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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2018, 05:28:17 PM »
Why would one buy unnecessary clothes?

Why would anyone buy unnecessary anything?

"I like it", "I think I'll use it", "It'll make me feel good," "It'll replace [old one] when it wears out eventually" (but you actually buy 3 before the old one dies) Etc.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2018, 05:40:09 PM »
I bought a sweater earlier in the month - to replace one that had several holes in it that I now wear exclusively at home. Since then I've worn it almost every day. I was worried that I'd fall back into old habits after replacing a few things in December following my year of not buying any clothing. Not the case! I can't think of any clothing that I would buy right now.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #52 on: January 30, 2018, 04:11:56 PM »
I'm joining the challenge!  Some of my organizing/decluttering has reminded me exactly how many items of clothing I have (ahem 24 cardigans - I just counted).

So, I'll only buy clothing if I truly need to replace something that is worn out, or for health and safety reasons (sun protection apparel, etc.).

This should be relatively easy for me since I usually don't actually like clothes shopping.  The key will be to resist the urge to stock up when there's a good deal on something.  I was also thinking about buying new fun workout apparel, but will hold off on that until my current workout pants wear out or (hopefully) get too big.

Bought so far this year:

2 sports bras and 4 pairs of underwear.  The underwear was a gray area in terms of necessity, but the sports bras were much-needed and already are being put to good use.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #53 on: January 31, 2018, 07:41:39 PM »
I need to lose my five holiday pounds or I'm going to have to go shoping. Motivation!
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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #54 on: January 31, 2018, 08:08:38 PM »
I need to lose my five holiday pounds or I'm going to have to go shoping. Motivation!

I have 11 pairs of jeans that are too small right now (I counted the other day).  Definitely motivation to lose the weight and diversify my wardrobe!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #55 on: February 02, 2018, 04:45:34 AM »
I've made it a month and a day, however, I'm cracking.  The reason I'm in this tread versus the absolutely no shopping thread is because of a wedding I'm going to this year.  I thought I had the shoes for it already but I've been wearing them to get used to them and they hurt my toes!!  I think i need a new pair.  I actually have three pairs of dressy shoes and they all hurt my feet.  Seems they feel fine when I try them on, but once I'm in them for any length of time, they hurt.  I want to get one nice pair in a nude color to work with anything in the future.  I'm going to get a wide size (never worn wide before) so I don't have this problem anymore, I hope.  It's so frustrating!!!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #56 on: February 02, 2018, 07:56:09 AM »
^^^Comfortable women's dressy shoes are a challenge. I've figured out that I can't do more than a 2" heel. Last year, I bought a pair of flats with a pointed toe to make them looksdressier and wore them comfortably for hours at a wedding. When the weather gets warmer, I can wear them to work, too. Strappy sandals or slides can also work for me. A block heel is usually more comfortable than a narrow one. I've been buying only black shoes in recent years, since my clothes palette is mostly black / white / gray / red / blue.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #57 on: February 02, 2018, 09:47:00 AM »
I'm going to a wedding next month and I have a dress I could wear, but if I lose 5-10 pounds I'll have a couple more options, include one I like but haven't worn yet because I got pregnant a couple weeks after buying it and it hasn't fit me since. I've been doing well with eating healthy, but that's a little extra motivation to keep it up!

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #58 on: February 02, 2018, 04:42:33 PM »
I need to lose my five holiday pounds or I'm going to have to go shoping. Motivation!

For me, it's really about this, & it's what I've been working on in January. Still at zero clothes shopping for myself.

And @GuitarStv - for me, when I struggle with my weight, i look for clothes that make me "look thinner". You know, rather than just losing the weight & fitting back into original clothes. Obviously not logical, but, there's one answer for you. ;-)

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #59 on: February 02, 2018, 06:00:55 PM »
Woohoo, a month in!

This week's win - my mom accidentally shrunk her boxy wool cardigan. It now fits me! I wore it to work, at my very style conscious office, and got three different compliments. YES. I was worried about sweaters, but I seem to be making it through the sweater season just fine.

I did buy a pair of Blundstones in January before I fully committed to this challenge, but in my defence I have worn them every day since. Love those boots. I will probably try to consign the fancy pair they replaced that were just a little too short and cut into my ankles.

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« Reply #60 on: February 04, 2018, 06:16:55 PM »
This is the perfect thread for me.  I need to avoid all unnecessary clothes shopping this year.  But I've about walked thru my work shoes and my down jacket is about done.  I don't have a lot of clothes so I tend to wear thru them. 

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I find limiting purchases to local companies or companies with ethical practices helps me limit my spending and feel good about the little I do spend.

Today I bought a $300 down coat for $60.  I have needed to replace my old down coat for over a year, but wasn't going to pay full price.  It was worth the wait to find a good coat at a great price.  This one purchase was the primary reason I didn't feel that I could commit to the no clothes spending thread.  Absolutely no guilt on this purchase. 

I'll admit I was tempted by some of the other sales in the store, but I resisted.

DH also purchased jeans to replace a ripped pair and a new shirt.  But he hasn't committed to this challenge and rarely buys clothes.  He is a natural no unnecessary clothes shopper.

Only other purchase I foresee needing this year is replacement semi dressy walking shoes.  Mine have holes in the soles. I'm just doing without for now, but I would like to have a pair when we go on vacation in September.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #61 on: February 07, 2018, 09:46:41 AM »
In January, I continued to bike to work on 10F days (negatives with windchill), so I bought:
-ski gloves $21 (marked down from $80)
-Smartwool heavy wool socks, $26

Also, my toddler lost a mitten, so I bought a 3-pack for $13.

Not too bad.

While looking for toddler mittens on Amazon, I was tempted by AG skinny jeans going at that time for $50. I didn't get them, and they're now at the normal price of $200. But, who am I kidding? I'm the mother of a toddler & mostly live in leggings & sweats these days.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #62 on: February 07, 2018, 10:15:55 AM »
We're 10% of the way through the year; how's everyone doing?

Purchased so far: Socks, rain boots, and sandals for DD1. About $40 total. DH bought me a jacket, I think for $50, which I wouldn't have bought myself but I did keep.

Foreseeable purchases: DD2 will need some sandals, but I'm holding off to make sure I get the right size. DD1 will need some new summer clothes, as she's outgrown most of what she wore last year, which I plan to buy only at thrift/consignment stores. DD2 may or may not need summer clothes depending on when she sizes up. I could really use some new bras, but I'm really trying to hold off until after I wean DD2 to make sure they fit long-term.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #63 on: February 08, 2018, 06:36:30 AM »
So far this year:
Nothing for me, 3 summer onesies in a bigger size for the littlest, 2 pair sweatpants for DH, and 2 pair shoes, and one jacket+ outfit that came with it for the toddler. DH did a big closet purge so we are actually negative on clothes for the year.
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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #64 on: February 08, 2018, 07:50:04 AM »
Here's what we've bought YTD:
-A patch for my jeans. Has extended the life of existing clothing
-My husband spent $12 on having jeans hemmed
-We bought my son pants, for riding his bike to school. He previously only had one pair, so laundry was getting to be a problem. He asked for these for his birthday, so they are technically coming out of our "gift" budget.

All in all, we continue to declutter, so we're net negative as well for number of clothing items in the house.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #65 on: February 08, 2018, 11:22:44 PM »
Since the beginning of the year: I purchased a pair of Blundstone's that I LOVE and have worn almost every day since, but they were necessary. :) Given a sweatshirt, a sweater, and three pairs of jeans, so that's convenient.

Only other purchase currently deemed necessary is a new pair of slippers. Mine have now disintegrated to the point where I am leaking rubber wherever I go.

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« Reply #66 on: February 09, 2018, 06:04:04 PM »
Well yesterday my last pair of work shoes ripped.  So now I really have to buy shoes.  I was already wearing my backup pair after walking thru the soles of my other pair. So I guess I'll be shopping tomorrow. 

Hopefully this will be my last purchase for the year.

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« Reply #67 on: February 09, 2018, 08:40:08 PM »
Here's what we've bought YTD:
-A patch for my jeans. Has extended the life of existing clothing
-My husband spent $12 on having jeans hemmed
-We bought my son pants, for riding his bike to school. He previously only had one pair, so laundry was getting to be a problem. He asked for these for his birthday, so they are technically coming out of our "gift" budget.

All in all, we continue to declutter, so we're net negative as well for number of clothing items in the house.

And, I noticed when doing laundry that the entire back half of my son's soccer socks were ripped out. Why he didn't mention it when it sprouted a small hole . . . no one knows. Ordered a two pack for $13.08

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #68 on: February 11, 2018, 09:14:35 AM »
Confession: I bought a workout tank I don't need. It was a fundraiser for my student's track team, and I'm a sucker for those things, but I should have just donated money directly to the team. I'll try to remember that for next time.

It IS good quality and personalized, so I will use it, but I already have plenty.
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« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2018, 11:07:33 AM »
I had the "shopping bug" on Friday, so I decided to check out the new Goodwill in my neighborhood and check a couple things off my list of foreseeable needs for the kids. I got two skirts and two tops for DD1, and a pair of shoes for DD2.

Yesterday was DD2's birthday and she got three outfits and some pajamas from family members, and DD1 also got an outfit and pajamas. And my grandma gave me $40 and specified that she wanted me to use it on matching outfits for the girls. I don't often try to match them, but DD1 does love matching with her baby sister, so okay. I'll probably get them Easter dresses. So now both kids should be set on clothes for the next several months.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2018, 09:25:03 PM »
Bought shoes to replace my torn work shoes. This was 1 of my 2 items I knew I would need this year for sure. At the shoe store there were the cutest sandals on sale.  I really wanted them. But DH reminded me that I didn't need them and that wasn't why I was there. So I put them back and stuck to my one needed purchase. 

Is it terrible that I am sort of hoping that DH goes back and buys them for me for Valentine's Day? we don't really buy valentines gifts so not gonna happen. Still couldn't help hoping.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #71 on: February 16, 2018, 01:19:43 PM »
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Is it terrible that I am sort of hoping that DH goes back and buys them for me for Valentine's Day? we don't really buy valentines gifts so not gonna happen. Still couldn't help hoping.
That is hilarious.

So, did he?

I pestered my husband not to get me anything this year, since I'm trying to lose weight (so no chocolate, please) and I think Valentine's Day flowers are a rip-off. On the 15th, I came home to a silly little bear in a mug with hearts on it. I actually like the mug, to my surprise, and thanked him for the gesture. We agreed the gift is junk, and joked about how it cost almost nothing since Valentine's Day was over. He can't bring himself to not do a little something, and I can't be upset at him for that.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #72 on: February 16, 2018, 02:38:26 PM »
I found a dress & really wanted it as a reward for doing well with my eating & working out. . . talked myself down by instead realizing that, if I keep this up, I can instead wear all of the too tight things in my closet. Reality check.

I also had to replace my son's soccer cleats - $22. We have pretty much every other size as hand me downs, but not this one. Drat.

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« Reply #73 on: February 17, 2018, 07:52:38 AM »
I'm having a really tough run with clothes lately.  I ripped a pair of jeans this week.  I've already had 2 other pairs rip in the past few months.  I didn't replace those as I could get by without them. But I may have to replace this pair.  When you have fewer clothes it seems like you wear thru the few you have more quickly.  Also seems like clothes are made of thinner material that wears.  I need to find some jeans that won't wear out so quickly.  All of the jeans that tore, tore in the same place and were the same brand.  I'll be looking for a new go to brand for jeans. Looking for quality and ethical production practices.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #74 on: February 17, 2018, 08:42:54 AM »
Oh my. I haven't been skiing in four years, and have *ahem* gained a few pounds over that time period. We are doing a day trip to ski tomorrow, and my pants are dangerously tight. Like, unclear how I'm going to sit in the lift tight. :-( I really, really don't want to buy new pants. The ones I have are in great condition, despite being 15 years old. And, while we'd like to figure out a way to make skiing happen regularly with the kids, we haven't been successful since we moved to the Bay area. Drat. I think I'm going to suffer through tomorrow, and if we decide to go again, will have more time to scout out a used option.

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« Reply #75 on: February 17, 2018, 10:17:43 AM »
Oh my. I haven't been skiing in four years, and have *ahem* gained a few pounds over that time period. We are doing a day trip to ski tomorrow, and my pants are dangerously tight. Like, unclear how I'm going to sit in the lift tight. :-( I really, really don't want to buy new pants. The ones I have are in great condition, despite being 15 years old. And, while we'd like to figure out a way to make skiing happen regularly with the kids, we haven't been successful since we moved to the Bay area. Drat. I think I'm going to suffer through tomorrow, and if we decide to go again, will have more time to scout out a used option.

Jeans plus long johns works well as long as you don't spend too much time on the ground.

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Re: Only necessary clothes shopping 2018
« Reply #76 on: February 17, 2018, 06:48:48 PM »
I like your optimism @Candace , but I envision spending some time on the ground, given how long it's been since I've skied!

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« Reply #77 on: February 18, 2018, 06:13:20 AM »
A little late but joining this for 2018 too! I did buy some replacements for work clothes and shoes that had worn out in January- first real shopping trip I’d done in over a year. My plan is to only replace necessary wardrobe items that wear out and must be replaced. Also, to try and wear through the items in my closet that are close to end of life sooner rather than letting them linger. I have 3 pairs of dress shoes that have 10 or fewer wears remaining.

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« Reply #78 on: February 19, 2018, 08:15:48 AM »
I like your optimism @Candace , but I envision spending some time on the ground, given how long it's been since I've skied!
I did this a couple of years ago when I went skiing for the first time in over 20 years. I fell a few times, but since I was a bit conservative in skiing I didn't get too wet. DH and I were almost the only ones on the mountain in jeans rather than ski pants.

Do you have an update? I bet the ski pants were fine once you wore them for a little while.

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« Reply #79 on: February 19, 2018, 08:20:28 AM »
I like your optimism @Candace , but I envision spending some time on the ground, given how long it's been since I've skied!
I did this a couple of years ago when I went skiing for the first time in over 20 years. I fell a few times, but since I was a bit conservative in skiing I didn't get too wet. DH and I were almost the only ones on the mountain in jeans rather than ski pants.

Do you have an update? I bet the ski pants were fine once you wore them for a little while.

Skiing was great, and I was super conservative & didn't take any really challenging runs. Pants would not button, especially as i had to layer with long johns. My jacket mostly covered everything, but it was not comfortable! If we go again, will look for used pants.

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« Reply #80 on: February 19, 2018, 09:08:53 AM »
I like your optimism @Candace , but I envision spending some time on the ground, given how long it's been since I've skied!
I did this a couple of years ago when I went skiing for the first time in over 20 years. I fell a few times, but since I was a bit conservative in skiing I didn't get too wet. DH and I were almost the only ones on the mountain in jeans rather than ski pants.

Do you have an update? I bet the ski pants were fine once you wore them for a little while.

Skiing was great, and I was super conservative & didn't take any really challenging runs. Pants would not button, especially as i had to layer with long johns. My jacket mostly covered everything, but it was not comfortable! If we go again, will look for used pants.
Sounds like a win! Great job on holding the non-clothes-shopping line.

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« Reply #81 on: February 20, 2018, 05:22:52 PM »
I like your optimism @Candace , but I envision spending some time on the ground, given how long it's been since I've skied!
I did this a couple of years ago when I went skiing for the first time in over 20 years. I fell a few times, but since I was a bit conservative in skiing I didn't get too wet. DH and I were almost the only ones on the mountain in jeans rather than ski pants.

Do you have an update? I bet the ski pants were fine once you wore them for a little while.

Skiing was great, and I was super conservative & didn't take any really challenging runs. Pants would not button, especially as i had to layer with long johns. My jacket mostly covered everything, but it was not comfortable! If we go again, will look for used pants.
When I went skiing for the first time in a long time a few years ago, I balked at the price of ski pants and got rain pants and good (warm) base layer bottoms instead.  Total cost was maybe not far off, but I've used the base layer while camping add traveling to the Midwest in winter, and the rain pants (nylon, elastic-waist, cut like sweatpants) are also more versatile add will work fine if I go down a size or few...haven't needed to use them since, though.

On the other hand, it is the end of ski season...good time to get a deal on ski gear if needed!

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« Reply #82 on: February 20, 2018, 07:08:52 PM »
I started 2018 with a "No clothes buying" goal. However, my father was diagnosed with aggressive leukemia, and died within the month the doctors gave him. I made an unexpected trip to the US to take care of him and say goodbye, and forgot to pack extra underwear! So I bought 4 pairs at Target asap.

Then two outfits at the thrift store for his wake and funeral, since I'd not been mentally up for bringing any along while he was still alive, as if that would jinx things: vintage black 50s dress with discreet white sequins and Armani jacket, and form-fitting long black dress with vintage alpaca short cape, so I blended in well with the priests ;)

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« Reply #83 on: February 20, 2018, 07:18:16 PM »
Expat so sorry for your loss.