What’s the oldest piece of clothing you’ve bought like new that’s still lurking in the back of your closet or scum in your loft?
I ask this question because we are constantly bombarded by the rising cost of living and many of us may need to think about cutting back on new clothes a bit. Instead, we could recycle our old ones or buy used from charity shops or online auction sites. I have to admit that I love rummaging through charity shops.
But how many of us – and this question is also posed to our male readers – have hidden fashion items that we forgot to buy? Are they back in fashion and gone again? Can you still enter it?
Recently, I unearthed an old suitcase to discover a treasure trove of things I didn’t know I still had.
Take this pink, made-in-Italy, United Colors of Benetton top, for example (pictured). I bought it like new about 22 years ago (give or take) from one of those shops where items are folded on racks and tables, rather than shelves. I wore it a few times, then it was put away and has been sitting idle ever since; stuffed in a case, sad, crumpled and unloved.
Curiously, it seems to have shrunk alarmingly during storage. Although it says “small” on the label, I can’t believe it’s so small. However, I’m happy to report, 22 years later (more or less), that the straps still fit.
There are a few other items in the briefcase that I can bring to retirement, saving money on new fashion. A pair of leather sandals is a little outdated, but two scarves will be used this winter (and still in good shape).
So what’s the oldest piece of clothing you’ve owned (aside from that beautiful wedding dress you kept for sentimental reasons) that you’ve bought new? We’re not talking about a vintage item bought from a pre-loved boutique, but something that was brand new that you brought home, wore, and then decided to mothball for some reason.
For example, my sister has a green satin ‘made in England’ summer jacket she bought from a store in Leeds in the 80s, but can’t stand to part with it even though she doesn’t have it. not worn for 40 years. She says it has also decreased.
Even an even older claim to age is a sheepskin coat she bought for my brother-in-law in 1975 that he kept but hasn’t worn in a while. Now she’s on a mission to find a Swedish 1970s skirt she knows she’s hidden somewhere.
So, are you the do-and-fix type who doesn’t like to throw things away, or do you have a non-conformity to old and new attitude and have a regular wardrobe change?
If you’re the first, post a photo to our Facebook story of one of your favorite “old” clothes you couldn’t part with.