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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #300 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!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #301 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #302 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. 

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #303 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #304 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?

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #305 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!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #306 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #307 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 :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #308 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 :)

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #309 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!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #310 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #311 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!

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #312 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #313 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

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #314 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!
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #315 on: April 12, 2018, 04:03:27 AM »
Sorry to see you go HaH!  You fought the good fight.  Thanks for hanging around!


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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #316 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #317 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #318 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #319 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 :-/

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #320 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #321 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.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #322 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #323 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.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #324 on: April 17, 2018, 07:30:33 AM »
I'm still trucking right along. New relationship shopping impulses have all been ignored, including accessories. :)
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #325 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #326 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.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #327 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.
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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
« Reply #328 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.

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Re: Absolutely zero clothes shopping in 2018
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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!