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The tiger, the witch and the wardrobe

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With winter around the corner, and Digger needing a home for his newly acquired jumpers (see post here), Thrifter thought it was about time to sort through the wardrobe and remind myself of some of the winter clothes I haven’t seen or thought about for a few months.
Digger usually keeps his work clothes in a box on top of the wardrobe, leaving most of the space inside for me apart from his two ‘smart’ t-shirts, one shirt, and one pair of tailored trousers that he deems worthy enough all to be hung from hangers, and which gets worn once a year to a wedding or a funeral. For Digger, all the rest is simply work clothes, and therefore can go in a heap without him being too worried.
My work clothes require (a little) more care, and although Digger jokes that I have too many things that I never wear, he is clearly very much mistaken, as apart from a couple of drawers for smalls, this wardrobe is it for the two of us and our finery. I specify that I have more need of clothing variety- work, play, outdoors etc- whereas his attire seems to combine all of these in some sort of multi-functioning combo. I think this may well be a Digger thing, rather than a man thing in general.
As Halloween is just around the corner, Tiddler accompanies me on the Great Wardrobe Exploration with the Witch mask, so we of course have to bring Tiger in as a lion substitute for the photoshoot before we tidy up. It is without doubt, a fashion-lovers worst nightmare. There is no order, no logic, and not very much to work with, but it functions for Thrifter, and that is what counts.
I’m thinking again of project 333 and my question in this post about the clothing guru minimalists, who perhaps tailor their wardrobe to thirty items, but have their autumn thirty items, and their winter thirty items, all tucked away for when they need them. Or, who buy a new thirty items at the end of each clothes-shopping dry spell.
My concern is of course thrift, but also the unseen consequences of our actions. Cash cropping cotton, while war rages and famine hits in Sudan. Sweatshop workers killed in building collapses in Bangladesh. Landfill of our wasted garments in the very cornerstones of our countryside. We cannot solve these big issues, and so we often fail to make even the most basic of connections between ‘us’ and ‘them’. How we live our lives, is not a private, insular matter any more, and so perhaps we owe it to ourselves, and ‘them’ to simply have a little more care.

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Author: Theskinflintphilosopher

Call me thrifty, prudent, tight or even a miser, but squirreling money away is definitely my thing. The ins and outs of how saving money became a lifestyle, in order to work towards a specific lifestyle change. Follow me on that journey and learn to look at life in a different way.

One thought on “The tiger, the witch and the wardrobe

  1. Oh buying a whole new wardrobe of clothes every season? That’s insane. I still have jumpers left from my junior year! And what is fashion again? Bulky jumpers are in fashion every winter, and black t-shirts every summer. I’ll pass on the flashy neon green, thanks.

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