no new clothes: day two

I’ve been ruminating over my wardrobe since my declaration earlier in the week that I didn’t need any new clothes – and then going out and buying several more garments that same day.

I have been recently considering a clothes buying ban because I sensed I probably had enough garments to last me for a while. I figured I could make do with what I have for a year – I tend to take reasonable care of my clothes, most are decent quality and I’m a big fan of mending.

So I decided I’d take an inventory of everything and honestly – having done that I’m kind of speechless. How did I accumulate so very many things?

This is after a relatively recent wardrobe culling of more formal work-wear and garments that just didn’t fit well or were unflattering. I’m very very fortunate that SML now encourages us to dress casual – jeans are perfectly acceptable. This is absolutely a wonderful thing, but means I now have many pairs of jeans.

There is not much in this accounting that I don’t wear reasonably regularly (except maybe the mangy t-shirts and the cossies).

So ummm yeah – I think this will keep me going for a year (at least).

So on with that quite embarrassing list! I think I’ve covered everything (oh wait … adds cycling clothes)

garments worn outside ThePalace(OfLove)
+ pants = 10
+ jeans = 10
+ skirts = 7
+ dresses = 18!
+ jumpsuits = 2
+ long cardigans = 3
+ fitted cardigans = 3
+ work-type jumpers = 9
+ fitted shell tops = 5
+ work shirts = 5
+ camis / singlets = 14
+ linen button-up shirts = 2
+ t-shirts with slogans = 4
+ fancier work t-shirts = 12
+ v-necked t-shirts = 3
+ long-sleeved t-shirts = 3
+ overalls = 3
+ linen shorts = 2
+ hiking shorts = 2
+ hoody = 1
+ cossie cover-up = 1

+ blazers = 5
+ denim jackets = 2
+ winter coats = 2
+ raincoat = 1
+ haori = 1

mangy garments never to be worn outside ThePalace(OfLove)
+ mangy t-shirts = 8
+ mangy camis = 6
+ haus shorts = 2
+ trakkie pants = 2
+ sloppy joes = 7
+ non-slip socks = 3

underwear and such
+ bras = 14
+ exercise bras = 2
+ undies = 45(!)
+ socks = 40

exercise wear
+ singlets = 5
+ crop top = 1
+ knee length leggings = 3
+ ankle length leggings = 1
+ padded bike shorts = 2
+ cycling jerseys = 2
+ cossies = 2

+ crocs = 3
+ wellies = 1
+ uggs = 1
+ brogues = 2
+ sandals = 1
+ moccasins = 1
+ hiking boots = 1
+ runners = 3
+ sneakers = 7
+ ankle boots = 4

Exceptions to the no buying for a year:
+ I can of course make myself clothes – though why would I need to make anything when I have all of these clothes?
+ I can buy clothes for other people
+ I can buy clothes overseas – I adore the memories these bring


2918-2917 days

2 thoughts on “no new clothes: day two

  1. I probably have you beat but I’m not going to count (too embarrassing in this era of minimalism and capsule wardrobes).

    My stance is that clothes are my hobby and I have fewer boxes of them than some of my friends have of yarn, needlework patterns, and other craft items that they can’t bear to part with, so there.

    I have a few pieces that go back to high school, and I enjoy trawling through second-hand stores; this fall (autumn, I mean!), when I realized a couple of online retailers had stopped making staples I love, I went on e-bay to stock up. So sometimes I am bemused, at least, at how much I have, but I do get a lot of pleasure out of putting together outfits.

    Still, I’m sure I could go the rest of my life without buying anything but underwear and swimsuits.


    One of those vanishing comments! Reposted 03/02/2020

  2. I am intrigued by these high school pieces!

    I’ve been so many different people (and so many different sizes!) that I tend to purge the entire wardrobe reasonably regularly.

    I think my oldest garment is a 60s dress (still with tags) bought over 20 years ago at some sale my second husband and I happened upon when weekending in the country (maybe for my 30th birthday?). It has passed between Bessie and I and is so well made I am reluctant to part with it. It’s currently not in circulation.

    Apart from some elderly t-shirts pretty much everything in my wardrobe has been bought in the last 2-3 years. This is admittedly pretty terrible, but for a long while I did buy garments that were kind of near-enough and inexpensive – not quite flattering. I saw a couple of SML pix of me yesterday and I was like “ugh, what was I thinking?”. Now at least everything is neutral, classic(ish) and kind of goes together. This suits where I’m at for now, but likely won’t in 203 years.


    One of those vanishing comments! Reposted 03/02/2020

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