I didn’t shop for clothes, shoes, or makeup since September 2016, except for 4 pairs of Thai yoga pants, and a pair of running shoes.
After the hand-clapping is over and done, I will tell you that this wasn’t a problem for me since I am an introvert and dislike going to malls and stores, and as for online shopping- well I simply didn’t need anything new, because I was dragging myself to work every day, wishing for the day to end, and had no desire to buy new things, on the contrary- I fully embraced my frugal tendencies as a means to reach early retirement in a fairly secure state.
I retired in March 2019, and gladly haven’t worn any of my fancy work clothes since.
I gave most of them away, and the rest are simply waiting quietly in the closet. they know their time will come too.
On the other hand, my workout apparel is gladly in very high demand- I workout 6-7 days a week, and half of my workouts days are spent in the gym, either swimming; running on the treadmill, or going to classes.
My workout clothes are fine, served my purposes really well- running trails near home and doing yoga in my backyard.
But besides them being more than 5 years old, (I believe it’s quite mature for workout clothes), and the need to change 9 outfits a week- meaning more laundry -since I don’t own 9 outfits- the real deal – and I’m not hesitating to admit it, is that I now need to be a bit more representable as I go to classes and show myself in actual public with these clothes.
And by “representable” I mean not only in the eyes of other people working out in the gym but mainly in my own reflection – as there are surrounding mirrors -you can’t escape -you get to see yourself from every -single- angle.
Don’t get me wrong- I tend to think that if my workout apparel wasn’t that mature I probably wouldn’t have bought anything new, but the combination of all 3 valid (IMO) excuses- led to clicking Amazon.com.
The thing about new workout clothes that aren’t worn out from life and laundry and many hours of labor is that they fit you really well. at least at first.
I don’t mind sounding shallow as the dead sea, but suddenly I care about how I look, whereas up until my early retirement- I actually didn’t.
I mean how I look in my workout clothes- since basically, I show myself in public only in leggings and tops, and my Levi’s for riding the motorcycle.
I made a big deal of making sure my tops would mix and match with my leggings and sports bra, so I could wear any combination and get away with it if the fashion police decide to pay my local gym a surprise visit.
I always make sure all my clothes are mix &match approved, or I don’t buy them.
I do not have a lot of clothes and I don’t appreciate being stuck with that miserable “I don’t have anything to wear “situation.
And how can you work out without music?? no way?
I am enjoying each garment and device I bought, and although this feels strange- to have new apparel after using the same stuff for a few years, and although I trained myself to stop buying and (hopefully) stop craving new things- apparently I am only human, and these new purchases make me enjoy my workouts more.
Will this pull me back into the consumerist trap?
I hope not- this feels somewhat like breaking a restrictive diet- suddenly enjoying a piece of cake after years of not having any, and you feel like the sky is falling.
But it’s not.
As tara said in “gone with the wind”: “tomorrow is still another day”.
Tomorrow I can go back to frugality and contemplate every expense, but today- I am enjoying my reflection in the mirror.
enjoy- the cooliflower.