What is the oldest item of clothing you still wear regularly?
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I have a Pierre Belmain long-sleeve shirt I bought in Paris in the 1980s. The quality is amazing. I have worn this shirt once a week almost every week since I bought it. It gets washed every week. The cuffs have now started to fray and there is a small hole in one sleeve so I may have to ditch it soon. :o/
Can anyone beat that?
While I don't wear them very often, I have T-shirts from when I was in college (1977-81), and had a lambskin coat from the same time period that I had to throw out after the flooding from Irene.
The oldest thing I own and still wear occasionally is an Ashley Scott military style wool coat. It has never really gone out of fashion*, for some odd reason. I bought it in 1985, I think.
*I'm sure folks in NYC would shoot me weird looks for wearing it. But here in New England pretty much anything goes. LOL
MrMorphy has an Air Force issue green utility shirt from 1981 that he still wears to do yard work and it's still in really good shape.
If you count accessories, his sunglasses were his father's. His father got them when he was stationed in Hawaii in 1953.
Sweatshirts are it for me - big comfortable floppy ones I wear about the house, and that I am not allowed to wear away from it if I am with my wife.
Apart from the shirt, I still have my old school tie but I don't wear it. I have other very old ties that I sometimes wear.
My favourite pj, which I bought in 2002. It is so nice and soft now. I hate when it is in the wash, so I have use another one to sleep in. I'm from '82, so clothes older than that I have out grew
OtherHalf has just come back from her mum's with a cardigan that was hand knitted for OH's dad 50 years ago (ie 1960s) it is still in fine wearable condition, and suits OH well.
I'm still wearing a pair of tracksuit leggings as climbing trousers. I was given them in the 90s.
My mother died in 1960. I still wear several sweaters that she bought for me and she'd bought them some years before her death. (I have a few pieces of jewelery from my childhood and several of hers.)
Wow, I don't think I can't top all that. Mine's probably the T-shirt I'm wearing right now. A comfy, cottony soft, ring-neck shirt with a Mickey Mouse print that I bought (new) for about $2 in a discount store about 8-10 years ago. It's soooooooo comfy I use it to sleep & lounge in...
The plaid shirts I wear often were almost certainly made in the 70s. I also have a plaid wool Filson coat which was made in the 60s. But the article of clothing I have that I have been in possession of the longest and regularly wear are my Scarpa approach hiking shoes (which I wear around town as well.) I bought them in 1999. Frankly, I'm surprised a pair of shoes has lasted 13 years of continuous use!
Well, I have in my possession a nice blue T-shirt with buttons on the V-neck, which my mother wore in the late 60s and my sister wore in the 70s - I then misappropriated it and have been wearing it ever since! And there are a couple of pairs of jeans, a dress and a sweatshirt which all clock in at over 25 years' regular wear ...
I have a pair of insulated snow boots my mother bought for me the summer of 1977 before I went off to college in a snowy place. They still come out every winter and still look pretty good.
The best I can do is a sterling silver ring I got when I was 12, and I've been wearing it every day since I got it--including in my wedding pictures, which made my Mother very angry.
I can't remember dates! I have a long, dark blue coat I bought when I had to ride the ferry from the island to the mainland every day, morning and afternoon, back in the early 1990s. It is a little frayed but it still looks great. I also have some t-shirts which go way, way back. I have no idea how long I've owned them, but judging by how thin the material is getting, it has been over 20 years for sure. I also have a couple of pieces of clothing my Mother bought for herself in the 1940s. But they are too small for me, so I don't wear them. I just admire them.
Hmm. A Burberry I bought in the late 80s, plus an LL Bean Norwegian sweater and several t-shirts left from college in the early 80s, a few of which my daughters now wear as loungewear. But beyond that...well, having three kids kind of does funny things to your body. ;)
I have a tuxedo that I inherited from my father. The tag inside says it was made in 1933. As I avoid anything that formal if at all possible, I'll simply mention that the dark suit I do wear when absolutely necessary is the one I was married in -- in 1976.
Oh! I just remembered a vest given to me by my father this past winter. I've worn it a couple times, to formal/costume events. He found it in an abandoned house in central Montana in the 60s. He believes the vest to have once belonged to a man his father knew, named Earling Hogsy. The vest is likely from the 40s.
PS I also have a natural-coloured Orkney jersey (sweater) I bought at St. Margaret's, Orkney, in 1982. So warm that I can really only wear it in the 'Berg in winter, though.
#7 How about my first primary-school tie, dated 1955? Needless to say, I haven't worn it in over 50 years.
I am the proud possessor of a chartreuse miniskirt from the '60s which I actually wore on several occasions. The last time it was worn however, was by my daughter for a costume in the mid-'90s.
I also still have the navy and chartreuse chiffon blouse that goes with it.
I forgot about old sweaters. I have a ridiculous pure wool, hand-made sweater that must have been made using telegraph poles for knitting needles. I bought it on the island of Madeira in the 1970s! I only wear it on VERY cold days in the winter. I last wore it in February.
I have several outfits from the 1800s, 1910, and almost every decade since. These are from my grandmother's trunks from their parents and grandparents. We only use most of them for costumes, except the ones which are very fragile. I have one soft undershirt type thing which has long sleeves that is my favorite shirt. It is like a comfortable hug. Not sure how old it is though because I am not the original owner, but I've had it for 20 years. Before that, there was a cotton shirt from one of the trunks I loved to wear, it was so soft, but after about 10 years it dissolved. :( I still wear one of my mothers dress coats from the 50s. Black with a white fur collar.
I have a tee-shirt that I won in a raffle at Stelafane (world's oldest annual gathering of amateur astronomers) back in mid-July, 1988. It was the same day my then-wife confirmed (by barfing in the tent) that she was pregnant with our youngest son. Said son "inherited" the shirt and wore it throughout most of high school and beyond. He "deherited" it when he outgrew it and I lost a lot of weight. I happen to be wearing it now.
As far as things *I've* worn for a long time, the oldest one is a shirt from 1996, but I'm a little overweight for that shirt now. I was wearing it up until last year. I was only born in the early 80s, so I can't wear stuff from being a child. ;)
I do have some hand me down stuff that's been going since at least the early 80s. My current army boots date from the 80s, and my father now wears a pair I used to wear that were manufactured in the 70s. We both have heavy wool military coats that we think are from the 70s as well - his still has the original buttons, but mine doesn't, and they're great winterwear in southern parts of Australia.
Reading this reminds me that I have a cotton sweater hanging in the closet that my father gave me probably in the 1990's. Knowing him, it was probably fairly old by then, because he was bigger in those days and he gave it to me because it was too small for him. (He wouldn't have bought it if it was too small, so it had to have been from years before.)
I might still have some clothes from the early 1980's, but I'd have to go looking for them. My two prom dresses (that my mother sewed) are probably still in the closet at home, but there's no telling what kind of condition they are in. And they would never fit nowadays, either.
Oh, that's right. I still have my Senior Prom dress, that my mother sewed (she also made my wedding dress). The prom dress has a dark pink plain top and a light pink brocade pencil skirt. We're talking 1967 here, so it was pretty stylin'.
oh, ya, I forgot about my sweater, imported from Chile, or Bolivia, or somewhere in the 1970s! OMG. It is still in my drawer and when it is very very cold I drag it out to wear while I sit to read. Very cozy. Not so pretty.
I have a heavy Lopi wool sweater that I knit in the 70's (probably about 1975) and still wear often in the winter. It needs a bit of repair around the edges, but I still have some of the wool it was made from, so as soon as I finish procrastinating I'll get right on that.
I have a blue t-shirt that was purchased for my brother in the mid eighties on a trip to the Pima Air and Space museum in Tucson. It's a shirt that would fit a very small child- tiny. When I was in high school, I would wear it underneath white t-shirts so you couldn't see my bra. I'm 27 and I still wear it by itself when I'm in manic moods and want to look trashy.
I still regularly wear a sweatshirt from the late '90s, with a zipper I've replaced twice, but that's as far back as any of my clothes go. Oh, and maybe a couple of mid-90s ties, but I never wear ties anymore.
I have a long black waisted jacket bought in Carnaby Street, London at the height of the swinging sixties that Austin Powers would be proud to own. It is probably quite valuable. I should sell it.
I think the oldest item that I still wear on occasion is a T-shirt that I was given by the hospital where i had a lithotripsy performed. (When you have a kidney stone that's too big to pass, they put you into a tube like an MRI station and blast it with awful music from the eighties till it breaks down.) The shirt has a sorta arty design and says "I've been Lithotripted!" It is now too crummy to wear for anything but yardwork or exercise, but I'm inexplicably fond of it.
.. blast it with awful music from the eighties till it breaks down
Hehe. Yes, that would do it.
I too had forgot about old sweaters. I have one that my grandmother knitted for my mom when she was a teenager in the 60s. It is still as new and wonderfully warm in the winters uphere.
I had also forgotten about a dress I have inherited from my father's aunt. She used is as a young woman, so it is probably from the 30s or 40s. Mostly likely from the 30s, because of rationing in the 40s. It is black velvet with a wonderful skirt perfect for twirling (is that a word?) I wear it sometime with a cardigan. I have also used it for dressing as a witch or a pirat
Today I am wearing a sweat shirt gotten at the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival in 1992. Still looks new, and I wear it often. Quality!
I wish I still had my hypercolour t-shirt from the early 90s. I loved that shirt.
I have a tee shirt from John Anderson's 1980 independent Presidential campaign that is in good shape.
I regularly still wear a pair of very hip black Italian slip-on shoes that I purchased in 1988. I have replaced the heels.
Numerous stuff including a caveman-style vest from 1970. That, admittedly, I wouldn't wear to work.
#39 -- I remember that fad!
I have a jacket of my father's from the early '90s. (I, ahem, borrowed it a few years after he got it.) I haven't worn it in the past couple years, since it started to look ratty and I bought a new one. It's still comfy, though, especially in the fall and spring when you need just a light jacket.
I have this nice sweater that I wear weekly. I bought it ten years ago, but I have no idea how old it is since I got it from Goodwill. I love that store. I can find things that I'd never encounter in, say, a Walmart (I think those are universal enough), and I can get rid of things I no longer want without sending it to a landfill, or attempting to sell it to someone in my neighborhood.
I still wear my 1983 - 84 Kiss tour t-shirt bought at the Queen's Hall in Leeds in Oct 84, quite faded now but the quality is there.
I also own a 1951 Festival of Britain tie but haven't worn it for a few years.
A still very nice series of summer dresses from the early 70' (not originally mine) are probably the oldest that I get to regularly wear, but there's probably still older stuff that the family gradually uses as indoor clothes, or for gardening and such, even if much was donated already.
From my own stuff, there's maybe that bright orange cotton skirt, now slightly below knee-length but which I got when I was 12 or so and it was a bit above ankle-length originally.
Today I am wearing a fine-wale corduroy shirt that I bought in the mid-1980s. I rediscovered it a few months ago at the back of my closet, and it is still as nice as ever. It is a lovely shade of blue, and a flattering cut that doesn't go out of date. I rediscovered several really nice things in the back of that closet.
I don't save much older clothing - I wear it out or outgrow it or decide I hate it.
I have one t-shirt that I've had for a long time, and it belonged to my step-mother before me, so it's pretty old. It says "Just because you're saving the world, it doesn't mean you have to have a bad time." It's one of the "Bossin's Home Remedy for Nuclear War" t-shirts that folk musician Bob Bossin sold, years ago.
I have a few tweed suits and teadresses from my mum and gran that are therefore from 30/40s and 60/70's. Sadly a pair of nearly original Levis which were cut down to shorts but so soft at the end you could just poke your finger through have died and had to be thrown out.
Old clothes are certainly kept here- for am dram costumes if nothing else.
Specifically for items I bought myself; I still have and wear a blue/ white striped laura ashley cotton jumper that I bought when I was 15 in 1989. I'm such a clothes-dullard that I replace my boring charcoal grey lambswool v-necks like-for-like when they wear out so, from certain pictures of me over time it may look like I've never changed my clothes or style...
Wednesday I almost put on a sweater I got at The Limited sometime before 1986. Almost. I didn't because I couldn't find my favorite turtleneck for under it and so I put it aside. I still love it though.
This is cheating because I can't wear these clothes now (ONE DAY I WILL AGAIN) but I have some pow wow sweatshirts, a Star Trek Convention sweatshirt and T-shirt, 2 pair of skinny jeans - one of them is purple - and a leather belt with a special buckle celebrating the anniversary of flight with a rendering of the Enterprise in gold and silver which a Canadian Duty agent thought I was insane to buy ("But LADY! Are you SURE?"). I also have a T-shirt that on the front says "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" and on the back says "The rest of us are going to the stars" that I had to stop wearing because it upset too many people. All of these things are from the 80s and will stay with me until I no longer control my circumstances.
I have a red sweatshirt with a turtleneck top that I bought at a consignment store for about $2.00 at least 15 years ago. I can't believe it's the same bright color.
A beat up old hat from when I went to OU (Ohio University) that is my yardwork hat. It's 17 years old at this point.
Yikes. That makes me old.
Wow. I've realised from this thread I really don't have any old clothes! Well, I have a pair of old army trousers I used to wear on 'big nights out' as a student, so they're about seventeen years I guess. Back then I had to seriously cinch them with a belt which itself had to be modified by an additional hole punched several inches past its smallest setting... I dug them out for decorating the other day and was disheartened to discover they are a very snug fit these days...
It's not clothing, but I do still occasionally wear a silver signet ring I had for my eighth birthday - a small heart-shaped thing, which looks a bit twee on a woman in her mid thirties, but I kind of like the simplicity of it. Not sure whether this means I have really skinny fingers for a grown woman, or whether I had really fat ones as a child!
I am wearing a very soft, oft-washed, sweatshirt which I bought in 1985, I think. Love it!
#53: Well, I would wear it now if I could get into it. And yesterday I was kind of cold so I pulled out a nice cotton sweater I bought from a used clothing store in the early 90's and it was very comfortable and looked as good as the day I found it :)
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