Clothes - Treat or Necessity?

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  • Necessity for me - I would get commented on if I came to work in patched up clothes, and I would feel bad about myself.

    However, I see them as a luxury when we're talking designer/ expensive makes or items I don't need.

    I would recommend buying a couple of pairs of good quality trousers as these will see you through for months and months, better than buying a really cheap pair which will have a safety pin in them within a few weeks so is really false economy. With tops, you can afford to buy more quantity of perhaps slightly lower quality. Good shops I think are Primark, Peacocks, Tesco Florence& Fred, Asda George, Sainsbury's (if you have a clothes one near you), and H&M. And of course ebay!

    Hth x
  • tanith
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    Regarding the white/grey underwear I have know friends who complain of the same thing and on asking have found that they just chuck all washing in the machine together.... dark coloureds and white...... I am presuming that you do separate whites from other and wash separately?

    I find my white bras do stay whiter longer when I hand wash them ... but can't be bothered with other items so buy cheap and just replace them when they are beyond :rotfl:
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  • I'd say a 50 quid brand name top just for the sake of it is a treat. Picking up some spare 3 quid tops and fiver trousers for work, or because your leisure gear is dropping to bits is a necessity.
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  • Gemmzie
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    Necessity - you can't walk around without them can ya? ;)

    In all seriousness though, I spend way too much on clothes so trying to be much more careful now. I have several items in my wardrobe with the tags still in :eek: Must ebay them

    I also have the trouser length problem - I find Dorothy Perkins are very good for black trousers (last pair was £10 - get worn to death).

    We don't have Primark or H&M :( But Plymouth will next month so will have to have a gander
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  • tanith wrote:
    Regarding the white/grey underwear I have know friends who complain of the same thing and on asking have found that they just chuck all washing in the machine together.... dark coloureds and white...... I am presuming that you do separate whites from other and wash separately?

    I find my white bras do stay whiter longer when I hand wash them ... but can't be bothered with other items so buy cheap and just replace them when they are beyond :rotfl:

    I wash all my coloureds seperately so not sure why they go like that. I might try some 'glo white' on them and see if that works!
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  • Necessity for me - I would get commented on if I came to work in patched up clothes, and I would feel bad about myself.

    However, I see them as a luxury when we're talking designer/ expensive makes or items I don't need.

    I would recommend buying a couple of pairs of good quality trousers as these will see you through for months and months, better than buying a really cheap pair which will have a safety pin in them within a few weeks so is really false economy. With tops, you can afford to buy more quantity of perhaps slightly lower quality. Good shops I think are Primark, Peacocks, Tesco Florence& Fred, Asda George, Sainsbury's (if you have a clothes one near you), and H&M. And of course ebay!

    Hth x

    I work in an office and it's the same with me - I am suprised I haven't been pulled up on it yet! The black leather is coming away from my heels and you can see the white bits!! EEK!
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  • spud30
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    I work in an office and it's the same with me - I am suprised I haven't been pulled up on it yet! The black leather is coming away from my heels and you can see the white bits!! EEK!

    So get a permanent black marker and colour em in :D
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  • My little mantra that I use is *need or want* and if your trousers are held together with a safety pin and your top has a hole then I would say you *need* them!! The thing that would distinguish between *old ways* and *new ways* is how you go about buying the stuff you need!! If you just went out and bought the first thing you saw and didn't even acknowledge the cost then that wouldn't be sensible, however if you shopped around and got the most for your money then that would be very MSE!! :beer: It *IS* ok to buy yourself clothes!! :p
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  • Agreed with all above, if you're holding your clothes together then its definitely a need but if you're buying because you saw and liked then its a want.
    Ebay is the way!!!And dotty p's for trousers.
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  • Most people at my office think I'm a bit of an eccentric, so me wearing worn out shoes (etc.) gets commented on but I don't care!

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