OLDEST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU ACTIVELY WEAR......

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 26, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    At my last high school reunion, those who set it up did a "trivia contest" with a variety of questions, mostly focused on the school days, but one was put out as follows:

    "One of our classmates is wearing a piece of clothing he or she wore during our senior year of high school.... what is it?"
    The winner actually would get a lunch for two!

    I had been asked to wear my western belt I received for my 17th birthday.
    I wore it regularly when I was in 12th grade... I wore it that night. Nobody guessed right. Jeans, shirts, even socks were the focus.... kind of funny
    I still wear that belt.. not frequently, but occasionally, mostly when I'm working outdoors...

    So what's your "oldest" piece of clothing you wear at least occasionally?
    How old were you and why do you keep it around? How long do you plan to keep it?

    Old coats or jackets don't count unless you wear them! LOL

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  • JP85257

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    Oct 26, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    I have a nike sweat shirt my mom bought me when I was in 10th grade. Im thinking its 15 to 16 years old. Its torn, holy and worn out and ugly as fuck and SOOOOOOOOOO comfortable.
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    Oct 26, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    It's kinda sad, but I still have most of my clothes that I've been wearing since high school. Only recently have I outgrown some of them.
    But here's one that I routinely wear for the last 15 years: a T shirt with
    SCUT (S shaped like a stethoscope, C like a reflex hammer, U like a test tube, and T like a syringe)
    "Been there..."

    and on the back:"...done that."

    In fact I'm wearing it right now.

    I'll wear it until the stethoscope is no longer carried by the housestaff. (The other 3 items are no longer routinely carried by housestaff. Believe it or not, I used to have a heavy white coat stuffed with a tourniquet, test tubes for CBC and chem 7, a small reflex hammer and a butterfly needle. I did not have syringes though.)
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:13 PM GMT
    The oldest piece of clothing that I still wear is a Ralph Lauren dress shirt that I paid about $140 about 10 years ago when I first became the manager of a small business. Nowadays, I think I was stupid for paying so much for a shirt. It's one of my favourite shirts, though, because it's still classy.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    College frat letter sweatshirt...

    Still my fave.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    That's a toughie. My clothes don't last all that long, because: farm.

    Plus I grew a lot after high school, so none of that stuff fit me any more. In college I used to wear some funky shirts that my Dad had from the 50's. (Who knew? I'll bet his sisters made them.) And Great-GrandDad's pocket watch. (Because: free.)

    I guess the oldest clothes I have in actual rotation are some "office casual" polos from the 90's. I'll wear one occasionally when going out for the evening. But since I've worked from home the last couple of decades, these days "office casual" usually means, like, a pair of gym shorts and nothing else.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:40 PM GMT
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    An old thread about old clothing?

    I still wear my best bud's clothes. So those go back to our 20s/30s. And I still wear my jacket from probably when I was 15 years old. When I was a kid, mom always bought a size bigger so I'd grow in to it. Still fits perfectly. I love having it. Florida, so jackets don't get much use here but I do wear it a few days just about every year.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:41 PM GMT
    Some t-shirts I have for the past 6 years.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:43 PM GMT
    ricky1987 saidSome t-shirts I have for the past 6 years.


    Six years? Pfffft....I've t-shirts older than you.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:46 PM GMT
    Mine is a sweatshirt my mom bought for me on my parent's trip to Pebble Beach Country Club in 1999. It's navy blue with the American flag and says Pebble Beach.
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    Feb 19, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
    Oh, I think I have it: A souvenir "happi coat" I bought in Tokyo in November 1980. I've been wearing it to walk out to the hot tub, most nights this winter. The seams are starting to go, however
  • tazzari

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    Feb 19, 2016 6:59 PM GMT
    I still use a belt buckle my grandfather got for me in 1956 - does that count? It's worn out three belts, and oddly, the belts keep getting too small.
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:01 PM GMT
    I had to laugh at "actively wear", Can we wear clothing "inactively"? Do you mean regularly?

    I've got some stuff that's over 20 years old. I used to have shoes that were 30, that my Father had made for me, but my feet outgrew them. I had a dinner jacket (tux) over 20, but during a period of cold storage, for one of my moves, the wool got moth holes.

    Many men are incredibly bad dressers. They only know what was the fashion up through their teen years or early 20s.

    I used to make a private game in the Army, based on what guys wore for their civies when not in uniform. It was invariably what the fashion was when they were drafted or enlisted. I could almost determine the exact year they entered service. And they could have begun service 20 years earlier, and they still dressed civilian the same way as they did back then. It was easy to date them.
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:07 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    ricky1987 saidSome t-shirts I have for the past 6 years.


    Six years? Pfffft....I've t-shirts older than you.


    Well you are also older than me. That makes a difference in clothes.
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI had to laugh at "actively wear", Can we wear clothing "inactively"? Do you mean regularly?

    I've got some stuff that's over 20 years old. I used to have shoes that were 30, that my Father had made for me, but my feet outgrew them. I had a dinner jacket (tux) over 20, but during a period of cold storage, for one of my moves, the wool got moth holes.

    Many men are incredibly bad dressers. They only know what was the fashion up through their teen years or early 20s.

    I used to make a private game in the Army, based on what guys wore for their civies when not in uniform. It was invariably what the fashion was when they were drafted or enlisted. I could almost determine the exact year they entered service. And they could have begun service 20 years earlier, and they still dressed civilian the same way as they did back then. It was easy to date them.


    And college professors always wear what was in style when they were sophomores icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:12 PM GMT
    Oldest piece of clothing I ever wear (though extremely rarely) is a heavy winter coat which my father bought for himself in Chicago in the late 1940s. It's not very often that I need a heavy winter coat in Southern California; but it's hanging in the closet awaiting use.

    The oldest "a few times a year" clothing would be one of my suits, dating back to the early 1990s.

    The oldest "all the time" clothing would be quite a bit of my gym clothing, of which I have about a three-week rotation, going back maybe a dozen years or so.

    I'm notoriously careful with my clothing. Even my pairs of Levis I wear when doing yard work last about ten years.

    Oldest pieces of clothing which I possess but never wear would be two silk Japanese robes which my father picked up while a (US) soldier in Japan immediately after the Japanese surrender in WWII.
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:20 PM GMT
    THammer said...
    I'm notoriously careful with my clothing....



    Damn, me too. So much so to the extent I end up wearing maybe, at most, 10% of the clothing I have because I don't want to put any wear on the good stuff....weird, I know... icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 19, 2016 7:23 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    And college professors always wear what was in style when they were sophomores icon_rolleyes.gif

    I think that's true, too. Good observation!

    BTW, I don't mean to dump on our RJ member HndsmKansan. I truly admire him. But that thread title he wrote made me laugh. Sorry, dear Kansan, but it did. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 19, 2016 8:57 PM GMT
    bon_pan said
    THammer said...
    I'm notoriously careful with my clothing....
    Damn, me too. So much so to the extent I end up wearing maybe, at most, 10% of the clothing I have because I don't want to put any wear on the good stuff....weird, I know... icon_neutral.gif

    Unless you're like mindgarden it's typically the washer and dryer that wear things out. All that "lint" in the lint filter of the dryer is small fibers that came loose from the clothes; I would guess that the dryer is the biggest culprit for wearing out clothes.

    Things wearing out is one of the things you notice when you're old. What I hate is something that I regularly wear and really like and it wears out. When I bought it I only bought one of them; I should have bought several and worn one and kept the others in reserve.
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    Feb 19, 2016 9:02 PM GMT
    I'm hard on clothes - they wear out. But I have one college days sweatshirt that gets worn occasionally.
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    Feb 19, 2016 9:05 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    bon_pan said
    THammer said...
    I'm notoriously careful with my clothing....
    Damn, me too. So much so to the extent I end up wearing maybe, at most, 10% of the clothing I have because I don't want to put any wear on the good stuff....weird, I know... icon_neutral.gif

    Unless you're like mindgarden it's typically the washer and dryer that wear things out. All that "lint" in the lint filter of the dryer is small fibers that came loose from the clothes; I would guess that the dryer is the biggest culprit for wearing out clothes.

    Things wearing out is one of the things you notice when you're old. What I hate is something that I regularly wear and really like and it wears out. When I bought it I only bought one of them; I should have bought several and worn one and kept the others in reserve.


    That $1200 Zegna double breasted sport coat....what the hell was I thinking?!?!

    Edit: Well, ok, I paid $50 for it used on E-bay....still, go fuck urselfs
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    Feb 19, 2016 9:11 PM GMT

    wow, retro thread icon_lol.gif


    I guess my oldest piece of clothing I still wear is a faded, white w black pattern flannel shirt, from early 90's, which I cut the sleeves off, very 'hipster' looking today, with or without an undershirt icon_razz.gif





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    Feb 19, 2016 10:32 PM GMT
    15 year old Old Navy coat, which still keeps me warm in the winter. Looks like shit, though...faded and stuff.
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    Feb 19, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    bon_pan said
    THammer said...
    I'm notoriously careful with my clothing....
    Damn, me too. So much so to the extent I end up wearing maybe, at most, 10% of the clothing I have because I don't want to put any wear on the good stuff....weird, I know... icon_neutral.gif

    Unless you're like mindgarden it's typically the washer and dryer that wear things out. All that "lint" in the lint filter of the dryer is small fibers that came loose from the clothes; I would guess that the dryer is the biggest culprit for wearing out clothes.

    Things wearing out is one of the things you notice when you're old. What I hate is something that I regularly wear and really like and it wears out. When I bought it I only bought one of them; I should have bought several and worn one and kept the others in reserve.


    Right, especially about the dryer. That's an hour or two of nothing but chafing as your things whirl around (hmm, sounds like I'm describing cage-dancing). Not much to be done about washing in the washing machine; but the clothes I esteem (including my gym duds!), I air-dry, to which (air-drying) I attribute the longevity of my stuff. (And I guess I attribute the longevity of my junk to not cage-dancing much. icon_twisted.gif )
  • nice_chap

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    Feb 19, 2016 11:37 PM GMT
    This vest I've got on right now:
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    Been wearing it for various activities for about... 13 years? It's outlived many other items of clothing I've bought in that time.
    I like this vest.