Easy Love, go trans

Could I go a year without buying any new clothes?

After all, trans men really are men in all manners and forms. Thus transitioning should mean the clothing budget drops to being a once in a decade clear out of the moth eaten, no?

Ever so slightly more seriously, wonder if shopping habits do change with declared gender? Be difficult to work out because perhaps the inability to shop for 8 hours and find nothing to buy is a signal that one should transition?

13 thoughts on “Easy Love, go trans”

  1. I probably couldn’t go an entire year without buying a few new socks. Although buying those is rather straightforward.

  2. I think that I just might be able to – I’ve got a lot of socks – and I *think* that I have done so in the past before I got married. But things do occasionally wear out – I’ve had to buy a new pair of trainers.

  3. I suspect I will be leaving a legacy of shirts still in their wrapping and shoes barely worn. But those are city shirts and city shoes unsuited to my rural retirement. Socks? yes, possibly a vacancy there, too many thin socks for those city shoes, not thick enough for country boots.

  4. I keep dipping into this thread hoping to see: a) a Steveism, and b) a ruck.

    Being disappointed in both matters, I am off to one of London’s better red-light districts. To buy clothes for shivering ladyboys.

  5. That said, it’s remarkable how many times this year men have fallen over themselves to tell me, proudly, that they never buy clothes

    She obviously doesn’t know many men. I often go years without buying new clothes/shoes, everything (bar suits) worn until holed/ripped or no longer fit

    Work Oxfords have been resoled/heeled many times – quality lasts

    I still use Damart gloves I bought when at school ~40 years ago. Bike bootswere bought in 1981 (iirc ~£100), resoled twice

    @djc I too have never opened city & dress shirts

  6. I’ve been disappointed by the general decline in quality of shoes. Assuming I was willing to pay a cobbler for repairs, what’s the best place to go to source a shoe capable of really lasting?

  7. (There are plenty of things I’ll pay more on because I take the higher price to be a signal of quality, possibly wrongly. But with shoes I’m well aware that a higher price may simply be a signal of fashionability which I don’t give a hoot about. And online reviews, to whatever minimal extent you can trust the things, tend to focus on comfort, appearance and immediate impressions rather than what state the shoes are likely to be in after five or ten years.)

  8. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I’m not exactly a clothes horse but I reckon I probably spend $600 or so a year on clothing. Probably $200 a year on footwear.

  9. djc
    I find that country boots and socks tend to be more comfortable, and that bit warmer, with some thinner socks next to the skin.

  10. @MBE

    Shoes, like food: look, feel, smell, taste – construction, uppers quality and attachment to lowers. A whole shoe/boot attached to replaceable sole & heel

    For wellies I favour Dunlop vat free work boots

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