What are those items of clothing that always make you feel great? Are there things you’ve worn until they’ve fallen apart? Do certain items have special significance – a gift, something passed down? Do you remember those items that you wouldn’t stop wearing when you were a kid? Or that you thought were the COOLEST things ever?
Below, are my most recent loves. I would love to hear about yours.
They may be considered passé, but I could give a shit. I LOVE my pashmina. I bought it about 7 years ago at the boutique where I worked. It’s a really nice one, thick and super soft. It was expensive, probably $200 WITH my discount. I take it with me every time I travel. I sleep with it, I wear it out. These days, it’s looking pretty sad. It’s ripped and stained and looks a lot like a kid’s blankie. But, I will never get rid of it.
For years, I wore this Anne Klein top at least 3 days a week in the summer. I also bought this at the boutique. It was simple, white and cotton. It called it my peasant tube top, and I could dress it up or down. I even wore it in the winter, layered under cardigans, jackets and scarves. Eventually it wore out and I had to throw it away as it looked SAD.
This Marc Jacobs knock-off top was my favorite purchase from my time living in London. I bought it at Topshop for 35 pounds. It was super comfortable and I wore it constantly. I still don’t know where it went, I think I lost it. I miss it.
I live in this pair of cut-off shorts in the summer. They are a pair of Gap Long & Lean jeans, which I bought when I returned home from London (with an extra 25 pounds). They eventually got too big so I cut them off.
My current favorite heels include my Ferragamo red patent round-toed heels, a pair of art-deco-ish Prada peep-toes I scored on eBay for 40 bucks, and my Cole Haan/Nike sandals that are SO FUCKING COMFORTABLE. All are at least 4″. I tend to wear shoes until they fall apart, and then I look for new ones. I don’t “collect” shoes.
I miss this dress, so much. In fact, it was not a dress, but a Max Studio skirt that I wore as a dress……constantly. I wore it both with and without pants. Eventually it got too big and I had to sell it on eBay, I think someone bought for around 4 times what I paid for it years prior. It was barely staying on in the photo shown, and I wish I could have figured out a way to make it fit.
I own 4 of these J Crew sheer cashmere shawls, I buy them whenever they are on sale. The blue one shown was my first. I still own them all and often wear two together, especially in the cooler months. There’s that dress-skirt again!
My Tano bag. I haven’t carried another bag since October of last year (with the exception of a clutch here and there). Right now it has a scarf tied to it and a button my boss gave me that reads “knees” with a bunch of bees.
One of my last purchases before my budget, I saw this J Crew jacket at my local store and had to buy it. There was one, it was marked down, and it was my size. I have probably worn it 100 times. I think it’s totally Chanel.
I LIVED in this Zara dress for the past few summers. I bought it in NYC for $30. It was so cute, it tied in the back so the front had a corset-type effect – it made my boobs look good and I didn’t have to worry about a bra. It was light and comfy. It ripped and I had to throw it away. I am still sad.
My riding boots. I don’t think I have ever gotten more compliments on an item of clothing. I got them from eBay for $25. I am the eBay MASTER.
I cannot bring myself to get rid of this black bikini. I got it in London, at Topshop. It was on sale for 10 dollars. I tend to like string bikinis, and this one has little beads attached to the strings. It’s falling apart but I will not stop wearing it, until some kind of hole exposes my ass or boob.
It saddens me to even show these. My most favorite jeans ever. Another eBay purchase, these Diesel jeans have been my mainstay for years and years. Until I recently ripped a whole in the ass while trying to shove myself into them. I won’t get rid of them, though. I plan on patching up the hole and I am already losing the weight I gained.
Update: I was just out walking the dog and started to think about why this is really interesting to me given by budget. As I have a closet filled with clothes I need to unload on eBay, I’ve found myself recycling through more old things because I can’t buy anything new. Every “favorite” I’ve shown, with the exception of the shoes and bag, have gone through periods of not being worn, and when I put them on again, they feel like new!