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    • Smurphington
    • By Smurphington 29th Jun 18, 9:23 PM
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    How long could you go without buying clothes
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    • 29th Jun 18, 9:23 PM
    How long could you go without buying clothes 29th Jun 18 at 9:23 PM
    If the truth be known I'm a bit of a clothes hoarder and can't resist a good charity shop bargain. Therefore I have too many clothes really and I'm planning on just not buying anything until it's a need rather than a want. I don't wish to put a time limit on it but just to challenge myself to go as long as I can. I think most people could probably go a fair few years running down what they already have . Hopefully I will save some money too
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 11th Jul 18, 6:35 PM
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    Jojo the Tightfisted
    Usually, 6 months to a year between purchases - if not longer. I've even got a short white satin dressing gown my sister bought me for Christmas the year I turned 13 (still in perfect condition). I'm 45.

    They don't make M&S stuff like they used to!


    Reality bites every 3-6 months when I have to buy more socks, as I refuse to have any with holes in and the OH is the same shoe size/has no boundaries where they are concerned, to the point that I almost considered getting ones with floral patterns to try and keep him away from them. He doesn't just put holes in them, he seems to wear them in a way that they turn transparent and cannot be repaired.

    I hate shopping, but internet shopping for clothes is even worse, as you never know whether the measurements given are real or imaginary.
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    Originally posted by colinw
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 11th Jul 18, 6:59 PM
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    I find that any attempt to go clothes shopping usually ends in tears or at least temper tantrums. I will buy clothes if I see something I like when browsing in charity shops for other things (like books and Misc), but it's very much a relaxed and informal mode of acquistion.


    I'm not hard on clothes and they tend to last me a goodly long time, especially since 90% of them were pre-owned by someone else.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 11th Jul 18, 7:13 PM
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    Usually, 6 months to a year between purchases - if not longer. I've even got a short white satin dressing gown my sister bought me for Christmas the year I turned 13 (still in perfect condition). I'm 45.

    They don't make M&S stuff like they used to!


    Reality bites every 3-6 months when I have to buy more socks, as I refuse to have any with holes in and the OH is the same shoe size/has no boundaries where they are concerned, to the point that I almost considered getting ones with floral patterns to try and keep him away from them. He doesn't just put holes in them, he seems to wear them in a way that they turn transparent and
    I hate shopping, but internet shopping for clothes is even worse, as you never know whether the measurements given are real or imaginary.
    Originally posted by Jojo the Tightfisted
    Repairing socks?
    Life's too short for that.
    Well, mine is.
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 11th Jul 18, 7:20 PM
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    Repairing socks?
    Life's too short for that.
    Well, mine is.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Mine, too. Which is why I buy cheapie ones, as something which cost about 45p a pair in a pack hurts far less to chuck away than something that cost a fiver. Himself ruins every pair of socks the same, no matter the cost (as I realised when the 80p reduced to clear ones in a camping shop - full retail price 28!!!!!!!!!!!! - went for a Burton after I'd worn them twice hill walking for hours and he'd worn them once for about 96 minutes.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 11th Jul 18, 9:21 PM
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    I certainly would not wear OHs socks. Non elastic tops at least 3 sizes too big is not a good look. lol.

    Love John Lewis. Never been in Bon Marche and the only thing I have ever bought in EWM is a cashmere scarf. BTW I'm 74 but trendy in a classic way.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 12th Jul 18, 8:58 AM
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    I certainly would not wear OHs socks. Non elastic tops at least 3 sizes too big is not a good look. lol.

    Love John Lewis. Never been in Bon Marche and the only thing I have ever bought in EWM is a cashmere scarf. BTW I'm 74 but trendy in a classic way.
    Originally posted by Sayschezza


    I hope I am trendy, too. Stopped colouring my hair, but the grey is brighter than the faded colour that it ended up! I have it spiked, too.

    Big specs and dangling earrings, bold colours, make-up and suitable perfume.

    The one thing I draw the line at is a bare-shoulder top! Ugly.

    Edit to add: my role model for clothes is Prue Leith.
    Last edited by pollypenny; 12-07-2018 at 1:53 PM.
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    • MrsStepford
    • By MrsStepford 12th Jul 18, 10:27 AM
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    Just bought a load of clothes from Oxfam. I probably won't buy anything other than tshirts now until 2019.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 12th Jul 18, 4:49 PM
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    I could go for years, but I don't really want to.

    I hate clothes shopping with a passion, as I don't want to buy manmade fabrics, and I am 180cm tall with a relatively small bust. Belgian women are shorter and more equipped than I am, so nothing fits. And even if it would fit, I find clothes unnecessarily expensive here, and badly made. In March I bought two pairs of jeans-like trousers in sand and kaki, which fitted well, even a bit on the tight side, but after wearing them for only a few hours, I can hoik them up underneath my armpits, which is not a good look and another reason I hate buying new clothes.

    BTW: once I have clothes that fit, I do take good care of them, and I do mend them while watching telly of an evening.
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 12th Jul 18, 10:37 PM
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    I'm on my third wardrobe this year.. I have lost a fair chunk of weight and just, for the first time in 18 years fit in a size 12. I am desperately lacking in bras and in another 2 stone might have to buy another size smaller.. I kept being told off for wearing my too big clothes!

    I loathe clothes shopping.. I tend to order online and send back what doesnt fit.. and once or twice a year.. only ever in the sales!
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    • gloriouslyhappy
    • By gloriouslyhappy 13th Jul 18, 10:08 AM
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    Went to an 80's theme party recently and wore an original 80's outfit from my skimpy wardrobe. Love those shoulder pads, lucky they're removable for everyday wear!
    • ger27
    • By ger27 15th Jul 18, 4:25 PM
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    Restocking the wardrobe
    Made redundant in my 50s I had a very limited budget. Add to that I no longer had corporate wear AND I finally lost that extra 2 st that had been yoyoing up and down for nearly 40yrs and I was in major need of clothes.

    As I'd gone down 2 sizes I needed new properly fitted bras and I prefer good shoes with a wider fitting (bunion!!!) so stuck to midrange shoe shops for my new footwear.

    The rest comes from a good local charity shop. The standard of donations is high - a lot of clothes are brand new with tags from M&S and I've also has a new LK Bennett dress.
    I love trying all the colours I never wore in my younger days!
    • dragonlily
    • By dragonlily 15th Jul 18, 4:53 PM
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    I have cut back massively in the last 12 months, I now buy a few new (or new to me) things a year.

    I am trying to be a more mindful consumer because of the impact to the environment
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