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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Clothes you keep but will never wear?

 A reader question:

I was cleaning out some closets and got into a, well, let's call it a debate with my significant other.  Do readers keep clothes that they will never wear?  If so, what, and for what reasons?

 

 

27 comments:

  1. I have a Gloverall camel-colored duffle coat (the "Monty") purchased from J. Peterman Co. in 1992, and also a Smythson "Maze" handbag from 2013 -- each has only been worn once or twice, but now they're stored as iconic items, enduring symbols of a past better time in my life.

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  2. Yes! Way too many wonderful memories attached to them! Thank you so very much!

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  3. Yes. Without question for sentimental reasons. I don’t have an attic and closets stuffed full of the items, but there are things that I just will never get rid of because of some sentimental attachment.

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  4. I kept my wedding gown. Maybe my daughter will wear it one day - maybe not. Either way, it has sentimental value.

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  5. Got a red university stripe Oxford shirt bearing a label from the Harvard Coop. Too small for me now, but will never get rid of it — it'll be up to my executor to deal with it.

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  6. I never keep clothes that I never wear (and never will wear). I donate them, and never sell them. As my grandmother said, "one doesn't".

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    1. What are some of your grandmothers other aphorisms?

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  7. Oh, gosh, yes! Sore topic because I probably sell them or hand them down to the nieces. They range from a couple of evening dresses, a gorgeous Bottega Veneta handbag, a Lotuff with my initials (since an accident 4 years ago where I broke my shoulder, it's been uncomfortable carrying heavy leather bags unless they are crossbody), to pairs of like-new Ferragamo pumps due to problems with the feet now. The shoes are the only ones I would readily sell; the rest are difficult to get rid of because of the sentimental value attached to them.

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  8. Ancient sweaters from college, vintage Lilly shift dresses, Vera Bradley tote bags from the 1980s, a scarf from my grandmother. All still in use, all still treasured.

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  9. My Fence Club scarf.

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  10. A Dooney bag that I just can't part with and two coats--one my high school band coat and another that was from a now retired auto racing team which I probably should just sell. Otherwise, anything that no longer serves a purpose or will in a certain amount of time is fair game.

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  11. My Columbia Cap & Gown. Since they are Pantone 292, they aren't rentals. Should I ever be invited to an event that requires academic dress, I'll be ready.

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  12. I do not. My wife does. I am ruthless. She is sentimental.

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  13. Yes! Something I have been thinking about a long time (and wrote about the other week, too!) Too many things to count, but especially some beautiful pieces of my grandmother's.

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  14. Streamlining your wardrobe is surprisingly liberating. Keep only the things you love and use.

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  15. My father's Army pants and a skirt my mother brought me from Provence that I intend to make into a pillow someday are the only items that I don't wear. There are things that I rarely wear and should probably move up or down the food chain.

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  16. Happily, my spouse and I are on the same Marie Kondo page. Each Christmas we give away anything that has not been worn in the past year. As a result, our closets and drawers are ruthlessly but delightfully efficient. This year, however, we did make a COVID exception for evening wear!

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  17. Spouse's wedding gown in a box, my mom's old mink coat hanging in a closet. Kept for sentimental reasons.

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  18. A leather flight jacket issued to me when I entered Naval Flight School in 1969, and a bespoke Savile Row suit from the early 1990's. Neither currently fit!

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  19. Very rarely. We moved from Virginia to Austin, TX and most of my winter wardrobe was donated. However, I did keep a camel Max Mara coat, my trusty Burberry trench, and one Barbour wax jacket. It pays to be prepared in case we have another snowmageddon event!

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  20. Yes and no. At the end of winter and summer, I review all my clothes and send anything I did not wear that season to goodwill. The exceptions: A seersucker suit that I bought to wear to a summer wedding. We are in one of those phases in which my daughters and nieces and nephews in her age group are married and our grandchildren/grand nieces and nephews are not of marrying age. A few are growing near so I keep it in case a summer wedding presents itself. Also, I have a Navy Blazer and Grey Suit from Suit Supply that still fit well but that I just do not find occasion to wear much anymore.

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    1. Hard to imagine life without occasion to wear a navy blazer.

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    2. When the house gets cold, I often pull on a flannel blazer or tweed jacket. Both are extremely comfortable.

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  21. Yes, to giving things I don’t wear to Goodwill. Like another Anonymous, I don’t sell anything. My grandmother would say: “We aren’t shopkeepers.”

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  22. It's hard to say what you'll never wear again, unless perhaps you've lost a lot of weight. I haven't worn a suit since before I retired and even then, I rarely wore one. I did wear a dress shirt and tie, though. I still wear the dress shirts, only not the white ones. The last time I wore a suit, I think, was to a wedding. The next time will probably be to a funeral.

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  23. My old high school bathrobe, class of '57. It was used during days home from college, and navy leaves. Fit then, not now.,,

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  24. I don't own anything I don't wear. Probably comes from my less well off days when I couldn't afford to have a closet full of "stuff". And I learned early on to invest in quality so while I don't own a lot of clothes, what I do have keeps me going for yonks, as the kids say.

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