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Why I never have the name brand clothes

Monday, February 11, 2013

There are times when I really want to have the nice clothes, the name brand clothes instead of the same old things that I wear day in and day out when working out, especially the xc ski clothes (no gym in my town so I don't have those perfect body blondes with their perfect gym clothes, but instead drive 100 miles each way on Saturdays to go skiing in the forest in the mountains). There was a girl in the warming hut this weekend that had the most gorgeous pair of snow pants on and I started researching when we got home - I want to look good in pretty clothes too, especially since I can know that I look so much better in most things than I used to ! .. then I started looking online and there were 2 serious issues that hit me straight away:
1) I do NOT buy Made in China (or from Walmart for much the same reason)
2) I do NOT throw money around just because of the brand name.

My husband agreed that I should really treat myself to something that feels special but it was me that looked for hours and hours and finally decided against it - sure I found some good buys but after all that, I decided that if I get the ski pants then I want a nice matching jacket to go with them .. but .. here is problem #3 .. I get so hot while I am skiing that I have to dress in serious layers and often end up skiing (at 8500 feet and 20 degrees, maybe even snow) in the last layer, a thin cotton T-shirt .. yes, the same one every single week except the other weekend when it was about 30 degrees and I wore a short sleeved T-shirt.

So I did not buy the pretty clothes that I saw - I realized that the soft shell snow top and pants that we both bought matching sets of on sale a couple of years ago, are actually perfect - black means we can clearly see each other in the snow ;), light means that they are easy to wash and don't take up too much room, they peel off pretty easily and there is room for them in my husband's backpack or on the strap of my camel-back.... Yes I can want these things but I just can't buy them .. which brings me to the next purchase that I keep thinking about. The quilt on our bed is getting a bit old and worn - still good, a couple of stains that tell some good stories (and aren't too visible), like the hot chocolate spilled while laughing one late night .. but it won't fit in my washing machine and I am not going to buy a really expensive washing machine just to wash a quilt a couple of times a year .. don't even ask about our local laundromat .. that is another story for another day. So I have been researching something that suits my style (simple and elegant, lots of white but not lots of flowers - after all I do share my bedroom with my husband) and my purse (I hold the purse strings pretty tightly if I think that there is a price that has no reason being that high) and of course also fits my washing machine .. so far I have been looking for that perfect bed covering for about 3 months .. gosh makes me wonder how come I only researched my car for 2 years before buying it???

Hey, at least I may be able to afford to retire one day and my minimalism and frugality will not make me wished that I had saved more - then again it won't make me like my mother-in-law who now in her 90s finally wishes that she had bought some decent furniture at least once in her long life !

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  • L1LL1AN_M
    Great blog! I never did see the lure of buying "name" brand.
    1861 days ago
    One of the things about being a fat, poor teenager was that I never got used to having nice clothes. It was YEARS until I could afford clothing for myself, and by that time I had lost interest. I learned to sew in my poor days, and it's hard to bring myself to buy something for $300 that I can make for $100. Or $25 from the sale fabric. I'm thin now, and with a big smile I can look pretty good in whatever I wear. That's the advantage of being thin now.
    1862 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    1862 days ago
    I know we need some middle ground, but I know what you mean, gym clothes and ski clothes are expensive, and lots of the ladies look so sharp every time I go, well, I wear a big comfortable t-shirt and knee length sweats, comfortable and straight to the washer, and dryer,
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