My opinion? Only buy what you absolutely need.
If you think about it, you really don't need that much. I was reading about capsule wardrobes a few weeks ago and man, I feel like I missed the boat on capsule wardrobe blog success. (Too bad I don't like taking pictures of myself.) I didn't know this was a thing. I thought it was a post-triplets/nothing fits right/I have no time to shop/I'd rather spend my money on vacations or paying off my mortgage or retiring before I'm 55 (or 45) deal.
But going back to buying what you only need. I was thinking about the clothing purchases I've made thus far in 2016 for myself and for the girls.
- $40 for 2 sweaters (on sale)
- $15 for a casual, winter jacket (final clearance at LOFT, originally $140!)
For the girls:
When the colder weather hit and the girls pulled out winter pajamas (or I should say the girls who wear pajamas because I have one who refuses to), I was surprised at how small those pajamas were. Until I looked at the size. Ooops. Size 4. Those were immediately tossed into the give-away pile in the upstairs hall. And then someone took them from the pile and I had to hide them. Then they were wearing size 5 pajamas. I did purchase some footies in the appropriate size but those are too hot to actually sleep in so they're worn around the house or after showers. So I told the girls that I would buy pajamas in a larger size but they didn't really seem to care that their wrists and ankles were exposed and then I forgot and now it's almost spring so maybe I need to look for some on sale because they will most definitely be needed for next year.
The girls' closets need major clean outs. I've been pulling out too small items here and there but it's been awhile since we've gone through everything, which is how we ended up with size 4 pajamas in the mix. I think I'll wait until it warms up before I clean out all the long sleeve shirts that are on the verge of being too small. And all the summer items that are too small.
I wanted to sew some summer nightgowns, for those who will wear nightgowns, because I think we are in the same too small situation for summer pajamas. I have the perfect fabric. Don't ask me when I'll have time for that though.
I'll end this by commenting that I wore pants to work today that I bought in 2004. A little snug but classic trousers stay classic.