I am feeling a bit like a fraud. You remember my fashion on the ration experiment? I've just been updating the box on the right to include all my purchases since I last wrote about it. And it's left me feeling rather fraudulent. Why? Because, a) I have a lot of clothes in my wardrobe, and b), when I have made purchases, they've been second-hand from a charity shop which doesn't cost coupons (5 balls of Sirdar Calico, an M&S t-shirt with the tags still on but labelled "donated goods").
So why does that make me feel fraudulent? Unlike my WW2 sisters, I'm not suffering for my fashion. To be fair, I gave up on trying to be fashionable a long time ago, when the fashions stopped suiting my body type, so I am not desperately chasing the next big thing. I don't care if my suit is 6 years old, as long as it still looks smart and fits in with my late-1930's/WW2 fashion style. Additionally, in Wartime terms, I have quite an abundance of clothing, yarn and fabric stashed away. Even shoes. I suspect that level of abundance puts me in the league of the Wartime upper-middle class.
(On the shoe, thing. After a conversation with Tall, when he claimed his wife had over 150 pairs of shoes - turns out she has 154 pairs and a database of them(!) - I went home and counted my pairs of shoes. Before I tell you the total, please remember that I am a woman who generally wears the same pair loafers to work, lives in sandals in the summer and trainers in the winter. So.... You'd expect me to have maybe a dozen pairs of shoes, right? I have 35 pairs of shoes. And I probably missed a pair or two in the counting. And that includes my site boots, my gardening shoes, several pairs of boots, my slippers, etc, etc. There were even pairs I'd forgotten I had.)
Perhaps I'd better keep this challenge going for a few years, instead of one?