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Title: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Future Lazy on January 05, 2015, 10:45:10 AM
Hi Forum,

So I've been seeing a lot of Case Studies lately that list "Clothing" as a budget category, sometimes with anywhere from $40-200/mo allocated to them. Dang! This seems to be listed separately from "Spending" or "Haircuts", etc. Thinking about writing a blog article about this, as I feel that "clothing" doesn't really deserve it's own budget category, and instead is part of "spending", but I wondered what clothing spending in the community looked like as a whole.

I was looking over my spending from Jun-Dec 2014 (didn't track the full first half of the year), and I found my clothing spending to be:

$32.68 - 2 pairs Pants/Jeans, Eddie Bauer
$102.96 - 5 Bras, Dillards; ~$60, 2 bras of this purchase was a present for a parent in need.
$15 - Dickey's men's socks, 6 pairs (for the DH, Christmas)
$25 - 10 pairs XL Hanes Men's Boxer Breifs (also for the DH, Christmas)
$15 - Large sweat pants, unisex (To share, Christmas)
Total: $190.64
Monthly (over 7 months): $27.23

And that's where roughly only $89.68 ($12.81/mo) was spent directly on myself.

The biggest savers for DH and I have been the following:
I learned to whipstitch. If I can sew it up, I keep on wearing it.
High quality Red Wing brand heavy duty work boots for DH - $250 out of pocket at an outlet store 2 years ago, still awesome today. Considering $70 lining repair.
New outfits are not 'for fun'. Buy only what you need, when you need it.
Track the sales, take advantage of them, but still only buy what you need.

So, the questions are:

What is your average monthly clothing cost?
How many people do you help clothe?
What do you spend it on? or Where do you spend it at?
And..
What tricks do you use to lessen your clothing costs over time?
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Cookie78 on January 05, 2015, 11:00:56 AM
I bought a few pairs of shoes and a couple other cheap things on sale at the outlet mall the first 3 months of 2014 that I didn't track.

Between April and Dec I bought one bathing suit for <$5 and one jacket (impulse buy a week before I found this forum!) for $205. That's it.

As for keeping costs low:
I generally hate clothing shopping and only go when necessary, or sometimes when I'm in the right mood (rarely).
I mend or alter clothes to suit me when I can. I'm not an expert, but I have a sewing machine.
I love clothing swaps with friends and I accept hand me downs when people are getting rid of clothes.
Second hand stores
I discovered recently I have way too many socks and underwear in a second drawer that I wasn't even using. I've committed to using what I have until they are no longer useable, before I buy more.

Bras are the only thing I haven't figured out how to save much on. I hate bra shopping the most, so when I go I usually buy enough to last me a few years.

Average cost over the last 9 months - $23
Average cost over the last 9 months if I didn't buy that damn jacket I didn't really need - $0.56
Expected average cost over the next 12 months - $0

How many people - 1
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: I'm a red panda on January 05, 2015, 11:28:01 AM
Monthly clothing cost?
I am not very mustachian, but I can't imagine buying clothes every month.

We don't technically budget anything, so I can't give a line-item.

Last year:
I started a new, more formal, job last year, so I bought 2 skirts and 5 tops for a total of less than $100 to prepare for that. Those were all from JC Penny.
I also think I got a new pack of underwear (like $8 for 5?) from Walmart- that should last me another 5-6 years.

So monthly, that would be $9 for one person.  The only thing I anticipate, maybe, buying this year are new jeans, my only pair are 7 years old now and starting to wear thin, but I will patch them a few times first- those cost me $20 from Target.  And possibly a few pieces of maternity wear if I can't find someone to give me hand-me downs. I'll likely get those at Target too, but I'll try to make do with what I have first.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: cashstasherat23 on January 05, 2015, 11:29:53 AM
Just took a look at Mint. In 2013 it says I spent about $330 on clothes, but I only joined Mint in July 2013, so that is missing some info. For 2014 I spent $936 on clothing, which is way too much for my taste, although the spending slowed to a trickle around end of September, when I found Money Mustache! I did have a large weight loss this year, as well as started a new job after graduation, so had to buy some new clothing for work that fit, and am still working on shedding more pounds.

I think I will begin 2015 with a trip to Goodwill or a thrift store to buy just a few staple items, as I only have a handful of work outfits, but will try to limit it to $100, and that should last me for the rest of 2015.

Goal is to keep clothing spending at $150-200 this year total by making smart choices!
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: catccc on January 05, 2015, 11:44:34 AM
I bought zero clothing for myself last year with my own cash, thanks in part to a "no clothes buying" gauntlet on the forums.  I say "my own cash" because I did have an old navy gift card that I used on two pairs of clearance tights, it was probably $5, but was outside of counting for budget, since it was purchased with a gift card.  Oh, also got myself a $10 rashguard, but I considered that to be sunscreen, not clothing.  Yes, I rationalize how I want to...  I plan again on spending little to nothing this year, excepting 1-2 bras, and possibly a swim suit.

DH's clothing purchases last year included 2 shirts from Goodwill, I think about $4 each, two pairs of pants, $20 each, and 1 pair of LL bean boots, about $100.

the kids mostly wear hand me downs, but as they are growing, I think some spend on their clothing is fine.  And still spending on this is probably less than $100 per kid for the year.

We don't spend much on clothing.  It's funny, it's something I used to spend a lot on.  Like, 12 years ago in college I'd go to the mall and drop $500 in one visit and it didn't faze me.

I'm also working on minimalism in the closet, which is helping.  I got rid of a bunch of stuff last year without feeling the need to replace it, and I'm much happier with less.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: lakemom on January 05, 2015, 11:49:10 AM
When you have kids "clothing" is definitely a budget line item.  We still have 2 at home that we cover all expenses for (8yo & 13yo).  At a minimum we are buying about 10 pairs of shoes (13yo plays 3 sports) and two complete wardrobes (spring/summer, fall/winter) per year in addition to snow gear (boots/coats/bibs/gloves/hats).  Then of course dh and I each acquire several new pairs of shoes per year (he's a runner and I walk daily) as well as replace items in our wardrobes as they wear out. We budget out $200 per month/2,400 per year and of course they also receive clothing for birthdays and Christmas wich comes out of the gift budget.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: mm1970 on January 05, 2015, 11:59:15 AM
I'm aiming for zero this year (for me only).  But typically:

For me:
2 pairs running shoes:$130 (total), sometimes I get them for cheaper.  That includes tax.
1 swimsuit: $25
socks: $10
underwear: $10
Shirts: $50
Workout gear: $60
(But like I said, I am going to try and make do with what I have this year.  It varies, I've had babies, my weight fluctuated because of that.)

Husband:
Running shoes: $130 (his wear out too)
Jeans: $80 (2 pair a year, they wear out)
Shirts: $75 (generally 4 a year, they wear out)
T-shirts: $30 (he got two for Christmas and I bought him 3 for $15 from that website on here someone mentioned.  Plain shirts.)
Underwear: $20
Socks: $10

Kid #1 (8)
Jeans: $50 (3 pair)
Socks: $10
Underwear: $10
Shoes: $50 (2-3 pair, but we've had luck with hand me downs)
T-shirts: $30
He gets hand me downs here and there.  Kids this age are hard on clothing.

Kid #2 (2)
PJ's: $20
Jeans: $20
everything else hand me down.  Sometimes the hand me downs don't line up with the season, but they have so far.

That's about $70/month for four.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: mm1970 on January 05, 2015, 12:03:28 PM
Quote
Thinking about writing a blog article about this, as I feel that "clothing" doesn't really deserve it's own budget category, and instead is part of "spending", but I wondered what clothing spending in the community looked like as a whole.
Well that depends.  Like another poster mentioned, it's different when you have kids who either wear out their clothing or grow out of their clothing. Clothing isn't optional.  There are ways to get it cheaper, of course - you don't need to buy new every single year.

If you are an adult and have clothing that fits, it can sometimes be "spending".  But personally, I've gotten clothing due to weight changes associated with having kids and losing the baby weight (not really optional).  And I wear through 2 pairs of running/walking shoes a year.  I also wear out 1-2 swimsuits per year.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: epipenguin on January 05, 2015, 12:07:21 PM
It's a process! It's hard for some of us to go from wasteful to full-on Mustachian quickly.

I have had a budget for clothing. But that's because I'm actively working to bring my spending in that area down. The old me would go shopping maybe once every 4-6 months and I would drop far too much money at the mall on a bunch of clothes that didn't always work well together. I also had an overflowing closet of old stuff that didn't necessarily fit, or fit my lifestyle. I didn't even know what I had, so I suffered from the "I have nothing to wear" syndrome and wanted to go out and get new stuff in preference to re-wearing old things. A lot of it I hung on to because I'd spent money on it, and I didn't want that money to go to "waste" (as if having the items sitting in my closet not being worn wasn't wasteful). So I started being more mindful about what to buy so as to make sure my clothing all worked well together, and started purging the old stuff. I'm still not totally done getting rid of old things, but am nearly there. At least now everything fits, and I am trying to wear everything until it wears out. For clothes shopping, the first thing I did was put an item limit on myself per month (no more going crazy in the mall trying to get a bunch of things at once), then a monthly budget, then I started working on cutting my monthly budget.

For the last half of 2014, my clothing budget was $60 a month. What I actually spent was: July: $0, Aug: $0, Sept: $40 (2 camisoles, and two pj/lounge/yoga pants from Costco), Oct: $20 (underwear from Target), Nov: $90 (a fancy made-in-the-USA eco-friendly top, bought from a local store), Dec: $0. I also acquired a pair of shoes that my boyfriend paid for (early Christmas present) and a pair of black pants that I used a gift card on - these were both from outlet stores.

For the first half of 2015, clothing is no longer its own category, but I am including it in a "personal care" budget along with skin care, hair care and whatever other girly nonsense I feel like buying. The skin care and girly nonsense budget used to also be $60 a month, but the combined budget is $100 a month. Still too much, so I expect that for the second half of 2015 I will work to lower it.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: catccc on January 05, 2015, 12:08:54 PM
Kids- you can get away with spending a lot less if you buy secondhand, or make friends with some like minded parents and share stuff. (Things like snow boots can go through many kids before being worn out, depending on where you live.  We are in PA.  There's this one winter coat that a friend got at goodwill, and it has be worn by whomever donated it to goodwill, her oldest, both of my kids, and I'm giving it back for her youngest!  Still lots of life in it!) 

We outfitted our two kids (3 and 6) for $108 last year.  But my kids don't play a bunch of sports.  And (maybe I'm mean) if they wanted to, I'd tell them they'd have to choose between them, due to gear cost.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: ketchup on January 05, 2015, 12:13:17 PM
Looking in Mint, I'm at about $230 since 8/2012, so an average of around $8.84/month.  Some of that also includes clothes for my girlfriend, so call it $5/month.

Thrift stores.  "Business casual" clothes for work.  I don't do new clothes except socks/underwear anymore, and a $50 Kohl's gift card from my grandma each year for Christmas more than covers that.

Doesn't include shoes, which I've spent probably about $100 on (two pairs total) in the same time frame, so another ~$4/month for that.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 05, 2015, 12:14:59 PM
I am single with no kids, so it's just me.

In April 2012, I spent $25 on clothing:  I purchased a hooded sweatshirt with my hockey team's logo--to benefit the hockey team.

In June 2013, I spent $5 on clothing:  2 tee shirts at a conference at my former high school.

In December 2014, I spent $3 on a shirt at a thrift store.

Not sure if everyone counts shoes in their clothing category.  In 2014, I bought a new pair of hiking shoes.  I didn't really want to but my Physical Therapist basically said she would no longer work on my knee/ankle/toe injuries unless I bought new shoes.  I also bought a $3 pair of flip flops to use when camping--if I should need to wade through a creek or visit a hot springs.  I have but used them yet, but I probably will this year.

I still get the e-mails from Gramicci, REI, Campmor, etc., but I rarely open them.  And I think it happened only twice in 2014 that I was actually in a shop that sold clothes.  Both times, I went in for a particular item, bought it, and left.

I have a ton of clothes that I do not use.  I need to get rid of about half of the clothes I own.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on January 05, 2015, 12:16:57 PM
this is a HUGE weak spot of mine and major goal for 2015!!! (I joined the "no new clothing" thread :))

according to Mint, in both 2013 and 2014 I spent just over $1500/year on clothing, or ~$127/month. yikes!!! (I don't even want to talk about 2012... I went from grad school to a real job, aka a ~5x pay increase and a need for business casual clothing... it wasn't pretty :)). in 2014 there were 36 different transactions!! to be fair, most of the time I buy stuff online and sometimes it doesn't fit and I return it, so some of those transactions are returns. still, even 25-30 transactions is pretty ridiculous! looking back, there are only a few things that stand out as memorable and probably truly useful:

-- three bras from Victoria's Secret (I finally sucked it up and admitted I'm an AA and not an A... so much better)
-- a couple running items (tights and a nice long-sleeved shirt... plus other shit that was less memorable/not needed)
-- replaced my two main pair of work shoes, brown and black flats... puppy ate the brown ones, plus they were a really shitty cheap pair that was worn out and probably going to be replaced soon anyway. the black pair were only ~2.5 yrs old but the leather on the heel had cracked and they were looking crappy (I already had them resoled once, I love getting shoes repaired, but this didn't seem repairable...?) the replacement black pair were my most expensive single purchase of the year... with tax and shipping they were $175. I KNOW. they are definitely the most comfortable pair I've ever owned, right out of the box, but I REALLY hope they last many years!!!
-- black sandals to replace another pair that I wear all the time that the puppy ate
-- a $30 black short sleeved dress from Old Navy that was seriously one of the best purchases I've ever made, especially in terms of bang for the buck! I wear it all the time and in all kinds of circumstances (with a light scarf in the summer, with tights and a cardigan in the winter, to work, on the weekend because it's stretchy and super comfortable, to a fancy birthday dinner, to see Book of Mormon yesterday... no seriously I think everyone might need one of these, LOL)

everything else was basically unnecessary. I categorize running shoes separately in Mint so yeah, those aren't even included in the $1500. what. the. fuck!

I am so nervous but excited for the "no new clothes/shoes" challenge... nervous because it's obviously a huge change but excited because I KNOW I can do it and I already have so many clothes and shoes I love and that work well for me.

I have a growing pile of items that need to be mended but I've been a HUGE procrastinator on that... I really just need to take an hour and dig out the supplies and sit down and do it. I don't have a sewing machine but they're mostly little repairs. I have two skirts I might take to a pro because I'm not sure I can do a decent-looking job and they're for work :/

I'm also working on minimalism in the closet, which is helping.  I got rid of a bunch of stuff last year without feeling the need to replace it, and I'm much happier with less.

me too! well, not really minimalism at all, but much less clothing than I had. I've always been pretty good about donating stuff I don't wear, but I've improved on that and now I'm really working on not buying stuff to replace it. I have one small-ish 5-drawer chest, three big plastic stacking drawers in my closet, probably 4-5' of hanging/rod space in my closet, a bin for sweatshirts, an under-bed box for tshirts, and an under-bed box for out-of-season stuff. holy shit, now that I spell it out, that sounds like a lot! :) but it's an improvement... at least, being able to fit everything IN to those spaces without them being bursting at the seams/hard to find stuff so I can actually wear it.

Thinking about writing a blog article about this, as I feel that "clothing" doesn't really deserve it's own budget category, and instead is part of "spending"

I see what you mean, in that at least some of it may be random "fun" spending... but as others have pointed out, not all of it is... plus, coming from someone who clearly has an issue with this, if you're trying to get your spending in check it helps to see what your weaknesses are (and just how bad they are!). plus even when I'm at my own personal "most Mustachian" (totally happy with your spending/priorities), I know I'll want to at least have a small clothing budget even if I don't NEEEEEEED anything... just the way my brain works. also, I guess I've always been a "splitter," not a "lumper" :)
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: skunkfunk on January 05, 2015, 12:19:23 PM
I've worn second-hand and what is given to me as gifts for the entire time since I signed on board the FIRE train. I could definitely use some shoes though.

Except for socks. I don't know why but I can tear through some socks. Maybe all the tennis?
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Middlesbrough on January 05, 2015, 12:27:12 PM
I have a personal/clothing expense category for personal grooming as well as clothes. It is basically nonfood personal shopping and it is about $35 a month. I think I add another article of clothing every other month. A new dress shirt and tie, a new pair of athletic shorts, and a name brand sweatshirt splurge in the last nine months. The rest is toiletries and knick knack expenditures.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Fodder on January 05, 2015, 12:48:45 PM
Clothing = not so mustachian for me.

Since July, our family has spent $1286 on clothing.  An average of $214/month, or an average of $53.50/person.

I do believe that will average down over the year as that includes some new back to school clothing, as well as new winter clothing for growing kids (I hadn't really considered the additional costs of outfitting for four seasons before, tbh).  ODD started in-school daycare, which necessitated an extra pair of indoor shoes I hadn't anticipated.  Growing feet will be the death of me!  And second hand doesn't seem to cut it at this age, as by the time the kids grow out of shoes, they are completely destroyed.

Some of it is unnecessary, there's no question of that.  It was also a little skewed because DH started a new job that is dressier than his old job, so he needed more dress pants and dress shirts as well as new shoes.

None of the items individually has been extravagant, but there is some extravagance in the quantity.

Over the next year, I'll be trying to limit my own purchases to actual needs (i.e., nylons....my KINGDOM for a pair of nylons that lasts more than a couple of wears), and the same for the kids. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: minimustache1985 on January 05, 2015, 01:00:39 PM
If I look at 2014 it was probably in the $25-$50/mo range, but I expect it to be much lower this year.  Last year I purged a bunch of college attire and bought some more appropriate-for-a-nearly-30-year-old clothing, specifically getting shorts that aren't short-shorts and some casual shirts that aren't college Ts.

As far as actually wearing things out I'd say on average I go through 1 swimsuit, 1 large pack of socks, a handful of undies, a bra, 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of pjs, and 1-2 pairs of shoes in a year.  The purchases are spread out though, I bought socks at Costco 3 years ago and still have a new pack I haven't opened yet, enough clearanced Lands End polos to get free shipping 2 years ago, bought 2 swimsuits last year and won't need a new one this year, etc.

I also spend about $100 on clothes for H at Christmas and he probably spends about the same in a given year getting the things I don't buy him (pants mostly since he has to try those on).  In Mint I budget $100 for "shopping" which clothing and cleaning supplies/anything from Target goes into, but I don't have the category roll over and we normally don't max that one.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: zinethstache on January 05, 2015, 01:08:55 PM
last year the budget was $1200 to use for shoes/boots, undies and used apparel only.  We spent $1080. My clothing situation is somewhat unique however, and I will explain at the end.

I listed the $ details over in the don't buy any new clothes thread.

Summary of new purchases: undies, boots (3pr - short dressy work ones), poncho, long sweater for me - super long, DH work t-shirts and 2 pr Tennies (he wears his out, as in breaks them down, he is hard on clothes/shoes), satin nighties for back surgery - really awesome idea, worked great! (read up on satin for spinal fusion over on the spine forum)

The rest was spent on ebay, bought non horse riding jeans (skinning jeggings) since I can no longer ride and the style is totally different between the two. Yes I still have the horse jeans and do toss them on here and there. Other ebay purchases included longer layers for over skinny jeans (a new style for me), hoodies and warm layers.

I donate ALL of my extra clothes to family and some specific items to friends who've "claimed" them. If I've used them gently enough I will even sell them. I purge a couple of times a year and am overdue for a purge. Luckily many family members are around the same size so they can use most of what we give them. It's funny at family gatherings to see my stuff on folks. - btw I run a side business decorating apparel. I use all types of vinyl that I cut into specific designs with my vinyl cutter - many copyrighted, I also use alot of rhinestones in my custom work, so when I see my clothing on others, it is very, very specific. I sell my apparel around town so what is even more strange is to see something i've made when I am out and about, or even on FB, pictures from horse shows etc.

I love to buy off ebay and "up-cycle" for myself or to sell.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MayDay on January 05, 2015, 01:39:15 PM
With kids, they outgrow stuff.  We get most of their new stuff as gifts, and I try to fill in with either cheap stuff from stores, or occasionally thrift stores.  I have trouble doing much bargain hunting for kids clothes as if I buy ahead at thrift/garage sales, I sometimes get either the wrong size, or too much shirts but no pants, for example.  Also, I can get a basic pair of pants for so cheap at target that I don't save any at the thrift.  I am going to experiment with sewing pants for the kids out of stuff DH and I have worn through, for environmental and ethical reasons. 

DH and I need new shoes a couple times a year (exercise shoes and work shoes for H).  I've never found any used shoes that didn't look like crap except fancy ladies dress shoes.  New socks and undies maybe once a year. 

The biggest thing I am about to have is starting a new job requiring somewhat dressing clothes.  I currently alternate between two pairs of pants and a bunch of t shirts and sweaters.  I can probably make one pair of pants work to be dressy enough, and I might have one other way back in my closet.  The sweaters are pretty schlubby but a few might be ok.  I have no nice shoes as all I've bought in the last 3-4 years is exercise shoes and the odd pair of sandals if I've worn through them.  I am not looking forward to this at all as I hate shopping. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: RootofGood on January 05, 2015, 01:57:30 PM
Let's see.  We spent $335 for a family of 5 last year.  $236 at Walmart (3 new shorts for me, probably a few packs of undergarments and socks for various members of the family, maybe 12-15 shirts/pants/skirts for our daughters, some clothes for Mrs. RoG).  $30 at the thrift shop (12-18 articles of clothing for the 2 year old, a few things for the girls).  $69 at sears (new shoes for 4 of us). 

For this year, we just spent $16 at the thrift shop for 13 new (to us) shirts and pants for the kids and a brand new purse for Mrs. RoG.  It's amazing how you can get brand new (or very close to it) stuff for under a buck. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Elliot on January 05, 2015, 02:11:16 PM
My partner goes through socks, undershirts, underwear, and sneakers at an alarming rate. I've never figured out why 10 underwear will last me 2 years and last my partner only 4-6 months. That's where most of our clothing budget goes, and we only buy other clothes for replacement. Item reaches end of life, item gets replaced. We spent 50 a month, sometimes more if and expensive item is what wore out last month.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: LadyStache on January 05, 2015, 02:33:05 PM
I have a separate category for clothing/shoes/accessories in my budget because it helps me keep things down. Last year I spend about $1000 on this category and I just realized about half of it was shoes. I'm going to try not to buy new shoes for a long time. Thanks!
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: charis on January 05, 2015, 02:44:41 PM
We are 2 adults and 2 kids (18 months/ 4 years).  According to Mint, we spent $277 last year on clothes.  If you subtract costs for the tailor and shoe repair, it's $179.  It is not entirely accurate b/c we picked up some socks/underwear at Target the other day that I can't separate out in Mint.  And I also do about $40 in dry cleaning 3x a year as well for my suits for my business-attire profession. 

When we buy clothes, they are from Goodwill or ebay, except for socks and underwear unless they are brand new.    I stop by often to look for specific brands (j. crew, ann taylor, banana republic, etc) in excellent condition and shoes in almost new condition.  I picked up several pairs of pricey shoes with no visible wear for less than 10 bucks.  I use gift cards to full advantage when I buy the rare new clothing item.

The kids clothes are exclusively hand me down, thrift, from grandma, or one insane sale online where I got 80% off everything.  I can always find "used" children's shoes with no wear.

It is actually very easy to dress well at a fraction of retail prices.   
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: TrMama on January 05, 2015, 03:10:16 PM
According to Mint I average $29/mo for clothing and shoes for myself and 2 kids. DH's and I budget separately, so his clothes aren't tracked even though I know he doesn't spend much.

However, I also spend a healthy (or unhealthy) amount on "Hobbies", aka sewing and knitting supplies. Sewing supplies are used almost exclusively to clothe the kids and I since I spend the least amount possible to get the needed item. Knitting stuff falls more into the hobby category since I buy fancy yarn without much regard to how far it will go.

That's just a long winded way of saying it actually costs us more than $29/mo to clothe ourselves. Probably more like $70/mo if I were to buy retail ready made items like a normal person. I think that's not terrible for 3 people living somewhere with 4 seasons.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: seattlecyclone on January 05, 2015, 03:39:54 PM
I spend very little on clothes for myself. I work in software so I don't need to dress up to even "business casual" standards. I typically wear jeans and a collared shirt to work, but will revert to a free t-shirt from my employer once or twice a week.

At this point I basically only buy clothes to replace worn out items. Each year I'll wear out one or two pairs of jeans ($14/pair at Costco). I just paid $30 for a new pair of daily wear shoes, which will probably last me about a year. I also just bought six pretty nice button-down shirts for $4 each at Goodwill after clearing about that many worn shirts out of my closet. That will probably be all the shirts I buy this year. I also buy about a half dozen pairs of underwear and socks per year. I'm often able to get these on clearance or in open-package returned condition at Target or Fred Meyer. Let's say $20/year on these items.

I might also replace one or more of the following in a year: hiking boots, hiking pants, swimsuit, sandals, sunglasses, raincoat, winter coat, light jacket, watch band, dress shoes, dress pants. Many of these items can be more expensive, but they also typically last me several years. I'd say an average of $150/year for these.

All told I probably spend less than $300/year ($25/month) on clothing. I think my wife spends about the same; she might make a few more frivolous purchases than I do, but she's even more of a Goodwill shopper than I am so it's all very cheap.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: deborah on January 05, 2015, 03:47:23 PM
I really splurged last year.

2014 - 1 waterproof jacket - $130 (half price at a sale)
2013 - underwear - $12
2012 - underwear $14

Total per month: $6 including anything needed to repair clothes.

These were all new. I don't have a budget line for clothes.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: JLee on January 05, 2015, 04:01:32 PM
I really splurged last year.

2014 - 1 waterproof jacket - $130 (half price at a sale)
2013 - underwear - $12
2012 - underwear $14

Total per month: $6 including anything needed to repair clothes.

These were all new. I don't have a budget line for clothes.

I don't have a budget line for clothes either. I think the last thing I bought was a jacket for ~$22, which I use all the time. Not even sure that was 2014, though...could have been 2013.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: GardenFun on January 05, 2015, 04:33:12 PM
Ways we hold down cost:

- For the boys, all the pants that get knee rips turn into summer shorts.  Turn inside out, cut them off at the rip, cuff twice, then sew two lines around the bottom about 10mm apart.  Same stitch that was on my husband's khaki shorts and no one knows they were originally pants. 

- Hand-me down clothes.  We benefit from having two boys so we technically only need to purchase one wardrobe.  But a good majority of the DS1 clothes originally come from other people.  Usually we will pay them some wine or beer when they give us a box/bag of them, which guarantees a steady stream of supply. 

- 1-2 pairs of shoes per season.  Summer - sandals and tennis shoes.  Winter - tennis shoes.  Another benefit of boys. 

- We don't purchase PJ's.  The boys wear white t-shirts and either sweats or shorts that can serve double-duty as needed.  Grandparents have purchased some in past as gifts. 

- Purchase any necessary winter clothes at deep discount.  The clearance prices at Kohl's and JC Penney are ridiculously low if you are patient and not overly-picky on the style. 

- DH and I aren't fashionistas so all our clothes are traditional styles.  Shoes are also kept to a minimum.  I work hard to get out stains and patch any rips before they are an issue. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Johnez on January 05, 2015, 05:20:58 PM
I'm set up for zero costs in this category for the year. Employer provides uniforms and boots. Pretty nice, though I wish they let me know about uniforms before I bought $60 worth of Dickies last year.

In my previous job, I'd estimate $15-20 a month, consisting of boots and dickies. The boots last a year, the dickies....well I have a 12 year old pair, they last a long time.

I think clothing is a unique enough category to warrant its own column. Sticking it in "Spending" is like putting restaurant and groceries in a single category. Fashion clothes should definitely go into a "spending" category, with the goal of hitting as close to zero as possible.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: mm1970 on January 05, 2015, 05:22:05 PM
My partner goes through socks, undershirts, underwear, and sneakers at an alarming rate. I've never figured out why 10 underwear will last me 2 years and last my partner only 4-6 months. That's where most of our clothing budget goes, and we only buy other clothes for replacement. Item reaches end of life, item gets replaced. We spent 50 a month, sometimes more if and expensive item is what wore out last month.
same here
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: kpd905 on January 05, 2015, 05:38:18 PM
I'm probably around $20/month just because I usually get a new pair of running shoes every 6 months or so.  So glad I get to wear hospital scrubs at work.  Comfort, no wear and tear on my own clothing, and no laundry.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: step_away on January 05, 2015, 05:44:59 PM
I don't set a separate budget for clothing. 

My budget is about $1,000/month.  After accounting for fixed expenses ($600 rent, $73 medical/dental/vision insurance, $80 public transportation and $10 internet) and $100 lunch allowance, I'm left with $137 to buy everything else including clothes. 

If I'm overbudget this month, my next month's budget will be reduced accordingly.  If I'm under, I add the unspent amount to next month's budget.

With my recent weight loss, my clothing expenses are up.  But I usually don't pay full price for them by mainly shopping from Ross or when there are sales online.  So far I was able to offset my clothing expenses by reducing other variable expenses including lunch.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: caliq on January 05, 2015, 05:49:46 PM
I only just started tracking things but I would guess the last two years have averaged out to at least $50 a month between my husband and I.  I buy things at Goodwill or cheaper stores and try never to pay full price for anything.  I don't need much and probably $10 of that is actually for me.  However, I'm pretty sure my husband did absolutely zero clothes shopping during his time in the Marines and after he got out, until we got together and I had to point out that he had holes in all his socks and sweats and boxers.  He still wears threadbare army green undershirts rather than buying white ones... He finally stopped wearing his 15+ yr old hockey club jacket (from childhood!) this Christmas -- we went to see his parents and he literally ripped a hole in the leather pocket when he tried to put something in it :/  So HOPEFULLY now that he has proper attire for a normal adult male, our monthly costs will go down significantly because we won't be replacing a new thing that falls apart every other month.  At least for the next ten years or so :D
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: socaso on January 05, 2015, 06:00:05 PM
This made me wonder about my own budget so I did a little quick math and I came up with $525 for last year. You could maybe round that up to $600 in case I'm forgetting anything. One thing I know for sure is that $225 of that was purchased with gift money. I like to use my birthday and Christmas money to splurge a little. It keeps me from going crazy the rest of the year. Some of the money was spent at thrift stores and the full price items were generally things I couldn't find like underwear and the occasional pair of shoes.

My kid is 2 so he grows a lot. I went on two shopping trips for him this year, both were kid's consignment sales and I spent $140 total. I estimate that he will be fine for most clothes except pants until at least early summer (unless he blows out the knees of every pair of pants, which is distinct possibility)

Hubby I don't know about. On the one hand he may have only gone on one shopping trip this year but on the other hand it's usually kind of pricey when he does so I'd say maybe $300 for him.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: LouLou on January 05, 2015, 06:01:50 PM
I don't budget clothing items separately. I rarely buy clothes. I won't buy casual clothes for a very, very long time!

Unfortunately, I will need to spend a significant amount of money on clothes this year. I need suits for work - higher-quality ones for client visits and court (I'm an attorney, representing corporations). I know every secondhand store in my area that sells high quality clothing, and have bought many normal work clothes there. But I can't ever find a used suit that would fit because of my proportions. I also need higher quality shoes for work as well. I have an easier time buying these on sale, and only need a couple of functional pairs at a time.

This year, I need to purchase three suits and one pair of shoes. Even with sales, gift card strategies, ebay etc, this will set me back hundreds!

Also, I feel for parents. I was basically just a series of growth spurts until I hit my current height at 12.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: sol on January 05, 2015, 07:43:28 PM
Annually I consumer roughly

2 pairs of pants, $60.
1 pair of shoes, $40.
Three dress shirts for work, $15.
One package of socks, $10.

Underwear are a negligible expense.  I buy a new coat for about $100 roughly every five years. 

Adding it all up and dividing by 12, I get $12/month.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: HP on January 05, 2015, 08:14:57 PM
It used to be $30/mo, for two adults and two toddlers. It got bumped up a bit recently, but I can't recall what it is now (maybe $40?), and it'll probably go back down in a few months when we redesign our budget. We get just about everything except socks, undies, and most adult shoes from the thrift store which makes it very feasible as long as we get the newish clothes and not the already worn out ones, lol. We purposefully don't have a ton of clothes, though. Just enough to make it until wash day rolls around again.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: david51 on January 05, 2015, 09:18:10 PM
     I line dry my clothes and always have.  My stuff lasts forever.  I have a dozen or so 80's sweaters.  My former employer gave me several heavy coats.  I have 72 shirts and 50 or so were free. Three of them are 33 years old.  I last bought shirts 30 years ago.  Got a dozen or so shorts never worn in the closet. Never wear pants but I have a couple in the closet. Also got about 50 free pairs of socks from employer before I left in 08.  Undies last a long time and I get them as gifts from time to time. 

     My only annual purchase is 2 pairs of running shoes.  After 500 miles I use them for everyday shoes.  This might put me at 150$ annually. 

     I don't think I'll ever buy clothing, aside from running shoes, even if I live to 100.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MrsPete on January 05, 2015, 09:24:21 PM
I don't really have a monthly cost, but I do have a system.  After I had my second child, we were short on money, and I fell into a bad pattern.  I never bought anything for myself.  This was okay for a year or two, but then SUDDENLY it was time for me to begin teaching in the fall, and I realized that EVERY item of clothing I owned was a complete and total RAG.  I was forced to hurry up and buy some things because I needed to look professional at work.

So I developed a system to avoid finding myself WITHOUT again: 

- We live in an area with four seasons, so every spring and every fall I buy myself two outfits -- typically they're clearance-priced items bought at the end of the season, but this means I always have SOMETHING that's new and fairly well in style.  Typically I pick up one casual outfit and one work outfit, but it does vary. 
- And every spring and fall I toss out something that is worn out.  I'm always a bit amazed when people talk about jeans lasting them 5+ years; perhaps it's because I have fewer pairs, so they are worn more frequently, but I only get about two years wear from a pair of jeans.   
- I replace coats, jackets and under garments when they become worn out.  I've been wearing my casual coat since the year I started working at my current school (so this is its 14th winter), and I just noticed that the elastic waist and cuffs aren't looking so good -- in a couple months, Lands End will clearance them, and I'll buy a new one for next winter. 
- I only buy quality items.  I used to buy Target-type clothing, but I've experienced too many pieces shrinking or turning out badly after only 1-2 washes.  Similarly, since I stand up all day, I only buy good quality shoes.  I don't own a huge selection; rather, they're all basics that match multiple outfits. 

As for my husband, he's on a system too:

- Every Christmas I buy him two LL Bean shirts (actually, I buy them in February-March when last year's patterns and colors are clearanced).  He loves them, and the quality is great. 
- Dockers has great sales on men's clothing around Father's Day, and I usually buy him pants on an "as needed" basis around that time. 
- He's responsible for his own shoes. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: RapmasterD on January 05, 2015, 09:36:25 PM
If I detailed what I spent on clothing last year, a gang of you would drive to my house and put a cap in my ass.

So let's say that I spent about 1% of AGI on clothing. And this year, I'll reduce spending by about 90%.


Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: act01 on January 05, 2015, 09:36:37 PM
My budget is $300/year which covers me and DH. We tend to buy a couple high quality items each (think REI - things good for heavy use and will last forever). The rest is thrift shopping or discount stores (Ross, Marshalls, etc)
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Elliot on January 05, 2015, 09:58:25 PM
If I detailed what I spent on clothing last year, a gang of you would drive to my house and put a cap in my ass.

So let's say that I spent about 1% of AGI on clothing. And this year, I'll reduce spending by about 90%.

I wore a custom wool cape over my dress yesterday so I won't judge you. I supported a US small businessperson, got a classic garment or impeccable quality, and look real great to boot, so I regret nothing.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: greaper007 on January 05, 2015, 10:56:38 PM
Who knows, I get most of my stuff at thrift stores or on big discounts at the end of the season.   I really need to start sewing more though.

The only thing I can really account for monthly is booze, I'm not going to post that number here...(relax it's not that big, I'm a home brewer).
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: minority_finance_mo on January 05, 2015, 11:50:40 PM
$2023 last year - yep, that bad. Most of it was spent in the summer of 2014; basically my entire wardrobe got updated. I'm participating in the no clothing gauntlet for 2015, so that number will be nill (except socks/underweaar, maybe) this year.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: EngineerMum on January 06, 2015, 12:48:35 AM
I haven't tried adding it up before, so this is for my own benefit -
2 or 3 new bras per year, est $25 each - sum $75
packet of target knickers , about $10
couple of packs of socks, $20
typically 2 or 3 new work shirts, usually mum buys me (the nice) one for Christmas and I buy a cheaper on or an opshop one - say $60
work suits - haven't bought one in a few years now, but several are starting to look a bit worse for the wear. I can't find shops that sell women's suits anymore so I may have to suck it up and go to the tailor, so that is likely to be in the order of $800 or more, annual average - $300
tshirts, trackies, around the house jumper (ie exercise or gardening clothes) maybe 4 or 5 items a year, 10 - $30 each - $100
nice tops, skirts, pants, dresses - usually one or two items a year, est $70 - $140
PJs, one summer and one winter set - $60
shoes - one work pair, one casual, one sneakers - $250

So total spend - just under $1000. That feels about right. I'm happy to buy at op shops but that does take more time, and while DD is little I find it hard to find that time. I try to buy classics, and quality on sale rather than cheap stuff that doesn't last, but I think I can cut down on the good stuff for a few years with what I have now.

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: GardenFun on January 06, 2015, 07:28:15 AM
- We live in an area with four seasons, so every spring and every fall I buy myself two outfits -- typically they're clearance-priced items bought at the end of the season, but this means I always have SOMETHING that's new and fairly well in style.  Typically I pick up one casual outfit and one work outfit, but it does vary. 
- And every spring and fall I toss out something that is worn out.  I'm always a bit amazed when people talk about jeans lasting them 5+ years; perhaps it's because I have fewer pairs, so they are worn more frequently, but I only get about two years wear from a pair of jeans.   
- I replace coats, jackets and under garments when they become worn out.  I've been wearing my casual coat since the year I started working at my current school (so this is its 14th winter), and I just noticed that the elastic waist and cuffs aren't looking so good -- in a couple months, Lands End will clearance them, and I'll buy a new one for next winter. 
- I only buy quality items.  I used to buy Target-type clothing, but I've experienced too many pieces shrinking or turning out badly after only 1-2 washes.  Similarly, since I stand up all day, I only buy good quality shoes.  I don't own a huge selection; rather, they're all basics that match multiple outfits. 

As for my husband, he's on a system too:

- Every Christmas I buy him two LL Bean shirts (actually, I buy them in February-March when last year's patterns and colors are clearanced).  He loves them, and the quality is great. 
- Dockers has great sales on men's clothing around Father's Day, and I usually buy him pants on an "as needed" basis around that time. 
- He's responsible for his own shoes.

This is a really good idea.  I recently went through the closet and purged a bunch of clothes that no longer fit correctly (i.e. cheaply made) or had wear/stain spots that made me avoid them.  Was interesting to see how many clothes were actually being worn with any frequency - FYI it was about 30% of what I owned.  Got rid of at least 25% of the clothes, and have another 25% red-tagged.  If I don't wear any of the red tag items within the year (timeframe due to 4 seasons), they are getting donated.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: cynthia1848 on January 06, 2015, 07:58:13 AM
I spend a lot on clothes - probably $5000 last year.  It makes me happy to be in style.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Bob W on January 06, 2015, 08:23:30 AM
I'm very much in style with my thrift store clothing line.   Today it is a Herron Club lined knit shirt, khakis, and nice slip on tassel shoes.  The shoes were a gift from my boss from her deceased husband (4 pair).   My total cost of wardrobe today including my thrift store new ski jacket = $10.   

I don't know about monthly but let's say my closet overflows and needs some serious pruning. 

My clothes are almost all thrift store and name brand quality stuff.      I would guess I spent $10 per month last year on clothes for myself?

That versus $500 I spent on my rapidly growing 13 year old daughter in December!   I don't do that often so maybe another $300 throughout the year.  Growing girls are a tuff nut.

My 7 year old son is hard too as there are few thrift store shoes or pants in his size.  Seems boys wear these out.   So with him we usually keep just two pairs of shoes active and some of them are hand me downs from cousin. 

I will start tracking this number this year.   
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: I'm a red panda on January 06, 2015, 08:29:44 AM
This is a really good idea.  I recently went through the closet and purged a bunch of clothes that no longer fit correctly (i.e. cheaply made) or had wear/stain spots that made me avoid them.  Was interesting to see how many clothes were actually being worn with any frequency - FYI it was about 30% of what I owned.  Got rid of at least 25% of the clothes, and have another 25% red-tagged.  If I don't wear any of the red tag items within the year (timeframe due to 4 seasons), they are getting donated.

I turned all the hangers in my closet backwards last January 1, with the idea that this January 1, anything on a hanger that hadn't been turned back (as in- I took the item off the hanger, wore it, washed it, and rehung it with the hanger facing the right way) would be donated.  I am donating only 2 items.  I'm pretty impressed that I actually wear all my clothes.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: ysette9 on January 06, 2015, 08:29:52 AM
In 2013 we spent a bunch of money on clothes. I don't remember the exact figure but it was probably in the $2000+ range. After doing an end-of-the-year assessment and realizing how much we spent by just going to the outlet mall a couple of times a year, we made a conscious effort not to do that anymore. Amazing what a difference you can make by just choosing to go hiking or something instead of going to the mall!

2014 we spent around $500. Most of that was new running shoes for me or various maternity/nursing wear that I couldn't borrow from friends. I am smaller than most of my friends and so spent some $$ on maternity clothes for work. I also spent a princely sum on a number of nursing bras, tops, and a maternity bathing suit. Even shopping online, I found that when you are shopping in such a niche corner of the market, the prices are really jacked up!
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MsPeacock on January 06, 2015, 09:56:32 AM
I am just getting started with this whole mustache thing - so all I know I spent too much last year. My plan is no-buy for my clothing for at least 100 days, but hoping to make it the whole year unless something essential blows out (like socks, underwear, etc.). I have to dress professionally for work (e.g. suits or other non-casual business wear) which makes it challenging. I can't do a pair of sweatpants and running shoes at work, ever.

The challenging part, and I am tracking this separately, is clothing for my kids - one who is almost 12 and in middle school. He grows through shoes so quickly, trashes them in the process as well. I haven't had very good luck finding clothing in the Thrift shops for the kids for the most part - and lot of the clothes have been used hard, or are really out of style, etc.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Zikoris on February 03, 2015, 10:36:36 PM
We spent $160 in 2014 on clothing for two people. The breakdown:

Three bras
One pair of tights
One purse to replace my old one
One par of sunglasses to replace the one I lost
Six pairs of socks

I also received a few things as gifts - a ballet leotard and skirt, and two pairs of jeans.

My boyfriend bought a bunch of underwear at the beginning of the year, and that was it for him.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: JLee on February 03, 2015, 10:42:48 PM
I think I bought one pair of jeans and a polo shirt in 2014. ~$30.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: N on February 04, 2015, 12:10:13 AM
Over the last two years, we've spent an average of 104$ per month (26 months, 4 people)

I have two kids, 7 and 11. Most of their clothes come from either the thrift store or as hand me downs from friends. They get new underwear and socks.

My husband has given in to wearing thrifted clothes- I think he got a couple pair of new shoes in the last two years.

I was the biggest spender. In the last two years Ive built my wardrobe. Im pretty happy with it, but i dont expect to need to buy much for the next few years. I even think Im pretty good on shoes. Im budgeting a total of 700 for the next year for the 4 of us.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Sherry on February 04, 2015, 12:49:40 AM
Honestly, I don't know the dollar amount we spend on clothes, but I know it is ridiculously low by any conventional standards. 

Almost all of my kids' clothes are hand-me-downs, and I fill in most gaps with thrift store shopping.  Girls shoes are plentiful at thrift stores, but the boys athletic shoes are ruined, so we have to buy those new.  Sometimes we get caught unprepared at the beginning of a season and need to buy them new stuff like raincoats or swimsuits.

My husband wears uniforms to work and is a common size, so thrift stores overflow with good quality clothes that fit him. 

The last five years of my life involved two pregnancies, so my closet was a mess of ill-fitting clothes.  Recently I lost the baby weight, but discovered that a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes just didn't fit right and/or were quite shabby.  I emptied my closet of all of the clothes that were ill-fitting or too worn and realized that it was damn near empty.  I have to dress nicely for work, so getting dressed every morning was becoming stressful.  A few trips to thrift and consignment stores (probably about $200 total) and I have a nicely stocked closet, including about 6 pairs of barely-worn Franco Sarto shoes. 

I'll probably have to do it again when spring/summer roll around.   I also hope to experiment with altering some of my merino/cashmere sweaters to fit my smaller frame.  Additionally, I will spend money on new (non-nursing!!) bras that fit me well.  Although I have searched, I haven't yet found any suits, so I might need to suck it up and buy one or two new suits, too. 

I plan to dedicate more time and money to maintaining my wardrobe, because it improves my quality of life.  Some people might think it is anti-mustachian, but spending a few extra hundred dollars a year to have high-quality clothes that fit me is a great investment in my sanity. 






Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: horsepoor on February 04, 2015, 02:27:43 AM
Mint says I spent about $1100 on clothing in 2014.  Just for my little self.  This is less than in previous years, but I'm trying to do better this year.  I don't have to dress super nice at work, but I'm kind of like PigPen, so it works better to have nice clothes for work that I will reliablly change out of when I get home.  Otherwise, my clothes get stained by cooking, gardening, and messing with my horses, and are no longer suitable for the office.  I spent lots when I first started working, then gained weight and moved to a different office where dressing up was actually UNcalled for, so I dressed like a slob and spent almost nothing for a few years.  Got a different job and a new wardrobe, then lost weight, so yet another wardrobe.  it's taken me a couple years to hit on the right style for my tastes, age, and current weight, and I've unfortunately gone through some clothes that I never wore much during the process.

I think about half of my spending last year was on footwear, including a $200 splurge on a pair of leather Ugg boots (not the sheepskin things) that I wear all the time, $150ish for running shoes, $50 each for two other pairs of work shoes, and $150 for a pair of cowboy boots.  Other purchases included two pair of designer jeans, a pair of Wranglers, two plaid shirts, a puffy vest, a few basic stretchy shirts for layering, a couple pairs of running shorts and a pair of hiking pants.  Not included in the clothing budget was about $400 for a dressage coat and three pair of riding breeches.

My husband wears the same type of pants and shirts to work every day, so every 3 years or so he just donates everything that's starting to look worn and buys like 3 new pants and 5 shirts for about $200.  He also spends about $150 a year on a pair of leather boots and a pair of running shoes, and maybe $50 on miscellaneous stuff.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: kander on February 04, 2015, 02:51:34 AM
We have no monthly budget for clothing. One month I spent 100 euros, next month I spend nothing, and a third month 5 euros....

Last year we have spent 1114 on clothes. That's (too) much, I think. Hopefully we'll do better this year!!

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Astatine on February 04, 2015, 03:22:18 AM
A monthly budget for clothing makes no sense to me. I do have a line item in my spreadsheet for clothing, but it's an annual amount, not monthly. Even when I was the most profligate I've ever been with buying new clothes (when my weight bounced up and down by 3 sizes or so twice in 4 years, due to various reasons), I've rarely purchased things monthly. My spreadsheet has columns for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual spends, all added up to give an annual total. Clothing is in the annual column, like other sporadic expenditures such as car repairs.

In 2014, DH spent zero (as far as he can remember). He was given a few t-shirts by his friends.
I spent (excluding a few essential clothing items during a severe medical problem):

Op shop sandals - $8
Op shop hoodie - $8
KMart shorts and 2 nighties - $23
Op shop t-shirt - $4 (forgot about this one til just now)

My budget line item for clothing in 2015 is a slightly arbitrary $300. This will include:

- new pair of sneakers for DH $250 (borderline medical expense, not clothing - particular model recommended by podiatrist due to arthritic toe and other issues)
- business shirt for DH to replace one that's getting close to end of life $30
- undies for DH $20
- sports bra for me $60 (might never get around to this one - HATE bra shopping)
- possible op shop jacket or cardigan for me $5

So, yeah, that doesn't add up to $300 but I'm not fussed about preciseness in my spreadsheet. Spreadsheet is entirely about how much we can sensibly save per fortnight, not precision.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: chasesfish on February 04, 2015, 05:36:47 AM
I couldn't imagine a monthly clothing budget unless you have kids.

I do think clothing should be broken out into work clothes and everything else.

In the "everything else category", I might spend $100/year in casual clothes, $300/year in 2x pair of running shoes and one pair of recovery sandals, but those are more of an exercise expense.

Clothes for work are a different story.  It cost me $1,000 - $2,000/year on average, full suit, 5 days a week.  Costco doesn't sell suits or work shoes.

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: rocksinmyhead on February 04, 2015, 06:34:02 AM
I don't know that most people mean they actually buy something EVERY MONTH. Personally I just took my clothing costs for the year and divided by 12. I can't see how you would buy something every month either unless you had multiple kids (and I'm a profligate clothes purchaser, trying to reform... no purchases yet in 2015! yeah!).
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Rural on February 04, 2015, 07:51:49 AM
We've run a budget of $200 a year for two people for the last several years. Don't see any reason to change it now.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on February 04, 2015, 07:57:23 AM
I actually went on a clothing buying ban in 2014 and have continued it into 2015. I realized that I just do not need more/new clothes and that I should stop buying them for fun (from thrift stores, but still). I haven't had any exceptions to this ban and I plan to keep it until something mission critical (like socks or undies) wears out completely and I absolutely have to buy more. Otherwise, I'm enjoying this little experiment and want to see how long it'll last... 13 months and counting...

My husband is on the ban too by default because he doesn't care about clothes (to put it lightly) and only bought them when I picked them out for him. Our primary tactic for success is to not go into clothing thrift stores. Simple, but effective.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Lia-Aimee on February 04, 2015, 08:15:07 AM
I don't do detailed line budgeting, but on average I buy one piece of clothing a month that averages about $30.  This typically gets me a heavily-discounted piece from Banana Republic, Femme de Carriere, or RW&Co.  This month I got 2 sweaters and one tank top from Target for $29. 

I wear a lot of neutral shades and classic styles, throwing in a scarf or hat for colour, so people assume my wardrobe is much bigger than it is.  I also keep it business-casual in a way that the clothes can be worn both on weekends and on weekdays. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: scrubbyfish on February 04, 2015, 09:13:00 AM
When you have kids "clothing" is definitely a budget line item.

Not for me :)

I raise me and a 10 year old.
Most months we spend $0 on clothing. In a year, usually around $50 each.
Amounts that small are usually merged into other categories. For example, clothes required by the school (extra pair of shoes, costume item) comes out of school line. "Fun" clothes that kid wants come out of his allowance line.

My approaches:
I only own a few items of clothing, so each gets a LOT of wear, yet some have lasted over 14 years.

Kid has been wearing the same winter jacket and same toques for several years straight, ditto his previous one. Everything still works and fits. Pants and shirts he's been wearing over two years, and just one will be completely outgrown soon.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: scrubbyfish on February 04, 2015, 09:26:55 AM
So I've been seeing a lot of Case Studies lately that list "Clothing" as a budget category [...] listed separately from "Spending" or "Haircuts", etc. Thinking about writing a blog article about this, as I feel that "clothing" doesn't really deserve it's own budget category, and instead is part of "spending", but I wondered what clothing spending in the community looked like as a whole.

For me, a "clothing" line in someone's budget doesn't cause me discomfort -especially if it's set to $0 or $50 for the year- but ones that are very general like "spending" do. All expenditures are "spending" -a budget is intended to define/categorize exactly those- so a category this loose leaves me worried that a person can easily overspend on miscellaneous stuff. I'd recommend that, when starting out, there be no such blanket category and that every line specifies the category of spending.

After my budget got into great shape through eight months or so of very specific lines, I did develop the loose-ish category of "gifts to self". Any luxury -additional clothing, a massage, chocolates, music, a coffee out, etc- goes under this. Is this what some people mean by their "spending" category? i.e., Is the "spending" label meant as "mad money" or "allowance"?

Also, keep in mind that having a breakout line for a specific area can dramatically help a person to get conscious of that area, thus naturally reduce it. In this way, a "clothing" line isn't so much "giving permission to" spend, but is helping a person increase their consciousness around that line/activity. That's a solidly good thing.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: coffeehound on February 04, 2015, 06:44:12 PM
If I detailed what I spent on clothing last year, a gang of you would drive to my house and put a cap in my ass.

So let's say that I spent about 1% of AGI on clothing. And this year, I'll reduce spending by about 90%.

Ha!  I actually don't know how much I spent, but I recently lost about 40 lbs - too much to alter some work clothes economically, and so my closet is the picture of paucity.
That said, I think that at least some of how much one spends on clothing depends on one's 'industry'.  In my job, business dress - suits and ties for men, suits for women - is the rule.  I'm also formaldehyde-sensitive, which means I can't wear fiber blends, because formaldehyde is frequently used in finishing the cloth.  100% wool suits (polyester gets a funky smell when I wear it) are not cheap.  Right now, I'm rocking three 3-piece wool suits (blazer, pants, skirt for a total of 6 unique outfits).

So, instead of listing my spending, I'll share my strategies for keeping spending under control:
1.  Have a strong dislike for shopping.
2.  Choose one or two neutrals.  I chose navy and brown.  If the item isn't navy or brown, or doesn't go with navy or brown, it's not coming home with me.  I chose two neutrals that aren't black because, frankly, EVERYONE makes black clothes, a shitload of them, EVERY season.  Navy/Brown?  Things that go with navy/brown?  Not so much - nothing like a little self-imposed shortage to make holding on to money easier.
3.  In the one neutral vein?  Buy separates.  Yesterday, I wore a navy skirt with a navy cotton t-shirt, and got tons of compliments on my 'dress'. 
And guess what?  I can wear those pieces separately again this week if I feel like it.
4.  Know what brands/sizes fit your body best, and stick with those.
5.  Buy quality items that will last.  Buy 'em on clearance. 
6. Treat your clothes like you want them to last.
7.  Use a tailor.  If you can alter your clothing yourself, do it.  If the clothes fit funny, they're gonna wear funny.
8.  Buying quality goes for shoes, too.  Buy classic styles with leather soles, treat them gently, and resole them.
9.  Use napkins.  Wash your hands.  Change clothes as soon as you get home. In other words, keep your clothes clean.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: marshmallowaddict on February 04, 2015, 08:03:48 PM
I might be voted off the island - but I spend $200 a month on myself. In my defense - I rarely buy full price (I like the good stuff though) and about half of that was for an investment item that has some resale value. I do consider fashion somewhat of a hobby though and get compliments on my style!
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: lexie2000 on February 04, 2015, 08:49:59 PM
We are retired and don't buy clothes until we need them.  Our wardrobes consist of jeans, t-shirts, turtlenecks, etc. and clearanced tennis shoes from Big 5.   

The last thing I bought was a pair of jeans from the Goodwill for $6.99.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: davef on February 05, 2015, 01:28:06 PM
I buy my summer clothes for next year at the end of summer ($100-200) and my winter clothes for next Year at the end of Spring (also 100-200). I also buy about 1 new pair of shoes/ boots a year, They least 3-4 but between dress shoes, hiking boots, running shoes, and work shoes it seems like I am replacing one a year at $40-100
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: oinkette on February 05, 2015, 01:56:42 PM
I really don't understand "monthly" clothes buying, at least for adults, especially mustachians.  I can see setting something aside each month to save up for when you have to buy something, but not spending each month.

I guess because I'm not a clothes hound and like to keep it simple, but I have a basic set of clothing and ONLY buy to replace, not add. A work wardrobe, a set of workout clothes, weekend wear, and 1 fancy thing. I bought a pair of work slacks last month because I've lost a lot of weight and my old ones don't fit and were too shabby to bother tailoring.  Before that I can't even remember buying something.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: kiblebuka on February 05, 2015, 02:12:08 PM
Yeah, having a monthly budget for clothes is weird. I sort of split it into thirds or quarters so the amount adds up to what's needed every 3 or 4 months, basically.

I typically only buy clothes twice a year, anyway, summer and winter. Sometimes I'll buy an $11 t-shirt for charity here and there. I do essentially have two wardrobes though, one for work and one for casual. I try to buy from the clearance racks (aka last year's styles) when i can, and wear things as long as possible. Goodwill is mostly meh for me since I need long-style pants. Stuff that people don't see I keep wearing for much longer - I think 75% of my work socks have holes in them, but you can't tell with the shoes on! Also still have jeans/khakis from my high school days, and yes they magically fit.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: windawake on February 05, 2015, 02:59:59 PM
I probably spend between $900-$1000/year on clothes. My Mint number is low because I buy some clothes at Target and that just gets lumped in with general 'spending' so the above number is my best guess.

I like expressing myself through clothes. I have some things I've had for years and other things I need to replace often (I mostly wear skirts and dresses so often need to replace worn out or ripped leggings and tights). I go to clothing swaps with friends and buy many clothes secondhand.

I like clothing swaps because I get bored easily with clothes and it's nice to spice up the wardrobe a bit. My biggest problem is buying the perfect item and then having the fit change or the material wear out quickly (alas, this happens with many Target dresses). I have a casual/edgy style and find that higher quality clothes often look too fancypants for my taste.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: NinetyFour on February 05, 2015, 06:01:31 PM
I spent $3 last year.  That would be a monthly average of 25 cents.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: forummm on February 06, 2015, 10:28:30 AM
My monthly clothing cost is probably around a few dollars, averaged over many years. Properly cared for clothing lasts forever. I almost never buy anything.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: davef on January 27, 2017, 04:58:03 PM
Last year was $933 for the wife and I.

Every year I get 4 pairs of socks and boxers at Christmas.  I wear hiking socks all the time, (frostbite) so those aren't cheap. Its about $60 for both. They normally last 2- 3 years, but that is why I have about 12 pairs. I buy 4 every year and throw out the worst 4, which usually have several holes by the time I throw them away.
I normally get 2 new pairs of pants a year carhart work jeans typically, about $80. maybe 1 $20 pair of shorts each year, A couple of long sleeve Henleys of flannel. and maybe one sweater. totaling 100. And 1-2 new pair of shoes a year, I have about 5 shoes, one pair for dress, one for work, one for hiking, one for running, and some basic house shoes. I get about 3 years out of each of them. id say about 100 annually, since the hiking boots are about 120 all of the others 50 or less.  SS shirts I pretty much get free form work. I wear those all year in the summer, and as undershirts in the winter.

So.. about $300-$400 per year on myself. My wife gained and lost a lot of weight last year (we had a baby) so she spent a bit more than normal.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MsPeacock on January 27, 2017, 05:34:28 PM
When you have kids "clothing" is definitely a budget line item.  We still have 2 at home that we cover all expenses for (8yo & 13yo).  At a minimum we are buying about 10 pairs of shoes (13yo plays 3 sports) and two complete wardrobes (spring/summer, fall/winter) per year in addition to snow gear (boots/coats/bibs/gloves/hats).  Then of course dh and I each acquire several new pairs of shoes per year (he's a runner and I walk daily) as well as replace items in our wardrobes as they wear out. We budget out $200 per month/2,400 per year and of course they also receive clothing for birthdays and Christmas wich comes out of the gift budget.

This! My youngest outgrew kids size shoes when he was 8. He's just turned 10 and I have a 13 year old. I can't keep up with the shoes and pants they outgrow. The older one seems to shoot up 3 or 4 inches overnight. Neither of them care what they wear, so at least I can comb the clearance racks at Sears and JCPenny and Target. The older one also now needs men's adult clothing, kids stuff no longer fits. I try not to buy much for myself and have gone to a "uniform" for work, but I to need to replace worn out exercise clothing and occasional new stuff.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 27, 2017, 05:36:26 PM
I broke down last week and bought two NEW pairs of pants (that were on sale) from Woolrich.  Total cost $65.84.  The last clothing purchase I made was 3 sport bras in 2013.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: alewpanda on January 28, 2017, 05:49:54 PM
We put a few bucks into the monthly budget for clothing...but it averages super low over the course of the year, with one or two larger purchases.

Monthly averages are about 20.00 most years.  We buy everything besides underwear and socks at the thrift stores.  Occasionally I use a kohls gift card for jeans for the husband (I ask for one each year for Christmas for this purpose, or undergarments).  I buy a pair of jeans once a year or so off of ebay for around 20.00.  Even our shoes (running shoes, dress shoes, ect) come from thrift stores or ebay. 

I do a year round capsule, and my husband doesn't care about clothing.  When we buy "new" clothes, its a 5.00 pair of needed shoes, 4.00 work pants for him (he's a khaki killer), or a 3.00 sweater for me.  Otherwise we use what we have from last season. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Zikoris on January 28, 2017, 05:59:58 PM
For 2016, we spent $316 on clothes for two people. The breakdown:

-One waterproof winter coat
-Two sweaters
-Socks
-Two pairs of jeans
-One sports bra
-Three shirts
-One pair of tights

Basically replacing stuff as it wears out.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: meandmyfamily on January 28, 2017, 07:40:25 PM
We spent $83 a month last year for 2 adults and 4 kids.  Our kids do get clothes/shoes as gifts from family members at times so that helps off-set the cost.  Plus we have lots and lots of hand me downs.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Travis on January 28, 2017, 08:44:58 PM
If my record keeping is correct, we spent $120 on clothes for ourselves in 2016.  $75 was for a suit coat, $12 on pants, and $30 on shoes.  I wear military uniforms which rarely need to be replaced, my wife has a small business casual wardrobe that she mixes and matches and seems to be going strong, and the bulk of my 6 year old son's clothes is second hand from his cousin or b-day/christmas gifts.  Most of my off-duty wardrobe comes from Christmas over the last three years.  Since I only wear them a couple days a week I don't wear them out very easily.  $150 a year is probably the high end for us with $100 of that being new running shoes for me every two years.  Pretty much all of our shopping is done at Kohls or the local thrift store.  This month I needed a new pair of cold weather running pants.  The military clothing store, the running store, and even Target wanted $30-$80 depending on brand. I went to the thrift store and found two pair in new condition for $8 each.  This year I already spent $146 on clothes so we'll see how it goes ($120 shoes, $16 for the pants, and $10 for shoes to go with my suit). 

It's been three years since I replaced any white socks, but I had a gift card to Target and bought a pack.  My MIL cracked the code a while back on what kinds of clothes DW and I will wear and every Christmas we end up with an item or two that replenishes what we need.  My son ended up with two new sweaters, two pairs of pants, and enough socks to replace all the ones he's worn through. Starting this Christmas we'll be too far away to have easy pickings of my nephews hand-me-downs so our annual costs may creep up a bit.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: icemodeled on January 28, 2017, 09:12:20 PM
We use personal money for clothing, hubby and I get $40/month each TOTAL. I honestly cannot remember last time he bought clothing lol but I bought a top about 2 months ago for $5(new, on clearance) so.. we spend very little on clothes. I pretty much have everything I need, good amount of jeans, tops, 2 dresses and a few dress pants etc. I have all the staples and pretty content. Some pieces are several years old even and still look good. Also awhile back a lady I know gave me some brand new clothing her daughter didn't want which is about my age and size. Not that I needed it but it's great to have backup jeans and clothing for when I need to replace pieces.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: mountains_o_mustaches on January 29, 2017, 02:12:53 PM
I can't even imagine having a monthly clothing budget.  I go clothes shopping maybe 1-2x/year max. According to Mint I've spent $600 on clothes last year and that included replacing some well-worn, well-loved boots that I had for about 5 years for about $200.  That equates to what, $50/month if I spread out the costs across the year.  The other money was spent on bras, underwear, socks, 2 new pairs of work pants, 3 new work tops, and 1 new pair of jeans.  I have a rule that if I'm buying something new it's replacing something that exists, which helps keep my shopping to a minimum and my closet from overflowing.  I tend to buy things once something has worn out.  Some years are more expensive than others, depending on what's wearing out and I've noticed that when I go shopping I go ahead and replace a bunch of things at once (I really hate shopping), but that has the unintended consequence that several things will start to wear out at about the same time a few years later.  I also try to buy quality items that will last for many years and fit me well, so that I feel comfortable and confident in what I'm wearing.  If I can snag those items at a thrift store - awesome.  If not, I'll buy them from traditional retail stores.  The exception to this is shoes (and hopefully it goes without saying - bras, underwear, and socks), which I always buy new, although will try to find a sale or deal if I can.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: davef on January 30, 2017, 09:29:20 AM
All you people saying... cant imagine a monthly clothing budget.
One one on here buys clothes every month. But if to dont average it out over a year or more you get an unrealistic picture of spending. We buy clothes 2x each year.at the end of summer (clothes for next summer) and at the end of winter (clothes for next winter) but if you average to a monthly line item it gives you a realistic picture of your spending.

And to those of you saying 0.00 or nearly so, that is not sustainable over any long period of time. Especially if you work. My socks boxers all are worn through within 3 years. You can mend a hole where the fabric is gone, if you do you will get maybe 1-2 wears before it tears again. Clothes wear out. Any of your budgets that don't have any dollars earmarked for clothes and are relining on banked clothes (the ones you had in your closest when you started this journey). This is unsustainable over any extended period.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: kimmarg on January 30, 2017, 11:21:55 AM
I spent $767.24 last year so average $64/month for 3 people (2 adult, 1 toddler).

Two stores (LL Bean and running store) represent almost 2/3 of the total. I buy 2 pair running shoes at $120 each per year (one set for each adult). Yes that's a lot but it's not somewhere i try to save for three reasons. 1) running = exercise= health which makes shoes cheap in the long run. 2) funky shape feet and history of injuries = name brand shoes that work with my feet and no cutting corners. 3) purchase at full retail from my local independent running store. I participate in their free running group which meets 3 times a week and have gained a lot from it. While the training group is free I like to support the store by buying my shoes there.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: NinetyFour on January 30, 2017, 12:53:35 PM
And to those of you saying 0.00 or nearly so, that is not sustainable over any long period of time. Especially if you work. My socks boxers all are worn through within 3 years. You can mend a hole where the fabric is gone, if you do you will get maybe 1-2 wears before it tears again. Clothes wear out. Any of your budgets that don't have any dollars earmarked for clothes and are relining on banked clothes (the ones you had in your closest when you started this journey). This is unsustainable over any extended period.

I don't mind wearing some clothes that are pretty worn out.  Many of my undies are in terrible shape, but they still work, so I still wear them. 

I work full time, I have a pretty small selection of clothes, and all is well.  My students probably notice that they see me wear the same outfits over and over again, but that's fine.  Maybe they will even realize that one does not need 20 pairs of pants.

I have spent about $160 on clothes in the last 5 years, which averages out to $2.67 per month.  I have found that it is indeed sustainable for me.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: boarder42 on January 30, 2017, 01:10:44 PM
I was interested in what i spent last year.  so here it is

135

Perry Ellis Dress pants/belt/shirt - 36.04
Perry Ellis Dress Pant - 14.99
Kohls Dress Shirt - 7.12
Kohls Dress Shirt - 5.93
Kohls Dress pant x2 - 25.20
Kohls Dress pant - 11.24
Macy's Dress pant - 16.94
Macy's Dress Shirt - 3.50
Costoo Dress Shirt - 14.26

Lost some weight plus in the office more.  i wait for what i consider to be good deals on slickdeals and then buy. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Shor on January 30, 2017, 01:53:45 PM
All you people saying... cant imagine a monthly clothing budget.
One one on here buys clothes every month. But if to dont average it out over a year or more you get an unrealistic picture of spending. We buy clothes 2x each year.at the end of summer (clothes for next summer) and at the end of winter (clothes for next winter) but if you average to a monthly line item it gives you a realistic picture of your spending.

And to those of you saying 0.00 or nearly so, that is not sustainable over any long period of time. Especially if you work. My socks boxers all are worn through within 3 years. You can mend a hole where the fabric is gone, if you do you will get maybe 1-2 wears before it tears again. Clothes wear out. Any of your budgets that don't have any dollars earmarked for clothes and are relining on banked clothes (the ones you had in your closest when you started this journey). This is unsustainable over any extended period.
I still wear shirts from high school which was..... 12 years ago. All of my jackets are from 8+ years ago, the good ones are still going strong. I think it's pretty sustainable.
I agree though, the problem is that we count up everything we spent in a year (not much), and divide it by 12 to get.. not much.
What we should really do is count up everything we spent this last decade, and divide it by 120! And then we get a truer-ish value.
Of course, for some of us, it might still be a pretty insignificant number in our expenses.. Quality clothes... or nudist? :D
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: I'm a red panda on January 30, 2017, 01:57:16 PM
All you people saying... cant imagine a monthly clothing budget.
One one on here buys clothes every month. But if to dont average it out over a year or more you get an unrealistic picture of spending. We buy clothes 2x each year.at the end of summer (clothes for next summer) and at the end of winter (clothes for next winter) but if you average to a monthly line item it gives you a realistic picture of your spending.

And to those of you saying 0.00 or nearly so, that is not sustainable over any long period of time. Especially if you work. My socks boxers all are worn through within 3 years. You can mend a hole where the fabric is gone, if you do you will get maybe 1-2 wears before it tears again. Clothes wear out. Any of your budgets that don't have any dollars earmarked for clothes and are relining on banked clothes (the ones you had in your closest when you started this journey). This is unsustainable over any extended period.

Not everyone budgets the way you do. A monthly number would mean nothing to me if I was buying twice a year. 
Of course, I'm not buying twice a year. I also don't budget. If I need something, I buy it. I don't have an annual clothing budget, or a monthly clothing budget.

And yes, eventually I would have to buy a piece of clothing (and I tend to buy more often than I need, but still not on any sort of monthly basis.) But if I truly wanted to cut back, I could probably go at least 5 years without buying clothes. My socks and underwear are all at least that old, and if threw them all out today it would be less than $30 to replace them all (but they are all still good, so why would I?)  I have some shirts and shoes that date back to middle school- that's more than 20 years ago. A large portion of my wardrobe is more than 10 years old. Clothes aren't something that NEEDS to be replaced on an annual basis.  And much of it can be replaced for free or very nearly free using Buy Nothing groups and garage sales.

This thread asks for monthly clothing costs; not a budget.  For the most part, I don't have monthly clothing costs. Buying clothes every single month is crazy to me.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Angeliqueshara on January 30, 2017, 02:37:35 PM
We budget $90 a month each for the two of us. We don't spend it all but it builds in a sinking fund for when we need it. Most of DH's stuff is spent on work pants and shoes. I spent the past year completely redoing my wardrobe because at 46 I no longer feel 'right' in the skinny jean / trendy wardrobe I had. I tried to shop clearance and sales but some stuff, like petite elastic waist jeans that don't look silly  on me are $50 or more.  I also have horrid feet and lower back issues, and after buying a more costly ortholite  pair of keds and finding comfort last summer I've stopped with cheaper 'normal' fashion shoes and flipflops. I'm now keeping my wardrobe minimalist-ish so if I buy it is because it is a 'long haul' item, goes well with other pieces, and makes me happy and I don't begrudge paying a bit more.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: boarder42 on January 30, 2017, 02:48:00 PM
you budget over 1k a year on clothes for 2 people.  this seems incredibly high.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Angeliqueshara on January 30, 2017, 03:55:12 PM
you budget over 1k a year on clothes for 2 people.  this seems incredibly high.
If you are referring to me, we only started this last year and, as I said I'm starting from scratch - I still need 2 pairs of footwear and my husband needs new work shoes. That will be a few hundred at most over the course of the year. We are set mostly for clothing otherwise and once we have saved -beyond those purchases - a little nest egg to cover replacements it will be directed elsewhere.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MrsPB on January 30, 2017, 04:09:15 PM
Honestly, I don't know the dollar amount we spend on clothes, but I know it is ridiculously low by any conventional standards. 

Almost all of my kids' clothes are hand-me-downs, and I fill in most gaps with thrift store shopping.  Girls shoes are plentiful at thrift stores, but the boys athletic shoes are ruined, so we have to buy those new.  Sometimes we get caught unprepared at the beginning of a season and need to buy them new stuff like raincoats or swimsuits.

My husband wears uniforms to work and is a common size, so thrift stores overflow with good quality clothes that fit him. 

The last five years of my life involved two pregnancies, so my closet was a mess of ill-fitting clothes.  Recently I lost the baby weight, but discovered that a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes just didn't fit right and/or were quite shabby.  I emptied my closet of all of the clothes that were ill-fitting or too worn and realized that it was damn near empty.  I have to dress nicely for work, so getting dressed every morning was becoming stressful.  A few trips to thrift and consignment stores (probably about $200 total) and I have a nicely stocked closet, including about 6 pairs of barely-worn Franco Sarto shoes. 

I'll probably have to do it again when spring/summer roll around.   I also hope to experiment with altering some of my merino/cashmere sweaters to fit my smaller frame.  Additionally, I will spend money on new (non-nursing!!) bras that fit me well.  Although I have searched, I haven't yet found any suits, so I might need to suck it up and buy one or two new suits, too. 

I plan to dedicate more time and money to maintaining my wardrobe, because it improves my quality of life.  Some people might think it is anti-mustachian, but spending a few extra hundred dollars a year to have high-quality clothes that fit me is a great investment in my sanity.

This is so close to me! Two pregnancies in 3 years, lived in loungewear and flip flops on mat leave. No one to hand me down maternity clothes and only one consignment store in our area which barely had anything my size. I lost the baby weight but hips are structurally wider as is rib cage so needed new bras and pants. Went back to work in a new place with a more businessy dress code so needed to expand my wardrobe a bit.  The shocker though was the footwear! My feet grew over a size due to babies and when I finallly ditched the flip flops after mat leave, none of my footwear fit any more! Had to buy office shoes, casual shoes,  winter boots and running shoes all in one go...ouch! Saying all this, I have a very modest wardrobe and I wear everything. I recently read the 333 project blog and counted up my items according to her criteria and was quite pleased to come in around 60 items including footwear and jewellery (excluding winter wear, underwear, exercise and sleep wear. She includes outerwear/winter wear but I exclude it as I deem it necessary where I live).
As for kids, we have two under 4 but no one we know has kids our age or older so we get zero hand me downs. I try my best to get consignment or items as gifts and the remainder I try to get on a decent sale. They just keep growing!
My husband also wears uniforms so he manages on some plain t shirts and a couple pairs jeans and shorts and wears them until they are worn out.
I think my wardrobe is in good shape now, I may add a couple new pieces this year but plan to do that with gift cards if I can. And I fully agree that buying better quality but less frequently is the way to go.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MoonLiteNite on January 31, 2017, 07:10:17 PM
30yr old single male in Austin Texas.
I haven't paid for a shirt in in full life. 90% of my shirts come from volunteer events or blood donations. The others are from when I was a teen, and a few gifts from girlfriend and family members.
I buy a new set of blue jeans once a year, so 20-30$ there.
Socks and underwear maybe a set every 2 years, so 10$/yr average?
My shoes are free from my work, and I replace every 3-12 months. One in a while I go over their spending limit and pay like 40$ out of pocket.
Once a year I buy a cheap 1-2$ belt from goodwill

So I say I spend 70$/yr. Like 5$/mo? 

Edit: can't auto correct!
Also in 2016 I spent 500$ on UL winter wear for an upcoming hiking trip. I put that in vacation, not clothes. I don't need a 350 down jacket in Austin, actually I didn't even own a jacket until then.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: better late on January 31, 2017, 08:22:37 PM
wow.  You all are REALLY frugal when it comes to clothing.

After spending little on myself over the last decade while a SAHM, I replaced most everything in 2016. Casual wear for all seasons, workout wear, coats, essentials, shoes and sneakers, back to work...you name it.  $2508 for the year.  I shopped, with a plan, every month. I guess I got a bee in my bonnet and really focused to get it done.  Aside from a few spring/summer things to wear to work, I don't see much else my wardrobe needs right now, so I will spend less in 2017.  But I am not going back to the bare bones level I had before.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries on February 01, 2017, 01:09:18 AM
I did well last year at 75, however was 475 the year before.

I'm aiming to wear things out before replacing, and my weight floats about, meaning I keep postponing purchases until I can decide what size I want to be..
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: galliver on February 01, 2017, 12:52:47 PM
Looking back at Mint, looks like I'm pretty consistently in the $700-800/year range. That's about $60-70/mo, but I'd actually say I go shopping about 3-4x/year. Last year, in addition to this, I splurged about $500 on a suit (Ann Taylor), for upcoming interviews and presentations. I had looked for cheaper alternatives, but...none had presented themselves in months, and it was time. I expect it to last a good long while!

Annually, I probably go through 2-3 pairs of jeans ($15-40 ea at Ross, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, TJM, etc), a pair of running/workout shoes (~$50), some socks and undies. Like a poster above, I add 1-3 new nice-ish tops per year so I always have something nice to reach for; so far I haven't always had something to throw out, but tend to transfer something to more casual/frequent wear, or give away to my sisters or mom if I think it would suit them (there have been some...size changes :( )

Everything else kind of varies year to year. This year I replaced a *bunch* of t-shirts; retiring graphic tees for some more versatile Target shirts ($5-7 on sale). Also got like 5 new bras replacing all of my sad stretched out ones, some new sweaters in the fall, and a few skirts before going to India (since it seemed like shorts might not be appropriate...). Previous year I got several (inexpensive) dresses in a few different styles for weddings, and warm days. Overall, I'd say my wardrobe is still evolving with my lifestyle and "replace only" doesn't really work for me as I don't have a style/uniform worked out...I anticipate some changes next year as I exit grad school and enter the workforce (though I think my "conference wardrobe" will work just fine as a weekly work wardrobe).

I have noticed that since I gave up the "shop only to replace or fill a need" mentality I grew up with, I ended up with more items I liked, with some (esp shoes) of higher quality, as I am no longer shopping while desperate and taking the first item that remotely fits my requirements, but actually looking for things I like a lot, that are flattering, and I can walk away from things that are just ok.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: aschmidt2930 on February 01, 2017, 07:33:15 PM
Normally, about 40 a month, including shoes.

But, if we're talking a true average over the years, about 70. The periodic suit purchase really stings.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: CharlesBronzee on January 01, 2018, 02:26:15 PM
Resurrecting an old thread.

This is an area for improvement for my family.  We have spent on average C$300/mo for a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers the past few years.  This is all pre-mustachian.  I've always thought this number to be typical.  Wife does most of the buying.

Goal for this year is to reduce it to $100/mo which I would consider to be a significant improvement.

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: wenchsenior on January 01, 2018, 03:22:19 PM
I hadn't really looked before, but it appears that during the 8 years I've tracked, we run 50-100$/month for two adults, all clothes (including outerwear), shoes, and accessories.  There were two outlier years (30$/mo and 170$ month), which don't really change the average.  None of it is thrift store, I don't think.  We don't fluctuate in size much, which helps.

This seems a totally reasonable amount to me, but that is given the fact that I seem to have mostly lost in interest in clothes by the time I turned 40.  I mean, I like stylish clothes in the abstract and could hypothetically dress stylishly (I know how to), but I just don't care.  I just wear the same general thing day after day.  It's odd, I loved clothes when I was in my teens/20s/30s.  My god, the amount of pointless time I used to spend browsing in malls!  Now I can't even remember why I liked to do that....

It's not like my body has gotten worse with age and made me depressed about shopping.  I could still rock a miniskirt or whatever if I wanted to bother.  I wonder what happened? Maybe just hit the been-there-done-that phase.  I'd definitely rather spend money on my garden LOL. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: netskyblue on January 02, 2018, 10:19:00 AM
Clothing is one area I've not had trouble with in my budget.  Most clothes I buy secondhand if I need something, save socks, underwear, and shoes.

My 2017 clothes spending was ~130 for the year, and that included replacing a couple bras (and I don't buy cheap bras) and a dress for a wedding. I reduced my annual clothing budget to $120 for 2018, because I shouldn't need to replace much.  Maybe some underwear and a pack of socks, leaving a little for some NEW jeans, and a few thrift store shirts.

I did suffer a couple losses in the shirt department in 2017 which I haven't replaced yet.  A grease accident, a hole, and one sweatshirt got a mysterious stain on the arm that I have no idea what from.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: BlueMR2 on January 02, 2018, 04:29:19 PM
I also can't imagine a monthly clothing cost.  My spending in that area barely registers on a yearly schedule.  I often joke I've got more than enough clothing to last the rest of my life and I get more free clothes than I have to throw out each year!  Between vendor supplied and volunteer event stuff, most of my needs are met.  Nearly all of the remaining needs get covered with the occasional pair of pants I'll get from a relative for xmas.  Really, the only thing I buy is shoes and I've been wearing the same pair for at least 4 years now (maybe longer, I just recently noted I was wearing them in a picture from 4 years ago...).
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: jamesbond007 on January 03, 2018, 11:58:02 AM
I set aside $50 a month as clothing budget just to maintain some discipline. But I end up spending only about $300 for the whole year for self, DW and DD combined. We 3 buy new clothes for our wedding anniversary. I buy one pair on my birthday, DW on hers and DD gets a pair on her birthday. If I end up purchasing additional clothing because of a sale somewhere, then the following purchase is cancelled and I save the new clothes until the next event. I guess it's a age thing. We just lost interest in clothes. We still wear them but are not very particular on what.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MrsPete on January 03, 2018, 12:12:35 PM
Not exactly the question at hand, but information that might be useful for someone: 

If you are on Medicare (which means you're over 65) and are diabetic, you can get two pair of shoes FOR FREE from the Orthopedist every year.  GOOD shoes, but you must see the Orthopedist regularly to qualify. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: partgypsy on January 03, 2018, 12:25:59 PM
I looked at my spreadsheet and for clothes it has been
2014  1248 (104/mo)
2015 1665 (139/mo)
2016 966 (80/mo)
2017  1014 (85/mo)

Up until April 2016 was a 4 person household, then on a 1 adult, 2 kids household. I don't shop every month. It is on a as-needed basis.

Included are Halloween outfits. Also included (maybe should break out?) clothes for my Mom that she needs, (winter coat, undergarments). My sister takes her and I pay, and that will stand in for my xmas, mother's day gift. For Xmas I often get my kids new clothes. It is included above.
I made some good choices, but there have been some losses. I bought a beautiful pair of Italian leather booties for $60 on ebay, but they are a little too small (gambled on size). I can't wear them or return them. I will either bring them to consignment store, or as they are so nice, wait until my youngest can "inherit" them in her teens.  I wasn't able to replace my boots this year, but was able to replace my worn out Fossil bag with the same like-new one on Ebay (win!). I probably won't need to buy much of anything clothing-wise for myself this coming year, except for boots and a rain jacket (still looking).
 

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: pegleglolita on January 03, 2018, 02:49:37 PM
I think this can vary wildly depending on whether you are retired or work in an environment in which you are expected to look a certain way.  Especially for women in business, there can be immense social pressure to have clothing that is varied, in good condition, well-fitted, and of a certain quality level.  I've personally decided that it's better for me to have a smaller number of expensive items that fit well and will last if taken care of.  Then I augment with thrifted/consignment finds when I want to look more "on trend".  For our family of four we spent about $2000 last year.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: better late on January 03, 2018, 10:36:46 PM
I looked at my spreadsheet and for clothes it has been
2014  1248 (104/mo)
2015 1665 (139/mo)
2016 966 (80/mo)
2017  1014 (85/mo)

Up until April 2015 was a 4 person household, then on a 1 adult, 2 kids household. I don't shop every month. It is on a as-needed basis.

Included are Halloween outfits. Also included (maybe should break out?) clothes for my Mom that she needs, (winter coat, undergarments). My sister takes her and I pay, and that will stand in for my xmas, mother's day gift. For Xmas I often get my kids new clothes. It is included above.
I made some good choices, but there have been some losses. I bought a beautiful pair of Italian leather booties for $60 on ebay, but they are a little too small (gambled on size). I can't wear them or return them. I will either bring them to consignment store, or as they are so nice, wait until my youngest can "inherit" them in her teens.  I wasn't able to replace my boots this year, but was able to replace my worn out Fossil bag with the same like-new one on Ebay (win!). I probably won't need to buy much of anything clothing-wise for myself this coming year, except for boots and a rain jacket (still looking).

About those booties have you tried stretching them? Several tricks out there include putting a potato in the shoe and another involves gallon zip locks of water that you put in the shoe and then put it all in the freezer.... Disclaimer I haven't tried these myself. I did have good luck with my cobbler stretching a pair; a good cobbler can tell you if it could work.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: partgypsy on January 04, 2018, 08:40:44 AM
Re: the booties. I wore them around all day with thick socks. And then tried them with thin socks, but still felt too tight. I really fit the next size up. I'd rather have someone else wear them who actually fit the shoe, than ruin them in the process.  But at least I know the brand name and the right size, so I can keep hunting. BTW these shoes cost 200 new (I tried on the right (next larger size) in the store). Online even with the best discounts only drops down to around 140.

Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: honeybbq on January 04, 2018, 09:55:32 AM
I'm also trying to improve in this category.

I dislike "shopping" in person but sometimes that's what the friends do for fun and I find something I like. I'm usually pretty frugal (goodwill, thrift stores) but too often I'm finding myself ordering something online I didn't need but just wanted.

I deleted myself from about 10 or 15 email sites so hopefully some of the lure will be gone.

I think my daughter is big enough now I'm not constantly shopping for clothes now except for shoe replacements. So I should save there.

I think it's mostly a cheap thrill and boredom that has led me down this path but and I definitely need to suck it up and do better. I won't say I'm on a 'no buy' but I'm definitely on a buy 'lite' and can't think of anything I'll need for some time.

We are doing some traveling this year and I like to get T-shirts from where I've been. Maybe I'll "save up" for those t shirts instead of buying crap at the mall.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 04, 2018, 11:54:20 AM
We don't have a monthly budget, but do have a yearly budget for a family of 4. We spend around $1200/year.

In 2017, the biggest expenses were:
-soccer uniforms ($300+ for two), but they are typically good for 6 seasons. I occasionally have to replace the soccer socks, as they play 3-4x/week, and get holes in them.
-Running shoes for me, at around $150
-New shoes for the kids. Cleats (1x/year) & regular shoes (2x/year). Two kids, so a total of 6 new pair for the year. We try to get hand me down cleats, when possible. It doesn't always work out. I'd say we spent around $300 on the shoes.
-2 new pair of pants (jeans/warm up pants) per kid, so 4 pair total.

The rest was sort of random stuff: new bras for me (Target), socks (kids get so many holes in their socks!), new hoodies to replace lost ones, etc.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: mountain mustache on January 05, 2018, 01:17:01 PM
I don't really have a monthly clothing budget, but when I need something, I buy it. I don't go shopping just for fun, or to "browse." I would say that I buy 2 new pairs of pants every year...nice quality, Prana or Patagonia, and they last me for a few years. I tend to be super hard on clothing, and so I feel like I'm wearing through pants every 2-3 years. I don't buy many "cute" shirts/skirts/dresses...and if I do it's at the local consignment shop where they have great lightly used brands that I love.
I spend a lot of time outdoors, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, etc...and live in a very cold mountain town, so I have a ton of outerwear that would probably be seen as extravagant on this forum. I use every piece of it, and I'm never bummed that I spent $300 on a down jacket. I also work in an industry where I get a lot of deals and very expensive outdoor brands, so I try to buy the nicest thing I can afford. Even so, when you ski 60+ days a year, bike 250+ days a year, and hike the remaining days, stuff wears out fast.
So I would say every year I estimate I spend about $1000 between a new jacket, or pants, or a couple new pairs of riding shorts, hiking shoes, base layers, running shoes, tights, etc...I also sell older stuff that I no longer use that is in good shape, or that I bought and realized wasn't what I needed. I would estimate that half of what I spend on outdoor apparel/clothing is money that I made selling older, used gear. 
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: heybro on January 07, 2018, 11:28:50 PM
I spend less than 200.00 a year, so 16 a month.

I mostly use it to buy shoes and socks.

I tend to wear the same shirts, blue jeans, and work shirts over and over.

I'm actually planning on buying fruit of the loom shirts next which will be all the same color for wearing at home.  That way no one knows if you've worn it twice without washing because you *always* wear that color shirt.  haha.

Clothing should be utilitarian.  I think the powers-that-be realized people would buy more if they made shirts different colors and put different things on them.  Wear the same shirt or jeans every day, you don't need as many kinds.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Anon in Alaska on January 08, 2018, 12:04:09 AM
It depends on what wears out or lost. Mean = maybe $200/year.

New 6 pack of briefs every year $18. New 6 pack of t-shirts every 18 months $19. New six pack of socks every three years (less than $20). Two new turtleneck shirts @ 23.95/ea year. New $45 jeans (LL Bean and worth it) once/year. New $50 wool sweater every two years. New hoodie every other year $20. New sweat pants every four years $15. A few new inexpensive short sleeved shirts every three years (I only need these when I'm in the lower 48). New long underwear once/year (Costco) $10. New $50 basketball shoes (they have more padding) every two years.  New terry bathrobe every twelve to fifteen years (not sure what these cost, maybe $60?). New $20 bathing suit every ten years. New $150 down coat every twelve years.

New gloves and hats as needed, but I have so many right now it will be many years, less than $10/year based on past spending.
Have a lifetime supply already because I rarely wear them - dress shirts, ties, slacks, scarves, winter boots. $0/year (forward looking)
Have a lifetime supply already even though I wear them a lot - lighter coats, wool socks. $0 year (forward looking).
Don't wear - suits, costumes.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Johnez on January 08, 2018, 02:09:37 PM
Monthly? Lol. I could probably go 5 years without buying anything but socks and underwear. Probably 10 years. I guess a benefit of not working in an office. Band shirts and Dickeies for me, plus work uniforms provided.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: galliver on January 09, 2018, 03:13:18 AM


Clothing should be utilitarian.  I think the powers-that-be realized people would buy more if they made shirts different colors and put different things on them.  Wear the same shirt or jeans every day, you don't need as many kinds.

"Clothing should be utilitarian." Says who? I'm fairly certain there has never been a time in human civilization when this has been true. Even in fairly primitive civilizations, decoration and styling of clothing served to signal social standing and/or wealth of the wearer, and to appeal to contemporary aesthetics. Think how old arts like embroidery, dyeing, and weaving are. I think the rest is logical evolution from that...and I don't think "powers that be" had much to do with that.

We are probably closer than ever to losing the class distinctions of clothing (cheap suits vs startup CEOs in hoodies), but not there yet. And I doubt that even people on this forum could be universally convinced against considering color and aesthetics of their clothing in lieu of pure utilitarianism!

Whatever works for you individually is fine, certainly. But purely utilitarian clothing, by choice, would seem to be pretty revolutionary...

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Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Malcat on April 10, 2019, 06:56:08 AM
I have no budget.

I do, in fact, have an almost entirely utilitarian, monochromatic uniform style of capsule wardrobe made up of almost exclusively high quality merino wool items, mostly from Ice Breaker.

Oh, and a lot of formal wear.
My closet is kind of hilarious.

I have no idea what I spend on average as I buy what I need when I need it. Each item is quite expensive, even my socks are expensive, but it all lasts forever and I don't need much as I don't need work clothes. Several of my pieces are 10-20 years old.
Title: Re: What is your monthly clothing cost? What does it buy?
Post by: Raenia on April 10, 2019, 07:11:20 AM
I don't budget specifically for clothes, it's just part of "other spending."  However, I went through my spreadsheet for all of 2018, and spent a grand total of $80 for a new pair of shoes, or $6.67/month.  I did receive a few items as gifts for birthday/Christmas as well - a few shirts, slippers, a new bathrobe.  From the amount of clothing I've been decluttering and donating, it's clear I had no need to buy any clothes last year.  This year I expect to be a bit more, as a few items are close to wearing out, but probably not more than $25-30/month.