Something to think about

http://www.businessinsider.com/people-dont-wear-most-of-their-clothes-2013-4

If you’re only wearing 20% of your clothes, I think you have a problem.  We have a problem.

I put this here for the book.  But eek.  Seriously, can you see this?

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8 thoughts on “Something to think about

  1. magistratrium

    Yes, that can happen if you have a change in lifestyle and/or weight and don’t have the clothes to match yet. Going from full-time stay-at-home to working five days a week plus menopause weight gain meant that I had to completely change my wardrobe choices. It has taken me time to ruthlessly cull what doesn’t fit (no matter how much I love it) and add in new pieces that work. I would agree that it should not be the case on an ordinary basis. Although I would buy a few things each year, I tend to wear things until they wear out and/or don’t fit anymore.

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    1. hearthie Post author

      The culprits in the article include weight changes… but at least you *wear* those first. The biggest culprits were 1) one-time wear articles and 2) impulse buys that didn’t suit. Considering what the “average shopper” is spending on one piece of impulse buying, you could save major cash for nicer things by just skipping the things that are destined for the resale store.

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      1. magistratrium

        I’ve impulse bought once or twice, but I always feel horribly guilty afterwards so I try not to go shopping unless I have something particular in mind. I like wearing my clothes, not watching them collect dust.

        Btw, I have a jacket given to me by a friend, but I’m stumped as to what colors I can wear with it. I may message you with a photo for advice if it wouldn’t be a bother.

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  2. Bike Bubba

    Amen. Just for kicks, go to your town’s recycling center and ask to see the bales of discarded clothing they’re going to make into rags or ship to Africa. I remember seeing enough to load a semi, and the town I was living in at the time had only 9000 people. Mrs. Bubba tells me that the recipients are getting picky because they’re getting so much junk clothing. Odd that people who live in 100 degree heat might reject polyester! :^)

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    1. hearthie Post author

      Our town doesn’t have a cloth recycling center – or anyway it’s not near the rest of the recycling (which is just down the road from me). We *do* have an astounding amount of charity and resale shops, and having read the Elizabeth Cline book you referenced (and where I started this chain) I believe you!

      The waste disgusts me. And then of course you go to the store and want to buy a tshirt and find that every time you’re in, the shirts get thinner. I don’t want to sew my tshirts and tanks. But now I have to remember, “only buy them at JCP – the shirts at Target are see through”. Not just a little sheer, you have to wear another layer. Soooooo the shirts are cheaper but you need to wear two?

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      1. Bike Bubba

        Yup. One side note; the town I’m referring to (hopefully the future residence of Hilliary Clinton) is Waseca, MN, and only 8000 of the residents are free to buy their own clothes. The others are in the women’s federal prison, and for obvious reasons don’t get to choose/buy their own clothes.

        And as the daddy of four daughters, let’s just say I am very well aware of how lousy most of the stuff at Target is–really all over. My daughters have a heck of a time finding jeans, and they find that they don’t last nearly as long as mine do because it’s all short staple cotton in a thin fabric that relies on polyester and spandex to hold together.

        Am I allowed to say “I am so glad I’m a guy and don’t have to put up with this nonsense in my clothing!”? That it’s awesome to get hundreds of wearings out of the stuff I buy and Mrs. Bubba makes for me?

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      2. hearthie Post author

        Well, there’s always the next time you have to shop… I was very unhappy with my last purchase of basic jeans from LL Bean. They downgraded their fabric substantially. I won’t spend the money there again – and they used to be a “safe” place to get guy clothes.

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