Just One Shirt

Combining my three blogs included my Neglected Seeds where I post about things that “give me pause for thought”.  One such thing just occurred.  I was flipping through an issue of Britain and came across an article of tidbits about the London Olympics.  Here’s what I read:  “In 1948, post-war measures still had a huge impact on everyday British life.  However, if you were fortunate enough to make the British Olympic team, these hardships were somewhat lessened.  Along with extra food rations, one particular perk for athletes was the Olympic uniform.  At a time when citizens were limited to a single new shirt or blouse every 20 months, the uniform was an effective wardrobe jackpot.”  Can you imagine only one new shirt every 20 months!

Going through some old photos, still mulling over the one shirt/20 months, I came across this photo of me in 1982. 

I purchased that t-shirt at the San Diego Zoo in 1976.  And my daughter still wears it today — although, I will have to say, probably not out in public.  That’s a lot of years for one shirt.  And it got me thinking — why can’t all of our clothes be like that shirt — with a history and a LONG life.  I look in my closet now, and it’s packed with shirts.

And why?  I can’t come up with a good reason.   No idea why I would continue to buy shirts when I have so many.  Maybe if we didn’t need so many, we would be willing to pay more and buy “Made in the USA”.  My goal is to pay attention when I think I need to buy new clothes and determine just what is actually going on — and maybe stop it before it happens.  I’ll keep you posted when I get the next urge.  What’s in your closet?


  1. Can I come play in your closet? Just kidding – my closet bears a good resemblance to yours and I make myself clean it out on a regular basis and donate the culled items to my local Goodwill. Maybe we like to shop, maybe shopping fills a need, or maybe these particular old shirts have strong emotional attachments (I still have a few items from the 1970s packed away, too).

    • Constance Rawlins says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Sue. Good for you cleaning and donating. Obviously, that’s whay I need to do!

  2. We are all guilty of having more than we need. I do occasionally weed out and donate to Goodwill, but not often enough. Good post.

  3. Morning Connie,
    Great observation! I am reading a book right now by Jen Hatmaker called, “7, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.” She asked herself the same question about clothing as well as food, possessions, media, waste, spending and stress. She is absolutely hilarious! I highly recommend it!

    • Constance Rawlins says:

      Hi Jill, I can’t wait to read that book — sounds like just what I need. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Connie,

    I was trying to find a shirt today and was so down about it because I have tons of shirts but either don’t really like them anymore or they don’t fit right or their more “work” shirts…I need to get rid of them–they are not being worn! Purple Heart is coming for a pick-up in a few weeks, so you’ve inspired me to purge and donate!


    • Constance Rawlins says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Jill. I have a ton of stuff to get rid of too, but I’m really trying to figure why I got them all in the first place.

  5. Its funny-I was looking in my closet this morning. My style of clothing has changed since I started my creative journey. I will be getting rid of a lot of clothes because I like the new way better.

    • Constance Rawlins says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Teresa! Sometimes if I keep something long enough, I like it again. 🙂

  6. i like it here, this beautiful place you’ve built.
    especially the whole yummy idea
    of living within your harvest.
    and i like the way you think:)
    joy to you,

  7. What a gorgeous post – it really resonated with me! I live in an small town where a lot of people live alternate lifestyles and the charity store is one of the favourite fashion shops in town. I rather struggle with this, but I do try to get real about what I need materially. Clothes are a hard one. It’s so easy to see something that you love and just swipe the card!
    Thinking about how people coped in days gone by really sharpens our perceptions of what we do now, hey?
    Arohanui,(that means BIG LOVE in Maori) Lesley

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