After Christmas, I started reading articles about how so many women weren't planning to buy any clothing during 2009. I assume they meant even underpants and stockings. Their reasons were that they didn't have the money because of the recession, they wanted to save their money, and they didn't want to support Wal-Mart and/or China and their clothing products.
Those reasons may be true, but there are two other reasons that no one ever mentioned, and I suspect these are just as much of a possibility, if not more so, than what I just mentioned.
Well, I decided to try not buying clothing, and that didn't work very long. My willpower lasted about four months, and then I had to begin buying stuff again, for several reasons, and none of them had anything to do with boredom or a desire to visit the mall. First of all, by April, some of my winter clothing that was 3 or 4 years old was beginning to look shabby: slightly faded, slightly stretched out or shrunken, pilling in the fabric. Since I'm still working, it just wasn't acceptable for the office, not to mention that the attire wasn't as comfortable as it had been, since it didn't fit properly anymore.
My clothing seems to last, at the most, about 4 years. I buy my stuff at mid-price-range stores: J.C. Penney, Sears, Dillard's, Macy's, Target and Coldwater Creek. Once in a while I will buy a cheap item at Kmart, but I only wear it for one season and then give it away. I never buy clothing at Wal-Mart--it's too cheap-looking.
But when I did go shopping....
There was nothing to buy! First I went to the outlet mall, and found nothing of interest. A few weeks later, I did go to a few town malls, and still found nothing! The spring clothing lines had hideous colors! Citrus colors and the ever-present, nauseating neon green. Who can wear these colors? Not to mention those baby doll empire waist tops with the weird prints that make every woman look fat and/or pregnant!
I started garage sale-ing again in May, and made a shocking discovery: I've always seen tons of baby and children's clothing at these sales, but this year, the amount of junior, misses' and women's clothing for sale at these things has increased tenfold. I realize that the owners were trying to sell the merchandise to make some money, rather than just giving it away. But where on Earth did they store all this clothing before they put it out for sale? I always thought I had a ton of clothes, but apparently what I have is nothing compared to most women. No wonder they weren't buying anything new in 2009--they didn't need to!
Oh, and on a related note: There's no reason to worry about spending your money on clothing and then having the money go to China. It seems that everything I've purchased lately has come from Vietnam! I haven't seen any clothing made in China for weeks!