What are your 'wear forever' items of clothing?

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filetheflightoffancy Thu 04-Oct-12 15:16:56

I am quite a 'fast fashion' type of girl, rather than always going for timeless classics and I get bored of clothes quite quickly. However, today I put on my favourite ever cardigan that I bought absolutely years ago from Warehouse and realised that I will NEVER get rid of it! It is a grey knit cardi, kind of a longline shape but not baggy. It used to have black buttons but they have all come off (although the button holes are so small, you cant tell it once had buttons), the wrists are starting to look a bit frayed and there is a small hole in the armpit, but I still think it looks great! It is a very flattering shape despite me being a bit fatter than when I bought it and it goes with everything. I love it!

Other things I have had for years and have no intention of ever throwing out are:
A denim mini skirt from topshop
Another cardigan from primark - grey and black striped, although not quite as nice as the grey one!
A purple t-shirt with a sort of 3d satin bow on it (sounds gross, but isnt!) from new look - really great quality t shirt, although it has got deodorant marks on it that wont come out now
Martha jeans (although I guess once these get the inevitable hole in the crotch I will have to get rid).
A purple pea coat from Asda
I totally love my 'just sheepskin' uggs as well, but after 6 winters they have holes in so I have just got some new Ugg Australia ones that I am hoping will last as long - I know uggs are not really the mumsnet way, but I really like them!

Funnily enough all the items that I have spent loads of money on I have got bored of or have worn out quite quickly!

What clothes will you wear forever?

TheBirdsTheBirds Thu 04-Oct-12 15:26:02

I am hoping all my cashmere jumpers will last forever.

I have a black jumper dress with white fair isle stitching across the shoulders from People Tree that I have worn every winter for the last few years and hope it will last for ages as it's really heavy wool.

I have some sheepskin boots that my grandma bought in Germany in the 70s that are still going...

I have a navy peacoat that I adore and should last for decades but is really quite snug, so hoping I don't get any fatter.

Hopefully Thu 04-Oct-12 15:32:48

- Brora cashmere dress
- inhabit cashmere sweater (too fine to last forever, but I will wear it till it falls apart)
- J Brand Agnes
- M&S waterfall cardigan blush blush
- Splendid racer back vests (I replace them with identical ones when they wear out every couple of years from over use. Can't find any others long enough)
- Leather leggings that I haven't bought he but I know I will wear for the rest of time when I finally do grin

MarshaBrady Thu 04-Oct-12 15:36:07

I'll probably introduce other things so keeping them so long isn't too onerous.
But

Stella M green coat
Lanvin black wedges
Marant black heels

I'll wear for as long as they last.

Eliza22 Thu 04-Oct-12 15:37:24

Jersey dresses. Some plain, some patterned and accompanied by 3/4 sleeve cardies. I couldn't manage without them with my opaque tights.

cocolepew Thu 04-Oct-12 15:38:36

I have a black leather jacket that I've worn so much it's going white in places. It's not a biker one but a short zip up one.

A grey cadigan from M&S.

A dark purplish cardi from River Island. It has dark purple velvet down the front and beady bits. Its a bit small now, (obviously it shrunk wink) but I wear it if I need to look a bit smartish.

A black and white stripey top.

HazleNutt Thu 04-Oct-12 15:44:13

I have a pair of DKNY boots that have high heels and look elegant, go well with a work suit, but are actually made of rubber. Brilliant for rain and snow, totally waterproof. I think I've had them for at least 5-6 years now and hope to get a good few more years out of them.

Doshusallie Thu 04-Oct-12 15:47:03

2 belted macs from M&S, 1 cream, 1 black
Brown clarks zip up boots
A blue and brown flaired wool jacket from Next
My brown calf length Uggs

MrsMeow Thu 04-Oct-12 15:48:32

GAP leather blazer. DH bought it for my 21st and I still wear it now 11 a few years later.

clippityclop Thu 04-Oct-12 16:04:54

Really warm but smart Reversible black waterproof/furry hooded coat from M&S in Amsterdam about 15 years ago, Windsmoor black wool and cashmere three-quarter length coat, navy trench from Monsoon both bought about six years ago. Also various wool and cashmere pashmina size scarves, long grey cashmere cardi from TKMX. Dark brown zip up boots bought on hols in Italy years ago still in great nick. Various classic linen shorts/sundresses for hols. Makes me happy just thinking about them!

piemaker Thu 04-Oct-12 16:08:59

A peter pan collar cream shirt that I can wear with everything

cocolepew Thu 04-Oct-12 16:24:28

Oh and a Timberland parka I got 15 years ago. Water and wind proof and I paid £9 for it!

DonaAna Thu 04-Oct-12 20:13:34

Chanel type bouclé jackets - have had one them for over 10 years
Black courts that fit perfectly - almost 10 years
Good jeans - 5-10 years of constant wear
Coats - have vintage wool coats from 1960s and one of my own from 1990s
Fur - hand-me-downs from my mother, mostly from 1980s
Pearls - have worn my oldest necklace for over 20 years
2.55 - hope this bag will last forever

Moths ate my Benetton merino sweaters - I wore them for a decade

Vivienne Westwood jersey dress.
A couple of silk camisoles from Warehouse which are about five years old but still look new.
Chocolate leather biker jacket.
Old grey cardigan which I wear around the house sometimes instead of a dressing gown.
Grey Chanel-esque studded jacket from H&M which is two-three years old and still going very strong: love it.

Bienchen Thu 04-Oct-12 20:37:47

Fitted merino jumper with 3/4 sleeves
Black knitted skirt, perfect for work travel
some good quality cashmere jumpers, all slightly fitted which suits my shape better
Patent pumps with mid heel
white shirt and black shirt, both fitted from Anne Fontaine
a mustard coloured wool suit (skirt & jacket) that again is fitted and goes in and out of fashion every few years
half a dozen (fitted) winter dresses in a variety of warm fabrics/wool
Silk scarves and a few Hermes bags which will hopefully last me a life time

HyvaPaiva Thu 04-Oct-12 20:52:31

Black mac, beige mac
Brown wool coat with fur collar
Thick wool swing jackets
Tweed jackets
Tweed mini skirts
Black wide-leg trousers
Black knee-length 'city' shorts
1950s capri pants
Red blazer
Long sleeve, pussybow blouses
Sleeveless 1950s tie-front shirts
Silk scarves
Pencil skirts
Little black dress
Knee high leather boots in brown and black
Black ballet pumps
Pillbox hats
Massive black patent leather bag and two 60s clutches
Diamond rings from DP
Tiffany necklace from my granny

hifi Thu 04-Oct-12 20:56:18

DVF black wrap dress
20+ cashmere items
Max mara coat
Day evening coat
Navy Prada mac,had it for 15 years and still going strong

allthefun Thu 04-Oct-12 21:57:14

Benetton - mens boiled wool, boxy cardi with leather buttons

I was 16 and it was the first thing I'd ever got on Oxford Street.

I am now 42 ! and it still looks amazing (worn with a little vest). Shows of a bit of skin, highlights a great tan, looks sexy in a nice way and is lovely and warm.

xxx Thank you for being a friend cardi thanks

germyrabbit Thu 04-Oct-12 21:58:22

ooh nice thread!

really sloughy american apparel sweat shirts, levi 501s, fitted jackets, small heeled laced boots

MarshaBrady Thu 04-Oct-12 22:02:10

I realised in the park I hadn't said small Celine bag. And felt bad for it.

So Celine bag.

I've forgotten a couple too:

- little Gucci handbag of tan leather and pink suede
- tan leather Hobbs bag
- big black leather tote from Clarks
- black silk and cotton mix jumper from Hobbs
- cropped trench coat from M&S Autograph

Marsha, how can you forget that divine Celine? [slaps wrist]

My Mulberry collection
AH mini Gracie
Dior vintage pink snakeskin evening bag
Neon pink Raoul bag

So, all my bags, basically...

My pink Louboutins would have been here too, but the cobblers ruined them. Happily they are sending me a cheque so I will be replacing with a shiny new pair.

Clothes-wise, my IRO jacket, though a v recent purchase will go the distance, my Alexander Wang muscle Ts will be replaced when they fade away, Goldsign jeans which are amazing, McQueen silk scarves, Acne Pistols and two tops from Maje with leopards on, identical but in different colour ways.

RSVPentathlon Thu 04-Oct-12 22:22:50

A long brown leather jacket from Benetton.
I bought it with my first salary in 2000.
I still wear it several times a month.

MarshaBrady Thu 04-Oct-12 22:24:36

I know Amber! I actually felt a wee bit if heart ache for it for leaving it out.

It was like being asked to choose my dc's favourite teddies to keep. I'd be argh no don't forget the cat one etc.

How exciting re cheque for new ones (and little pat for old).

cloutiedumpling Thu 04-Oct-12 22:26:06

A black cardigan from Warehouse purchased about 15 years ago. It has a crew neck, is slightly cropped and still looks great despite being washed several times a month. I've had to stich up the seams every now and then but apart from that it is fine.

peacefuleasyfeeling Thu 04-Oct-12 22:36:25

Too many pairs of Pied A Terre taaaall boots smile

bleedingheart Fri 05-Oct-12 08:20:47

Black Carvela Biker Boots
Black long sleeved shift dress Ronit Zillka
Black round neck fitted cardigan M&S
Levi's jeans - finally found 'my' fit!
Black short sleeved satin blouse with gunmetal round buttons -Gap
Sense a colour theme?!

Curtsey Fri 05-Oct-12 10:15:28

Most of my forever stuff is cheap as hell but has lasted amazingly.

2 x longline cardigans (one dark green, one grey and burgundy-striped) from Primark. About 5/6 years old. Incredibly flattering, go with almost everything.

A Topshop tweed flounced miniskirt that I bought on eBAy for 8 euro about 6 years ago. Again, incredibly flattering.

Brown leather riding boots - spent a bit on these, but got them in Italy - would have cost a lot more back home I reckon. Approx 8 years old and still get compliments on them.

Leather biker jacket from Topshop (actually it's not even real leather) - perfect fit on me, goes with everything.

Cornflower blue cotton/silk mix top from Whistles - 5 years old. I regularly think about getting rid of this as I don't wear it too frequently. But it's very pretty on and now goes nicely with my new burgundy skinnies.

Zara leopard-print and red scarf - bought this season but is an instant outfit brightener. Goes with everything!

Black J brand 910's. I love, love these jeans. They are perfect in every way.

A black cotton capped sleeved dress with broderie anglais from Monsoon of all places. It's about 10 years old. Always wear it every summer.

A pair of tan ballet flats from Dune. 3 years old, wear them all the time. The most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.

Curtsey Fri 05-Oct-12 11:05:33

I'm still cross at my mother for getting rid of an AMAZING camel suede and sheepskin coat that she owned as a teenager in the 70s - I wore it as a teenager around the millenium and it was one of those extraordinary pieces that just doesn't date. I made the mistake of not taking it to college with me and bam! Charity shopped, along with some beautiful silk dresses and a dark blue cropped leather jacket from the 80s. In fairness she held onto the jacket for years in the hope that it would come back into fashion. We assured her it never would sad

TellMeLater Fri 05-Oct-12 11:27:33

Fantasie moulded uplift tshirt bra
North face Arctic Parka
Enell sports bra
X socks

Functional clothing that is not beautiful but does an important job, very well. Strangely I don't have any other bits of clothing that I couldn't live without, in a fickle fashion kind of way. I've gone down two dresses this year so most of my clothes are less than 6 months old.

filetheflightoffancy Fri 05-Oct-12 20:39:57

My list is rather unsophisticated compared to come on here. I do actually have a pair of Louboutins (a present, I did not buy them myself!) and although I will obviously keep those forever, I dont wear them all that often (they are sky high ) so I dont feel about them like I feel about my other items.

filetheflightoffancy Fri 05-Oct-12 20:40:57

*some not come!

Haberdashery Fri 05-Oct-12 21:04:51

Jigsaw red tweed waisted flared coat. Bought in 1987 and still going strong. Has looked smart and kept me warm every winter for 25 years (though getting a bit snug). Have sewn the buttons back on three times so far.

Very long heavy thick denim skirt from Top Shop, not straight not flared - somewhere in between, a generous A-line. With pale blue stitched zig zag patterns on the front. Bought around 1994, still warm and comfortable. Not a very smart item but useful and attractive every winter.

Grey fitted cashmere polo-neck, Lyle & Scott, hip length, going a bit thin around the elbows now but still smart if you can't see where I've darned it so have to wear a jacket with it now. Circa 1985 and the softest cashmere I have ever owned.

Jigsaw 80s black velvet cropped slim fit trousers with plenty of lycra. Have worn under dresses, with tunics, with fitted tops, with shirts, with strappy tops, with everything. Fitted me beautifully until I had a baby and my stomach got somewhat too large to fit into them. Still, probably nearly 20 years of wear and they look like new. Saving them for DD. They have a side zip and a flat front and are very flattering.

My mum's olive and peach Zandra Rhodes mini dress from the 60s. Not my purchase but she chose well! It's been fashionable enough to wear in different ways for nearly fifty years (only the past 25 or so by me).

Wish I still had my lovely Prussian blue long baggy 80s Hobbs sweatshirt that got just too holey about five years back. It would be great with leggings still if I could have resurrected it.

And I wish I could still wear my gorgeous heavy cotton drill Marc O Polo skirt, flared, box-pleated, perfect dull teal colour. I bought it for university interviews about a quarter of a century ago. My waist has grown too much. One day I'll get another made that fits me.

I also still occasionally wear my stupid bright red fun fur coat that I saved all summer working in a pharmacy to buy when I was 15. The fur has gone a bit ragged but it's a lovely shape and the joy of actually owning it has never really faded.

brighthair Fri 05-Oct-12 21:22:09

Embarrassed to post mine!

A cream musto coat - 12 years old this year, it's never been re waterproofed, I wash it all the time, the horses stand on it, chew it etc etc and it comes up like new

A t shirt from Caledonian brewery grin worn by me as a nightie when I was little, then as a pj top, I still wear it as a pj top and its so soft

Ariat Grasmere boots - waterproof, come up like new despite being abused daily, and are totally non slip in snow

Meggles76 Fri 05-Oct-12 23:38:02

M&S teal cashmere jumper
TS Kirsten jeans in a lovely blue shade
TS black washed leather clutch that does me for any outing
Clarks tan knee high boots
FC jersey dress
M&S 70s flare jeans

marilynwhirlwind Sat 06-Oct-12 00:15:41

Purple square-shaped cotton t-shirt, Topshop circa 1986 it goes on every holiday with me.
A black boiled wool zip-up cardi-jacket which I got from BHS about 15 years ago at least, I've always loved it and seems they're in this year.
Pure wool reefer coat with a biggish collar so i could do the Sherlock look with a big scarf last winter, think I've had it about 18 years
First denim jacket, classic western style, bought with first nurse training salary 1985
Cropped navy jacket bought in a jumble sale in 1983
I don't wear the last 2 much but they are still there for the occasional outing.

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