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Does everyone have those clothes they simply cannot seem to give away? Some items you cling to even though they are two sizes away, or totally impractical, or you will just never ever wear again?
Once upon a time, I had a gift card or a really good coupon to Ann Taylor LOFT. (I really love their clothes, but I’ve always been a little hippy for them.) I loved this dress. Oh, how I loved it. It’s a size 12. The last time I wore I size 12, I was 13. Seriously. But as I remember, they didn’t have it in a 14 so I bought it anyway.
At the time, with a very good “tummy” (our family code word for girdle) and a scarf to cover up the cleavage, it was cute.
Thirty pounds and a child later, it feels highly unlikely that it will ever fit again. But I can’t seem to give up hope. It was a $75 dress and I just can NOT give it away!
Oh, sweet jean jacket. For years, I wanted to be one of the cool kids and wear a jean jacket. Because in 1993 I was not anywhere near cool and had not even purchased my first pair of jeans, nevertheless an awesome, acid-washed, boxy denim jacket.
I wore this jacket all the time in the year or two before I got pregnant. And then, ahem, the bosoms grew. And I nursed for 11 months. And I never really lost all my baby weight (yet). My body is simply shaped differently, and the jacket is not what it used to be.
But I can’t seem to put it in the Goodwill pile.
I will gladly proclaim that this dress is NEVER going to Goodwill. I will carry it around with me from house to house until the day I die. It was custom-made for me in China, where I studied abroad for 6 weeks in the summer of 2002.
Seriously, it took about 10 trips to the seamstress in a different part of Beijing to finally secure this dress in an appropriate size. Because I am not an itty bitty Chinese woman, it’s really not that attractive on me. But it is luxurious, lined in silk, and makes me remember those crazy taxi rides with my friend Danny. It makes me think of being in a boat on the lake of the Summer Palace in Beijing, still one of my favorite places in the entire world.
Do you have clothes like this that you can’t/won’t give away?