I’ve been thinking about this post for almost 24 hours; right after I left the clothing store. I don’t want it to sound like a rant or whine, but I can’t get these thoughts out of my head. So, here goes.

I recently did a clean sweep in my closet. I got rid of all of the old clothes that didn’t fit or look good post-pregnancy. It was hard. There were some things that I really loved, but couldn’t alter because they were too small. I avoided my spring and summer pants, though. I wasn’t ready to face them.

The temps are going to be in the 80s this week and yesterday I decided to see what fit. Yeah, it wasn’t good. Nursing my daughter on a no-dairy diet made me a very skinny woman. Very skinny. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I could use losing a few pounds, but there was no way I was going to fit into some of my post-pregnancy capris. So I decided to take my gift card (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and buy a few staples before I started my Wardrobe Refashion pledge. And here comes my shocking revelation:

I can’t believe how much clothes cost!

Maybe I’ve been spending too much time in thrift stores. Maybe I spend too much time in the fabric store. Let me also be clear: I don’t have a problem paying top dollar for quality items made out of good fabric that are built to last. No problem at all. But the clothes I tried on yesterday were not of that quality. I think maybe they will last two seasons if I am good to them. Everything that I purchased was on sale and I was still shocked when I got my total at the register. And here’s the kicker. I was at Kohl’s. Not the Gap or Banana Republic or Talbots, but Kohl’s! $40 for Kohl’s brand capri’s? $36 for a cotton t-shirt? Really? No wonder the whole store was 40% off.

I seriously need to learn how to sew my own pants.

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3 Responses to clothes

  1. Isabelle says:

    I own a clothing store and even I am astounded at how much clothes cost at chain stores. I was baulking at stocking handmade dresses for $150 and then I went to a department store and all the mass produced dresses with cheap fabric and poor finishing were all around $200. Prices have really jumped in the last 6 months.

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