This week, I’m asking you about your resolutions. I hate resolutions, but kind of made one anyway to get in better shape. So far, I haven’t fallen off the cart. Well, sort of. This made it into the cart for our Superbowl party and is not consistent with my goals:
First, last talk about last week when I asked where you people buy all of your clothes. Most of the stuff I buy seems to last no longer than a year or two. However, some of you have clothes that have lasted decades. I need to know where to get decent quality clothes.
I concur with Reader Frankie’s Girl. I love thrift stores too, but not for certain items:
Shoes, socks and underwear are bought new from regular stores (like Target, but usually hit their clearance or wait for the big clothing sales); bras are from an online shop since I have a hard to find size.
I completely agree with Christina. I love pockets and I don’t care how nerdy I look. Give me pockets or give me disorganization!:
Also: I demand more pockets in my clothes. Fake out pants pockets are the bane of my existence.
Reader Beth explained what happened to all of my underwear:
Clothes that have stretch in them will eventually stretch out, especially if washed and dried with heat.
Alexander from Cash Flow Diaries lives dangerously:
I haven’t bought clothes in forever but my fiance buys me my clothes now. Ill just wear whatever she buys for me it doesnt really matter to me. If it makes her happy, it makes me happy!
Reader Barb has a suggestion that I’m going to take:
Duluth Trading Company for jeans, especially if you liked the old heavy-duty Levi’s that they just don’t make anymore. What’s up with tissue-paper thin jeans anyway?
Hannah has a question for me and then makes a good point:
The first question I have for you is: do you own any clothes that your wife really likes to see you wear? If not, maybe you’re asking the wrong questions. If so, buy clothes from that place again.
I’m fairly confident that Mrs. 1500 likes none of my clothes. Can’t really blame her either. Crappy t-shirts and stained pants send a statement.
Also, I know you’re setting out to get buff, but I think you are not naturally a big guy, so you really need to think about creating an appropriately intimidating wardrobe for 6-7 years from now when you have teenage daughters. You need something that signals to potential suitors, “I’m a pretty cool guy, but if you ever hurt my daughter, I have the means to buy many threatening weapons.” Maybe buy a motorcycle jacket.
You are correct in that I have the build of a skeleton wrapped in some skin. I do need to intimidate future boyfriends though. Since I’m not confident in my muscle building potential, do you think some strategic piercings, vulgar tattoos and firearms would do the trick?
Revanche said this:
I think the trick is a combination of getting the best fabrics and treating them as well as you can: wash in cold water, air-dry if possible.
…And it’s true, things from REI do tend to hold up well, so that’s a good place to look. I also buy from Nordstrom (mainly on sale) because they, like REI, stand by their products so I can take anything back if it falls apart. I wouldn’t do that if I’d worn it hard for ten years but I do expect things to last more than a year and a half!
Air dry and REI it is from here on out!!
The Roamer is right. I have few clothes which causes me wear the crap out of the ones that I have:
You know I was thinking about this and realized maybe you own a small quantity of clothes so it gets a lot more wear and tear.
Elizabeth had a suggestion that is probably correct, but I dread a bit:
I still wear Northface and Columbia brand clothes I bought at various places more than a decade ago.
For most of my life, I’ve avoided certain fancy brands, no matter what I thought of the quality. Here is why:
OK, just one more:
Snarky, snarky, snark, right?
However, it’s true. Most of the people I see wearing $500 jackets never have an adventure beyond the grocery store or movie theater. Some questions come to mind:
- Does the man who can’t bear to get into his car in the winter without warming it up for 10 minutes need this high-tech, winter clothing?
- How about the woman I saw a couple weeks ago with the NorthFace jacket and flip flops? What the hell was going on there?
- If NorthFace jackets didn’t say NorthFace on them, how many people would buy them?
Perhaps, I should just shut my snark up and buy one though. If it’s going to last me decades, it would be worth it (looking at you crappy winter jacket with the broken zipper). I could put a Pennzoil patch over the NorthFace logo so I don’t fit in.
Now, on to this week’s question:
Have you kept your resolutions and if so, how?
I don’t make resolutions. At least I like to say that. However, I’ve been working out since the start of January. If it smells like a resolution; if it looks like a resolution…
Anyway, I’ve managed to keep my non-resolution so far. One of the ways I’ve done this is by setting some long term goals that depend on the success of the non-resolution. In April, I’m going to see Mr. and Mrs. PoP at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting*. Mrs PoP is a runner and I told her that I’d do the 5K with her at the meeting. For Mrs. PoP, running a 5K is like a walk to get the mail. For me, it is a hell worse than climbing Mt. Everest in flip-flops without a NorthFace jacket. If I don’t get my ass in shape, I’ll be humiliated even more than normal. So, I must run now.
That’s my sorry story. Tell me about your resolutions or non-resolutions if you prefer.
**And don’t laugh at me when I
run struggle past at the 5K.
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