Save it for a rainy day

And what happens when there’s no rain? Well, it’s still saved, and it’s not doing anything:

Enjoy it while it lasts. I don’t have any vintage clothing (unless you count those few things from the ’80s that I keep hanging on to) but I have a bad habit of “saving” favorite garments — not wearing them “too often” so they won’t wear out. But of course that’s silly. Whether I wear them until they wear out or they hang in the closet, or sit in a drawer, I have the same amount of time to enjoy them. The time they spend in the closet or in a drawer is time they are not being enjoyed.

Marge Simpson in ChanelThe antithesis of this, of course, is wearing the same thing so often that everyone gets totally sick of it and never ever wants to see it again. Ask Marge Simpson, who spent the better part of an episode in the same Chanel.

I have elsewhere described my wardrobe (for values of “wardrobe” equal to 1) as “cheap imitation Dockers and a pocket T.” There’s really no reason to save that stuff for special occasions. Not that I anticipate any special occasions anytime soon.


  1. Deborah »

    5 October 2011 · 10:48 am

    I have always tried to keep four particular “outfits” in my closet: a dress for weddings in the summer, and a dress for funerals in the summer—and a winter “wedding” dress plus a winter “funeral” dress. I expect that my family will bury me in one of them when the time comes :)

    A la Marge, my goal is a Chanel suit. I once started sewing one, and was going fine until I got to the pockets. I didn’t want any top stitching to show on the pockets (it was the most complicated pattern I’d ever tried) and I took so long figuring out how to do the pockets, I outgrew the unfinished suit. That was an expensive mistake because silk bouclĂ© costs the earth. (I never told my husband.)

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    6 October 2011 · 9:59 pm

    All this presupposes you actually enjoy wearing clothes. Necessary and useful, yes, but enjoyable? They’re just clothes. I don’t get it.

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