Since Dar at AnExactingLife and Candi at MinHus have posted their annual clothing tallies, I figured maybe I'd join in and list my clothing purchases for the past year.
I have to admit that doing this inventory made me giggle a little bit... there seems to be a bit of a theme emerging, can you spot it?
So this year I bought:
1 pair of bike shoes
1 pair of summer bike gloves
1 pair of bike shorts
3 pairs of merino wool bike socks
1 pair of winter bike gloves
1 pair of insulated 3/4 length bike pants
1 winter bike jacket
1 SmartWool base layer top
1 Ibex wool mid-layer top
1 pair of bike-shoe wind stopper toe covers
1 pair of insulated winter bike-shoe covers
1 wind stopper skull cap
1 wind stopper balaclava
Hmmmm... I'm sensing a definite tired of freezing my ass off on my bike trend!
Actually, every single thing I bought was for cycling! I suppose one could make a case that this stuff is "equipment" not clothing, but I dunno. With the exception of the socks and the 2 wool tops - all of which I wear regularly for general use, all of it is pretty bike-specific and not the sort of thing you'd want to wear out in public.
I think you were supposed to add up the total amount spent, but alas, I was too lazy to try to go back and research it all, but I'd guess I'm probably pushing around $700 which is a LOT for me.
But I think it's mostly because after a year of so of hunting unsuccessfully for this kind of thing at the thrift store I made a conscious decision to spend some money acquiring some gear that I knew I needed and would use. While I could get by pretty well with "regular" clothes on my old bike, I found that when I bought my road bike I really needed some more specialized equipment.
Realistically, it's pretty hard to find this sort of stuff on the used market, and having the right gear makes a HUGE difference in terms of bike ride enjoy-ability. So the only piece that was a used purchase was the Ibex wool top - which retails for well over $100, and I got it for about $5!
At any rate, since I have a habit of wearing my clothing for a VERY long time (hello 40 year old ski jacket) with any luck I'll be set for a while when it comes to bike-wear!
So how about you? How much clothing did you buy this year?