Dare to go Bare!

A long time ago, I had closet gremlins. They shrank and stretched all the clothing in my closet – it had nothing to do with me gaining a bit of weight! πŸ˜› Spring was quickly becoming Summer, and I discovered that I had nothing to wear in the all too near humid future. A quick trip to the shops made me gag – prices were sky high and it baffled my brain (and made my bank manager cry)!
Returning home back then, and seeing this on Facebook, made me laugh so hard I think my dog was considering having me committed.


A few years down the line and I still have closet gremlins – but they appear to have expanded their business and are now in my drawers too. This time, while I was sleeping, they didn’t just shrink my clothing. This time, they came with religion and I discovered a few items that are now HOLeY.

Some of you know how very much I dislike shopping. Yes, last time I checked I was definitely female. I’m just not big on malls and endless hours spent in them.
I go, out of necessity.
And although not quite at emergency status yet, I decided to pop across to the mall close by which has ample parking, is never really too busy, and also sports some of the better priced options.

I’m a little shy to be admitting this, but I needed new underwear (those gremlins really were in my drawers πŸ˜› ) And since I am the only one who actually sees me in my underwear, it should have been a simple visit. I know my size, and I don’t need anything fancy.

I have a young teen as a daughter, and so I am not completely oblivious to the variety out there when it comes to clothing, shoes, underwear etc. I am pretty much β€˜kept in the loop’ as to which shop stocks what and what’s trending. Sadly this does not affect my fashion views – I have decided I am too old to wear what is cool, and I prefer to stick with what makes me comfortable.

(Side note : I am not old. Not really, anyway. But I like that I am at an age where I can use this as an excuse when I want to πŸ˜‰ )

Thanks to knowledge gained from my kid, I knew where it was that I wanted to go.
So I headed straight there, walked in and found exactly what I wanted. Easy peasy. Looking at the price tag, not so easy. Seriously?!?!?! You want me to pay how much for this small piece of material? Is it sewn with gold thread? Have you hidden a diamond in the lining?

Clothing people, everywhere!
Hear my plea!
Perform a public service!
Drop your prices, please!
I need clothing, and underwear.
Spare humanity my nakedness!

35 thoughts on “Dare to go Bare!

  1. You’ll get no argument from me on clothing prices. I recently bought a (ONE ) pair of jeans and a belt and paid just over 100 dollars. Luckily the jeans weren’t the stylish variety. You know, the ones that look like they went through a shredder. That would have added another 50 dollars πŸ™„

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  2. I have only recently in fact in the last 5 years started to dress down, and as a man have the very same problems with weight and clothing as you ladies do, I have lost 4 stone in weight in the last year and have had to replace my wardrobe several times during this time, my partner objects very much to the thought of me walking down the road with my jeans down my ankles, even though my boxers are not holey as yet but I know where you are coming from.
    I have found that the range of clothing seems to be a lot more expensive than ever before or is it that our incomes have become less in comparison, but I have just paid Β£55.00 for a pair of jeans which I thought that I would never do, even though I used to be happy spending hundreds of pounds on suits.
    I wish you well with your blog and I have to admit that although I consider myself to be a serious person by nature, it certainly brought a smile to my face, first thing on a cold and damp Welsh morning so thank you so much.


    1. You are most welcome, and I’m glad I could make you smile.
      Perhaps you sensed that I’m part Welsh πŸ˜‰
      My dad grew up in Brecon and most of his side of my family are still living in Wales.
      I had the opportunity to ‘visit my roots’ six years ago – and to also meet Aunts and Uncles and Cousins for the very first time. What a truly wonderful experience it was!
      Wales is stunning. Aside from meeting family and breathtaking scenery and seeing the house my dad grew up in, St Fagan’s was a HUGE favourite for me! I am determined to visit there again one day ☺
      As for clothing – I think it’s a combination of both of your suggestions. It’s just plain awful! 😦

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      1. My partner’s son lives in Builth Wells quite close to Brecon and we visit a couple of times a year, I too am part Welsh and my Grandmother was born in a little mining village just outside of Wrexham North Wales, I now live in a fishing port called Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and have been here for just over 5 years now a lot different from my home city of Manchester.
        Have a really enjoyable day and don’t make your bank manager cry too much lol.

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      2. It definitely is a most beautiful place to visit and the walking in Wales is quite something else although the beaches are also quite accessible in the most part and very clean.
        I go back to Manchester once a year to visit with family but I don’t ever foresee myself moving back there to ive, although I will go where God leads me too.

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      3. I often think to myself, “I don’t think thats going to happen in the foreseeable future”. In some instances, it has. My limiting belief has gone out the window.
        So that’s why I now live on hope. Not everything may come to fruition…but I’m not going to limit what might be in store πŸ˜‰

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      4. Hope is a wonderful principle to live by.
        I too have struggled with limiting beliefs and all too often sell myself short, only yesterday I commented to someone about my lack of imagination and creativity and I often feel as though I am failing in my efforts.
        I do understand and recognise that only by not trying to do something do you really fail and at least by trying you gain experience.

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      5. I think that it is really difficult to give up completely unless you have lost the will and desire to live the only difficulty is that if you give up on life and living you could still end up being alive.
        I don’t share this with many people but in 2013 I attempted suicide on 2 different occasions and I really didn’t want to wake up but I did and that became my catalyst for change 😊

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      6. I am VERY pleased that the stress of that moment and it’s possible horrible outcome was thwarted, and that it brought about such a positive change in you. It’s great that you’re still here… I get to read and learn from your thoughts and musings! What a blessing!

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      7. As I do to you sometimes it is really difficult to think about what to write but I just share my journey through life with all of its ups and downs and certainly in my last marriage there was a lot of downs but it is really strange looking back on that time that I could ever have found happiness again and yet I have been truly blessed in the last 5 years and I am blessed now to be able to share your journey through your blog.
        I really do like the humour you put into your writing but also the honesty.
        Enjoy the rest of your Friday and enjoy the weekend.

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      8. I am thrilled to know that you found a new love that has helped you heal! Sharing our ups and downs may be the very thing that is needed in encouraging someone else…so don’t ever stop!
        Thank you for your compliments on my writing – it is very much appreciated.
        Hope you guys have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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  3. Whatever you do, don’t let your gremlins get wet – no, Wait! That’s gerbils? NO! Mogwai’s – don’t get your mogwai’s wet!!! πŸ˜‰

    Maybe my warning might be a little late – timing is not one of my strong points! 😦

    Is it wrong of me to be a little jealous of your gremlins? πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    Have you tried any on-line shopping? I have not tried it for clothing yet, but usually you can get better prices than in the stores?

    Or alternately, could you knit a pair of ‘sensible’ undies?? πŸ˜€

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    1. Your timing seems kinda perfect to me πŸ˜‰
      A little jealousy is always okay πŸ˜‰ It’s when it becomes an ugly envious monster of its own that it’s a problem.
      Knitted undies? …. um….. no. Scarves, jerseys, hats – yes. I cannot imagine covering other parts of me with knitted items πŸ˜›

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  4. Not going to like your last comment – there is no way i am going to see you as brain dead! Today or any other day! Let’s call it ‘giddy’ πŸ˜‰

    I am so far behind in my replies to you – forgive me, i have to type faster! πŸ™‚

    I might not reply quickly, bit i do get there, I promise. πŸ™‚

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      1. It really rolls off the tongue and is a lovely wish’thought. πŸ™‚

        I did 2 years of Italian at school here, but forgot almost all of it, but thanks to Simona, a blog friend who converses with me and I with her, who is Italian I am picking up a bit of the lingo again.

        It deserves the accolade of being a ‘Romance’ language I think? πŸ™‚

        Did you ever see the movie a Fish Called Wanda? The Kevin Kline character, Otto?

        He was an atrocious human being but i’d love to be able to romance someone in real Italian, not his faked one.

        Una bella giornata a te, cara Mia! xox πŸ™‚

        Use Google translate – if you need to? πŸ˜‰


      2. Italians are romantic, and passionate. πŸ˜‰
        I watched the Fishy Wanda movie so long ago that most of it is gone from my memory πŸ˜›
        And I hope you have a nice day too πŸ˜‰
        (Google Translate said that πŸ˜› )

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  5. Google got is a little wrong… i wished you a beautiful day, not just a nice one. πŸ™‚

    I think i must have picked up some Italian blood/genes somewhere in my heritage! πŸ˜‰

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  6. This made me laugh, quite a few times. I think every woman knew exactly what you meant about your drawers gaining a religion🀣. I can’t STAND malls, but we have smaller shops around hear that makes it easier to not have to go to one. Until the mall prices are betterπŸ˜‘. I will live in the same clothing….just wash and repeat, for as long as I possibly can, before needing to replenish and use my money. I use the excuse that I am a busy Mom…..I don’t have time to wear variety. Tees, jeans and sneakers it is. 😁 Online shopping is a game changer. Your post gave me a good laugh.

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    1. I would definitely find online shopping preferable πŸ˜‰ I love my jeans! I also pretty much live in them…unless there’s a meeting or something where I am kind of required to wear smarter attire. Then I have my old trusty black slacks that I pull out of the back of the wardrobe πŸ˜‰
      I’m glad I gave you a good laugh πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ


      1. I have a great pair of ‘boyfriend’ jeans that give me the best comfort. I don’t even know why I own anything else 😁. Oh, I have grown to hate dressing up….even in dress slacks. I use to love it. I blame everything on the process of blooming in age now🌹. πŸ˜„
        You totally did give me a good laugh! Lol

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