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The oldest item of clothing you have and still wear

(46 Posts)
smarmyarmy Tue 12-Feb-13 10:36:28

Just wanted to know if any of you keep items of clothing that are 'very' old but still wear?

For me, I have a Pineapple t-shirt from about 20 years ago that I still wear to bed sometimes. I love it and would never think of throwing it out! It's a little tatty but still in pretty good nick.

Is it just me?

Yika Tue 12-Feb-13 20:32:59

Pah! Amateurs! I've just recently threw away a pair of knickers that i had worn regularly since about 1982. Tonight's pyjama top is a t shirt from around the same time. I have a fabulous Hobbs suit from about 1996 but I'm too fat for it now. I usually expect to wear my clothes for at least 10 years. I try to keep them in perfect nick, even the cheap ones. Got a nice cardigan from H&m that must be about 16 years old. Still looks good.

Facebaffle Tue 12-Feb-13 20:39:21

A black fake fur (can't remember the proper name for it) swing coat. I bought it about 20 years ago from Denenhams and it still looks good as new.

jackstini Tue 12-Feb-13 20:40:00

A really soft hoody from next - about 20 years old but just so comfortable
Can I count my gym skirt that I still wear occasionally?! blush that is 29 years old

Theas18 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:51:33

I have my grandmas vyella nightie. It's actually wool! bit itchy but I used till wear it over pjs as a student, and again when we moved here...discovered fleece pjs so haven't needed it for a few years.

Grandma died in 1982... She'd had the nightie years too-infact she slept on the sofa in a tracksuit and sleeping bag for many years. Gosh gran thought the stretchy synthetic track suit was absolutely amazing!

Branleuse Tue 12-Feb-13 20:59:16

a towelling a-line mini dress i bought from topshop in the 90s when grunge was in.

actual age-wise it's probably my sheepskin coat. it looks pretty vintage and i got it from a charity shop

LaurieFairyCake Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:00

Great Grandmothers fur jacket from 1909 - only wear it on skiing holidays abroad obviously as I'm anti-new fur but pro never throwing anything out.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 12-Feb-13 21:05:01

I've got a nice dress that I bought when I was 18, so mmmm 17 years ago which I still wear.

I also dug out some loafers last year that I bought when I was 16 from Dolcis. They totally disintegrated the first time I wore them (in nearly 20 years) very embarrassingly in the foyer of a very posh 5star hotel. I was left wearing the uppers while the soles were in a pile of crumbs about 5m behind me. I had to stalk across the foyer with my nose in the air pretending it hadn't happened.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Tue 12-Feb-13 21:10:02

I have an Adidas sweatshirt. One of the round neck ones with the three stripes running up the sleeves. They were the height of fashion when I bought it in 1997. I still wear it occasionally, although not with a Fila polo shirt underneath and my hair scraped back with a scrunchie!!

I also have a River Island leather jacket that I was given as a birthday present in 1999. I loved it for years and years. I keep it in a suitcase because it has dated hideously but I won't be parted from it.

DewDr0p Tue 12-Feb-13 21:11:16

I've got a Whistles suit that I bought in 1999. Don't have much call for a suit these days but when I do, it still looks fabulous. I remember being very gulp about the price but it has been worn to death and always seems to fit no matter what size I happen to be at the time!

Also a FC cardigan that I bought pre-pg so must be nearly 10 yo. Still get compliments about it now.

Nothing I have bought in the last 5 years will last anything like as long. (much smaller budget these days!)

colleysmill Tue 12-Feb-13 21:11:22

I have a leather jacket my grandfather bought around 1960ish. He gave it to my dad when he decided he didn't want it and I "acquired" it in the 90's.

I wore it when I was veggie to my grandads great amusement on the grounds that it was made well before I was even a twinkle. It still has my grandads name on the inside - its an heirloom and I still wear it now although its a bit on the shabby side!

bonzo77 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:12:59

A navy cashmere m&s v neck that I used to wear for school aged about 14 (21 years ago). It had been my Mum's before that but not sure when she got it.

VelvetSpoon Tue 12-Feb-13 21:14:46

I wore a leopardprint coat last Friday that I bought in 1996/7.

I still have a pair of leopardprint shoes from the same era, which I wear a couple of times a year.

I also have a jacket I wear regularly for work which I bought when DS1 was a baby (I remember pushing him round the shop in his buggy when buying it!) he will be 15 this year.

ivykaty44 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:20:24

my nighties are from when i had dd1 - she is 21 this year
my sparkle top is from 1962 - it was my mum's
my full length winter coat is from 1990
in fact a lot of my better clothes are older- i think they must have been made better as newer stuff just doesn't seem to last as long

MrsDmitriTippensKrushnic Tue 12-Feb-13 21:21:29

I still have a few bits from when I was a teenager (I'm 42 this year) but don't wear - some skirts I made and loads of band t-shirts plus my bikers jacket that I got for my 16th and then customised. The only things I still actually wear are a cotton crocheted jumper I bought from Carnaby Street when I was 19/20 and a mens cashmere coat that I got from Oxfam about the same time that I wear when it's really cold (getting a bit shabby now, but I love it and it's so warm)

catkind Tue 12-Feb-13 21:27:52

I still wear a jersey dress I got as a teenager some 20 years ago. It lasted most of the way into my pregnancies too, nice and loose and stretchy. Contemplating ditching the jacket I was given for passing my GCSEs as I don't really wear it any more, maybe for that reason it's still in great nick.

Beaverfeaver Tue 12-Feb-13 21:53:04

I have a Disney tshirt that I wear to the gym!

WednesdayNext Tue 12-Feb-13 21:58:42

I have a sheepskin coat that's at least 30 years old (older than I am). It used to be my nannas. I wear it every winter!

tarantula Tue 12-Feb-13 22:10:26

Have an bánín that belonged to my dad that must be at least 50 years old knitted by my gran.
Also have a crochet top my other gran made for me about 30 years ago.
My office cardie which gets worn most days I knitted in 92 and it is still going strong.
Also have a number of lovely hippy tops/dresses that I bought in the late 80s/early 90s so probably date from late 60s. these get worn regularly in the summer

fridgepants Tue 12-Feb-13 22:38:15

I have things I bought five years ago that have outlasted clothes bought last year from the same shop. That's depressing.

Piffle Tue 12-Feb-13 22:41:08

Esprit trousers (cropped Khaki) bought 2nd hand by my Mum in the 80's, she gave them to me and I still wear them every summer and everyone asks where I got them...
The truth is never told and I suspect my daughter might well end up in them...

QueefLatina Wed 13-Feb-13 09:35:35

I have a white fake fur coat that my Nana bought in the early '60's and a 70's wrangler denim jacket that was my Dad's, luckily he was a skinny teenager!

The fake fur looks as good as new and the denim has aged into a beautiful colour and is really soft.

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