Does anyone wish it could be like the olden days, when....

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Eliza22 Fri 26-Apr-13 09:41:51

You had, in your wardrobe say, a number of pinafore-type dresses and different shirts/blouses for underneath? I'm hankering after a Valentine Wallopp (Parade's End) or Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility). Then, on a Sunday, you maybe had a choice of "best" outfits.

I'm utterly sick to death of our stores and all the excess. It's all cheap material, see through flimsy crap, T-shirt "dresses" that look awful on a woman of a certain age and aren't really dresses because they're so short, you need jeans or thick tights under them.

I suppose (and I don't expect anyone to post back) what I'm saying is, I wish clothes/looks/image weren't so important. I'd like to bin half of my wardrobe (and its pretty minimal, as it is) and just wear much the same thing, every day and not feel people are thinking "doesn't she have anything else to put on?"

I'm hankering after not so much a contrived "capsule" wardrobe as a just less of everything.

Am I bonkers? (Be kind, in answering that question) or does anyone else feel as I do?

ppeatfruit Tue 30-Apr-13 13:39:23

kiwi You're obviously a good knitter, I wish I was !grin] do you knit while watching T.V.?

kiwigirl42 Tue 30-Apr-13 13:33:13

I feel quite nostalgic for the unravelling outgrown jumpers, steaming the wool, then re-using it days

I bought an Aran jumper off ebay made with pure shetland cream wool for £15 but it didn't fit so I've just unravelled it and the yarn is waiting to be washed and reknitted. I buy most of my woolies off ebay - I have 2 amazing Dale of Norway cardigans I got for pennies. Brand new they are about £200. One still has the creases in the arms and has obviously never been worn.

Lavenderhoney Tue 30-Apr-13 05:54:38

How interesting - I have a few outfits I wear and just change accessories.

I usually wear jeans and a t shirt for drop off, and change later if i am doing something i need to be smarter for, and I can say although I see the same mums everyday, I never notice if they are wearing the same as yesterday, or the teacher for that matter.

I never buy anything new for parties etc, or dinner out. I just use what's in my wardrobe- I have had some dresses for over 10 years! They still look lovely though ( I did lash out, pre dc days)

That's a tip- if you are pre dc, buy the best you can. Shopping after will be an impossible dream, with a toddler wanting a wee mid change or lack of funds for lovely evening dressessmile and handbags...

I like the sound of the one dress project.

Just wonder how you find one dress! It would make choosing what to wear v simple though. I am liking the sound of many of the brands at fashion conscience you can find out the ethics of each brand , where and how garments are made etc.

CoolCadbury Mon 29-Apr-13 21:41:20

I get overwhelmed when I go shopping for clothes. The sheer amount of clothes that are crammed in the shops does my head in. I went shopping today and I lasted 3 shops before I had to leave. Can't cope at all.

I am all for less. Less choice. Less clothes.

Not going to happen though is it? Well, the less choice bit anyway. Less clothes is up to me, of course.

suebfg Mon 29-Apr-13 21:19:49

I feel the same way. I don't buy a lot these days. I mainly order online and am pretty ruthless about returning things if they aren't perfect. I probably return about 90% of what I order shock.

I don't like seeing people coming out of Primark with multiple bags full of clothes. It's their choice of course but it seems excessive to me.

Edwardian dresses!! Comfy!! You're bonkers! They had nipped in waists because they had corsets on..passed out all over the place because they couldn't breathe!!!
I admit I love the look though.
I went through a Victorian phase....the day I met my DH I was wearing an ankle length, grey pinstriped pinafore dress and button boots ffs! Good job he doesn't notice clothes....

Eliza22 Mon 29-Apr-13 19:44:26

Liking da wanda site. Some lovely (individual looking) stuff.

Plathism Mon 29-Apr-13 14:53:45

The One Dress Protest girl seems to be wearing the same dress as The Uniform Project girl - I wonder if they're affiliated? Anyway, I loved the way the Uniform Project restyled the dress every day, def worth checking out. Sorry for lack of link, my phones playing up.

Eliza, I am SO with you on this one!
I don't get 'choice' when it is a choice between 25 vaguely different, but the same things, none of which I actually want or need.

It's like with dressing toddlers: 'Do you want to wear the red or the green t-shirt?' gives a choice; asking 'Which of these 25?' is just confusing.

I don't buy polyester. I just don't. That severely restricts my choice at times, but so be it. I have recently discovered bamboo as a natural and renewable fibre and otherwise stick with cotton and/or linen.

I do not like pinafore dresses and for practical reasons wear next to no skirts/dresses at all (too much leg-upkeep required blush), so can we please have some well-cut trousers in your fashion-light world?

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:50:31

Also maybe its more an age thing; when you 've reached a secure place and an older age you don't give a shit care any more grin

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:47:02

woozle the psychology of fashion is interesting. I used to work in fashion P.R. in my 20s I was the wrong type though. Because I just couldn't go along with the "You don't exist because you're not wearing the latest stuff" attitude; BTW this was the 70s so the fashion for fashion's sake thing has been going a long time.

I even think that that attitude has changed quite a bit now there is more space for individuality with the retro thing etc.

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:38:46

Sorry too many actuallys!

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:37:51

I just googled Brooks Brothers (an upmarket American tailoring firm) where Dh gets most of his shirts and there is NO mention in the whole of their site of where their stuff is actually made.It's an amazing lesson in obfuscation actually!

woozlebear Mon 29-Apr-13 13:26:37

It's fascinating isn't it? I've known about it for a while and thought about doing one of the projects but never actually done it. Think it's time to actually do it!

If you're having minimalist leanings, you might also like the Miss Minimalist blog. It's the best blog on the subject I've found, although she doesn't post so much now, but the archive will keep you going for weeks.

Eliza22 Mon 29-Apr-13 13:15:45

Woozle thanks so much for that blog link. Of the ones I've had chance to read, I am "one" with their thinking!

I may join one of their projects, am thinking of the one where the entire content of my wardrobe (of that season) is reduced to 6 items. The rest goes in the lost. It sounds good, to me.

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 13:00:30

Yes and now there are fair trade coffees etc. shame they aren't ALL FT though! . Thanks woozle for The One Dress Protest link it was fascinating.

woozlebear Mon 29-Apr-13 12:54:49

Interesting thread.

I often feel like the fashion industry has become entirely, literally just that. They've lost sight almost completely of the basic purpose of clothing (to keep us warm and protected, so fulful social requirements of decency, and then, yes, to provide social signalling (I'm rich, I'm attractive, I'm rebellious etc).

But now the majority seems to be 100% fashion for fashion's sake. It's ALL about the social signalling. The industry actually don't want us to buy plain, good quality basics because we'd buy less. Start telling everyone that patterns and wacky colours and freaky cuts are IN, and they'll soon feel they NEED a whole new wardrobe every year. It's entirely self-serving. It's not fast moving to cater to consumer demand, as they'd like us to think, it's fast moving to CREATE consumer demand. The quality is a side effect of that, I think. You're only going to be able to get people to buy into that if you make it all cheap enough to seem disposable. In days gone by, it was impossible to make clothes cheap enough, so they HAD to offer good quality classics that would last.

Boycotts have worked in the past seemingly Gap and (not sure if it was) Nike both suffered boycotts in the nineties that made them change practice -I have just been reading about it, so not absolutely sure of my facts.

I have been wondering if we should try shopping at places like da wanda it is a sort of global marketplace, for individual makers of clothes.

woozlebear Mon 29-Apr-13 12:44:49

You might enjoy this: One Dress Protest

and YY, I feel exactly the same. Modern life in this respect is not conducive to peace of mind. Choice beyond a certain useful point makes us crazy, I think.

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 12:20:50

Thanks for that thread tapselteerie IMO the majority of the garment trade is basically the unacceptable face of capitalism and we need to have a large boycott of companies like Nike etc. I'm not sure how many people would be behind it though. sad angry

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 11:49:24

TapselteerieO I think I remember that sadly Benetton were in at the beginning of the outsourcing to the 3rd world cheap labour countries.

I have just seen a photo from the collapsed factory in Bangladesh of a garment in the rubble with a Benetton label - they have been denying connection with these kind of factories.

It doesn't seem that more expensive = better quality or more fairly treated workers from looking at links on this thread - designer brands are just making larger profits on individual garments.

I don't shop a lot, still interested in style - but limited budget means I have to wear my clothes until they fall apart.

Muji seem to be have the type of minimalist clothes this thread makes me think of - no idea if their clothes are ethically produced or made to last? Inspired by the disaster in Bangladesh I want to buy basic clothes for my whole family, that don't perpetuate the conditions these people are working in - where are these clothes?

ppeatfruit Mon 29-Apr-13 10:59:19

redmayne I used to have a French friend in the 80s and she (like you) had a few expensive beautifully tailored clothes. They still do that to an extent In Fr. (we live between Fr. and Eng now) but they tend to be real high fashion victims in this rural area; they don't look at the fashion and buy what suits them they just sort of buy it (and its usually expensive!) 'cos its in fashion regardless! Of course I love it because their 2nd hand shops are bursting at the seams with good clothes (although some of them are far too weird for me!).

In England there are more thoughtful shoppers who wear classics IMO and E.

Eliza22 Sun 28-Apr-13 15:31:34

redmaynslips, I remember buying a number of very bright jumpers from Benetton in the early 80's. My mum had brought my sister and I up (born 1962) on staples from M&S. She'd never buy from debenhams, C&A, "Tammy" or "Etam" (the equivalent of say, River Island or Top Shop, today). I hated it. Benetton was so special and expensive but I wore a bright pink 3/4 sleeved soft v-neck from there, til the moths moved in!!

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