PARTING with CLOTHES in your CLOSET

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    Apr 17, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    I'm about to take a large load of suits, pants, and coats to the Good Will. One of the items is the blue suit that I graduated high school in, 29 years ago. I can remember going to the suit store and buying it with my mom. She wanted me to look "sharp." I decided to take a picture of me holding it for old time sake.

    Any clothes you have a hard time parting with, even if they don't fit anymore?
  • jgymnast733

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    Apr 17, 2010 8:09 PM GMT
    WOW,
    I still have a pair of suede puma sneakers from high school that i just cant get rid of....and my first pair of ballet slippers i'v had since junior high...
    I also cant part with a poster signed by Eartha Kitt for some perfume campaign with flori roberts called Bon Chance...
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    Apr 17, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidAny clothes you have a hard time parting with, even if they don't fit anymore?

    One group would be clothes that still fit me, but are out of style. I remember a really beautifully tailored suit I had from the mid-1970s, expensive even then at over $1000, but the trousers had bell bottoms with snug thighs, no fabric to let out, and likewise the jacket with a deeply pinched waist and enormous lapels practically to the shoulders. Not salvageable by any tailor.

    I also keep my shoes forever, and until recently still had a classic street style my father took me to have made from his own shoemaker in 1965. My foot finally got too wide for them about 5 years ago, and the leather had begun to crumble, though still the original soles and rubber heels (that became hard as steel), since I only wore them socially. The memory of my late father made it hard to throw them away.

    Last are my Army uniforms. Those I suppose I should have kept, all of the dress ones custom made from military outfitters, but I was simply lugging too much stuff around as I increasingly became a gypsy since retiring. No one's ever going to establish a museum about me, nor otherwise keep them after I'm gone, so what was I saving it for? I have the memories, and that's enough while I live.
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Surprisingly, most all of my dress pants from 10-15 years ago were too tight in the hips (as well as the waist). I went from a 31 to a 33 waist, but what's odd is even if I sucked my gut in, they were very tight on the hips. Do your hips widen when you get older?

    Anyways, I like being a 33 waist. Much thicker bod.
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    Apr 17, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    I got a pair of shorts that are so worn out, but they are so comfortable, I can't get rid of them. But, I'm also selling a lot of clothes this spring in my annual rummage sale. icon_smile.gif This is a blast because the whole town comes to my rummage sale. lol My friends all join us on this and we have the largest rummage sale in the world. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 17, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidDo your hips widen when you get older?

    Mostly from giving birth.

    I have a hard time parting with pants that don't fit me anymore, because they might fit again one day....

    Whenever I want to throw out anything I have to run things past my boyfriend first and he picks whatever he wants to wear from my pile. After so many years 90% of his wardrobe is stuff that I either bought him or handed down to him.
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    Apr 17, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    I know I'm only 19, so i can't really say about throwing too much away, except some of my clothing from when I was little.

    But I know some things I'll have a really hard time throwing out in the future, I hope I won't. I'll put them in the attic.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidAny clothes you have a hard time parting with, even if they don't fit anymore?


    I recently gutted my closet of clothes that were too worn or that no longer fit, and there were two items that I kept: the Cerruti suit I got married in and a double-breasted Armani blazer, both of which are too small because I've filled out since hitting the gym.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    I just noticed that the banner ads for this thread are for Jos. A Bank, a clothier, especially suits. Hmmm, so ads now look right within the text of a thread? Genius. Course, I'll never click on them.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    I've been fighting cleaning out my closet for a while, but I'm getting ready to move, so anything extra is weight I don't want to pay for on the moving van.

    Last year, I took anything I hadn't worn in a year and moved it to a special area of the closet.

    Yesterday, about 99% of what I'd moved back there, despite the designer labels, went straight into the charity donation bags.

    For me, it's easier knowing it's being donated.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    You have to white knuckle it and get rid of them.

    Free yourself and do it fast before you get all sentimental and stash it all back into your closet.

    About 3 years ago I lost 60 lbs. My closet was filled with clothes that didn't fit me. Custom mede suits and shirts.....expensive fabrics and great styles. But it would have cost a fortune to alter these clothes at a tailor, so I just gave the clothes away.

    I got new clothes now. Its great to look into the closet and easily pick something to wear that fits you well rather than hunting through a mass of clothes that doesn't..
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    This is a pretty funny thread, but very relevant.....

    As someone who has a lot of clothes, they have to be managed. 99% of my clothes are less than 10 years old except:

    1. The Christmas vests my mother made for my older brother and I when I was very young.

    2. A sweater set I wore when I was in the 3rd grade

    3. A western belt I received my for 17th birthday.... worn yesterday when I was mowing.

    4. Heavy coat I received as a Sr. in high school (this one may be given away). Its still in great shape

    5. One of the first Ralph Lauren polo shirts I ever received when I was in college... never worn with price tags from "Henry's", a Wichita Men's store that was around for 75 years, but went out of business in 1992.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI just noticed that the banner ads for this thread are for Jos. A Bank, a clothier, especially suits. Hmmm, so ads now look right within the text of a thread? Genius. Course, I'll never click on them.

    Bank's sometimes runs promotions where if you bring in an old suit they donate it to some charity and give you a discount on a new one.
    So the ad placement is ultra-site-specific.
    Makes you wonder what else that ad software is doing.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    The bad thing is when you pull out something...label attached and think


    Damn....what was I thinking icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    I threw most of my shit out after Katrina and rebuilt a whole new wardrobe with classic pieces and they're mostly black, white and gray. It's much simpler now.
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    Apr 18, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    I try to replace 10% of my wardrobe every year and also get rid of 10%. I buy one suit a quarter.

    My general rule is that if it does not get worn, let someone else have a chance at success. No sentimental ties to clothing, sorry.

  • Timbales

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    Apr 18, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    I had a worn out hand knit green cotton sweater I loved, but eventually it was just falling apart and had to go.
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    Apr 18, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    I stick with classics, and my size doesn't change. I have hundreds of shirts, ties, countless suits, jackets, slacks. They stay in style for years and don't get worn very much. I circulate things and hang newly cleaned clothes at the other ends of closets, and draw from the areas of clothes that haven't been out for awhile. Most everything I have is kept in zippered bags, or covered in clear see-through bags. That way nothing wears out. I buy only classics that go with things I already have. Same with shoes - - - 40-some pairs / all with shoe trees / and they last a long time. I do part with things - but slowly and with a bit of regret. (I guess I'm part George Hamilton, part Joan Crawford, part Imelda Marcos).
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    Apr 18, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    xuaerb saidNo sentimental ties to clothing, sorry.


    I wish I could have that philosophy.

    The other day I wore a shirt I bought freshman year of college. Scary thing is, it still fits. It must have been way too baggy on me back then. I have a few other shirts from high school that I keep. I wear them once a year to not break the "If you haven't worn it in a year, throw it out" rule.

    And I'm still bitter about someone in college borrowing and then failing to return the Benetton rugby shirt that I got in 9th grade. I would still wear that if I had it, even though it had a few wholes in the sleeve from when I got acid on it in chemistry class. I've looked on ebay for a replacement with no luck. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    I was going through my closet yesterday desperately searching for something to wear to a dinner party at my boss' house...so I started getting rid of anything that didn't fit, I thought was ugly, or still had the tags on it yet I'd never worn it...somehow all but 2 pairs of jeans and 4 shirts went back in. I just can't do it!!! icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    i never keep stuff .
    i buy it, wear it, get rid of it.

    some items i'll keep for 4-5 years if they're quality and classic enough.
    Otherwise , clothes have like a 12 months life span.

    Sports gear is different. Some stuff i've had for a few years and it's still in top state. I keep my bike shoes till they die ( which takes about 3 years usually ). But i like getting new shorts every year and running shoes , well, they don't even last a year.

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    Apr 18, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    I can fit in 30 inch waist lines again for the first time in about 8 years and found a nice pair of jeans and shorts which are now "new" as I´ve not worn them in 8 years

    woohooo
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    Funny that this thread came up... I just threw out a bunch of clothes. It's so hard for me to get rid of things, because I tend to buy expensive clothing and keep it for a while. Sadly though I have a lot that I cant brign myself to throw away yet, because I spent a pretty penny on them from the beginning..... A lot of people my age will shop at H&M (or something similar), where they have cute styles but the clothes simply don't last.

    yesterday I packed up a few t shirts, a bunch of ill fitting sweat shirts, a pair of jeans..... will bring them to good will or a clothing donation place.
  • rdberg1957

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    Apr 18, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    It has been on my agenda to clear my closet of ill-fitting, stained, or otherwise undesired clothing. It is a perfect day and I have been procrastinating, logging into RJ only to find this thread. I haven't bought much in the way of designer clothes given how rough I am on clothes. I tend to buy easy to clean (jeans, dockers) clothes which are not very descriptive. I've had periods when I dressed better. My first partner wore classic clothes--was a dashing figure. Me: no jewelry, comfortable shoes. Lately I bought a bunch of high quality socks by searching the internet (Thorlo, Wigwam), high quality but more fashion conscious underwear (underarmour, mundo unico). Time to do better with the rest of my wardrobe and that means disposing of all of those things I never wear. My weight has changed radically in the last two years. In 2008, I had a gastric bypass and lost 100+lbs. I don't need to keep anything from that period. I'd say I had a few thoughts to add regarding this thread.