Guys refusing to give up their favorite old clothes

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    Nov 22, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    I don't really like to shop, and my closet is full of good, serviceable clothes, so why buy more? I buy the classic look rather than expensive trendy stuff, so I'm always "in style" ...whatever that means.

    Pulled out a T-shirt today to put on, and realized it is from the late 70s, when my brother went off to college. Hadn't seen it for a long time. About the same vintage as a Mickey Mouse T-shirt from a trip to Disney World in 1978 and one from a trip to Europe around the same ear.

    Admittedly, some are classics that I don't want to wear out, but others I wear when they come up in rotation.

    So... what's the oldest item hanging in your closet?
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    Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM GMT
    The problem is, some/most guys don't realize their "classic" clothes are outdated. It's the subtle things like patterns, cut and stitch, fitment, etc.

    I bet if you post pics of your favorite clothes items, we can guess what decade you bought them.

    I'd say t-shirt and jeans are the only true classic clothes. Well.. most t-shirts. icon_lol.gif

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    Nov 23, 2014 12:08 AM GMT
    Also, realized OP is a nudist. So I can see why clothes aren't a big deal to him. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 23, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    Probably my leather jacket, which is from the early 90s and which I never ever wear in FL. I also have a beautiful down jacket that's quite old.

    One good thing about living in a condo is that we often weed old stuff out, donate or toss it, to make room for new things.

    Stuff I need to buy most is shorts. I go through them quite fast, the material between the thighs gives out so fast.
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    Nov 23, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    I don't buy new clothes that often myself. I really can't notice any change in fashion. Since I have been moving frequently for last 5-6 years, I keep giving away my old clothes. I don't thing there is any cloth older than 5-6 years in my closet.
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    Nov 23, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    My high school letterman jacket is the only clothing item I kept. It's a bit snug now. icon_confused.gif
  • buddycat

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    Nov 23, 2014 1:57 AM GMT
    Actually the oldest thing I have is from 1999. It was a 70's style shirt with a variety of art work on it. I keep it in case I go to something 70's themed. I have other clothes that are 10 years old, I don't know why I keep them since I do not wear them, just a couple Neiman Marcus brand shirts and a Hugo Boss shirt. I just gave away a pair of Gianni Versace jeans that are now "vintage". I never wear them like my leather pants. Come to think of it, some of this stuff needs to go in the garbage.
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    Nov 23, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    I still have my very first pair of designer jeans from 30 years ago for two reasons:

    When I cut, I stop dieting down when I fit in them again.

    Then, I have the fun of telling some guys my jeans are older than they are.

    They're size 32 Ralph Laurens which I bought because I'd never seen nearly black jeans before, and since the color, fit, cut and level of distress aren't extreme they still look great today.

    But they're not the oldest item in my closet - I also still fit in my DAD'S army jacket.
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    Nov 23, 2014 4:27 AM GMT
    My oldest is probably a Levi denim jacket from the 70's. I can button it but it's really not comfortable. Unlike Kevex who is such a skinny desirable young man. He is truly a greek god. How anyone can not be pursuing him is a mystery to me. This young man has so much going for him. He is very skilled in being a complete and total douche bag asshole. He exhibits symptoms of all those big name crazy diseases.

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    Nov 23, 2014 5:05 AM GMT
    I'm sure a t-shirt from the 70ies is just plain worn out not to mention ugly. 40 yr old garments should be retired. New t-shirts come 3 to a pack for $10.
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    Nov 23, 2014 6:04 PM GMT
    I don't think that anything from the 70's or 80's would still fit me, except for maybe a baggy sweatshirt or two.

    Besides, last years "going to town clothes" always become this years "farm work clothes," and they don't last long after that.

    I remember one favorite old flannel shirt that got snagged on a bush or or something and literally disintegrated and fell off of my body icon_rolleyes.gif

    When I started college, I was able to raid my Dad's closet for some fairly cool 50's stuff that he'd held on to for some reason, even though he hadn't been skinny enough to fit into them for many years.
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    Nov 23, 2014 6:11 PM GMT
    This year I had to donate over $500 in clothes because I just don't fit them any more. These are clothes I was wearing 20-30lbs ago. I just hope there will be more donations in the future!
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    Nov 24, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    I had to clear out my boyfriends side of closet. He was wearing stuff from high school. And it looked it. A friend of mine and I cleared out everything and took him shopping. He protested, but looked and felt much better.
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    Nov 25, 2014 1:45 AM GMT
    Well, there definitely is something called "good taste" and "classic style" clothes which one can wear forever and look good. Well-styled, quality clothes will always work, and some of us don't wear out our stuff. Even the "small details" are not necessarily an age giveaways, as one can never be certain that the "old" detail is not some current artifact of an haute couture designer's nod to fashion history.

    I'm guessing that the oldest item still in my wardrobe originally acquired for me would only be about 62 years-old, a pair of hand-knit wool socks made by my grandmother for me when I was in grammar school. As I have a whole chest of drawers full of such socks, I know that one pair is the oldest of the socks made for me, as it also came with a matching sweater which I did outgrow by the time I was in high school, unlike the socks!

    I also have a whole bunch of casual shirts, pullovers, and sweaters left over from when I was in high school, which are still quite usable. I have a classic raincoat purchased in 1959 which is still pretty much like new, as in California we don't really have much rain or the kind of rain requiring a raincoat.

    However, the oldest item in my wardrobe which I wear several times ever year is my 88-year old wool tuxedo. It was originally bought by my father circa 1926 when he was in college and they dressed for Sunday night dinners. As he was a substantially bigger man than I, it was re-tailored for me circa 1974, which I have used ever since, updated only with a cummerbund and new shirts and shirt studs (and if one knows exactly where to look, it appears in a professional photographer's splash screen on the internet! LOL.)
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    Nov 25, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    Sulla saidHowever, the oldest item in my wardrobe which I wear several times ever year is my 88-year old wool tuxedo. It was originally bought by my father circa 1926 when he was in college and they dressed for Sunday night dinners. As he was a substantially bigger man than I, it was re-tailored for me circa 1974, which I have used ever since, updated only with a cummerbund and a new shirt and shirt studs.


    You win! (I love the idea of a vintage family tux.)

    I'll share kinda a short, kinda funny "Guys refusing to give up their favorite old clothes" story:

    My dad always held onto a bunch of heavy wool suits "to cat around in off-duty" which he bought while stationed in Germany in the '50s which hung incongruously in suit bags in my folks' hot, humid Miami walk-in linen closet since then. I never liked or wanted them because they were very scratchy and itchy, like the wool army blankets he made me sleep in as a kid. But a couple of years ago I stumbled across a classic and complete same-era wool outfit hung among those suits I thought was so great I actually wanted and asked for it to wear in New York - dove grey pants, a charcoal blazer, a white dress shirt and a really cool, classic "Mad Men" kind of necktie. He was about 80 and certainly was never going to wear it again so I figured that even though he never gave me anything and I never asked for anything I'd give it a shot and ask him for it. His reaction? Anger. "What? Hell no! I'm going to be buried in that!" Jury's still out as to whether he set aside his burial suit at 26.
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    A lot of my band shirts I wore in middle school and high school are the only old clothes I have and I only wear a few of them every now and then. I guess part of me doesn't want to give them up is for one, I don't really buy a bunch of expensive stuff and I have fallback items in case I run out of my normal wear. The other is sentimental reasons lol
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:33 AM GMT
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    He was about 80 and certainly was never going to wear it again so I figured that even though he never gave me anything and I never asked for anything I'd give it a shot and ask him for it. His reaction? Anger. "What? Hell no! I'm going to be buried in that!" Jury's still out as to whether he set aside his burial suit at 26.


    Is dad still with us? Has it occurred to him yet who gets to make those "final" decisions??!!! grin!
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    Nov 25, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    I think it is a black leather jacket from the mid 1980s. It has shoulder padding! I recently covered it in metal spikes and studs. It's still going strong!

    Oh, no! I just remembered the leather cowboy jacket covered in long leather fringe! I think it is circa late 1970s. Love that jacket and I still get compliments on it. It's definitely a statement piece. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Nov 25, 2014 3:24 AM GMT
    Sulla said
    eagermuscle said
    He was about 80 and certainly was never going to wear it again so I figured that even though he never gave me anything and I never asked for anything I'd give it a shot and ask him for it. His reaction? Anger. "What? Hell no! I'm going to be buried in that!" Jury's still out as to whether he set aside his burial suit at 26.


    Is dad still with us? Has it occurred to him yet who gets to make those "final" decisions??!!! grin!

    Dad's still with us. So's grandma - she's 101, walks without a cane, totally with it in mind and body, passes for 80. We share the same birthday and I take after her. Case in point - sensing that vitriol kept her going I told her I thought it was a shame we couldn't make her party 101 Dalmations/Cruella Deville-themed because when the inevitable comparison was made she could say "You should try it, you'll live longer."

    Only my grandma gets my sense of humor.
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    Nov 25, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    Sulla said
    eagermuscle said

    Only my grandma gets my sense of humor.


    Nahhh.....It's sort of a combo of Catskills and SNL....icon_wink.gif

    My favorite...The two women at the resort complaining about the food....."The food here is terrible!"

    "I know, and such small portions!"