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Old 03-21-2009, 05:23 PM   #21
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I have several sweaters that were my father's that I wear to work from time to time - I'm guessing he was given them as gifts in the 70's (definitely not something he would have purchased or worn which explains their longevity). I also have a corduroy shirt that belonged to my great-uncle and must be at least 40 years old that I wear to casual events every now and then.
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:12 PM   #22
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A Scots kilt, purchased about 1995. Still looks good as formal wear. I had one much older, but had to sell it, years ago. The kilts I wear around the house are more modern, of synthetic material (a lot easier to wash, though).

A dagger, to go with the kilt (at least, until I became a peacful Quaker), which is at least 90 years old.
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All of my suits, blazers, and jackets are 15 to 20 year old as I have stopped buying for that long. Yes, I still fit in these clothes since I have not gained much weight since the age of 35.

I have a turtleneck sweater my mother knitted for me when I was 18. Yes, it still fits me, but it's a sweater that can stretch.
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I have a few neckties that are older but, I have a winter coat that I bought when I lived in NJ many years ago. I believe that I have worn it once or twice since I moved to Texas over 20 years ago. I wonder if it still fits? Maybe I'll try it on next winter.
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:10 PM   #25
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A down full length coat from 1981. A Black jacket from A Waylon Jennings concert that says Waylon on the back. Given to me by the concert promoter 14 years ago and I don't know how long he had it.
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This thread inspired me to pull the red merino wool polo cardigan, circa 1985, from the back of the closet today. Could it be that the cat hairs are from the long-departed red tabby. Nah, they're probably Fluffy's white fur.
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A Scots kilt, purchased about 1995. Still looks good as formal wear. I had one much older, but had to sell it, years ago. The kilts I wear around the house are more modern, of synthetic material (a lot easier to wash, though).
A kilt wearer riding a scooter? Hmm. Probably not as exciting as a female skirt-wearer/scooter-rider.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:59 PM   #28
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A kilt wearer riding a scooter? Hmm. Probably not as exciting as a female skirt-wearer/scooter-rider.

Not likely! Kilt wearers are real he-men. He probably wears his kilt 'regimental'. His scooter is probably a hog with a turbo-charged V-8. Don't mess with us kilt wearers, most of us also carry dirks!

FWIW, my kilt is >50 years old and somewhat too small for a guy who isn't 60.

As an aside:

Do Scots wear anything under their kilts.

Of course, otherwise we'd need longer kilts.
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Do Scots wear anything under their kilts.
That's what I meant as exciting (or not depending on your view), when the wind blows it up while riding.
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Wish I could find the picture I was shown, around 20 years ago, of a kilt-clad Scotsman on duty at Edinburgh Castle with his kilt blown up a la Marilyn Monroe in the "7 Year Itch." There was, indeed, nothing of a garment nature beneath
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Hmmm - up until Katrina took it and most other clothes - I had a wearable 1944 Navy Pea Coat from my Father. There were a few days cold enough to wear it - even in New Orleans.

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Wish I could find the picture I was shown, around 20 years ago, of a kilt-clad Scotsman on duty at Edinburgh Castle with his kilt blown up a la Marilyn Monroe in the "7 Year Itch." There was, indeed, nothing of a garment nature beneath
It's called dressing 'regimental'. Scroll down a bit here.
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What is the oldest clothing you still wear to public places? (I'm not talking about the 40-year-old T-shirt that belonged to your dad and you wear it when you're painting the bathroom).
I occasionally wear a leather (rough cowhide) jacket I bought in Albuquerque, NM in 1969 when I was a member of the USAF.
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My long boots from 1978. The style is back and they still look very nice IMO. I don't think I could fit into any of my clothes from that time though, even if I had them.

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You all put me to shame! I don't think I have anything over 6 or 7 years old that I would wear in public. Generally my clothing seems to get shabby and worn out in about that many years.
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Same here. I doubt I have anything older that 6-7 years. As a techster at Megacorp all I had to wear were khakis and polo shirts. Since I'm a cheapskate frugal I bought most of them at Walmart, which guarantees a limited lifespan. Add in a 30 lb weight gain in my last 7 years of work, followed by an equal loss since FIRE, and there just isn't much. I have a few old pairs of shoes, but never wear them. My 1988 leather jacket finally gave up the ghost last year. I've got a couple old Grateful Dead T-shirts from before Jerry died, but they are pretty fragile, and I don't wear them either. Haven't carbon dated any of my underwear recently, can't really say.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:34 PM   #37
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Winter jacket - 1981 - given to me by Megacorp when I was working in Argentina - policy was that locals got them and they gave them to expats also

Jacket - 1991 - given by Megacorp upon demise of a group that I worked in - it has my name on it - and Megacorp logo and group name on it.

Windbreaker - 1983 - purchased by me with Megcorp's logo on it.

Confession: The only reasons that these are still wearable is that: 1. they were too small when they were given to me by Megacorp 2. I am a packrat that saves almost eveyrthing. 3. I finally lost enough weight 3 years ago to be able to wear them.


DW meticulously takes care of her clothes and she hasn't gained weight. She weighs 95 lbs which is 10 pounds less than our wedding day.

She has several tops from the late 1960's that she still wears. She also has a full length sheepskin coat that we bought on a New Zealand vacation in 1982. She has dresses that she made in the early 80's that she still wears.
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Our house burned in 1991, so the only things we have that are older than that are the clothes we were wearing on that day. Here's a photo taken on that day. I still have the same hat (which I found on the road on that day), and I still have the Birkenstock sandals. Still have: Pants, maybe, shirt, no, dark glasses, yes, kid, yes.

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Same here. I doubt I have anything older that 6-7 years. As a techster at Megacorp all I had to wear were khakis and polo shirts.
While at home, I like to roll around in shorts and T-shirts. When going to w*rk, I wear polo shirts which I buy at Costco or Target. But don't most men have a few suits or blazers for more formal occasions? Mine last nearly forever, probably till the end of my life, because I do not wear them much anymore.

In the 80s, engineers used to wear a long-sleeved blue or white shirt with a tie to go to in-plant meetings. For out-of-town meetings, we added a dark blue blazer.

Gradually, we became much more casual. I have not seen any techie wearing a tie in years. In fact, you would look very out-of-place if you do. We now wear polo shirts for in-plant meetings with visitors. If it was an important meeting, we would put on a nicely laundered and ironed shirt. That's it.

So, tell me why the age of your suits and jackets isn't 20+year? Is it because you can't fit in them anymore?
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:46 PM   #40
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Has anyone heard of the 80/20 rule for clothes? I've read that most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. I might be even closer to 90/10.

I still have some clothes from high school that I wear all the time (I'm 28 now). Some UNC shorts, Nike button down warm up pants, and a Nike hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirt is my "go to". I've definitely got my $$ worth.
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