I really, really don't like shopping, and I really, really, really don't like clothes shopping. There are so many unpleasant aspects to clothes shopping. You have to leave the house when you would rather be gardening or reading your favourite book again. You have to decide what you want to buy, you have to TRY ON CLOTHES IN CHANGE ROOMS. Then you have to throw those clothes on the floor in a rage and get dressed, and go and find more clothes to try on, then get changed again. Aaaarrrgh. You have to look at your stretch marks in a full length mirror. The horror. Often you have to go to MORE THAN ONE SHOP and still not find anything to wear. The misery. I know, I know, first world problems.
I have attempted to solve this problem by developing an absolute basic wardrobe over the years, and when an item wears out, I replace it with something as similar as possible. This way I don't have to think about clothes, everything goes with everything else, and when I am forced to travel, I just take everything, because it all fits in half a suitcase, which is all the space you ever get when you travel with children.
This is not a wardrobe that would be remotely adequate for anyone working outside home, but it works for my very non-glamorous lifestyle, and has covered all contingencies so far.
Four singlets and four Tshirts which all mix and match. Yes, I took off one of those T shirts to take the photo. I am nothing if not thorough.
Two pairs identical shorts in khaki and beige. Two pairs denim 3/4 length pants. Yes, I know there is only one pair there. I am not that thorough. Imagine them like the others, only darker. Then imagine I iron.
All the T shirts go with all the pants.
Two skirts. Go with the black and white Tshirts.
Two shirts. Go with all the pants.
Casual party dress
Posh frocks for Events. Green one works for funerals with sober shoes. Sparkly shoes for parties..
Black cardies. Short sleeved works with pants and skirts. Cardigan on the right is my all time favourite piece of clothing. It is merino with 3/4 length sleeves, lace down the front, flat pearl buttons. I wear it summer and winter with everything. It is eight years old, and I will cry when it gives up the ghost..
Linen jacket, goes with all the pants. One summer scarf. Does that count as an item?
Bathers, jersey knit dress to go over the top. And a sunhat (where is that pesky sunhat?)
That's it folks. Apart from two sets of 'exercise' gear (a girl can dream), and unspeakable gardening clothes.
I recently lost a dear old favourite, a blousy white top that succumbed to holes too big to mend, so I am looking out for another one. Well, 'looking out' may be too strong a word. One day soon I may go into town in order to think about what shops I might consider looking in for such an item...
And I am considering the colour blue. Imagine wearing something blue...
How do you decide what clothes to buy?
Edited to add: Found another top in the washing basket this morning. Cream, jersey knit. 26 items.