So spring is finally coming around and with that comes the inevitable urge to clean out and reorganize every surface, nook and cranny in your place, including your wardrobe. Or is that just me?
Over the last 10 years or so I’ve become pretty ruthless when it comes to getting rid of clothing and accessories that I no longer want or wear. And usually it feels great and cathartic (although occasionally I get a little overzealous and I’ll look back on photos and lament an old coat that I sent off prematurely to Goodwill, wah wah).
As a result, I tend to not have a ton of really old pieces hanging around my closet. I don’t mean ‘old’ as in the actual age of the stuff – obviously I’m into vintage so I’ve got purses and such from the 1960s, but I haven’t actually owned or wore them since that era.
I was thinking then – what is the wardrobe item I’ve held onto the longest, that I still wear? I can’t promise scientific accuracy here but this crazy knit cardigan (which is now literally falling apart at the seams) was in rotation when I was a teenager, and has recently been resurrected as one of my most favourite sweaters.
It used to be my mother’s, and my little sister mocked me whenever I busted it out. Granted at the time I was probably wearing it layered with a choker, a baby tee and a skirt over jeans, so the critical validity was probably somewhat there. Now, it provides just the right hit of texture to an outfit and feels irreplaceable.
I’ll clock the sweater in at about 19 years and counting. Tell us — which wardrobe item have you had the longest?
ps. Just in case anyone is wondering (Bueller? …Bueller…?), there’s been no recap of the NYC trip I was set to take at the beginning of this month because it had to be postponed. I’m stuck here in the sticks for another month or so, but the rescheduling will happen…