Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wearing out clothes

I have this romantic vision of wearing out my clothes. Like: I wear them so much and so hard that they rip, tear, or become threadbare. But these days I have so many clothes and so many opportunities to buy even MORE, that none of my clothes EVER wear out. The thing that comes closest is a pair of Levi's blue jeans I have from high school that I've had to mend the pockets from falling off.


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Wearing out clothes is so old-fashioned, so I don't know how the idea even got stuck in my head. It's also quite the minimalist point of view... or what you would do if you didn't have the means to buy new stuff all the time.

Personally, I get bored with my clothes too fast to wear them to shreds. I'm not proud of saying that, but I think that's my problem. Really, I should only buy what I NEED, and only keep what I LOVE. Use it up, wear it out!


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6 comments:

  1. I know how you feel. I've got things with holes from one cause or another...a few pairs of jeans with genuine open-knee holes and threadbare areas (as opposed to the ones that come "pre-ripped" because, of course, torn jeans look cool.) But socks are one of only things that really get "worn out" enough to require a few replacements every now and again. Even that is fairly rare. When I buy something and am satisfied with it, I pretty much do so with the idea that I'm going to have it...forever...unless it becomes for whatever reason basically unwearable, or no longer fits--both of which seem unlikely. Therefore I keep wanting "just one more" new shirt or sweater or jacket or pair of whatever...but it's so hard to justify most of the time when I already have more than enough of everything, and no reason to get rid of any of it. o.O I miss a LOT of my old clothes (have made a list of those just like everything else, haha), but they were mostly things I had when I was a little kid. I still wear plenty of stuff from middle school. So whenever a reason exists to donate something old to the clothing dumpster in town, I'm at once sad and sort of glad. o; Guess I've just never really looked at clothes as something to eventually "use up" and toss. =\

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  2. Yeah, when I buy new stuff, I always have conflict in my mind: do I REALLY need it? No. I rarely ever do. So when I do end up buying it, it means I was able to justify my purchase in some crazy roundabout way!

    I can still remember some of my middle school clothes... they were awesome. I may just have to do a post of my old-school fashions! :)

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  3. Lately I've been going to clothing swap parties, and can't wait to host my own. It's a great way to get fun "new" stuff that your friends no longer want, while giving your own items another chance at being worn threadbare. Half of my outfit today is from a swap party. I have on these slightly worn-out, brown boots I snagged (my friend no longer wanted them because they were starting to crease and chip, but I think that just adds stylish character!)- I looove them! The best part about these parties is that they satisfy that craving for something new and different without affecting your wallet or the environment, all while partying with friends. It's pretty awesome. :)

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  4. I've never heard of a clothing swap party...at least, not one that was actually being held. That sounds like useful fun, though.

    T-shirts are the easiest thing to justify, what with the older ones I can find reasons to donate and the new must-have designs that occasionally appear. Truthfully, if you pared my wardrobe down to *only* what's absolutely necessary, it would naturally be a great deal smaller and less varied. xD By this point, there is little that I could sanely add. x.x And oh, I get so nostalgic thinking about the rockin' 90s fashion and all of my old clothes. :3 (I'm told I could have very well belonged in every decade from the 50s to the 80s...xD)

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  5. I've heard of clothing swaps! But never been to one. Not officially, anyway. I had a good friend my freshman year of college with a similar fashion style as me, and we used to borrow each others clothes or give each other hand-me-downs :)

    Jacqui~ you're so right about satisfying that craving for something new! I used to go thrift shopping ALL the time, and rarely spent money on full-priced new stuff. I gotta get back into thrifting!

    Michelle~ T-shirts are my worst culprit! There's always that must-have new design, you're right. If i only kept the tees I had from high school, I would be wearing Rainbow Brite, Cheshire Cat, and I <3 NY... actually that wouldn't be so bad but i feel like "i'm a grown woman now, i gotta look sophisticated!" :)

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  6. Oh, yes, yes, yes, indeed. And receiving clothes as gifts! I can tell people all I want that I SO do not need anything else, and yet somehow, a couple will still figure, "Oh, this will look so good on you, and it's cute and different from what you have, and I needed another gift for you and you have been trying to avoid exploding the closet, so one more thing won't hurt too much..." XD He, he! Oh, even as a grown woman I would wear those...I think there's something classy about my various graphics of ponies, doggies, Spongebob, Alice in Wonderland, cartoons, etc., etc. ^w^

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