Unlike my sister, I really don't take pleasure in shopping. In fact, I don't think I have plenty of clothes. I just have enough, I have I guess the least amount of clothing for the purposes I need. I don't have ten thousand pairs of shoes, for example. I only have a pair for work, a pair for running, a pair for trekking, and so on. And when a pair gets broken, then I just replace it there and then. The same thing happens with my clothes. I don't have a large wardrobe. I only replace clothes when they really are worn out.
So the other day, I was ironing a shirt. It wasn't a t-shirt; it was a shirt I typically wear for work. It was a shirt I could give a conference talk while wearing it. However, it was also old; I think I bought it around 10 years ago. Needless to say, it was about to give way. So when I was ironing it, I realized that there was a tear at the collar, where the fabric is always bent. And when I stretched it, the fabric just gave way and easily tore, thus separating the collar from the rest of the shirt.
Now that's a sign that I need to retire that. So it went to my cleaning supplies section, I now have a new rag.
When it comes to t-shirts, I retire them similarly. I have shirts for outdoor wear and shirts for indoor wear. The shirts for outdoor wear become indoor wear whenever they are failed for some reason; a seam that is already a hassle to repair, a little tear, and so on. And the indoor wear shirts become rags when they really are pathetic to wear.
Anyway, I guess what I am saying is that I don't replenish my clothes and wardrobe just to keep up with the times. After all, buying clothes is expensive too. I used to buy my clothes only when I headed back to Manila; it is after all cheaper there. However, nowadays I rarely visit the place, so I just buy them whenever I need them. My t-shirt collection typically increase whenever I buy a souvenir from a place I visit, while my dress shirts increase rarely, only when I need a replacement, like now.