why do some women have loads of items in their wardrobe never worn, my mum has loads

(18 Posts)
diamondlizard Mon 17-Mar-14 10:03:57

why is she doing this, she has so many things with the tags still on unworn

only reason i can think of is she think they are bargain or something

its almost like she likes collecting things

dexter73 Mon 17-Mar-14 10:28:27

My mum does this. She just likes buying things.

Stinklebell Mon 17-Mar-14 10:48:06

Impulse buying.

I used to be terrible for this. I'd buy for the sake of it, because it was in the sale or something with no thought as to now/when/where I'd wear it and it would hang in my wardrobe unworn

I've got better at not impulse buying and considering purchases properly, making sure it goes with something already in my wardrobe and that it fits with my lifestyle. If not, I don't buy it

It's cut down a lot of the crap, my wardrobe is much better organised and everything is worn

MmeGuillotine Mon 17-Mar-14 12:06:13

I do this. In my case, I think it's psychological as I was raised by my grandparents and they were abusive and neglectful so I rarely had new clothes. Nowadays, I like to have a really stuffed full wardrobe and buy new clothes all the time but don't actually feel 'good enough' to wear most of it so it hangs there unworn and, in a lot of cases, with the tags still on. sad

HappyGirlNow Mon 17-Mar-14 12:10:26

Why don't you ask her?

IDugUpADiamond Mon 17-Mar-14 12:11:01

It's all the clothes you're going to wear as soon as you manage to lose that extra stone, any day now...

mirpuppet Mon 17-Mar-14 19:24:32

Buying for fantasy lifestyle?

itsnothingoriginal Mon 17-Mar-14 21:22:10

I don't have anything that isn't worn out never mind that's never been worn!!

This is probably a big generalisation but I do think our parents generation (baby boomers) have a lot more disposable cash. My mum buys loads of stuff she really doesn't need!

scarlet76 Mon 17-Mar-14 21:40:59

This used to be me. I would buy things I thought I needed or thought I should wear. But then never did. I'm now strict with myself. I buy something and hang it in the wardrobe with tags still on. If I haven't worn it within a couple of weeks I return it.

Millyblods Mon 17-Mar-14 22:45:06

As someone said its often things bought in the sales that they think they will slim into OR she just cant resist a bargin.

I only have a small number of clothes that each go with everything else. Makes life simple.

Elsiequadrille Mon 17-Mar-14 23:07:46

I always have a few things I haven't yet worn (I always do get around to wearing them eventually, however). I probably buy too much.

Elsiequadrille Mon 17-Mar-14 23:09:25

Agree with not being able to resist a bargain, too. I haven't worn any of the things I bought in the recent Boden flash sale, but I know they'll come in useful at some point...

diamondlizard Mon 17-Mar-14 23:55:01

I Dont ask her as I don't want to upset her

she has four wardrobes full

if she wore them and enjoy ed them I could understand

perhaps its a sort of collecting hobby

foxdongle Tue 18-Mar-14 09:03:02

my mum hoards clothes for "best", as did my gran. tags left on.

I used to find things with tags on in mine then, months later I would sell them on ebay for 1/4 of what I paid. I've stopped now. and apart from odd posh frock I don't have "best" clothes.

impty Tue 18-Mar-14 09:11:04

Mil does this. And wont throw anything out. 80's suits etc because it might come back into fashion, and I might have lost a stone by then.

But worse than this by far is that she buys cheap. Lots of cheap clothes, that are never worn.

Rolls her eyes at my designer/ higher priced clothes. But I bet we spend similar amounts in a year!

I think she enjoys the thrill of the purchase.

Nellymay Tue 18-Mar-14 09:25:48

It's growing up poor in 50/.60s with nothing but hand me downs to wear - I do it cause i can - I then pass things onto to charity or my daughter and her friends.

diamondlizard Tue 18-Mar-14 10:57:30

aw bless her i feel for her
i do think you lot are on the right lines theres definatly some sort of physcological element too it

anyway is it best just to leave her to it
shes not spending money she doesnt have

Caught11 Tue 18-Mar-14 11:30:48

my mum did this only with shoes! I know when we were small she couldn't afford nice things for herself, later in life she had cancer and her feet shrunk to a size 3, loads of beautiful shoes in boxes in her wardrobe, because of the small size she used to get bargains in the sale!

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