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77. How and when do you shop for clothes?

I bought a pair of shorts that weren't particularly exciting, but they turned out to be the most useful thing to wear for all kinds of unplanned activities: camping, gardening, hiking. Now I wouldn't dream of getting rid of them.

All the time. You buy a dress. Ten years pass. It's still great.
It was a Diane von Furstenberg sack dress in scarlet, navy and white. I wear it belted. You can shove that thing on and be ready for anything.
Women, tunics and sack dresses are your friend.

I’ve made a few purchases at thrift stores that were spontaneous and inexpensive that ended up being staples in my wardrobe, like a pair red Mexx jeans I found at a thrift store for $8 that I wear at least once or twice a week.

Probably that Fairisle knit cardigan!

Cotton stretch bras from American Apparel—but they bag out quickly, and now their sizing runs too big, so I can't buy replacements. Those were a great staple.

yes, an ivoire white leg pant

that happens often. There was a tunic dress once which seemed unremarkable for years until I suddenly had the right shoes for it.

I was recently in Montreal and thought I would grab something from one of my favourite vintage stores, and it has since proved to be a really useful item. It was a denim button down sleeveless vest with four buttons and cut off arms, also with an intricate sort of blue thread embroidery work on each shoulder. The reason it works so well is that you can wear it over another top, a blouse, a tank top, with shorts, or even over a dress, so it is really versatile and also casual and low-key.

I'm not sure what is meant here by valuable. Valuable in a sense that it became a go-to or valuable in a monetary sense? In either case, not really.

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