Mr PoP and I have both had some major wardrobe expansions in the last week or so. Mr PoP’s out of necessity, mine out of desire – and yet, his is the one that ended up being a little costly.
His – Just In Time Can Cost A Dime
We mentioned Mr PoP’s “just in time manufacturing” approach when it comes to acquiring clothing When we had that $200 laundry debacle in the spring. Because it trashed most of Mr PoP’s every day work clothes, we went out and replaced a lot of Mr PoP’s business casual clothes all at once. And those have been great!
But… with Mr PoP’s recent promotion, he’s traveling a little more often. And right before his most recent trip, an edict came down from on high. Though he and his colleagues are typically individual sales people, those traveling together this time should function (and look) like a coherent sales “team”. So they’d have to dress alike.
Unluckily, the typical khakis and oxford office look wasn’t chosen as how they were to dress. Instead, we needed to get Mr PoP a navy blue suit and some new black suit pants. His old suit is getting rough around the edges, and besides it was black anyway. In fact, the only navy blue suits in the house are mine and though the stitching on them is fabulous, I thought the skirt might be a little tight on Mr PoP!
For having about 5 days of notice on this, we ended up not doing too badly. About $200 got him a new suit, new black belt, and a couple additional pairs of suit pants. The shirts we already had, thank goodness. But, his old black shoes were also shot, so he ran out to the outlets and got a new pair for another $75. They’re comfy and his last ones were good for several years, so hopefully these ones will be as well.
So $275 for work clothes, but sadly Mr PoP was also in dire need of new running shoes (his previous ones had holes in the soles), so we bought those ($115) for him a week before these new expenses popped up. The last pair lasted him about 2.5 years (Mr PoP doesn’t run quite as much as I do), so the price isn’t a big deal it just felt like a double whammy when combined with the new work clothes.
- Total Spent: $390 (ouch!)
- Net Result: Totally new suit (that he looks fabulous in!) and business-wear that should be sufficient for him for at least a couple of years in this new position. Oh yeah, and the black work shoes and running shoes that should all last a couple of years or more.
Hers – iWant, not iNeed
Unlike Mr PoP’s wardrobe expansion that happened out of need, mine was totally out of want, and out of boredom. Luckily it was simple, and it was free. What did I do? Reorganized my drawers.
I’ll admit it, I have a fair amount of clothes. Probably on the low-to-average range for a typical female (at least compared to friends whose closets I’ve seen), but it’s still A LOT of clothes. It took me about a decade of shopping on my own and with friends before I really realized that I stopped growing out of clothes 10+ years before, so *probably* didn’t need to acquire clothes at the same rate. That realization happened a few years ago now, but I still have what I consider to be an absolute TON of clothing. I just don’t wear most of it on a regular basis.
As a result, I got bored with what I was wearing.
Freshly organized shirt drawer – tanks all visible by color on the left, two stacks of short sleeves in the back, and two stacks of workout shirts in the front. I LOVE the reorg!
So all I did was reorganize my drawers, and rearrange some hangers so that clothes that were previously buried are more accessible. Now I’ve worn a “new” outfit to work almost every day and gotten compliments on my new outfits. Heck, even Mr PoP had to pause and ask me if a pair of pants I was wearing were new. “Nope, these were the pants from my first interview suit… that I bought in 2003!”
I’m sure in another year or two I’ll have fallen into the same rut as before, but luckily I can probably keep up this trick for a while before I start to wear out most of the clothes that I do have.
- Total Cost: $0
- Net Result: Actually a few items fewer than I started with (I relegated a few t-shirts to the rag bucket due to bleach stains), but it feels like I have tons more choices and the organization means I can see them much more readily.
So there you have it. Big changes to both of our wardrobes this month, but with completely different causes and costs.
More time and notice on the needs for Mr PoP’s work trip might have given us a chance to find better sales (though we didn’t do too horribly all things considered), but it’s certainly not spending we regret. In the past Mr PoP has seen some pretty significant ROI on investing in his career via travel, but in this case work paid for the travel, and we needed to pay for some new clothes as part of the travel. (Ya win some, ya lose some. Right?)
Have you changed your wardrobe lately? Was it more of a “his” change out of need, or a “hers” change out of wants?