Hoarding is the new fashion

Do you shop for clothes online? Did you see this article in mX on Monday?  I’d love to hear about what’s in your wardrobe and what you think the dollar value of your unworn clothes are. I know mine is quite high due to weight gain, I can only fit into about 20% of my clothes (working on it though!)

ONLINE SHOPPING Hoarding is the fashion
by Nadia Salemme

SHOPPERS who splurge on fast fashion are hoarding more than $1000 worth of clothing in their wardrobes. The average online shopper owns clothes worth $1205 that they haven’t worn for more than 12 months, according to e-retailer ASOS.

The figure was calculated in a global survey of ASOS customers, typically aged 18 to 25. And a poll of Melbourne women by mX today backed it up, with shoppers estimating they had between $1000 and $3000 worth of clothes they hadn’t worn in at least a year. They blamed garments that no longer fit, dud online purchases they never returned, and dressy outfits they could only wear to special occasions for the piles of expired fashion. One shopper estimated she had about $3000 worth of clothes that she no longer wore, including two dresses bought online and worth $100 each that she hadn’t returned. ‘‘That’s probably driven it up for me,’’ she said.

ASOS Australia spokeswoman Prue Thomas said there was a ‘‘got to have it, got to hoard it’’ attitude among young shoppers in their 20s ‘‘There’s a feeling of, the more we have in our wardrobe, the better it is. But on the flipside of that, it feels good to cleanse your wardrobe and do a big chuck out,’’ Thomas said.

Salvos spokesman Frank Staebe urged shoppers who hoarded clothes to donate them to the Salvation Army. Shoppers who wanted to recoup some of the cash could sell clothes on auction sites eBay or ASOS Marketplace, a secondhand and vintage site that has ‘‘hundreds’’ of Australian users. Thomas said ASOS Marketplace was developed so fast fashion ‘‘wouldn’t become landfill’’ and shoppers could sell clothes they never wore.

reprinted with permission from mX newspapers.


5 responses to “Hoarding is the new fashion

  1. I try to do a cull of clothes every so often. One method is to wear your clothes, and not put them back in the wardrobe – what is left in the wardrobe after a month or two is what you don’t wear. You can do that for one type of clothing at a time if storage is an issue. At least its something easy to dispose of, at a charity shop (or clothing swap, or garage sale, or “allowed to get dirty” clothes for gardening etc. if they are worn in places).
    Clothes are cheaper than they were, and its easier to compare prices. I buy more new now than I ever used to, because sometimes thrift store clothes are actually more expensive. But the “fashion gurus” keep us buying as the seasons change, too.
    Also interested in how many items of clothing stay unworn because they have a stain that you cant remove, or a button missing that you never get around to, or dont know how to, put back on. Or a tear. And how many people try clothes on before buying – buy their usual size and find it doesnt fit, or is just uncomfortable, or the sleeves are too long. Never bother taking it back. Or even “it needs ironing”.
    I could chat about this all day 🙂 – better leave it there. BTW, you know how many clothes you have when the painter asks you to clear the wardrobe out so he can repaint it, and four garbage bags later … Its an eye opener to do that.

  2. Seeing as I’ll be doing the Seasonal Wardrobe Migration soon, here’s how I keep the wardrobe under control. I store out-of-season clothes in hanging vacuum bags, and twice a year swap them over. BUT – I don’t cull the clothes going into storage, I cull the clothes coming out of storage. I tend to get a bit sick of clothes towards the end of the season and I’ve culled things in the past I’ve regretted later. So, as the clothes are coming out of storage, I ask myself, am I excited by the thought of wearing this again? If the answer is a firm yes, and I’m already putting together outfits with the garment, it passes the first test. The second test of course is whether it still fits.

  3. Wow! I probably only have $1000 worth of clothes in my wardrobe. A few I haven’t worn since purchasing due to weight gain. I find not having a lot of clothes means I do wear them and I hate clothes shopping which means I only replace things when absolutely desperate… which is at the moment. It also helps that I wear a pair of cargo pants and a black t-shirt to work every day. I’m not sure what will happen if I ever go back to a more professional career.

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