Is This Normal?

ShirtThis topic is a bit odd for a post but it came to me while I was trying to fall asleep. There’s an occurrence that’s common with Mister, myself and our kids which we often joke about, and I’m curious if it happens to others.

The, year after year, appearance of certain clothing in holiday pictures. In our defense, T-shirts, tank tops, button up shirts, and hoodies don’t go out of style, right.

Do you have an average time period you keep your clothes, or do you keep them until they wear out or don’t fit?

As I laid in bed, I did a mental inventory of my clothing. I’m almost ashamed to admit that probably 85% of my wardrobe is 5-10 years old, and 10% is older (some pieces by a lot).

My reaction was, yikes, but if the items are still in good shape and in style, why replace them.

I grew up very money conscious and have been thrifty all my life but is keeping clothes for years normal?

Can anyone relate to this?

My next thought was, I wondered how many pieces in my collection, that aren’t new, still have the price tags on. The count was five. What’s up with that I’m not sure, other than most of those are dresses or too fancy for everyday. The dresses were bought with good intensions to wear them, but it rarely happens.

Will the revelation brought on from post trigger a thorough wardrobe revitalization, I doubt it will.

I’ll share one more confession which I’m sure may make some of you grasp in horror. The oldest item of clothing I have and still wear is my favorite work shirt pictured above.

Mister bought this western shirt shortly after we met then years later passed it down to me. It has been in the family since the late 1970’s.

I like wearing it on hot days at the farm when we’re working and I want my arms covered for scratch protection. The fabric is breathable, but is getting so thin I’m not sure how many more washings it can take before falling apart.

What is the oldest piece of clothing you have and still wear?


10 thoughts on “Is This Normal?

  1. What an original idea for a post. My oldest piece of clothing is probably 4-5 years old. They’re a pair of Lululemon studio pants and they’ve been worn at least once a week since then. Most of my clothes are thrifted. I love having a small wardrobe where everything goes together.

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  2. If that’s not normal, I guess I’m odder than I thought! I have a closet full of clothes, but many of them have been hanging around for a while 🙂 I also have a few with the tags still on them. Like most people, I actually wear just a few items a lot (the favorites that fit well and flatter me), but it’s hard to give up things that, despite being in good shape, just don’t work anymore.

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  3. The oldest items I have are my jackets. I have a different one for every different type of weather, from a wind breaker, to an anorak to a padded lagging jacket. Some are about 20 years old!! But they are so comfortable and although not suitable anymore for good wear, they are perfect for around home and quiet country walks!

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  4. I have some jeans I think are 4-5 years old. Bought from wal-mart and they are still good. I see no need to replace something if it is still serviceable. I’m just not into keeping up with the neighbors.

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