New Clothes are in order

Apart from stocking up with new tees and joggers two years ago, Hubby and I don’t spend a lot on clothes. We look after our feet with shoes and trainers, but clothes tend to take a back seat.
Living on the boat, we had one small wardrobe, storage under the bed, and a couple of wall cupboards. We invested in some crates to store our out of season clothes under the bed, and kept just the minimum out. We had three of most things, one on, one in the wash and one clean sort of thing, but undies were always in abundance and we’d each have about 10 pairs available. Together with socks, they went in the long cupboard over the bed, and Hubby put in a ‘front’ so that they didn’t fall on our heads every time we opened it.

If ever we wanted to buy anything, we asked ourselves these questions:
Can I eat it?
Can I wear it?
Where am I going to put it?

Clothes have always been practical and replaced when worn out, and since losing over thirty five pounds in weight since 2016, a lot of my clothes were too big anyway so it was nice to buy smaller sizes, though I’ve always liked my jumpers and tees baggy.
However, the outer clothes are not the current issue.

Jokes about knicker elastic going ‘ping’ and lacy drawers falling down to ones ankles will now run rife amongst you (feel free to add ‘clean’ and family friendly ones to the comments) but has that actually happened to you ladies, or even boxers for the guys?
Hubby commented the other day that the only thing keeping his Y-fronts up was his joggers as he’s lost so much weight, he is now practically bum-less. He got round that problem by sewing a small seam either side.
This week I have had the same issue with two pairs of frillies, which have both been designated to the bin. It is very disconcerting walking the dog and being aware that things are not where they’re supposed to be. Thank heavens I no longer wear skirts!

The irony is that replace them is not as easy as one might think. We tried some time ago and Y-fronts seem to be rare. Knicks for me vary in size from shop to shop, and those I used to get in a pack of 7 for £5 will now cost me £8 for 5!  Hubby says I’ve lost inches from my rear too, but that’s not the reason why my knickers are going south of their own accord. The elastic has finally given up the ghost after so many washings and they wouldn’t even make a decent catapult.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to New Clothes are in order

  1. Ruth says:

    True story – when we were kids we were in the middle of a zebra crossing with mum when the elastic on her nylon waist slip failed and the whole thing slipped straight down in one fell swoop from under her skirt. Mum simply stepped out of it, bent down to pick it up and carried on crossing the road! 🙂

  2. mimfilip says:

    Great post, I am curious about what changed to bring about the weight loss?

    • I was eligible for 3 months free membership to Slimming World through my doctor in 2016 and lost almost 3 stone. Then breast cancer struck so I had to stop losing weight as it mucked up my lineage for radiotherapy. I put a stone back on after we moved, so last year joined again under my own steam, and managed to lose that, plus another half stone. Cancer struck again and I had a mastectomy last October, so as there was nothing there now I didn’t need any treatment. I can honestly say though that cancer was not the cause for my weight loss, I learned lot about food groups and balancing the diet, and so far am maintaining my weight within a couple of pounds, which I am really pleased about. It was so nice to come down from Extra Large joggers to medium!!

  3. Chris Hall says:

    That made me giggle, Di. I have a friend, who back in the days of stockings and suspenders, was walking across a busy railway station concourse, when her knicker elastic snapped and her lacy smalls descended abruptly. She daintily stepped out of them, stuffed them in her pocket, and walked on, head held high! Class.

  4. I know what you mean how clothing has changed since a few years ago, I don’t like them. Again clothes brought J C Pennys answer the best. Sure sorry about all their stores closing, another victim of the pandemic. Stay safe and prayers hubby surgery. Mama Mia is still hiding from us and will look into a calming fragrance which worked really well for Kato.

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