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Title: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on September 24, 2013, 05:15:37 AM
Hi everyone,

I am a 24 year old Aussie girl with a 50% savings rate. In 2014 I am aiming for a 60% savings rate while still enjoying a holiday to the US. So this is a big step up for me.

I am guessing that by the end of this year I will have spent something like 5% of my income on clothes making it my 4th highest expenditure category. If I can significantly reduce my spending in this category as well as a minor reduction in spend across some other categories I should be on target to each this goal.

As such I declaring 2014 the year of no clothes shopping and I would love you to join me on this challenge. Here are my rules, you can use these or your own, post below and we can hold each other accountable:
- I can buy underwear
- I can buy shoes (I only own 4 pairs apart from flipflops, ugg boots and sports shoes, so if a pair broke I would be in trouble!)
- I can buy basic black hosiery for work (nothing fancy), but as I don't own any pants for work it's a requirement in winter or I will freeze!
- I can buy a sporting club uniform if I make the team.
- I will let myself have some music festival/concert tour t-shirts when I am in the US. (I'm still wearing some of the ones from my last trip to the US 4 years ago, but they are starting to wear thin and I really like them as they are a reminder of my trip that I can use regularly.)
-If I have the opportunity to purchase hiking boots and a lightweight, waterproof jacket second hand I will, otherwise I will buy these items in America (where they are more affordable) as we are hoping to do some significant hikes on our trip.
-I can accept free clothing (hand me downs)
-I will be a bridesmaid in two weddings, I can buy a dress if it is a specific requirement (i.e. we all have to wear the exact  same). If we are instructed to wear a certain colour I will use something I already own or borrow something.
-I can buy zips, buttons etc if required to mend existing clothes or make clothes using fabrics from my pile/hand me down fabrics.
-Aside from the above I cannot buy any clothes, new or second-hand. I have excluded buying second hand because otherwise I will still buy gently used clothing on ebay and it's not exactly cheap, even if it's cheaper than buying new.

I am posting this challenge now because it will focus what I do buy for the rest of the year down as I gear up for this. Purchases before the end of the year will be a new backpack, some cardigans for work and a new bikini (all to replace broken stuff I use regularly). I don't expect to buy anything else this year, so the challenge will likely be closer to 14 months, which is a good thing!

Who's in?

Melody
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on September 24, 2013, 05:26:54 AM
I'm in!  I rarely buy clothes anyway, but this challenge would give me an extra push.

Exceptions:  undies, if necessary.  Also, I wear one pair of work out tights for ice hockey and for biking to work.  They were worn out *last* winter, but I plan to still wear them this winter.  They are close to threadbare, so I may have to get a new pair at some point.  I might have to buy a jersey for hockey.  That's it!

Who else is in??
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: some1 on September 24, 2013, 05:43:44 AM
I have not yet bought any clothes in 2013, and I'm pretty sure I can resist till the end of the year. However, I doubt I can make it another year without new clothes.
By not buying new clothes for some time you realize that there's actually enough in your wardrobe to keep you warm. And in most cases, it's not the stylish clothes that make you look good, but the happy face!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Charlotte on September 24, 2013, 05:57:12 AM
I'm in! My only exception will be a pair of sneakers in the Spring. I walk three miles a day in Spring, Summer and Fall and those are a "need".

I guess I should also make an exception for my husband. When he needs something, he truly needs it. He wears through stuff and rarely buys anything. I think all he bought for clothes this year was a pair of sneakers. Hmm....
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on September 24, 2013, 06:43:34 AM
I've been clothes fasting for 2013, and at this point I think I will be able to continue for some part of 2014. I intend to keep going until I hit something insurmountable. Not sure how far I will get in 2014 but I'll give it my best shot.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on September 24, 2013, 06:56:52 AM
I may need some support through this one, but sign me up!

Exceptions: new bra or two depending on wear, cobbler for shoes if necessary.  I'm low on shirts but have enough dresses if I get a pair of tights or two - we'll see how it goes before making that purchase. 

I have a few purchases left in 2013 - sneakers, gloves for winter biking, bra. 

I've have almost two years to build a wardrobe and enough to get by at the very least.  Time to stop the building phase and enter the replacement phase!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ZiziPB on September 24, 2013, 08:03:02 AM
I would love to join as my closet is absurdly large and full.  Clothes are my weakness though, so it will be a tough one....
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on September 24, 2013, 08:17:08 AM
I would love to join as my closet is absurdly large and full.  Clothes are my weakness though, so it will be a tough one....

Me too! Hence this challenge! When I realised I spent more on clothes than I did on transport (car ownership including depreciation plus public transport) I knew something had to change! This is going to be very hard for me, hence why I made a list of exceptions, otherwise I would have no chance.

I'm so excited you are all joining me.
For those of you who've done it before and are going to do it for even longer, wow! I am impressed! I will just need to keep this in mind:

I have not yet bought any clothes in 2013, and I'm pretty sure I can resist till the end of the year. However, I doubt I can make it another year without new clothes.
By not buying new clothes for some time you realize that there's actually enough in your wardrobe to keep you warm. And in most cases, it's not the stylish clothes that make you look good, but the happy face!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Retireme32 on September 25, 2013, 06:38:25 AM
Count me in!  I just realized recently that I should have plenty of clothes for the next two years minimum!  I accept your rules and your exceptions because the only things I can't subscribe to are shoes, including running shoes b/c I run out of mine in one year's time and also sports bras and MAYBE underwear - but maybe not.  But yes!  I accept.  I also take your hand-me downs clause and translate that to "gifts" - my mother-in-law buys me clothes a lot but I am going to make the mention to her that I officially do not NEED any more clothes b/c part of the point is to not have more than I need.  I love this challenge and I look forward to this helping me in 2014!  I love that you are at a 50% savings rate, I hope to join you one of these days in the near future!   Challenge accepted!  :)

p.s.  with your tee-shirt in US deal- I will put on my list one souvenir article of clothing from one vacation next year if I  go on vacation.  :)  Also - if I really find that I need it - clothing from thrift store - but maxing at $20 or less or any article.  And I am trying to lose weight and so in the event that I succeed I am allowing for some tailoring to bring existing clothes in - but I will not  buy new! 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on September 25, 2013, 06:38:36 AM
I haven't spent very much on clothes at all in the past few years, but there shouldn't be any need for me to spend anything at all, really!

Most of the stuff that are exceptions for others need not be for me:
I have 2 bras I got on sale still hanging in the closet unused, plus the 2 I use now have only been used since June, so the have life in them, especially since I only hand wash them, and switch daily so they have their recovery time.  I have plenty of underwear, plus at least 25 (or  maybe even 50?!) more pairs from when American Apparel had some sort of "mistake" sale and they were 10 cents each.  I have more shoes than I need, so I think I can make do there, too.

So I'm all in!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on September 25, 2013, 03:47:05 PM
Wow, way to go!!! I can't join in because my willpower is not that high yet... but I have to ask, have you ever considered doing a clothing swap? Get some friends together, bring your cast offs, and trade! We all have things in the back of our closet that we're not wearing... if everyone brings food, it can be a really party!! :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MKinVA on September 25, 2013, 04:16:40 PM
I have not bought any new clothes in 2013 and will probably be pretty well set for 2014 as well. Exceptions: had to buy new bras and a new pair of sneakers. Here's an idea though. Several years ago, I was so sick of my clothes, felt as if I had nothing to wear, but my closet was full. I got my sister to go through my closet and put together about 10 work outfits for me. She put together things I never thought to wear together and gave me a whole new outlook on my wardrobe. I really felt I was wearing new stuff. Try it with a friend you think dresses well or is your type of fashionista. You may be very surprised at what you do have!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on September 25, 2013, 04:18:17 PM
I am so in!!!! I will only make exceptions for basics that get too worn out to wear.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zamboni on September 25, 2013, 05:21:41 PM
Great idea, and I'm in too!  And I'm going to start now, not wait until the new year.

My exceptions:
bras
tights (I just trashed my only pair)
athletic shoes
racing swimsuit (not sure the current one will last all year)

I suppose I could buy the sorely needed things on the above list (except the swimsuit) before the end of the year and then go on a complete and total clothes and shoes fast for next year.  That's probably how I should handle it.  I'm also going to use this coming year to purge the worst of my wardrobe in terms of style penalty and attempt to get back into shape for my slimmest fitting pants.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 25, 2013, 06:00:37 PM
I'm in!!

Except I want to start mine now, because I really need to get out of the mindset of "I just need one more pretty dress" NOW.

My exceptions:
Underwear, bras, socks, tights - all only if needed. Given that I already really need to buy more undies I doubt I could make it through another year.
Jeans, if I lose enough weight that I get too small for my smallest pair. Which would be excellent, and would require significant weight loss, but not an unrealistic amount to lose given this challenge will last 15 months for me.
Work shoes (already desperately need and have been too lazy to buy) and trainers, if my trainers wear out.

In fact, looking at that list, I'm going to start next week on my birthday and go buy work shoes and underwear this week, just so I'm not starting this off already planning heaps of purchases.

I mostly wear dresses with cardigans, tights and flats. I own a million great dresses. I've just bought eight cardigans in various cute colours. And other than black flats which I wear through quickly becuase they're my basic work shoes, I have a million pairs of cute flats, too. So I should be able to do this.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on September 26, 2013, 06:46:32 AM
Several years ago, I was so sick of my clothes, felt as if I had nothing to wear, but my closet was full. I got my sister to go through my closet and put together about 10 work outfits for me. She put together things I never thought to wear together and gave me a whole new outlook on my wardrobe. I really felt I was wearing new stuff. Try it with a friend you think dresses well or is your type of fashionista. You may be very surprised at what you do have!!

This is awesome! My friend used to do this for me but then moved overseas... I need to think of someone else with good style who can this for me :) It works so well!

Wow, way to go!!! I can't join in because my willpower is not that high yet... but I have to ask, have you ever considered doing a clothing swap? Get some friends together, bring your cast offs, and trade! We all have things in the back of our closet that we're not wearing... if everyone brings food, it can be a really party!! :)

I've done this once and it was cool, but normally I just give anything that isn't being worn to the person who I think is most likely to wear it and vice versa.
And if you don't have the willpower for a full on clothing ban, how about a thought out in advance clothing budget. Set an amount, say $50/per month (you can roll into the next month if you don't spend it) and pledge not to go over it. It will at the very least get you thinking about how much you spend!

I love this challenge and I look forward to this helping me in 2014!  I love that you are at a 50% savings rate, I hope to join you one of these days in the near future!   Challenge accepted!  :)
Thanks :) I hope you can too. I should point out the 50% is not exactly due to total badassity. I suspect you are already more bad ass than me. I take home after tax approx 2x minimum wage (which in Australia is a very livable amount for one Adult and could at a stretch support two people at an acceptable standard of living).I've made good choices on the big stuff (eg economic car, house-mate) and don't have/never have had two expensive habits (buying lunch and taking taxis). But I feel like there is still a lot of low hanging fruit, and cutting it should hopefully also make me a more independent/resourceful/healthy person. I hope you can reach your goal!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Koala0924 on September 26, 2013, 07:29:43 PM
Count me in. Much like HappierAtHome I need to start this challenge now.

My exceptions:
Underwear / Bras
Athletic shoes (I walk about 15 miles a day at work)
Scrubs (for my job, we are required to wear certain brands / colors and switch every 6 months. $50 of this cost is subsidized by my work)

That's it. Great challenge btw.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on September 26, 2013, 09:43:22 PM
I'm in.

I can't remember purchasing any clothes this year (I did get rid of over 50 items, though!), so I'm in the group that might be reaching the limits of how long I can go without acquiring new (or new-to-me) things. But I'll certainly go as long as I can!

Areas I think I might need to make exceptions:
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 27, 2013, 01:32:03 AM
Today I told a friend that I'd joined this challenge.

She laughed at me.

Now I HAVE to succeed!

Bought some (desperately needed) underwear and socks yesterday. Had a good look in my wardrobe and there are plenty of nice dresses there to wear, especially if I lose 5kg.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on September 27, 2013, 02:01:17 AM
Yes, you CAN do it!
I lost 7.5 kg this year which has helped me stick to the clothes fast: my wardrobe options opened up quite a bit.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ZiziPB on September 27, 2013, 09:14:04 AM
@happy, I'd love to hear how you lost the weight.  My clothing options would expand very nicely if I lost 10lbs - as it is I am down to a couple of pairs of trousers and a couple of skirts.  Everything else is very, very tight....
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BZB on September 27, 2013, 10:09:11 AM
I will cheer all of you on! I am not going to join this challenge this year as I am starting my first "suit" job since 10 years ago. I am a clothes underbuyer, and I truly hate clothes shopping. I had to force myself to buy a suit, coat, and some shoes to fit the business professional image, and will probably fill out the rest with thrift shop purchases in 2014.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Osprey on September 27, 2013, 10:52:47 AM
Will be cheering from the sidelines! I have reached a stage where I work out a "uniform" every once in a while and just wear that over and over. Meaning one or two new items per season, because invariably something has worn out. This method is highly recommended if you're into fashion and have a good idea of what you like.
It's not always easy to sift out what is worth spending your hard earned money on. Clothing may end up being important to some people, and it may fall completely by the wayside for others. Just like anything else (computer games also comes to mind). Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on September 27, 2013, 10:57:51 AM
Project 333 helped me reduce clothing purchases in 2013. I've been doing a no clothes/no new clothes challenge since May. I purchased items maybe two times at thrift stores since May.

I'm not sure how far I'll get into 2014. Maybe I'll make it a full 12 months and stop in May. I'll think about it some more.

Good luck with the challenge. You will definitely see differently after you do this challenge for several months!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on September 27, 2013, 12:17:35 PM
I'm in for 2013.  I will have to evaluate at the beginning of 2014 for 2014.  Rules are no new clothes, except:

Note that underwear is NOT excepted.  I have plenty (thanks to Victoria's Secret for frequently sending me freebies, and the semi-annual sales for bras).

I specifically invite and request facepunches for buying any new dresses - in 2013 or 2014.  I tallied it up, and I added 50% more to my dress collection this year.  I bought *6* between May-Aug (all deals, on sale, but!), bringing my dress tally to 17 (although the collection at least does range back pretty far, to 1998 when in college and includes a hand-me-down).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on September 27, 2013, 05:14:03 PM
Note that underwear is NOT excepted.  I have plenty (thanks to Victoria's Secret for frequently sending me freebies, and the semi-annual sales for bras).

Bahaha! This is how I used to get underwear! But I moved to another country, so it's not an option now. The good thing about Victoria's Secret panties is that they actually are pretty nice--going strong with over two years of butthugging in many cases.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 28, 2013, 03:15:39 AM
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I lost 7.5 kg this year which has helped me stick to the clothes fast: my wardrobe options opened up quite a bit.

Happy, count me in as somebody who would love some inspiration from you about how you lost the weight :-) and I promise I won't tell you that you're insane/going to die/violating the natural order of things, or whatever it is that was going on in the weight loss thread.

I'm down about 7kg from my heaviest, which is great. But there's quite a bit more to go :-P so I might include that as something to mention occasionally in my journal as I (hopefully) progress along the chocolate-dotted path to my healthy weight goal.

Back on the clothes issue: I've done a good clear out of things I was honestly never going to wear again this afternoon. So much money wasted, especially considering how many items I bought at full price, from expensive shops, and wore a handful of times in total :-/ but better to get rid of them, move on and learn from those mistakes.

Going through my wardrobe confirmed just how much I have that I either need to mend, or that doesn't quite fit yet, to help me get through the 15 months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: SavingMon(k)ey on September 28, 2013, 08:22:26 AM
It's a long story, but I HATE clothes shopping, so this one is not for me. I actually have to force myself to go buy decent clothes for life and work.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Norrie on September 28, 2013, 10:48:57 AM
I'm in. I'm not a fan of clothes shopping anyway, but I do have a few things that I need to replace in a month or so. After that, I am fully set.

My husband and I spent months combing through our closet and chest of drawers, purging things that we've had since the early 90s, but never wear. I hold on to things because I hate the idea of re-buying something, but basically we had weighed our lives down by doing so. We could both do one more quick run through to purge more, replace a few necessary items, and make it through next year without shopping fairly easily.

Our one main exception will be that we may have to buy clothes for the kids once in a while. We have a pretty good stream of hand-me-downs for them, but our 12 year old daughter is growing like an out of control science experiment right now, so we may need to spend to keep her clothed.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on September 28, 2013, 09:09:21 PM
Note that underwear is NOT excepted.  I have plenty (thanks to Victoria's Secret for frequently sending me freebies, and the semi-annual sales for bras).

Bahaha! This is how I used to get underwear! But I moved to another country, so it's not an option now. The good thing about Victoria's Secret panties is that they actually are pretty nice--going strong with over two years of butthugging in many cases.

My problem with Victoria's Secret panties is that the fit model clearly has a very different butt from me. They never fit right!

My favorite is the one-size fits all, because that pretty much guarantees it fits no one!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on September 29, 2013, 04:55:46 AM
Note that underwear is NOT excepted.  I have plenty (thanks to Victoria's Secret for frequently sending me freebies, and the semi-annual sales for bras).

Bahaha! This is how I used to get underwear! But I moved to another country, so it's not an option now. The good thing about Victoria's Secret panties is that they actually are pretty nice--going strong with over two years of butthugging in many cases.

My problem with Victoria's Secret panties is that the fit model clearly has a very different butt from me. They never fit right!

I just tossed a few pairs of the standard VS bikini style because they were too tight in the thigh-hole :(

But I have lots of other VS panties that are lovely!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 29, 2013, 05:11:25 AM
Damn, free underwear? That's almost worth moving to the US for...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on September 30, 2013, 12:57:45 PM
I'm in. 
My exceptions are:
Bras/underwear/socks/hosiery-I really need new bras and socks.  I also rarely wear pantyhose, but I might have to buy a pair if I have a formal presentation at work.
Shoes: I go through ~3 pairs of running shoes/year.  Supportive flats.  I've been looking for about 3 years now. 
Gifts: Usually receive clothing for Christmas from my parents and siblings. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on September 30, 2013, 05:11:09 PM
Just curious since so many people mention them as exceptions: how long do the representative Mustachian women in this thread wear their bras before replacing them? And how many bras do you own? :S

I'm probably going on 9 years for the one I'm wearing now. I have one other too-tight, strapless option that I've had for maybe 5 years.

I keep telling myself I *should* get a new bra, but I probably won't until mine falls apart.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Norrie on September 30, 2013, 06:16:20 PM
I have about 12-14 bras right now, which is far too many. But I had boob reduction surgery just over a year ago, and I went from having GINORMOUS boobs that required these massive, specialized, old lady bras to being able to wear whatever I wanted.

So when Dillard's had their semi-annual sale, I stocked up. Most of the bras that I have were in the $65 range, marked down to $9.99.

I'm really unfussy about clothes, and will gladly wear the same jeans and a t-shirt for 15 years, but I'll admit that it does my heart good to finally be able to wear sassy underthings.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on September 30, 2013, 06:49:34 PM
Just curious since so many people mention them as exceptions: how long do the representative Mustachian women in this thread wear their bras before replacing them? And how many bras do you own? :S

I'm probably going on 9 years for the one I'm wearing now. I have one other too-tight, strapless option that I've had for maybe 5 years.

I keep telling myself I *should* get a new bra, but I probably won't until mine falls apart.

Hard to say.  I know I have some still from mid-to-late college, 13-14 years ago eeks, but I don't tend to wear those much anymore.  Oldest, there is one from high school or early college that needs to be tossed because it's barely holding together.  I tell myself that every time I wear it (which generally because laundry desperately needs to be done) but continue to do so.  I didn't have many for a while, but I bought a few just before my wedding (1.5 years ago) and bought a bunch of new ones in January at the semi annual Victoria's Secret sale, so the newest are about 9 months old.

How many?  Probably too many, particularly considering I apparently don't get rid of them until they are worn out (or recently some super scratchy ones).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on September 30, 2013, 09:39:48 PM
I have 3 that I wear regularly (nude, satin, ~3 years old). One strapless. Two sports bras (<1 year old) One comfy one (6 yo)

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 01, 2013, 04:13:22 AM
My bras usually last years...???5 years, don't know really. But occasionally I strike bad luck... I had one recently that the underwires kept coming out..it didn't fit without them.. I tried several different repairs to keep them in to no avail, so I eventually gave up.. that one was probably less than 2 years old. Naturally won't buy that sort again.

Currently I have 2... wear one, wash one.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Nudelkopf on October 01, 2013, 05:33:25 AM
I have 3 bras (all identical), which are all under a year old at the moment. I try to buy a new bra every 6 months, and then throw out the scungiest of the ones I already have. This means on average each bra is in rotation for ~18months? And I have my absolutely zero bounce $100 sports bra. Yay.

I should join this challenge. I've spent $300 on clothes already this year!! But... but... willpower...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on October 01, 2013, 06:46:35 AM
Oh wow! I wish mine lasted that long! My body shape is still changing so I need to buy new ones every 6-12 months or they don't fit properly. I like to have 4 at any time plus a sports bra. I machine wash so can't get by with less than this (I am lazy!)

More generally for this challenge, I'm in with the people who want to start now, but I will still make two of my planned purchases (backpack and bikini) before officially commencing the challenge!

I'm worried about stuff breaking before the year is up, so I found some information that might be helpful to us all:
http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-clothes-last-longer-without-spending-big

Bring on the challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on October 01, 2013, 06:49:56 AM
Quote from: HappierAtHome link=topic=9099.msg144115#msg144115 date=1380359739
Back on the clothes issue: I've done a good clear out of things I was honestly [i
never going to wear again [/i] this afternoon. So much money wasted, especially considering how many items I bought at full price, from expensive shops, and wore a handful of times in total :-/ but better to get rid of them, move on and learn from those mistakes.
Happier have you thought about ebay for these expensive mistakes? I moved up a clothing size when I was about 20 and had two years of nice adult clothes (including an "investment purchase" work suit) I had been buying thinking that I had stopped growing... I was able to recoup a lot of money this way.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on October 01, 2013, 07:48:39 AM
Oh wow! I wish mine lasted that long!

I think a few of mine lasted that long because I have a whole lot more than 2-5 people are talking about here!  If I had that few, I'd be needing to replace a whole lot more frequently.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 01, 2013, 07:57:40 PM
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Happier have you thought about ebay for these expensive mistakes? I moved up a clothing size when I was about 20 and had two years of nice adult clothes (including an "investment purchase" work suit) I had been buying thinking that I had stopped growing... I was able to recoup a lot of money this way.

Huh. No, I had not, despite having sold on ebay quite a lot in the past. I think some items aren't in great condition (which makes the original purchase even more daft, why pay so much when the items will just fall apart?), but some should be good enough to sell. New project for the weekend!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: The knitter on October 05, 2013, 06:39:06 AM
I was trying to go a year (from July 2013 to July 2014) but caved and bought some nice new work pants (mine were all too big!). So I'll renew my original challenge to make it until July 2014 without buying any new clothes. I think the yearlong goal was too intimidating for me the first time, so I'll take it six months at a time for now.

I might make an exception for Halloween, as the holiday is huge among my group of friends and I don't have any costume worthy clothes currently. Goodwill will be my solution to that problem, though.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Norrie on October 05, 2013, 12:14:13 PM

I might make an exception for Halloween, as the holiday is huge among my group of friends and I don't have any costume worthy clothes currently. Goodwill will be my solution to that problem, though.

I went as Velma from Scooby Doo a few years ago, and managed to score the PERFECT orange sweater turtleneck and the perfect reddish skirt at Goodwill for less than $2 each. Then I bought knee highs, dyed them orange, and wore red Mary Jane shoes that I'd had for years and years.
It was a huge hit. Goodwill is perfect for Halloween (and other times, too).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Happyback on October 05, 2013, 09:33:00 PM
I'm in.  And, I am throwing my kids in, too! (Ready or not!) ...and I'll start right now...before CHRISTMAS!

Remember pioneers....an everyday set, and the Sunday set?  There wasn't usually a 3rd set?

We have more than that, so I'm good!
Great challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zamboni on October 12, 2013, 08:53:10 AM
^Yes, I think about that.

My employment involves people from all over the world.  It amazes me how much more clothing I have than many people, and by American standards I don't have a big pile.  I went on a week long business trip with a non-American colleague who only brought a small carry on bag with him.  He told me with delight that he had bought a new shirt just for the trip and it was in the bag.  Based upon the size of the bag, I'd venture that it had only that one shirt, some underwear/socks, and possibly one extra pair of pants or a tshirt.  And then I thought about it and realized that I could only recall this guy wearing two different shirts. . . ever.  Different strokes.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on October 12, 2013, 08:32:12 PM
I think Europeans are generally into quality over quantity but that's extreme! Thinking about this challenge I started counting some of my clothes... then I gave up because it just seemed like too much effort! And the funny thing is I have a lot less clothes than many of my female friends, and by and large my female friends seem to be on the frugal side. (My saving grace has always been the lack of built in wardrobes in my house, those little ikea things don't hold much!) So I am in for sure... I've now got the backpack and the bikini that I needed so I'm on day two of the challenge... 363 days to go! (Or more... not sure if I am doing a year or through to the end of 2014... I'm not 100% sure everything will last til the end of 2014 so I will take it as it comes). LOL.
Knowing the challenge was imminent I have been thinking a lot more about what I do have and have been making a conscious effort to make different outfits out of what I have. I was totally stoked when my coworker complemented my outfit the other day :) I've already made four never worn before outfits up to wear to work next week! I think getting creative with what I have is going to be fun!
I also think this challenge is going to encourage me to buy less low quality fast fashion when I do finally start shopping again, which is good for the environment and (hopefully) good for my budget. Because I'm sitting here, fingers crossed that most of my stuff will see me through the year, but I somehow don't think it will. I really shouldn't buy stuff that I don't even think will last one year :(
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on October 14, 2013, 06:31:45 PM
I like the idea of this challenge, but I'm working through project 333 and with a style workbook from alreadypretty.com :) Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Hamster on October 15, 2013, 12:17:46 AM
Fun with punctuation...

Anybody else read the thread title as 'no-clothes shopping'?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 15, 2013, 01:03:47 AM
LOL :)

Nup I didn't, blessed with a pure mind.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Hamster on October 15, 2013, 09:48:18 AM
LOL :)

Nup I didn't, blessed with a pure mind.

Nothing impure about shopping in the clothing God gave you on the day you were born. :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on October 15, 2013, 10:26:49 AM
Ok, ok, I'm joining!!!!!!!!!!

I can obtain new clothes just as long as I don't buy them, right? Like borrowing and bartering are ok, yeah>?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lauraredcloud on October 18, 2013, 12:56:37 PM
I'm in! I used to buy clothes a lot for fun and general wardrobe updating, but according to the records I started keeping in June, I've managed to resist since then, except for a new T-shirt and shorts to run a 5k in. Fair.

- I can buy underwear as needed (but no more "fashion bras")
- I can buy a new pair of running shoes or sport bra if deemed necessary for fitness
- I can buy outerwear if deemed necessary for cold weather (though perhaps I can sneak this in before the end of 2013)
- I can accept gifts or hand-me-downs
- I can buy clothes *for other people* as gifts
- In the catastrophic event of work layoffs, I can buy an interview suit, but I hope I won't need to!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 19, 2013, 01:49:49 AM
Well I'm still going strong with this challenge, but there's a potential threat looming. May have a job interview coming up, and all my work clothes are looking worn since I've been making do for quite a while.  They're only just cutting it at my current job, given I'm not trying for promotions etc, but I've nothing that will suffice for a high income type job interview. I'll try the second hand shops but I've never seen anything in them that would be suitable, but you never know.  I guess I may have to buy a suit:(   
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on October 19, 2013, 12:37:13 PM
Happy - I once found a job interview blazer at a thrift shop. It cost me $4! Never say never :)

Is there anyone in your life that you could borrow a suit from?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 19, 2013, 03:13:19 PM
I'm glad there's hope Libraryjoy! I'll be looking for sure, you never know. Thats a good idea about borrowing too, I can't think of anyone with my dimensions right now, but I'll work on that one too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Happyback on October 19, 2013, 10:08:55 PM
I have found many GREAT office outfits in second hand stores!  Go try them out!  I've found some of the classiest dresses, skirts and blouses.  Beautiful stuff!
Sometimes, it helps to hit one in a neighboring town (if you happen to be there for other things), since it's a potential "future" thing, you do have some time to consider this if you're "out and about".

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 19, 2013, 10:14:48 PM
I am struggling so much with this challenge.

My exceptions were pretty much shoes and undies.

I bought a whole heap of underwear straightaway. Well, great, I needed it.

Now I've bought a couple of pairs of new work shoes, which were also a definite need.

What's the struggle part? I'm now suffering from serious temptation to go buy a million pairs of $200 black work shoes... because then I haven't failed the challenge.

Clearly my shopping addiction is worse than I thought :-(
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: dragoncar on October 20, 2013, 01:41:07 AM
This challenge will go well with my no clothes wearing 2014 challenge.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on October 20, 2013, 02:52:11 AM
Happier: Can you channel your shopping towards something that won't cost you money? Like attending home opens for houses that are out of your price range? Or help friends with shopping for things they need (for example helping a friend who is renovating hit up Bunnings and Harvey Norman?)
It's too early to say how I am going yet, I haven't really been tempted yet, but I started after you and have been busy with other things. (Although like you I have managed to buy a number of "exception" items such as underwear and shoes, that were needs.) But on the upside my USA holiday dates are locked in, so I might be ok as I can do lots of "shopping" for the holiday (e.g. hunting for the best hostel and cheapest hire cars and researching potential activities in each city.) This should satisfy my "hunting" instinct.... I hope!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 20, 2013, 05:37:04 AM
Happier: Can you channel your shopping towards something that won't cost you money? Like attending home opens for houses that are out of your price range? Or help friends with shopping for things they need (for example helping a friend who is renovating hit up Bunnings and Harvey Norman?)
It's too early to say how I am going yet, I haven't really been tempted yet, but I started after you and have been busy with other things. (Although like you I have managed to buy a number of "exception" items such as underwear and shoes, that were needs.) But on the upside my USA holiday dates are locked in, so I might be ok as I can do lots of "shopping" for the holiday (e.g. hunting for the best hostel and cheapest hire cars and researching potential activities in each city.) This should satisfy my "hunting" instinct.... I hope!

Great idea... but the only people I know who are spending money really shouldn't be :-P so I don't want to encourage them.

Had a big think about this today and I think it's part of a bigger issue of unfocused energy since I finished my post-grad study. So I really need to find outlets for that energy OTHER than consumption of material goods.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on October 20, 2013, 04:56:45 PM
I remember feeling at a loose end when I finished university as well - it all felt very anti-climatic.
Do you have any hobbies that got pushed aside while you were studying that you could re-pick up? One that jumps out at me (for me) is visual arts. I used to do lots of it, but then work+study got in the way. (And re-picking up a hobby should be free coz you would already have all the stuff.) The other thing is, I think you said something about wanting to loose weight. How about picking up an inexpensive (or free) sporting hobby. There is an app called couch to 5k if you want to learn how to do long distance running. If you're more a group sport person, check out those groupon type sites, my friend generally averages $2 per class for various group fitness classes, yoga, zumba, bellydancing - she's done them all. Typically gets a 10 week class for $19.
I feel you though, I've had to consciously avoid the shops... hard to do when you work near them! I know I have a tendency to shop in order to de-stress after work if I've had a bad day. I've been telling myself, that buying stuff won't reduce stress only increase it (lower savings = more time to FI = more stress related to not being FI = more stuff to launder, hang and fold = more choice in the morning). I've also been listening to Pandora (free internet radio app) at work if I am stressed to nip it in the bud. Way harder to feel stressed when your fave tunes are playing :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 20, 2013, 07:05:05 PM
I remember feeling at a loose end when I finished university as well - it all felt very anti-climatic.
Do you have any hobbies that got pushed aside while you were studying that you could re-pick up? One that jumps out at me (for me) is visual arts. I used to do lots of it, but then work+study got in the way. (And re-picking up a hobby should be free coz you would already have all the stuff.) The other thing is, I think you said something about wanting to loose weight. How about picking up an inexpensive (or free) sporting hobby. There is an app called couch to 5k if you want to learn how to do long distance running. If you're more a group sport person, check out those groupon type sites, my friend generally averages $2 per class for various group fitness classes, yoga, zumba, bellydancing - she's done them all. Typically gets a 10 week class for $19.
I feel you though, I've had to consciously avoid the shops... hard to do when you work near them! I know I have a tendency to shop in order to de-stress after work if I've had a bad day. I've been telling myself, that buying stuff won't reduce stress only increase it (lower savings = more time to FI = more stress related to not being FI = more stuff to launder, hang and fold = more choice in the morning). I've also been listening to Pandora (free internet radio app) at work if I am stressed to nip it in the bud. Way harder to feel stressed when your fave tunes are playing :)

Lots of good advice here, but I'm in danger of hijacking the thread so I'm going to start posting about new projects/direction to avoid shopping in my journal instead :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on October 22, 2013, 03:33:12 AM
Like I said, I'm merely challenging myself to a wardrobe of 33 clothes for a single month so far, but my partner had a brilliant idea...
So, shopping is fun, right? And so's changing up your wardrobe. Solution? Each month, I'm going to ditch my entire wardrobe (back into the rest of my clothes), then go shopping in this fantastic store (the giant pile of stored clothes) that has stuff that's all in my size, style, all my favourites - and I get a whole new (33-piece) wardrobe for the next month! I might extend this to 2 months if each month it becomes too much effort. That way, I get some variety, lots of clothes that I don't want to get rid of, but I can still live with a neat tiny wardrobe and don't run into choice-anxiety. Also, after completely removing clothes from my wardrobe for a month or so, I imagine I'll find it easier to actually get rid of pieces that just don't work for me any more.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on October 22, 2013, 06:33:20 AM
Like I said, I'm merely challenging myself to a wardrobe of 33 clothes for a single month so far, but my partner had a brilliant idea...
So, shopping is fun, right? And so's changing up your wardrobe. Solution? Each month, I'm going to ditch my entire wardrobe (back into the rest of my clothes), then go shopping in this fantastic store (the giant pile of stored clothes) that has stuff that's all in my size, style, all my favourites - and I get a whole new (33-piece) wardrobe for the next month! I might extend this to 2 months if each month it becomes too much effort. That way, I get some variety, lots of clothes that I don't want to get rid of, but I can still live with a neat tiny wardrobe and don't run into choice-anxiety. Also, after completely removing clothes from my wardrobe for a month or so, I imagine I'll find it easier to actually get rid of pieces that just don't work for me any more.

I started doing this seasonally (every 3 months) and it's awesome!!  I wanted to get rid of most of my clothes for simplicity and decluttering purposes, but kept about 30-40 items per season and I just swap them out! It's like Christmas!!  Seeing your closet looking so tidy and bare with just a few clothes at a time is unbelievably easy and wonderful. The big key is to pick out a whole set of clothes that all match so you can make a lot of outfits.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on October 22, 2013, 03:54:20 PM
I'm noticing that I shop "by accident" (aka forgetting about this challenge) so I'm going to use the rest of 2013 to practice NOT shopping, and reminding myself that this is happening! ;)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Crabricorn on October 22, 2013, 05:04:02 PM
I have a list of items to purchase - well it's only 1 thing - the perfect black boots. If I don't find them, I will keep using my old ones. Otherwise, I'm joining the challenge. I have more clothes than I need and I need to get in the habit of wearing new combinations. I think this is a good challenge for me to attempt!

Looking forward to it!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 22, 2013, 06:20:12 PM
I'm noticing that I shop "by accident" (aka forgetting about this challenge) so I'm going to use the rest of 2013 to practice NOT shopping, and reminding myself that this is happening! ;)

What will your tactics be to stop yourself doing this?

My discretionary spending has been a little out of control lately and I'm thinking of sticking a post-it note with NO written on it onto my debit card :-P
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on October 23, 2013, 01:46:18 PM
HappierAtHome - that is such a good idea! My plan was to use mental reminders, but your post-it is reminding me of Gail Vaz-Oxlade's idea: put a note or picture on your visa of your GOAL. That way every time you want to spend, you come face to face with your goal :) I love that idea!

Haha well right now my visa is actually in ice in the freezer... but I need a way to control how I spend my cash. Note to self! Definitely doing that. Thanks for mentioning it!!!

I'm also planning two clothing swaps for next year. That will help.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: abhe8 on October 23, 2013, 05:20:50 PM
i'm in, sort of :) i'm in for my kids (4 of them). the rule is, their clothing is revenue neutral for the year. i have to sell enough to cover the cost of whatever they need.

for myself, i'll get a small budget at the first of the year and them im revenue neutral too. its tough with changing sizes!! (4 kids ages 6 and under) and I work in a business/business causal environment.

as far as the bras go...i have 4 that i've had for 4 years. they need to be replaced. i like to have 3-4 at a time, for daily wear and 2 sports bras that fit. bras will for sure be in my budget to replace the winter. then i'm looking for some clothes that are very "packable," ie can survive a bikeride in my backpack on the way to work and not require an iron when i change. might also need some windproof gloves for said bike rides.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on October 25, 2013, 07:33:32 PM
I saw this thread pop up and realized I am not interested in clothes right now. At. all.

Before I started bad assing my finances in May, I was looking at ModCloth.com a few times a week. Now, I could not care less.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on October 25, 2013, 07:35:23 PM
I'm noticing that I shop "by accident" (aka forgetting about this challenge) so I'm going to use the rest of 2013 to practice NOT shopping, and reminding myself that this is happening! ;)

That happens to me with driving. I am doing a "no car" challenge and found myself unnecessarily in the car a few times.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 26, 2013, 12:00:11 AM
HappierAtHome - that is such a good idea! My plan was to use mental reminders, but your post-it is reminding me of Gail Vaz-Oxlade's idea: put a note or picture on your visa of your GOAL. That way every time you want to spend, you come face to face with your goal :) I love that idea!

Haha well right now my visa is actually in ice in the freezer... but I need a way to control how I spend my cash. Note to self! Definitely doing that. Thanks for mentioning it!!!

I'm also planning two clothing swaps for next year. That will help.

Have you tried not carrying cash at all?

I have a tendency to treat myself to a diet coke at work for $1... which is something I want to cut out. So I no longer have coins in my wallet. I'm not willing to break a note for a coke. Problem solved!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on October 26, 2013, 09:36:33 AM
I'm doing a cash-only thing for my current budgeting system, so not carrying cash would mean grocery shopping and other life expenses would get a little more complicated.

Good idea, though!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Moomingirl on October 26, 2013, 06:53:07 PM
I'm in!

My exceptions will be underwear and socks, but only if they need to be replaced. I own more than enough of everything else.

I am also going to have clear out of all my extra clothes, and either sell or donate them to free up one cash.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on October 26, 2013, 07:26:58 PM
I'm in.  I know I need a few things: new bras once LO finishes nursing (hoping for January or February), and three or four new t-shirts for next summer.  Other than that, I'm good for a year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: zinethstache on October 27, 2013, 10:53:42 AM
Ok, since 2013 was the year for expanding my wardrobe beyond tshirts and hoodies in an attempt to look more professional, I doubled my budget (to $1000), it killed me to spend money at all, but I did all shopping on ebay for a fraction of the cost of new. It makes sense that in 2014 I do this challenge to recoup my costs. Exceptions:


Lets see how well I do as this is my first challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Koala0924 on October 27, 2013, 05:06:14 PM
One of my exceptions was scrubs. My work chooses a brand / color and we change uniforms every 6 months. I consider it a success that at the last changeover point myself and several coworkers convinced the higher ups to permanently have black pants as an option. As soon as the color and brand selection were announced I went thrift store shopping, and scored with a new lab coat and scrub top for $6. I also spent $12 over my employer subsidized $50 limit. So, my total scrub cost for the next 6 months?  $18!  I'm calling that a win.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on October 27, 2013, 05:28:11 PM
One of my exceptions was scrubs. My work chooses a brand / color and we change uniforms every 6 months. I consider it a success that at the last changeover point myself and several coworkers convinced the higher ups to permanently have black pants as an option. As soon as the color and brand selection were announced I went thrift store shopping, and scored with a new lab coat and scrub top for $6. I also spent $12 over my employer subsidized $50 limit. So, my total scrub cost for the next 6 months?  $18!  I'm calling that a win.

Seriously?  Why?  And why hasn't anyone gone ballistic on this?  Or demanded more $ for it?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Koala0924 on October 27, 2013, 07:34:23 PM
One of my exceptions was scrubs. My work chooses a brand / color and we change uniforms every 6 months. I consider it a success that at the last changeover point myself and several coworkers convinced the higher ups to permanently have black pants as an option. As soon as the color and brand selection were announced I went thrift store shopping, and scored with a new lab coat and scrub top for $6. I also spent $12 over my employer subsidized $50 limit. So, my total scrub cost for the next 6 months?  $18!  I'm calling that a win.

Seriously?  Why?  And why hasn't anyone gone ballistic on this?  Or demanded more $ for it?

It's a smaller town, and believe it or not I work at the higher paying doctor's office. The other option in town is even worse with regards to pay / benefits / scrub allowance. Honestly, I campaigned at the 4 previous changeover points to have black pants as a permanent option. That was just instituted at the spring changeover. I'm now campaigning for us to choose a spring / summer color and a fall/ winter color. Thereby reducing waste and cost. Wish me luck.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Fletch on October 27, 2013, 08:21:50 PM
You all are awesome! I'm still (two years later) filling in gaps for my first job out of college/major climate change move, but the best I can do for now is continue on my gradual budget reduction strategy. I spent half as much this year as I did the year before, and I think next year will be about half of this year. I'll read this thread when even that seems hard!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: krenwren on October 28, 2013, 06:41:00 AM
I'll bite.  I am lucky in I wear scrubs to work and have no need to augment my current supply.
I don't shop much but when I do, I tend to spend a lot!  I have a "uniform" of jeans, blouse or T of some sort and flats in the winter and flip flops in the summer.  I have plenty of cold weather gear so I have no reason to get the latest and greatest.  My top collection is pretty sparse so I vow to only buy on ebay or thrifts if I need to add.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zamboni on October 29, 2013, 05:15:08 AM
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i'm in for my kids

I've also decided my children are joining this challenge with me in 2014 terms of new clothes.  Exceptions are underwear and shoes for them.  It will probably not work, as they are going to outgrow everything they have, but I'll do my best to get any necessary replacements at thrift shops and see how it goes.  They've had growth spurts and are entering a stage at school where certain clothes are "needed" to be cool, unfortunately, and I've spent over $1300 for their clothes and shoes this year.  That level of spending will absolutely not be repeated.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on October 29, 2013, 07:12:55 AM
I was reviewing and deleting bad digital photos the other day. This gave me the chance to see me in some of my project 333 outfits. The woman who created Project 333 knows what she is doing. Although I have fewer clothes now, I think I look much better dressed. As a result, I could see myself making it even longer without buying new clothes. Since last May, I've bought probably fewer than 5 clothing items at thrift stores. I am changing over to the winter clothing now, and I am thinking I might not need anything new. I *might* need a pair of warm pants since I do a lot of walking while commuting...but maybe I don't.

Also, someone gave me a cool sweater last year for xmas. The color doesn't look great on me. The old me would have given the sweater away. The new me is thinking maybe I could dye it purple or another color that tends to look better with my skin tone.

If anyone can recommend a dye for a wool sweater, please let me know!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Allison_D on October 29, 2013, 10:48:32 AM
I'm in!  I'm starting now though... as much as I love Mr. Money Mustache's principals I sometimes go 'off the rails' a bit and this is an area that I didn't do nearly as well as I had hoped with this year.  So, I'm starting now and going right through 12/31/14.  I'm throwing my kids in the mix too!  (Little do they know... ha ha ha).  Our exceptions are... underwear & socks all around if needed and second hand items for the kids if they continue to grow FAST.  I've never really done much second hand clothes shopping so this will be a great way to explore that as an option.  Thanks for getting the ball rolling!  Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on November 01, 2013, 11:39:56 AM
Instead of buying new jeans, I've decided to fix my old pairs (mail them to someone to fix them).  The process is expensive, but it's much less than I would spend to buy a single new pair of jeans (repairing two).  I looked into fixing them myself, but I don't have access to a sewing machine (or any sewing skill). 

As a side note, I work in a VERY casual work place and wear jeans to work every day.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on November 03, 2013, 03:35:26 PM
I was reviewing and deleting bad digital photos the other day. This gave me the chance to see me in some of my project 333 outfits. The woman who created Project 333 knows what she is doing. Although I have fewer clothes now, I think I look much better dressed. As a result, I could see myself making it even longer without buying new clothes. Since last May, I've bought probably fewer than 5 clothing items at thrift stores. I am changing over to the winter clothing now, and I am thinking I might not need anything new. I *might* need a pair of warm pants since I do a lot of walking while commuting...but maybe I don't.

Also, someone gave me a cool sweater last year for xmas. The color doesn't look great on me. The old me would have given the sweater away. The new me is thinking maybe I could dye it purple or another color that tends to look better with my skin tone.

If anyone can recommend a dye for a wool sweater, please let me know!

Wool dyes beautifully! You can even use kool aid to dye (google it). Otherwise, most people use Jacquard brand dyes for protein fibers.

Thank you, serpentstooth!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 10, 2013, 07:30:41 AM
Score! A friend just have me a whole bunch of her old stuff. Some of it needs mending/altering, but a lot of it is good as is. Just getting through wearing all this stuff should take me a few months and help keep me on the straight and narrow :-)
How is everyone else doing? Has anyone else managed to be innovative?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Snow White on November 11, 2013, 06:28:19 PM
I am in and it WILL be a challenge for me. I may have to buy hosiery if I go through all mine although I am a pro at making them last.  Thanks for the challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on November 11, 2013, 06:40:42 PM
How is everyone else doing? Has anyone else managed to be innovative?

I don't know about innovative, but I'm definitely wearing a wider variety of clothes from my wardrobe than I used to. It's also inspired me to be realistic and get rid of the clothing I was just never ever going to wear again :-P I'm taking a couple items out of my wardrobe each week to add to the charity pile. So I think that I'm doing well so far!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: olivia on November 11, 2013, 06:54:44 PM
I'm cautiously joining…I've lost a ton of weight over the last few months and the majority of my clothes fit me again, so I really don't think I'll actually need anything new.  I've only bought 1 shirt and 1 pair of pants since July, so I pretty much stopped shopping cold turkey anyway.  Of course it helps that I've bought whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it for the past several years before I turned Mustachian.  ;)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on November 12, 2013, 03:15:51 AM
I might be making a trip to visit my family in America some time in January, and I know when I'm there I'll seek out shoes suitable for work. My feet are too big for shoes in South Korea, and buying them online has been disappointing so far (ill-fitted and low quality). I need a pair of perfect maryjanes since mine died, as I've been wearing the same pair of SAS black loafers to work every day for over a year. (Except for days when I've worn sneakers--I'm a teacher with a semi-casual dress code.)

I'll probably also try to buy at least one more pair of work-appropriate slacks (I mostly wear dark jeans now--not sure if my new job will be keen on that) and a properly fitting blazer.

Oof!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on November 12, 2013, 04:17:07 AM
Ok, 'fessing up for a face punch...had to break the pledge, job interview in 2 days and despite spending some time looking in second hand shops, no luck.  So purchased the job interview suit and blouse...25% off, better than nothing. But have suitable shoes. However apart from this, I'm still  continuing to try not to buy anything else until next year. At that point I think I will have to refresh my work wardrobe which is looking pretty tired.  For example I have a nice stretchy top which was getting saggy so I sewed tape across the shoulders to pull it back into shape so I will get some more wear out of it. Non work gear will be fine for ages...I'm not very fussy about that.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on November 12, 2013, 08:45:25 AM
How is everyone else doing? Has anyone else managed to be innovative?

I'm good!  I haven't bought anything, even my permitted items (largely because I haven't gone shopping.  Amazing how that works.  I was discouraging my husband from going to the outlets this weekend too.)  I might decide to break my rules though and buy some warm tights in order to make more use of my skirts.  I have a lot of warm woolen warms, but in Massachusetts it's too cold to wear in the winter.  I was wearing some black nylons earlier, but discovered at the end of the day a big hole in the toe of a brand new one, plus it's not nearly so warm.  I'm afraid if I do that though, I'll decide I "need" boots to replace my 11 year old threadbare ones.

What I have done is try to wear some clothes I haven't worn as much.  I'm also going to try to layer my clothes more than just "shirt+sweater."  This was an inspiration: www.theuniformproject.com/  365 days of the same dress but so jazzed up!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on November 12, 2013, 08:26:24 PM
How do you feel about stockings+garters? I have black wool stockings, which are much more comfortable and much warmer than any tights I've ever owned.

Hmm, I may not know the terminology well enough, because to me the stockings are the same as tights - warm leggy things that cling to the legs but aren't thin like nylons (I guess stockings could be another term for nylons?).  Garters I think of as only going halfway up the thigh and not adding the key "warmth" value.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on November 13, 2013, 08:53:38 AM
Interesting, at least with nylons, I almost always get the runs in the toes, no where else.  I am not sure that stockings would work for me though.  I live in Boston and it's COLD here in the winter.  I just can't envision having any bare skin (I understand it's covered by a skirt, but the wind blows up it and, *shivers*.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on November 18, 2013, 08:55:56 AM
I'm in for 2013.  I will have to evaluate at the beginning of 2014 for 2014.  Rules are no new clothes, except:
  • A pair of work pants (I need to replace several worn out ones I just got rid of)
  • Up to 2 sweaters (I've been looking for ones I will like for 2 years.  I'm picky.  I don't anticipate using this exclusion)
  • A bathing suit (replacing the one that finally died), if I stumble across one out of season
  • Thrift store purchases.  I've only ever bought one thing once (largely due to inconvenience of getting there), so maybe this will encourage me to go there.

Note that underwear is NOT excepted.  I have plenty (thanks to Victoria's Secret for frequently sending me freebies, and the semi-annual sales for bras).

I specifically invite and request facepunches for buying any new dresses - in 2013 or 2014.  I tallied it up, and I added 50% more to my dress collection this year.  I bought *6* between May-Aug (all deals, on sale, but!), bringing my dress tally to 17 (although the collection at least does range back pretty far, to 1998 when in college and includes a hand-me-down).

I've failed this one.  This weekend we went outlet shopping.  I bought a pair of work pants, which was alloted above.

Not on list though:

Getting back on the bandwagon, I have no excuses to buy any clothes for the rest of the year though.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Charlotte on November 19, 2013, 03:37:42 AM
I bought socks a few weeks ago and plan to pick up some underwear before the year ends. I should be in really good shape for this to start on January 1st. Again, my only exception is sneakers since I walk 3 miles/day (either on the treadmill or outside in nicer weather).

I've put a limit on myself for buying books next year, too (one per month, plus one for my birthday, christmas, and one extra for the heck of it -- only 15 books next year!)

And I really want an ipad. But I've decided I can't get one until I am debt free (in about 2 years). And by then I might not even want one any more!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 19, 2013, 03:45:45 AM
Charlotte: Go to the library ;-) Could you get an older ipad second hand and use this to read free ebooks on. All of the classics are available for free and Amazon often has free offers (or very cheap, like $1). The cost of a second hand ipad should be less than the cost of 15 books.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 19, 2013, 03:54:36 AM
With respect to buying tights I have found anything 70 denier and up tends to last ok, but it's all about fit. If the tights fit you well they won't get the hole in the crotch, if they are slightly too small they will. If they are slightly too big they snag on stuff. So try a few brands and when you find a brand you like stock up when it's on sale.  I use the Ambra School Tights and they are fantastic (I typically have 6 pairs, wear them 9+ months of the year due to our climate controlled office and they last me a year. They are 3 pairs for $25 at a local department store.) Also always use a wash bag to wash your tights and keep your toenails trimmed short ;-)

Tights are great for getting more wear out of your existing wardrobe. I've given myself an out for replacing my basic black tights if they break (otherwise I will freeze at work!), but not for (more) funky patterned tights.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Charlotte on November 20, 2013, 02:19:50 AM
Hi Melody! Buy "purchasing books", I mean on the kindle. I share an account with my sister and she buys TONS of books throughout the year, so I get to read them for free! I have a monthly "allowance" to use towards buying books I want to read (or anything else), but since I have a loan on my car I've put myself on a money diet.

Truth be told, I probably won't buy all 15 books next year. It's more of a book allowance while I'm in debt. I know I could borrow books on the kindle, but the account is owned by my sister and that adds a level of complication I haven't been too interested in pursuing. Besides, I still have about 60 kindle books to read!

Basically, I am self-regulating my spending for the next two years. And thanks for the advice, it's good to be reminded that there are different options out there!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on November 21, 2013, 07:04:11 PM
Ok, before I said I wasn't going to do this. But I managed a measly 1 month of project 333, so this is, while scary, what I'd like to do next! I have some caveats for myself;
1 shoes and hats are exempt
2 I can make myself as many clothes as I like
3 I need new cardigans, a new fluffy warm jumper, and tights, but these will operate on the one in one out rule.
I will try not to use these loopholes, but I really don't wear office appropriate shoes to work and suitable new ones have failed to present themselves.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 22, 2013, 09:37:30 AM
I may have slightly screwed this up - while buying underwear (that I needed and I was exempting myself from) I bought 2 singlets - these fall half way between the underwear and clothes category for me (they were from the underwear department, but I use them as layering pieces in the office) and were on super special, $6 each for Bonds (my fave brand), to replace ones I had recently worn out... but still... It's shaping up to be harder than I thought! My wallet has also died so I will likely need to replace it (I don't want to use a pencil case for a whole year) - but if I do, I will replace it with the same wallet again (approx $40) or a more basic one - I will not be upgrading! (Unlike handbags and clothes I don't have a spare wallet of any description sitting around.) Urgh... I was totally looking forward for a $0 clothing line item in my monthly excel reports! Next month...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on November 22, 2013, 04:06:01 PM
I'm curious as to how long your wallet lasted. I have a leather one I bought for $80 5 years ago and it looks almost identical to when I bought it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 22, 2013, 06:19:48 PM
4 years...mine also looked brand new, but the zip gave up on me  :-( probally my fault for shoving bulky stuff in it too often (like my phone). I love this wallet its like a tiny clutch so its perfect for travelling as it fits a passport. :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Mrs WW on November 23, 2013, 04:45:15 PM
4 years...mine also looked brand new, but the zip gave up on me  :-( probally my fault for shoving bulky stuff in it too often (like my phone). I love this wallet its like a tiny clutch so its perfect for travelling as it fits a passport. :-)

Take it to the cobbler and have them change the zipper for you. That should be under half the price of getting a new wallet and you will do just your little bit in saving, you know, the world!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 24, 2013, 02:01:14 AM
4 years...mine also looked brand new, but the zip gave up on me  :-( probally my fault for shoving bulky stuff in it too often (like my phone). I love this wallet its like a tiny clutch so its perfect for travelling as it fits a passport. :-)

Take it to the cobbler and have them change the zipper for you. That should be under half the price of getting a new wallet and you will do just your little bit in saving, you know, the world!

Good advice! I actually had a pair of shoes fixed since the start of this challenge for the sum of $7 (because they looked otherwise new, but the strap had broken), I'll go back to the same guy and see what he says about the wallet.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 28, 2013, 02:59:24 AM
I went one better and fixed it myself! Thank you candlewax and fiddling around! Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration guys!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on November 30, 2013, 06:40:23 PM
Ive decided to do this challenge. I am not a big clothes person and don't really have a lot in the first place, but want to try and focus on buying more quality pieces. And tbh, I am not sure what I need right now. So this will allow me to focus.
I do know that I will possibly need a new pair of running shoes by summer. I rotate thru several different athletic shoes right now, one lightweight pair for everything, one running shoe, one all weather pair, and one racing pair. My goal would be do use all next year and transition to one lightweight pair and a spare pair
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CanuckExpat on November 30, 2013, 06:55:04 PM
I think I should join this challenge.  I'm generally not a spender, but a sale at REI or Lands End usually gets me. Cutting back would help. I might have to make an exception for underwear and replacing a few illfitting shirts.

BTW melody, do you have a budget posted somewhere? I'm always curious about people with good saving rates :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: The knitter on December 01, 2013, 09:28:06 AM
I failed. I bought a little black dress for a holiday party. It is fabulous, but now I'm starting this challenge fresh.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on December 01, 2013, 04:37:00 PM
I actually don't budget, but I do track expenses :)
I haven't posted it, because I think I'd get too many face punches  ;-) (I like going out to Pubs, and here a pint is $10... I have cut it down a lot, but I still think its face punch worthy!) But seriously, I am going through a few life changes and there are a few contingent things (like the timing/length of my holiday, possible new to me car, possible moving house) that make it really hard to budget. But I aim for $30k/year (seems high but COL in Perth is reasonably high - in the top 20 cities globally.) A big portion for me has been to do with doubling my (before tax) income in a two year period (sadly does not lead to doubling of after tax income due to highly progressive tax rates). Spending with previous job was approx 24/k year, so there has been some lifestyle inflation, but also fair bit of general inflation (for example rent has gone up $50/week on my house, student night beers have gone from $10 to $12 etc, petrol has gone from $1.30 to $1.55 per litre). The $30k/year is an all inclusive number, the (net) cost of the new car will come out of this, as will the holiday (which means buckling down in other areas). As I'm only spending half of each pay check there is no need to budget for something like car repairs or annual health insurance premiums (4% discount for paying annually!) as no matter what pops up in the month my paycheck can cover it. So the budget is just this really broad bucket. Rent is $10/k year. The remaining $20k has to cover everything else but I don't plan for it, just check my expenditure to see if I am on track.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on December 01, 2013, 06:37:36 PM
I'd also like to see your budget, Melody :) we spend $60k for 2 people and haven't received any facepunches (that weren't helpful)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 02, 2013, 01:19:11 AM
My bra finally fell apart :(

I'll be buying a new one the next time I go grocery shopping. I'm going to get it at E-Mart (think Walmart, Target, etc.). Bahaha!

Actually, I'm excited because bras are one of the few things that will probably fit me in South Korea. Shoes and pants are definitely out of the picture.

On that note, I know that I'm going to America in January to visit family. While there, I intend to find the perfect pair of maryjanes, a pair of slacks, maybe tattoo-covering button-downs, and hopefully a blazer or two. The shoes will be new (SAS, if you're familiar with that Texan brand), but the rest secondhand. I'm starting a new job in March that requires better clothes than I currently have, I think.

Other than these exceptions, I'll probably be just fine continuing my not-buying-clothes journey. The last time I bought something to wear was shoes in September 2012.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on December 02, 2013, 04:24:00 AM
For those of you who are interested

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/journals/melody%27s-blog-music-mayhem-and-money/

Anatidaev - By Dec I will be at $33k for the year ($4k of this was international holidays, camping holidays were budgeted as entertainment and I took a few of them). I think $60k for two people is slightly high as you should be able to have some economies of scale, especially by only owning one car. I cover most of our household costs as I am the leaseholder and it's all my furniture, so for example when the microwave died, I replaced it, not my housemate - in your situation these would also be halved. If I lived with my BF hobby costs would also go down (we could share a lot of the skateboarding, music and surfing gear so we would need less of it) as might going out/petrol costs as I presume we would go on less dates and the Petrol costs would go way down (currently every time I visit him it's $50 in petrol). Groceries and Lazy Food would also go down slightly (able to buy larger packets of things, consistently able to visit the markets - if I am busy I will end up at the supermarket paying more or I don't make my lunches, with two of us, hopefully one of us would be less busy and be able to sort it). Health insurance is less for couples too I think. Phone would go down as we could have one unlimited plan and one cheaper minutes plan between us. But $60k isn't bad given how expensive Perth is :S Hope all of this stuff was helpful for you and I look forward to meeting you this weekend :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on December 05, 2013, 01:09:41 PM
Ugh.  I fell pretty badly on the stairs today and tore a small hole in my new tights.  Will have to figure out if I can patch them and how it'll look/hold up.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on December 05, 2013, 03:28:44 PM
For those of you who are interested

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/forum/journals/melody%27s-blog-music-mayhem-and-money/

Anatidaev - By Dec I will be at $33k for the year ($4k of this was international holidays, camping holidays were budgeted as entertainment and I took a few of them). I think $60k for two people is slightly high as you should be able to have some economies of scale, especially by only owning one car. I cover most of our household costs as I am the leaseholder and it's all my furniture, so for example when the microwave died, I replaced it, not my housemate - in your situation these would also be halved. If I lived with my BF hobby costs would also go down (we could share a lot of the skateboarding, music and surfing gear so we would need less of it) as might going out/petrol costs as I presume we would go on less dates and the Petrol costs would go way down (currently every time I visit him it's $50 in petrol). Groceries and Lazy Food would also go down slightly (able to buy larger packets of things, consistently able to visit the markets - if I am busy I will end up at the supermarket paying more or I don't make my lunches, with two of us, hopefully one of us would be less busy and be able to sort it). Health insurance is less for couples too I think. Phone would go down as we could have one unlimited plan and one cheaper minutes plan between us. But $60k isn't bad given how expensive Perth is :S Hope all of this stuff was helpful for you and I look forward to meeting you this weekend :)
I did mean I got helpful facepunches, not that I didn't get any :) Feedback helped so much with identifying which areas were too high (everything, but some things more than others) and getting some more specific strategies to improve. It's like having a ton of financial advisors instead of one!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 05, 2013, 06:17:39 PM
Rocking a new bra! I bought panties to go with it, too. From now on, I'm only buying full-coverage underthings that are classy stylish. No more hot pink leopard prints for me! But, of course, I'll be wearing them until they fall apart and need replacing.

Granny panties <3

Total cost: 12,100w  ~$11.43 USD
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 05, 2013, 06:18:38 PM
Ugh.  I fell pretty badly on the stairs today and tore a small hole in my new tights.  Will have to figure out if I can patch them and how it'll look/hold up.

Curious about the success of patching up tights. Let us know how it goes!

(And are YOU okay?! Gosh...)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on December 06, 2013, 05:53:34 AM
I do not need any more clothes, but this is a tough challenge for me.  I've been trying to keep myself to a clothes budget of < $150/mo and doing pretty well, but I really should just go cold turkey for a while, because I have noticed that new purchases tend to cascade into others.  I will give this a shot for 2014 with the following exceptions:

running shoes
bras
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golden1 on December 06, 2013, 05:56:55 AM
I'm in!  My only exceptions are underwear and one pair of $50 work shoes (I am on my feet a lot). 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Miedinger on December 06, 2013, 04:11:01 PM
Really excited to see this thread because I'm fairly into fashion and it's easily my largest discretionary expenditure.

I don't know if I can do a whole year, but I am definitely going to commit until April 1. I've realized that if I set overly ambitious goals for myself I'm too quick to break them. from now until April (four months) is a good balance between ambitious but doable, and will hopefully make me rethink how I spend.

My exceptions:

I thought I'd also share some other things I'm already doing to save on clothing costs:
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on December 06, 2013, 04:58:55 PM
I do not need any more clothes, but this is a tough challenge for me.  I've been trying to keep myself to a clothes budget of < $150/mo and doing pretty well, but I really should just go cold turkey for a while, because I have noticed that new purchases tend to cascade into others.  I will give this a shot for 2014 with the following exceptions:

running shoes
bras

I am finding this no where near as hard as I thought! Previously I would go to the store to buy something I had planned for. I would typically buy it and resist buying all the other things I had seen that day... however after a couple of days I would cave in and go back and buy some of the things I had seen while I was buying the original thing I "needed". So I totally get you when you say "new purchases cascade into others"

Not going shopping at all has pretty much made me not want things - because I really do have enough clothes to wear for each type of situation. I'm not sure how I'll go for the full 12 months as it's hard to predict the breakage rate (one of my three work dresses has jut broken in a way that is not mendable. I may be able to salvage it by turning it into a blouse, but I won't be able to fix it as a dress.) However I have very much broken the habit of shopping and it seems much easier than I thought it would be.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 06, 2013, 05:20:58 PM
I keep a spreadsheet of every item in my wardrobe (excluding socks and underwear, but including bras). I started it when I was culling my wardrobe, and it helps me because every time I buy something I need to plan out how it fits into my entire wardrobe. I also keep info on price I bought it for/MSRP (so I can congratulate myself when I save money on a useful item). The psychological effort of having to add items to the spreadsheet is sometimes so much that I won't buy an item I'm on the fence about.

I like this spreadsheet idea! I'm not very into fashion. In fact, until I replaced a bra that fell apart this week, I hadn't purchased any clothes or shoes since September 2012. But it appeals to me because I try to pare down my belongings a couple times a year, and itemizing a list would let me know exactly how many things I own, rather than just eyeballing that my wardrobe doesn't look stuffed. It might be impossible to retroactively assign prices, but future purchases could totally be recorded.

Neat idea.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Nudelkopf on December 06, 2013, 08:46:20 PM
I keep a spreadsheet of every item in my wardrobe (excluding socks and underwear, but including bras). I started it when I was culling my wardrobe, and it helps me because every time I buy something I need to plan out how it fits into my entire wardrobe. I also keep info on price I bought it for/MSRP (so I can congratulate myself when I save money on a useful item). The psychological effort of having to add items to the spreadsheet is sometimes so much that I won't buy an item I'm on the fence about.
That is such a great idea! I'm totally going to build a spreadsheet this weekend! Although it's summer here in Australia & my winter clothes are all packed up, so they might have to wait a few months :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Charlotte on December 07, 2013, 04:28:36 AM
I went to the mall yesterday and purchased some underwear -- I am now fully stocked! Bring on the 2014 challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Fletch on December 07, 2013, 05:43:15 PM
I've unintentionally been doing this even though I said I wouldn't (couldn't). I really like my current wardrobe, the only complaint is how frequently I have to do laundry. If I could just duplicate a few of my most-worn pieces in new colors I would be set.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Osprey on December 09, 2013, 06:11:17 AM
Hey Miedinger, I'm with you til April 1st! Although I have been doing this for the past four months too, so it will be 8 months for me. I also keep a spreadsheet like yours and I am fastidious about what gets to be part of my wardrobe.

Unfortunately I came across a > $500 pair of Phillip Lim oxfords recently that are my solemates (haha). Of course it is a ridic price, but now my general resistance has been weakened considerably and I am in danger of just overbuying on everything. Ever since I fel in love with and then subsequently tried to forget about these shoes, my groceries and toiletries categories have gone through the roof.

Anyone else get this?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on December 10, 2013, 06:28:51 PM
Back in October, I said I did not care about clothes at all. Then, it got cold. I realized a few more warm work-appropriate clothes would help.

Some of the sweaters I bought in the past were bad choices. They don't fit well, and they don't look good on me. I have learned a lot. Now, I am being very picky about fit.

My summer wardrobe is great. I love it and can get back with very little for both work and personal. Now, I have to make some modifications to the winter wardrobe. (I'm doing Project 333.)



Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 16, 2013, 08:41:10 PM
Hit an unexpected snag: I was sure that when I lost some weight, I would fit into a whole heap of pants that I had stashed away from more spendy days. Unfortunately, I seem to have skipped right over the point where they would have fit me, because they really don't fit me now! Well, they stay up okay, but they're hilariously baggy and definitely not office appropriate.

I know that this is a good thing (weight loss, yay!) but this could mean that I have to end the challenge part way through next year if enough of my clothes wear out completely. Right now I have two work skirts and about six or seven work dresses, so here's hoping that they all hold on long enough. There are still a few dresses that I don't quite fit yet but should in another five kilos time so they might scrape me through 2014.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Charlotte on December 17, 2013, 04:46:54 AM
Hi Happier! I don't think there is anything wrong with giving yourself a one time *out* of the challenge. Allow yourself $X to spend on clothing when you hit Y situation.

It is a really good problem you have -- congrats and keep up the good work!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on December 17, 2013, 06:08:25 AM
Well I hit a snag a month or so back for a job interview, and made an exception. But I still intend to continue my no clothes buying in 2013 and continue on into 2014 for as long as possible.

So I think you can make up your own rules! The main idea is to stop mindlessly clothes shopping for no good reason and motivate towards mending, altering, repurposing and buying second hand if possible.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: athomeintheworld on December 17, 2013, 09:20:29 AM
Check out thredup.com - I have bought several things for super cheap.   Gently used and sometimes new with tags clothing.  Like having a thrift store online, but everything has been prescreened.  Have had great results with quality, etc.  Buy my daughters clothes here now too.  And - you can send them things you no longer want/don't fit etc - and they will buy them from you.  Have been very happy!

I have bought many work appropriate items.  Also bought a few winter items for myself and my baby since we live in a warm climate but are spending the holidays in the cold visiting family.

Referral link for $10 for you/$10 for me if you are interested!

http://www.thredup.com/r/5J4JXT
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on December 17, 2013, 11:22:05 AM
HappierAtHome - Congratulations! That must feel good. And I think it's all about not buying unnecessary clothing. If you don't have anything that fits, well, that becomes a necessary purchase.

Side note: how are you at sewing? Anything you could make smaller? Sweaters you could purposely shrink? Haha! Or, perhapse you could get VERY crafty: http://jembellish.blogspot.ca/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

Also, according to the internets, you might be able to sell some things here: There's a top one in Perth called "Blue Betty". It's located in Wray Ave, Fremantle and always has gorgeous vintage clothes & accessories, plus she sells original jewellery too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BlueMR2 on December 17, 2013, 04:19:13 PM
I'm in!  I rarely buy clothes anyway, but this challenge would give me an extra push.

Exceptions:  undies, if necessary.  Also, I wear one pair of work out tights for ice hockey and for biking to work.  They were worn out *last* winter, but I plan to still wear them this winter.  They are close to threadbare, so I may have to get a new pair at some point.  I might have to buy a jersey for hockey.  That's it!

Who else is in??

I'm not going to make a special point of it, I already go months to years without buying anything as it is.  Other than a couple specific items that I might wear out, I probably have enough clothes to go the rest of my life without buying anything.  I've got perfectly serviceable jeans and t-shirts that are older than some of my co-workers!  Throw in a few gifts from relatives throughout the year and my pile of clothes keeps getting bigger and I'm not buying anything!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 17, 2013, 06:39:23 PM
HappierAtHome - Congratulations! That must feel good. And I think it's all about not buying unnecessary clothing. If you don't have anything that fits, well, that becomes a necessary purchase.

Side note: how are you at sewing? Anything you could make smaller? Sweaters you could purposely shrink? Haha! Or, perhapse you could get VERY crafty: http://jembellish.blogspot.ca/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

Also, according to the internets, you might be able to sell some things here: There's a top one in Perth called "Blue Betty". It's located in Wray Ave, Fremantle and always has gorgeous vintage clothes & accessories, plus she sells original jewellery too.

Good suggestions! Unfortunately my old clothes aren't even close to being stylish enough / designer to be sold at Blue Betty and similar places. I am, however, considering holding them for my sister who is trying to lose weight, as they should fit her at some point and she would welcome not having to buy new clothes along the weight loss journey.

Not much of a sewer (though I'm keen to learn and keeping my eyes open for well priced second hand machines). I think my strategy will be to hold out until I really HAVE to buy new work clothes, and buy them at op shops (our version of thrift shops) to minimise cost and waste.

And remind myself that it's a good problem to have :-) and I'm grateful that as I got bigger I started wearing dresses and skirts a lot more, because they fit for a lot longer on the way back down than pants do!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on December 18, 2013, 04:07:10 AM
I'm underweight and trying to stick it back on, but my mum was lovely and helped me put elastic in my pants. Maybe you could see if any of your skirts already contain elastic and you can unstitch the seam, and shorten the elastic? Or have a go at hand sewing in some darts?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on December 19, 2013, 04:08:52 PM
Happier - I think maintaining social acceptability at work is paramount.
Would even paying someone to take in your clothes be a good idea? You might be able to find a good dressmaker on gumtree who can help out. IMHO it's easy to make clothes smaller but I can't do it well enough that I would want to wear said clothes in a professional environment - your work sounds more dressy than mine. Otherwise can you ebay some of the old stuff (bonus - no more temptation to gain that weight back) and use those funds to replenish your wardrobe?

Everyone - I screwed up I decided to let myself buy a summer dress because I don't have any left and it's been super hot and I had a coupon for Target... $70 of my own money later :( It was a good reminder why I am doing this challenge... I just have no self control when it comes to clothes shopping. I can avoid the shops quite easily, but once I am in them, if I see stuff I like it's really hard to resist. I'm going to ebay and gumtree some stuff to make up (lower value stuff I wouldn't normally bother listing)...

I am also really motivated to continue the challenge, as it's been saving me a lot of money so far... Even with the $70 I spent, it's way down on what I would normally spend in a month so it certainly wasn't a case of being on a diet, not loosing weight and then eating the cheesecake ;-)

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CanuckExpat on December 19, 2013, 06:30:47 PM
I am also really motivated to continue the challenge, as it's been saving me a lot of money so far... Even with the $70 I spent, it's way down on what I would normally spend in a month so it certainly wasn't a case of being on a diet, not loosing weight and then eating the cheesecake ;-)

Continue the challenge? Based on the subject, I thought it didn't start until January
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: The knitter on December 19, 2013, 08:31:42 PM
Good point CanuckExpat.
Some of us were starting early, but since I have already failed, I'm going to just start over on Jan. 1 and succeed this time!!!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on December 20, 2013, 04:03:35 AM
I was supposed to be starting early... But I guess I failed... 1 Jan here I come! Because I clearly have no self control when I enter a store and really do have enough stuff (except shoes/tights/underwear) to go a whole year!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on December 20, 2013, 12:18:14 PM
Title implies 2014, but I think the first post discussed starting now.  That's why some of us pledged the "now" and set dates to reconsider the rest.  I pledged through the end of 2013.  Other than my brief bobble above (I bought tights, which was in the spirit still, and a $10 shirt, which was not), I've kept on the straight and narrow.  I am now committing to no purchases through March 2014, except I'll give myself a boots+$50 allowance for that time period.  I'm going to try to do without breaking into it, but it'll give me some leeway if I need to replace something without letting me into Ann Taylor (unless I'm on the clearance rank with a coupon, hmm....).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on December 22, 2013, 01:53:58 PM
I'm totally IN. Start Jan 1.

I have many many new gift clothes that just don't fit right, I've been talking about taking to a seamstress to resize or do the simpler jobs myself on my sewing machine. That will be my project for 2014.

Nada, not even underwear or socks, i've got plenty. Plus I've about 100lbs of clothes I need to give to Goodwill. My active wardrobe isn't even that big - It's stuff like the skinny old pants I hope to fit into at some vague magical future date, gifts i feel guilty discarding, etc.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on December 22, 2013, 04:15:02 PM
I'm doing better than I thought I would. Bought the polarized sunglasses I needed, then a second pair because they're on sale (oops :) ). Haven't bought anything else! Not even the new shoes I need for work. A lack of time and access to shops seems to be the trick to making this challenge easy. I meant to pick up the clothes I need and start 1 Jan, but I seem to have started early.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bateloomer on December 23, 2013, 12:30:52 PM
my first challenge - oh goody!
I know that putting your intention out there is a good way to be accountable.

I spent 2k on clothing in 2013
I plan to spend $200 in 2014.  $100 for me and $100 for dh   

I am losing weight and have smaller whole wardrobe in my basement waiting for me.
Lovely tops and pants that I bought on super clearance that don't fit me yet.
Things that don't quite fit me yet, things that really don't fit me yet, and things that . . well you get the picture!
The think is. . . I've been doing this for years.
I wonder what % of the 2k is on the basement rack!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 23, 2013, 05:21:24 PM
my first challenge - oh goody!
I know that putting your intention out there is a good way to be accountable.

I spent 2k on clothing in 2013
I plan to spend $200 in 2014.  $100 for me and $100 for dh   

I am losing weight and have smaller whole wardrobe in my basement waiting for me.
Lovely tops and pants that I bought on super clearance that don't fit me yet.
Things that don't quite fit me yet, things that really don't fit me yet, and things that . . well you get the picture!
The think is. . . I've been doing this for years.
I wonder what % of the 2k is on the basement rack!

If you have clothes waiting for you, I challenge you to plan to spend $0 instead of $200. :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: paleogirl on December 24, 2013, 09:42:52 AM
I'm in, too! I won't even buy underwear or socks, because I have more than enough to last me a few years ... I have more than enough uniform pieces for work, and enough "regular" clothes for outside of work ... the only exception I'll make is if I am required to buy something for work, like a unit T-shirt ... Other than that, no more clothes-buying till 2015!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Miedinger on December 25, 2013, 01:57:28 PM
Unfortunately I came across a > $500 pair of Phillip Lim oxfords recently that are my solemates (haha). Of course it is a ridic price, but now my general resistance has been weakened considerably and I am in danger of just overbuying on everything. Ever since I fel in love with and then subsequently tried to forget about these shoes, my groceries and toiletries categories have gone through the roof.

Anyone else get this?

I actually noticed once I pledged to not buy until April 1 that my grocery expenses went up (started buying fancy cheeses, fancy tea, a ton of packaged snacks and candies). It's frustrating that when I try to isolate expenses in one area I seem to incur costs elsewhere anyway! I think it's because it's easy for me to get into this mindset of "oh, I'm being so virtuous in this one area"—and then I don't hold myself to as high standards in other areas. There's a well-documented "health halo" effect that happens when people who are trying to eat healthy choose a seemingly-nutritious food and then overeat; or maybe people who exercise and then eat a bunch of junk food.

Not sure what to do about it, except to gently reprimand myself and make a plan to do better.

Confession: I bought a sweater a few days ago. But I had major remorse the day after and I think the construction quality isn't great/won't hold up over a few wears and washes, so I'm returning it. Not as bad as it could've been—I still pay the costs of going to return it, though.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bateloomer on December 26, 2013, 06:18:08 AM
my first challenge - oh goody!
I know that putting your intention out there is a good way to be accountable.

I spent 2k on clothing in 2013
I plan to spend $200 in 2014.  $100 for me and $100 for dh   

I am losing weight and have smaller whole wardrobe in my basement waiting for me.
Lovely tops and pants that I bought on super clearance that don't fit me yet.
Things that don't quite fit me yet, things that really don't fit me yet, and things that . . well you get the picture!
The think is. . . I've been doing this for years.
I wonder what % of the 2k is on the basement rack!

If you have clothes waiting for you, I challenge you to plan to spend $0 instead of $200. :-)

I'm returning the pair of jeans that I bought last week that are a few sizes smaller than I am.  They were only $10. 
I'm keeping the top I bought in a smaller size that now fits.  Yes I bought the same top in a smaller size.  Again, only $10.   

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on December 26, 2013, 07:10:31 AM
I may need some support through this one, but sign me up!

Exceptions: new bra or two depending on wear, cobbler for shoes if necessary.  I'm low on shirts but have enough dresses if I get a pair of tights or two - we'll see how it goes before making that purchase. 

I have a few purchases left in 2013 - sneakers, gloves for winter biking, bra. 

I've have almost two years to build a wardrobe and enough to get by at the very least.  Time to stop the building phase and enter the replacement phase!

Amending this - tailoring/alterations are allowed.  I just got a few dresses from my mom which need a little work and I realized I would wear some shirts that otherwise fit if I change the arm length from awkward to intentional 1/2 sleeve.   

2013 purchases have been made.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on December 26, 2013, 07:46:09 AM
I actually noticed once I pledged to not buy until April 1 that my grocery expenses went up (started buying fancy cheeses, fancy tea, a ton of packaged snacks and candies). It's frustrating that when I try to isolate expenses in one area I seem to incur costs elsewhere anyway! I think it's because it's easy for me to get into this mindset of "oh, I'm being so virtuous in this one area"—and then I don't hold myself to as high standards in other areas. There's a well-documented "health halo" effect that happens when people who are trying to eat healthy choose a seemingly-nutritious food and then overeat; or maybe people who exercise and then eat a bunch of junk food.

Not sure what to do about it, except to gently reprimand myself and make a plan to do better.

Try the envelope system.  Once the money is gone for an area, it's gone.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on December 26, 2013, 05:53:56 PM
I'm doing better than I thought I would. Bought the polarized sunglasses I needed, then a second pair because they're on sale (oops :) ). Haven't bought anything else! Not even the new shoes I need for work. A lack of time and access to shops seems to be the trick to making this challenge easy. I meant to pick up the clothes I need and start 1 Jan, but I seem to have started early.

I put in an order for UV400 sunglasses as I just learned that's the kind to get to protect the ol' eyes from both UVA and UVB radiation from the sun. I did not know that before!


Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on December 29, 2013, 10:46:31 AM
I'm thinking of getting on board with this. I have enough clothes to make it through the winter season definitely. Not sure when I get to Spring/Summer. But I hope so. I will need underwear this year, although I upgraded my bras this year, so should be set in that area.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on December 29, 2013, 11:07:09 AM
On board with this, for sure.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on December 29, 2013, 01:55:42 PM
I have done this since May. Yay! Originally, I was going to go until May 2014 to make it a complete year. Instead, I am going to do all of 2014 because I decided to fill in my winter wardrobe with a few work appropriate tops and warm sweaters (and a pair of needed walking shoes since I walk around 18-20+ mi per week.

Glad to join you all!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on December 29, 2013, 02:08:06 PM
I'm in!  I might need to buy a new pair of sandals this summer, but I also need to sell about 3 pairs of pants on eBay--so I'm thinking that might be my one "cheat," selling the pants to buy some presentable sandals.  I don't have a huge wardrobe, and I'm a bit of a tomboy, but I definitely have enough clothing! 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on December 31, 2013, 05:29:57 PM
Update to my 2014 challenge. Just ordered panties and workout capries with  a credit I had from Aerie, returned a shirt to American Eagle that seams came out after 2 wears. ( they guarantee their clothes). So I am good for 2014 except for running shoes which I plan to replace in summer after I wear out my 4 pairs in multiple stages of wear.  I do not spend a lot on clothes, but do have a weakness for fitness clothing so will be a challenge for me.

I think I have more fitness clothing then work\casual clothes. LOL!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zamboni on January 01, 2014, 11:56:55 AM
Time to kick off the challenge officially.

I have been able to resist buying clothes since I signed up a couple of months ago.  As a pleasant surprise, my other half bought me some jeans and a top for Christmas, and it all fits great!  How can a man find two different pairs of jeans that fit me perfectly when I can't seem to manage it even after trying on half of the store?

I will buy some running shoes this year.  That's it for me.  :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on January 01, 2014, 04:45:42 PM
Yep running shoes only for me too , although I am going to try make it to June by alternating what I have now ( I have various pairs in different stages of wear).  If I can make it to December, that would be great too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 01, 2014, 06:25:09 PM
Well I managed to resist the urge to buy new dresses in the boxing day sales, and the urge did pass. Feeling hopeful that I will make it through the year without buying any new outer-wear, but just in case weight loss and/or clothes wearing out make that impossible, I've decided that IF I have to buy new clothes I will do my best to buy what I need from op shops before resorting to new-new clothes.

I'm also starting to feel more and more concerned about the ethical implications of clothing manufacture (Bangladeshi factory collapse, anyone else decide not to buy clothes from kmart after that?) and I think buying second hand clothes is a neat way of bypassing ethical issues and reducing waste generally.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 01, 2014, 11:26:03 PM
One of my loopholes was that I can make myself clothes. I just finished a skirt. It took quite a while, but I think my sewing skills are better for it. I also undid the darts on a dress I bought last year and redid the gathering on its skirt so it looked right. Alteration skills leveled up!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on January 02, 2014, 05:06:51 AM
I also want to look more carefully on what I'll be buying this year! Last year I spent about 600 usd on it I think, so that's not too bad, but this year my budget will be less. My exceptions are sporting shoes, one pair of jeans (because I just lost my favorite, it was really worn out), one sporting bra. I have enough undies and socks to last for a year. Besides these things, I'll 'give' myself 150 usd spending money for the whole year.

Maybe some tips (don't know if they were already mentioned)
- For my birthday I usually go shopping with my mother, as a birthday gift.
- We sometimes have 'cloth swapping parties'. Everyone brings some items that are still of good quality, but that they don't fit/like anymore. Than you can freely shop through someone elses clothes. It's a lot of fun as well!
- I always postpone big purchases. See if I still want them after a few days. (But it's not sensible to do this for sale items).

Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on January 02, 2014, 10:00:40 AM
Haha--I don't think of myself as being clothing obsessed, but I really like sales, and I am finding it a little strange to not take a few minutes each day to see if there's anything really great on deep sale at J.Crew.  Guess I didn't realize how much time I've been spending casually browsing for clothing!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on January 02, 2014, 02:19:37 PM
Haha--I don't think of myself as being clothing obsessed, but I really like sales, and I am finding it a little strange to not take a few minutes each day to see if there's anything really great on deep sale at J.Crew.  Guess I didn't realize how much time I've been spending casually browsing for clothing!
I haven't purchased any new clothes since June, but I still "shop" online frequently. I just enjoy looking.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Miss Stachio on January 03, 2014, 12:25:34 PM
I'm in!  Finally wrangled my clothes and added pieces so that I can compose capsule wardrobes for all seasons.  If anything will probably sell/donate some clothing.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on January 03, 2014, 01:10:43 PM
I listed about 10 pieces of clothing on ebay on New Year's Eve (mainly things that don't fit well after my recent weight loss).  And, my auctions are currently at $116 total--woohoo! 

I'm planning on spending about $10 of the ebay money on a sweater drying rack to basically eliminate my dry cleaning bill. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on January 04, 2014, 08:47:22 PM
Urgh - his is gonna be so hard. My attrition rate over the last few weeks has been shocking:
-2 x handbags broken (one I can take to the shoemaker to get a new zip, the other is broken beyond repair)
-2 x patterned tights shredded beyond usefulness
-2 x shoes broken beyond repair
-1 x board shorts mysteriously lost while on holiday.
But I will persist (although a new handbag might be a need for work - I need something to put my lunchbox in while I walk to work!, and shoes were exempt anyway if it was just replacing broken shoes).
It's certainly been a reminder why I shouldn't buy fast fashion - cheap is not cheap if it doesn't last.
After a year off I will focus on building a small high quality capsule wardrobe for work which should be cheaper in the long run.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on January 04, 2014, 09:13:41 PM
Urgh - his is gonna be so hard. My attrition rate over the last few weeks has been shocking:
-2 x handbags broken (one I can take to the shoemaker to get a new zip, the other is broken beyond repair)
-2 x patterned tights shredded beyond usefulness
-2 x shoes broken beyond repair
-1 x board shorts mysteriously lost while on holiday.
But I will persist (although a new handbag might be a need for work - I need something to put my lunchbox in while I walk to work!, and shoes were exempt anyway if it was just replacing broken shoes).
It's certainly been a reminder why I shouldn't buy fast fashion - cheap is not cheap if it doesn't last.
After a year off I will focus on building a small high quality capsule wardrobe for work which should be cheaper in the long run.

Agh! That sucks! Awesome bit about how this helps you to remember to buy quality and not fashion, though.

I used a 7,000w purse for almost a year before the strap completely broke off. I decided it wasn't worth trying to pay anyone to repair because it was so cheap to begin with, and I've been using a Hello Kitty tote bag as my purse for the past three months. I planned on just using the Hello Kitty tote until I got a new purse, but realized that I didn't really *need* a new purse because the tote works just as well.

Maybe you can also find substitutes that you already own for some of these broken items? For carrying your lunch box to work, do you have a reusable grocery bag? A freebie tote you may have picked up at a festival or promotional thing? I think most people have at least one of those floating around.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on January 04, 2014, 09:21:22 PM
Me too, the zipper on my Lucky Brand jeans broke for no particular reason.  Haven't even worn them that many times though I've had them for a bit.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ashley on January 04, 2014, 10:54:19 PM
I just threw away a pair of dearly loved old slip-on converse shoes (RIP), which I might replace with something similar this year. And my black skinny jeans, which I wear at least weekly, are getting pretty faded. I might replace them soon. Other than those items, I'm in for this challenge, too. I already buy 90% of my clothes at thrift stores, but I just have so many and it's time to stop! If anything, I really need to get rid of some things I don't wear.

What's funny is that after a month or so of no shopping at all (except groceries), it doesn't even sound like fun anymore. I'm going to save so much money if I can just keep myself away from the stores.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on January 05, 2014, 06:26:32 AM
I've been watching this thread with some interest, but no intention of joining.  I find myself admiring others' frugal ways while thinking, "But I could never do that."  Why the hell not?  It's time I challenge my defeatist attitude when it comes to spending money.

So...I am on the bandwagon.  The only exception would be if something that is critical to my wardrobe got holes in it that are unfixable (I have a limited work wardrobe that I rotate through--three skirts and three pairs of pants--if any one of those wore out, I'd have to replace them.)  I have plenty of jackets and tops though, so no excuse to buy there, even if one wears out.

Also, not quite sure how to handle kids.  They outgrow things and they NEVER pass on a pair of jeans (they wear through the knees within a matter of weeks), and they also wear out gloves, snowpants, and boots.  But here I will really challenge myself to question whether something really needs to be replaced and if yes, then I will look first to buy used.

Last year we spent an average of $305 per month on clothes for a family of five.  Shouldn't be hard to beat that!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on January 05, 2014, 06:27:30 AM
Just wanted to add that after I posted that, I got this half excited/half sick-to-my-stomach feeling.  It's amazing what a rush it can be to challenge ourselves this way!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on January 05, 2014, 06:44:13 AM
I just threw away a pair of dearly loved old slip-on converse shoes (RIP), which I might replace with something similar this year. And my black skinny jeans, which I wear at least weekly, are getting pretty faded. I might replace them soon. Other than those items, I'm in for this challenge, too. I already buy 90% of my clothes at thrift stores, but I just have so many and it's time to stop! If anything, I really need to get rid of some things I don't wear.

What's funny is that after a month or so of no shopping at all (except groceries), it doesn't even sound like fun anymore. I'm going to save so much money if I can just keep myself away from the stores.

Some one on the forum mentioned re-dying black pants/jeans...
So true though, I haven't shopped for a while and don't miss it (much).

Regarding the handbag, I'm a bit scared to just use a cloth bag as I often have other things part from the lunchbox - wallet, sunnies, kindle etc. I'm going to get the (smaller) fixable bag fixed but I probably won't handle going a whole year without a bigger bag (I have a smaller one and a larger one depending how much stuff I need to carry) so I may have to give in-to this... If it was the smaller bag that had died completely I could have just gotten by with the bigger one, but it's hard not having a bigger one on hand.  But I'm going to explore getting one used on ebay or seeing if any of my friends have unused ones they want to liberate before I do anything...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 05, 2014, 07:04:05 AM
I just threw away a pair of dearly loved old slip-on converse shoes (RIP), which I might replace with something similar this year. And my black skinny jeans, which I wear at least weekly, are getting pretty faded. I might replace them soon. Other than those items, I'm in for this challenge, too. I already buy 90% of my clothes at thrift stores, but I just have so many and it's time to stop! If anything, I really need to get rid of some things I don't wear.

What's funny is that after a month or so of no shopping at all (except groceries), it doesn't even sound like fun anymore. I'm going to save so much money if I can just keep myself away from the stores.

Some one on the forum mentioned re-dying black pants/jeans...
So true though, I haven't shopped for a while and don't miss it (much).

Regarding the handbag, I'm a bit scared to just use a cloth bag as I often have other things part from the lunchbox - wallet, sunnies, kindle etc. I'm going to get the (smaller) fixable bag fixed but I probably won't handle going a whole year without a bigger bag (I have a smaller one and a larger one depending how much stuff I need to carry) so I may have to give in-to this... If it was the smaller bag that had died completely I could have just gotten by with the bigger one, but it's hard not having a bigger one on hand.  But I'm going to explore getting one used on ebay or seeing if any of my friends have unused ones they want to liberate before I do anything...
Could you keep the important stuff in the smaller bad while putting any extras in a bigger cloth bag? It might be awkward to carry 2 bags, but it would circumvent needing to buy a new bag for a while.
Regarding dying, I've successfully dyed a cotton dress, but haven't experimented with jeans. I think you'd need to be thorough to ensure no blotches, but should work.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 05, 2014, 09:47:50 AM
Oh, wow. I'd thought about dyeing a sweater I received. I had not thought about dyeing my pants. I have a pair of pants that I love (comfy + work appropriate, which is a hard combo to find). If I dye them a darker color, they might look newer. Maybe I can get more use out of them that way.

Thank you for the great idea!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ashley on January 05, 2014, 02:11:37 PM
I'm intrigued by the idea of dying my jeans! That hadn't occurred to me. I don't really have anything to lose by trying it, since the jeans are looking pretty worn out already. I'm going to look into it for sure.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Osprey on January 06, 2014, 06:04:42 AM
Unfortunately I came across a > $500 pair of Phillip Lim oxfords recently that are my solemates (haha). Of course it is a ridic price, but now my general resistance has been weakened considerably and I am in danger of just overbuying on everything. Ever since I fel in love with and then subsequently tried to forget about these shoes, my groceries and toiletries categories have gone through the roof.

Anyone else get this?

I actually noticed once I pledged to not buy until April 1 that my grocery expenses went up (started buying fancy cheeses, fancy tea, a ton of packaged snacks and candies). It's frustrating that when I try to isolate expenses in one area I seem to incur costs elsewhere anyway! I think it's because it's easy for me to get into this mindset of "oh, I'm being so virtuous in this one area"—and then I don't hold myself to as high standards in other areas. There's a well-documented "health halo" effect that happens when people who are trying to eat healthy choose a seemingly-nutritious food and then overeat; or maybe people who exercise and then eat a bunch of junk food.

Not sure what to do about it, except to gently reprimand myself and make a plan to do better.

Confession: I bought a sweater a few days ago. But I had major remorse the day after and I think the construction quality isn't great/won't hold up over a few wears and washes, so I'm returning it. Not as bad as it could've been—I still pay the costs of going to return it, though.

Hm. Thanks for replying, so glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this!

Suddenly I have developed a new "weakness" for makeup and fancy baked goods. And, last month I went overboard with buying clothes and shoes for family members, dropping $$ in a way that I'd never do for myself.

Seems like when I plug one hole in the budget ship, I just make another one... I'd been inadvertently doing this challenge quite effortlessly before I became aware of it. Any pop psychologists out there with advice?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 06, 2014, 12:42:01 PM
If you are having the above problem, might I recommend freecycle? It will take up your time while you wean yourself off of the purchasing treadmill. I have a hunter/gatherer instinct, which thrifting used to address. Now, instead, I am collecting random items for DIY projects from freecycle. This quells my "shopping" desires.

The creator of Dilbert wrote an article for the Wash Post recently. He says willpower fails often and that our willpower runs out (we only have so much in a day). His suggestion is to create systems. Don't try to lose 12 lbs, he says. Put good food nearby and take up a variety of exercising. Once you change how you do things (and see how good you feel) you won't need willpower to eat well or work out. This can apply to not shopping as well.





Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on January 08, 2014, 04:12:28 AM
Seems like when I plug one hole in the budget ship, I just make another one... I'd been inadvertently doing this challenge quite effortlessly before I became aware of it. Any pop psychologists out there with advice?

I have three budget categories - one is bills (rent etc) which I can budget for really exactly. One is irregular "planned" stuff to pay for (like car repairs or holidays) which only happen a few times a year and everything else $1000/month which has to fit everything else (food, entertainment, drugstore, clothes, gifts, hobby spend etc etc). So an extra big grocery bill means one less beer at the pub, a new pair of shoes means inviting my friend around for home cooked dinner rather than going out etc. This way every expense is seen as a trade off. Money does not roll over into the next month if not spent it gets saved.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Osprey on January 08, 2014, 09:24:38 AM
Thanks Melody and oldtoyota for your tips, I really appreciate the help. I will not be doing the challenge "officially" but will try to get back to my non-spending ways with the following tricks:
1. Browsing freecycle and the local charity shop when I need a fix, instead of trying to resist the urge altogether
2. Rearranging my 2014 budget into those three categories mentioned by Melody and seeing how that works out
Feeling less hopeless. Thanks again.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on January 08, 2014, 06:29:47 PM
My best friend is having a "zero" birthday and she has chosen to go outlet shopping with me and another (big spender) friend. Ahh! I don't know how I'm going to resist buying any clothing during a full day of bargain hunting. I might just limit myself to work and workout clothes, since I ALWAYS need suits/work clothes and I always just buy them on sale at the outlets.  One thing I think will help me is if I keep in mind why I don't want to spend $ on clothes --- to spend it on something that brings me much more joy which is renting a beach house.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 09, 2014, 07:36:31 AM
Thanks Melody and oldtoyota for your tips, I really appreciate the help. I will not be doing the challenge "officially" but will try to get back to my non-spending ways with the following tricks:
1. Browsing freecycle and the local charity shop when I need a fix, instead of trying to resist the urge altogether
2. Rearranging my 2014 budget into those three categories mentioned by Melody and seeing how that works out
Feeling less hopeless. Thanks again.

=-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on January 09, 2014, 08:34:44 AM
My best friend is having a "zero" birthday and she has chosen to go outlet shopping with me and another (big spender) friend. Ahh! I don't know how I'm going to resist buying any clothing during a full day of bargain hunting. I might just limit myself to work and workout clothes, since I ALWAYS need suits/work clothes and I always just buy them on sale at the outlets.  One thing I think will help me is if I keep in mind why I don't want to spend $ on clothes --- to spend it on something that brings me much more joy which is renting a beach house.

Leave your credit card at home.  If you need to, bring some cash along, so you pre-budget. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on January 09, 2014, 07:59:51 PM
Thanks CommonCents! That is an awesome idea.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 09, 2014, 08:04:08 PM
Whenever I see this thread pop up, I think: "We all made it X number of days." I am not having a hard time not shopping, but it cracks me up for some reason to think of it like that.

Here's to making it 9 days, people!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on January 09, 2014, 10:43:53 PM
Whenever I see this thread pop up, I think: "We all made it X number of days." I am not having a hard time not shopping, but it cracks me up for some reason to think of it like that.

Here's to making it 9 days, people!

Amen, lets make it 10.... :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on January 10, 2014, 02:37:19 AM
A post about buying clothes in a no-clothes buying thread:

I'm officially cranky about having to go clothes shopping in a week or two. I'd like a suit for my new job along with a couple button-up shirts (I only have skirts, questionably nice pants/jeans, three weird button-ups, and cardigans), and I'm not really sure where to get these items. The bonus is that my grandmother is buying them for me. She has already warned me that she won't be able to walk very much, so I'm hesitant to even suggest thrifting to her. It seems like one stop at the shopping mall might work out better.

Looking online, JCPenney's stuff looks cheap and overpriced. Macy's is the same, although slightly better. My mom suggests New York & Company, but their website looks very trendy.

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on January 10, 2014, 04:45:40 AM

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Ann Taylor, clearance rack or deep sale preferred.  They tend to fit me really well (which is rare) and are classic designs for basics.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on January 10, 2014, 05:08:19 AM

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Ann Taylor, clearance rack or deep sale preferred.  They tend to fit me really well (which is rare) and are classic designs for basics.

Thanks! I just checked, and there isn't an Ann Taylor store nearby. There is, however, LOFT, which is the same company. I'll check that one out.

EDIT: AHHHHH! Nevermind. I looked at LOFT's website. $100 jackets? No thanks. Even $50 makes me uncomfortable!

Grumblegrumble... I'll figure something out.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Prairie Gal on January 10, 2014, 05:23:17 AM
I am in for this challenge. Buying clothes I don't need is one of my downfalls. And I am in extreme debt reduction mode this year, so every little bit helps. The only exception will be if my son gets married this year, I will need a dress. He is engaged, but no date set yet.

Yesterday I returned a fleece jacket to Wal Mart that I didn't want to keep. Got $11 back. I had seen a jacket I could wear to work, but it was $21, so I was going to have to fork out another $10. Remembered about this challenge and left the store with nothing.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on January 10, 2014, 05:26:24 AM
Good for you, Prairie Gal!

Assuming we get through today, only 355 days to go!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 10, 2014, 05:53:30 AM
Made it through Day 10 :) (In Australia)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on January 10, 2014, 07:24:12 AM

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Ann Taylor, clearance rack or deep sale preferred.  They tend to fit me really well (which is rare) and are classic designs for basics.

Thanks! I just checked, and there isn't an Ann Taylor store nearby. There is, however, LOFT, which is the same company. I'll check that one out.

EDIT: AHHHHH! Nevermind. I looked at LOFT's website. $100 jackets? No thanks. Even $50 makes me uncomfortable!

Grumblegrumble... I'll figure something out.

Loft and Ann Taylor are owned by the same people, but Loft IS a different brand.  I find it's a bit cheaper (material & cost), younger, trendier.  That said, you have to be diligent about checking the clearance rack and getting the emails to know when they are having double sales or you can use coupons, to get things uber cheap.  Its really just tough to find good suit cheap (or even cheap suits cheap), particularly if avoiding thrift stores.

For inspiration folks, it may have been posted before but I remind you: www.theuniformproject.com
I really have way more clothes than anyone needs, and I really only wear about 35% of it on a regular basis.  I need to be more creative with what I have and I'll look a million times better.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 10, 2014, 12:04:01 PM
A post about buying clothes in a no-clothes buying thread:

I'm officially cranky about having to go clothes shopping in a week or two. I'd like a suit for my new job along with a couple button-up shirts (I only have skirts, questionably nice pants/jeans, three weird button-ups, and cardigans), and I'm not really sure where to get these items. The bonus is that my grandmother is buying them for me. She has already warned me that she won't be able to walk very much, so I'm hesitant to even suggest thrifting to her. It seems like one stop at the shopping mall might work out better.

Looking online, JCPenney's stuff looks cheap and overpriced. Macy's is the same, although slightly better. My mom suggests New York & Company, but their website looks very trendy.

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Are you still in South Korea and will the shopping take place there?

If you are shopping in the US, I suggest the Ann Taylor outlet (not the website). I have gone before on Memorial Day weekend and gotten 40% off of new clothing for everything I bought. That was my last major purchase of clothes. At one point, I got a suit for $100. It's very well made, and I've used it on nearly every job interview in the past 5 years.

Suits are expensive. You have to get more out of them by using jewelry and different shirts to make the expense worth it, IMO.

Also, I only need one suit so $100 for it doesn't seem like much to me.

You could also look on ebay if you already know your size.





Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on January 10, 2014, 01:52:35 PM
I would rather have one $100 blazer that lasts forever and fits beautifully than a $20 blazer that needs to be replaced in a year and fit ok.

Not saying those are your only options, but it is something to keep in mind! :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on January 10, 2014, 11:36:49 PM
A post about buying clothes in a no-clothes buying thread:

I'm officially cranky about having to go clothes shopping in a week or two. I'd like a suit for my new job along with a couple button-up shirts (I only have skirts, questionably nice pants/jeans, three weird button-ups, and cardigans), and I'm not really sure where to get these items. The bonus is that my grandmother is buying them for me. She has already warned me that she won't be able to walk very much, so I'm hesitant to even suggest thrifting to her. It seems like one stop at the shopping mall might work out better.

Looking online, JCPenney's stuff looks cheap and overpriced. Macy's is the same, although slightly better. My mom suggests New York & Company, but their website looks very trendy.

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Are you still in South Korea and will the shopping take place there?

If you are shopping in the US, I suggest the Ann Taylor outlet (not the website). I have gone before on Memorial Day weekend and gotten 40% off of new clothing for everything I bought. That was my last major purchase of clothes. At one point, I got a suit for $100. It's very well made, and I've used it on nearly every job interview in the past 5 years.

Suits are expensive. You have to get more out of them by using jewelry and different shirts to make the expense worth it, IMO.

Also, I only need one suit so $100 for it doesn't seem like much to me.

You could also look on ebay if you already know your size.

Clothes don't really fit me in Korea (women's size 12 US), and they're generally more expensive here. The suit-shopping will take place in Texas. Also, my grandmother is buying (so maybe I shouldn't grumble about price so much).

I'm just planning on getting one and changing shirts or wearing the jacket with skirts and pants I already own. I'll post after I've gotten something and let you all know how it went.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on January 11, 2014, 06:25:52 AM

I just want something nice and classic that will last. Suggestions?

Ann Taylor, clearance rack or deep sale preferred.  They tend to fit me really well (which is rare) and are classic designs for basics.

Thanks! I just checked, and there isn't an Ann Taylor store nearby. There is, however, LOFT, which is the same company. I'll check that one out.

EDIT: AHHHHH! Nevermind. I looked at LOFT's website. $100 jackets? No thanks. Even $50 makes me uncomfortable!

Grumblegrumble... I'll figure something out.

Can you preview the Loft without your grandmother, just long enough to see if there are clearance racks? Or check for outlets?

Would your grandmother consider financing a thrift trip but meeting you toward the end for a fashion show and then a cup of coffee or lunch together? Or even a trip to the mall for just one item?

The last time I took my grandmother shopping, we did go to a mall, and she rode in one of the mall's loaner wheelchairs. She was much more comfortable that way (we were shopping for her), and although i am exactly the opposite of a "shopper," we had a wonderful time that I will always remember -- she's been gone for over a decade now. Whatever you do, as long as she can afford it, don't let your anxiety about spending interfere with both of you enjoying your special time together.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on January 11, 2014, 08:12:39 AM
I just bought some paint for 2 pair of pants that have stains that won't go out anymore. So I'm hoping to gain 2 extra pair with only a 10$ investment. Not sure if it will work though, I'll update the progress! (this doesn't count as buying clothes right?)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 11, 2014, 11:34:46 AM
I just bought some paint for 2 pair of pants that have stains that won't go out anymore. So I'm hoping to gain 2 extra pair with only a 10$ investment. Not sure if it will work though, I'll update the progress! (this doesn't count as buying clothes right?)

Paint seems odd. Wouldn't a dark coloured dye make more sense?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on January 11, 2014, 12:01:37 PM
I just bought some paint for 2 pair of pants that have stains that won't go out anymore. So I'm hoping to gain 2 extra pair with only a 10$ investment. Not sure if it will work though, I'll update the progress! (this doesn't count as buying clothes right?)

Paint seems odd. Wouldn't a dark coloured dye make more sense?

Ah, sorry, dye is what I meant (english is not my native language)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on January 11, 2014, 04:28:32 PM
I'm in.  I have tons of clothes (even more if I lose a little weight).  Fortunately I don't need to dress up for work, and I rarely dress up otherwise.  I have a nice little black dress and assorted black shoes and boots to cover most weather, a couple pairs of nice slacks, one excellent quality wool blazer, and a bright red skirt suit appropriate for many dressy functions.  With those, various scarves and jewelry, I can manage just about anything except a truly formal event.

I'm going to make an exception for undergarments, scrubs if necessary, and a pair of shoes for work.  Work shoes generally need to be replaced once a year, and I'll be coming due around the summer.  I should be fine on scrubs, but I'm keeping the option open.  However, no trendy $50 scrub sets.  If I absolutely need them, I'll pick up the bare basic sets or make them myself.  I'm mostly fine on undergarments, but may need a couple new bras as the current ones wear out. 

The one other thing I may need is a formal dress, but  I think we'll be missing the Navy and Sub balls this year, and the only wedding I know of is going to be a casual summer one.  If I do need one, I should just make it.  I have ridiculous stocks of fabric, including some gorgeous velvet.  I could whip up a basic dress with a pattern and a few notions.  As long as is goes with black heels, I'll be set.     
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 18, 2014, 07:53:20 PM
Doc said I need polarized sunglasses. Good news it that I never needed regular glasses in the first place, and so I don't have to buy new regular glasses this year!

The bad news is that those polarized glasses I bought in December have grown painful to wear. They pinch, and it took me a bit to catch on to what was happening. So, I bought another pair of polarized glasses today on sale for $8.50.

I will see if the place that sold me the painful glasses will take them back. They have amazing customer service...or maybe I can sell them on ebay (where I recently sold some shoes!) to make it come out to around zero.

Other than that, I am going strong. I have everything I need, and I am enjoying what I have a lot. =-)



Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 18, 2014, 08:30:43 PM
Doc said I need polarized sunglasses. Good news it that I never needed regular glasses in the first place, and so I don't have to buy new regular glasses this year!

The bad news is that those polarized glasses I bought in December have grown painful to wear. They pinch, and it took me a bit to catch on to what was happening. So, I bought another pair of polarized glasses today on sale.

Wow, my sunnies cost $35! Well done. I looked up different levels of sunglasses quality, and couldn't work out where mine fitted... But they're cancer council approved, so that's good enough for me for now.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on January 19, 2014, 10:25:38 AM
I'm in on this, too.  I recently went through my wardrobe and pruned out anything I wasn't wearing, and stuff that had gotten too baggy since losing weight.  I've been a bit too enthusiastic about buying new clothes since shrinking down from a size 16 to size 8 over the last few years, but now I have more than enough of pretty much everything, so am on a clothes shopping diet this year.

Exceptions $120ish net budget:
Replace bras if/when they give out - Hopefully $0
Replace running shoes when they hit their sunset date - $60
High quality compression running shorts splurge - $60
Any money I get from the clothes I took to consignment can be spent frivolously on clothing - net $0
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: LibraTraci on January 19, 2014, 04:37:55 PM
I love this challenge and want in!  (On a side note, can I just say I'm so thrilled to find some kindred spirits?  Just found the forums maybe two months ago.)  :)

I really like the Project 333 concept -- it is true in my experience that if you look good, you don't need a whole lotta variety.  It doesn't matter if you rotate through the same eight tops -- people just notice that you look good.

For inspiration on having a limited wardrobe:  someone on this forum pointed out that Suze Orman has one pair of earrings total in her wardrobe.  (Google some pics of her -- she really does have only one pair, and they look great on her.)  Isn't that amazing?   
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Empire Business on January 19, 2014, 05:01:04 PM
I can easily join this, but my exception will be replacement of items that are legit destroyed.  I am especially hard on shoes thanks to walking everywhere.  My everyday winter pair right now already has a couple of small holes.

A tip for the tights wearers!  If your hair is long enough for bands to be helpful, take the non destroyed parts of the tights legs and cut into 2-3" bands.  No great loss of tights without some small gain of scrunchies.  (IMO they look classier than the commercial poofy scrunchies too.)  The cut ends will roll and not show, no one will notice your repurposing.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 19, 2014, 07:35:35 PM
Doc said I need polarized sunglasses. Good news it that I never needed regular glasses in the first place, and so I don't have to buy new regular glasses this year!

The bad news is that those polarized glasses I bought in December have grown painful to wear. They pinch, and it took me a bit to catch on to what was happening. So, I bought another pair of polarized glasses today on sale.

Wow, my sunnies cost $35! Well done. I looked up different levels of sunglasses quality, and couldn't work out where mine fitted... But they're cancer council approved, so that's good enough for me for now.

Yow! The regular price was $15, and I thought *that* was a lot.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 19, 2014, 07:36:25 PM


A tip for the tights wearers!  If your hair is long enough for bands to be helpful, take the non destroyed parts of the tights legs and cut into 2-3" bands.  No great loss of tights without some small gain of scrunchies.  (IMO they look classier than the commercial poofy scrunchies too.)  The cut ends will roll and not show, no one will notice your repurposing.

Great idea. Thanks!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on January 20, 2014, 03:45:14 AM
Awesome tip! Hair ties are so pricey for what they are and I seem to be loosing them/breaking them often!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 20, 2014, 11:46:46 PM
Bought a hat today! (Should really go back and check if that was on my allowed list). I'm pretty happy with it, $35, broad stiff brim so it won't flop in my eyes, black so it goes with everything, and I even took along a far more stylish colleague to help me pick it out so I know that it actually looks okay.

Nobody seems to wear hats in Perth but goddamit, it's 40 degrees and I'll burn in five minutes if I don't wear one. So I've decided that I don't care if I look like a dag.

I'm resisting buying more black flats, which definitely were on my allowed list. Trying to make do with what I have and remind myself that I still own more shoes than any person should. I think I only want to go buy more because of the ingrained anxiety around not having the right shoes to wear to work, caused by continually wearing out my black flats without lining up a suitable replacement. I own three pairs right now, so I should hang on until I'm down to one. And then maybe force myself to shell out on a decent pair (Frye?) so I can just get the sole replaced every year or so but keep the shoes.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on January 21, 2014, 01:02:38 AM
Bought a hat today! (Should really go back and check if that was on my allowed list). I'm pretty happy with it, $35, broad stiff brim so it won't flop in my eyes, black so it goes with everything, and I even took along a far more stylish colleague to help me pick it out so I know that it actually looks okay.

Nobody seems to wear hats in Perth but goddamit, it's 40 degrees and I'll burn in five minutes if I don't wear one. So I've decided that I don't care if I look like a dag.

I'm resisting buying more black flats, which definitely were on my allowed list. Trying to make do with what I have and remind myself that I still own more shoes than any person should. I think I only want to go buy more because of the ingrained anxiety around not having the right shoes to wear to work, caused by continually wearing out my black flats without lining up a suitable replacement. I own three pairs right now, so I should hang on until I'm down to one. And then maybe force myself to shell out on a decent pair (Frye?) so I can just get the sole replaced every year or so but keep the shoes.
I have been wearing a stylish (as determined by me, so probably not actually) broad-brimmed straw hat around Perth! I need a string to stop it flying off my head, though.
I am also considering buying Frye shoes, but need to look into their policy for returning shoes that don't fit first. Or see if anyone in Perth sells 'em, so I can try them out. My other option is Merrel/barefoot type shoes, which I think might be more comfy, but I can't imagine getting them for anything other than casual wear (I'm thinking just their sandals, not actual "barefoot" shoes...)

My first thing to do, though, is wash my stinky flats (yellow. erm, kinda work suitable) and see if I can get more wear out of at least 1 pair that way.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 21, 2014, 11:45:09 AM
I had a conundrum. The place where I bought clothes in December gave me a $25 coupon. I thought about ignoring it because I don't want to break my no-clothes-buying streak. Then, I saw they sell non-clothing items, so I might buy a household item for a family's birthday gift. It feels weird though.

Something I noticed while on the store's website is that I once again had no desire to buy clothes. That was nice to learn. =-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on January 21, 2014, 12:16:17 PM
I might make another exception . . . .

I had a semi-formal dress that got me through college, but when I broke it out for a holiday party this year I realized it's not quite public appropriate anymore.  Body shape changes, higher standards (in the classy department), and all of that.  This leaves me with nothing above sundress for weddings and work functions.   I do have a LBD, but it's more cutsey than dressy with thick fabric that is suffocating in the summer.  So I am contemplating getting a cocktail dress. 

I feel that I'm justifying a purchase, but at the same time I know that it is something that would be needed this year and be useful to have on hand in general.  That and the dress I've had my eye on for two years came out in a lighter fabric at a lower price (when I knew a replacement was in the works, I went to see if it was still available).  Is this in the spirit of the gauntlet?  Probably not.  Am I still going to get it?  Yep. 

So gauntlet broken before January is over . . but fancy occasions covered and the old dress triggered another donation run through of the closet so I'll mark that as a wash.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 21, 2014, 06:15:49 PM
I might make another exception . . . .

I had a semi-formal dress that got me through college, but when I broke it out for a holiday party this year I realized it's not quite public appropriate anymore.  Body shape changes, higher standards (in the classy department), and all of that.  This leaves me with nothing above sundress for weddings and work functions.   I do have a LBD, but it's more cutsey than dressy with thick fabric that is suffocating in the summer.  So I am contemplating getting a cocktail dress. 

I feel that I'm justifying a purchase, but at the same time I know that it is something that would be needed this year and be useful to have on hand in general.  That and the dress I've had my eye on for two years came out in a lighter fabric at a lower price (when I knew a replacement was in the works, I went to see if it was still available).  Is this in the spirit of the gauntlet?  Probably not.  Am I still going to get it?  Yep. 

So gauntlet broken before January is over . . but fancy occasions covered and the old dress triggered another donation run through of the closet so I'll mark that as a wash.

A few ideas...

1. If you have no pressing need right now, you could postpone the purchase. Maybe your next invitation will end up being in the summer and casual. Then, you could wear one of the sundresses.

2. On this board, I saw a link to a website on which a woman discussed her "use cases" for different outfits. I liked this approach and used it in December when I prepared not to buy clothing for 2014. I had a few holes that I thought needed filling (dealing with freezing office so needing layers that look nice, for instance).

#2 won't help you avoid the dress purchase, yet it might be useful in the future.



Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on January 22, 2014, 05:37:22 AM
A few ideas...

1. If you have no pressing need right now, you could postpone the purchase. Maybe your next invitation will end up being in the summer and casual. Then, you could wear one of the sundresses.

2. On this board, I saw a link to a website on which a woman discussed her "use cases" for different outfits. I liked this approach and used it in December when I prepared not to buy clothing for 2014. I had a few holes that I thought needed filling (dealing with freezing office so needing layers that look nice, for instance).

#2 won't help you not get the dress, yet it might be useful in the future.

While I can postpone a few months, I will need to do semi-formal at least twice this year.  It's not in the cards for another month or two as I run a tight budget with savings cranked up.

I do like the use cases idea and I've taken that into consideration for pretty much every other piece of clothing.   I dress up just for fun and will likely wear this dress to work, albeit dressed down a bit.  Colors are in line with my general palette so it won't be out of place.  (I still feel like I'm justifying, but that's probably mostly because I didn't see my old dress failing). 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on January 22, 2014, 08:08:05 AM
A few ideas...

1. If you have no pressing need right now, you could postpone the purchase. Maybe your next invitation will end up being in the summer and casual. Then, you could wear one of the sundresses.

2. On this board, I saw a link to a website on which a woman discussed her "use cases" for different outfits. I liked this approach and used it in December when I prepared not to buy clothing for 2014. I had a few holes that I thought needed filling (dealing with freezing office so needing layers that look nice, for instance).

#2 won't help you not get the dress, yet it might be useful in the future.

While I can postpone a few months, I will need to do semi-formal at least twice this year.  It's not in the cards for another month or two as I run a tight budget with savings cranked up.

I do like the use cases idea and I've taken that into consideration for pretty much every other piece of clothing.   I dress up just for fun and will likely wear this dress to work, albeit dressed down a bit.  Colors are in line with my general palette so it won't be out of place.  (I still feel like I'm justifying, but that's probably mostly because I didn't see my old dress failing).

Another option is to see if you can sell enough of your other clothes to make it a net-zero purchase.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ashley on January 24, 2014, 11:19:36 PM
I've already failed at this. I bought two pairs of corduroy pants on clearance at Target for $7.50 each. They fit well and I couldn't pass them up.

To compensate, I'm giving away at least two unused articles of clothing. Hopefully more.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on January 25, 2014, 10:21:47 AM
It's so hard to pass up that kind of bargain!  Net zero isn't bad, though.

I've just about made it a month.  I think it was about December 26th that I ordered a bunch of fancy wool socks 75% off from Sierra Trading Post.  Haven't bought anything since then except for some inexpensive insoles for my boots, but I'm not counting those.  Staying away from the stores, and staying on task with shopping lists when I do need something is keeping any temptations at bay, with the side benefit of having more free time.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 25, 2014, 10:27:00 AM
Still going strong over here! Also, got my grocery bill down to a "normal" level. This month is good.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on January 25, 2014, 10:41:34 AM
This is harder than I thought it would be.  Not because I shop much or buy a lot of clothes, but I have discovered that I am in the habit of always being on the "look-out" for something that fits and isn't too expensive and looks decent on me.  That is because I am short and wide and the vast majority of clothes don't fit or look good on me.  I can't just decide I need some particular item of clothing and be guaranteed I'll be able to find it.  Thus the constant scanning.

BUT, I have enough clothes, and though some of them will eventually need to be replaced, I'm not in danger of having to go nekked in the next year, so I'm still committed.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: sekritdino on January 25, 2014, 09:28:10 PM
Just curious since so many people mention them as exceptions: how long do the representative Mustachian women in this thread wear their bras before replacing them? And how many bras do you own? :S

I'm probably going on 9 years for the one I'm wearing now. I have one other too-tight, strapless option that I've had for maybe 5 years.

I keep telling myself I *should* get a new bra, but I probably won't until mine falls apart.

I usually buy two new bras a year and rotate between them every few days. I start on the farthest out hooks and as the elastic stretches out naturally over time, I move in to the smaller and smaller hooks. Doing that with two bras lets them both last about a year before needing to be replaced. But if you're on NINE YEARS with one bra, you NEED TO BUY A NEW ONE RIGHT NOW! That cannot be giving you the support you need anymore!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on January 26, 2014, 07:30:34 AM
Still going strong over here! Also, got my grocery bill down to a "normal" level. This month is good.

Ditto!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 26, 2014, 06:06:56 PM
This is harder than I thought it would be.  Not because I shop much or buy a lot of clothes, but I have discovered that I am in the habit of always being on the "look-out" for something that fits and isn't too expensive and looks decent on me. 

Are you going to the mall or stores or shopping online? I am curious how you are on the lookout if you stay away from stores? And I also wondered if stores were sending you emails that are taking you to their websites?

When I am not in a store, my desires go waaaay down.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on January 27, 2014, 12:32:14 PM
I have failed.  Got some long johns at campmor (I think underwear was one of my exceptions, so this part wasn't so bad) and added an athletic shirt (on sale, but still) to get order up enough for free shipping.  And I also cheated by ordering a couple of dresses in December as a last hurrah.  Dresses didn't fit, so I returned them and then justified buying a pair of boots instead with the return credits. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on January 27, 2014, 04:00:46 PM
Doing ok so far, but the natural attrition rate has been realy bad, so i am not sure if i can last the year.for now  just taking it one day at a time and hoping some of the items i am struggling without will come my way either as a gift or hand me down.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on January 27, 2014, 04:08:47 PM
I have really no trouble buying new clothes.  I hate shopping anyway.  And I already have too many clothes.

I said earlier (near the beginning of this thread) that there are a couple things I might have to get this year.  I think I have to add a pair of shoes to that list.  I have been walking about 5 miles per work day for the last couple of weeks, and have begun to wonder how long this pair of shoes will last.  I have climbed many mountains with them during the last couple of summers.  When hiking season start up again in June, I may buy a new pair.  (I'm actually fairly disappointed that this pair didn't last longer.)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on January 28, 2014, 06:00:16 AM
This is harder than I thought it would be.  Not because I shop much or buy a lot of clothes, but I have discovered that I am in the habit of always being on the "look-out" for something that fits and isn't too expensive and looks decent on me. 

Are you going to the mall or stores or shopping online? I am curious how you are on the lookout if you stay away from stores? And I also wondered if stores were sending you emails that are taking you to their websites?

When I am not in a store, my desires go waaaay down.

Not on-line.  Never on-line.  I probably have to try on 20 items of clothing before I find one that fits, so on-line shopping in a nightmare (plus, there are far more interesting things to do on-line, like hanging out here!).  It's more if I happen to be out with a friend and she wants to stop somewhere.  Or, sometimes at work I'll get the urge to shop during lunch. 

But now that I think about it, I think it's more the "break with a destination" that is appealing to me, not the actual shopping (honestly, I don't really like shopping).  So I just need to think of other reasons to step away from my desk that involve an end goal (wandering aimlessly isn't appealing to me, though that probably means I need to!).  But the library is only a few blocks away from work, and I've been meaning to go to the library more, so perhaps I should do something like that.  In fact, I will, today!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on January 28, 2014, 06:41:19 AM
I had a conundrum. The place where I bought clothes in December gave me a $25 coupon.

This happened to me at the Gap, so I broke my streak and bought a black pencil skirt (which I've wanted for a few months).  With a discount and the coupon, I ended up spending about $15, but I've made about $200 selling old clothing on ebay this month, so I'm not terribly concerned.  I might even use the rest of my ebay money for wardrobe maintenance as summer approaches. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 28, 2014, 06:56:19 AM
I have been walking about 5 miles per work day for the last couple of weeks, and have begun to wonder how long this pair of shoes will last.  I have climbed many mountains with them during the last couple of summers.  When hiking season start up again in June, I may buy a new pair.  (I'm actually fairly disappointed that this pair didn't last longer.)

I find that Merrills last a long time. I also walk a lot to and from work and go through shoes pretty quickly. However, the Merrills really hang in there.

I bought a pair of shoes to replace my walking shoes back in my break in December, so I'm set for 2014. The brand is European and starts with an "R." It's supposed to be high quality, but I have not had the shoes long enough to know if that is true. Hope this helps!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on January 28, 2014, 06:59:27 AM
I had a conundrum. The place where I bought clothes in December gave me a $25 coupon.

This happened to me at the Gap, so I broke my streak and bought a black pencil skirt (which I've wanted for a few months).  With a discount and the coupon, I ended up spending about $15, but I've made about $200 selling old clothing on ebay this month, so I'm not terribly concerned.  I might even use the rest of my ebay money for wardrobe maintenance as summer approaches.

Sounds like a good solution for you!

The store, Modcloth, sells non-clothing items. So, I ended up using the coupon to get something I might either give away as a gift or keep for us. It's a household item, so it all worked out. =-)

I would love to get some long johns because it's really cold. However, I am going to make do with what I've got instead.

I am wearing three layers on top, two layers on my legs (long socks might count as three), and a hat. And I am inside. Brrrr... I have a pair of socks on, a pair of sock slippers, and a pair of shoes....Still, brrrr.....




Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on January 28, 2014, 07:10:30 AM
I have failed.  Got some long johns at campmor (I think underwear was one of my exceptions, so this part wasn't so bad) and added an athletic shirt (on sale, but still) to get order up enough for free shipping.  And I also cheated by ordering a couple of dresses in December as a last hurrah.  Dresses didn't fit, so I returned them and then justified buying a pair of boots instead with the return credits. 

Wow--I'm really surprised, jrhampt.  I had always assumed you were a man--but now I'm shocked to find that you are a cross dressing man!!

;-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on January 28, 2014, 07:19:04 AM


I find that Merrills last a long time. I also walk a lot to and from work and go through shoes pretty quickly. However, the Merrills really hang in there.

I bought a pair of shoes to replace my walking shoes back in my break in December, so I'm set for 2014. The brand is European and starts with an "R." It's supposed to be high quality, but I have not had the shoes long enough to know if that is true. Hope this helps!



Yes, that does help.  Thanks.  The shoes need to be durable enough for mountain climbing as well as walking.  I bet Merrill has some that are.

Outside Magazine has really good things to say about these:

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/footwear/hiking-shoes/Terrex-Fast-X-GTX.html

I'm not very excited about paying $165 for them, though!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on January 28, 2014, 08:11:28 AM
I had a conundrum. The place where I bought clothes in December gave me a $25 coupon.

This happened to me at the Gap, so I broke my streak and bought a black pencil skirt (which I've wanted for a few months).  With a discount and the coupon, I ended up spending about $15, but I've made about $200 selling old clothing on ebay this month, so I'm not terribly concerned.  I might even use the rest of my ebay money for wardrobe maintenance as summer approaches.

I've been donating old clothing.  $200 sounds great.  What are your tricks?  Are there any types of clothing that are better to sell (besides tags on...)?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on January 28, 2014, 08:30:37 AM
I have failed.  Got some long johns at campmor (I think underwear was one of my exceptions, so this part wasn't so bad) and added an athletic shirt (on sale, but still) to get order up enough for free shipping.  And I also cheated by ordering a couple of dresses in December as a last hurrah.  Dresses didn't fit, so I returned them and then justified buying a pair of boots instead with the return credits. 

Wow--I'm really surprised, jrhampt.  I had always assumed you were a man--but now I'm shocked to find that you are a cross dressing man!!

;-)

hahaha!!  No, I'm a woman with a serious weakness for buying new dresses.  I usually try to keep my posts/pronouns somewhat gender neutral, though, so good to know I have succeeded.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on January 28, 2014, 08:46:31 AM
Sorry to have blown your cover!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on January 28, 2014, 05:47:56 PM
This happened to me at the Gap, so I broke my streak and bought a black pencil skirt (which I've wanted for a few months).  With a discount and the coupon, I ended up spending about $15, but I've made about $200 selling old clothing on ebay this month, so I'm not terribly concerned.  I might even use the rest of my ebay money for wardrobe maintenance as summer approaches.

I've been donating old clothing.  $200 sounds great.  What are your tricks?  Are there any types of clothing that are better to sell (besides tags on...)?

I buy mostly J.Crew on deep sale off-season.  I don't know why, but in my experience J.Crew sells really well on eBay--even used.  I've tried similar brands (Banana Republic, Loft, etc.), but I do not get the same results.  No clue why? 

I've downsized my wardrobe pretty recently, and I'm hoping soon I'll be doing more "wearing out" and less getting tired of something and selling it.  :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: marblejane on January 28, 2014, 11:40:58 PM
 

I've downsized my wardrobe pretty recently, and I'm hoping soon I'll be doing more "wearing out" and less getting tired of something and selling it.  :-)

Haha, yes! I was weirdly proud a few months ago when I came home and realized that I had worn through the seat of my wool work pants thanks to downsizing my wardrobe and biking to work (luckily, the lining preserved my modesty).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on January 30, 2014, 08:48:45 PM
I know it's not a good sign that I didn't even make it one month and broke down, (and I don't even like clothes shopping), but I got a wool dress I can wear to work and out at night for $30 at Aritzia! They have the BEST end of season sales!!!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on February 03, 2014, 02:50:13 PM
I wish I'd made a use case for clothing for rain. Did not think of that!

My waterproof shoes are not really waterproof, and I walked to work in two puddles inside my shoes. My socks are still wet 8+ hours later. Ugh.

I might be able to get through the wet season by wearing a pair of semi-dressy Merrill boots that are waterproof. They are not really rain boots and are a little too nice and expensive for me to want to get them wet. Decisions. Decisions!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on February 03, 2014, 03:03:30 PM
I wish I'd made a use case for clothing for rain. Did not think of that!

My waterproof shoes are not really waterproof, and I walked to work in two puddles inside my shoes. My socks are still wet 8+ hours later. Ugh.

I might be able to get through the wet season by wearing a pair of semi-dressy Merrill boots that are waterproof. They are not really rain boots and are a little too nice and expensive for me to want to get them wet. Decisions. Decisions!

Solution: Bring a pair of socks to work to change into.  It doesn't help the part where you walk wet, but it will at least mean you aren't in misery hours later, because cold feet IS miserable!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on February 05, 2014, 06:30:56 PM
Just curious since so many people mention them as exceptions: how long do the representative Mustachian women in this thread wear their bras before replacing them? And how many bras do you own? :S

I'm probably going on 9 years for the one I'm wearing now. I have one other too-tight, strapless option that I've had for maybe 5 years.

I keep telling myself I *should* get a new bra, but I probably won't until mine falls apart.

I usually buy two new bras a year and rotate between them every few days. I start on the farthest out hooks and as the elastic stretches out naturally over time, I move in to the smaller and smaller hooks. Doing that with two bras lets them both last about a year before needing to be replaced. But if you're on NINE YEARS with one bra, you NEED TO BUY A NEW ONE RIGHT NOW! That cannot be giving you the support you need anymore!

My tiny Bs don't need much support. I feel like I just wear bras because that's what people do, and also to prevent my nipples from poking all around :-p

But I did buy a new one! Going strong.

Here's my update on Texas shopping. If you'll remember, I was grumpily preparing to find a suit and some shoes suitable for work. My grandmother paid for these items as my Christmas present, and I'm proud to say that it cost her even less than she expected ($300 was her target) because she used gift cards she got free from Horseshoe Casino. Once I heard she had Sears gift cards, I knew that's where I'd find my suit! And I *did*. I got a grey jacket, matching grey pants, and another pair of the same pants in black. They're cheap, but seemingly well-made and fit me nicely. Bonus: the jacket was 50% off, so only $30. Double bonus: everything is MACHINE WASHABLE!

Unfortunately, I couldn't find button-up shirts that I liked. Everything seemed so flimsy, see-through, or poorly cut. Or even low-cut, which I can't wear to work because I have a large chest piece (tattoo) I have to cover by buttoning up all the way, nerd style. We looked at a few other stores, including New York and Company, and didn't find squat.

Double unfortunately, the shoes I had my heart set on for almost a year simply didn't fit well. I tried on dozens of pairs of dress shoes at several stores and couldn't find anything that fit well or looked work appropriate... except for a pair of combat boots from Target. I initially was drawn to the boots because they're cute and fit my non-work style, but as my options for work shoes were dwindling down, I realized they could serve double duty and work at work. The biggest obstacle was finding the boot in black 11 (I know--I have giant feet. Makes it SO MUCH HARDER to find anything). I couldn't order them online, and the website said they were out of stock at most stores and in stock at a store they weren't. We checked every Target we passed, and one night we found them, but one of the zippers was off track. My boyfriend worked with the zipper a while in the store and we concluded they might be repairable, but I wasn't willing to pay full price for damaged shoes. Target only offered 10% off, so we passed. I was pretty bummed. BUT THEN!!! the day before I left, my mom and I magically found them at another Target after dropping my boyfriend off at the airport. We celebrated with empanadas, rosquitas, masitas, a cream puff, and coffee at a neighboring bakery. Huzzah!

I'm wearing the black pants and boots now, and must say that it looks sharp and totally work appropriate. Much better than the clunky loafers I was wearing before :S  I'm so happy things turned out well!

ALSO: I shopped my former wardrobe. When I moved to Korea, I stuffed as much as I could fit into my suitcases, but left many clothes behind. Most of what I left behind didn't hide my tattoos and therefore isn't work appropriate, but since it's been a couple years I decided to update my non-work wardrobe, too. Thankfully, I had a couple pairs of size 12 pants; I've lost weight since moving and all the pants I had in Korea were unflattering 14s. I ended up returning to Korea with an additional few more shirts, a couple pairs of jeans, socks, a smart wool coat (looks so good!), and a pair of sneakers.

TLDR; In Texas, I acquired:

Jacket and 2 pairs of slacks: $70, but covered with grandmother's free gift card
Boots: $40, but paid for by grandmother
Shirts, jeans, sneakers, socks, wool coat: $0, from own wardrobe
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 05, 2014, 07:31:08 PM
My tiny Bs don't need much support. I feel like I just wear bras because that's what people do, and also to prevent my nipples from poking all around :-p

When I was an A cup I basically never wore a bra. I'd often wear a tight singlet under my tee shirt if I wanted a more rounded, less nippley look.

However, I was also a very perky and attractive teenager at the time, so it's possible I looked like an idiot and nobody ever told me. Also possible that the slow sag would have made that impossible by now even if I was still an A.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on February 05, 2014, 07:47:38 PM
It took me 4 years of university to go from wearing no bra to wearing one all the time, and another 2 to discover really comfortable bras. I wear a size 12c when I need easier movement, and a 10D when I want more support... And nothing when I don't feel like it (around the house, maybe to the shops when wearing a jumper over the top). These comfy ones haven't worn out yet, but I'd guess their life at 2-3 years worn 1-2 times per week each.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on February 06, 2014, 01:37:38 AM
I completely forgot the most "valuable" acquisition during my Texas trip: a designer Dooney & Bourke purse worth $150.

I asked my grandmother if I could look through her old purses and pick out a nice black one since I've been using a Hello Kitty tote bag as a purse for months, and she pulled this one out (covered in dust). She won it in a raffle at her weight loss club with I think $20 worth of tickets and never used it because it's too small for her (so why'd she try to win the raffle?!).

I feel a little silly carrying around such an expensive purse, but knowing that I didn't pay for it and my grandmother didn't pay the actual price makes me feel a little better about it. I think a better course would have been to try to sell the damn thing and just use the cheap black bag I found, but oh well...

What would you have done?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on February 06, 2014, 06:40:34 AM
Keep it an enjoy it.  Those D&B bags last forever, so think of it as preventing waste from running through cheap bags over the long run.

I've been carrying a Coach bag (bought used on Ebay) for almost 5 years.  I abuse the crap out of it, and it just gets better with age.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on February 07, 2014, 06:52:07 AM
Just wanted to mention that I've been going strong! Thanks for the inspiration :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on February 07, 2014, 07:46:49 AM
What would you have done?

Honestly, I'd have been a little more grateful. I could be off base here, but wow.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on February 07, 2014, 07:19:49 PM
What would you have done?

Honestly, I'd have been a little more grateful. I could be off base here, but wow.

You could be off base :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Prairie Gal on February 07, 2014, 08:03:11 PM
I am still in as well. Glanced longingly at the summer clothes yesterday, but averted my eyes and kept on walking. lol.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on February 07, 2014, 09:30:32 PM
Still need shoes. Still haven't bought clothes. I was miserable when my favourite pair of shorts got bloodstained (caught unprepared by an early period). Fortunately I was home, grabbed some other clothes and after a quick scrub stuck the lot in a quick cycle (for a front loader, a mere hour). No stain! Yay! Although I was tempted to see if I could find another pair before summer's out, in case they change the styles next year... Hopefully I can hold off on that.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on February 08, 2014, 04:43:27 PM
I'm still going strong too!

I felt good that I was not tempted to buy clothing for myself. Because I did Project 333, I have a good sense of what I own and I know there's nothing I need right now. Good feeling!

The no-clothing challenge in my home is just for me, and so I did pick up a sweater for the ever-growing squirt in a large size that can be worn next year too. The pants I bought the kiddo last fall are already too short. Kidlet doesn't care, so I might just let them roll until spring (when they can be considered long capris). =-)

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on February 08, 2014, 07:33:43 PM
Just reporting in: still going strong too apart from the interview attire in November. Got the job, so maybe worthwhile!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on February 10, 2014, 11:33:45 AM
Check, I am still on board and haven't bought anything.  (I signed up for just the first quarter though, and said I'd evaluate as I went on.)  Donated an armful of clothing yesterday.  I've been trying to reevaluate my wardrobe and follow the rules of 1) basic outfit, 2) layer, 3) accessorize.  While I am *terrible* at fashion, I managed to get a compliment on clothes at work day 2 of doing this, and just repurposing clothes differently than I usually would wear them.  Project 333 and a petite fashion blog someone posted have been helpful to get me to shake things up.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on February 10, 2014, 01:27:29 PM
Still going strong as well! I haven't bought anything yet!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on February 10, 2014, 01:31:08 PM
Still going strong as well! I haven't bought anything yet!

Dittoooo!

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Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: orcas50 on February 10, 2014, 03:36:07 PM
I have joined this challenge, although my start date was February 1, since I bought a few winter clothing items at post-Christmas sales in January. But I'm in now, and I'll admit, very nervous. I have spent more money than I care to admit on clothing in my lifetime. I want to do this because I am tired of the mental energy it (shopping, even at thrift stores, to be honest) uses and I want to spend my time and energy on other pursuits. I am also doing Project 333.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on February 11, 2014, 06:38:00 AM
I have joined this challenge, although my start date was February 1, since I bought a few winter clothing items at post-Christmas sales in January. But I'm in now, and I'll admit, very nervous. I have spent more money than I care to admit on clothing in my lifetime. I want to do this because I am tired of the mental energy it (shopping, even at thrift stores, to be honest) uses and I want to spend my time and energy on other pursuits. I am also doing Project 333.

Welcome! Since you did some recent shopping, it sounds like you are prepared! I am not sure if you saw this already but some of us allow socks/underwear. That can remove some of the stress.

I know there's other stress too though.

You are spot on about the mental energy. I used to spend way too much time perusing websites looking for pretty things. Now, there's a whole enormous area of my brain that has opened up to more important things (and just about everything is more important than shopping!).

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on February 11, 2014, 07:33:29 AM
I haven't had any problem sticking with this challenge, but I've added a little reward system for myself.  I always bargain shop and am trying to move towards spending more on quality pieces.  So for February I added a $30 rolling clothing budget to my Mint budget.  My excepted items will come out of this, and at the end of the year I can use the remainder for something nice like some expensive boots or cashmere sweater while still keeping the annual clothing budget to $330.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on February 11, 2014, 02:53:05 PM
Still going strong, as well.  I really haven't had the urge to buy anything in quite a few weeks.  My biggest concern now is that I'm going to "forget" and buy something, since there is very little opportunity to reinforce the "not buying any clothes" rule since I don't have the urge to, if that makes any sense.

Probably not.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on February 12, 2014, 12:52:29 AM
Still going strong, as well.  I really haven't had the urge to buy anything in quite a few weeks.  My biggest concern now is that I'm going to "forget" and buy something, since there is very little opportunity to reinforce the "not buying any clothes" rule since I don't have the urge to, if that makes any sense.

Probably not.

To be sure you could put a note in your wallet at a place you definitely see when you're opening it ;-).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: tariskat on February 12, 2014, 08:13:00 AM
Still need shoes. Still haven't bought clothes. I was miserable when my favourite pair of shorts got bloodstained (caught unprepared by an early period). Fortunately I was home, grabbed some other clothes and after a quick scrub stuck the lot in a quick cycle (for a front loader, a mere hour). No stain! Yay! Although I was tempted to see if I could find another pair before summer's out, in case they change the styles next year... Hopefully I can hold off on that.

Blood is removed pretty quick by hydrogen peroxide.  Don't leave it soaking or anything, but throw some on the stain in the sink and it'll sort of fizz out.  Then rinse it in cold water and see if the stain is gone yet.  HP will clean stuff just like rubbing alcohol but it can fade clothing (hasn't happened to me, but the bottle warns you) but it will strip the shiny off your earrings if you leave them soaking in it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on February 12, 2014, 02:36:38 PM
Still going strong, as well.  I really haven't had the urge to buy anything in quite a few weeks.  My biggest concern now is that I'm going to "forget" and buy something, since there is very little opportunity to reinforce the "not buying any clothes" rule since I don't have the urge to, if that makes any sense.

Probably not.

To be sure you could put a note in your wallet at a place you definitely see when you're opening it ;-).

Now, that's no fun, is it?  It's much more fun to say, "Oops! I forgot!" while admiring my new jacket/jeans/shirt/shoes.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: LibraTraci on February 14, 2014, 10:37:20 AM
Quick note to mention that I'm also still doing well with this challenge!  There've been a couple times when I might have bought something minor had it not been for this challenge.  Knowing that my decision has already been made for me makes life *much* easier.

Actually, I know the owner of a ski apparel store who mentioned she has access to Sorels at cost (as we get to the end of ski season), so if I want to upgrade my winter boots, she'll hook me up.  I *love* the idea of getting the super-warm, Arctic-level Sorels, but I just don't need them, do I?  Life is easy.  :) 

 

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2014, 11:04:20 AM
Not to be an enabler, but I bought some Sorel boots for snow days (not arctic variety, just waterproof and light insulation) and I freaking LOVE them.  I've worn them much more than I expected to this winter.  They were like $60 from Sierra Trading Post when they were doing one of their additional 45% off sales.

I'm headed to the consignment store today to see if they sold my fancy pants long wool coats and a couple other items.  Any proceeds go into the clothing fund.

This weekend I'm going to try upgrading some of my existing clothing. That includes altering some very expensive leather-butted riding breeches I bought on Ebay and attempting to dye them from white to a more horse-snot friendly color, and repairing some stitching that ripped out on one of my favorite sleeveless tops.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on February 14, 2014, 12:05:52 PM
I haven't bought any clothing for myself at all this year so far.
This challenge could turn a little tricky, as I'll be getting into maternity clothes in a month or two (something I wasn't aware was going to happen when I decided to join the challenge), but... I'm still in.  I'm going to try my best to only wear hand-me-downs and if I absolutely need something to fill out my expanded wardrobe, I'll make it.  The only exception will be a maternity bathing suit for this summer.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on February 14, 2014, 01:50:56 PM
I haven't bought any clothing for myself at all this year so far.
This challenge could turn a little tricky, as I'll be getting into maternity clothes in a month or two (something I wasn't aware was going to happen when I decided to join the challenge), but... I'm still in.  I'm going to try my best to only wear hand-me-downs and if I absolutely need something to fill out my expanded wardrobe, I'll make it.  The only exception will be a maternity bathing suit for this summer.

Congratulations!  Here's how this particular lawyer would argue your case:  You signed up not to buy new clothing for *yourself.*  You aren't - you're buying it for the little one - to accommodate him/her.  No conflict with buying maternity gear.  :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on February 14, 2014, 09:00:28 PM
I agree that maternity clothes should be excepted, though obviously hand-me-downs or borrowed from other mothers is even better.

I screwed up a little bit today.  Went by the consignment store and they only had $10 and change on my account, and my beautiful red Gloverall duffel coat was not sold.  I took it home and am going to try to Ebay it.  While I was there I picked up a Mountain Hardware windproof running vest for $7.99, a nice cardigan for $6, and a pair of slacks for work for $10.99, so ended up spending $16.28 after my store credit.  However, this fits within the $30/month budget I set, and I think I'll be able to get $50 or more for the coat on Ebay.  I was really shocked that they sold my Calvin Klein coat and some other item and I only had $10 in my account.  Apparently they are just giving shit away.  I guess I will try to Ebay the rest of my stuff.

I won't lie, I was in the mood to go to TJMaxx today and sink a hundred or two on new clothes, so I don't feel too bad about the $16 as a compromise for 3 nice items.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on February 16, 2014, 09:53:58 AM
Yep running shoes only for me too , although I am going to try make it to June by alternating what I have now ( I have various pairs in different stages of wear).  If I can make it to December, that would be great too.

I've had to spend some $ yesterday. But I have really noticed that by having this challenge I am more aware of those purchases that I had before. Ive never spent much on clothes, but past few years I have done more and wanted to control it.

Bought 3 camis  $50. Realized mine were falling apart and I wear these daily to work\home\ sometimes to bed
Socks $5  again needed
Jeans- $14 ( perfect fit and dark wash, these were $88 at Macys and I got them for $26 at Amazon plus had a gift card for $12)
SHoes- $30
Workout wear- $20 pants ( run outside, original $80), biking shorts ( $20 original $80)
Dress pants, express at Goodwill. Look new $2

So $141.

My goal is to be under $250 for the year.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on February 16, 2014, 05:23:50 PM
I'm going to get a fitted sheet from a friend who's moving today, and she wants me to look through her clothes. So I might acquire even MORE clothes today, although I won't be paying for them.

I'm excited to perhaps get cute new things, but also hesitant to bring more into my home...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on February 17, 2014, 11:29:32 AM
Still going strong here. When I go visit spouse's family, I like to visit a consignment shop. For some reason, I was thinking about how I won't get to go next time and felt a bit sad. I'm sure I'll survive!

Starting to work at home more and more so dressing up less and less often. That is sure helping to keep the good clothing lasting longer than it might have otherwise.

I just keep thinking about how not buying new clothing means I have an extra $XXXX to save per month for retirement. =-) Then, not buying clothing feels good.

On another good note, spring is coming. I'll get to switch out my clothing and wear some different items.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on February 20, 2014, 06:33:09 PM
I'm still going strong, Yipee!

One weak moment I went into Ross and tried on some cute spring dresses - luckily none fit. Also helps that I got a load of clothes & shoes for presents last year, some I haven't worn yet.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: C. K. on February 21, 2014, 09:14:33 AM
Don't forget http://refashionista.net (http://refashionista.net) for inspiration.


(http://i2.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ba103113.jpg?resize=540%2C497) (http://refashionista.net/2014/01/28/a-no-sew-sweater-for-douglas/)               (http://i0.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/JerseyDress-1.png?resize=600%2C479) (http://refashionista.net/2013/11/26/ericas-maternity-reader-refash/)


(http://i1.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/unnamed.jpg?resize=549%2C549) (http://refashionista.net/2014/02/09/ravens-reader-refash/)   (http://i2.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ba120213.jpg) (http://refashionista.net/2013/12/02/1-frumpy-dress-1-funky-sweater-1-fab-miniskirt/)
(http://i2.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/602538_10200090298519912_1921565621_n.jpg?resize=600%2C450) (http://refashionista.net/2013/09/26/hopes-reader-refash/)(http://i1.wp.com/refashionista.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ba1114.jpg?resize=480%2C376) (http://refashionista.net/2014/01/01/refashionista-resolutions-for-2014/)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on February 21, 2014, 06:46:05 PM
Wow! Thank you for sharing that link, C. K. Definitely impressive and something to aspire to some day when I have a sewing machine available.

In the meantime, I'm going to make time to learn how to embroider and do basic hand stitches. First up is going to be making a basic pennant banner that spells out S I M P L I C I T Y, maybe my favorite word/concept ;-D

Today is packing day, which makes tomorrow moving day! The bad thing about this will be finding new homes for my belongings, including my clothing. I believe my new wardrobe closet is smaller than my current one, which will make it seem like I have even more clothes than I already do. Feeling very good about my dedication to not acquiring more this year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: C. K. on February 21, 2014, 07:06:26 PM
Wow! Thank you for sharing that link, C. K. Definitely impressive and something to aspire to some day when I have a sewing machine available.

You're welcome.

She also has no-sew fashions.
For instance, an elastic waist on a gigantic skirt is shoved up over the bust and the waist is cinched with a belt. Viola! Strapless dress.


With a long, button down skirt, put one part of the waist under an armpit and the other part of the waist over your other shoulder. Unbutton one button on the side that's over your shoulder. Stick your arm through. Cinch the thing with a belt. Voila! One-shoulder dress.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zamboni on February 23, 2014, 08:31:15 PM
My boy saved me today from going into Talbots (with their alluring "extra 70% off" sign.)  Good job, boy!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on February 24, 2014, 05:12:04 AM
I am still holding strong, but I dreamt last night that I went to a consignment shop.  Just like I used to have "gorge myself" dreams when I dieted.  Funny.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on February 24, 2014, 05:24:45 AM
I think I also had a dream last night that I bought some article of clothing!  Weird!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Retireme32 on February 26, 2014, 10:56:45 AM
Oh man! I forgot about this goal. Okay, I'm on it now!  January i did spend $600 but almost all of it went to shoes for work  I was almost barefoot trust me and I got really good shoes but I got them at the outlet so they were  way less than they would be at the normal version of the store. Anyway, I still maintain my goal to not shop exceptions being - underwear and workout clothes when they are down to the threads only and one cool thing from any vacation I go on - should only be 2 this year maybe even one.   So, I'm on it!  Thanks for this thread!

Melody - how you doing?!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: orcas50 on February 26, 2014, 12:20:28 PM
Still going, getting to "going strong". It took a few weeks, but now that my resolve has firmed, I am beginning to feel and think differently than in the past. The clothes, the idea of them, the looking for "the next thing to buy" doesn't have as much of a pull as it had before. I can appreciate the cute clothes in the Title Nine catalog that came in the mail yesterday (man, I'm a sucker for expensive, outdoorsy/athletic wear), but after leafing through it, I recycled it and kept coming back to my mantra "I have enough." I really do, and realize how fortunate I am. It's still a work in progress but going in a good direction! (And yes, I've stopped most catalogs coming to my mailbox through catalog choice.org, but there are still a few that I get.)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: wintersun on February 26, 2014, 01:19:16 PM
I am in!

This is a fun thread [pun intended :) ].  I have also joined the Healthy 2014 challenge and intend to drop some poundage.  All my too small clothes are in a different closet and I will let you know when I get to "shop" there.

Right now I have one pair of jeans that fits, two pairs of sweatpants, several tops, two sweaters, lots of skirts and a few dresses so I am fine for awhile.  My second pair of jeans split two weeks ago.

I am one of those women who has several sizes of clothes filling two closets but not much in my present size.  I LOVE my smaller size clothes so I am psyched to be able to wear them soon. 

In the next size down...

Coming up next will be a second pair of sweats, several tops and a short black stretch skirt and a short blue skirt with black lace overlay.  Yay!

I am particularly looking forward to wearing some of my white cotton tops, my cotton flowy pants and some shorts I have never worn that I mail ordered three years ago.  They are two sizes away, just in time for summer.

I look forward to sharing my adventures in the Wintersun Home Shopping Network with you all.



Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on February 26, 2014, 01:42:38 PM
Oh man! I forgot about this goal. Okay, I'm on it now!  January i did spend $600 but almost all of it went to shoes for work  I was almost barefoot trust me and I got really good shoes but I got them at the outlet so they were  way less than they would be at the normal version of the store. Anyway, I still maintain my goal to not shop exceptions being - underwear and workout clothes when they are down to the threads only and one cool thing from any vacation I go on - should only be 2 this year maybe even one.   So, I'm on it!  Thanks for this thread!

Melody - how you doing?!

Wait, you spent almost $600 for shoes for just work?!!  I wear one pair at work (cost under $75, also bought at outlets).  I leave the pair of shoes at work and commute in a different pair so the work pair doesn't get scruffy.  I can wear a pair for about 1-2 years before it switches to commute pair.  (Commute shoes are sneakers, boots, flipflops - and nice shoes only if going to a work meeting.) 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on February 26, 2014, 04:17:52 PM
Update: I wimped out on the handbag problem... but at least I bought real leather (on sale) so hopefully won't need another for at least a couple of years. I've also bought some hoisery - in my "exceptions" I allowed hoisery but only basic (not patterned) hosiery - I normally pay $8 a pair (they last at least six months, cheaper ones last a few wears at best). I found some (good quality) patterned hosiery on clearance for $2 a pair - so while it wasn't on the permissible list, I'm not calling it a fail (hopefully if I wear these on the weekends I will wear my other ones less and therefore they will last longer.)

Other than that I am still motivated to keep going, although I think at some point I will need 3-4 basic tops for work. I have tonnes of weekend clothes, tonnes of work skirts, a couple of work dresses and only a couple of work tops which are unlikely to last the whole year - I actually don't have enough tops to get through the week, in summer it's fine as I wear the dresses, but in winter I like to wear a skirt, top and blazer if it's cold (dresses are not warm enough and don't match the blazer. I have cardigans but on a cold day they aren't enough). I also have a few really nice skirts which are not getting worn due to me not having a matching coloured top. I am going to wait until Target or Myer have the 30% sale and expect I can get these for about $8 each.  I'm taking photos of all my work skirts with me to make sure I get a good colour match.

Despite the fact i have bought the bag and may have to buy the tops I am still calling this a success - I've broken the habit of mindlessly strolling through the shops after a stressful day at work, buying stuff that I like but don't need. I'm  motivated to keep going - I don't actually miss shopping as much as I thought I would! I'm also thinking about the environmental impact of making these choices - after 12 months I will start to shop again but only for what I need and only high quality stuff.

I am also very inspired by the re-fashionista stuff to finish some sewing projects I have on the go!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ontario74 on February 26, 2014, 05:09:35 PM
Congratulations all on the non shopping :D

I just turned 40 and felt a need to purge the short-shorts and skinny cords, and buy "age appropriate" stuff, mostly second-hand from Ebay and Gap online sales.

My shopping cut-off is March 1. The only thing I need for the rest of the year is a pair of water shoes/sports sandals. I'm tempted to buy a pair of "Palladium" boots, but those'll have to wait or not be purchased at all.

I have two bags of clothes that will be picked up by a charity next week. And I agree, it is so much easier to get dressed when you have less to choose from :)

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on February 27, 2014, 03:26:48 PM
I don't think you need to buy age appropriate clothes... I mean as long as your clothes work for you, does it matter if you are 39 or 40? Assuming your skinny jeans and short shorts are relics from your past and still fitting you you must be still looking good/not significantly different than you used to?
*coming from some-one who's 40+ year old friends do not dress age appropriately, for everyone of these people it took quite a long time of me knowing them before I realised they were in their 40s, not 30s. Because they still acted and dressed young, I just assumed they were young!
*also milestone birthdays suck - I just had the old quarter life crisis one (25 is the new 30 apparently, where we start freaking out about not having our lives together) - I just try and focus on what I have done, not what I haven't done.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Retireme32 on February 28, 2014, 09:47:09 AM
I just got invited to join a coworker in a garage sale so now instead of giving my clothes to Goodwill which is what I normally do, I can maybe make a few bucks.  I'm going to spend the weekend making some harder choices and try to make that pile for the garage sale much bigger. It's unfortunate how atttached I realize I am to things I haven't worn or used in forever but I immediately go to that part of my brain that justifies having it.  I think what I'm going to do it think harder on it and then if I still have stuff that  I haven't worn/used in a long time that I just can't feel like getting rid of -I'm going to make myself a "hot list" and  post if somewhere very visible in my apartment and if I don't use or wear that stuff within 6 months - it goes.  So that would mean August will be purge time again.   I think that might work but I'm also hoping that i will be more willing to let go this weekend.  Here's hoping!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: LibraTraci on February 28, 2014, 10:42:46 AM
I am still going strong and haven't been in a clothing store the whole time I've been doing the challenge. 

One exception:  I *have* been in one winter-sports-clothing store and have tried on some gorgeous super-warm jackets (pricey Solomon and Eider brands), but I don't think there's a real risk of my buying one of these ($500 or $400 at retail) even when they get marked down to half off -- I've never enjoyed buying things that cost that much, because I worry about making a severe mistake.   

This challenge rocks, as I'm not feeling lazy about wearing the same clothes week after week, but instead feel smart for *not* refreshing my look.   
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on March 02, 2014, 09:57:28 AM
Still going strong here.  I just opened my hand-me-down bag of maternity clothes yesterday and wore my first maternity shirt of this pregnancy.  I'm going to go through the bag today and weed out the winter maternity & inventory the summer clothes (which is what I'll be wearing).  I'm 99% sure this is my last pregnancy, so the off-season maternity clothes will get donated.  I've decided not to buy any maternity clothes, but to put out calls for clothing on facebook.  All I need are a couple more sundresses and a maternity bathing suit.  I really don't want to buy those just to wear them for two or three months.
I do need to purchase a pair of comfortable summer sandals (hope for some with decent support & that can dress up a little) -- I don't want to strictly wear flip flops all summer.  I can't believe it's only beginning of March and all I can think about is summer wear.  Our high yesterday was 79 degrees, so I can't help but think of sandals and sundresses.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: PMG on March 02, 2014, 10:13:10 AM
Did a research paper on clothing production last semester.  Discovered that clothing purchases in the US average out to more than 1 new garment per person per week.  I don't have a source for that without pulling up the paper to look... but wow!  I applaud you all for committing to being below average! 

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ontario74 on March 02, 2014, 03:06:45 PM
Hey Melody, I appreciate your young perspective. It's not about appearance as such.

These were things that a) I hadn't worn in more than 5 years for whatever reason (including a small weight gain) and that I wasn't willing to part with or b) that didn't fit the look I was aiming for - a more mature look.

The birthday was a motivator not a cause.

Honestly, I've seen women around my age who still shop in the juniors' section. Not who I want to be.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on March 03, 2014, 05:56:20 AM
Well, I bought a few items, but I don't really consider them clothes, so I am going to say I am still on board. 

These were not fun items that I was tempted into buying, but necessities:  a pair of black hose for a fancy event I went to this weekend and three pair of trouser socks for work (replacing those that had recently gotten holey).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on March 03, 2014, 06:52:56 AM
Did a research paper on clothing production last semester.  Discovered that clothing purchases in the US average out to more than 1 new garment per person per week.  I don't have a source for that without pulling up the paper to look... but wow!  I applaud you all for committing to being below average!

Even as someone with previously super high clothing consumption (who's finding this challenge hard!) that's a lot of clothes... especially when you think of all the non-shoppers (i.e. many men - My boyfriend has bought a two hats, three pairs of socks and a pair of flip flops in the whole time I have known him!) ...Even factoring in a sock/underwear/hosiery refresh each year it's still a lot! That being said I've bought 6 pairs of hosiery this year and may buy some more bras at some point (when/if the current ones wear out) - even in a year of no shopping I'd expect to hit at least 10 purchases due to undergarments and shoes (hence why they weren't included in the challenge).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 03, 2014, 10:32:06 PM
Well I managed to remove a couple of HUGE bags of clothing from my house this weekend, and I still have so much stuff! Clearing out the closets also showed me just how much I have waiting for me to lose a little bit more weight (most of what I got rid of was too large).

I'm still not 100% sure that I can make it through given how quickly some of my work clothes are deteriorating. Serves me right for buying shoddy clothes. At the very least I can make it through to July, but at that point I may find that I need to carefully purchase a few things for my work wardrobe. I'm trying not to freak out too much about spending that money.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on March 04, 2014, 01:11:54 AM
I went on a shopping trip with my mom this weekend. I didn't tell her about this challenge because shopping together is our quality time, we usually do this 4 days a year. I guess we should find something else to do together. I offered her to help her in the garden instead, to avoid shopping, but she needed some things so we went anyway.

I only got a sports bra (which was on my 'allowed list' anyway), and my mom bought it for me (she usually buys me something although I have said a hundred times that I make my own money now). We also bought some really nice babyclothes because my brother and SIL will be getting their first baby this summer, but those are counted as gifts ;-).

What kind of things do you guys do when spending time with your parents other than shopping?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: tariskat on March 04, 2014, 07:52:59 AM
We sit in the kitchen or dining room and talk for hours. Usually with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on the time of day.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on March 04, 2014, 08:36:07 AM
What kind of things do you guys do when spending time with your parents other than shopping?

We talk.  Over meals in the kitchen or on the deck, eventually moved to the living room.
We ski or kayak.  My mom and I do also crafts - she's helped me make quilts, or sew things.  I've taken her to a jewerly making studio for a present before.

I used to do my outlet shopping with my mom, in 1-2 bursts each year, but now I do it with my husband.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 04, 2014, 08:49:57 AM
2 month check in.  Still going strong.  Not often tempted or anything, either. 

My bras (I rotate between 2) are getting too stretched out, I'm on the tightest hook now and they don't feel as supportive as they once were. But I'm going push them just a couple more months.  I have 2 more of the same style in the closet that I snagged on sale last year, and I think they will last me the rest of the year.  I sure wish that my size bra was easier to find, they would last longer if I could get them in the right size...  The ones in the closet are also at least 1 cup small and one band band big.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 04, 2014, 12:05:49 PM
Have you looked into online retailers? Some specialize in hard to find sizes, which is great for my poor friend who's a 28G.

I have, but I have a particularly rare size, it seems.   I'm a 26 ribcage and 31 bust, that's a 26DD.  There's one bra maker out of Poland that makes a 26DD, and you have to special order.  Nobody else makes a 26 band, that I've found.  So the closest sister size that is commercially available is 28D.  And it is actually less available than a size 28G or any 28 with a larger cup.

I know this all sounds ridiculous, but for anyone that isn't familiar with true bra sizing, a DD does not equal huge.  a 26DD has the same cup volume as a 32B.  Which is what I used to wear when the sales people at VS measured me.  They would put someone in a 32 that had a 32" ribcage and me (with a ribcage 4 inches smaller!) in the same bra.  When I put on my first 28, I was like "woah!  That's what these are supposed to do for me!!!"  It was a revelation.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 04, 2014, 02:30:49 PM
I know this all sounds ridiculous, but for anyone that isn't familiar with true bra sizing, a DD does not equal huge.  a 26DD has the same cup volume as a 32B.  Which is what I used to wear when the sales people at VS measured me.  They would put someone in a 32 that had a 32" ribcage and me (with a ribcage 4 inches smaller!) in the same bra.  When I put on my first 28, I was like "woah!  That's what these are supposed to do for me!!!"  It was a revelation.
That is a rare size! Also, you'll get no argument from me about bra sizing. I'm a 32D, and I don't look busty at all.

So it seems.  I think that a 26 ribcage really isn't that unusual, but bra makers just don't think there is a market for it.  I'm pretty short and petite, but I'm not like super super skinny or anything!   

And I just thought I'd note that the "if you aren't familiar" with bra sizing bit was directed at the general public.  I know some people think "wut, no way, a 26DD couldn't stand up!"  But the truth is, I can.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on March 04, 2014, 03:58:28 PM
What kind of things do you guys do when spending time with your parents other than shopping?

Ride bikes (my old man puts me to shame! I can barely keep up!), walk on the beach, SUP, scavenge for shellfish, watch DVDs which they get for free from the library, sometimes they come to my friends parties with me, go to the pub, make a BBQ, drink coffees... they're early retirees so mostly pretty frugal stuff...

I'm still not 100% sure that I can make it through given how quickly some of my work clothes are deteriorating. Serves me right for buying shoddy clothes. At the very least I can make it through to July, but at that point I may find that I need to carefully purchase a few things for my work wardrobe. I'm trying not to freak out too much about spending that money.

I know! Isn't this challenge enlightening how crap most of what we buy is?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on March 04, 2014, 04:59:13 PM
I've no joined the challenge because I've been hoping my diet would be effective enough I'd need to buy smaller pants, and today, I got two pairs for work at my favorite thrift store with waists that aren't huge on me! Total cost with tax: $2.14. That's why it's my favorite thrift store!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: LibraTraci on March 05, 2014, 12:08:38 AM
I think that a 26 ribcage really isn't that unusual, but bra makers just don't think there is a market for it.  I'm pretty short and petite, but I'm not like super super skinny or anything!   

I'll bet you're right! 

I'm a 30AA, and I think that's also a way under-served market.  Funny thing is, I once visited several large department stores when I was in Bangkok (since Asian women are notoriously small-breasted) but could *not* find a passable bra to save my life.  There were lots of molded-cup, push-up nonsense -- worse than in the US.   

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on March 05, 2014, 01:41:41 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions!  It's not that we don't do other things like talking, playing games or watching movies. But when we spend the whole day together we always end up shopping. And I guess it has become a habit. But I'll suggest to do something else next time.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on March 05, 2014, 03:51:52 AM
Still going strong, feelsgoodman.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 05, 2014, 07:07:37 AM
Just an idea. Do you have a Chinatown in your city? Asian women tend to be smaller than European women, and in my area, I've seen bras for sale on *tiny* bands. I think the lingerie is mostly Chinese imports, and I doubt they have much online sales capacity in English, given the relative lack of demand.
I think that a 26 ribcage really isn't that unusual, but bra makers just don't think there is a market for it.  I'm pretty short and petite, but I'm not like super super skinny or anything!   

I'll bet you're right! 

I'm a 30AA, and I think that's also a way under-served market.  Funny thing is, I once visited several large department stores when I was in Bangkok (since Asian women are notoriously small-breasted) but could *not* find a passable bra to save my life.  There were lots of molded-cup, push-up nonsense -- worse than in the US.   


ha ha!  I'm Chinese.  I've been to Asia a handful of times in my life, and once I went shopping while I was there.  Everything is smaller.  Here, I wear a 00 or an xxs.  There, I tried on a medium, and then had to ask for a large!  I'm 4'11" 95 pounds.  But quality is harder to find.  And if you couldn't find a 30AA, I doubt I'd find a bigger cup.  On a 30 band I wear a C cup.  There is one place I have seen but haven't tried, "the little bra company."  They might work, but I think I remember finding fault with their sizing system for some reason... I'll have to check them out again.

Also, put on the new back stocked bra this morning... what a difference.  The old ones are shot.  Time to move on.  These should get me through August, at which point it will be my birthday and if anyone wants to give me a gift it can be a bra. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on March 06, 2014, 08:34:22 AM
Here's my tally so far this year:

January: long underwear and gloves (plus boots purchased with return credits from dresses returned in December, which I am saying does not count since there was no extra money spent)

February: ankle boots

Overall, I've been spending much less on wardrobe, but it does seem that I've been merely diverting some of the clothes spending into accessories. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on March 06, 2014, 08:58:22 AM
I can't believe how easy it's been for me to stick to this challenge.  I've barely even thought about buying clothes this year.  I've only recently been tempted because I've been more active and I don't have many appropriately active clothes.  For now I'm just living with it and hoping the impulse passes.  If it doesn't, and I'm still similarly active in 2015 I'll consider altering my wardrobe to reflect that.  Going to stay strong on this.

I did buy a couple new bras and panties, but that was within my allowed purchases.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on March 06, 2014, 11:49:59 AM
I can't believe how easy it's been for me to stick to this challenge.  I've barely even thought about buying clothes this year.  I've only recently been tempted because I've been more active and I don't have many appropriately active clothes.  For now I'm just living with it and hoping the impulse passes.  If it doesn't, and I'm still similarly active in 2015 I'll consider altering my wardrobe to reflect that.  Going to stay strong on this.

I did buy a couple new bras and panties, but that was within my allowed purchases.
Me too!  I did buy a new pair of running shoes (which I allowed myself), but I shopped around and used gift cards and coupon codes (no money out of pocket).  I also need to buy new bras, but I feel like the urge to shop has left.  Even though bras are on the allowed list, I don't want to bother shopping for them.  This is good for my wallet, but the bra situation is dire. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: LibraTraci on March 06, 2014, 08:17:09 PM
On the topic of worn-out bras or difficult bra sizes:

I just googled "bra alterations" and there is a result for a site with a page called "bra band tightening tutorial using elastic" -- perhaps it can help someone save money and get better support?

There is also a post called "rixie clip bra band tightener" -- a little product that may help turn a 32 band into a 28 band.  Look it up if this sounds it might cure some of your woes!

Can't vouch for either of these options personally, but perhaps they are worth a try!

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 07, 2014, 07:12:55 AM
On the topic of worn-out bras or difficult bra sizes:

I just googled "bra alterations" and there is a result for a site with a page called "bra band tightening tutorial using elastic" -- perhaps it can help someone save money and get better support?

There is also a post called "rixie clip bra band tightener" -- a little product that may help turn a 32 band into a 28 band.  Look it up if this sounds it might cure some of your woes!

Can't vouch for either of these options personally, but perhaps they are worth a try!



Thanks, I'll have to give these a try!  If I could turn a 28 or 30 band into a 26 that would be great.  Funny, I was just looking at one of my old bras this morning and wondering if I could just move the hooks...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on March 07, 2014, 07:23:56 AM
re bra alterations: while they do make the band tighter, moving the hooks changes where the shoulder straps fall and the distribution of weight.  Depending on your shoulders and cup distances it could be useful, but I don't think it is a substitute for a properly made bra in the right size!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 07, 2014, 07:48:11 AM
In my neighborhood, there's a place that does custom bras. Do you want me to get their info for you? They may have other locations (looks like a chain), or if you're ever in NYC you can schlep out to Flushing Chinatown.
Sure, PM the info!  I'm not often in NYC, but I'm near Philly so it isn't out of the question.

re bra alterations: while they do make the band tighter, moving the hooks changes where the shoulder straps fall and the distribution of weight.  Depending on your shoulders and cup distances it could be useful, but I don't think it is a substitute for a properly made bra in the right size!

Yes, when you stretch a bra too much, the shape of the cups can get a little distorted, too.  It is hard to find a 26 band, though.  But there were also some good tutorials on sewing non-stretch material into a parts of a bra that used to fit, to get it back to it's "new" fit.  That could be useful.  Most 28 bands measure 26 unstretched and stretch to 28, so there could be ways of getting things to fit better.  I did end up buying the rixie clip.  It was $10 for 3 of them (and I have 2 overstretched bras), so we'll see how that works.  Either way, I think I can get away with not buying another bra for the rest of the year, between the rixie clip and the other ideas that have been shared.  Which is great, because I almost feel like using something for 6 months is nearly disposable.  I like things to last longer than that!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on March 07, 2014, 08:01:00 AM
In my neighborhood, there's a place that does custom bras. Do you want me to get their info for you? They may have other locations (looks like a chain), or if you're ever in NYC you can schlep out to Flushing Chinatown.

Do you know what they cost?  The only one's I have heard of are several hundred dollars minimum . . . . not sure if it's worth that much to me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 07, 2014, 08:38:31 AM
In my neighborhood, there's a place that does custom bras. Do you want me to get their info for you? They may have other locations (looks like a chain), or if you're ever in NYC you can schlep out to Flushing Chinatown.

Do you know what they cost?  The only one's I have heard of are several hundred dollars minimum . . . . not sure if it's worth that much to me.

My sister actually got some custom made bras in NYC a few years ago.  I think they were about $100 each.  That's waaay too much for me!  But it's not like she's a spendthrift.  She just picks and chooses what she values and uses her resources accordingly.  She wears $100 bras but drives a $600 (six-hundred) car.  I buy $40 bras but buy $20 a pound cheese...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on March 07, 2014, 08:45:28 AM
In my neighborhood, there's a place that does custom bras. Do you want me to get their info for you? They may have other locations (looks like a chain), or if you're ever in NYC you can schlep out to Flushing Chinatown.

Do you know what they cost?  The only one's I have heard of are several hundred dollars minimum . . . . not sure if it's worth that much to me.

My sister actually got some custom made bras in NYC a few years ago.  I think they were about $100 each.  That's waaay too much for me!  But it's not like she's a spendthrift.  She just picks and chooses what she values and uses her resources accordingly.  She wears $100 bras but drives a $600 (six-hundred) car.  I buy $40 bras but buy $20 a pound cheese...

The cheapest bras I can find are $50 (I can get a little lower on eBay, but that's about as low as it gets for 28G-H range).  Might be worth looking into: double the cost, but actually having a bra that fits . . . . maybe next year when my current batch wear out.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on March 13, 2014, 06:19:36 PM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on March 13, 2014, 06:29:41 PM
So far this year, I have purchased NO clothes!  So, me two!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on March 13, 2014, 07:31:00 PM
Me!

I almost bought a pair of tights last weekend, but held off.  Having just moved helped though, no time to shop.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on March 13, 2014, 08:35:01 PM
:) I was this close to buy a pair of tights for myself yesterday too! I got a sears $5 reward online - I resisted the urge, instead decided to buy a pair for my daughter but the coupon didn't work anyways so no clothes for kids so far either.

BTW, 94 - love your journal! i can't believe your physical stamina and mental fortitude in your fitness, career, diet etc.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on March 13, 2014, 08:43:40 PM
Hey thanks, babybug!  I just wrote another post--mostly about finances--would love to get your reaction!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on March 13, 2014, 09:06:59 PM
Ugh.  The weather is starting to change, and for the first time I found myself pawing through my wardrobe and thinking I'd like to go buy some new stuff.  Luckily it's supposed to get colder again next week, so my sweater collection will be back to relevance.  Need to preemptively take some time to go through everything and figure out what works for spring before I really need it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on March 14, 2014, 03:21:59 AM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

I also want to look more carefully on what I'll be buying this year! Last year I spent about 600 usd on it I think, so that's not too bad, but this year my budget will be less. My exceptions are sporting shoes, one pair of jeans (because I just lost my favorite, it was really worn out), one sporting bra. I have enough undies and socks to last for a year. Besides these things, I'll 'give' myself 150 usd spending money for the whole year.



Funny that you mentioned it Babybug, I gave myself a lot of exceptions which I was thinking about the other day. I thought I couldn't persevere otherwise. The above were all my exceptions, but looking at them again, I may have given myself too much space. I won't buy any of them. I may need to buy a bikini though since I've been postponing buying one for two years now (I hate trying them on), but we'll see about that. I also won't give myself 'spending money' this year.

So far, I'm still surviving in the actual gauntlet!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golfer44 on March 14, 2014, 04:34:27 AM
Had a wonderful blow out in my favorite pair of jeans, so had to re-up at JCP for 40 bucks. Hope these make it through the year!

I thought about repairing them but I have 0 sewing skills...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on March 14, 2014, 10:06:43 AM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

Definitely not me!  I bought a pair of running shoes.  With my running habit, I wouldn't be able to ever do a gauntlet unless I gave up running (which is NOT an option). 

Those of you that have been able to not buy anything?  How do you do it?  Don't you have some stuff that you wear out heavily?  Or am I the only one that wears out running shoes every 3-4 months?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on March 14, 2014, 10:13:07 AM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

Definitely not me!  I bought a pair of running shoes.  With my running habit, I wouldn't be able to ever do a gauntlet unless I gave up running (which is NOT an option). 

Those of you that have been able to not buy anything?  How do you do it?  Don't you have some stuff that you wear out heavily?  Or am I the only one that wears out running shoes every 3-4 months?

Wow, and they say running is for free! I participate in a team sport twice a weak and my sport shoes last for about 3/4 years. (I've got one pair for indoors and one for outdoors)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on March 14, 2014, 11:39:10 AM
Those of you that have been able to not buy anything?  How do you do it?  Don't you have some stuff that you wear out heavily?  Or am I the only one that wears out running shoes every 3-4 months?

I have just managed not to replace things that have worn out.  I've been meaning to buy a new pair of boots for a long while.  My pair I've been wearing I bought in 2002.  This winter, the zipper even broke.  But, I just didn't replace it.  (For the record, this is just an example as I actually do not consider shoes as clothing.  To me it's a separate category of footwear.  That said, I haven't bought any this year.)  I have a bunch work pants I ought to replace to replace, but have just held on.  I have nothing that MUST be replaced.  I just have things I really WANT to replace.  This has also opened my eyes up to how much of my wardrobe I actually wear and how I can get more creative and wear a greater percentage of it (even if by donating the part I'm not wearing).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on March 14, 2014, 03:01:08 PM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

Definitely not me!  I bought a pair of running shoes.  With my running habit, I wouldn't be able to ever do a gauntlet unless I gave up running (which is NOT an option). 

Those of you that have been able to not buy anything?  How do you do it?  Don't you have some stuff that you wear out heavily?  Or am I the only one that wears out running shoes every 3-4 months?

Wow, and they say running is for free! I participate in a team sport twice a weak and my sport shoes last for about 3/4 years. (I've got one pair for indoors and one for outdoors)
I have to replace my running shoes every 500 miles or so.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Prairie Gal on March 14, 2014, 08:31:22 PM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

Me three!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on March 14, 2014, 08:41:40 PM
Ok, before I said I wasn't going to do this. But I managed a measly 1 month of project 333, so this is, while scary, what I'd like to do next! I have some caveats for myself;
1 shoes and hats are exempt
2 I can make myself as many clothes as I like
3 I need new cardigans, a new fluffy warm jumper, and tights, but these will operate on the one in one out rule.
I will try not to use these loopholes, but I really don't wear office appropriate shoes to work and suitable new ones have failed to present themselves.

I haven't bought a single item of clothing this year. However, I am heading back to a professional work setting (from a construction office) so I have to get new shoes. My feet have also been really sore lately and I suspect my shoes might be contributing.
Feeling like i should be able to ditch my other loopholes, though, if someone can direct me to information on how to get the "pills" and fluffy bits of my knitted things so they look nice again.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Fletch on March 16, 2014, 01:06:05 PM

Feeling like i should be able to ditch my other loopholes, though, if someone can direct me to information on how to get the "pills" and fluffy bits of my knitted things so they look nice again.


Shave them. I use a cheap disposable razor (like one blade, not any fancy 3 blade stuff I would use on my legs). Hold a few square inches very flat, and very lightly shave the pills off. Maybe practice in an inconspicuous area, or on a sweater you are throwing out anyway if you are nervous, but it's really easy! This video shows how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0m3g95_LhY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0m3g95_LhY). It can thin out or damage really delicate stuff if you do it too often (or if you try to shave over a wrinkle), but it should extend their life by a few months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: PMG on March 16, 2014, 01:17:28 PM
I've not taken up the gauntlet, but I haven't bought anything new this year either. 

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on March 16, 2014, 02:44:07 PM


I have one of these things, and it keeps my knitwear looking like new.

http://www.amazon.com/Remington-Battery-Operated-Fabric-Shaver/dp/B0034BV6KA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394997820&sr=8-1&keywords=pill+shaver

X2.  I have one almost like that.  It's great.  And it's harder to damage your knits using one of those than using a razor (at least in my experience).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on March 16, 2014, 03:05:40 PM
I haven't bought anything for myself this year.
Adding to my difficulty is that I'm rapidly changing shape.  I'm still going to try not to buy any clothing -- I'll just have a sparse wardrobe during the summer months when I'm really big.  My one purchase may be a maternity swimsuit, as I don't own one and I'd prefer to spare the general public from the spectacle of me in my non-maternity bikini.  Before I buy, however, I plan to put out the call to all of my friends and see if I can borrow a bathing suit to wear for those six-eight weeks.  I'd love to get a few cute maternity t-shirts, but I am still going to try to make do with what I already own if I can.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on March 16, 2014, 07:47:46 PM
Ok, before I said I wasn't going to do this. But I managed a measly 1 month of project 333, so this is, while scary, what I'd like to do next! I have some caveats for myself;
1 shoes and hats are exempt
2 I can make myself as many clothes as I like
3 I need new cardigans, a new fluffy warm jumper, and tights, but these will operate on the one in one out rule.
I will try not to use these loopholes, but I really don't wear office appropriate shoes to work and suitable new ones have failed to present themselves.

I haven't bought a single item of clothing this year. However, I am heading back to a professional work setting (from a construction office) so I have to get new shoes. My feet have also been really sore lately and I suspect my shoes might be contributing.
Feeling like i should be able to ditch my other loopholes, though, if someone can direct me to information on how to get the "pills" and fluffy bits of my knitted things so they look nice again.

Ah thanks for the information on shaving clothing. I will try some of the ideas, should prevent me needing to buy anything. I did buy a pair of work suitable shoes on the weekend, which should mean I'm set for the rest of the year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on March 17, 2014, 06:35:10 AM
Well I'm still going OK. I started at the beginning of 2013. Bought 2 new bras (predicted), and a suit/blouse for an interview. Otherwise nothing.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on March 17, 2014, 07:09:56 AM
I may need some support through this one, but sign me up!

Exceptions: new bra or two depending on wear, cobbler for shoes if necessary.  I'm low on shirts but have enough dresses if I get a pair of tights or two - we'll see how it goes before making that purchase. 

I have a few purchases left in 2013 - sneakers, gloves for winter biking, bra. 

I've had almost two years to build a wardrobe and enough to get by at the very least.  Time to stop the building phase and enter the replacement phase!

Excluding the semi-formal dress described earlier in the thread, I have not bought anything.  I did take my beloved cowboy boots to the cobbler and am  going to take three items that I love but don't quite fit to the tailor to breathe some life into them.   

My 2013 purchases have been tremendously useful - walking shoes (we'll do 5 miles on a pretty day), got gloves as a gift, and a bra to get me through this year.  I can definitely get by and the year hiatus has confirmed or illuminated some serious gaps which I will carefully plan for 2015 (fairly minimalist wardrobe ~4-6 shirts, 4 skirts, 8 dresses, 3 jeans).  This gauntlet has definitely shown me that I can consider myself in the replacement phase though, which was the jolt I needed!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on March 17, 2014, 08:53:06 AM
Still going strong here. I find not buying clothing remarkably easy. However, we struggle to keep the grocery bill down to what I consider a normal amount.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on March 17, 2014, 09:37:47 AM
Still going strong here. I find not buying clothing remarkably easy. However, we struggle to keep the grocery bill down to what I consider a normal amount.

Me too, both counts.  I just don't visit any stores (online or in person) that sell clothes.  However, I do have to visit the grocery store on a regular basis.  I've had to make a very conscious effort to keep our budget in line and so far 2014 has been a success -- our grocery budget has been under last year!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on March 20, 2014, 05:29:46 AM
Well...I am here to confess that I f'ed it up.  It was so easy not to buy anything until I went shopping with a friend who was buying lots of things.  I suppose the alcoholic should stay out of the bar, huh?  But this was a houseguest from Europe who wanted to shop for some very specific things and I didn't feel like I could just drop her off and pick her up later.  Not very hospitable.  Much more hospitable to buy alongside her, don't you think?

I bought three tops, all on sale, all lovely, all that can cross-over between work and social life, none needed.  And I came home and immediately cut the tags off.  Dang.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 20, 2014, 06:20:36 AM
Well...I am here to confess that I f'ed it up.  It was so easy not to buy anything until I went shopping with a friend who was buying lots of things.  I suppose the alcoholic should stay out of the bar, huh?  But this was a houseguest from Europe who wanted to shop for some very specific things and I didn't feel like I could just drop her off and pick her up later.  Not very hospitable.  Much more hospitable to buy alongside her, don't you think?

I bought three tops, all on sale, all lovely, all that can cross-over between work and social life, none needed.  And I came home and immediately cut the tags off.  Dang.

You probably could still take them back if you have the tags and haven't worn them.  They can reattach the tags.  It's not too late!  Actually, even if the tags are off, if you haven't worn them and still have the receipt, it's probably not too late.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on March 20, 2014, 06:23:26 AM
There is also a post called "rixie clip bra band tightener" -- a little product that may help turn a 32 band into a 28 band.  Look it up if this sounds it might cure some of your woes!

Can't vouch for either of these options personally, but perhaps they are worth a try!
Thanks, I'll have to give these a try!  If I could turn a 28 or 30 band into a 26 that would be great.  Funny, I was just looking at one of my old bras this morning and wondering if I could just move the hooks...

Well, they didn't work to my liking, just because the seemed to slip a bit.  It was worth the try, though, and I'll resell them on ebay...  I think I'll try limiting the stretch by sewing some non-stretchy ribbon in.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on March 20, 2014, 08:44:42 AM
Title implies 2014, but I think the first post discussed starting now.  That's why some of us pledged the "now" and set dates to reconsider the rest.  I pledged through the end of 2013.  Other than my brief bobble above (I bought tights, which was in the spirit still, and a $10 shirt, which was not), I've kept on the straight and narrow.  I am now committing to no purchases through March 2014, except I'll give myself a boots+$50 allowance for that time period.  I'm going to try to do without breaking into it, but it'll give me some leeway if I need to replace something without letting me into Ann Taylor (unless I'm on the clearance rank with a coupon, hmm....).

I bought slippers.

By some definitions, I might now be off the original gauntlet.  I still don't interpret "clothes" as including shoes (maybe because I'm not a shoe person?  My wedding shoes were less than $20...), so by that, I'm still in the original guantlet.

Regardless it looks like I gave myself a $50 allowance for the quarter, so I'm still within my personal guantlet for the quarter, even if you interpret footwear as clothing.

The issue for me is that sometimes, it's pennywise and pound foolish to stick to it.  We moved since starting the gauntlet.  Now we pay for heat and damn, it's expensive in Massachusetts!  I wear sweaters, I sit with blankets so we can keep the temperature down, but the floors are cold, particularly the tile in the kitchen which was once a sunroom and we think was not at all insulated well when converted over.  Although the wood floors elsewhere aren't warm.

Initially, I pulled out my slippers from I kid you not, 20+ years ago.  Thin and worn, they worked ok...until the cat destroyed them unexpectedly.  So...I can save a penny by NOT buying the slippers and either 1) giving in to my husband's constant demands to eat out rather than cook in the freezing kitchen, 2) turning on the electric heater in the kitchen (it burns a lot of electricity), 3) turning up the heat in the house.  WWYD?  I bought new slippers.

Looks like I'll have to set myself the next quarter guantlet soon.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on March 20, 2014, 09:50:59 AM
Ok I read through the above. I get that lots of people did wimpify and squishify the gauntlet to give themselves exceptions to buy clothing items.  Not judging y'all - I had received lots of clothes last year so I didn't need to.

BUT:

Who has survived the actual original gauntlet so far? As in *No Clothes* Shopping in 2014?

-Me one!

Definitely not me!  I bought a pair of running shoes.  With my running habit, I wouldn't be able to ever do a gauntlet unless I gave up running (which is NOT an option). 

Those of you that have been able to not buy anything?  How do you do it?  Don't you have some stuff that you wear out heavily?  Or am I the only one that wears out running shoes every 3-4 months?

Wow, and they say running is for free! I participate in a team sport twice a weak and my sport shoes last for about 3/4 years. (I've got one pair for indoors and one for outdoors)

I figure that I spend about $0.25/mile on running shoes. 

I actually calculated a few of my workout costs (motivated by a LearnVest article).  Running is definitely not my cheapest.  Yoga and lifting are free b/c I use a hand-me-down yoga mat with podcasts and I use old running shoes to lift in.  I should also mention that most of my workout clothes (and I have a bunch) were gifts.  I have a ton of stuff that I haven't even worn yet!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on March 20, 2014, 05:30:23 PM
Shoes ok if you're not a shoe person, because I think many of us would be stuffed if our one pair of runners or dress shoes broke ;) ... or slippers for that matter! Shoes buying is not ok under this gauntlet if you are a crazy shoe lady (or man) with dozens of pairs. I wonder how many pairs us MMM'ers own?
I've got runners, three pairs for the office (one smarter pair for dressing up, one lighter colored pair for summery clothes and one everyday pair), ugg boots, 2x boots for winter (one pair nearly dead, back-up pair was purchased at a really good price), sandals, flip flops, skate shoes (I actually skate), converse and a couple of "dud" pairs that I bought and realised upon wearing they weren't very comfy. Waiting to find someone to give these to whom they might work for, as they (obviously) look pretty much new. I always find it hard to tell if shoes will be comfy or not until I've walked a couple of kms in them :( I wear everything except the duds regularly (i.e. all the winter stuff gets worn at least once a week in winter, and all the summer stuff at least once a week in summer) so I think this is a good amount of shoes for me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on March 22, 2014, 12:48:09 PM
This quarter (since we're almost there) I've spent a total of $47 on clothing. $17 on socks which I don't count. And $30 on a dress that was a steal. Feel confident about April because I will be traveling a lot. No time to shop. Will deal w/ May when it gets here.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on March 22, 2014, 02:35:11 PM
No clothes for me so far this year (yay!!!!).  DH needed some underwear and socks. 

We bought our older toddler some 3T clothes, pants, shirts and pajamas.  This is the first actual clothes shopping trip we've done, because up through his 2Ts were all hand-me downs.  Kept it simple and not aggressively seasonal (lightweight long pants, short sleeved or thin tops, plus some sweatshirts), since these will get passed down to the baby.  I checked Goodwill first, but the available clothes were pretty ratty and stained, so we hit up the Target sale rack instead.  Got really cute cargo pants originally about $20 for $7/pair, and a ton of shirts for $2-$5, plus pajamas for $5/set.  We're about to try Goodwill again for the baby.  His big brother, at this age, lived in a very hot climate, so he lived in short-sleeve onesies or t-shirts and a diaper.  This kiddo is in cool weather so he needs a few things to fill out the wardrobe.  He has tons of onesies and pajamas, but only 3 pairs of thin pants, and we're outside a lot.  I don't want to get much though, since he'll outgrow it fast and we'll just donate after.  Besides Goodwill, I'm looking at the local online sales groups.               
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: windawake on March 22, 2014, 04:03:14 PM
I haven't bought any clothes this year but just wiped out on my bike yesterday and tore a gaping hole in the knee of my only work pants! They're black cords I tailored myself so they fit perfectly. It's so sad. It's a huge hole with ragged edges from sliding along the pavement (it was quite the digger, luckily just bruises and scrapes). Guess I'll have to buy a pair of pants, but now it's not corduroy season anymore and that's what I want. :(
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Kio on March 23, 2014, 01:19:36 PM
I know I am late to this challenge, but I want to join in!  We are getting ready to move, and I just spent the last weekend purging my closet anyway... might as well not buy anymore stuff that I'm going to want to just purge in a year!

So far I have only made 2 clothes purchases in 2014.  The first purchase was $5.35 in January on a pair of earrings at H&M.  I won a trip to Las Vegas, and had absolutely ZERO things to wear that could pass as fancy-enough-for-Vegas.  I decided the best thing to do was pull together the fanciest items I owned, and add some glitzy pizz-azz with some sparkly hoop earrings.  It ended up working out great, and now I have a pair of earrings in my arsenal next time that happens.

The second purchase was last week; $48.42 for low top converse chuck taylors.  This style has been my go-to shoes for the past 12 years, and I wear through a pair in about 3 years, so it was pretty much planned out already. 

Total for 2014: $53.77

Potential Purchases:
Starting in April we will be biking to work, which could require slight modification of my wardrobe. 
During my purge I noticed my gray jeans are dangerously threadbare, so I may be tempted to replace them...

I'm not counting cost of repairing existing items against me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on March 25, 2014, 01:03:49 PM
I was thinking about how I come to this thread to update and always say some version of "still going strong." I am boring myself!

So, how about this? HOW are you spending the time that you use to spend perusing websites for clothing?

As for me, I am reading more, working on goals, spending time with family…I am also watching The Sopranos from the start. =-)

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on March 25, 2014, 05:00:40 PM
I have been using my clothes shopping time reading more, exercising more, doing more crafty things, and of course spending time on this website instead of clothing store websites.

Less positively, I've been spending a good amount of time lately binge-watching tv shows.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: windawake on March 25, 2014, 09:11:17 PM
I've never been one to spend a lot of time online shopping. I have, however, been keeping a fairly consistent list of every outfit I wear to work. I've been trying to cultivate a minimalist wardrobe but don't want to get stuck wearing the same few outfits all the time. Keeping the list helps me see that I have plenty of clothes as long as I use a little imagination.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happyfeet on March 25, 2014, 09:22:15 PM
Fell off the wagon a few times and spent maybe $15 at the Salvation Army - oh well.  Next month.  But I have cut down the times I stopped in significantly.  And instead have been decluttering the house, reading some, and doing some mending, and some crafty stuff.

I appreciate this challenge even though I have made a few purchases.  It's an improvement for me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on March 25, 2014, 10:03:45 PM
I've been doing a helluva lot of landscaping/gardening, and working with my horses.  Both things are > Shopping.  On the other hand, they result in stained, worn out clothing.  I'm more of a binge shopper though - I'll go to TJMaxx and buy several items in a shot, and then not shop again for a month or two, so I'm saving more time than money with this.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on March 27, 2014, 04:07:26 AM
I'm struggling - my burn rate is really high (this week alone two pairs of stockings, a tank top and a pair of leggings bit the dust. The stockings were exempt, but still! Another tank top may be a write off too, but it's having a trip to my parents house this weekend to see if my mum can work her magic on a big stain. That being said I do appreciate the extra time, although currently it's being sucked into studying... I don't think I'll be able to make it through the year without some basic replacements (extra work tops primarily), but I will be limiting it as much as possible and trying to cut back in other areas, because I have built this challenge into my budget.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on April 02, 2014, 07:30:56 AM
I think this challenge is working!  Credit card bill only $164 this month, which is unusually low for me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on April 02, 2014, 08:54:13 AM
I'm in for 2013.  I will have to evaluate at the beginning of 2014 for 2014.  Rules are no new clothes, except:
  • A pair of work pants (I need to replace several worn out ones I just got rid of)
  • Up to 2 sweaters (I've been looking for ones I will like for 2 years.  I'm picky.  I don't anticipate using this exclusion)
  • A bathing suit (replacing the one that finally died), if I stumble across one out of season
  • Thrift store purchases.  I've only ever bought one thing once (largely due to inconvenience of getting there), so maybe this will encourage me to go there.

Title implies 2014, but I think the first post discussed starting now.  That's why some of us pledged the "now" and set dates to reconsider the rest.  I pledged through the end of 2013.  Other than my brief bobble above (I bought tights, which was in the spirit still, and a $10 shirt, which was not), I've kept on the straight and narrow.  I am now committing to no purchases through March 2014, except I'll give myself a boots+$50 [spent $16] allowance for that time period.  I'm going to try to do without breaking into it, but it'll give me some leeway if I need to replace something without letting me into Ann Taylor (unless I'm on the clearance rank with a coupon, hmm....).

I've been taking this challenge quarter by quarter, as I find it more doable to commit to that way.  Above, I've noted what I've used in my "allowance" each time, so I've been keeping pretty straight and narrow.   I hereby set the rules for spring, April - June:

1. Another pair of work pants (I got rid of a lot of old ones)
2. The bathing suit is back!  Renewing it.
3. A work jacket
4. $50 Allowance

It's a bit, but I console myself by remind me that I haven't used half of my allowance in the past.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on April 02, 2014, 09:49:52 AM
I reviewed my spending since last May, and it's made me happy to see the clothing expenditures go down, down, down to zero...

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: golden1 on April 02, 2014, 11:34:02 AM
I am doing well in 2014 so far - I did break down and bought two t-shirts last weekend, but those were my first non-essential clothes purchases this year - not too shabby.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on April 02, 2014, 01:20:52 PM
I bought myself a new swimsuit, since my old one was shredding and I use it several times a week.  I sucked it up and bought a decent quality one (basic black tank) rather than another $20 cheapie.  No other clothing so far this year for me.  DH has still only bought underclothes, and we've bought some kid's clothes that can be passed down to our 2nd kiddo.   
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: EK on April 02, 2014, 01:29:02 PM
I kind of blew it today.  I needed to replace some worn out basics (tees, leggings, keds) which I allowed for in my rules, but I also decided to finally add a couple hoodies to my wardrobe so I can stop stealing my husbands hoodies all the time.  I did not pick out cheap hoodies either. I'm not beating myself up too much though- it wasn't an impulse purchase or anything weird/obsessive, and it was the first non-essential clothing purchase so far.  I may make it the rest of the year without buying anything else- all of my clothes are in pretty good condition now!

I was struck though by how much the experience of shopping has changed for me.  It used to be like a hobby/ relaxation activity for me.  Shopping today just felt like a chore that I had to get over with so I could go back to my happy ways of not buying things.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on April 02, 2014, 05:21:24 PM
I bought myself a new swimsuit, since my old one was shredding and I use it several times a week.  I sucked it up and bought a decent quality one (basic black tank) rather than another $20 cheapie.  No other clothing so far this year for me.  DH has still only bought underclothes, and we've bought some kid's clothes that can be passed down to our 2nd kiddo.   

A quality swimsuit is a worthwhile investment. I bought one for $80, and only bought a replacement for it four years later. The suit is still in useable condition although starting to look a little worn, so it's a perfect spare. I mostly swim at the ocean/river though which is not as hard on your swimmers as the pool. I also always rinse out afterwards.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on April 03, 2014, 06:32:33 AM
I'm still at $2.14 expenditure for the year, but I've lost more weight and have some fairly high-profile business travel coming up, so I'm going to need dress slacks again. I do have one pair in decent shape in my old, smaller, size, but they're still a bit tight, and I don't need tight on this trip, especially not visibly tight. Time to hit the thrift shop again if I can find the time to go...


Then I have a major week-long training trip in midsummer to look at.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on April 03, 2014, 06:59:47 AM
The weather was so cold this week. My slowly creeping boredom with my clothes will be alleviated by all the fun winter stuff I tucked away! Also starting to fill out my clothes again, so it should all fit me again soon! Glad I only bought jeans, shorts and a couple of tops over the past few years while underweight. I may need new jeans and new shorts, but shorts can wait until September and I'll see if my little sister (>2" taller than me) will return the jeans I gave her...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on April 03, 2014, 08:20:39 AM
I was struck though by how much the experience of shopping has changed for me.  It used to be like a hobby/ relaxation activity for me.  Shopping today just felt like a chore that I had to get over with so I could go back to my happy ways of not buying things.

I was never like this for clothes (I shopped rarely, but would buy a bunch at a time, at say an outlet).  But wow, I do feel this way about shopping for things for the new house!  It's totally a chore to buy our planned items - washer/dryer, chandelier, bathroom mirror, grill, outdoor furniture,  etc., rather than a delight.  I'm just crossing items off my list.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: deborah on April 07, 2014, 09:06:38 PM
Can I join in? Yesterday I bought some much needed underpants (old ones had holes) - $14, but that is the first clothes purchase for 2014 (and they are within the rules.

A couple of weeks ago I got out the sewing machine and fixed up a few trousers that needed repair. I have 4 more that need new elastic. I am gradually going through my entire wardrobe, removing unnecessary clothes and fixing up any that need it. Trousers and underpants were first. By the end of 2014 I will have gone through the entire wardrobe! And no purchases outside the rules (I hope).

Bras will be a problem, but I should be able to make them, and I already have all the materials I need.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Eurotexan on April 08, 2014, 10:33:56 AM
I am in too! I spent a ridiculous amount of money on clothes last year, around $10K.. I probably didn't need any of it, just shopped to make me feel good. Well, I'm not feeling very good about it now! So far this year I have spent ZERO on clothes, and it feels great! I have some beautiful clothes in my wardrobe so I am being creative by putting new outfits together. I am determined to last the year so am very happy we have this thread! Great idea!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: acroy on April 08, 2014, 10:51:27 AM
I went shopping without clothes yesterday at Kroger

I got thrown out :( Not sure why!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on April 08, 2014, 07:33:32 PM
I went shopping without clothes yesterday at Kroger

I got thrown out :( Not sure why!!

They should have paid you!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: lifejoy on April 08, 2014, 08:52:43 PM
I'm going to re-join, pretty please!

In in the three months of this year, I have bought a dress ($200), a ring ($50), and a purse ($50).

Darn. Oh well! Each day we are born again.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 08, 2014, 09:00:25 PM
I've almost caved and bought things a few times. But so far I haven't bought anything that wasn't on my exceptions list.

I think the real test will be when it gets cold... I have no pants that fit right now. I gave away my bigger jeans to my sister - they no longer fit anyway. My smaller jeans just need a few kilos of fat to be shed for them to fit just right.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on April 10, 2014, 10:06:51 AM
I went through my hand-me-down 8 year old ++ maternity clothes bag this week.  I have 12 shirts for summer.  I only have one pair of shorts, one pair of capri-length, one pair of jeans.  I'm missing two pairs of shorts (passed to someone else, didn't get them back!) and one knit skirt (oh, and I loved that skirt too --- it was perfect --- have no idea what happened to that one either).  I have two pairs of flip flops, no sandals... would kind of like some sandals that look nicer than flip flops, but I really have no plans to go anywhere much this summer.
I've pretty much convinced myself to make do with what I've got, maybe even attempt to convert a non-maternity skirt into a maternity skirt.  I'm only going to be pregnant for 3.5 more months... I really don't need to go buy anything new.  (This will also be my last one...)  I've got a tankini bathing suit that I bought a couple years ago that I *might* be able to make work (may show a little belly) for this summer, but I probably will have to buy a maternity suit.  I've already paid for a membership to the pool, may as well use it as often as possible before baby is here in late July.

I have bought NO clothing for myself this year.  Actually, last time I bought anything was late September 2013.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on April 16, 2014, 08:01:41 AM
I still have not replaced my running shoes, they still seem pretty good and I have a backup pair that I mostly use for inside working out. I did give a pair to my dauughter that I didnt really use as they were too big, so saved $ there ( she wore out her running shoes for track and they had holes).

I have spent $250. I have been writing things down, and whenever I think about it I am aware of my "list"/  $80 of that purchase was for a pair of boots I have wanted for 3 years. I have probably returned 5 pairs of boots due to not fitting and or not what I was looking for. So I am sort of relieved.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: yogagirl95 on April 16, 2014, 08:02:59 AM
ALSO- the boots were $200 but clearance $80. Hopefully they will last forever.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: crc on April 16, 2014, 10:07:03 AM
I am jumping on this bandwagon a little bit late, but promised myself at the beginning of March that I wouldn't buy anymore clothing for the remainder of 2014. My exceptions will be if necessities break or wear out such as my running shoes or laces for my winter boots. Otherwise NO PURCHASES!

GO TEAM!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on April 16, 2014, 10:25:39 AM
Well, I used a gift card obtained through credit card rewards to purchase 2 pairs of clearance tights at old navy.  $3.94 total.  But not real money, since I used the gift card?  Since I haven't actually spent any actual money on clothes, I maintain that I am still within my made up rules, and doing well on this challenge!  It's actually been quite easy, truth be told.  It seems nearly mid year (okay, it's only April, but it seems like summer is around the corner) and I'm doing okay.

BTW, I found myself in an old navy store because I was meeting a friend for dinner, but there was a wait for our table.  But there was a wait, so she wanted to pop over to old navy.  I didn't actually buy the tights that night.  But they were such a good deal that I had to go back.  So I redeemed the cc rewards and headed over to an ON closer to me.  They had a smaller selection, and they weren't marked down as far.  I was pretty disappointed, but I guess the lesson is "just don't go back..."  Do I like my new tights?  Yes.  But I didn't really need them.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on April 16, 2014, 11:50:32 PM
Well, while northern hemispherians are enjoying spring, autumn here has been 36 degrees Celsius one day and 24 degrees the next. Hot days are all about the least amount of clothing that keeps me suitable for public viewing, so the cold days have me all excited about varying outfits with tights and scarves. Getting my extra clothes down from the top shelf in the wardrobe over easter!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on April 17, 2014, 07:42:25 AM
Well, while northern hemispherians are enjoying spring, autumn here has been 36 degrees Celsius one day and 24 degrees the next. Hot days are all about the least amount of clothing that keeps me suitable for public viewing, so the cold days have me all excited about varying outfits with tights and scarves. Getting my extra clothes down from the top shelf in the wardrobe over easter!

What spring?  Snowed here the night before last.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on April 17, 2014, 08:57:12 AM


What spring?  Snowed here the night before last.

seriously, low of 29 a couple nights ago in PA...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on April 19, 2014, 05:25:44 PM
I'm calling this a success so far. One pair of socks (necessary for work) and then one dress on sale for $30. So a total of $47 spent in almost 4 months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on April 22, 2014, 06:03:48 PM
Spent $33.91 on a western-type shirt today.  I'm categorizing this more as sports equipment, because I'll wear it if/when I take my horse to a western riding competition this summer.  Actually went in the store looking for some new stretchy T's to wear under my cardigans and things for work, but didn't find what I wanted and wasn't tempted to pick up anything else (OK, maybe a little).  On the up side, I was able to scratch fancy running tights off my list since I'm not planning to do any more distance running this year.  I also think I'll be able to get through the year without another pair of running shoes, thanks to the lower mileage I have planned and more running in Vibram 5-Fingers.

Total spend for the year so far is about $60, including the CostCo pack of undies.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on April 22, 2014, 06:22:45 PM
Still at $2.14 for the year (two pairs of pants). I got through my conferences with clothes I already had. I really do need new black slacks, though. The lining on my three-season wool pair is disintegrating, and the pants are too thin to go without.


It's also looking like my weeklong networking/ leadership training thing in Boston is going to happen this summer. For that I'm sure I need to step it up a bit. I'll have to hit the thrift stores for that, too.


Also, my husband has ink-stained/ poked holes in several of the dress shirts he wears to work.


So it looks like I'll be buying some clothes this spring or summer[size=78%], but I'll get it all at thrift stores.[/size]
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on April 23, 2014, 04:48:46 PM
Do you sew at all?  You could actually do this without a sewing machine. Carefully cut the lining out of the pants and use it as a pattern for new lining.  That way you have control over the fabric quality, and you get to keep wearing a pair of pants you like.

The lining on my three-season wool pair is disintegrating, and the pants are too thin to go without.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on April 24, 2014, 06:26:39 AM
Actually, I do sew. I hadn't thought of it, but I am more than capable of making a lining, and I do have the machine, two actually. Duh.


My trouble has been a screaming lack of time (I'm lucky to get to the grocery store on weekends, and I work 10 hours many days, weekends included -- with the obvious breaks for posting here!)


But. The spring semester is ending, and while I do work summers, the pace is much, much easier, especially than the end of semester pace. I will have time in just a couple more weeks, and the big trip where I really need the clothes is in July. These pants are worth the work and extra cost (fabric is more than thrift store slacks). Thanks for pointing it out.


Meanwhile I stopped by my favorite place on my way in for a meeting yesterday (get more done working at home otherwise). Two shirts for me and one for him, so add another $3.21 for an annual total of 5.35. The price is what makes it my favorite place, that and the charity it funds. $1 each for Talbots and Worthington (mine) and Dockers (his).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on April 24, 2014, 10:52:39 AM
Gave new life to some old bras by sewing non-stretch ribbon into the band.  It was a quick fix and they fit tight around now.  I pretty much made the whole band non stretch- I think next time I will leave a little so there's some give.  They are almost too static the way I did it.  Maybe I should undo some of it, actually...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on April 24, 2014, 10:24:44 PM
Spent $33.91 on a western-type shirt today.  I'm categorizing this more as sports equipment, because I'll wear it if/when I take my horse to a western riding competition this summer.  Actually went in the store looking for some new stretchy T's to wear under my cardigans and things for work, but didn't find what I wanted and wasn't tempted to pick up anything else (OK, maybe a little).  On the up side, I was able to scratch fancy running tights off my list since I'm not planning to do any more distance running this year.  I also think I'll be able to get through the year without another pair of running shoes, thanks to the lower mileage I have planned and more running in Vibram 5-Fingers.

Total spend for the year so far is about $60, including the CostCo pack of undies.

For shame.  I did find the stretchy t-s I was seeking, but also got sucked in by the Nordstrom Rack and spent $160 on some an extra pair of the designer jeans I wear to work almost daily, a pair of shoes, and a pair of boots.  All on clearance, but still.  Budget for the year = blown.  I did think about returning the shoes and boots, but decided that the shoes will fill a gap in my work wardrobe, and at worst, the boots will fetch more on eBay than I paid, or I'll wear them and then retire them to barn duty, since they're sturdy enough and properly built for riding.  Now to stay out of the stores for the next 8 months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: sunnyca on April 25, 2014, 03:39:09 PM
Late to the party,but I'm in on this challenge as well.

I have way too many clothes and shoes.  Looking in my closet, I should really not have to buy anything until 2020, at least :-/
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on May 03, 2014, 06:17:33 PM
Ok, before I said I wasn't going to do this. But I managed a measly 1 month of project 333, so this is, while scary, what I'd like to do next! I have some caveats for myself;
1 shoes and hats are exempt
2 I can make myself as many clothes as I like
3 I need new cardigans, a new fluffy warm jumper, and tights, but these will operate on the one in one out rule.
I will try not to use these loopholes, but I really don't wear office appropriate shoes to work and suitable new ones have failed to present themselves.

I haven't bought a single item of clothing this year. However, I am heading back to a professional work setting (from a construction office) so I have to get new shoes. My feet have also been really sore lately and I suspect my shoes might be contributing.
Feeling like i should be able to ditch my other loopholes, though, if someone can direct me to information on how to get the "pills" and fluffy bits of my knitted things so they look nice again.

Ah thanks for the information on shaving clothing. I will try some of the ideas, should prevent me needing to buy anything. I did buy a pair of work suitable shoes on the weekend, which should mean I'm set for the rest of the year.

So far the tally for the year is: 1 pair work shoes; 3 pair socks.

I realised if I wanted to actually wear one of my pairs of boots, I would need thin socks or wear them without socks (eww!) so I spent $10 to make use of them. I've also just taken a different pair of boots in to get their soles redone, which I am SUPER nervous about as I love them but really couldn't wear them anyway... Going to take in a pair of flats to see if there's any saving them when I pick up the boots. I also want a flat pair of ankle boots, which I will get ONLY if I can find an absolutely perfect pair (dark brown, suitable for work and play, looks nice with my skirts and maybe pants). So far, no luck, which in terms of the gauntlet is a good thing :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on May 03, 2014, 07:50:47 PM
OK, so I'm still going well on the no purchasing. But my new job is a bit challenging: people dress up here a lot more. Apart from the new suit last year, a lot of my clothes are looking worn. Undies wearing out. Also change of season so I have to dig out some warmer clothes.
I'm weakening. I'm going to do a deliberate project 333 sort out and see if I can go longer. I've never done one because I think I do it automatically as I tend to have a few outfits I wear over and over..
Stand by to persuade me not to buy anything.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on May 03, 2014, 08:18:02 PM
Still at nothing except a swimsuit.  This is gonna be easier than I thought!  I was expecting to need to buy a formal dress, but it turned out I was scheduled to work that night, so I made money instead of buying an overpriced dress. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 04, 2014, 04:04:52 AM
As the weather gets colder I'm struggling with this challenge... seems a lot colder than last winter!  I'm not caving yet, but it's possible I'll give in and buy a big coat and/or more pants.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on May 04, 2014, 05:37:56 AM
As the weather gets colder I'm struggling with this challenge... seems a lot colder than last winter!  I'm not caving yet, but it's possible I'll give in and buy a big coat and/or more pants.

Yeah, I have plenty of work pants but I need stockings. Happy to report I've also gone up a size in jeans! Yay! I have another whole size to go, so I guess I'll just suck it up and go without until I finish gaining weight.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Astatine on May 05, 2014, 05:11:31 AM
As the weather gets colder I'm struggling with this challenge... seems a lot colder than last winter!  I'm not caving yet, but it's possible I'll give in and buy a big coat and/or more pants.

Have a look in local op shops or keep an eye out on Freecycle just in case.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 05, 2014, 06:30:50 PM
OK, so I'm still going well on the no purchasing. But my new job is a bit challenging: people dress up here a lot more. Apart from the new suit last year, a lot of my clothes are looking worn. Undies wearing out. Also change of season so I have to dig out some warmer clothes.
I'm weakening. I'm going to do a deliberate project 333 sort out and see if I can go longer. I've never done one because I think I do it automatically as I tend to have a few outfits I wear over and over..
Stand by to persuade me not to buy anything.

Okay. If you want help, take all of the clothes out that are appropriate for the season and lay them around a room. Make outfits. Find holes you need to fill in terms of wardrobe. Could you swap with neighbors? Do you have scarves you've not worn in ages? Do you have any clothing around that you bought and have never or rarely worn? If you do this, you might find you can go longer.

Do not feel bad about undies. For my challenge, those do not count. For the most part, you get to make up your own rules here.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on May 05, 2014, 06:48:15 PM
So far: 4 camis (at Forever21 $1.80 apiece, I was in NYC for the day, couldn't pass up).  I intend to keep it at this.

I'm also struggling with weather change, spring coming --- I'll try repurposing, sewing, digging up items from old old piles etc.

Also struggling with some weight gain, I'm up 1-2 sizes, it sux big time.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 05, 2014, 07:02:22 PM
Have bought myself three shirts at thrift stores in the last couple of weeks. Actually always my favorite store, so total is $3.21 recently plus $2.14 early in the year for khakis. Grand total $5.35.

However. The business trip in July. It's in a much fancier city than where I'm at, with much fancier people than I usually work with. I'm afraid I'm going to need to step my game up a bit. Also, it being July, I don't think the three season wool slacks are going to do the trick. I won't be nearly as effective at networking if I smell bad or expire from heat.


So. I really must have one pair of black slacks. I probably need another pair of pants, too, but I have some brown ones that may do -- they're a bit picked. I think I'm ordering a pashmina from eBay, as well. The one I have is a weird pattern, has a hole in it, and I noticed today it smells funny. Sigh. I can fix the smells funny part, and I might be able to fix the hole as well, but I don't know about the weird pattern. I want to buy one, I can get one for under $10. Doesn't seem so terrible, really.


Oh, and then there are shoes. I generally buy one pair of loafers a year, and summer's when I buy them. I'd be happy if I had sandals, too, since I haven't found a pair in a couple of years.


On the bright side, I found a shell that will pack well and that will do nicely packed up in one of our storage boxes, so that something I don't need to buy.


I think I need help. Talk me down, somebody, or maybe tell me it's okay, but one or the other, please!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 06, 2014, 07:20:30 PM
Stay strong!

Today, I benefitted from my own advice. Although I was not placing items around a room to find new outfits, I removed everything from my dresser to get the winter clothes out and the summer clothes in and to reorganize a bit. I "found" a purple shirt and it feels like it's new now.

If you clean out your dresser or closet, you might find that you do not need to buy new pants, shoes, sandals, and etc. Couldn't you wear a jacket instead of a pashmina?

Good luck!


Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on May 07, 2014, 05:01:29 AM
So that semi-formal dress?  The tailor practically ruined it (arm pits needed some alterations I'm not quite up to snuff on, and now it looks like I'm wearing a 10 year old's dress) so I'm just going to have to be under-dressed at the wedding.  Ugh.  Money and hope wasted.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Gray Matter on May 07, 2014, 05:24:48 AM
Other than that one slip (which I confessed to here), I haven't bought myself any clothes this year.  Go me!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 07, 2014, 06:58:05 AM
The business trip in July. It's in a much fancier city than where I'm at, with much fancier people than I usually work with. I'm afraid I'm going to need to step my game up a bit.

It sounds as though you are doubting yourself & are afraid of what other people will think. I totally get it. But you can't let a fear of other people's opinions stop you!


I hear you on that, and I'm trying to evaluate honestly. I really am thinking though, that it's not just doubting myself. I'm certain that most of what I have is too worn to be professional. Some of that is just a function of heavy use, but some of that as a result of weight gain that's keeping me out of some of my older clothes. It's not a lot of weight gain, but I don't think it's going to be gone by July, and just a little bit too snug is not a professional look.


This trip will let me do networking on a national level that I think is going to be instrumental in leading toward the sort of consulting I want to do in a few years when I "retire." I don't know. I'm not sure I'm going to be talked down here. I am going to go back through my wardrobe again to be sure, but I'm not a big clothes buyer, and there's not anything in there that's been "lost."


Be strong! Are there ways around the problem without resorting to breaking the challenge? It seems as though it started off as just pants, but quickly went down a vortex that had you talking about buying entire new wardrobes .... its a slippery slope, isn't it?



I really hear you on this. There do seem to be more things that I need than I had anticipated. The shoe purchase is a given, becauseI've worn  these loafers nearly every day for the last year, and they're just about worn out. It just happens. The sandals are just a want, not a need. And I'll probably skip them again this year. I just get tired of my feet being hot. But, my feet have been hot for the last two summers, and it hasn't killed me.  If I could wear cheap sandals without significant pain, I probably would've broken down and bought some both years. But I need hard-core arch supports (hence the loafers), so the sandals aren't cheap. Usually, I can't find any used ones, either.

i wonder if there is a way to look professional/seasonally appropriate  & be comfortable without buying anything new. It will be July, and hot. Wool slacks are out. What about a dress or skirt? This is what I usually wear to work - can be dressed up or down and can also be worn with bare legs or leggings depending on the weather.


I don't wear skirts to work generally, so I don't already have any. I do have a dress that has gone to work sometimes, but it's winter weight. Come to think of it, though, one suit has a skirt, too tight at my last check, but I've been making progress on the extra weight, so I'll check it again.

Can you borrow any items from a friend for the business trip?


Here's a thought. One of my colleagues dresses well enough, but she's about a size one, and I'm a twelve trying to get back into my tens... I can't think of anyone else who has the clothes (other than two male colleagues).



I would also suggest trying the technique OldToyota mentioned above, of laying out your clothes and trying to come up with 'new' outfits. Sometimes we just have to make what we already have feel FRESH again :)



I'm definitely going to try this. Really, though, I'm not going for fresh; I'm not really worried about that. However, I do need to achieve "respectable" and I'm just not sure that my wardrobe is there. Hitting the closet sounds like a lot more fun than the assessments I'm supposed to be writing today, so I think I'll take an hour and do that before I get going for the day. I'll report back!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 07, 2014, 06:59:18 AM
So that semi-formal dress?  The tailor practically ruined it (arm pits needed some alterations I'm not quite up to snuff on, and now it looks like I'm wearing a 10 year old's dress) so I'm just going to have to be under-dressed at the wedding.  Ugh.  Money and hope wasted.


Oh no! I'm so sorry. No more of that tailor.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 07, 2014, 07:10:09 AM
Stay strong!

Today, I benefitted from my own advice. Although I was not placing items around a room to find new outfits, I removed everything from my dresser to get the winter clothes out and the summer clothes in and to reorganize a bit. I "found" a purple shirt and it feels like it's new now.

If you clean out your dresser or closet, you might find that you do not need to buy new pants, shoes, sandals, and etc. Couldn't you wear a jacket instead of a pashmina?

Good luck!


I did have something like this in unpacking the one box of shirts I had in storage; T-shirts all except for one shell, so that's been a nice find.

On the dresser and closet, though, I think I must have fewer clothes than most people imagine. I won't find any pants or sandals; the pants are all in there, grouped in plain sight, and there aren't any sandals; I don't own any since the dog chewed up one of a pair when she was a puppy (come to think of it, she's five now).


 On the jacket issue, yes, there's actually a silk sweater that I could wear instead of a pashmina, and I may. It's been my go-to business travel sweater for a number of years, but I pulled a section of it sometime recently, and I don't know if I'm going to be able to get the weave back right again. If I can, it packs well and will do nicely. If not, unfortunately, my black jackets are too tight in the arms... Am I wrong to be planning on black for a neutral, throw-over-everything color? I'm thinking of this as a "meeting room is too chilly" sort of item rather than a "need to wear a jacket or pashmina or sweater every day" sort of item.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on May 07, 2014, 02:14:09 PM
Good advice, allsummerlong.

So I tried the "dig deeper" into your bureau trick today and pulled out a shirt I haven't worn in a while.  I got rid of the pants I usually wear it with (worn out), and the other pair I would use has a stain I need to get out.  So...I mixed it up with a different pair of pants, tossed on a thin scarf for the first time ever (I bought a handful in Asia and have never really worn them), and I'm pleased with my "new" outfit.  Inspires me (again) to go and get rid of the clothes I don't like that I've been hanging onto, and rejigger the rest in new outfits.

ETA: Comment between writing that and now from a coworker, "Look at you!  So coordinated with your scarf matching your pants.  Looks great."
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Hadilly on May 07, 2014, 02:58:25 PM
Hi Rural, I applaud your efforts to make your wardrobe work without buying more clothing. There is a case to be made for professional clothes being one of your tools for success. If you were a carpenter and your nail gun was breaking, you couldn't repair it or borrow one, you would go ahead and buy another one without feeling guilty or wasteful. It sounds like you might be at that point with your wardrobe. I would recommend checking out theviviennefiles.com - specifically her posts on capsule and 4x4 wardrobes and then go buy a couple of pieces. Ann Taylor is a good starting place with decent pricepoints and tons of sales.

Also, mustachianism should allow you to buy sandals! Unless you are in crazy debt, release your feet this summer! I would try Naot or Mephisto or Wolky for arch support. I personally love the Helen model from Mephisto. Order a bunch from Zappos to see what you like and then shop around for best prices.

I am dubious about consignment stores.

So, this post might get me drummed out of the club for encouraging consumption, but I think dressing appropriately is important for professional development and progress.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 07, 2014, 03:14:33 PM
Okay reporting back. Thanks for the prodding, everyone, to go through the closet again. I didn't find anything that I didn't know about, but I did discover that I could fit into the suit with the skirt again! That's a major plus; it gives me a skirt and a jacket, and I have started building a capsule wardrobe for the trip around it. It's purple, a little too dark to fit the season's pastels, but is distinctive enough to qualify as a signature piece. It'll do nicely. Plus, I have not one but four scarves that will coordinate well with it, and scarves are a breeze to pack.


I have two good white blouses, either of which would do nicely as another piece of the capsule, but they each have a stain. I'm going to get some Oxy cleaner and soak the stains to see if I can salvage one or the other.


I was able to repair the go-to black silk sweater, so I'm set there.


One of the new shirts I've recently bought is a nice shirt/jacket in gray that coordinates with the purple and with the black-and-white that I'm going to make the basis for everything else. I have a good black shell, and I need to find a white shell.


I will also still have to buy the black pants and the loafers. I have a dressy pair of Danskos that will go with the skirt (yay for shoe repair, which they've had twice).

Hadlily, I don't think anyone will drum you out of the club, but don't give up on used and consignment. Most of my wardrobe is (was, for the worn out parts) Ann Taylor, Talbots, and Jones New York, and I didn't buy any of it new. That's one reason I'm looking so hard now and making decisions more than a month ahead of time: to have the time to look in thrift stores. I'll give the pants another two to three weeks to turn up at s thrift store before I break down and go to the outlets. The white shell I'm certain I can find at a thrift store, and I'm not much worried about brand for a shell. The shoes, because of my arch support issues, I'll probably buy new, but I do fine in loafers from Dr Scholls with an added arch support insert. Sandals are harder because I can't add the insert. I usually wear Dansko or Ecco; I'll have a look at Mephisto. I may get the sandals this year, but we'll see.

One of my goals with any business trip is to pack only a small carryon bag and a laptop bag. It makes life so much easier and airports much more bearable. I think I'll be able to pull it off with this capsule wardrobe -- I'll travel in the suit, probably, but the hotel room has iron and ironing board, and I'm not afraid of them.

Now. Can I manage with only an iPad, I wonder, or do I need to schlep a laptop?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Hadilly on May 07, 2014, 09:53:49 PM
Good, it sounds like you are set to look professional and stylish! I think I was envisioning you in front of a closet looking mournfully at a faded pair of black pants and a lone pair of old loafers, but it sounds like you have a great group of clothes to pack.

I definitely appreciate used clothing - most of my children and husband's clothing comes from goodwill or friends. I've never had luck at consignment stores though. The prices are high in consignment stores around here so I no longer bother. I also usually have pretty specific basics or items of clothing mind,and those just don't seem to turn up.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 08, 2014, 03:36:19 AM
Good, it sounds like you are set to look professional and stylish! I think I was envisioning you in front of a closet looking mournfully at a faded pair of black pants and a lone pair of old loafers, but it sounds like you have a great group of clothes to pack.

I definitely appreciate used clothing - most of my children and husband's clothing comes from goodwill or friends. I've never had luck at consignment stores though. The prices are high in consignment stores around here so I no longer bother. I also usually have pretty specific basics or items of clothing mind,and those just don't seem to turn up.


Thanks. You're right about the faded black pants... Except I do have two good wool ones. I went pretty casual last summer, and before that it had been years since I worked in the summer. I'm sure that was part of the dilemma. But fitting back into that purple suit (weight is anther part of the dilemma) made the difference.


I don't generally do consignment (none around here), but straight-up thrift stores.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on May 08, 2014, 04:14:11 AM
As the weather gets colder I'm struggling with this challenge... seems a lot colder than last winter!  I'm not caving yet, but it's possible I'll give in and buy a big coat and/or more pants.

If it's this cold in Autumn, winter might be really cold.

I'm struggling a lot with the challenge - I have bought some stuff, but:
- I've spent far less than last year
- The stuff I have bought has (mostly) been sensible "needs" - e.g. new leather handbag to replace broken one or has been inexpensive (crumbled and bought $30 worth of clothes at Supre for the upcoming trip) or exceptions allowed under the challenge (new bra, new shoes).
Not a win, but not a total fail either. For my upcoming trip to the USA give me strength... hopefully my cabin luggage only policy will stop me buying stuff. 
I'm going to keep going and see how low I can keep my clothing spend this year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on May 08, 2014, 04:22:21 AM
My favorite boots have pretty new soles :) $30 every few years will be so much cheaper than a new $200 pair!

For those in Perth: garden city has a shop selling cashmere/silk wraps in a rainbow of colours for $25ish each.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on May 08, 2014, 05:58:57 AM
I am still going strong.  No clothing purchases in 2014.

I work in academia, and my "wardrobe", such as it is, works fine.  I suppose people notice that I have worn the same 3 pairs of pants at work for the last few years, but I don't care.  Maybe if the higherups notice, they will give us a raise??  :)

One of my pairs of bike shorts is in really bad shape, and if I decide to really do a lot of biking this summer, I will have to get a new pair, but I am trying to avoid it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on May 09, 2014, 02:03:08 PM
Also, mustachianism should allow you to buy sandals! Unless you are in crazy debt, release your feet this summer! I would try Naot or Mephisto or Wolky for arch support. I personally love the Helen model from Mephisto. Order a bunch from Zappos to see what you like and then shop around for best prices.

I am dubious about consignment stores.

So, this post might get me drummed out of the club for encouraging consumption, but I think dressing appropriately is important for professional development and progress.

Hadilly, mustachian absolutely allows you to buy sandals, and most recognize the important of dressing appropriately for your field.  But this thread is about a gauntlet, supporting each other in not spending on clothes for one year, so here people will naturally try to suggest ways for you to avoid spending on clothes (and shoes for many), but welcome you back if you fall off the wagon.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 09, 2014, 02:10:32 PM


By the way, I have had a lot of success getting stains out w/ homemade Oxyclean - FYI, I used this recipe: http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2013/06/homemade-oxi-clean-for-armpit-stains/ (http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2013/06/homemade-oxi-clean-for-armpit-stains/)


Oh, thanks for the link! I'll give that recipe a try!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on May 12, 2014, 11:28:40 AM
I'm here to report that I've slipped up again.  So far this year, I've purchased a new pair of running shoes, a pair of socks, and a pair of workout capris. 

I'm ready to rededicate myself to the challenge.  I'm planning to take OldToyota's advice about pulling out everything and making new outfits.  I also need to clean out some of my drawers. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on May 12, 2014, 02:38:44 PM
My one purchase of the year so far:
a new maternity swimsuit (top only).  I'll reuse my swim bottoms from last year, as they still fit, but my top from last year is indecent with my big ol' belly.  (If only I'd dropped the pool membership I could've skipped this purchase, but it's the one activity that we do with our kids each summer....)

I think I will need to purchase a bra or two once baby is here and size changes more, but for right now, I'm making do (mostly by wearing tank tops around the house and being completely immodest!).

I had briefly thought about buying new sandals for the summer, but decided I'm not going anywhere really -- so I'll wear my 5 year old flip flops one more year.  :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 12, 2014, 08:07:29 PM
I hear you on the clothing. Normally, I dress business casual or even wear jeans. Both are acceptable. Wearing a suit would be seen as weird, or it would be assumed you are interviewing.

At a meeting at work today with outsiders, I noticed that the outsiders were really spiffy and some of the insiders had followed suit. I ended up being underdressed, but I was not the only one. The meeting had some people from TV, etc there so it was really a crowd that likes to dress "right." I'm glad I do not have to dress like that every day.

I also should add that I am pretty sure I was the only one there cutting my own hair. LOL
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Firefly on May 15, 2014, 06:53:57 AM
My problem is I like dressing nice and hate spending the money:). I was lucky to find some great basic pieces on clearance or at a thrift store and have a variety of scarves. So every season, instead of buying new cloths I do 'window shopping' and look through sites like J Crew or Banana Republic to see what's in style now and then pull out my old clothes and try to combine them and style them in a way that's trendy. So far I was as to pull it off since everyone at my work always comments how fashionable and well put together I am. And I am just happy I am still able to do that using 7 year old pencil skirt some scarves and a thrift store find jacket or blouse :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on May 15, 2014, 07:30:51 AM
For those in here like me that own scarves, but don't really wear them much because you don't know how to tie a scarf, I google and found a great set of tutorials for 50+ scarves.  Wearing the "bisous bow tie" style today, but I have my eye on trying out more and refreshing my wardrobe this way!  I'm thinking the Cape Wrap could even turn a strapless dress work appropriate.

http://www.scarves.net/scarf-tying-index.html

Firefly, do share, what exactly IS in right now?  I lack the gene to identify in style (or to try too hard to be fashionable, though I'll make a little effort for certain events).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Firefly on May 15, 2014, 08:14:53 PM
Firefly, do share, what exactly IS in right now?  I lack the gene to identify in style (or to try too hard to be fashionable, though I'll make a little effort for certain events).
I wish I knew that instinctively, I just try to copy what the fancy stores are putting on their models :). From what I gather "casual" is a big thing now. If you wear a jacket or a blouse/shirt, roll the sleeves up and casually wrap the scarf around. Bid chunky colorful jewelry seems to be in now too. Loose tops with skinny jeans are in (I can never pull this one off :)). Dresses are in. I had some dresses for years and still wear them now with rolled up sleeves and either scarves or big necklace or a skinny colorful belt. I pair my basic black dress with a colorful flats for a more casual look or heals for work. I am HUGE on scarves (must be my European upbringing :)). I find that they really make an outfit and make you look more put together. I like this lady's blog - on the side she has links to the tutorials on how to tie scarves. She seems to only wear Hermes scarves - my collection is a lot more budget friendly :) http://www.maitaispicturebook.com/

On a topic of not buying new clothes in 2014 - I am proud to report that I recently lost 15 lbs and am able to fit into some clothes I couldn't wear for years. WAY better thank buying new clothes!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on May 15, 2014, 08:29:31 PM
Interesting, I had only identified the big chunky jewelry (of which I own none).  Jeans I can't really do at my workplace (we used to, and I wore it only rarely on Fridays, but then had a new agency head who is ex-military and...).  Will have to try the rolled up sleeve look.  I mentioned above in the thread I found a fashion website which was instrumental in teaching me to layer my outfits.  Such a simple trick that gets you such mileage.  I totally lack the gene.  I've been the person to be sold on the suit (tried on in store with the offered scarf by the salesperson) and then get home and not like it much and take well over a year to figure out why not...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Firefly on May 15, 2014, 08:50:38 PM
Ditto on layering!
Years and several companies ago I shared an office with one awesome lady who became my good friend and mentor. I always admired her style - it was so simple and so elegant. Her mantra was always carry yourself with confidence. No matter what you wear always act as if you are wearing the most expensive and exclusive outfit ever. Even if you are in a hospital gown, present yourself in such way that everyone in the room would think 'gee, I gotta get myself a hospital gown'. Years later I am still working on developing that confidence :).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on May 16, 2014, 09:14:38 AM
Thanks goodness I live in a town and work at a place where what is "in" as far as clothing (and most other things, too) doesn't matter one iota.  In fact, my town has a reputation for having unfashionably attired people.  I'm proud to be one of them.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on May 16, 2014, 11:03:24 PM
I'm here to report that I've slipped up again.  So far this year, I've purchased a new pair of running shoes, a pair of socks, and a pair of workout capris. 

I'm ready to rededicate myself to the challenge.  I'm planning to take OldToyota's advice about pulling out everything and making new outfits.  I also need to clean out some of my drawers.

I slipped up a little too, but only $20 worth that i just 'had to': 4 camis at Forever 21 @$1.80 a piece -was in NYC for a day and i've been looking for just these ...  And 2 work blouses for $13 total from a trendy little thrift store i discovered in town (express and H&M brands) - actually feel like a winner on these buys but still, failed the gauntlet :(

Ok Now I'm back...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zikoris on May 17, 2014, 09:38:32 AM
According to Mint, as of May 18th it will be officially one year since I bought any "actual" clothes. I have bought socks twice, a swimsuit to replace my old one that was completely destroyed, and a pair of tights (the kind you wear under dresses/skirts, not the kind you wear on their own as pants). My stuff all looks great still as well - it's amazing what a difference it makes wearing something a few times before washing, and hanging stuff to dry!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on May 17, 2014, 10:16:15 AM
I found my white shell and a pair of black slacks that fit at a thrift store last week. Not entirely happy with the slacks, as they're 100% polyester, but in my world one doesn't turn down $3 dress pants that fit, because only about one trip in 20 produces pants that fit. I'll continue to keep an eye out at thrift stores, but these can be the pants for the trip if they have to.


I also bought socks and decided the loafers I have will work for the trip, though they'll need to be replaced in the fall. So, I'm all set for the trip if I need to be.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Firefly on May 17, 2014, 04:44:35 PM
CommonCents - I just remembered another trend. Acid-wash jeans. If I just kept my high-wasted acid-washed jeans from big school I would be soooooo in style now :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 20, 2014, 08:11:26 AM
I have a clothing challenge. I am signing up to do one of those mud-obstacle-course events. As I thought about what to wear, I was thinking of a cotton tee shirt. Then, I found out that is not a good idea because it holds water and doesn't dry fast. I think a relative gave me some sports shirts with quick-dry fabric, so I am going to see if those will do the trick.

I thought I would wear my sneakers, but I read it's better to have "barefoot" shoes so you do not turn your ankle. The advice I've read, actually, provides conflicting viewpoints. I am going to check around some more. On the one hand, I know a sneaker will hold water/mud in all its spongy parts. Ugh. On the other, I don't want to buy new shoes. I might be able to handle a few hours of discomfort in the interest of not buying new shoes.

If I can use what I have for shoes, shirt, and pants/shorts, then I am left with only needing a headband or old baseball cap and quick-dry underwear (which is on my list of allowable items I can buy this year).


Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on May 20, 2014, 08:30:28 AM
Firefly, serious?  It took me a while to get off that fad the last time, after it had passed, so I'm not ready to jump back into it!

Ok I realize this is probably the worst place to ask this question, but, this thread is actively read so I'll try it.  One of my exceptions is a bathing suit.  I wore my last one for about 12 years, before it literally fell apart this past summer.  Where can I go get a good bathing suit?  I genuinely don't care about price if the quality is good, and I need a replacement with summer coming on.  And while I like to look sexy as much as the next gal, I was horrified by one shop I walked into that had only thongs, brazillians, etc.  Looking for a good bikini that I can wear around my parents or my 8 yo nephew without turning red.  (For general style, I wear a lot of Ann Taylor to work.)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 20, 2014, 11:10:01 AM
Firefly, serious?  It took me a while to get off that fad the last time, after it had passed, so I'm not ready to jump back into it!

Ok I realize this is probably the worst place to ask this question, but, this thread is actively read so I'll try it.  One of my exceptions is a bathing suit.  I wore my last one for about 12 years, before it literally fell apart this past summer.  Where can I go get a good bathing suit?  I genuinely don't care about price if the quality is good, and I need a replacement with summer coming on.  And while I like to look sexy as much as the next gal, I was horrified by one shop I walked into that had only thongs, brazillians, etc.  Looking for a good bikini that I can wear around my parents or my 8 yo nephew without turning red.  (For general style, I wear a lot of Ann Taylor to work.)

Modcloth has 50s-style bathing suits--both single and bikini. Lands End usually has good ones too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on May 20, 2014, 11:15:02 AM
Firefly, serious?  It took me a while to get off that fad the last time, after it had passed, so I'm not ready to jump back into it!

Ok I realize this is probably the worst place to ask this question, but, this thread is actively read so I'll try it.  One of my exceptions is a bathing suit.  I wore my last one for about 12 years, before it literally fell apart this past summer.  Where can I go get a good bathing suit?  I genuinely don't care about price if the quality is good, and I need a replacement with summer coming on.  And while I like to look sexy as much as the next gal, I was horrified by one shop I walked into that had only thongs, brazillians, etc.  Looking for a good bikini that I can wear around my parents or my 8 yo nephew without turning red.  (For general style, I wear a lot of Ann Taylor to work.)
When I need a new suit, I order a few suits from Nordstroms (free shipping/free returns) and try them on at home.  I probably spend a bit more, but I never have to deal with searching for sizes/styles. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on May 23, 2014, 05:25:07 PM
Jantzen usually has more practical styles that are actually for, you know, swimming.

Mine are a few years old (never wear them) and I think I got them both at Marshall's.  Good quality and somewhat stylish but plenty of coverage.   

You might check the Athleta catalog, too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on May 24, 2014, 01:52:38 AM
Did a sort of modified project 333  and found I had lots of clothes, I just had to remind myself! Spent a few hours trying out different combinations.  Found a  new skirt and top that had been lost up the back and never worn, still with tags.  2 bags of things to go out. Will keep going another 3 months and reassess.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on May 27, 2014, 06:27:27 AM
The Versalette came back with exactly the tweaks that stopped me from buying it before - both through Kickstarter and its second production run.  It's now slightly longer for better dress coverage and in charcoal rather than black.  I make no apologies for this purchase. 

http://www.seamly.co/products/versalette

I just bought about 6 dresses, 7 shirts, 2 shawls, and three skirts in one article of clothing, all while supporting an American made, surplus fabric using, eco conscious company that I truly believe in.   
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ibleedirish on May 30, 2014, 07:03:30 AM
I know I'm late to the party, but I'm in as well, even if its just for the last half of the year. This is a big step for me!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on May 30, 2014, 12:27:45 PM
Welcome!

I will soon celebrate 6 months with no clothing purchases. Very exciting! It's been remarkably painless, and I LOVE to see that low, low credit card bill. =-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on May 30, 2014, 02:53:01 PM
Firefly, serious?  It took me a while to get off that fad the last time, after it had passed, so I'm not ready to jump back into it!

Ok I realize this is probably the worst place to ask this question, but, this thread is actively read so I'll try it.  One of my exceptions is a bathing suit.  I wore my last one for about 12 years, before it literally fell apart this past summer.  Where can I go get a good bathing suit?  I genuinely don't care about price if the quality is good, and I need a replacement with summer coming on.  And while I like to look sexy as much as the next gal, I was horrified by one shop I walked into that had only thongs, brazillians, etc.  Looking for a good bikini that I can wear around my parents or my 8 yo nephew without turning red.  (For general style, I wear a lot of Ann Taylor to work.)
I've never been able to find a used swimsuit... and so have had to purchase new (probably for the best from a sanitary perspective ;) ). I've had great luck at Kohl's and Target. I also do not want to walk around in a teensy bikini, so I feel you there. I am tall and thin, so no single-pieces fit (they're too short) and the bikinis all look ridiculously tiny and inappropriate. My solution is to get two pieces: a tankini on top (had no clue what this was, learned it's a tank top that is a bathing suit) and then either bikini bottoms or a short swim skirt. Went on a family vacation last summer that involved a lot of water sports and I ended up wearing my yoga top and running skirt most of the time--same material as a swim suit but much more comfortable and durable. Plus, bonus of being able to use for exercise year round and not just at the beach!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on May 30, 2014, 05:47:38 PM
Ok, before I said I wasn't going to do this. But I managed a measly 1 month of project 333, so this is, while scary, what I'd like to do next! I have some caveats for myself;
1 shoes and hats are exempt
2 I can make myself as many clothes as I like
3 I need new cardigans, a new fluffy warm jumper, and tights, but these will operate on the one in one out rule.
I will try not to use these loopholes, but I really don't wear office appropriate shoes to work and suitable new ones have failed to present themselves.

I haven't bought a single item of clothing this year. However, I am heading back to a professional work setting (from a construction office) so I have to get new shoes. My feet have also been really sore lately and I suspect my shoes might be contributing.
Feeling like i should be able to ditch my other loopholes, though, if someone can direct me to information on how to get the "pills" and fluffy bits of my knitted things so they look nice again.

Ah thanks for the information on shaving clothing. I will try some of the ideas, should prevent me needing to buy anything. I did buy a pair of work suitable shoes on the weekend, which should mean I'm set for the rest of the year.

So far the tally for the year is: 1 pair work shoes; 3 pair socks.

I realised if I wanted to actually wear one of my pairs of boots, I would need thin socks or wear them without socks (eww!) so I spent $10 to make use of them. I've also just taken a different pair of boots in to get their soles redone, which I am SUPER nervous about as I love them but really couldn't wear them anyway... Going to take in a pair of flats to see if there's any saving them when I pick up the boots. I also want a flat pair of ankle boots, which I will get ONLY if I can find an absolutely perfect pair (dark brown, suitable for work and play, looks nice with my skirts and maybe pants). So far, no luck, which in terms of the gauntlet is a good thing :)

Stugling not to buy a pair of jeans. I was sure I had a pair, though, so I'll turn the house upside down (and maybe declutter a bit!) before I buy anything. Deliberate weight changing sucks. I fit all my skirts, but it's cold, and for pants I have work pants and trackie pants, which do not quite cover the spectrum of situations where I need pants. Maybe I'm just not used to wearing work pants to outside work stuff and trackie pants to craft days? I'll try that first too...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 31, 2014, 02:49:40 AM
I've officially reached the stage where I have to buy more work clothes. I now have to do washing twice a week to have warm, work apropriate outfits to wear, and that can't be an efficient way to structure my life.

So. Going shopping tomorrow. I want dresses (maybe two) that don't need to be ironed and are dark enough to wear with black tights all winter. I will also consider work pants and a dark blazer/jacket, but only if I find ones I really really love.

Eventually my entire wardrobe will consist of black, dark grey and dark blue. These seem to be the easiest colours for me.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on May 31, 2014, 07:35:00 AM
I've been pining for maryjanes online lately. If I can find some, I'm going to buy some when I go back to America *again* in August (but this time to get married wootwoot!).

I must admit that wearing boots to work every day is beginning to be quite bothersome. It's far too hot and my feet turn into sweaty nasty things! Maryjanes would be nice. And feminine, which I do like sometimes.

EDIT: I like how this thread has turned into us justifying different expenses. The amount of thought that goes into each purchase shows how much we're succeeding, even when we end up buying things we said we wouldn't. Bravisimo, participants.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on June 04, 2014, 07:49:09 AM

Eventually my entire wardrobe will consist of black, dark grey and dark blue. These seem to be the easiest colours for me.

Interesting how these themes come up.
I have mainly black separates, and add colour/pattern in tops/shirts. I have a second grouping around dark brown, which suits me better than black since I'm an "autumn", but its harder to find.

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EDIT: I like how this thread has turned into us justifying different expenses. The amount of thought that goes into each purchase shows how much we're succeeding, even when we end up buying things we said we wouldn't. Bravisimo, participants.

Agree! Its all very intentional, which I guess is the idea. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: JoyBlogette on June 04, 2014, 08:51:37 AM
I'm in!  Only exception is I have a buy a bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding.  I am still returning back to my normal size after having a baby last year so this will force me to wear what I have and not buy anything new in a "transition" size.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: bugbaby on June 05, 2014, 08:33:28 PM
Today I tried on 10 shorts/pants and didn't buy a single one! I don't need them at all... Am drowning in clothes as it is ... but just that urge for new stuff for this summer!    So far this year I've spent only $20 for essentials ie tops for work..  This gauntlet really keeps me going !

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Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 05, 2014, 09:46:55 PM
I like how this thread has turned into us justifying different expenses. The amount of thought that goes into each purchase shows how much we're succeeding, even when we end up buying things we said we wouldn't. Bravisimo, participants.

For me, it's made me super thoughtful about what I buy in so many different ways. The obvious: do I really need it? Will it really be something wonderful in my life or am I just having the urge to acquire 'stuff'? But also, was it ethically produced? Does it fit my style? Will it survive being worn every week for a few years?

After posting about needing to buy some dresses that I could wear to work with black tights etc, I did indeed buy two dresses. They are both work appropriate but also nice enough that I could wear them out to dinner. They work well with black tights but can be worn bare-legged when the weather heats up. Neither one needs to be ironed. Both are absolutely lovely and I feel great when I put them on. This is exactly where I was hoping I would end up from doing this challenge - buying clothes in a mindful way that fits my lifestyle and values and honestly makes my life easier.

I've also bought more underwear this week. Underwear is the bane of my existence! Love wearing it, hate buying it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: brooklynmoney on June 07, 2014, 07:46:29 PM
Sigh. I broke down today. After spending $47 for the last 5 months, I just snapped and bought a work dress, two work shirts and a fun sweater at the Aritzia sale. I did feel like I needed the work shirts.

I should be good for the rest of the summer, although my shoes seem to be falling apart. Might have to break down and buy a pair of flats. That's it though for the summer for sure! Will deal w/ Fall when it gets here. I think a reasonable goal would be to keep clothes spending this year to $500. It's the least I can do to make up for all the $ I've spent on furnishing/fixing up my apt.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on June 11, 2014, 06:56:23 PM
I went browsing in my favorite store before meeting a friend for hot chocolate. I bought a dress, went back the next day and got a jumper on sale for work and a woolen coat. The coat I'm taking back because the length is just not quite right. Going shopping was overwhelming, because there was so much stuff and I had a helpful assistant. On the other hand, I only seriously considered versatile pieces that filled in holes in my wardrobe. And absolutely no itchy jumpers. Not quite what I'd intended (thought I'd end up buying jeans first!) But I feel remarkably calm after the purchases.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 11, 2014, 07:35:25 PM
I went browsing in my favorite store before meeting a friend for hot chocolate. I bought a dress, went back the next day and got a jumper on sale for work and a woolen coat. The coat I'm taking back because the length is just not quite right. Going shopping was overwhelming, because there was so much stuff and I had a helpful assistant. On the other hand, I only seriously considered versatile pieces that filled in holes in my wardrobe. And absolutely no itchy jumpers. Not quite what I'd intended (thought I'd end up buying jeans first!) But I feel remarkably calm after the purchases.

May I ask which shop it is that you love?

I'm still struggling with this challenge. I have two work skirts, both of which are now on their last legs. I own three decent work dresses and a few that I can get away with wearing if I don't have external meetings (which probably means I really shouldn't wear them at all anymore). No pants. Enough tops to cycle through them every few weeks. This is what I have after buying the two new dresses last weekend!

I really feel like I need to start looking for more work clothes now so that I'm not up shit creek as soon as one of the skirts dies.

Additionally, turns out I have no idea how to dress for winter. I am freezing cold all the time :-(
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on June 11, 2014, 09:23:42 PM
I went browsing in my favorite store before meeting a friend for hot chocolate. I bought a dress, went back the next day and got a jumper on sale for work and a woolen coat. The coat I'm taking back because the length is just not quite right. Going shopping was overwhelming, because there was so much stuff and I had a helpful assistant. On the other hand, I only seriously considered versatile pieces that filled in holes in my wardrobe. And absolutely no itchy jumpers. Not quite what I'd intended (thought I'd end up buying jeans first!) But I feel remarkably calm after the purchases.

May I ask which shop it is that you love?

I'm still struggling with this challenge. I have two work skirts, both of which are now on their last legs. I own three decent work dresses and a few that I can get away with wearing if I don't have external meetings (which probably means I really shouldn't wear them at all anymore). No pants. Enough tops to cycle through them every few weeks. This is what I have after buying the two new dresses last weekend!

I really feel like I need to start looking for more work clothes now so that I'm not up shit creek as soon as one of the skirts dies.

Additionally, turns out I have no idea how to dress for winter. I am freezing cold all the time :-(

I have stockings that contain wool, and wear these with skirts and knee high boots. That's for when I'm not wearing pants. Ankle boots don't seem to cut it at the moment, i need most of my legs really snug. I'm still fumbling a lot to get the right amount of coziness in my clothes. I'm normally too cold on my way to work. I recommend getting a proper pashmina.

The shop I love is dangerfield, which looks scary on the outside but has a lot of cute clothes on the inside. And in colours that don't wash me out. I don't know what their ethics are like and haven't looked them up yet (worried they won't be any good, head in sand type thinking).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: HappierAtHome on June 11, 2014, 09:42:59 PM
The shop I love is dangerfield, which looks scary on the outside but has a lot of cute clothes on the inside. And in colours that don't wash me out. I don't know what their ethics are like and haven't looked them up yet (worried they won't be any good, head in sand type thinking).

Dangerfield is great! But yeah, I haven't looked into their manufacturing practices. So no idea there.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CanuckExpat on June 16, 2014, 11:05:10 PM
I've been gone for a while, but I thought I'd check in. We've been doing great: between the two of us, we've held off entirely except for a pair of tights and a pair of boots.. I had technically allowed underwear (if tights count), and not said anything about shoes, so not doing bad.

I don't have it broken down exactly this granular, but based on a quick glance at Mint we've spent about $85 the first six months of this year on clothing (most of that the boots), as opposed to at least $1200 for the same time period last year! Last year did include a suit and a few shoes, but the difference with being more mindful is amazing. On what we thought was already a good budget.

Thanks for the challenge!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on June 17, 2014, 11:06:24 AM
I just wanted to check in after my last post/confession (bought two pairs of workout pants).  I haven't bought any new items, but I've worn both pairs of capris several times/week since I bought them.  I've decided to stop beating myself up about the slip-up and focus on avoiding future purchases. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on June 18, 2014, 09:45:18 PM
Spent $33.91 on a western-type shirt today.  I'm categorizing this more as sports equipment, because I'll wear it if/when I take my horse to a western riding competition this summer.  Actually went in the store looking for some new stretchy T's to wear under my cardigans and things for work, but didn't find what I wanted and wasn't tempted to pick up anything else (OK, maybe a little).  On the up side, I was able to scratch fancy running tights off my list since I'm not planning to do any more distance running this year.  I also think I'll be able to get through the year without another pair of running shoes, thanks to the lower mileage I have planned and more running in Vibram 5-Fingers.

Total spend for the year so far is about $60, including the CostCo pack of undies.

I ended up finding and buying the stretchy T's, and a couple other summer tops last month, but I've been good since then.  Weather has been a mix of hot days calling for summer clothes, and cooler transitional days, and I haven't had any "I have nothing to wear" mornings.  This really has been a great challenge to be more mindful of purchases; I'm really wearing and enjoying everything I have bought this year, and kept the spending in check, even if it hasn't been zero.

For shame.  I did find the stretchy t-s I was seeking, but also got sucked in by the Nordstrom Rack and spent $160 on some an extra pair of the designer jeans I wear to work almost daily, a pair of shoes, and a pair of boots.  All on clearance, but still.  Budget for the year = blown.  I did think about returning the shoes and boots, but decided that the shoes will fill a gap in my work wardrobe, and at worst, the boots will fetch more on eBay than I paid, or I'll wear them and then retire them to barn duty, since they're sturdy enough and properly built for riding.  Now to stay out of the stores for the next 8 months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on June 19, 2014, 11:13:19 AM
I attempted to repair two pairs of jeans yesterday.  I ironed on patched that I bought a while back at JoAnn's for $2.  I'm wearing one of the pairs right now, and it seems fine.  This is my first attempt at repairing a clothing item, so I'm feeling very proud of myself.  I even posted it in the "what you did today to save money" page. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Anatidae V on June 22, 2014, 03:03:57 AM
I went browsing in my favorite store before meeting a friend for hot chocolate. I bought a dress, went back the next day and got a jumper on sale for work and a woolen coat. The coat I'm taking back because the length is just not quite right. Going shopping was overwhelming, because there was so much stuff and I had a helpful assistant. On the other hand, I only seriously considered versatile pieces that filled in holes in my wardrobe. And absolutely no itchy jumpers. Not quite what I'd intended (thought I'd end up buying jeans first!) But I feel remarkably calm after the purchases.

So, yeah. Failed the gauntlet. The store wouldn't give me money back for my coat (no refunds) and nearly didn't let me exchange (I thought their exchanges policy was "inside 14 WORKING days", but turns out it was 7 days for stores and 14 days for online). I swapped the coat I'd never end up wearing (due to less-than-perfect fit) for 2 jumpers I absolutely will wear constantly, and a $50 gift card for SO to buy something for himself. Not a complete win (wanted my $ back!) but definitely better. Trying not to decide this is a complete fail, and to get back on board.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on June 23, 2014, 09:21:42 AM
I attempted to repair two pairs of jeans yesterday.  I ironed on patched that I bought a while back at JoAnn's for $2.  I'm wearing one of the pairs right now, and it seems fine.  This is my first attempt at repairing a clothing item, so I'm feeling very proud of myself.  I even posted it in the "what you did today to save money" page.

The repair job was a bust.  The iron-on patches are in a precarious position, so they're not sticking well.  At least I tried!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BigBigote on June 24, 2014, 08:23:58 PM
This challenge is so interesting - I'm feeling inspired!

To continue being inspired - here's a podcast from Stuff Mom Never Told You on our overconsumption and how donating clothes isn't always what you think it is: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/does-donating-clothes-do-more-harm-than-good/

Apparently, people in Africa sometimes refer to donated clothes that get shipped over from the US as "Dead White People Clothes", because they can't imagine someone giving away such nice clothes unless they died.  It does show how we buy perfectly good items, just to discard them!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on June 26, 2014, 11:20:04 AM
This challenge is so interesting - I'm feeling inspired!

To continue being inspired - here's a podcast from Stuff Mom Never Told You on our overconsumption and how donating clothes isn't always what you think it is: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/podcasts/does-donating-clothes-do-more-harm-than-good/

Apparently, people in Africa sometimes refer to donated clothes that get shipped over from the US as "Dead White People Clothes", because they can't imagine someone giving away such nice clothes unless they died.  It does show how we buy perfectly good items, just to discard them!
Thanks for sharing!  I had listened to the Planet Money podcast before (http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/10/247362140/the-afterlife-of-american-clothes), so I've heard about clothing going to Africa.  But the podcast you posted looks at the effect on the local economy and textile industry.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on June 27, 2014, 06:10:06 AM
The shop I love is dangerfield, which looks scary on the outside but has a lot of cute clothes on the inside. And in colours that don't wash me out. I don't know what their ethics are like and haven't looked them up yet (worried they won't be any good, head in sand type thinking).

Dangerfield is great! But yeah, I haven't looked into their manufacturing practices. So no idea there.

Designed in Australia made in China I think. Quality is low for the price, so only worth it if you get it at 50% off. My fave store though! I haven't done very well with this gauntlet, but I have successfully avoided this store (with the exception of the clearance outlet in Sydney where I bought a leather bag to replace a broken one and two pairs of tights from the $1 bin... tights were on my allowed list) all year. That in itself is a huge achievement for me (I used to be on first name basis with he girls at the EnEx store, and they'd always ask me how whatever I'd bought previously was going.... yikes!) I did used to be made in Oz, and they may still make some stuff here, but pretty sure the vast majority of it it made in china these days. I guess the good thing is it's still an Australian brand providing Australians with design work (unlike many other brands where design work is also offshore and all profits are going offshore).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: catccc on June 27, 2014, 08:36:15 AM
1/2 year check in.  Still good!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zikoris on June 27, 2014, 03:15:01 PM
Halfway through the year, we're at $33.56 for two people, and that was socks for me and underwear for him - quite a bit of both, so we shouldn't need any more any time soon. So far so good!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on June 27, 2014, 03:55:22 PM
Midyear report: I'm under $70 for the year despite all the business trip angst above. $20 of that is a pair of cheap sandals on clearance at Walmart which miraculously had enough arch support to work. I've worn virtually nothing else since I got them. Another $30 is a pair of Dr Shoal's black sneakers to give me a closed-toe option. In late May, I developed debilitating foot pain from what I believe to be plantar fascitis, and these two pair of shoes, combined with new inserts, have got me walking again. Oh, add $12 for arch supporting heel cups and gel padding for the ball of the foot, so I'm probably right at $80 for the year.


We've now been told that the business trip will be "business casual, emphasis on the casual," so I've revamped my plan to khakis. I think I'll look one more time for black pants that are more along the line of Dockers than the slacks I found, and then take the slacks as well so I'm not counting on two pairs of pants over six days with no ability to wash in case of a spill. I will, of course, seek these pants at thrift stores.


I also found a shredded tear in one of the pairs of carpenter pants that my husband wears to work, and it's too shredded to repair cleanly (thought not to patch) so that pair will be demoted to actual carpentry work and I'm on the prowl for sales on work pants for him. He can't wear actual jeans to work, but he tears up dress slacks, so our compromise has been Carhartt style brown and khaki pants. I'll buy another pair of those sometime before August when he goes back to school. A good sale or an off-brand alternative at the building supply store will mean I don't have to fork out for actual Carhartts, but if nothing turns up by August, that's what I'll have to do. He needs a pair for every day of the week because he gets visible dirt on things daily, and I do not have the time to wash during the week. I get the majority of his (pants) wardrobe at the little local building supply place and at Ace hardware, though his shirts I can find at thrift stores. :-)


So, that should be it for planned purchases this year. I will likely cave and buy something cute at the thrift store, a new sweater for fall or something like that. Regardless, however, we will come in about $150 if we buy name-brand Carhartts, well under my budget of $200 a year for clothing, and under $120 if I find an off-brand again this year.


The above is not perfect, but it's good enough for me, especially since we've managed to sustain at this level (the $200 or under budget) for at least the last eight years. It was harder the years I bought $100 Danskos new, but we did it. I'm comfortable with spending at that level even in retirement, and now that I know summer is a weakness for my wardrobe, I'll start looking for core pieces at thrift stores.


So, I didn't cooperate with the challenge, exactly. But I think I showed myself that I'm doing all right anyway. Following the challenge to the letter this year would have been counterproductive to a system that is working.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on June 28, 2014, 09:20:52 AM
I need to recommit to this thread--I'll be switching jobs, and I'll have a slightly different, dressier, dress code.  So, I went a little nuts and spend about $200 on clothing at an outlet mall on vacation; however, I'm not buying any more clothing this year.  None!  No workout clothes, swimsuits, etc.!

I'm actually thinking of doing Project 333, because I tend to be kind of a boring dresser, and I think working with only my 30 best items might help me remix and engage in making cuter outfits in general.  If I do it, I'll probably start in August, because right now, I'm not actually working, so my wardrobe consists of shorts and tank tops.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on June 28, 2014, 10:01:31 AM
Update: found the Dockers, actual name brand at Goodwill for $5.99, more than I will usually pay for pants. I bought men's, weirdly enough, but women's pants never fit me right, and I decided that if I was going to have ill-fitting clothes, they might as well be well-made ill-fitting clothes. A belt and some hemming will solve the problems, and the pockets are the stuff dreams are made of.


I also bought a pretty scarf for $1.99, so I'm not perfect. Focusing on "good enough" here. :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on June 28, 2014, 06:11:17 PM
I bought some running shorts at REI.  They sent me a $20 off of $50 coupon, plus I had ~$10 dividend, so didn't spend too much OOP (bought a non-clothing item too, the shorts weren't $50).  Otherwise, doing pretty well, and have definitely kept it within reason on the work clothes end of things.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on July 01, 2014, 05:00:18 AM
Half of 2014 is over--wow.  And I have spent $0 on clothes.

I was at my former high school (boarding school) last week, and I purposely avoided the bookstore (even though we were given a 25% coupon for one item) because I knew I would be tempted.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on July 01, 2014, 08:39:40 AM
I, too, have spent $0 on clothing in 2014. Woot!

Child and spouse are not in this challenge, yet their costs have also been verrrry low. Spouse has spent $60 in 6 months. Child has loads of clothes from last year that still fit. One reason I did not include the kiddo is because I thought the fast rate of growth would mean clothing purchases, yet even that expense has been far lower than expected.

I've been WFH home more often and that makes outfits easy. I don't really have outfits at home. I just wear whatever I throw on--or sometimes even workout clothing so I don't have to bother changing before exercising.


Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Mrs. Frugalwoods on July 01, 2014, 09:16:06 AM
I confess that I've spent 50 cents on clothes in 2014: one hot-pink belt from a garage sale. I'm pretty happy about this. I'm impressed with myself that I made the transition from winter to spring to hot summer without caving! All of my old clothes are working just dandy.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on July 01, 2014, 10:00:47 AM
I'm in for 2013.  I will have to evaluate at the beginning of 2014 for 2014.  Rules are no new clothes, except:
  • A pair of work pants (I need to replace several worn out ones I just got rid of)
  • Up to 2 sweaters (I've been looking for ones I will like for 2 years.  I'm picky.  I don't anticipate using this exclusion)
  • A bathing suit (replacing the one that finally died), if I stumble across one out of season
  • Thrift store purchases.  I've only ever bought one thing once (largely due to inconvenience of getting there), so maybe this will encourage me to go there.

Title implies 2014, but I think the first post discussed starting now.  That's why some of us pledged the "now" and set dates to reconsider the rest.  I pledged through the end of 2013.  Other than my brief bobble above (I bought tights, which was in the spirit still, and a $10 shirt, which was not), I've kept on the straight and narrow.  I am now committing to no purchases through March 2014, except I'll give myself a boots+$50 [spent $16] allowance for that time period.  I'm going to try to do without breaking into it, but it'll give me some leeway if I need to replace something without letting me into Ann Taylor (unless I'm on the clearance rank with a coupon, hmm....).

I've been taking this challenge quarter by quarter, as I find it more doable to commit to that way.  Above, I've noted what I've used in my "allowance" each time, so I've been keeping pretty straight and narrow.   I hereby set the rules for spring, April - June:

1. Another pair of work pants (I got rid of a lot of old ones)
2. The bathing suit is back!  Renewing it.
3. A work jacket
4. $50 Allowance

It's a bit, but I console myself by remind me that I haven't used half of my allowance in the past.

I *finally* bought the bathing suit, which I needed before my beach vacation.  But - I also spent over my $50 allowance (spending $65.54) when I went shopping with my sister, by buying a sun hat, second bathing suit, and shirt. 

I need to set my rule for next quarter, but they'll be coming delayed due to going out of town at the end of this week for vacation.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nessness on July 02, 2014, 06:07:56 AM
I'd like to jump in for the second half of the year! I couldn't participate the first half, as I'm pregnant with my first baby and needed maternity clothes, but now  that I have a small but adequate maternity wardrobe, I'd like to challenge myself to go the rest of my pregnancy and postpartum period without buying anything else (I will make an exception for undergarments).

I've been somewhat enjoying having a smaller wardrobe to work with, and I'd like to carry that mentality forward post-pregnancy!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nessness on July 02, 2014, 06:10:09 AM
Oh, and CommonCents, I have heard tons of good things about Lands End bathing suits, both for quality and for having styles that work for non-teenagers without being too frumpy. And they have an awesome return policy if you wear it a couple times before deciding it doesn't work for you.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on July 03, 2014, 07:59:37 PM
$0 in 2014 for me too. I bought very little in 2013 - 2 bras, and a suit and blouse for an interview. So I'm amazed I'm still able to spend little. Lost a few kg recently which means more clothes I can wear. If I can lose a few more then some daggy stuff will be too big and I can donate it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BikerSaver on July 03, 2014, 09:15:05 PM
I'd like to join for the second half of the year too.  You are all so inspiring.  In 2013, pre-MMM, I spent, gulp, almost $2,400 on clothes.  So far, this year, I've spent $357.  It's still too much, but at least it's going in the right direction.

My only exceptions are bras, underwear and a new pair of sneakers.  I may be able to hold off on the bras and underwear, but my sneakers are really worn out.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happyfeet on July 04, 2014, 07:38:07 AM
I have failed miserably at this :(.  Clothes shopping is down but still a weakness.  Have stayed out of salvation army at least but Lord and Taylor outlet has some amazing linen stuff cheap last week. I caved. Maybe I will try again in a few months.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on July 04, 2014, 11:17:10 AM
In 2013, pre-MMM, I spent, gulp, almost $2,400 on clothes.  So far, this year, I've spent $357.  It's still too much, but at least it's going in the right direction.

Hey BikerSaver, I bolded your numbers above because I wanted to point out that you have made HUGE progress!!  Good for you!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BikerSaver on July 04, 2014, 01:36:26 PM
In 2013, pre-MMM, I spent, gulp, almost $2,400 on clothes.  So far, this year, I've spent $357.  It's still too much, but at least it's going in the right direction.

Hey BikerSaver, I bolded your numbers above because I wanted to point out that you have made HUGE progress!!  Good for you!

Thanks NinetyFour!  I've spent so much less this year and appreciated what I bought so much more.  Part of this year's spending was on new pants.  I lost 20 pounds since last summer and my old pants were just falling off.  I'd still like to lose more, but these pants should be good for another 20 pounds. :-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on July 07, 2014, 12:56:20 PM
I failed! Too bad. I bought a bikini, thights and a cap for our vacation; for a total of 65 EUR. Hopefully that will be all for this year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: JoyBlogette on July 07, 2014, 01:22:25 PM
I made it through June, but then I bought 3 pairs of shorts.  Fail.  I'm out.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: RyanHesson on July 07, 2014, 01:27:07 PM
I'm too late to start but how about this, my challenge will be no clothes between today and July 7th 2015, EXCEPT for 1 pair of flip flops, because I recently broke my pair, and the duct tape has not been holding.

To be honest, it's not much of a challenge for me. The only things I bought for clothes this year so far was a swim suit because I didn't have one and my apartment has a pool, a belt because my previous one broke, and a pack of underwear because mine seem to be disappearing. I got enough work clothes and all that already.

Edit: Actually no. Time to grow my mustache. I'll figure out how to properly repair my current pair. They're a nice pair, except for the fact that they're broken. No clothes until July 7th 2015 UNLESS I break something that I need and cannot repair it.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on July 07, 2014, 07:55:14 PM
I'm too late to start but how about this, my challenge will be no clothes between today and July 7th 2015, EXCEPT for 1 pair of flip flops, because I recently broke my pair, and the duct tape has not been holding.

To be honest, it's not much of a challenge for me. The only things I bought for clothes this year so far was a swim suit because I didn't have one and my apartment has a pool, a belt because my previous one broke, and a pack of underwear because mine seem to be disappearing. I got enough work clothes and all that already.

Edit: Actually no. Time to grow my mustache. I'll figure out how to properly repair my current pair. They're a nice pair, except for the fact that they're broken. No clothes until July 7th 2015 UNLESS I break something that I need and cannot repair it.
Post a picture if you're able to repair your sandals!  I'm so impressed.  I tried to repair a few pairs of jeans (myself and outsourcing), and both methods failed miserably. 

But there's really no need to post a picture of the broken swimsuit--especially if it is being worn.  Thanks.  ;-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on July 13, 2014, 08:02:36 AM
Ugh--I bought two shirts on sale at Anthropologie--just a few days after saying I would recommit to no new clothes!  However, I feel totally ridiculous and have already packaged them up to return.  I'll take them to the post office tomorrow.  I'm nervous about my new job, and I think I'm buying clothing to make myself feel more "prepared" or something.  I usually don't struggle with buying clothing.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on July 14, 2014, 06:38:31 AM
Good luck in your new job! I am a fashion addict so this has been really hard for me...i have falled off a few times but i reckon i am well under half last years spend so it's certainly helping me to not shop for fun or to destress. Yeah i am silly... Happy = lets buy new clothes. Stressed out = let's shop ha ha ha.makes.no sense and this challenge is making me realise that!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on July 14, 2014, 09:59:47 AM
Lesson from my failure: Remove clothing that doesn't fit from your wardrobe.  If you must keep it, keep it away from the rest!

I accidentally brought the wrong pair of jeans on a vacation with me, which is two sizes too small, and had a missing top button to boot.  I checked the size too before packing, but just read it incorrectly!  I felt like I really needed jeans on the trip (plus could probably use a pair otherwise - haven't bought in several years), so I ended up running to the store and buying a new pair, although I luckily find one on a very good sale.  This weekend I'm going to give my other pair of illfitting but not used much jeans (bought after a very bad breakup, when I weighed a probably unhealthy 105 lbs) to my sister and scour my wardrobe for other clothes to which I've been clinging that don't fit well.  My purge where I donated a bunch of clothes last summer was clearly not deep enough!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on July 14, 2014, 01:46:39 PM
Good luck in your new job! I am a fashion addict so this has been really hard for me...i have falled off a few times but i reckon i am well under half last years spend so it's certainly helping me to not shop for fun or to destress. Yeah i am silly... Happy = lets buy new clothes. Stressed out = let's shop ha ha ha.makes.no sense and this challenge is making me realise that!

I need to do a purge as well.  Have not been nearly as badass as most of the posters here, but this challenge has definitely kept the spend down for the year.  I guess I'm still sort of redefining my personal style/self image after losing a bunch of weight and becoming more comfortable/established at my job, because I couldn't stand to wear much of the stuff I wore last summer, and have bought several new tops.  At a minimum I need to jettison an equivalent amount of old clothing to compensate for the new stuff that's come in.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on July 14, 2014, 07:22:49 PM
I'm currently on my Boston trip and love love love my thrifted men's Docker's pants. The pockets... Oh, my god, the pockets! There are four, all a functional size, on just one pair of pants! And the fabric has enough weight to hold its shape and look good through a 12-hour day. Also, they're long enough to sit and not pull halfway up my shins.


That's it. For every occasion for which khakis will do, I'm cross-dressing in used clothing from here on out! ;)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: jrhampt on July 18, 2014, 11:16:22 AM
Ugh--I bought two shirts on sale at Anthropologie--just a few days after saying I would recommit to no new clothes!  However, I feel totally ridiculous and have already packaged them up to return.  I'll take them to the post office tomorrow.  I'm nervous about my new job, and I think I'm buying clothing to make myself feel more "prepared" or something.  I usually don't struggle with buying clothing.

Are you me??  I did this exact same thing (anthro sale tops) under the exact same circumstances (new job). 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: amyable on July 20, 2014, 08:51:56 AM
Ugh--I bought two shirts on sale at Anthropologie--just a few days after saying I would recommit to no new clothes!  However, I feel totally ridiculous and have already packaged them up to return.  I'll take them to the post office tomorrow.  I'm nervous about my new job, and I think I'm buying clothing to make myself feel more "prepared" or something.  I usually don't struggle with buying clothing.

Are you me??  I did this exact same thing (anthro sale tops) under the exact same circumstances (new job).

Haha--damn you Anthro tag sales!

I have to say, I really struggle with those online "all sale items are 40% off" promotions that they have at places like JCrew and Anthropologie.  I start to justify buying something unnecessary by
thinking about how much I'm "saving" by buying it now.  Face punch! 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BikerSaver on July 20, 2014, 02:41:30 PM
I'd like to join for the second half of the year too.  You are all so inspiring.  In 2013, pre-MMM, I spent, gulp, almost $2,400 on clothes.  So far, this year, I've spent $357.  It's still too much, but at least it's going in the right direction.

My only exceptions are bras, underwear and a new pair of sneakers.  I may be able to hold off on the bras and underwear, but my sneakers are really worn out.

So far, so good.  I spent $55 on sneakers today which brings my YTD clothes total to $412.  I also stopped myself from looking for a new purse today and shopped from my closet instead.    My guess is that saved me between $50 and $80.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: KBecks2 on July 21, 2014, 06:02:49 AM
You guys are awesome. :)   I was just reading about project 333 after reading an article at earlyretirementextreme, and I think I am going to try to pare down my wardrobe and stop or slow down buying.  So far this summer I have not done much clothes shopping (held one Lia Sophia party for a friend, duh!)  But nothing new.  I have been fine!  No biggie!

Anyway, I love what you are doing.  Great job!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: PMG on July 21, 2014, 08:49:23 AM
This topic is so inspirational. 

I've been lurking and committed in the background, letting you all influence me!  I live rurally on a super tight budget without access to good clothing stores, but even thrift shop deals are too much when I already own enough!

My goals are to have a smaller wardrobe of clothing that I love to wear and feel confident and comfortable in. 

I am transitioning, spending the summer in a physical labor job, then going back to college and office work in the fall.  It's been years since I have worked in a professional setting.  I anticipate needing to buy a few things in the fall, but am trying hard not to buy now.  I want to wait until I KNOW what I need instead of buying things that I might not actually wear.

I am also losing weight!  25 pounds in the past year.  17 pounds since April.  I am finally back into my favorite jeans from 2006!  It's a wonderful feeling.  I haven't needed to buy new clothing yet.  I've been sewing and altering and wearing my belt.  It's amazing how many things I had kept that were just a little too small that fit or are too big but workable now! 
 
My one slip up was in May, one of my good friends was getting married and I discovered I fit into a dress that had been too tight previously.  And I looked GOOD!  Then a crush of mine texted about dancing at the wedding and that was it, I broke down and bought nude heels.  I had them on my list for a couple years, but never found a pair I liked well enough that was cheap enough.  Well I danced for hours at that wedding and have worn the heels to 2 more events since then, which is pretty good for my very casual lifestyle.  They fill a hole in my wardrobe and I got rid of the strapy white sandals I hated but kept for their versatility.

I've decided to keep track of the clothing that I acquire for free as well.  I struggled a bit with whether I would accept free clothing.  I don't need or want promotional tshirts!  I decided that I can accept, but I obviously don't have to.  I also want to track what I made and the source of my free stuff.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: C. K. on July 27, 2014, 09:27:23 AM
These might help.

Too Tight Dress into Blouse for the Ball (http://goodbyevalentino.com/2012/11/25/formal-desperation/)
(http://goodbyevalentinodotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/black-dress.jpg?w=230&h=307)  (http://goodbyevalentinodotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/img_2075.jpg?w=263&h=811)
A lady gave herself a one-year no-shopping challenge. Here's her blog: Goodbye Valentino (http://goodbyevalentino.com/about/)
She's now making money as a Mood Fabrics Sewing Blogger.
She started a Ready-To-Wear Fast for 2014 with a number of other people: RTW Fast  (http://goodbyevalentino.com/2014-rtw-fasters/)

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Another one refashions things and calls herself The Renegade Seamstress. (http://chicenvelopements.wordpress.com/tutorials/)

(http://chicenvelopements.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/before-and-after-dress.jpg?w=640)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on July 27, 2014, 09:27:27 PM

Another one refashions things and calls herself The Renegade Seamstress. (http://chicenvelopements.wordpress.com/tutorials/)

(http://chicenvelopements.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/before-and-after-dress.jpg?w=640)

Wow, I love this site, thanks for the link!  Maybe in the winter there will be time for this kind of thing...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: RetiredAt63 on August 17, 2014, 06:15:04 PM
I'm with you - I love my men's work pants I got at Costco, they are so great for gardening, and all the pockets are handy.

That's it. For every occasion for which khakis will do, I'm cross-dressing in used clothing from here on out! ;)

And Astatine, they are hoodies here as well.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on August 18, 2014, 03:27:16 AM
Undies disintegrated and I was sick of them crackcrawling due to the leg elastic being gone. Lashed out and bought 4 pr new undies - cost $7.50.  Otherwise having a great time NOT buying clothes.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ariapluscat on August 19, 2014, 02:13:41 PM
Joining late! The only exceptions are second hand clothes plus gift cards. I have a lot of $$ in gift cards that I haven't spent.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: PMG on August 19, 2014, 03:10:14 PM
weakness.  broke down.  Bought some thrift shop jeans, shorts, tshirt and super cute leather shoes.  Total of about $8 and I've worn them all repeatedly since buying. I don't regret it.  Good fits that round out my wardrobe since I've lost weight and everything else is big on me.

The struggle is now to not let myself slip again!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on August 21, 2014, 03:35:42 PM
Undies disintegrated and I was sick of them crackcrawling due to the leg elastic being gone. Lashed out and bought 4 pr new undies - cost $7.50.  Otherwise having a great time NOT buying clothes.

Underwear doesn't count in my personal challenge. =-) Socks don't either.

Still at $0 for the year! It's hard to believe it's been nearly a whole 8 months without a clothing purchase. Whoa!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on August 21, 2014, 05:05:14 PM
Undies disintegrated and I was sick of them crackcrawling due to the leg elastic being gone. Lashed out and bought 4 pr new undies - cost $7.50.  Otherwise having a great time NOT buying clothes.

Underwear doesn't count in my personal challenge. =-) Socks don't either.

Still at $0 for the year! It's hard to believe it's been nearly a whole 8 months without a clothing purchase. Whoa!
I'm so impressed!  I broke down a while back and bought some workout gear and running shoes.   I've been back on track for a few months now. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on August 21, 2014, 06:13:41 PM
I bought a pair of cheapo flip flops today for $2.50.  To me, that does not count as clothing.

I already own one pair of flip flops, but they live in my locker at my workplace because the floors in that locker room are gross.

Up till now, whenever I needed that pair of flip flops (for a road trip or visit to the hot springs), I had to go to my workplace and retrieve them.  Well, not any more.  Now I am the proud (?) owner of TWO pairs of cheapo flip flops.  ;-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: DrJohn on August 22, 2014, 11:37:27 AM
Nice one.  Just saw this  About 2 months ago I declared that I have bought clothes for the rest of my life.  A bit extreme, but have enough work clothes (chinos, shirts, shoes) to last me the rest of my working life at least +/- 3 years.  I have enough "relaxing" clothes to last me a very long time.  Natural "retirement" and replacement of some stuff (t-shirts, socks, underwear, shorts) will occur of course as degradation of same takes place, but I have waaay too many clothes for at least the next 5 years.

Just FYI, I have (had) a philosophy of never paying more than $5 for a new work (dress) shirt, $20 for a new pair of chinos and $40 for a pair of shoes- and that at the time I had (and still have) a job including having to meet with clients (and now vendors) for a very traditional Fortune 500 company...  Just a matter of shopping at the right time at the right place.  Last time I bought chinos was on line with a $50 gas card as a reward even though the 5 pairs of dockers chinos I bought were $20 a pair.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: ZiziPB on August 22, 2014, 12:27:24 PM
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About 2 months ago I declared that I have bought clothes for the rest of my life.  A bit extreme, but have enough work clothes (chinos, shirts, shoes) to last me the rest of my working life at least +/- 3 years.  I have enough "relaxing" clothes to last me a very long time.  Natural "retirement" and replacement of some stuff (t-shirts, socks, underwear, shorts) will occur of course as degradation of same takes place, but I have waaay too many clothes for at least the next 5 years.

I have come to the same conclusion looking around in my huge closet the other day.  I definitely have enough working clothes and shoes to last me until I retire in 2018.  And plenty of "leisure" clothes too.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: MicroRN on August 25, 2014, 04:46:24 PM
My grand total of clothes purchased for the year so far is one swimsuit, one dressy cami to go under a blazer, 2 under-scrub shirts, 2 pairs of pants (hiking, both convertible to capris, which makes them year-round for me), and some new underclothes.  Total cost ~$125.   

I have tons of clothes in my closet/dresser, unfortunately, I'm about one size too big for most of them.  I'm also doing the weight-loss challenge, so hopefully most of them will return to fit before too long.  If not, I'll donate them.     
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zikoris on September 30, 2014, 11:08:41 AM
I bought a couple pairs of jeans after putting it off as long as I could - I was down to one pair of really beat up ones, but was able to wear shorts and skirts all spring and summer. Now that it's winter, that's not going to work anymore.

It was, however, a birthday present from a family member, so I'm not counting it!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: CommonCents on September 30, 2014, 11:49:37 AM
I'm in for 2013.  I will have to evaluate at the beginning of 2014 for 2014.  Rules are no new clothes, except:
  • A pair of work pants (I need to replace several worn out ones I just got rid of)
  • Up to 2 sweaters (I've been looking for ones I will like for 2 years.  I'm picky.  I don't anticipate using this exclusion)
  • A bathing suit (replacing the one that finally died), if I stumble across one out of season
  • Thrift store purchases.  I've only ever bought one thing once (largely due to inconvenience of getting there), so maybe this will encourage me to go there.

Title implies 2014, but I think the first post discussed starting now.  That's why some of us pledged the "now" and set dates to reconsider the rest.  I pledged through the end of 2013.  Other than my brief bobble above (I bought tights, which was in the spirit still, and a $10 shirt, which was not), I've kept on the straight and narrow.  I am now committing to no purchases through March 2014, except I'll give myself a boots+$50 [spent $16] allowance for that time period.  I'm going to try to do without breaking into it, but it'll give me some leeway if I need to replace something without letting me into Ann Taylor (unless I'm on the clearance rank with a coupon, hmm....).

I've been taking this challenge quarter by quarter, as I find it more doable to commit to that way.  Above, I've noted what I've used in my "allowance" each time, so I've been keeping pretty straight and narrow.   I hereby set the rules for spring, April - June:

1. Another pair of work pants (I got rid of a lot of old ones)
2. The bathing suit is back!  Renewing it.
3. A work jacket
4. $50 Allowance

It's a bit, but I console myself by remind me that I haven't used half of my allowance in the past.

I *finally* bought the bathing suit, which I needed before my beach vacation.  But - I also spent over my $50 allowance (spending $65.54) when I went shopping with my sister, by buying a sun hat, second bathing suit, and shirt. 

I need to set my rule for next quarter, but they'll be coming delayed due to going out of town at the end of this week for vacation.

Well it's been a year for me.  Although I bought more than I said I would, it's been instructional in that I've learned what I really feel is missing from my wardrobe as I've continued to want to find those pieces all year (if I hadn't give myself permission to get and purchased), and what I didn't miss not buying.

Didn't miss: shirts, skirts, dresses
Filled holes in wardrobe (and now do not feel I need to buy more): bathing suit, sweaters
Still want: work appropriate blazers/jackets (never bought), work appropriate pants (need to replace worn ones), belts, boots (never bought)

I've also really embraced the idea of paring down my wardrobe and releasing items that I don't love or don't make me happy, and ones that are worn out.  The links here and elsewhere on fashionblogs has been helpful to revamp how I see my clothes, and how to style things differently with layers (e.g. a pop of a tank top under a sweater shirt or dress).  So even though I ddn't fully follow through, ultimately it was a "win" for me as I learned quite a bit.  Thanks all!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 01, 2014, 01:32:02 AM
I've just been putting away winter clothes and going through options for warmer weather. I've lost quite a lot of weight and released several bags of clothes that no longer fit and/or have holes/hate them. The good news is I have oodles and oodles of clothes that fit. Even stuff thats ok for work.  Looks like I'm set for at least the rest of 2014. Total clothes for 2013 and 2014 - 2 bras, 4 pr undies and interview suit and blouse.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on October 06, 2014, 05:01:26 AM
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I've gone from probably 150 items to about 60
Good work Malaprop!
Not sure how many things I've got, but it could well be 150 or so, some possibly over a decade old. My allergies are playing up and I realised I have a  big dusty section of undisturbed clothes in my wardrobe - yikes how could it get so bad. So I'm going through that part, culling, or if keeping, I have to wash it, and if too small will pack them away. Washing it all is a pain, and reminds me I have too many clothes to maintain. Such excess, now that I really see it, is scary.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on October 06, 2014, 05:18:26 AM
I may need some support through this one, but sign me up!

Exceptions: new bra or two depending on wear, cobbler for shoes if necessary.  I'm low on shirts but have enough dresses if I get a pair of tights or two - we'll see how it goes before making that purchase. 

I have a few purchases left in 2013 - sneakers, gloves for winter biking, bra. 

I've have almost two years to build a wardrobe and enough to get by at the very least.  Time to stop the building phase and enter the replacement phase!

I mentioned the semi-formal dress that got ruined by the tailor, and the Versalette already. 
I have pre-ordered a blazer and skinny jeans to replace a pair of reeeally worn out jeans and a blazer that was uncomfortable and ill fitting but they likely won't arrive until December. So, four items overall. 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on October 06, 2014, 06:11:46 AM
Progress report:  I am still going strong.  I bought a pair of flip flops about 6 weeks ago, but I don't consider those to be clothes.  That's it.  I have plenty of everything, so I think I will have no problem making it to the end of the year.

I was a bit worried that a pair of pants was getting worn out and might need to be replaced.  However, since I broke my leg on 9/7, I have been restricted to wearing shorts (because of bulky knee brace and orthopedic boot)--hence, that pair of pants is getting no more wear and tear for now!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on October 23, 2014, 07:36:31 AM
I have bought no clothes (remember that underwear and socks were not part of this goal).

I, too, will have no problem making it to the end of the year since I have plenty. In thinking about this challenge yesterday, I wondered if I could go all, or part, of 2015 as well. =-)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on October 23, 2014, 08:54:56 AM
I also want to look more carefully on what I'll be buying this year! Last year I spent about 600 usd on it I think, so that's not too bad, but this year my budget will be less. My exceptions are sporting shoes, one pair of jeans (because I just lost my favorite, it was really worn out), one sporting bra. I have enough undies and socks to last for a year. Besides these things, I'll 'give' myself 150 usd spending money for the whole year.

Good luck to everyone!

I didn't buy anything of my exception list yet, but I have spent about 90 dollar on clothing. 60 for a bikini (last one of the same brand lasted 5 years), 13 for a hat for our vacation and the rest of it on clothingdye so I could dye two pair of pants and there was no need for buying jeans.

I have a trip to Paris coming up, so I'm not sure that this will be all untill the end of the year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Firefly on November 06, 2014, 07:05:01 PM
Soooo.... I kind of blew this no clothes buying challenge. I started the year really great. But then ended up loosing 25 lbs and found out that I have NOTHING to wear. After dropping 2 dress sizes, I had to get some new clothes. Not happy about spending money, but can't be too depressed about loosing weight. Stuff like jeans, underwear, sweaters, jackets had to be bought. For the skirts and some of my pants I found a solution - bought a relatively inexpensive sewing machine and going to alter them myself.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on November 06, 2014, 08:06:22 PM
I have bought no clothes (remember that underwear and socks were not part of this goal).

I, too, will have no problem making it to the end of the year since I have plenty. In thinking about this challenge yesterday, I wondered if I could go all, or part, of 2015 as well. =-)

Me too. In fact since I've lost weight I've tons more clothes. So for 2013 and 2014 I have purchased bras, undies, pantyhose type sox, and an interview suit and blouse. No plans to buy anything this year and  I'm definitely keeping on in 2015.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on November 07, 2014, 07:06:27 AM
I have not bought any clothes so far this year, and don't plan to in November or December.

My Physical Therapist suggests that I buy a new pair of shoes (to aid in my recovery from an ankle injury), but I plan to ignore her advice.  I think my old pair of New Balance running shoes ("Old Balance"?) are fine.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zikoris on November 07, 2014, 08:35:10 AM
I bought a pair of tights and ballet slippers for ballet for class. I didn't have anything else that would have worked. I did, however, repurpose an old stretchy tank top I was using as an undershirt into a dance shirt rather than buy a new one.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: shawn77777 on November 12, 2014, 06:35:13 PM
Well I joined another challenge tonight and might aswell not spend any money on clothes either and I spend to much anyway so I'm in till the  end of the year...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: KBecks2 on November 19, 2014, 06:28:15 AM
This challenge has been *very* inspiring and very helpful.  Although I've bought a few things (tennis shoes, jeans) I am living very successfully with what I have!  It's great! 
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: NinetyFour on November 19, 2014, 08:37:24 AM
I have not bought any clothes so far this year, and don't plan to in November or December.

My Physical Therapist suggests that I buy a new pair of shoes (to aid in my recovery from an ankle injury), but I plan to ignore her advice.  I think my old pair of New Balance running shoes ("Old Balance"?) are fine.

Shoes do wear out (the cushioning in particular becomes compressed and they no longer offer the shock absorption or support that they did when newer). Please don't ignore the advice of your health professionals, especially when the expenditure is so reasonable. You could find a new pair of really nice shoes on 6pm or at Nordstrom Rack for <$50 and it could save you a lot of pain and medical expense down the road.

Thanks for that advice.  I heeded it and bought a pair of Solomon trail hiking shoes.  Hopefully, I will get a couple seasons of hiking (12,000 and 13,000 foot mountain peaks) out of them.  And they do seem to be helping my foot/ankle.

I don't think I am counting shoes as clothing, though, so I am still doing well with this challenge!  :)
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Melody on November 20, 2014, 03:56:53 PM
I've had a few slips as well as made a conscious choice to buy some workout clothes/team training uniforms (massively increased the amount of sport played from once a fortnight to 2-3x a week), but overall I pretty much lasted until end of August (although I did end up buying a few things for/on the USA trip) and it's been a massive improvement on last year. I finally broke the "i'm stressed, I'll go shopping to feel better" habit. I did screw up and revert back to this briefly in Sept as I was going through a relationship break up, but I bought some work clothes which I did sort of need, so I don't feel terrible about it. And I straight away kind of went - WTF are you doing? So it's been a good habit breaker for me, even if not a total success.
I'm not sure if I'd get through a whole year next year either (On the basis of stuff breaking) but I think I'll be shopping a lot less than last year and hopefully even less than this year.

Also: Shoes are not clothing unless you are a "shoe person", replacement of functional shoes that have broken is allowed. Buying new Nikes because you totally want the pink ones isn't... but new trainers to replace your only pair which is old sounds fine to me :-) I'm currently dealing with my pretty crummy $15 trainers, on the basis that I really don't use them very much, if I start using them regularly then I can warrant a new pair of brand name trainers.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: horsepoor on November 27, 2014, 05:21:05 PM
I finally broke the "i'm stressed, I'll go shopping to feel better" habit.

Me too!  I've purchased several items this year, including a gorgeous and expensive pair of boots, but each item was a more deliberate purchase, and I'm wearing everything I've purchased this year very frequently.

If I get anything else before the end of the year, it will be for our Peru trip in the spring.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on November 27, 2014, 08:19:40 PM
I feel weird. I do my mom's holiday shopping so that means I buy presents from her to me. Yep. It's strange, isn't it? Seems normal to me now after several years. She insists I do this. I've gone back and forth with myself on the topic and came to the conclusion it's better to honor what she would be able to do if she could still physically run around and do her own errands. So, I do it. She's old. That's that.

What makes me feel weird is that I am buying some clothing now that she will be giving me. I feel like I am cheating. However, she would be the one buying this stuff if she could.




Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on November 28, 2014, 03:53:03 AM
Well if you don't like what she gives you, you 've only got yourself to blame ;)

Heh, had a moment of temptation today, saw a fab suit for work, but did not buy. Wasn't too hard.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Astatine on December 02, 2014, 01:39:47 AM
I caved and bought to fill some gaps, thanks to putting on a few kilos since the beginning of the year. Work has been... intense is probably a good description... for months and I tend to comfort eat when stressed. Not optimal, but there you go.

I have a fairly minimalist wardrobe (by mainstream standards, possibly not by hardcore minimalists) so putting on a few kilos meant that I can't comfortably fit into one of my 3 pairs of shorts (it's not a stretchy pair of shorts, sadly) and my only 2 summer pyjama tops (uncomfortably tight around my upper arms and affecting my sleep).

Work has been intense, and I didn't have time to trawl op shops (or even the mall shops) before we go on a holiday down the coast in the near future. The only shops which sell clothes and are open outside business hours near us are KMart and Target. I just bought 2 night shirts and a pair of shorts for $26 from KMart. I felt kind of wrong buying from KMart and buying in such a rush.

But, I'm at the point of only wanting comfortable clothes because I need them, not because I want them. I've never enjoyed the actual shopping for clothes thing, but I did use to enjoy having more clothes than I do now, even if some of them I rarely wore. So there's been a shift this year in focusing on not buying any new things. /rambling due to tiredness
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: wintersun on December 04, 2014, 12:15:24 PM
I am ready to do the 2015 version of this. Meanwhile I have not bought any clothes since the spring except for a bathing suit.

To tell you the truth I am salivating at the thought of being able to buy clothes in 2016 once the weight is all gone (must lose due to a medical thingy).  So  I feel like a bit of an imposter since my end goal is to buy a whole new wardrobe. 

I have clothes in different sizes for most seasons, it just depends on whether I will be the right size at the right time of year to take advantage of the clothes I have.

It will be bittersweet if  a shirt I love is the right size in the wrong season. I adore some of the pieces that are too small now.

I have lost 3 lbs so far and for the first time I can get into three shirts that were too tight across the bust when I bought them 18 months ago.  As I get smaller I will take the too big clothes to the thrift store immediately.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Cookie78 on December 04, 2014, 12:43:57 PM
I bought one $5 bathing suit and one $205 jacket in the last 8 months. I can't be sure how much I spent on clothes for the first few months of the year, but it wouldn't have been much. But that jacket. I regret it. Stupid shiny impulse buy and I bought it 1 week before I discovered this blog and forum!

I'm signing up for 2015. :D

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: nikki on December 05, 2014, 09:36:17 PM
I had to buy my husband a winter coat this week. He's from California and was totally unprepared for South Korean winters! I'm not counting it as a fail, though.

I'd do it again in 2015, but I might need to replace my black work socks...
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: smalllife on December 06, 2014, 10:05:00 AM
I must sadly drop out for 2015 - my minimalist wardrobe has had too many casualties and is in need of some replenishing (like, down to three shirts replenishing).  2014 has helped me crystallize what those pieces should be: a couple season-less dresses, not pants, a biking only pair of sandals to extend the life of my other shoes, and a few classic pieces for my wedding (getting a semi formal dress made in lieu of an single use wedding dress, new bra I've been putting off, and nude wedges to replace an extremely uncomfortable pair of heels that I sent packing this summer). 

2014 purchases: semi formal dress/tailor disaster from hell, Versalette, a pair of jeans, three tank tops (Black Friday) to help with the aforementioned shirt situation, and a structured jacket to replace two ill-fitting ones.  Total wardrobe is still below 40 non workout items so I'm not calling it a total loss.

I wish you all the best of luck!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: happy on December 06, 2014, 07:17:30 PM
I'm up for 2015. I still have tons of clothes. I've reorganised my wardrobe with work clothes on one side and casual/wear at home items on the other.  I want my wardrobe to look like this:
http://theproject333.com/page/3/ (http://theproject333.com/page/3/)
I'll keep going til I can't. If I drop another 15 lbs, I think things will get sparse and very outdated and I will need to "break".

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: asauer on December 15, 2014, 01:33:39 PM
I will absolutely join this challenge in 2015.  It's my biggest weakness!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Student on December 16, 2014, 12:47:32 PM
Absolutely joining for 2015.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: 4alpacas on December 16, 2014, 02:16:22 PM
I'm in for 2015! I will exclude running shoes again this year.  I go through several pairs every year, and I love running too much to give it up. 

So far this year, I've been pretty successful.  I bought a few pairs of jeans on eBay, and I bought 3 pairs of running shoes (replace every 400-500 miles).  I did receive a few pieces of clothing as gifts.  My big slip up was buying a few new pairs of workout capris.  I love them, and I don't regret the purchase. 

For 2015, I don't need anything replaced except running shoes.  I'm ready!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: dragoncar on December 16, 2014, 02:45:25 PM
In for 2025!  Feel free to check in with me then
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: rocksinmyhead on December 16, 2014, 02:53:33 PM
This is kinda scary (it's definitely a weak point of mine) but I'm in for 2015. I'll make exceptions for underwear, tights for work (I try to take good care of them but unfortunately they're still kinda disposable), and running shoes. I don't think I should need any exceptions other than that. Ahhh!!!
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: TonyPlush on December 21, 2014, 07:00:27 PM
I did it!

$0 spent on clothes in 2014.

I actually never intentionally set this as a goal, but while summing up my year's spending in 2014 I noticed this neat little accomplishment. I did receive about 5 shirts and 1 jacket throughout the year as gifts.

In 2013, I spent $900 getting a post-college appropriate work and play wardrobe, so I'm definitely proud of the improvement.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: zinethstache on December 22, 2014, 03:37:49 PM
Summary of how I did this year...
$1008 spent in total -

items already exempt or medically necessary-
$80 satin night shirts for post surgery moving, they were lifesavers!
$580 work boots and hubby shoes, 6 pair total, should last years
$60 underwear and bras - Macy's, it was time...should last a couple of years
$30 new poncho this winter for post surgery wear, new from Amazon*

splurges
$86 Work shirts hubby - new from duluth...Ack!*
$60 long sweater coat for work Amazon - this was a splurge item*
*****
$ 896 - total new items

$104 used items from ebay
4 pairs of jeans, non horse riding style (boots go on the outside versus inside), which was all I've owned until now - I no longer can ride and the two styles are totally different.
a variety of shirts/sweaters

I am re-upping for 2015 this time no shoes or boots.
Undies as needed, but should not be much
DH will need a couple pr. pants and shorts... so say $150
Ebay goods ok within reason....

2015 goal is to avoid new clothing, use salvage or ebay for a fraction of the price.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Rural on December 22, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
I'm happy with how mine turned out. Not a no spend, but better for maintaining a professional wardrobe.


I bought one pair Dr Shoals black sneakers and gel inserts and have worn nothing else for work since it got too cool for the sandals I also bought. My plantar fasciitis seem to be cured since this.


I bought one dress blouse online from 6am (Jones New York no iron fitted for $19).


Four pairs men's Dockers (for me) from thrift stores, various prices, but nome more than $6.99. One new pair from eBay to get one of the no-fade ones in black because the black pair from this summer is now a faded gray, and none turned up at thrifts in three months of looking - $24.99.


The black women's slacks mentioned above this summer, $3.99 I believe at a thrift. Regret this since I have since discovered the Dockers.


I bought two packages of Hanes panties and threw out a bunch with holes.


One package of black socks.


One bright blue peacoat from the thrift store for 7.99, and two scarves for a dollar each. One pink sweater, also thrift, don't remember the cost, but between $5 and $10.


Nothing for him this year because he went back to wearing khakis to work, and he had lots. He needs socks, but not desperately yet.


Well under $200 for the year.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Zikoris on December 22, 2014, 05:06:50 PM
I'm very happy with this year's clothing expenses. We're at $110. That was socks and underwear for two people, plus three bras for me, and a pair of workout tights.

I was fortunate to receive gifts of two pairs of jeans for my birthday and a ballet leotard for Christmas, or I would have needed to buy those.

We got rid of a tremendous amount of clothing as well when we moved to a smaller apartment in the summer - several big garbage bags full.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: halftimer on December 22, 2014, 07:09:32 PM
I was watching this challenge during 2014, and psyching myself to join in too. I'm definitely in for 2015.

I did ok this year: I paid $2.99 for the Style Book app halfway through the year and started taking pictures of my stuff and cataloging it. I opted to get rid of many old and not good items in the closet instead of taking the time to input them in the app. Similar thought process in acquiring new things - I said no to many low cost and free items because I was able to see if it duplicated what I already had and I didn't want the hassle of inputting new items that would only be short term solutions or only trendy for a season.  I did get some replacement items for worn out items that were trashed - a pair of winter/3 season boots and some shoes. I have repaired 7 pairs of shoes in the last 2 years! Guess I should not be surprised that a new pair was needed. Lots of refashion also happened, plus having a tailer alter a few items professionally.  I am close to having a Project 333 set up now.

2015 exceptions I'm allowing myself - new bathing suit (maybe), and a pair of work pants if I find the perfect ones for under $40
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: BPA on December 22, 2014, 07:30:06 PM
I'm in for 2015.

I didn't participate in this challenge but didn't spend much this year because I lost weight and suddenly fit into clothes that hadn't fit for a couple of years.  And if I lose some more, I will fit into other clothes and shouldn't require any new clothes other than running shoes.

I may be okay for bras and I'm good for underwear.

But I do need to lose about 20 pounds to maximize what clothes I have left, so this is a good challenge and inspiration for me.  Two birds with one stone.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: deborah on December 22, 2014, 08:01:29 PM
In 2014, I bought a waterproof jacket (on my list) and that is it. I repaired a ton of clothing, and made myself four new bras, but I didn't need to buy the materials because I already had them.

Not sure that I will need anything in 2015. I plan to make some underpants for which I already have the materials. I am traveling to Turkey, so I might need something for there (maybe a headscarf).
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: PMG on December 26, 2014, 07:38:20 PM
Annual total $127.

I kept a list of additions to my wardrobe, including gifts and refashions. 

Great practice in mindful living.  Thanks for the challenge. 

I lost some weight and bought a few things that fit better at thrift shop.  Spent $24.11.  I was very intentional with those purchases and bought things that went into immediate rotation and have been favorites since.  Pleased with that.

I got rid of so many clothes.  I refashioned and mended quite a few things.  I do this regularly outside the challenge, but the challenge definitely made me more conscious. 

I bought several things that I allowed within the challenge including two pairs of sneakers that were needed for work and several bras.

My biggest slip up was a pair of a cheap heals for a wedding.  $30.  They do fill a hole in my wardrobe, so I'm not beating myself up over them.



Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: sheepstache on December 27, 2014, 06:10:57 PM
Am I the only one who kept seeing this thread pop up and thinking it was about shopping in the nude?
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Paulie on December 28, 2014, 03:45:23 AM
I spent a total of 80 EURO on clothes in 2014. Most of it (50) on a new bikini. I did get a new coat as a birthday gift and some shirts from my mother.
Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: oldtoyota on December 28, 2014, 07:23:32 AM
I kept to the challenge. So happy! I am not sure if I will continue into 2015 yet or not. If I do, I am going to buy a few items in early 2015 and then perhaps take the rest of 2015 off of buying new clothing for myself. Of course that means, I am not really going to do 2015 100% but maybe 95%.

I know I am spoiled, yet I am getting rather bored with my wardrobe. Probably, I need to be more creative with how I put items together.

Title: Re: No Clothes Shopping in 2014
Post by: Carrie on January 14, 2015, 09:30:20 AM
For 2014 I bought two clothing items: maternity swim top (reused the bottoms), and one nursing bra. That is it. I think that's pretty good condsidering I  was pregnant until the end of july!  I'm now wearing pre pregnancy clothes, so should be set for months.