Share a Wardrobe: Strange Ways to Save Money

Clothing is expensive.

When you’re buying clothes for two adults and a couple of kids, it becomes even more so. Enter the idea of sharing a wardrobe. Or at least parts of a wardrobe. While things like underwear should never be shared, it may be possible to share shirts and pants. How? Elastic and unisex clothing.

Keep in mind that this idea is not for your “nice” clothing that you wear to work or parties. Unless you’re in a same-sex relationship it’s just not possible to share a suit or a dress. (But if you are and you and your partner are the same size, it may be possible and worth a thought.) This idea is for your weekend, lounge-around-the-house or work-in-th


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4 Responses to Share a Wardrobe: Strange Ways to Save Money

  1. Diane says:

    Strange would be the operative word here… I’m all in favor of saving money, when possible.

    My sons are 5 years apart, so the younger one “shared” some of his older brother’s clothes once they fit him, but they did not wear them at the same time. Later my sister’s sons shared the same clothes.

    Now that they’re grown & still living at home they do sometimes share shirts, or dress shoes. This causes the occasional argument if it happens without permission, since each has his own clothing.

    But I draw the line at sharing clothes with my partner~ THAT would be STRANGE~! We’re not at all the same size, and I happen to be a woman, not a man. He’d look pretty odd, even if he could squeeze into my camisole tops! And his elastic waist shorts & sweats would fall off me! This is definitely a no-go!

    I’d love to hear if anyone actually does this, with anything more than an occasional t-shirt!

  2. Melanie says:

    Um, I’m all for saving $$… even on clothes. But I prefer to do so by buying our clothing at thrift stores. I can’t even remember the last time I bought something “new” (except for some socks and underwear). We are never at a loss for clothes, even with 6 people in our family. And even thrift store shopping is rare. Most of time we subsist on clothing that people (from our church, etc…) give us in grab bags or stuff like that. The only difficult clothing item for us has been jeans for our growing boys (ages 10 & 11). They are rarer to come across used, because most boys destroy them before they grow out of them. But even still, I was able to find some at a nicer thrift store… they cost me about $3-4 a pair. And yes, my boys share their clothing, but they still need several outfits, so I really can’t only get 1/2 as many outfits. Even their play clothes get taken on trips, etc… and I don’t want to have to laundry every single day! haha My hubby & I probably could share clothes, but quite frankly, I don’t want either one of us to look “slobbish” even if we are just hangin’ around the house. So we’ll just keep on the look-out for freebie/low cost/thrift clothing. But thanks for the idea anyhow! You are very creative!

  3. Gail says:

    The last time I ‘shared’ clothes, I said never again. Back many years ago between pregnancies, as was the custom of our area and church, I loaned my maternity tops to another lady. Mind you most of my things were homemade, didn’t cost a lot but all I could afford. I received my clothes back, and on my very favorite and BEST top were paint spots all over it! I can’t imagine borrowing clothes from someone and then using them as painting clothes. Since I’m usually bigger/taller than most women I don’t borrow clothes, nor do I get hand me downs. Although one lady that I talked to about the fact I didn’t have much in the way of winter clothes for church offered me some hand me downs. I couldn’t believe the trash that was in the bag (and I’m not particularly fussy) since my stated need was for Sunday go to church items! Everything in the bag was not in good enough shape for even the thrift store due to spots, stains, excess wear, etc.

    I guess all I’m saying is borrowing or sharing is fine in certain circumstances but be sure whoever you are sharing with will treat your clothes in an appropriate manner.

    I do borrow hubbies T-shirts at times since I found a bunch of like new ones for 25 cents a piece at a yard sale, I figure he has plenty to lend.

  4. NDMBA says:

    Sharing elastic-waist sweat pants with my SO sounds really…. romantic? No thanks. Our t shirts get mixed up sometimes but we figure it out pretty quick and I don’t think it means we have any fewer of them. Why not just buy fewer clothes in general? I feel like there isn’t enough need for specialized clothes that can also be shared between genders or ages for this to be significant.

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