(Closed) NWR: How often do you buy new clothes?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How often do you go shopping?
    Weekly : (17 votes)
    14 %
    Monthly : (46 votes)
    38 %
    Only a couple of times a year : (46 votes)
    38 %
    Like, maaaybe once a year, if I have to. : (11 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
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    1169 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    Oh jeez, hardly ever!  I wear some things still that I had in high school.  I buy workout stuff as I need it because they get gross quickly, but regular clothes?  Nah I’ve got better things to spend money on.

    Post # 3
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    940 posts
    Busy bee

    Weekly, but always online. I never go to stores anymore. Even took advantage of the awesome sale at NY&Co to buy some new work pants today on my lunch break  

    Although to give my wallet credit, I rarely spend full price and I love ThredUp. 

    Post # 4
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    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

     I’ll buy only an item here and there but throughout the year I probably buy a pair of shoes, pair of pants,a  sweater, a couple tops, and every couple years I replace my bras and undies. My style hasn’t changed much at all in the past 8 years so most of what I buy is replacing an item that I’ve worn out. 

    I do tend to buy quality over quantity, but never pay full price (well…except for basics maybe). I browse sights like Ruelala, Gilt, and online sale sections of favorite shops every few days but rarely actually buy until I see a *perfect* item at a great deal. My wardrobe is getting a bit ratty though so am bracing myself that within the next year I’ll probably have to do a more complete spree where I bring my wardrobe back up to “standard”. 

    Post # 5
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    2317 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I am buying clothes weekly at this point.  I have a ton of clothes but when I turned 31 I feel uncomfortable in my clothes from my mid-late 20s.  I feel like I have matured and those clothes just dont feel right anymore.  When I wear most of them I feel like I am trying too hard to be young and trendy. They may be a bit too short, revelaing, sheer, or just plain old teen-wear.  So I purged everything I would never wear again, and am working on building a wordrobe that is more representative of me now.  

    Now my strategy is to buy a few staples and then shop for accessories and pop items.  

    A few years after graduating I did a financial make-over and part of it was a shopping freeze.  I had a $40/month clothing allowance.  That was very difficult for me since Retail Therapy was a stress reliever for me.  But at the end of the year I had saved up a considerable amount of money and My most troublesome habbits like shopping splurges have yet to return.   

    Post # 6
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    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    When I have something I consider to be an event, I’ll buy something new. It’s not always an expensive item, though.

    For example, I spend a couple hundred ($400+) on a Christmas party dress every year. Next weekend we’re going out for dinner for my DH’s birthday so I’ll buy something new. My next “event” won’t be until my BFF’s birthday early December.

    I buy as needed. I don’t get an “itch”

    Post # 7
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    15001 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Does online shopping count?  If so, weekly, if not almost daily. I’m just always “stalking” items that catch my eye to see if I can catch them on a sale.  I only put in a order maybe 2-3 times a month though.. .and then many times I end up not liking it and returning it anyways.

    Post # 8
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    1024 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    If online shopping counts, almost daily for me!

    Post # 9
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    757 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

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    scipioblack :  I am bordering on being a shopaholic. I love buying clothes and shoes. And I buy it rather often (several items a month), but I tend to go for quality over quantity, so I spend time looking for good deals. Sometimes, while out on the hunt, I end up with one or two cheap H&M items on the way, but I try to stop it. I may be buy one expensive dress / suit / top a month, and a couple of cheap things.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I got kind of on an as needed basis.   For example, I just noticed I’m short on dress pants, so I’ll go soon for those.  I don’t have a regular schedule though.

    Post # 11
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    2000 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I dont have a set schedule. I keep an eye out for sales and try to purchase high quality pieces at good prices when they’re available- typically, seasonally. A few weeks ago I dropped $500 on a few new dresses for work and blazers. I had a few important meetings coming up with the same teams, and wanted a few new pieces to wear, as many of my fall formal pieces looked washed out. 

    Like others have said, quality over quantity. If you find a quality piece, that fits well, at a great price- PICK IT UP! If you just slowly add to your clothes year by year, all of a sudden you’ll have tons of great pieces. Plus- if you buy high quality and take appropriate care, you’ll get years and years out of classic pieces. 

    Especially coming out of school– look for high quality pieces. Otherwise, you’ll be repurchasing everything in a few years. Its tempting to get a ‘whole new wardrobe’ for $500 at Forever21, but long term you will be happier with higher quality pieces. That being said- I do pick up some basics seasonally at Target almost every year. I find they have some great sundresses in summer, cardigans, tights, some basic sweaters. 

    Post # 12
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    5021 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I usually fresh my wardrobe a couple times a year.  Once in the Springtime and again in Fall.  I might buy a couple items throughout the year but truly not often.

    Post # 13
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    4175 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Never. I hate clothes and clothes shopping. I spend money on outdoor clothing like jackets and technical layers, and buy my regular jeans and t-shirts at the thrift store. I seriously abhor spending money on clothes. 

    Post # 14
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I usually end up buying clothes about once a month, more if you include sports/activewear pieces. I have only been working full time for about a year so I’m still looking for a few more professional pieces. I mostly shop online and pay attention the the cycle of sales emails from my favorite stores. 

    Post # 15
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    209 posts
    Helper bee

    No where near enough! I’m in desperate need of new clothes, but I’m so lazy and shopping is such an ordeal for me.

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