When left to himself, bear does dress himself well. He has very clear views about what he likes to wear. He likes shirts and not t-shirts, he prefers jackets to sweaters and loves waistcoats.
On Boxing Day I wandered into Matalan for the sale and bought bear some clothes for him to grow into next autumn, including the coat I am planning him to wear next winter. It is lovely, waterproof, well padded and £10. There wasn't much else there but I picked up a couple of shirts and a pack of three t-shirts as bear has grown out of all of his.
I need to find a better place to stash stuff for later. Bear is currently wearing the red and black checked shirt I bought for next year together with the black cargo pants that were half price in Morrisons on 29th December but the right size and a tie that came with the outfit he got for the school disco. He looks sharp, and he put the outfit together himself. The shirt is a bit big, but less than you would think and looks pretty good on him. It will be in rags by the time he fits into it properly. Mind you, I don't think bear has ever had to wear clothes too small in his life - he is blessed, and I know it if he doesn't.
He could probably do with another pair of jeans, which I will hold off on for as long as possible, and possibly a shirt in his current size but I'll hold fire on that as well. What I will shop for on ebay is a summer jacket for him. He has just gone to visit his auntie and is wearing a leather look bomber jacket that is padded and looks pretty good on him (though I am a doting mum and I am biased). That jacket is looking a bit small, and I think the best time to pick up a summer jacket for him will be when people are clearing out their wardrobes after New Year's Resolutions and I may pick up a bargain then. I am definitely holding out for a bargain! He doesn't need a rain jacket as last year's will do him, but a denim/leather look/canvas/slightly padded or lined type thing good for cool late spring, early autumn or foul weather in summer would be helpful. If I don't see a bargain I won't bother.
I'm not looking for me, I have a very nice jacket from last year. It should do me forever, really, and it is far more fun shopping for bear.