No shopping including all the pieces of shopping that occur before I turn over my credit card.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 24, 2018, 03:24:22 PM
So... How do your define spending? Trading money for clothes I understand. What about spending giftcards? What about accepting free clothes, hand me downs? What about trading clothes with other people? Is the goal $0 spent in clothes, or 0 items of clothing coming into my closet?

I consider spending gift cards shopping.

Clothes swaps and free clothes are a grey area, but I'd lean against it. I think part of this challenge is to learn to live without acquiring anything.

If you NEED clothes this year, maybe try the Only Necessary Clothes Shopping thread?

If you don't NEED more clothes, why not go all-in and acquire nothing?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: redbird on January 24, 2018, 03:29:08 PM
I wish I could do this, because I hate clothes shopping, but most of my wardrobe is now old and falling apart and/or ill-fitting (both ways - some too tight, some too loose). It's at the point that I really NEED clothes that aren't underwear/socks.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 24, 2018, 03:43:30 PM
I wish I could do this, because I hate clothes shopping, but most of my wardrobe is now old and falling apart and/or ill-fitting (both ways - some too tight, some too loose). It's at the point that I really NEED clothes that aren't underwear/socks.

Bugger! If you replace the items needing replacement in 2018, could you do a zero clothes shopping challenge in 2019? Something to look forward to ;-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Brother Esau on January 24, 2018, 03:46:19 PM
Totally in on this! I've gone through everything I have and see no need for any new clothes this year. Have multiples of basically everything so if something wears out, gets ruined some how, etc than no problem. Been keeping the weight pretty steady for a number of years now so changing clothes sizes shouldn't be an issue.

On a related note....committed to zero $0 spending on bike parts and maintenance this year. Again, have multiples of many things (chain lube, grips, tubes/tires, helmets, etc). Also, fortunate to possess a gift card to my local bike shop which should cover anything major like a drive train or frame failure.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 24, 2018, 04:12:34 PM
Totally in on this! I've gone through everything I have and see no need for any new clothes this year. Have multiples of basically everything so if something wears out, gets ruined some how, etc than no problem. Been keeping the weight pretty steady for a number of years now so changing clothes sizes shouldn't be an issue.

On a related note....committed to zero $0 spending on bike parts and maintenance this year. Again, have multiples of many things (chain lube, grips, tubes/tires, helmets, etc). Also, fortunate to possess a gift card to my local bike shop which should cover anything major like a drive train or frame failure.

Welcome!

Sounds like you might be a good candidate for the No Gazingus Pins 2018 thread for the bike stuff? I'm over on that thread because I'm not buying any Tupperware this year (my secret addiction).
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 24, 2018, 04:14:35 PM
So... How do your define spending? Trading money for clothes I understand. What about spending giftcards? What about accepting free clothes, hand me downs? What about trading clothes with other people? Is the goal $0 spent in clothes, or 0 items of clothing coming into my closet?

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It's no shopping, so that would include anything involving browsing. I think Happier's aim with the thread was to rewire her brain and stop wasting time browsing as well as the financial benefits :)

I'm not browsing, in person or online. I do think it's a grey area for others though. If you browse, but catch yourself before you buy anything, have you flunked out of the thread? I would argue no, you still haven't bought anything so you're still on the wagon.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: abhe8 on January 24, 2018, 04:25:07 PM
I'm fascinated with this thread! I certainly need to spend less time shopping. I don't spend very much money, but I deliberate and browse and consider and reconsider way too much. I'm not sure I could stand up to the challenge of a no clothes year, but just out of curiosity I checked my budget and so far this year I hadn't bought any clothes or shoes for myself. (Just my kids.) I'm f allowing along, for now at least.

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Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on January 24, 2018, 04:47:33 PM
C'mon, Abhe8! Join us!  You can do it. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Brother Esau on January 24, 2018, 05:12:31 PM
Totally in on this! I've gone through everything I have and see no need for any new clothes this year. Have multiples of basically everything so if something wears out, gets ruined some how, etc than no problem. Been keeping the weight pretty steady for a number of years now so changing clothes sizes shouldn't be an issue.

On a related note....committed to zero $0 spending on bike parts and maintenance this year. Again, have multiples of many things (chain lube, grips, tubes/tires, helmets, etc). Also, fortunate to possess a gift card to my local bike shop which should cover anything major like a drive train or frame failure.

Welcome!

Sounds like you might be a good candidate for the No Gazingus Pins 2018 thread for the bike stuff? I'm over on that thread because I'm not buying any Tupperware this year (my secret addiction).

Thank you! checking out that thread now
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: The Happy Philosopher on January 25, 2018, 08:29:47 AM
Here are some other bloggers doing a 'no clothes' or 'no stuff' challenge for 2018. There are probably many others, but there are the ones I know of.

https://lifezemplified.com/less-stuff-less-waste/

https://www.drmcfrugal.com/buy-nothing-1-year/

https://www.dadsdollarsdebts.com/2018/01/10/buying-nothing-1-year-thats-plan/

https://buynothing2018.wordpress.com/

http://www.countdowntotranquility.com/2018/01/buy-nothing-2018-challenge/

http://thesmartfi.com/2018-spend-nothing-challenge/
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Diego on January 26, 2018, 05:18:44 AM
My last year's expenses in clothes were 29Ä. But this year I think I will have to spend a little more money, because I'm starting to commute by bike, and biking in shitty clothes is really shitty (too much sweat). I prefer to spend a few more dollars on good quality clothes.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 26, 2018, 06:16:55 PM
Just thought of another challenge for me in this thread.  I have two pair of shoes for work -- black heels, and black flats.  Both pair are about two years old.   It will be a challenge to make these last another year, but I have a strategy.  I am going to wear them as little as possible to make them last.  Whenever I'm not actually in a meeting, I will slip them off and wear sneakers. 

What are they going to do, fire me for wearing sneakers?  :)

Haha hopefully with a nice severance package! ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on January 26, 2018, 07:15:00 PM
@allsummerlong, I personally would not count that as shopping. All youíre doing is exchanging a defective product. But Iím not the boss of this thread, just offering my opinion;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 26, 2018, 08:36:55 PM
@allsummerlong, I personally would not count that as shopping. All youíre doing is exchanging a defective product. But Iím not the boss of this thread, just offering my opinion;)

I don't know whether or not I'm the boss of this thread, but I agree!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 26, 2018, 08:38:46 PM
@allsummerlong, I personally would not count that as shopping. All you’re doing is exchanging a defective product. But I’m not the boss of this thread, just offering my opinion;)

I don't know whether or not I'm the boss of this thread, but I agree!

Makes sense to me. Seems like it’s highlighting how annoying shopping for clothes can be! ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: LIGRECLM on January 26, 2018, 09:10:21 PM
I am in UNLESS I make enough success in the "lose weight 2018" challenge. If I get to the point where I have zero bras or swimsuits that fit, I'll have to buy those, but 2 of each, period.  I would have to lose probably 20 pounds for that to be an issue though, so until that happens, I am in.  Also, I have to have 2 pairs of jeans that fit (all I currently have at the moment), so if I have a casualty and only have 1, that's a non-starter for my job, since I wear jeans every day. If I lose SOME of the weight I have jeans a size down that should fit though. And then plenty of jeans (and everything except swimsuits and bras) 2 sizes down, which is the goal.

I tried to do the no clothes 2017 but failed. I did NOT fail as badly as I have in previous years so I feel like I made really good progress there. So, count me in until I have nothing that fits!! Honestly, if I really get these damned 20 pounds off and need to buy new swimwear, I will gleefully do so.

I will do this with you! I have lots to lose but I have a TON of clothes. I love clothes shopping but I've tried to be Mustachian in my ways and only approach shopping as a targeted mission. I have to entirely avoid shopping and I really like this goal. I MIGHT even be able to get away with this for my whole family. I have a 2.5yo and I actually bought her a bunch of stuff last year in prep for this year. I am also a sewer/sewist/seamstress so I planned on sewing her some clothes. Luckily for her, I have a TON of fabric already that I should totally use up.

However, I need new underwear. I already know I do. Maybe I will allow the use of giftcards? Or maybe I will lose weight and then buy new undies? What a shithead I am, already making excuses for future spending. This is why I need this.

Good Luck!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on January 27, 2018, 02:22:46 AM

I will do this with you! I have lots to lose but I have a TON of clothes. I love clothes shopping but I've tried to be Mustachian in my ways and only approach shopping as a targeted mission. I have to entirely avoid shopping and I really like this goal. I MIGHT even be able to get away with this for my whole family. I have a 2.5yo and I actually bought her a bunch of stuff last year in prep for this year. I am also a sewer/sewist/seamstress so I planned on sewing her some clothes. Luckily for her, I have a TON of fabric already that I should totally use up.

However, I need new underwear. I already know I do. Maybe I will allow the use of giftcards? Or maybe I will lose weight and then buy new undies? What a shithead I am, already making excuses for future spending. This is why I need this.

Good Luck!

I had the "need new underwear" issue when I resolved not to buy clothes in 2017, and got round it by saying, "Some knickers, please," when one of my daughters asked me what I'd like as a birthday present. She bought so many pairs that it won't be a consideration this year.

I decided that the running shoes were permitted as essential sports equipment since I had little hesitation in replacing my old bike helmet last year and would replace my climbing harness and shoes if the need arose.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 27, 2018, 03:32:18 PM
I tend to look for the 100% merino offerings from companies like Ibex/Smartwool/Icebreaker because I like the feel better than the combinations, but they definitely don't hold up as well as the wrapped merino or blended merino clothing from the same companies. I find that buying the heavier weight or "winter" weight helps longevity and because it's wool I never feel too warm compared to the lighter weight material.

My last smartwool t-shirt developed holes right away from my backpack so I returned it to REI - but they will set it at their garage sale, not trash it. I have an Ibex shirt that isn't my favorite and is starting to develop holes after daily wear as a base layer for two winters, but I'm turning it into a buff (ace/neck gaiter type scarf) once it is no longer wearable. That could be an option for you if you are like me and need something over your nose/mouth for winter walks; but I'd probably try to exchange them as it sounds like they're wearing out much faster that they expect with a lifetime guarantee.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: LIGRECLM on January 27, 2018, 03:44:24 PM

I will do this with you! I have lots to lose but I have a TON of clothes. I love clothes shopping but I've tried to be Mustachian in my ways and only approach shopping as a targeted mission. I have to entirely avoid shopping and I really like this goal. I MIGHT even be able to get away with this for my whole family. I have a 2.5yo and I actually bought her a bunch of stuff last year in prep for this year. I am also a sewer/sewist/seamstress so I planned on sewing her some clothes. Luckily for her, I have a TON of fabric already that I should totally use up.

However, I need new underwear. I already know I do. Maybe I will allow the use of giftcards? Or maybe I will lose weight and then buy new undies? What a shithead I am, already making excuses for future spending. This is why I need this.

Good Luck!

I had the "need new underwear" issue when I resolved not to buy clothes in 2017, and got round it by saying, "Some knickers, please," when one of my daughters asked me what I'd like as a birthday present. She bought so many pairs that it won't be a consideration this year.

I decided that the running shoes were permitted as essential sports equipment since I had little hesitation in replacing my old bike helmet last year and would replace my climbing harness and shoes if the need arose.

Oh great idea about the undies. Valentines day is coming up, maybe I will ask my husband for undies (albeit practical ones) and skirt the rules that way.

I already know I will need some new sneakers for working out as mine are 2yearsold but I will call that more sports equipment to keep my overweight ass motivated!

Good luck to you too!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sassociate on January 28, 2018, 02:13:41 AM
Hi, so I'm super late to the party, but I'm on a clothes/shoes/accessories shopping ban this year so I figured I'd join the challenge for accountability and community 😊

I've done a yearlong clothes shopping ban before (in 2014, if I recall correctly) and actually found it surprisingly easy then.

I'm fascinated by the discussion about what "counts" as shopping - For me, the main aim is just to not spend money on clothes. However, like many of you I also joined hoping to spend less time browsing for clothes (especially online), yet I hadn't thought of it as really breaking the ban if I were to look at a few items. Last time I did a shopping ban, I pretty much automatically stopped 99% of the browsing I had been doing beforehand, so I suppose I don't really feel like it's necessary to count browsing as a violation. But I see doing that if you think you wouldn't stop looking at stuff otherwise.

To me, taking back a faulty item to the store for a replacement is pretty clearly not breaking the ban, while spending gift cards does count as shopping to me. However, I never really thought of actual gifts of clothes as breaking the ban. The way I got through the last ban was by asking for replacements for a black and a nude cami had worn out during the challenge as gifts for my birthday, and I didn't count that as breaking the ban. But I guess it depends on what the purpose of the challenge is for each participant - if you're just trying to save money, accepting gifts would be fine whereas if you're trying to learn to get by with less clothes, it does make sense to count it as a violation. If you're trying to cut back on browsing, I think it depends on whether you will use gifts as an excuse to spend time looking at clothes to ask for as gifts. If not, I'd say it's fine.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bateaux on January 28, 2018, 05:56:19 AM
I bought a Hoody.  Oh the shame.  There were Under Armour Hoody on sale for  $19.99 I paid $50 for one I've just about worn out 10 years ago.   There.  I've confessed.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on January 28, 2018, 07:27:43 AM
I bought a Hoody.  Oh the shame.  There were Under Armour Hoody on sale for  $19.99 I paid $50 for one I've just about worn out 10 years ago.   There.  I've confessed.

Will you move to the only necessary clothing shopping thread?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bateaux on January 28, 2018, 09:24:33 AM
I bought a Hoody.  Oh the shame.  There were Under Armour Hoody on sale for  $19.99 I paid $50 for one I've just about worn out 10 years ago.   There.  I've confessed.

Will you move to the only necessary clothing shopping thread?

Well since this is absolutely no shopping and that's only necessary shopping.  I'm not qualified for either.  Hangs head low.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: CrustyBadger on January 28, 2018, 11:25:06 AM
re: undies

I suppose you could sew your own?   These don't look too hard to do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9yo1DMNBcs
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on January 28, 2018, 04:36:34 PM
re: undies

I suppose you could sew your own?   These don't look too hard to do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9yo1DMNBcs

Genius! Mentally filing this away for the future.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 28, 2018, 10:04:32 PM
I bought a Hoody.  Oh the shame.  There were Under Armour Hoody on sale for  $19.99 I paid $50 for one I've just about worn out 10 years ago.   There.  I've confessed.

Will you move to the only necessary clothing shopping thread?

Well since this is absolutely no shopping and that's only necessary shopping.  I'm not qualified for either.  Hangs head low.

You could always return it ;-)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym on January 30, 2018, 01:45:48 AM
I'm in both the No Clothes Buying and No Gazingus Pins Challenge for fabric/patterns and am now spending More Time Than Ever Before thinking about clothing. It's good thinking tho' - I'm working through what I own, what I like/don't like/can combine with/how often I wear/how it makes me feel for every piece so I can stop wasting time sewing things that don't fill a defined gap in my wardrobe AND make me feel/look great.

Because really, I keep coming back to I have more than enough clothes. I've worn a virtual uniform to work for the last 5 years- one of 3 skirts with 1 of 7 tops & 1 of 3 pairs of shoes. That part is ok, it's the non-work stuff that creates the monster of too much stuff, nothing to wear. But if I don't spend time thinking about it, and have the restriction of I can't buy my way out of it, then I just keep exacerbating the problem.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on January 30, 2018, 03:04:58 AM
I'm in both the No Clothes Buying and No Gazingus Pins Challenge for fabric/patterns and am now spending More Time Than Ever Before thinking about clothing.

Because really, I keep coming back to I have more than enough clothes. I've worn a virtual uniform to work for the last 5 years- one of 3 skirts with 1 of 7 tops & 1 of 3 pairs of shoes. That part is ok, it's the non-work stuff that creates the monster of too much stuff, nothing to wear.

Maybe you could create a non-work "uniform"? Think of non-work clothes in that same 'capsule' way -- at least for this year?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on January 30, 2018, 06:25:51 AM
I definitely have a uniform in the winter. I have a striped fleece shirt (so I think it's obvious I'm wearing the same thing) and black pants that I wear to commute, then either the black pants or black leggings with a wool skirt for social events. Even to work I've been asked if I have a date (um no I literally wear this every day) so it apparently passes co-women inspections ;)

I didn't do it for any social reason, more that good quality winter clothing is expensive (wool base layer) and I found a combination that is super comfy and keeps me warm. It was a total bonus that I don't need to be bothered about what to wear :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ElizaStache on January 30, 2018, 11:53:08 AM
I've been thinking about this thread since I first posted, I've told a few people that I'm not buying clothes at all. Most people are a bit confused, like how could I deny what I need, but it's actually kind of relieving knowing I don't need any clothes for the year. It's nice knowing I have enough, and that I even have excess. I think my big challenge will be not buying merch at concerts, because I go to a lot of heavy metal shows, black T shirts are a must. I have lots of metal shirts, 5 from the same band. I can go one year without buying a shirt.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on January 30, 2018, 09:50:18 PM
Today I found myself mulling over a swimsuit..not that I am needing one for any reason but I lost my swim bottoms last year and the only ones I have are 10 years old and don't have much elastic left.

I don't know why, but for some reason this sprung into my mind as something to worry about even though summer is months away.. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sassociate on January 31, 2018, 12:39:41 AM
I'm in both the No Clothes Buying and No Gazingus Pins Challenge for fabric/patterns and am now spending More Time Than Ever Before thinking about clothing.

Because really, I keep coming back to I have more than enough clothes. I've worn a virtual uniform to work for the last 5 years- one of 3 skirts with 1 of 7 tops & 1 of 3 pairs of shoes. That part is ok, it's the non-work stuff that creates the monster of too much stuff, nothing to wear.

Maybe you could create a non-work "uniform"? Think of non-work clothes in that same 'capsule' way -- at least for this year?

I think this is a great idea - think through what you usually do in your spare time and come up with a few outfits for each activity, lay them out and snap pics on your phone or something and then you'll know it's not something you need to worry about and hopefully stop thinking about it so much. The key I think is to think about what you *usually* do in your spare time, and not worry about things that happen once or twice a year; you can deal with things like that when they come up.

Today I found myself mulling over a swimsuit..not that I am needing one for any reason but I lost my swim bottoms last year and the only ones I have are 10 years old and don't have much elastic left.

I don't know why, but for some reason this sprung into my mind as something to worry about even though summer is months away.. :)

Ugh, I know exactly what you mean about suddenly worrying about not exactly pressing scenarios! I'm participating in the weight loss challenge as well, and this week (my first) I lost a grand total of 2 lbs, and my brain is already doing the "but what if I actually lose 20 lbs and none of my clothes fit anymore??" thing. I mean, calm your tits, brain! First of all, its 2 lbs, let's not get carried away. And second, I have at least 20 items of clothing that would fit if I actually lost all that weight (because some clothes work at multiple sizes plus I have a hard time letting go of favorite jeans even if it's been 15 lbs since they last fit), so if I lose the weight, bada-bing, bada-boom, I'll be one of those fancy minimalists with a capsule wardrobe without even having to work at it.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym on January 31, 2018, 03:08:08 AM
I'm in both the No Clothes Buying and No Gazingus Pins Challenge for fabric/patterns and am now spending More Time Than Ever Before thinking about clothing.

Because really, I keep coming back to I have more than enough clothes. I've worn a virtual uniform to work for the last 5 years- one of 3 skirts with 1 of 7 tops & 1 of 3 pairs of shoes. That part is ok, it's the non-work stuff that creates the monster of too much stuff, nothing to wear.

Maybe you could create a non-work "uniform"? Think of non-work clothes in that same 'capsule' way -- at least for this year?

That's definitely where I want to land! I am just struggling with defining my off-work style -> I don't feel comfortable in my old style but I can't work out what my new one is. Hence all the thinking to work it out. I definitely want to end up with a non-work capsule wardrobe *that I look and feel cute in* as opposed to frumpy. : /
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on January 31, 2018, 03:24:39 AM
A bit late but I'm also in. I tried last year with exceptions but bought too much after I fell off the wagon. I don't need anything. If my black work pants (I have 2 ok pairs and 1 new pair) wear out, I even have enough other things to wear like skirts, dresses and other pairs of pants. I also don't need stockings, underwear (I only have 3 bra's but they still look fine after a lot of years, so even if one breaks or something I will still have two and in case of need I also have 2 sport bra's) or other extra's.

Side note is that I already bought clothing this year, in the first two weeks so I'm extending my year with the first two weeks of next year.

I need this no exceptions thing! It's so easy for me to think as things as exceptions or 'needs' otherwise.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 31, 2018, 07:42:23 AM
I'm still doing this.  I made it a whole month!  I also went through a made a list of purchases allowed for the kids from now through summer, and it's helped stop a lot of unnecessary clearance purchases.

I love the idea of the work/nonwork capsules.  My struggle with that is that I have SO MANY clothes right now, and I do cycle through and wear them.  Are any of you getting rid of surplus items that you like that are in good condition, just because the amount of clothing is overwhelming?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on January 31, 2018, 08:45:51 AM
I'm still doing this.  I made it a whole month!  I also went through a made a list of purchases allowed for the kids from now through summer, and it's helped stop a lot of unnecessary clearance purchases.

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

Good for you!

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

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

Iím also interested to hear what others are doing. I want to try the capsule idea, but Iím not going to let myself get stressed about it. Yes, I have too many clothes. However, they all fit neatly in their room (yes... room) and the space isnít needed for anything else. Stopping adding to the problem for the past three years has helped a lot (have even worn out a few things!); losing weight so everything fits again has also helped (all usable!); consigning and selling some higher-value items has been great to ease the guilt of never using them; Iíll get to a comfortable level eventually.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on January 31, 2018, 08:58:35 AM
Made it through January! 11 months to go.

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobes.

A couple weeks ago I flipped all my hangers around and I'm trying to go through and wear everything. Then at the end of the season and year I'll see what I actual wore and donate the rest.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 31, 2018, 09:01:10 AM

Good for you!

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

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

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

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

I am hoping that a few years of not buying anything will also just naturally thin out my wardrobe.  I'd like to slash my wardrobe by a third at least, but just getting rid of good items that fit and I like seems wasteful.  So glad someone else is in the same boat as me!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on January 31, 2018, 03:16:58 PM
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

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

Good job everyone! 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on January 31, 2018, 05:32:40 PM
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

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

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on January 31, 2018, 09:07:38 PM
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on February 01, 2018, 04:09:03 AM
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

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

I never once thought of sunglasses as a challenge . . .  I have one pair, and now I am going to watch over them like a newborn baby. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Brother Esau on February 01, 2018, 05:16:22 AM
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

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

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>

I'm in this same boat. No desire to buy any clothes since I have plenty of everything. Feels like we're cheating.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 01, 2018, 07:05:14 AM
Rather late, since it's Feb now, but I've just found this, and done so well for one month...hoping to actually sew some of the projects I've accumulated over the years.

I'm struggling with the last batch of friends/Facebook culture though - I need to find more people who do something OTHER than acquire stuff.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on February 01, 2018, 07:20:01 AM
Boom-- One month down, no purchases. 

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

Good job everyone!

<sheepishly raises hand in solidarity>

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

+1 Same here. I used to love clothes shopping but over the past year or so I've lost interest (Thanks MMM) and I'd rather hold on to my money or spend it on other things.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on February 02, 2018, 12:23:14 AM
Rather late, since it's Feb now, but I've just found this, and done so well for one month...hoping to actually sew some of the projects I've accumulated over the years.

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

Well done so far :-)

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

Fortunately, most of my friends who are into buying and displaying new clothing seem to be going through a competitive psychedelic running leggings phase, and I have no interest in running leggings that are any colour other than black, of which I have enough.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on February 02, 2018, 12:35:56 AM
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

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

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

I found them, phew. I did remember that I have kept an old pair, they aren't broken just really scratched up. Ok for sun protection, just not ideal for driving!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 02, 2018, 07:47:01 AM
Oh I'm glad you found them!  I am down to one spendy pair that has interchangeable lenses for biking and driving so I am a total nut about knowing where they are.

@frontstepdesign it's fascinating how much our habits can be shaped by even just conversation among friends. I definitely started shopping more the one year I had a couple new friends who were recreational shoppers.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on February 02, 2018, 08:32:53 AM
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

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

Am I missing the point?

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah on February 02, 2018, 12:42:50 PM
I seem to have lost my sunglasses. Uh oh.

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

Am I missing the point?

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

Having said that, I also won't be shopping for more unless mine all break or disappear.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 02, 2018, 01:53:06 PM
I think for me it would depend on my underlying behaviors around accessories.

If part of my typical clothing shopping included sunglasses, necklaces, and socks, I'd probably count those in a No Clothing challenge because it's all part of the same habit.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on February 02, 2018, 04:49:57 PM
I wouldn't count sunglasses as clothing, but mine are prescription.

Made it through January! Although the challenge is only for me, I haven't bought clothing for anyone else in the family either. I sure like seeing a category on my monthly spending with a big fat zero in it!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 03, 2018, 10:30:50 AM
I think it's great to have a mix of people on this thread with different relationships to 'buying'. Some feel challenged, some feel relieved.  Clothing is an interesting one since some already have an abundance while others are working with a more minimal wardrobe.

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

And I have enough gear/proper clothing (including waterproof jackets, pants, wool layers, etc) so I can work with what I have.  That's the challenge now (well...and taking care of/mending things and avoiding stores having discount sales)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on February 03, 2018, 11:12:52 AM
I think for me it would depend on my underlying behaviors around accessories.

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

Excellent point. Sunglasses are not one of my problem (read: buy too many) items...I was ignoring the fact that perhaps they are for some.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on February 03, 2018, 09:01:19 PM
Serendip - really good thoughts!  I also feel a mix.  I know I have too much, so I feel relief, but also I feel it's a challenge because the habit is always to shop recreationally.

I have enjoyed everyone's thoughts on different topics, including the sunglasses!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on February 03, 2018, 09:36:04 PM
About the sunglasses, I probably don't really think of them as clothing, more like PPE. But part of this challenge for me is too look after my things so I don't create waste. It's so easy to replace things.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 05, 2018, 08:06:11 AM
I'm with you on the company you keep making a difference. I've learned over the years that it does me no good at all to hang out on knitting/crochet websites because so much is about acquiring materials and patterns.

I'm SO GLAD you said this specific thing.  Going now to FB, to 'unfollow but stay friends' to a number of crafty groups...I need a 'new idea' like I need a vacuum attached to my pocketbook!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 06, 2018, 07:07:04 AM
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

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

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

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

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

But now I telecommute mostly, so I lack for NOTHING, and just need to unearth all the sources of that message: "psst, you aren't adequately dressed, you need this thing!"
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 06, 2018, 08:17:06 AM
I wear the same thing every day to and from work for the entirety of winter (so eleventy-billion months, it feels like), and a slightly less layered version of the same thing in spring and fall. Nobody ever notices. If I'm not wearing snowpants I get a question once every few weeks asking if I have a date after work.

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


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

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

That was an easy fix. Browser window closed. My feet are still happy.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on February 06, 2018, 08:17:57 AM
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

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


I really enjoyed this.  I also like to pick out different outfits, and I would have hated to wear the same thing to a concert! I do kind of feel like a sucker with the amount of money I've sunk into my closet at this point in my life.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Getting there! on February 06, 2018, 09:00:41 AM
I'm brimming over with clothes, jewelry and accessories, and I am  committed to having a no buy year. It is a struggle for sure and I have items I haven't even worn yet.  My goals are to reduce my items to fit the size of a new to me set of dressers.  An armoire, dresser and two night tables along with a closet should be plenty.  I have removed myself from websites of clothing stores I generally buy through so I'm not tempted with all the latest sales and promotions on a daily basis.  I have had a setback of sorts where I did purchase a vest, sweater, 2 tops, 2 pairs of earrings, and a jacket at rock bottom prices from two stores on-line that I frequent.  My justification was that I returned a pair of gloves and a scarf from Christmas and the refund more than covers the cost of my purchase.  When I picked up my on-line order yesterday I was browsing the store and saw plenty of items I was so close to buying, but didn't. I do give myself kudos for that.
I want to be careful too that I don't substitute a commitment to not buying clothing, etc. to purchases of another sort like my weakness for tickets to live events. Awareness is the first step!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 06, 2018, 10:08:59 AM
An armoire, dresser and two night tables along with a closet should be plenty.


I use an armoire, a dresser, and hang my coats/formals in a shared 4' closet.  I could probably pare down further, if I could get some more of the fantasy selves to multi-task. :D  "You, WinterQueen, you are totally capable of rocking UglySweater/Holiday Party.  You, FrenchFemme, you are absolutely ok wearing black to the horse races, you already have a hat.  GardenParty, you are on tap for SummerWedding."
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on February 08, 2018, 10:58:27 AM
I am still on track with this challenge. I'm down just a couple pounds but the shift is enough that I have a third pair of jeans in my rotation, and a fourth that can fit if I lose just a few more pounds. Since my most-worn jeans are getting an alarmingly thin spot in a critical area, and I wear jeans every day, this is vital to my no-clothes buying. I suppose I have a pair of nicer black pants I could wear in a pinch, but then people will ask if I have an interview, and that just gets annoying so I'm trying to avoid that if possible.

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 08, 2018, 11:50:29 AM
I had my first IWantIt moment this morning, seeing a woman in the hallway in a simple black wool dress and thinking OH that particular cut would be a perfect year round uniform!

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

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

Nope. Moving right along. :)

@FireHiker Great progress!

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

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


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


Welcome! From here on out: NO buying!

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

I like that you're already examining your impulses and how they will affect other areas of your life. A few years ago I canceled my gym membership in an effort to save money. By the end of the year I realized I'd spent that and more because I'd gone to the salon and had a pixie cut that needed regular trimming. It took me a while to figure out that I was purchasing *something* that made me feel externally attractive - muscles, cute hair, the once a year sudden interest in makeup that lasts about two weeks, heh. It took a while to correct that internal wiring.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on February 08, 2018, 05:35:18 PM
@FireHiker I can so relate to the ďthin-in-a-critical-area jeansĒ problem! I went back to Weight Watchers in April (lifetime member) partly so I could retire some badly worn out jeans and get the smaller ones back into the rotation. The other part of going back was just general annoyance with myself that Iíd let it creep up. Anyway, good luck with both of your challenges! :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on February 09, 2018, 12:52:46 AM
...and found on FB, this first-person report of a young woman wearing the same outfit to work five days in a row, and no-one noticed.

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

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

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

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

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

Is it just marketing? Shaming people for nothing so they will buy more more more? More clothes, more laundry detergent, more washers, more dryers. Does it come up in your commercials? In your magazines? Where does this come from?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on February 09, 2018, 11:56:17 AM
@FireHiker I can so relate to the ďthin-in-a-critical-area jeansĒ problem! I went back to Weight Watchers in April (lifetime member) partly so I could retire some badly worn out jeans and get the smaller ones back into the rotation. The other part of going back was just general annoyance with myself that Iíd let it creep up. Anyway, good luck with both of your challenges! :)

I'm sorry that you can related for the same reasons! I turn 40 this year and my youngest child is 6...it's time to get my act together and get back in shape. I have a wonderful wardrobe of clothing down a size/2 sizes, everything I could need except swimsuits (and I'd need to check the state of elastic on undergarments; I decluttered the old swimsuits last year but bras and underwear still seemed alright at the time). Wishing you good luck as well!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on February 12, 2018, 08:59:47 AM
Starting to realize my runners might not make it through the year (maybe 4 years old) and I am signed up for a 1/2marathon in June.

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

My partner and I are on a no-shopping challenge this year so while I prefer to not replace things, I will do so when/if it means I am aggravating my body.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on February 12, 2018, 11:23:16 AM
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on February 12, 2018, 12:11:13 PM
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!

I think this is awesome! Great save! My biggest challenge with challenges has always been remembering I'm doing them :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on February 12, 2018, 12:29:51 PM
Was walking through Target yesterday and as I was walking by the bras I so a great no-wire bra in peach and was seconds away from grabbing it when I remember this Challenge. That was a close one!

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

So true, It's especially hard with this challenge because clothes shopping is not something I do a lot so I'm not constantly trying to stop myself.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Nola584 on February 12, 2018, 04:29:53 PM

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

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

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

Might have its roots in marketing,  but definitely (at least for me) is a cultural thing that operated  subconsciously.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on February 12, 2018, 07:21:12 PM
Starting to realize my runners might not make it through the year (maybe 4 years old) and I am signed up for a 1/2marathon in June.

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

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

I felt a 'pop' under the heel of my trail shoe today so I think I am in the same boat... Annoyingly the tread is still fine and they look ok. But if I'm uneven I'm going to get hip problems even though they are just for walking not running.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: GoConfidently on February 12, 2018, 07:57:39 PM
I'm still on track, but wanted desperately to buy something new for a work trip. I swear more than half of my clothes shopping happens before travel for some reason. I don't even want fun stuff. I just want to hoard tank tops and solid pullovers. Something about packing makes me want to throw away everything I own and start over with all black and grey. Maybe I'll get there eventually. In the meantime, I'm battling online sales by upping my reading goals.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on February 13, 2018, 02:26:56 AM

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

New clothing only robs me of my chance to wear the things I already have and like.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 14, 2018, 11:51:59 AM

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

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

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

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


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


I love this attitude!

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

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

Interesting revelation the other day - I'm starting to look at my closet and see the "unitaskers", and want to get them out.  Because if I wear the novelty Xmas pants, then that tells the world "this woman is foolish enough to spend her money on novelty Xmas pants" and I don't want to send out that message.  If I 'need' a funny Xmas outfit for a party, I'll...draw a reindeer with hot glue on wax paper, and pin that on a sweater I love and wear regularly.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Just_Looking_Here on February 15, 2018, 11:45:52 AM
Count me in! Moving back to the UK after working abroad and experiencing a few changes in size has made it clear I have all the clothes I need for this year (and more!).

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

I'm excited about letting go of the larger things and hope to recoup a little cash and more space!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on February 15, 2018, 06:48:23 PM
Had a dream the other night in which I bought a new dress, and my subconscious noted that I would need to drop out of this thread. Fortunately, it was all a bad dream, and I'm still here! :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on February 16, 2018, 07:49:52 AM

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

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

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

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


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


I love this attitude!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I totally get the unitaskers thing. One thing I ask myself before I buy something is if I can wear it to multiple occasions/ activities, e.g. work/lounge/holiday/city trip/festival/party. The dress up or dress down thing. I have a few unitask items that I keep 'just in case' and to keep me from buying new stuff, a sparkly dress, a sparkly top, a dress suitable for a summer party/wedding and a vintage retro sixties dress for dress-up parties. I sold all the rest.
 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on February 16, 2018, 10:50:29 AM

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

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


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

How do you feel about kids' clothing in with this concept?  My kids would each have about 5 outfits since they grow so fast if I wanted them to wear each thing 30 times...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on February 16, 2018, 12:59:39 PM

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

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


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

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

I would think I had five outfits or less growing up but I had uniform for school days...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: icecreamcat 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.

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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/
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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! 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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???
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Zamboni 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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 ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Zamboni 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
:)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Candace 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: frugalkristen 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. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy 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.)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: happy on February 27, 2018, 03:43:37 AM
I'm out, I need 2 new bras and a raincoat.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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?  :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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.   
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bee21 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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 :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Linda_Norway 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Ms Terror 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Just_Looking_Here 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda 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. 

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy 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).
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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'.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker 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. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on March 12, 2018, 04:04:29 PM
Day 71 and still going strong!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 12, 2018, 05:02:11 PM
@FireHiker good luck with the no unnecessary clothes challenge!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: FireHiker on March 12, 2018, 05:08:22 PM
@FireHiker good luck with the no unnecessary clothes challenge!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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 :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: GOFU 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on March 15, 2018, 02:46:27 AM
Best of luck Malkynn, and congrats on the gig! 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on March 15, 2018, 06:41:45 AM
I had a nightmare last night that I bought clothes and was kicked off this thread...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on March 15, 2018, 07:39:42 AM
Malkynn - I hope I’ll see you in the Only Necessary clothing shopping thread?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
:)

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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: TartanTallulah 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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!   
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ohsnap 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? 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 21, 2018, 05:36:06 PM
@ohsnap up to you if you want to include your husband or not!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: eeho 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ohsnap 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on March 26, 2018, 01:37:12 PM
@Sanne - I love your thought process and your questions. Still figuring out my answers!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy 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!!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: mspym 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)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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 :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: eeho 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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)?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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 :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 05, 2018, 09:25:16 AM
Still going strong here -- no purchases of anything.  I'm including shoes, jewelry, sunglasses, hats, and anything else that goes on the body.

Did get a scare yesterday though -- Came home to find my 11 year old wearing my one black capsule-wardrobe belt as a "sword" belt, stuffing a bunch of sticks and plastic swords down inside of it.  The poor belt is already at the very end of its life, lol.  It's in shreds -- If I posted pictures y'all would laugh hysterically.   I took it away from him before he could actually tear it through; I don't have the tools to fix a belt I don't think.  Would have been the end of the challenge for me!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on April 05, 2018, 02:06:59 PM
Made it through March and April is looking good too. Was thinking about gardening gloves this morning. My thought is they wouldn't count but what do you guys think?  I may have an old pair in the basement that can last another season so this may not even be necessary.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 05, 2018, 04:12:01 PM
Made it through March and April is looking good too. Was thinking about gardening gloves this morning. My thought is they wouldn't count but what do you guys think?  I may have an old pair in the basement that can last another season so this may not even be necessary.

Great job Haypug16!  I would personally consider gardening gloves a tool, and not clothing. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 05, 2018, 04:57:20 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

Update: told him to wait and give me a watch next year if he still wants to :-) I think we were both just looking for distractions from my health issues / our current levels of stress.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 05, 2018, 04:59:05 PM
Made it through March and April is looking good too. Was thinking about gardening gloves this morning. My thought is they wouldn't count but what do you guys think?  I may have an old pair in the basement that can last another season so this may not even be necessary.

Great job Haypug16!  I would personally consider gardening gloves a tool, and not clothing.

Me too - I don't think they're clothing in the sense of this challenge.

Did get a scare yesterday though -- Came home to find my 11 year old wearing my one black capsule-wardrobe belt as a "sword" belt, stuffing a bunch of sticks and plastic swords down inside of it.  The poor belt is already at the very end of its life, lol.  It's in shreds -- If I posted pictures y'all would laugh hysterically.   I took it away from him before he could actually tear it through; I don't have the tools to fix a belt I don't think.  Would have been the end of the challenge for me!

Could you get it repaired by a cobbler?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on April 05, 2018, 05:59:41 PM
Ok I'm glad on the gardening gloves consensus because I bought some replacements at the weekend without even considering that they might count as clothes... whoops!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on April 06, 2018, 02:15:36 AM

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.

 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 :)


Haha, I had the same feeling and it also passed quickly when I thought about all the combinations I could make with my current wardrobe and all the clothes I'm barely wearing. Not that I have an extreme amount, I basically have a sort of capsule wardrobe right now but some pieces get more love than others. This challenge helps me to appreciate and wear everything and better see what doesn't really work as well and why.

I did some math last year about outfit repeating. If I have 20 outfits every season I would only have to wear each outfit 4 to 5 times that season. That's nothing. I could make way more outfits than 20, I could make at least 45 different combinations (wearing items multiple times but in different combinations), so I would only have to wear the same outfit twice in one season. And I don't even care about outfit repeating. That's crazy. That's telling me I don't need more, I need less. If something wears out, I will have to make do with something else, I will still have enough.

I don't even have the feeling some other people here have, that they don't know if they'll make it because something might wear out. Even if something wears out I will still have a few more. The only thing is my black trousers I wear all the time, I will miss them if they wear out and when they are in the wash. Of course the same for some other items but they won't wear out this year.

The re-boot is exactly it. It's also a re-boot for me and the next needed step for me. And I love thrift stores but they're also dangerous for me because I also tend to buy things I don't need and will not wear as frequently. Hence the rules!


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 :)

Nice to see you're liking the challenge and rules! Would be good to do next year and maybe make a thread for it.

Thanks for the 10x10 tip! That would be good for me, because I would have to think what items would work good together. That would be a good challenge to start from for making my wardrobe more coherent and to think about what I actually need and want in a perfect smaller wardrobe.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on April 06, 2018, 07:34:14 AM
Glad to hear others agree on the gardening gloves. I'll first check the state of my old pair to see if they'll make it another year but if not I won't feel to bad about picking out a nice new pair at a reasonable price :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: lifejoy on April 07, 2018, 12:49:22 AM
Glad to hear others agree on the gardening gloves. I'll first check the state of my old pair to see if they'll make it another year but if not I won't feel to bad about picking out a nice new pair at a reasonable price :)

In my opinion, it’s clothes vs tools. A baseball glove isn’t clothes, just like gardening gloves aren’t :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 07, 2018, 04:44:05 AM

Did get a scare yesterday though -- Came home to find my 11 year old wearing my one black capsule-wardrobe belt as a "sword" belt, stuffing a bunch of sticks and plastic swords down inside of it.  The poor belt is already at the very end of its life, lol.  It's in shreds -- If I posted pictures y'all would laugh hysterically.   I took it away from him before he could actually tear it through; I don't have the tools to fix a belt I don't think.  Would have been the end of the challenge for me!

Could you get it repaired by a cobbler?

Not sure -- it is not solid leather, but one of those cheaper layered things.  Worth a try if it tears.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on April 07, 2018, 07:43:22 PM
Went on a rare trip to Target today and found myself subconsciously eying some clothes. I snapped out of it, but it was eye-opening to me how quickly I was thinking, "Oh that could be cute" when I had absolutely no need for new clothes (I'm 8 months pregnant for crying out loud). I guess there's a lot to be said for staying away from retail locations.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 08, 2018, 05:19:09 AM
Went on a rare trip to Target today and found myself subconsciously eying some clothes. I snapped out of it, but it was eye-opening to me how quickly I was thinking, "Oh that could be cute" when I had absolutely no need for new clothes (I'm 8 months pregnant for crying out loud). I guess there's a lot to be said for staying away from retail locations.

Wow @wordnerd -- I had missed the fact that you're pregnant.  How are you managing the challenge while you are growing?   Had you bought all your maternity clothes early?  Getting gifted stuff?  After the baby comes you should be set-- just wear all the same clothes/sizes in reverse as you shrink haha.  Bonus points for you for doing this while expanding/shrinking!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on April 08, 2018, 05:35:03 AM
Thanks, @Trifele! I went this whole process a couple of years ago, so I have the "many stages of inflating and deflating" wardrobe already. If my body settles into a different place postpartum this time around, I may end up bowing out of this challenge in the fall.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 11, 2018, 07:21:03 PM
I am officially bowing out of the challenge. My manager-once-removed very carefully let me know that my current work wear is not sufficiently corporate (he's not wrong!); I'm going shopping this weekend.

Still going to hang around to cheer others on :D
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on April 12, 2018, 01:00:44 AM
I am officially bowing out of the challenge. My manager-once-removed very carefully let me know that my current work wear is not sufficiently corporate (he's not wrong!); I'm going shopping this weekend.

Still going to hang around to cheer others on :D

Sounds like not within your control! Do you know what you need/are going to buy?

Good thing to stick around!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 12, 2018, 04:03:27 AM
Sorry to see you go HaH!  You fought the good fight.  Thanks for hanging around!

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on April 12, 2018, 10:39:17 AM
Still holding strong though my knee highs are a different story. I do have some full nylons that I can start wearing once the weather warms up and I'm wearing more skirts/dresses and less pants. , but here in NE we're still in winter I guess.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 12, 2018, 06:08:29 PM
Do you know what you need/are going to buy?

Immediate needs are two work dresses and two pairs of track pants (sweat pants / yoga pants). And I will probably splash out and buy a bra too, because I'm still wearing maternity bras eight months after I stopped lactating and they are not nearly supportive enough. BIG SPENDER.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on April 12, 2018, 07:18:50 PM
Day 102 and still going strong.

Those of you who have HAD to bow out for various valid reasons, can you start over with us? If you couldn't do all of 2018, perhaps you could still do 365 days.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 14, 2018, 12:33:54 AM
Those of you who have HAD to bow out for various valid reasons, can you start over with us? If you couldn't do all of 2018, perhaps you could still do 365 days.

I love this idea, but it's not realistic for me - basically everything in my wardrobe is now ~5 years old and is worn at least once a week, so I think I'm at that awkward point where things just wear out and need replacing. And I'm trying to recognise and stop the cycle where I commit myself to unrealistic challenges :-/
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on April 14, 2018, 12:04:27 PM
Those of you who have HAD to bow out for various valid reasons, can you start over with us? If you couldn't do all of 2018, perhaps you could still do 365 days.

I love this idea, but it's not realistic for me - basically everything in my wardrobe is now ~5 years old and is worn at least once a week, so I think I'm at that awkward point where things just wear out and need replacing. And I'm trying to recognise and stop the cycle where I commit myself to unrealistic challenges :-/

I can understand that. This challenge is pretty easy for me simply because I have purchased a terrible overabundance of clothing over the past several years. There is absolutely nothing I truly need at this point. So the challenge is good for me because it keeps me from adding to the insanity in my closet.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 14, 2018, 05:18:32 PM
Trying to fill the holes in my wardrobe with some creative repurposing & sewing. I used to make my own clothes and enjoyed the creative aspect (not from patterns, just using pre-made things or renegade sewing skills)

Today I am slicing up a thrift store dress I dyed last year, shortening it and adding a new hem. Might see if I can make a tanktop as well.

 For work, I am required to wear a set look/uniform so can be more creative in the rest of my wardrobe (since I never have to worry about wearing things in a professional environment). Just want to make sure things don't end up too hippy-esque, since that isn't my preferred outcome.
Hoping to lean more towards a minimalist, elegant wardrobe.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 15, 2018, 07:10:33 AM
Glad we already had the discussion about work gloves.  I tore a hole in mine last night moving cinder blocks.  I am going to duct tape the hole, but I may be going out to buy another pair soon!

Otherwise doing well.  No purchases, no shopping.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: BrakeForTurtles on April 16, 2018, 07:45:38 PM
Two minor victories in this challenge:
1. Patched crotch holes in two pairs of jeans myself. I used a denim iron on patch and I'll sew the edges on as well to really secure it.
2. I'm visiting DC this week, tagging along with DH who is at a conference. We had a work dinner tonight so I packed a dress, and stupidly forgot to pack tights. On the way to dinner I realized I would be a little cold, and typically I would have bought some tights. But this time I just persevered through the whole 2 minute walk from the car to the restaurant like a real badass. Crisis averted!

In sad news though, I will only make it 6 months into this challenge. DH and I are moving in August and there are two local clothing companies that make tshirts with the town name on them that I want to take with me as mementos. Plus where we're moving has a completely different climate, though I'm hoping I won't need too many weather specific items. I might try to reset in July and do a year from then if I do buy those local shirts.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on April 17, 2018, 07:30:33 AM
I'm still trucking right along. New relationship shopping impulses have all been ignored, including accessories. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on April 21, 2018, 05:29:14 AM
Also still going strong.

I decided I will keep a list of mostly worn items I absolutely LOVE and reach for all the time. My goal is to have a wardrobe ďfullĒ of clothes like that, without the fluff or a minimal amount of fluff. Is fluff a word for this or am I making this up? Not sure, English is not my first language but it sounds kinda right? Mustíve picked it up somewhere. ;)

Not going to reach this by discarding the fluff and buying buying buying but to be more aware and slowly wearing out the fluff without replacing. Maybe next year replace/add more LOVE items.

Just braindumping again..

Itís finally getting warmer here so I can wear some different items. Last year I bought a pair of black flowy pants that are suitable for work, almost feel like sweatpants, not as thick as skinny jeans I usually wear and perfect for this in between weather when I donít want my thick jeans but also donít want bare legs. They are amazing. I wear them all the time with this in between weather we have a lot of. Also suitable for festivals, biking, lounging, travelling etc. And the fabric is amazing, no need to iron, quick drying. I would be bummed if something happens to them. Some of the seams are getting looser, will have to do something about that.

I also brought a favorite outdoor cardigan (needs a new zipper) and dress to the tailor.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 23, 2018, 10:34:49 AM
My sewing update: One major fail (a shirt that looked like I was wearing a pillowcase) and one success: a new summer skirt/or top. It's a large rectangular fabric with snap attachments so it can be worn it in different ways.

Sanne--I think fluff is a nicely descriptive word for the extra clothing we have but don't use/need.

It's Fashion Revolution week so a perfect time to consider who is making our clothes and how.
https://www.fashionrevolution.org

I am feeling like so much in my closet is nearing the end of its useful life but will likely be able to do the full year with no buying/no shopping. As I feel better in my body (spring sunshine!) I feel like clothing is less of a concern (as in, more of what I have looks better on me). That's the glow of spring I suppose.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ElizaStache on April 23, 2018, 03:55:45 PM
Checking in, doing well so far. I think the one exception I may need to go get is bike shorts. My leggings work fine, but my butt hurts! I think buying just one pair will be fine if I'm riding 2-3 times a week.
To really make this work I need to gather up all of my holey clothes and have a big sewing session. I have 2-3 pants that need to be fixed, tons of socks, and other odds and ends that can all last longer.
The only piece of clothing that I think I am actually missing is a longer winter jacket. The one I have is fine, but I'd like one that goes down to my thighs for ultimate comfiness. My birthday is on Jan 1 so I can buy myself that I think as a way to end the challenge.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on April 23, 2018, 05:01:13 PM
I am having serious difficulties now as my middle seems to be expanding but my smart jeans refuse to grow with it. I'm going to have to stop wearing jeans to events & things like doctors appointments and start wearing my dresses more! Luckily my scruffy jeans are a bit bigger so are still ok. I've cut right back on sugar so I'm hoping I might shrink a bit.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on April 24, 2018, 07:41:35 AM
Sanne--I think fluff is a nicely descriptive word for the extra clothing we have but don't use/need.

It's Fashion Revolution week so a perfect time to consider who is making our clothes and how.
https://www.fashionrevolution.org

Ah, thanks.. Suddenly I was doubting myself.. ;)

The fashion revolution movement is great!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 29, 2018, 07:12:59 PM
I am out.
I have been doing cold-water training in the lake, dipping every day since the start of April and somehow misplaced my swim bottoms last week...so I kept looking for them, hoping they would re-emerge (and swimming in my undies in the meantime).  But since I am in public, this couldn't go on forever :)

Today I bought a swimsuit and made sure to buy one that is actually designed & made locally, so I feel like it was a good purchase.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on April 30, 2018, 05:09:09 AM
Sorry to see you go, Serendip, but well done.  And that sounds like it was a good and necessary purchase. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on April 30, 2018, 08:46:16 AM
Sorry to see you go, Serendip, but well done.  And that sounds like it was a good and necessary purchase.

Agreed!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on April 30, 2018, 11:18:13 AM
Thanks @Trifele & @Sanne --I'll keep lurking and cheering you all on :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: wordnerd on April 30, 2018, 04:36:31 PM
I'm out too. I bought some high-waisted underwear to avoid irritating my C-section incision. I'm still go to try to buy nothing else for the rest of the year, but realize I'll lose my gold star ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 01, 2018, 01:39:33 AM
I am out.
I have been doing cold-water training in the lake, dipping every day since the start of April and somehow misplaced my swim bottoms last week...so I kept looking for them, hoping they would re-emerge (and swimming in my undies in the meantime).  But since I am in public, this couldn't go on forever :)

Today I bought a swimsuit and made sure to buy one that is actually designed & made locally, so I feel like it was a good purchase.

Sounds to me like a good excuse for getting another swimsuit. You could join the "only nessesary clothes shopping" thread now.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on May 01, 2018, 04:38:24 AM
Another month is in the books, nothing purchased.

My little capsule work wardrobe is definitely showing its age, but we will see if I can nurse it along til the end of the year!  Some strategies I am using:  Whenever I'm not actually in a meeting, I wear sneakers in the office to save wear on my 2 pair of dress shoes;  I always check my schedule before I get dressed in the morning.  If I have few or no important meetings, I wear my oldest clothes.  If I have an important meeting -- I 'dress up' a bit with my best capsule clothes.

I give my notice on January 7 of next year.  I would really love to make these clothes last to the end of my career!!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch on May 02, 2018, 09:36:32 AM
I'm still in with nothing to report, which is a good thing for me and my former consumer-y ways :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip on May 02, 2018, 09:47:04 AM
I am out.
I have been doing cold-water training in the lake, dipping every day since the start of April and somehow misplaced my swim bottoms last week...so I kept looking for them, hoping they would re-emerge (and swimming in my undies in the meantime).  But since I am in public, this couldn't go on forever :)

Today I bought a swimsuit and made sure to buy one that is actually designed & made locally, so I feel like it was a good purchase.

Sounds to me like a good excuse for getting another swimsuit. You could join the "only nessesary clothes shopping" thread now.

Yes--will do @Linda_Norway :)  Hoping that swimsuit will be the only purchase but it is good accountability.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on May 03, 2018, 03:57:30 PM
Made it through April :)

Sorry to see that some of you have moved on. Good luck to those still remaining. 8 months to go!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on May 03, 2018, 07:49:35 PM
Checking in to say Iím still here. No issues, no temptations.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on May 04, 2018, 02:03:49 AM
Congrats to everyone still in the game! I have to say it's nice not to buy anything, no need to browse.

I noticed that my bikini is too big because I lost weight. I bought it on sale 2 years ago and never even used it?? Will be selling or donating it. I have a older one that is still fine and fits, not worn out or anything. It's only missing the clasp but I even noticed I bought a new one for it (a few years ago but I was too lazy apparently;)) so I can sew it on and it's good to go. I will be going to warmer places this year so I will need one. Perfect!

Anyone else buying more other stuff because of this? For me it's not entirely clear if it has to do with the no clothing buying thing but I do notice that I bought more other stuff, like notebooks and craft stuff. Not a lot (two notebooks, some pens, some glue thing, recipe organizer) but I'm usually not really into buying more of this. Could be because I want to be more organized with goals/thoughts and not be related at all but maybe it is..
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on May 06, 2018, 07:35:52 AM
Went shopping all afternoon with my mom because she needed new sneakers. I have also been wanting some. Tried on several pair and then walked away without buying anything for myself. So I am holding strong for over 4 months! This is the longest Iíve ever gone without buying clothes or shoes for myself.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bee21 on May 08, 2018, 03:37:29 AM
Well, we lasted this long. But it's happy news, I finally found some pants which fit my weird shaped husband perfectly and I bought 2!!!! Pairs. No regrets. That should last him another 10 years 😊.  His only pair of casual pants was on its way out and he needed some decent clothes for a work event. He also found a replacement for his broken sandals (this is also a miracle), so he is set.

Se keep up the good work people we are off.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on May 10, 2018, 12:50:49 AM
Well, we lasted this long. But it's happy news, I finally found some pants which fit my weird shaped husband perfectly and I bought 2!!!! Pairs. No regrets. That should last him another 10 years 😊.  His only pair of casual pants was on its way out and he needed some decent clothes for a work event. He also found a replacement for his broken sandals (this is also a miracle), so he is set.

Se keep up the good work people we are off.

Are you still in for yourself or not? For me personally, I donít count shopping for my boyfriend. He doesnít have the same issue with buying clothes I do, only has the essentials. I bought him a shirt and a pair of jeans this year because he really needed it and I am better at finding good deals online. And no fun shopping, just straight to the goal.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Just_Looking_Here on May 10, 2018, 03:22:33 PM
I'm doing something similar to Trifele. I'm wearing up the things that are getting loose or don't suit round the house / in the garden and saving the nicer things for public viewing.

This way I'll wear out the clothes that I don't feel comfortable selling or donating and extend the life of things I'll want to wear in the years ahead.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Bee21 on May 11, 2018, 05:21:08 PM
As I am the shopper for everybody, this was supposed to be a joint challenge. So I failed. But boy, he is so happy with those pants. Never had a pair which looks so good on him. He has a weird shape and is very hard to find anything  which fits, so no regrets.  for him and my eldest we are in the world of hurt in the clothes and shoes department. I don't even look at the pricetag, if anything fits them i just buy multiples and count my blessings.

We are going overseas (again) and I will need a pair of new shoes, swimwear and some nightwear (hubby is complaining that they look awful) so I will need a few things. I am holding off buying anything else until I lose weight. I almost had to buy a whole wardrobe the next size up but a week of fasting fixed that, that was a close call.

 This challenge is awsome, there was a year when we spent around 3k on clothes, so this is def an improvement for us.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on May 14, 2018, 02:14:52 AM
This challenge is awsome, there was a year when we spent around 3k on clothes, so this is def an improvement for us.

I think you did great, I think the main reason was limiting shopping/adding and awareness right? Certainly an improvement from 3k! Even if you go from here buying things, if you do it mindfully.

My black nicer pair of skinny 'jeans' came out of the washing machine with all sorts of weird stripes, stains and folds for some reason. That happened earlier as well and I don't know why, something about the fabric. Will have to see if I can fix it up a little and can still wear it to work.. Spring/summer I don't really need it, but autumn/winter that's my go to pair.. Otherwise I will have to improvise and wear other stuff more. Not that easy but still do-able. I also have a pair of faded black 'jeans' that could work, not as nice but the faded style is 'in' anyway right... 

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Just_Looking_Here on May 14, 2018, 01:14:52 PM
Another thing I'm doing is writing a wishlist for 2019 so that I can see what is wearing out and budget accordingly.

So far it's limited to........ Socks! Last of the big spenders?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on May 14, 2018, 02:30:58 PM
This challenge is awsome, there was a year when we spent around 3k on clothes, so this is def an improvement for us.

I think you did great, I think the main reason was limiting shopping/adding and awareness right? Certainly an improvement from 3k! Even if you go from here buying things, if you do it mindfully.

My black nicer pair of skinny 'jeans' came out of the washing machine with all sorts of weird stripes, stains and folds for some reason. That happened earlier as well and I don't know why, something about the fabric. Will have to see if I can fix it up a little and can still wear it to work.. Spring/summer I don't really need it, but autumn/winter that's my go to pair.. Otherwise I will have to improvise and wear other stuff more. Not that easy but still do-able. I also have a pair of faded black 'jeans' that could work, not as nice but the faded style is 'in' anyway right...

Don't know what your current method is but turning them inside out for the wash and using liquid and minimal detergent might help with marks.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on May 15, 2018, 01:21:19 AM
This challenge is awsome, there was a year when we spent around 3k on clothes, so this is def an improvement for us.

I think you did great, I think the main reason was limiting shopping/adding and awareness right? Certainly an improvement from 3k! Even if you go from here buying things, if you do it mindfully.

My black nicer pair of skinny 'jeans' came out of the washing machine with all sorts of weird stripes, stains and folds for some reason. That happened earlier as well and I don't know why, something about the fabric. Will have to see if I can fix it up a little and can still wear it to work.. Spring/summer I don't really need it, but autumn/winter that's my go to pair.. Otherwise I will have to improvise and wear other stuff more. Not that easy but still do-able. I also have a pair of faded black 'jeans' that could work, not as nice but the faded style is 'in' anyway right...

Don't know what your current method is but turning them inside out for the wash and using liquid and minimal detergent might help with marks.

Unfortunately I'm already doing this. I thought maybe I didn't turn it inside out the last time and the marks and stuff were there then too, so I turned it inside out this time for sure but no difference unfortunately. I'm not a great washer though but usually things turn out fine. Minimal detergent, line drying. It may just have to be the fabric. I specifically bought a 'stay black' fabric but it wasn't worth the money..

Thanks for the tips though! If anyone has any other tips, I'd love to hear.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on May 15, 2018, 09:44:20 AM
Almost didn't make it. It was so close. I went on a business trip to Denmark last week and the place I was staying had a really nice pool and I forgot to pack my bathing suit. I was so tempted to go out and buy one but the thought of posting on here that I was out kept me in check (just barely) plus I headed up not having a chance to hit the pool anyway so it would have been a waste of money.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on May 16, 2018, 04:49:02 AM
Always didn't make it. It was so close. I went on a business trip to Denmark last week and the place I was staying had a really nice pool and I forgot to pack my bathing suit. I was so tempted to go out and buy one but the thought of posting on here that I was out kept me in check (just barely) plus I headed up not having a chance to hit the pool anyway so it would have been a waste of money.

Congrats Haypug!  Nice exercise of willpower. You're right that dropping out of the thread for buying something you didn't need anyway would have been bitter. 

So cool that you got to go to Denmark!  Hope you had some time on the trip to sightsee.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on May 16, 2018, 01:22:07 PM
Thanks Trifele, Yes I had a couple extra days of sight seeing and the weather was unusually nice for Denmark, high 60s and sunny.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: shinn497 on May 21, 2018, 10:04:16 PM
I have like not bought new clothes in years! Yay being an software developer
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on May 22, 2018, 01:52:15 AM
I have like not bought new clothes in years! Yay being an software developer

I have a lot to learn ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Plina on May 27, 2018, 09:26:02 AM
This challenge is awsome, there was a year when we spent around 3k on clothes, so this is def an improvement for us.

I think you did great, I think the main reason was limiting shopping/adding and awareness right? Certainly an improvement from 3k! Even if you go from here buying things, if you do it mindfully.

My black nicer pair of skinny 'jeans' came out of the washing machine with all sorts of weird stripes, stains and folds for some reason. That happened earlier as well and I don't know why, something about the fabric. Will have to see if I can fix it up a little and can still wear it to work.. Spring/summer I don't really need it, but autumn/winter that's my go to pair.. Otherwise I will have to improvise and wear other stuff more. Not that easy but still do-able. I also have a pair of faded black 'jeans' that could work, not as nice but the faded style is 'in' anyway right...

Don't know what your current method is but turning them inside out for the wash and using liquid and minimal detergent might help with marks.

Unfortunately I'm already doing this. I thought maybe I didn't turn it inside out the last time and the marks and stuff were there then too, so I turned it inside out this time for sure but no difference unfortunately. I'm not a great washer though but usually things turn out fine. Minimal detergent, line drying. It may just have to be the fabric. I specifically bought a 'stay black' fabric but it wasn't worth the money..

Thanks for the tips though! If anyone has any other tips, I'd love to hear.

If it had some kind of feature Ēstay blackĒ you could always try to take it back to the store. When we were kids my mother used some kind of color that you put in to the washing machine to color jeans again. Maybe that is an option.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on May 27, 2018, 04:27:07 PM
I should have said earlier that the best thing for black jeans is to just not wash them very often. They are almost as bad as white jeans for keeping 'nice'.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on June 05, 2018, 01:34:59 PM
Made it through May. I have even been getting rid of clothes this year! Though now I'm thinking 2019 will be the year I build myself a nice capsule wardrobe (or even a "uniform") so I don't have to think about what I'm wearing for work anymore.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on June 05, 2018, 04:24:40 PM
Still here, made it through May fine.  Nothing purchased.  :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on June 10, 2018, 03:36:24 AM
I should have said earlier that the best thing for black jeans is to just not wash them very often. They are almost as bad as white jeans for keeping 'nice'.

Yes, I agree. I don't wash it very often.

The strange thing is that the black is still black. It just has weird stripes on it. Our washing machine broke 2 weeks ago and I didn't know yet at the time it would. So maybe that was the problem? I don't know. I don't have the receipt anyway and bought it 9/10 months ago so don't feel good about going back.

Still haven't bought anything! Going strong. Even brought some things to the second hand shop. And been on holiday and didn't buy anything.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on June 21, 2018, 08:46:42 AM
My mom asked yesterday if I was still not buying clothes.  Then she said "what exactly are you trying to prove?"  She is a consumerist at heart, so her response was "what does NEED have to do with anything?"

With summer in full swing here, I kind of forgot about buying clothes recently, which is a nice change.  I did think this morning of two items I'll want to purchase for next summer, but they are reasonable. 

Also, a coworker asked me how many pairs of shoes I had for summer.  She was asking out of curiosity, and I told her 8.  Later I was thinking and realized it was 12.  Specifically for summer.  Very embarrassing to realize that I have that many shoes just for work just for summer.  And none are in danger of wearing out any time soon.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on June 21, 2018, 10:28:40 PM
Great job, Amanda! It really does get easier. Iím in the same boat for shoes... Well, everything really. Just way, way too much.

My sister visited recently and wanted to go shopping. Being a good host, I agreed. Itís just not something I do anymore, so I feel a bit like an alien observing whatís out there. I saw some nice things, appreciated them, and moved on.

Nearly halfway through the year and so far no temptations.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Linda_Norway on June 22, 2018, 03:02:13 AM
My mom asked yesterday if I was still not buying clothes.  Then she said "what exactly are you trying to prove?"  She is a consumerist at heart, so her response was "what does NEED have to do with anything?"

Suck...<Puts palm against forehead>.

Also, a coworker asked me how many pairs of shoes I had for summer.  She was asking out of curiosity, and I told her 8.  Later I was thinking and realized it was 12.  Specifically for summer.  Very embarrassing to realize that I have that many shoes just for work just for summer.  And none are in danger of wearing out any time soon.

Then at least, you won't have to buy new shoes for the next 10 or so years.
I also have many pairs of shoes. We have been commented on by family members. But mostly they are different types of shoes for different purposes: pretty, comfy, running, cycling, hiking, mud, skiing, etc. But both DH and I have (in the past had) a tendency to buy a pair of shoes when it is on sale with the thought that this could be our next pair for that purpose. So we actually have in some cases more than 1 pair for the same purpose.

My strategy is just to not go shopping. Then it is less tempting to buy anything new.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on June 29, 2018, 10:32:52 AM
My mom asked yesterday if I was still not buying clothes.  Then she said "what exactly are you trying to prove?"  She is a consumerist at heart, so her response was "what does NEED have to do with anything?"

Suck...<Puts palm against forehead>.

Haha, this reply is why I don't tell a lot of people that I'm doing the no shopping clothes thing. Few people around me get it.

YOU DESERVE something new!!! You work hard for it! It's nice to have new things! How boring! What's the point!

Funny thing when I don't tell people, they don't notice and sometimes think things are new but aren't (and they've seen it  multiple times).

Reminds me of a shopping trip with friends a few years ago and one of these friends was complaining all the time about her lack of money. She tried on a basic shirt and a glitter sweater. The sweater was clearly something you would wear once (maybe twice) to a party. She said she didn't have money to buy both but that she really wanted to buy at least one. She asked me and another friend for advice. My other friend said she liked the glittery sweater and that she had to buy that one. I asked what she needed the most (at first I said something about her lack of money but that didn't go well) and they both looked at me as if I was going crazy and they both said that was a lame/boring question. My friend then said she desperately needed a basic shirt because she didn't have one anymore and she couldn't wear a lot of her clothes without it. But then kept on debating what she should buy. She got a bit pissed when I said I didn't understand why she was even debating it and she didn't buy anything as I can recall because she couldn't make up her mind. Well, mission accomplished I guess.. ;)

I went to a (small) festival and people were dressed so nice I would've definitely gone shopping after if not for this challenge. I made some new combinations instead and looked at pinterest for inspiration.  Instead of shopping I even cleared out my closet even more than I already had previously. So easy to see what I just don't wear enough.

'Kudoos' for everyone still going strong!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on June 29, 2018, 07:48:42 PM
To my list of things I will buy I have added a medium thickness jumper that can be worn with my t-shirts (most have a high neck line). Possibly a smart looking sweatshirt? My current two round necked jumpers have a wider neck line so I cover up the weird look with a scarf but it doesn't really work. I have one v neck but it is hot pink and goes with not much ;)

On my list:
Shorts
Jumper
White singlet
Bras.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on June 30, 2018, 08:24:16 AM
Mid-year check in -- Still here, nothing bought.  I feel like I'm in a good place -- no great desires for anything.  I am probably looking ratty at times but don't care.  I can't even think of any clothes I'll need to buy next year.  It's all very peaceful and zen.  :)

Not sure how many of us are left, but hope everyone is doing well!  Hang in there. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 on July 02, 2018, 06:29:15 AM
Made it through the first half of the year and still going strong.

As far as purchases for next year It's pretty basic;
Knee highs
Socks
Underwear
1 pair of work pants

That should do it. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: BrakeForTurtles on July 02, 2018, 10:33:21 AM
Halfway through! I just got back from an overseas trip and on the way home I was dreaming of the perfect hot weather travel outfit: a knee length linen dress with capped sleeves, pockets and a collar. I started looking for something and found a dress that ticks all those boxes...and then I was like "Oh yeah - no clothes shopping! Will have to wait for 2019". It was a bit of a relief to not have to commit to the purchase to try the dress out. I'd love to learn to make my own as a dress like that seems hard to find.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: ElizaStache on July 02, 2018, 10:39:52 AM
Still in for the second half of the year. On my list for next year is still just bike shorts and a thigh/knee length winter coat. It's great having a boss who doesn't really care what I wear and wouldn't notice if I wore the same shirt 5 days in a row (unless it was dirty of smelled bad).
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on July 12, 2018, 02:27:47 AM
Yesterday was the first time I really nearly bought something or was definitely tempted. Went to a bigger thrift store to look for some pots for plants and found myself looking through the clothing section. There were some nice things there, some even 50% discount.. I don't know why I started browsing.

No more going to thrift stores for me, unless it's with my boyfriend so I don't do the aimless browsing thing...
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Just_Looking_Here 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?
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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. :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on August 03, 2018, 11:52:50 AM
Today is Day 215. I find that it's getting easier and easier to say "no."
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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!  ;)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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 . . .
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: pressure9pa 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. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy 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!  :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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 :)
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: haypug16 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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.   
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Step37 on September 19, 2018, 11:04:57 AM
Still here and no anticipated issues. How many of us are left?!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Miss Piggy on September 20, 2018, 07:07:02 PM
Still here and no anticipated issues. How many of us are left?!

Still here.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Serendip 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne on October 18, 2018, 01:33:04 AM
That's it? Only 4 still going? ;) Good for us! =pat on the back=
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Sanne 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.. ;)

Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: katscratch 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.
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Fresh Bread on October 18, 2018, 02:04:55 PM
That's awesome, Katscratch!
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: Trifele on October 19, 2018, 03:44:07 AM
I agree Katscratch!  Great takeaways from a great challenge. 
Title: Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
Post by: LorettaLynn 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.