WWYD – clothes that drive you crazy

Having had brothers, being married, and being in the process of raising four boys I know a thing or two about males and their clothing habits. Most males I should say.

For example: If it isn’t IN the hamper they might pick it up off the floor and wear it again. If it was only in the hamper for one night it doesn’t count and can still be worn. Of course these all are subject to the sniff test.  Haven’t seen the sniff test make something be put back in the laundry yet.

That bothers me, but with patience and education (read “nagging”) I am finally getting somewhere with my progeny.

What frustrates my girlfriends and me more is the wearing of clothes that should have been consigned to the rubbish a long time ago. You know, those boxers that are holes held together with a wish and a prayer and that are so worn even using them as dusters is no use. The jeans that are so faded and frayed and reminiscent of the owner’s misspent youth that don’t really do him any justice. The Hawaiian shirt that he will wear out of the house and totally embarrass you with – nothing is louder than dancing hula girls all over your man’s upper torso. The shirts that have stains on them that can be identified. The lucky socks that can never be washed. The tee shirt he wore when the Canadiens last won the Stanley Cup…The list goes on.

Are you the kind of spouse that will throw this stuff away behind your partner’s back, or will you allow him the honour? Do you give ultimatums? Will you allow him to hold a ceremony in memory of the clothes you are making him burn? Will buying him new clothes lessen his hold on the old and worn? How do you break these men / boys of these worn clothes wearing habits? Or do you just put up with it – it’s the price you pay being married to Mr Right?

(Disclaimer – this isn’t about the KoD, he dresses well and conservatively and doesn’t resemble anyone in this post. Although he does have one shirt that I cannot stand….but that’s personal taste, not that it’s worn and holey. It isn’t, sadly.)

(Additional Disclaimer – I have written this post about men, but I am sure there are some women out there who are equally afflicted. Hard to believe….)

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  1. Mrs. S. says:

    When my husband and I were engaged, my uncle pulled him aside and said, “Here’s some advice: Whatever you do, don’t bother buying any new clothes now. It’s just not worth it. Because no matter what, as soon as you’re married, your wife is going to throw all your clothes out anyway…” :-)

  2. Rifki says:

    TG this is not an issue at our house!

    Our boys have inherited good genes (pun intended).

    All of us are in agreement that when an article of clothing is past its sell-by date, then it is retired — to the rag bin, or if it has sentimental value, then it goes to the quilt box (where we’re currently stockpiling enough so that when I eventually get around to it — read WHEN THE KIDS HAVE ALL GROWN UP — all the memorable items will be eternalized).

    BTW, there’s an amazing customized service available for turning your old t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, jerseys, tank tops (even neck ties) into a quilt. Here’s the link: http://www.tshirtquilt.com/

  3. European says:

    Why is this your business?

    Clothing liberty is one of our fundamental rights. This means: no throwing away behind backs, no nagging, no nothing.

  4. Wyman Brent says:

    Talk about a clothes encounter of the worst kind!

  5. jean says:

    There’s got to be room for compromise here … the difference between going out and staying, for example. I say prioritize and choose your battles! :)

  6. Hadassah says:

    You forgot the “I have to wear it one last time before I throw it away” thing!

    • HSaboMilner says:

      Indeed I did – thanks for pointing it out (no, people, I am not talking to myself…there are other Hadassahs out there….)

  7. jean says:

    “I have written this post about men, but I am sure there are some women out there who are equally afflicted. Hard to believe….)”

    The female versions are:
    “I just know that line-backer shoulder pads will be coming back!”
    “I paid $500 for this silk top and I’m keeping it even it IS tie-dyed / glittered/ puff painted / applicéed with kittens!”
    And I think we ALL can relate to:
    “I think I’ll just keep these jeans from 1998 in case I lose 25 pounds this year.”

  8. Rainy says:

    I made that mistake ONCE. I threw out the ex Mr. Honey and Ollie’s running shorts (which were really a pair of spandex bike shorts, that were 2 sizes too small) one day, because his mom was visiting and she totally egged me on. When he got mad, she took the blame to preserve peace in our home, and bought him new running shorts. *LOL*

  9. Hadassah says:

    Are there really other Hadassah’s out there? Maybe you are schizophrenic and don’t know it!

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