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disneyofcourse
06-21-2011, 08:24 PM
What percentage of your income do you feel right about using for clothing/shoes?

I'm having a hard time letting money go towards things like clothing/shoes. A few years ago and even within the last two years I could go and buy whatever I wanted and not get buyers remorse. Now I just feel bad about spending the money when I could be putting it towards savings of some sort or vacationing. My last three purchases have been returned within a week of buying them.

I know I shouldn't feel bad about spending the money because I do allocate a % of my income to extras. Anyone else get this feeling sometimes? It feels really hard to break out of.

DawnM
06-21-2011, 08:35 PM
Are you asking about extras or clothing and shoes?

Are you talking about the whole family or just one person?

We have a Misc. category in our budget and we also have a "blow money" amount we use. Either of those can accommodate clothing if necessary. We do not have a clothing budget per say.

We probably spend about 1% of our income on clothing.

Dawn

What percentage of your income do you feel right about using for clothing/shoes?

I'm having a hard time letting money go towards things like clothing/shoes. A few years ago and even within the last two years I could go and buy whatever I wanted and not get buyers remorse. Now I just feel bad about spending the money when I could be putting it towards savings of some sort or vacationing. My last three purchases have been returned within a week of buying them.

I know I shouldn't feel bad about spending the money because I do allocate a % of my income to extras. Anyone else get this feeling sometimes? It feels really hard to break out of.

StitchBuddy
06-21-2011, 08:43 PM
I know what you mean. I bought a shirt at Eddie Bauer and plan on returning it. It was $27 and I can get two at Penney's for that.

disneyofcourse
06-21-2011, 08:53 PM
Just clothing and shoes for myself.

disney1990
06-21-2011, 09:01 PM
New clothes? What are those? So far, this year, I bought myself 2 new shirts at Penny's and they were on clearance. I think I spent less that $15.

I don't go clothes shopping every season. I only pick up something when I actually need it and it's a good deal.

descovy
06-21-2011, 09:07 PM
Eh, I don't have a clothing budget per se...

I do work P/T at Target and admittedly anything in the $3 range that fits is fair game, as long as we will have a use for it. I've gotten chinos, polo shirts, jeans, swimwear, sweaters, ballet flats, sun dresses, graphic tees, etc... Not necessarily when I am looking for them.

Other than the ridiculous low, low price of $3.74 (and some of my favorite pieces are from that) I buy as I need something. Right now I am in the market for white dress sandalls... when I find the "right" sandal (not a flip flop, a little bit of a heel, comfy) I will buy them and have NO remorse.

To casually just buy 2 shirts for $30 doesn't happen (I'd have to be LOOKING for those 2 shirts on purpose) But my cheap clearance finds round out my targeted specific-clothing purchases, so that I really don't need to buy clothes just for the sake of buying clothes...

mom2val
06-21-2011, 09:07 PM
This question made me sit down and do some math! Family of 3 and we spend approx 2% of income on clothing and shoes. This includes all clothing/shoes for me, dh and dd AND dh's work clothes/shoes and dd's sports uniforms and shoes. We are sale shoppers and thrift shop searchers. Shoes are a big budget buster though - dh wears rockports, I wear Crocs and dd wears new balance.

mjantz
06-21-2011, 09:10 PM
How do you define 'new'? I spend probably $100/month (although with my job change that's going to go down) but mostly at thrift stores. It's rare for me to walk into a mall & purchase a new item of clothing.
Clothing is my creative outlet so just like a painter would buy paints & brushes I purchase items to add to my collection.

DawnM
06-21-2011, 09:43 PM
Well, that all depends then.

We spend about 1% for 5 of us. However, when I was single and working full time and had money, I spent more of a percentage of my income on clothing.

Dawn

Just clothing and shoes for myself.

Sagginit
06-21-2011, 09:50 PM
i spend way more than most because i work in fashion and its kinda required. i did the math and guess i spend 5-7% of my income on clothes/shoes a year. i own a lot too since i have been the same size for 10 years now so at this point i try to buy a few investment pieces and add as needed. since sept. i have been on a clothing ban for anything outside of work b/c i have more than i will ever need. i just bought some things this month b/c i needed summer clothes and i still feel guilty because it feels like falling off the wagon. i don't buy things full price unless it can not be avoided.

scootch
06-21-2011, 10:05 PM
I hardly ever buy clothes... truly wear the same pair of flats for 20 years. BUT.. I spend a ton on vacation and sometimes have remorse about it before we actually go. Once we get home though and have created such wonderful memories, the remorse goes out the window.:lovestruc

*Seanaci*
06-21-2011, 10:53 PM
New clothes? What are those? So far, this year, I bought myself 2 new shirts at Penny's and they were on clearance. I think I spent less that $15.

I don't go clothes shopping every season. I only pick up something when I actually need it and it's a good deal.

Lol. Ditto...what are new clothes? I buy about 6 new shirts a year...3 short sleeved shirts for spring/summer and 3 long sleeved for fall/winter. And MOST of the time they're on clearance. >_<

I hardly ever buy clothes... truly wear the same pair of flats for 20 years. BUT.. I spend a ton on vacation and sometimes have remorse about it before we actually go. Once we get home though and have created such wonderful memories, the remorse goes out the window.:lovestruc

I think I have shirts in my closet from 5 years ago...that I wear around the house (never out and about, they're too raggedy). :P

But, part of my lack of buying clothes has to do with I HATE my body right now (gained weight when I got pregnant with my son 4 years ago and haven't lost it :( ). So...I'd rather not buy new clothes. I do have a couple nice outfits to wear on dates with my husband. :P

indimom
06-22-2011, 06:36 AM
I just did the math, we spend 2.5% of our income on clothing for a family of four. My husband works manual labor and is hard on his work clothes. Also, our kids are still growing; so we have to buy new shoes and pants about every six months. Shirts will usually last a year. Thankfully we get a small selection of nice hand-me-downs from some older cousins, and I think DD has almost stopped growing so we may get more wear out of her wardrobe. About time.

Alli76
06-22-2011, 06:45 AM
So far this year we haave spent about 4% of takehome salary on clothing. I think this is a bit high and have really tred to cut back. I have way too many clothes and don't need anymore. My Dh will need some more clothes for work this year.. we will have to budget that in. We are very lucky with the kids in that their grandparents will help with school clothes - but we will have to buy some. I am hoping to end the year at about 3%.

ancestry
06-22-2011, 06:46 AM
We spend very little money on clothes as I buy most of our stuff from thrift stores on their 50% off days. I try to go weekly so I can get the best pick of things.

Shoes I won't buy used though.

For a family of six I spend less than $1000 a year on new shoes and clothes.

Disneychix
06-22-2011, 08:40 AM
I have no idea how much I spend on clothes. I do spend a lot on my kids, which I don't feel guilty about. I do go shopping a lot but mostly talk myself out of things for myself. I will pick out a whole bunch of stuff but by the time I get to the check-out I change my mind.

I do have to admit, when I was younger, before kids, I owned A LOT of clothes and did a lot of shopping. Now I'm more in the mindset of paying a bit more for items and styles that last.

nunzia
06-22-2011, 08:51 AM
I hardly ever buy clothes... truly wear the same pair of flats for 20 years. BUT.. I spend a ton on vacation and sometimes have remorse about it before we actually go. Once we get home though and have created such wonderful memories, the remorse goes out the window.:lovestruc

Same here..I do buy the grandkids quite a bit as gifts and back to school and know the parents appreciate that. What do I need? not much. I do buy things once in awhile on clearance at Kohls or Coldwater Creek..maybe once or twice a year. Other than that I buy from thrift stores. I don't really buy extras..I think my only real vice is scrapbooking stuff and grandkids stuff...and vacations...but clothes? I really don't need many at all and have plenty so feel silly just looking for clothes for the sake of looking..OH.. going to AI in Mexico this year so did get another swim suit :scared1:and got one for DH for Father's Day.

Aliceacc
06-22-2011, 09:28 AM
I think the issue changes when you have kids.

My kids are still growing. That means a new wardrobe pretty much twice a year, as they outgrow the old set. (My girls are close enough to the same size that the hand-me-down thing doesn't always work.)

I have absolutely no guilt about that. I don't buy an outlandish amount. Nor do I shop in the stores that are all about the most popular brands. But I will pay for quality; a Lands End parka is worth every penny!!!

For myself, I have 2 wardrobes: "teaching" and "other." I supplement either as necessary. I recently had to buy a dress for an upcoming wedding. There's no buyers remorse (besides, I got a great deal at JCPenney's :) ) Before that, I think the last thing I bought myself was a $40 Easter dress. Before that, probably shoes last fall as the school year started.

Extras like trips to WDW don't enter the picture unless and until the basic needs are taken care of. Clothing myself and my kids (along with my husband, but he does his own shopping) are among those basic needs.

So no buyers remorse here.

angierae
06-22-2011, 09:33 AM
Me: I bought ten shirts for $3 each from a friend who had lost weight last fall. I probably buy two pair of jeans a year for $20-30 each. I don't really budget clothing money, I'll pick up something here or there if it's on sale. But I haven't bought any new shirts other than those ten for at least 8 months.

As for DD16, she gets clothes at the beginning of summer and for back to school, and anything else comes out of her money. Last fall we spent $300 and she spent about $200 on stuff this spring. So maybe $500-600 a year for her, and maybe $150 a year for me? (This isn't including socks and underwear, and shoes get purchased rarely because her feet have stopped growing, so she's just amassing a collection of Chuck Taylors. :P)

miralys
06-22-2011, 09:34 AM
It's about two percent of my yearly budget. I usually buy two or three times a year when there are massive sales + coupons. I get stuff that will stay presentable through several seasons and will not wear down too soon. Shoes are probably the biggest purchases for me. I only have three pairs, and only two of those are used often enough to show any signs of wear. I purchase those in the spring and fall. Don't skimp on shoes, because sore feet affect everything else!

VAN
06-22-2011, 09:41 AM
I spend as little as possible on new clothes. Basically it is when I "need" them, is when I buy them. It is extremely rare that I just go shopping and buy things that I "want" rather than "need."

So, if you didn't really need that new piece of clothing, then I can certainly understand buyer's remorse. The best way to manage that problem is to just stay out of the stores!! :laughing:

LovableGluttons
06-22-2011, 10:42 AM
OP, I am so glad you posted this!

I am a clearance shopper for clothing and shoes.

My kids are 15 and 12. Last summer for school clothes shopping, I would ask my kids if the item we were looking at was something they would wear a lot. If they said "no", I'd put it back and keep shopping.

Both of my kids had clothing they grew out of before they wore due to my clearance finds. If a shirt was on sale for $3, but they didn't wear it, I wasted $3. Multiple that by 10, and I wasted $30.

This year, each kid gets a certain amount of money for school clothes shopping, plus an additional fund set up to use throughout the year to purchase clothes and shoes. Once it is gone, they will need to use their own money to buy new things with.

I'm currently stuck at home awaiting shoulder surgery. Coldwater Creek had a sale last week of 50% off and free shipping on their entire site. I had about $80 worth of items in the shopping cart, then realized I didn't need any of it. I have plenty of clothes now, plus a closet full of business wear, barely worn, for when I return to work.

I'm in grad school, but doing it virtually, just need pajamas, shorts, and t shirts for that.

I am going to build an inground pool this winter. When I think of buying something I don't need, I think about my beautiful new pool.

$30 would buy a really nice beach towel for my new pool.

So, yes, I do the same thing!

crisi
06-22-2011, 10:49 AM
Percentage wise its small. $$$ wise this year its pretty large. After years of skimping on my own clothes, I've decided my warddrobe is important. I have a professional job. Went to Nordstrom, hired a personal shopper, spent a lot of money - will do it again in the Fall and then two or three times a year afterwards - but I have a basic set now, so it will just be a peice or two here and there.

The kids are generally dressed from Target or Kohls or Pennys. They get a back to school budget of $200 - shoes are not included. From that, they have to pick clothes that will get them through MOST of the school year. They've been doing their own guided school shopping since mid-elementary school (I think my daughter was in third grade). My husband is something of a clothes horse though. My pickup peices tend to be from Nordstrom Rack.

No guilt. Saved for it. Had been putting it off and prioritizing other people's wants. And I LOVE everything I bought, it all works together, so I'm not saying "why did I buy this again, it doesn't even look good on me?"

ldo
06-22-2011, 10:50 AM
we spend more on DD (14) than I would like--but most things are still on sale. But, I knew it would be coming. Up until 12 years old, she wore almost all hand-me-downs.

Zhoen
06-22-2011, 11:27 AM
Two answers, I suppose... for "new-new" as in, came from a factory to a store and no one's ever worn it before... me and my girls, the answer is "very little." The only way I will buy that is if I am looking for something specific and I can't find it secondhand OR we're in a hurry to have it and I don't have time to hunt for it OR we're out in public and one of them vomits, spills, or has an accident... they are both old enough that I don't carry spares anymore, but things do still happen once in a while. In those cases, we're talking about Walmart, Target, or JCP.

We try to avoid malls and places where they will "fall in love" with overpriced junk.

So that leaves thrift shops and yard sales. My general rule at those places is, if they love it, and the price is reasonable, AND we don't already have something similar, they can have it.. As a result, we have plenty of everything, and they are able to express their own tiny "styles" with minimal pocket-pain for me. As for me... the only "new" clothes I've bought in the last few years fall into the categories above, except for jeans. I buy NWT jeans as needed, but they are the Walmart store brand, so less than $20 per pair... I occasionally splurge on a new funny t-shirt, but even then I shoot for "on sale" and never more than $20, usually less than $10. (I got a "Where's Perry?" shirt at Disney store the other day for $4.99 because it was a boys XL... so happy) And before than was a "Where's Waldo" shirt at Target that I love, and I think that was $14.99...

Most everything else comes from thrift stores...

Now, DH is another story. A whole other story. In another book, in another language, in another library.... wait, strike the library... in a book store, a pricey one! :rotfl:

DH doesn't do secondhand, when he's just dressing to have clothes on, he'll head straight to JCP... though I've slipped him plenty of "clearance at KMart" and he's worn it without knowing the difference. For work, he has to wear a suit, and gets a clothing allowance for that, so he heads to "Men's Wearhouse" and very sweetly buys anything the young ladies there tell him to. He can't tell the difference between the $50 shirts they sell him and the ones I give him at Christmas that were $20 boxed with a free tie included... (because they're the same brands, I just shop on Black Friday... duh!) We simply don't talk about his clothes shopping-- it's his money, he can spend it... but I AM confiscating the $150 in "rewards" they just sent him (yeah, think how much he'd need to spend before they kick back that much!) and I'm going to use it to buy gifts for male family members for christmas)

So to answer your question... very little, and the only remorse I get is how much he spends that I can't convince him otherwise... the suits are a necessity, the shirts could be gotten for less...

The only thing I've ever bought to wear that I had remorse over was when I bought a BEAUTIFUL set of champagne topaz for a christmas party from JCP... they were lovely, on sale, and I figured it was an acceptable purchase that would hold value in the long run. Imagine my chagrin when I got home and noticed the tags said "CZ" as in "cubic zirconia." I was SOOOOoo angry, at myself for not looking more closely, at the sales assistant for not knowing her product... at JCPfor selling cubic zirconia for that high a price!!! I took it back the same day, which was a big step for me, because I'd always been shy, hated to return things, hated to point out when something was wrong... I'd been raised to turn the other cheek... but this was a LOT of money... as much as I felt bad that the sales assistant would lose out on that commission, she was the one who had sold me CZ instead of topaz... If I'd kept them, I would have regretted it, but in returning them, I grew. It was one of those "defining" moments like in a movie. Funny, huh?

dzorn
06-22-2011, 11:36 AM
We buy when we need something not just want. I would rather spend money doing things with the girls than spend it on clothes.

Denise in MI

ilovejack02
06-22-2011, 12:03 PM
No clue what I spend on clothing. 95% of the time, I buy on sale or clearance.. the kiddo is almost always clearance, he has been a slow growing kiddo since birth so I can stock up for next season or I buy ebay I get quite a bit of his Ralph Lauren on ebay. I did pay full price for a purple r.l. polo with the yellow pony ... LSU colors for his 8 yr old bday pictures, you can NEVER find that color on sale and he is still wearing shirt a year later, I don't feel guilty. I try not to go over board, I keep only so many pairs of shorts , pants , tees , dress clothes etc and don't go nuts just because it is on sale. I also will buy him things at garage sales or thrift stores , but I don't shop those places as much anymore.

I never feel guilty about spending money on my clothing, though as I said , usually on deep discount. I want to look nice, I feel better when I look put together and heck my hubby likes it too. I wore the same 5 hoodie sets one winter, good sale and next winter rolled around I pulled them back out and hubby told me he NEVER wanted to see me in a hoodie set again and to go buy new clothes LOL. SOOO it seems hubby wants me to look nice too and not wear old ragged out stuff just to save a buck. Every couple of years I splurge, hubby and I had a nice date night planned about 8 months ago. I ran out spent about 150.00 on new outfit as I had no notice to shop earlier. He LOVED it and I have worn both pieces together and separate at least a dozen times each and always get compliments .

SHoes are a different story, DH doesn't buy new shoes so when I can convince him it is time, we buy what he likes .
DS8 I can always buy on clearance , grabbed a brand new pair of Nikes for school this am on 6pm.com for 20.00 .. they have discounted shipping today 2.95 which a deal for them.
I buy on clearance and full price for myself .. or heck even thrift or garage if new . I wear my shoes for years , so full price isn't a biggie as I get the use out of them.

ilovejack02
06-22-2011, 12:04 PM
percentage wise its small. $$$ wise this year its pretty large. After years of skimping on my own clothes, i've decided my warddrobe is important. I have a professional job. Went to nordstrom, hired a personal shopper, spent a lot of money - will do it again in the fall and then two or three times a year afterwards - but i have a basic set now, so it will just be a peice or two here and there.

The kids are generally dressed from target or kohls or pennys. They get a back to school budget of $200 - shoes are not included. From that, they have to pick clothes that will get them through most of the school year. They've been doing their own guided school shopping since mid-elementary school (i think my daughter was in third grade). My husband is something of a clothes horse though. My pickup peices tend to be from nordstrom rack.

No guilt. Saved for it. Had been putting it off and prioritizing other people's wants. And i love everything i bought, it all works together, so i'm not saying "why did i buy this again, it doesn't even look good on me?"

good for you !!

eliza61
06-22-2011, 12:17 PM
I know what you mean. I bought a shirt at Eddie Bauer and plan on returning it. It was $27 and I can get two at Penney's for that.

but don't get fooled by the dollar amount. I did the same thing. I went to kohls and brought 3 polo's shirts for my dh and they were crap. they shrunk and faded after 1 wash and the 2nd batch I brought after returning the first was just as horrible. I returned them and went right back to Lands end. Yeah the shirts cost me 20 bucks but they will last and look good. That's the better value.

Op, I'm not sure what % I spend on clothes. basically I focus more on getting quality items for the lowest price. I'd rather spend 100 bucks on a pair of black pants at nordstroms, have them look great for a couple of years than buy a cheap pair at kohls (I don't like kohls every thing I buy from them has been junk.) and have them look nasty after 3 wears.

I also try to purchase only when I need some thing, as opposed to simply because there is a sale. I'm trying to be a more thoughtful shopper.

We don't really do "back to school" shopping. Here in NJ it's still hot when the kids go back to school so they wear their summer clothes. Luckily I have boys which usually means lots of jeans and kahakis.

furb & dez
06-22-2011, 12:20 PM
We buy when we need something not just want. I would rather spend money doing things with the girls than spend it on clothes.I'm with you. I'd rather spend my money on memories and experiences than "things".

We're now at the point where the only time we buy clothing is when something begins to be unwearable, and even then, we just replace that one item.

but don't get fooled by the dollar amount. I did the same thing. I went to kohls and brought 3 polo's shirts for my dh and they were crap. they shrunk and faded after 1 wash and the 2nd batch I brought after returning the first was just as horrible. I returned them and went right back to Lands end. Yeah the shirts cost me 20 bucks but they will last and look good. That's the better value.

If you buy good quality merchandise, it lasts longer. I just realized that on the photo on my work badge, I'm wearing a shirt that I still own and regularly wear to work (6 years later...). Also, if you rotate clothes in and out, that also extends their life (example: I have about 6 pairs of khaki pants I wear to work, and since they only individually get worn once every two weeks or so, they are in great shape).

crisi
06-22-2011, 12:40 PM
good for you !!

(it was really a lot of fun, too. I'd been saying for years "someday, I'll just start over with my work wardrobe")

deedeecee
06-22-2011, 12:51 PM
I think I probably spend 1-2% of our income on clothes.
In the past, it was much more. I spent so much on clothes for my daughter when she was younger. Even though I always bought when they were discounted, it still was a lot of money. She had a lot of clothes, most of which got worn very little.
Now, I am a fan of thrift stores. There's some really great, new or next-to-new stuff at the thrift stores, and the prices can be fantastic but I am definitely paying with my time. I don't mind; thrifting is sort of a hobby for me and I look forward to my weekly trips.

momto2girls
06-22-2011, 01:06 PM
Percentage wise its small. $$$ wise this year its pretty large. After years of skimping on my own clothes, I've decided my wardrobe is important. I


This is our family too. However, I don't work. I've finally decided that I feel a lot better when I'm happy with what I'm wearing (losing 20 lbs. helped too ;)). So, now I update my wardrobe every season without *too* much concern for the cost. I spend a good bit on my daughters' wardrobes too, but I try not to go overboard like I did when they were younger. I buy them cute things, but try not to have more than is necessary.

The amount I spend probably would sound high to many, but it is a tiny percent of our income.

sparkyboy
06-22-2011, 01:15 PM
I spend very little of our budget for clothes as I mainly shop at the thrift stores and score big when they have 50% off. Bought Ann Taylor and Talbots suits this week end for me and spent $15.00 total for the two suits. DH needs ties and slacks for work (grocery store mgr) and I generally find these at garage sales as he is extremely hard on his clothes. I shop for shoes for me at consignment stores too but he buys his at full price. I also shop for kids at garage sales and tag sales.

ilovejack02
06-22-2011, 01:52 PM
Op, I'm not sure what % I spend on clothes. basically I focus more on getting quality items for the lowest price. I'd rather spend 100 bucks on a pair of black pants at nordstroms, have them look great for a couple of years than buy a cheap pair at kohls (I don't like kohls every thing I buy from them has been junk.) and have them look nasty after 3 wears.



AMEN to that ! I finally replaced all my Jcrew shorts this year, hitting 38 this year and finally decided maybe its time for a little longer shorts ( much to DH's dismay) haha! The shorts I have look great, going on 4 years with them . I bought 5 pairs of Jcrew bermudas , black, navy, kakhi, pink, gray . Should last me at least 3 summers , if not longer. I wash cold and hang to dry. I try to shop quality and on sale, sometimes it does not always play out lol.

disneyofcourse
06-22-2011, 04:48 PM
(it was really a lot of fun, too. I'd been saying for years "someday, I'll just start over with my work wardrobe")

That's just so awesome. It's what I always tell myself I need to do and I will eventually.

disneyofcourse
06-22-2011, 04:56 PM
I think what bothers me is that I get buyers remorse for clothing. But for things like weekend trips or mini vacations I'll just book the package and not think twice about it. I could be at Target and decide I need a new bedspread with zero remorse or a new bath towel set. I think its from family who used to comment on my money habits and so I feel bad about purchases but not experiences(such as travel). All the comments are from people who themselves buy, buy and buy. Yet, I shouldn't waste my money is what I constantly hear. Of course, I have no issue buying to donate or as gifts. hmmmmm

MrsPete
06-22-2011, 05:29 PM
I don't know what percentage of income I tend to spend on clothes, but it isn't large.

For the kids, I buy heavily around back-to-school time and the beginning of summer. First I survey what they have left from last year, and I make sure they have at least 5 pairs of GOOD/can be worn out of the house jeans (or shorts for summer) and 3 nice skirts /dresses. Shirts and sweatshirts never seem to be a problem -- they just seem to accumulate.

For myself, my goal is to buy two outfits every fall and two outfits every spring (and to discard two outifts every fall/every spring). This way I never get to the point that EVERYTHING is worn out at once. For myself, I know I'm going to keep it a while, so I won't buy anything that isn't good quality and isn't going to last. I never buy at Target because it never seems to look good after a couple washings. I'd much rather buy a single quality used item than a couple cheap items. And because I stand up ALL DAY LONG for my job, I always buy good quality shoes. Also, I think I wear the world's most common shoe size (6.5 - 7) because it's never, ever available on clearance.

As for buyer's remorse, I have that pretty often . . . so I've developed a system: I go ahead and buy what I think I want, but I leave it in the bag (with the tags and receipt) for at least two weeks. If, after that "cooling-off period", I try it on and still like it, I keep it. But I've returned more than one item because it just didn't look as good on me as I thought it did at first glance. And other times I come home and realize that I really didn't need that item; for example, recently I bought a cute little coral-colored dress that I really liked . . . and I totally forgot that I already had a very similar coral-colored dress already (you'd think I'd have remembered that in the store). One was slightly longer than the other, and the necklines were different, but -- really -- I didn't need a second solid-colored casual summer dress in coral. So the new one went back. I used to do the opposite: Go home and think about it, then come back if I still wanted it . . . but too many times my size was gone when I went back. This works for me. I never have "keeper's remorse".

Taja
06-22-2011, 07:27 PM
I'm solo, so I only have to worry about myself. That said, I tend to be rather frugal.

I have difficulty buying RTW, as my body does not meet manufacturers' standards--regardless of size. It doesn't matter if I'm thin, average or Pooh-sized, RTW just does not fit me! When I consider buying something, I have to look at whether or not it can be altered.

Most years I purchase 7 days of lingerie, three pairs of shoes (two comfortable dress style, one casual--Birks or sneakers). The dress shoes usually last quite a few years, so I have different height heels (flat to about 2"). Occasionally, I'll find a pair of dress shoes that I love and I'll pick up two or three more pairs of the exact same shoes (same colour, even!) on clearance at the end of the season. In that case, it's doubtful I'll purchase dress shoes for the next two or three years.

Since I rarely dress seaonsally (my idea of a winter wardrobe is to add a coat and have a pair of ratty sneakers to wade through puddles!), I may purchase either RTW or fabric to make the following: 1 or 2 jackets, 4 pairs of slacks, 1 or 2 skirts, 5 or 6 tops, something to dress up existing outfits for the holidays and a swimsuit (live in the low desert).

My wardrobe has to look professional, but I try to avoid clothing that has to be dry cleaned--it's horrendously expensive here. It also has to handle temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 110+ degrees. Clothing that can't be worn to the office (starting to look a bit sad around the edges, but still has plenty of wear in it) is recycled to wearing for non-professional times, then the tops and pants--and an occasional jacket--goes on to become part of the "grubbies" category. Worn only for cleaning and gardening! *LOL*

I don't really have separate wardrobes for work and casual. Almost everything I do preceeds or follows work. *rolleyes* That's why I like to have a few accessories to dress up an office outfit for the evening. I do have a couple of sets of exercise clothing and sweats, but that's about it for casual clothing.

Percent of income? Probably less than .5% most years--may be as much as 1% if I have to buy a coat (every 5 or 6 years), or just neglected to update things for a year or two.

Buyer's remorse? Rarelly. But occasionally I purchase RTW with the intent to alter it and find it doesn't work quite as well as I had expected! *LOL*

charming23
06-22-2011, 09:29 PM
It is just me in my clothing budget and I end to be very furgal. I always shop the clearance racks first, love Target for this. I also have come to love thrift stores. A friend recently took me to one in our area that specializes in bigger sizes and since i am losing weight I hate to spend $30 on a pair of capris that will not fit next summer. I was able to get 2 pairs for $7that were in great shape and will get me through the summer.

neatokimmo
06-22-2011, 09:47 PM
I spend 1-2% on our clothes. My stuff is boring. I bought 5 pairs of the same capris at Kmart and the same tshirt from Target in about 7 colors. I also bought the same croc flip flop in 4 colors.

I used to spend a lot more at lane bryant but their prices really shot up. Since I work from home 3 days a week I couldn't justify the price. It was my first time buying clothes at Kmart, for $15 they are holding up well.

I also have a cruise wardrobe that has been stocked with things from Ross. 10-12 outfits, $25 or less. Regular dresses, cocktail dresses (I find the BEST cocktail dresses there!) and beachy dresses. I usually add a couple of pieces to it every time we go to the beach in the spring. Ross beachy locations are awesome!

The only time I have remorse is when I buy DD something new and she ruins it the first or second time she wears it. I won't pay more than $12 an outfit usually for her. I shop ahead a year or two and have gotten some super cute stuff for 75-90% off. I also feel remorse when I find NWT items at the consignment store for $1. I wish I hadn't bought the new stuff because she is just a ticking time bomb ready to drop 101 things down the front of it.

sookie
06-22-2011, 11:37 PM
wow - i have two growing kids of different sexes, so no hand me downs. also, i have lost significant weight this year to the point where i had to buy new clothes - so winter and spring I got new clothes, as did summer. Fall I can probably layer and cut back though.

I'd say at least 7% of our income right now is going to clothes. Hopefully it will drop, but I have to look nice for work - strict professional dress code.

I do have some remorse, however, I have to have clothes that actually fit and that work together. This year - clothing wise - is high cost for me. Hopefully next year won't be so bad.

roliepolieoliefan
06-23-2011, 12:00 AM
I'll admit it , I spend tons of money on clothes. Nothing budget about it. My whole wardrobe is from white house/black market or cache. I don't blink at spending $90.00 on a dressy blouse.

My kids clothes all come from Justice, American Eagle and Nike /Under armor.
I love Carlos Santana shoes and all the accessories to go with it.

I recently lost 20 pounds and bought a whole new wardrobe.

Guilt nope , none here.
I like to look good and want my kids too also.