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Does anyone wish it could be like the olden days, when....

(83 Posts)
Eliza22 Fri 26-Apr-13 09:41:51

You had, in your wardrobe say, a number of pinafore-type dresses and different shirts/blouses for underneath? I'm hankering after a Valentine Wallopp (Parade's End) or Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility). Then, on a Sunday, you maybe had a choice of "best" outfits.

I'm utterly sick to death of our stores and all the excess. It's all cheap material, see through flimsy crap, T-shirt "dresses" that look awful on a woman of a certain age and aren't really dresses because they're so short, you need jeans or thick tights under them.

I suppose (and I don't expect anyone to post back) what I'm saying is, I wish clothes/looks/image weren't so important. I'd like to bin half of my wardrobe (and its pretty minimal, as it is) and just wear much the same thing, every day and not feel people are thinking "doesn't she have anything else to put on?"

I'm hankering after not so much a contrived "capsule" wardrobe as a just less of everything.

Am I bonkers? (Be kind, in answering that question) or does anyone else feel as I do?

Eliza22 Mon 29-Apr-13 19:44:26

Liking da wanda site. Some lovely (individual looking) stuff.

Drywhiteplease Mon 29-Apr-13 21:01:45

Edwardian dresses!! Comfy!! You're bonkers! They had nipped in waists because they had corsets on..passed out all over the place because they couldn't breathe!!!
I admit I love the look though.
I went through a Victorian phase....the day I met my DH I was wearing an ankle length, grey pinstriped pinafore dress and button boots ffs! Good job he doesn't notice clothes....

suebfg Mon 29-Apr-13 21:19:49

I feel the same way. I don't buy a lot these days. I mainly order online and am pretty ruthless about returning things if they aren't perfect. I probably return about 90% of what I order shock.

I don't like seeing people coming out of Primark with multiple bags full of clothes. It's their choice of course but it seems excessive to me.

CoolCadbury Mon 29-Apr-13 21:41:20

I get overwhelmed when I go shopping for clothes. The sheer amount of clothes that are crammed in the shops does my head in. I went shopping today and I lasted 3 shops before I had to leave. Can't cope at all.

I am all for less. Less choice. Less clothes.

Not going to happen though is it? Well, the less choice bit anyway. Less clothes is up to me, of course.

TapselteerieO Mon 29-Apr-13 22:56:43

I like the sound of the one dress project.

Just wonder how you find one dress! It would make choosing what to wear v simple though. I am liking the sound of many of the brands at fashion conscience you can find out the ethics of each brand , where and how garments are made etc.

Lavenderhoney Tue 30-Apr-13 05:54:38

How interesting - I have a few outfits I wear and just change accessories.

I usually wear jeans and a t shirt for drop off, and change later if i am doing something i need to be smarter for, and I can say although I see the same mums everyday, I never notice if they are wearing the same as yesterday, or the teacher for that matter.

I never buy anything new for parties etc, or dinner out. I just use what's in my wardrobe- I have had some dresses for over 10 years! They still look lovely though ( I did lash out, pre dc days)

That's a tip- if you are pre dc, buy the best you can. Shopping after will be an impossible dream, with a toddler wanting a wee mid change or lack of funds for lovely evening dressessmile and handbags...

kiwigirl42 Tue 30-Apr-13 13:33:13

I feel quite nostalgic for the unravelling outgrown jumpers, steaming the wool, then re-using it days

I bought an Aran jumper off ebay made with pure shetland cream wool for £15 but it didn't fit so I've just unravelled it and the yarn is waiting to be washed and reknitted. I buy most of my woolies off ebay - I have 2 amazing Dale of Norway cardigans I got for pennies. Brand new they are about £200. One still has the creases in the arms and has obviously never been worn.

ppeatfruit Tue 30-Apr-13 13:39:23

kiwi You're obviously a good knitter, I wish I was !grin] do you knit while watching T.V.?

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