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Getting rid of all clothes at the end of each season and buying new?

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RunnersAndRiders Tue 28-Jun-16 20:45:58

A friend of mine was telling me the other day that she does this.

At the end of every season she gets rid of 90% of her wardrobe, either by giving it to the charity shop or selling at boot fairs.

Does anyone else do this? I can't imagine doing it; I get far too attached to items and no way would I want to get rid of an item that suits/fits me really well.

I just wondered really if loads of people do this and that I'm in the minority keeping things for yonks?

ficbia Tue 28-Jun-16 20:47:59

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RunnersAndRiders Tue 28-Jun-16 20:49:37

My friend is absolutely skint and always saying she has no money so god knows how she affords to do it!

Doobigetta Tue 28-Jun-16 20:52:55

I think that's horrendously wasteful, sorry. Think of all that landfill.

BikeRunSki Tue 28-Jun-16 20:56:53

I thought of landfill too, but the OP did sAy that her friend gives her stuff to charity shops and sells at car boots.

I guess if she replaces her wardrobe every season, that she buys fast fashions cheap clothes? I'd far rather spend more on quality "forever, or at least a very long time" clothes.

Mishaps Tue 28-Jun-16 21:00:51

Just been clearing out for a house move - you won't believe how old some of my clothes are!

ficbia Tue 28-Jun-16 21:04:34

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goingmadinthecountry Tue 28-Jun-16 22:07:54

One of my dds wears an embroidered silk jacket I had aged 17 - was vintage then because I swapped my school gaberdine coat for it. I'm 52 now. Dd3 wears a RL denim jacket I bought for dd1 in 2004 - the year dd3 was born. Dd1 (22) still wears a combat jacket she had in the summer she left primary school. Dds 1 and 2 have been seen out with old classic bags of mine - a Prada bag from around 2000 is pretty popular. Ds (19) loves finding dh's old stuff in the loft. He has been seen out in the leather biker jacket dh got aged 18 - dh has just turned 56!!! Quality and style last and can be re-invented.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 28-Jun-16 22:24:58

Hmm , I like the idea of going out at the begining of the new season anf buying a whole capsual wardrobe but it'll never happen.
Mainly because when the new clothes come out, I think "WTF, no way am I wearing that " or it's way too far ahead .

If I threw everything out / donated, I'd have nothing to wear because I couldn't replace things.

I do recycle TShirts at the end of the summer and buy long sleeved tops.
The DC school shirts/blouses and their socks all go.

But I don't really buy things that are A/W 2015 or whatever year. Like the military coats a few years back. In one year, very dated the next.

SpiritedLondon Tue 28-Jun-16 23:41:13

I think it sounds horrible actually. Why not invest the money is nicer items - you get better fabric, cut etc and you can keep bringing them out season after season. If there's something more "seasonal" or trendy then I tend to buy those from cheaper shops since they're not usually going to get the wear.

burnishedsilver Wed 29-Jun-16 07:15:54

Does she have a style that her own or does she end up totally following the current trends whether they suit her or not?

It's often hard to find the shapes that suit me, in the colours that suit me, in the fabrics I like. When I find them I'm not giving them up. It's too hard to find replacements.

P1nkP0ppy Wed 29-Jun-16 07:19:01

Hardly surprising she's skint!
Sounds very wasteful and unnecessary.

Gingefringe Wed 29-Jun-16 07:23:46

I can sort of understand this - when I see something I want I sell a few old things on eBay to go towards the cost. I still have a lot of old clothes that I hang on to though - but these are well-loved clothes which I would never get rid of.

In this way I can get rid of a lot of superflous clothes and shoes each season. I'm trying to buy more classic, well-made items that will last me a long time.

puglife15 Wed 29-Jun-16 07:38:39

I think this is weird and wasteful - yes she might sell them but will get a fraction of the cost back, plus all the hassle of buying them in the first place...

I feel bad getting rid of stuff I've only had for 3/4 years.

gettingtogreat Wed 29-Jun-16 07:40:10

My friend does this. She buys new, wears it a couple of times over the season, then recoups most of the cost on eBay because the things she sells are still current and pretty much as-new.

I don't think I'd have the energy but she has done it for as long as I can remember!

fakenamefornow Wed 29-Jun-16 07:43:04

I would have neither the time nor the money to do this.

LunaLoveg00d Wed 29-Jun-16 07:43:07

Wasteful. Although great for the charity shops. I have things in the wardrobe that I've had for 10 years or more, and i'd prefer to buy something more expensive that will last, than 5 cheaper items which only last 6 months.

no, i keep things for as long as they last and i still like them. i prefer to buy the best quality i can afford so the things last. 'fashion' items i don't mind buying from places like primark and tbh, most of the stuff lasts surprisingly well. i do take good care of things though no matter what they cost. i wouldn't be able to afford to replace my entire wardrobe every season, i would be far too expensive and very wasteful when what i have has nothing wrong with it

TellMeDani Wed 29-Jun-16 13:44:24

I'm not sure that I would do that even if I was a millionaire to be honest, I grow to attached to things. I suppose if you follow THE latest fashions religiously then you might do this .

chanie44 Wed 29-Jun-16 18:37:28

I try and buy clothes that suit me, are good quality and natural fabrics. I struggle enough with this, so to replace clothes every season means I'd never have any clothes.

dragonsarebest Wed 29-Jun-16 18:40:25

No way. That sounds unbelievably wasteful and unnecessary.

NikiSaintPhalle Wed 29-Jun-16 18:44:52

It sounds pretty fashion victim-y...? And actually odd, as well as wasteful and time-consuming. Doesn't she then have to rely on finding styles and colours that suit her in each season, or go naked?

VenusRising Wed 29-Jun-16 18:51:56

I think it sounds very sensible. Especially as she's not flinging it out to landfill.
If you know you're not going to wear it again next year, why hang onto it until no one else wants it either.

Too much stuff in charity shops is stuff you wouldn't want to wear, either because it's too old or stored too long. Now that's the stuff for landfill, or depressingly shipped to poorer countries and sold on.

I think it's a good idea, and gets you out of a rut, makes you aware of any weight gain issues if you have to go up a size for example, and makes sure at least someone will wear it again.

Floisme Wed 29-Jun-16 19:14:10

I can't imagine ever doing that, even if I could afford to. I'm wearing a jacket today I've had for 40 years - and it was second hand when I bought it.

As to whether charity shops welcome it - depends where it's from I would think. If it's all Primark they'd be lucky to get thrupence for it.

Judydreamsofhorses Wed 29-Jun-16 20:02:25

I don't do this, but I do do a cull a couple of times a year and get rid of (either charity shop or eBay) things I've not worn much, or just don't like any more. The dress I was wearing yesterday was 10 years old (French Connection, expensive and I still love it so much) whereas the ASOS one I was wearing today cost far less and probably won't be still in my wardrobe this time next year. Things like Breton tops, which I have dozens of, get "relegated" to house clothes when they start to look tired and washed out.

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