Let me introduce some little guys to you. They belong to my favourite hoody, the jumper I have worn every winter for 7 years:
I bought this hoody when Tim and I first started going out, from a tiny little charity shop when I was visiting his neighbourhood one time. It used to be a size 22 but I took it home and sewed parallel to the existing seams, just several inches in, and got myself a new hoody that I wore EVERY DAY and am still wearing today (actually am sitting here wearing it.) I can remember perfectly sitting at the table with the sewing machine humming, feeling so excited about my new purchase. I loved it loads back then because long jumpers were very much in but hadn’t made it to the shelves of second hand stores yet so adapting a giant jumper into a long and slim fitting one bought me right up to speed with the fashion of 2005.
It is a sure sign of old age when a hoody becomes an item of clothing you use for practicalities sake, rather than a fashion accessory. Somehow in the last year this has been the fate of my favourite hooded jumper. I still wear it a few times a week but more for warmth or if I want a hug from a Tory rather than because I feel awesome in it. These days I prefer knitted cardis and thick wooly numbers. That is ‘cos I’m turning 30 this year eh?
Here I am a couple of months ago in the freezing but inspiring camp of Occupy LSX.
Mel thew down a thrifty gauntlet today asking us reveal our oldest bit of clothing. I have a few items of clothing older than this, another hoody that is ten years old and a zip up cardi that is 8 years old, but most of my clothes were sent to the NZ charity shops when we left there 5 years ago. This hoody was one of the fortunate items that came with us throughout a little backpacking adventure throught the Americas. The zip has broken a few times but I keep resewing random bits of metal on the bottom to keep it going.It has gone the distance because sweater material is durable, it is a pretty classic colour and shape and zips can be fixed/ resewn. Happily I think it still has a few more years in it. Legendary.
(Also, check out my hair, 3.5 weeks unwashed! Why would I do this??!!)
Got any oldtimers lounging in your wardrobe you want to tell me about it? I am sure you can beat seven measley years!