More style musings: what are the timeless items in your closet?

All this talk about dated clothing and wardrobe turnover and clothes not lasting more than five years has me depressed in a way. I just spent all this effort creating a fab closet and I'm scared that it's all going to turn dated in five years! Especially since I love prints and supposedly those date faster than solids. I really have to wrap my head around the idea that a wardrobe is never "done" and that I will need to keep renewing and replacing things, hopefully not at the same pace I have been but maybe at the 20% per year guideline that someone else mentioned. I also have to come to terms that my favorite pieces will not last forever and that someday I either might get tired of them or they will become dated (as I'm finding out with my 90's bias skirts!)

Which leads me to the question, what in your closet is timeless and will most likely never date?

I think as general categories, handbags, watches and jewelry tend to date much more slowly than clothes and shoes. But in terms of your clothes, here are some questions to ponder:
1) What items in your closet are more than 10 years old but you still wear regularly?
2) What are your favorite items that have survived your post-YLF purges?
3) What things do you own now that you anticipate surviving in your closet for at least another ten years?
4) Is there anything in your closet that you think will never go out of style?
5) What are the characteristics of timeless clothes?
6) Do patterns automatically date faster than solids--do you tire of your printed clothing faster?

I would say that I do have pre-YLF pieces that are over 10 years old in my closet that I still like, but most of them I am not wearing because I suspect they're dated (which leads me to think I should just go ahead and do a complete purge of them). I already posted some of my skirts recently and the consensus was they were dated. I think among clothes, coats and dresses have the most potential for remaining timeless. Shirts, pants and skirts all seem like they change what's in style rather frequently.

The couple dresses that have survived my post-YLF purges and have also passed YLF K/T's are my Banana Republic black wrap dress and my Jessica Howard jungle leaf print dress. Both are prints but the wrap style is pretty timeless (which is why DVF is so popular) and the safari look remains a perennial theme. Current items that I think will survive the test of time are my Kate Spade trench coats, Kate Spade black and white floral sheath dress, Adrianna Papell red faux wrap dress, J Crew poppy sheath dress, purple Adrianna Papell and Classiques Entier ombre stripe dress. And hopefully my signature outfit with my leather and tweed skirt (although I'm worried the pussy bow blouse will probably become dated in a few years). As for print dresses I think the turquoise Michael Kors, pink Laundry and yellow Eliza J may last longer than 10 years, but you never know with prints. The rest of my beloved printed PB blouses, printed skirts, and coat collection I hope will last a long time, but I suspect they may go out of date first before I tire of them.

So looking at what I've listed here, it seems like dresses and coats in classic silhouettes (wrap or faux wrap or sheath for dresses, trenches for coats) in solids or neutral/subdued prints have the most chance of withstanding the march of time. Which doesn't bode well for my bright-colored print-happy closet! Oh no!

Looking forward to reading your responses!

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29 Comments

  • replied 6 years ago

    Well, I finally got a white, semi-fitted long sleeved Brooks Brothers button front shirt with French cuffs. That is probably the only item in my wardrobe that will not date. Now. If I could just figure out what to wear it with, lol!

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    Hmm, I'd say my full length black wool overcoat - but I have to admit I've yet to wear it in over 3 years!!

    My black chiffon tiered skirt that is over 20 years old. (pic 1)

    And, it may be dated, but I still have it and wear it - my coffee cup print woven maxi skirt. (pic 2) About 9 years old now. It was suggested I alter or purge it when I first joined here. The print speaks to me on a personal level. Not only do I love coffee :) but it's a Jazzfest print from New Orleans, where the BF and I officially fell in love. So I think because I have personal attachment to the print, I don't care if it's 'in' or not. I will do my best to modernize how I pair it, but I will never be 'over' it. :D

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    I have an Eddie Bauer jeans jacket that is 15 or 20 years old IIRC. I didn't wear it for many years because it was tight through the arms; now it fits fine. I think my weight has shifted. It is a fairly boxy masculine cut, so not something to wear with the skirts or dresses that I rarely wear.

    Do socks count? They aren't in my closet, obviously.

    YLF has prompted me to purge almost everything in my closet. I kept a couple of jackets I rarely wear; I need to learn to take and post pics for YLF review. For almost everything else I have circled back and retried, I have come to the unmistakeable conclusion that they need to be purged. My ancient Lands End white shirt and striped oxford shirt are too boxy and a bit too short, but I won't purge them until I find replacements. BB didn't fit.

    I'm hoping dress trousers are timeless. The Editor ones I just bought from Express are cut wider than I prefer, but I would prefer to spend my money elsewhere.

    I have dozens of scarves. None are Hermes or the like. Many are pretty old. I should examine them for being dated since I haven't purged any. I know I have one in a dated print, but I like to tell myself that almost all are timeless, lol.

  • christieanne replied 6 years ago

    I think items with a personal story are keepers (even if you only wear it occasionally - that skirt is fun Mo) and some are true classics.

    Ten years old -
    Black and white tweed suit - in honesty it's a bit too snug but I am hanging on. MY DD might want to wear for a vintage office lady halloween costume in a couple of years. It's fairly classic. A black and white houndstooth overcoat. White high top Cons. Black almond toe t-strap Kenneth Cole heels. Coach bucket bag. Some real vintage items (coat, a jacket, a few cashmere sweters, handbags).

    My black Armani pencil skirt and dress pants (both via the Rack) are probably close to seven years old and could last and wear for twenty more if they hold up fabric wise. Looking good thus far and I don't wear them often.
    I have some Levis, a jean jacket and a few basic sweaters that are in the five year range.

    Nothing older than five years that is patterned (I am solidly a Solid girl though) or that was trendy back then. I am wavering on holding onto one slightly boxy cropped blazer because it is a gorgeous emerald wool and I think I can modernize it this fall. But when loose sleeved boxy jackets were hot a few years back I bought a lot of them and they all had to be purged. I don't want to do that again. Buy trends slowly!!

    I really try to worry to much about things becoming dated - it may be another good reason to add slowly and curate your closet as you go though.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    I don't have anything I personally wore 10 years ago because I was much bigger than I am now up until about 2 years ago. But my fave St. John Knit skirt and zip-front jacket were purchased at the consignment store and have a little tag in them reading "1991." It's so "out there" it was likely never "in style" so it will probably never really be "out of style."

    I'm currently wearing a couple of decades-old dresses (2 and 3), and of course my fab 70s neon pussy-bow blouse (4) has come back into style for the moment, although I certainly wouldn't call it a "classic." I have no idea how old my bought-secondhand DVF silk wrap dress is, but I WOULD call it a classic (5).

    I suspect I will be wearing my beloved silk "bee" blouse for a very long time (6).

    Oh, and another ancient piece that's temporarily back in style: My vintage crystal-pleat polka dot midi (7)!

    I think the lesson I take from this in general is "There's really almost no such thing as a classic. Purge regularly and if retro looks come back, there's always the vintage store!"

  • harmonica replied 6 years ago

    interesting post!

    1) i've been purging my closet for about 3 years now, so much has left because it was outdated, worn out or didn't fit (you know, post kids body change ;-)). i regret only 1-2 items (a suede leather jacket from the 1970's from my mother + a pair of adidas converse-like shoes)

    2) i've been building a wardrobe from scratch (sort of) for about two years and have been searching for classical investment items and basics - thinking mostly in neutral and timeless colour + shape. shopping in NYC last month was aiming at classics and for the first time in 7++ years(!) some trendier items (i.e. yellow cami as colour splash)

    the classics are such as
    -trench
    -pencil
    -dark jeans
    - LBD
    - blazer
    - pumps
    - white blouse/shirt
    - leather jacket

    Survived items, about 15 years old:
    - pencil (replaced by a new one, but is the same garment)
    - black top + skirt (very expensive at the time, but needed minor adjustments and are great now) #1 shows the top
    - a brown suede bag, H&M (about 17 years)

    Survived about 7-10 years old
    - a cotton wrap top (about 7 years, not fab, but ok)
    - green jacket
    - a denim jacket (about 8 years)
    - blue blazer

    I'm very fond of vintage, so some of my newer items are of course older
    - blue blouse with gold stripes
    - black jacket
    - yellow coat
    - caramel leather handbag + clutch
    - teal cashmere sweater
    - yellow coat

    well - uploaded a bunch of pics but lost them, don't know why. gotta run, so no pics

  • RandomThoughts (Andrea) replied 6 years ago

    Hmm...

    Pieces I own that I think have longterm survivability:

    Doc 20 holes (they are new, but I had a pair just like them 25 years ago)
    Frye Campus boots
    Leather motojacket - see Docs explanation
    Army duffle coat. Never in, never out
    Lucky hobo bag - it's just a plain brown bag. Very basic
    Handmade, Irish Fisherman's sweater. Were these ever cool?

    Most of my things are 7 years old or newer, with a few notable exceptions. We moved several times so I've done a lot of purging. Some I wish I hadn't! I'm having a hard time letting go of some of my tops from our time in Idaho because I love them, however it is just not warm enough here. I'm also going to be assessing my sandal situation for the same reason.

    I may have a couple of pairs of shoes that are over 10, and maybe some "scrub" jeans I use for yard work. Also a few tshirts that have sentimental value (band shirts). And that fisherman sweater. I got that as a teen!

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    (1) More than 10 years old and going strong:
    - 1 pair of Benetton jeans, bootcut
    - Mother's black wool overcoat (older than I am, so 40-ish; am calling it vintage)
    - Mother's brown pigskin gloves, a little worn now but still sweet with the little woven pattern and bow (just a little younger than I am!)
    - Black silk saree, plain narrow red border bought when I was 12
    - Pale yellow silk muslin saree with blue, purple and pink motifs
    - Black georgette saree with multicoloured ribbon pattern woven in; should be 'trendy' but somehow stills works in an OTT way
    - Celtic print saree in cream and moss green, with accents of red, blue, emerald and yellow; again, should've dated by all accounts, but the print seems to stay good in my book (but then I have a huge weakness for the Book of Kells!)
    - A few printed Indian tunics (traditional hence timeless prints, even if the colourways aren't of the moment), in relatively conservative cuts --- never very 'trendy', so not as easy to call 'dated'
    - Half a dozen oversized Indian scarfs, traditional prints/weaves/other techniques that are also timeless
    - Denim jacket (can no longer do it up as have, erm, outgrown it physically)
    - Brown merino wool long-sleeved layering tee that used to, um, belong to my father in the 60s I think!!!
    - Black zippered oxford-ish shoes; got no love on the forum but I kept them for sturdiness and practicality
    - Oatmeal melange V-neck ribbed T-shirt, still handy for layering under a jacket
    - Black crochet poncho and red crochet wrap
    - Several tribal-weave cotton shawls with woollen embroidery
    - A few silk brocade eveningwear wraps
    - crystal-pleated black midi skirt with floral border print (yes, looks dated, but I like the vintage-ish feel and it is an old sentimental favourite)
    - Black and red bead-tasselled tribal-style (boho to you?) long, full midi skirt
    - Purple casual jacket
    - Navy satin pajamas
    There are other garments that should have survived, but for the fact that I put on too much weight: the pink straight-leg jeans, the navy dress pants, the red wrap skirt, the powder blue button-down.

    (2) Hard to answer this one, I'm too fresh to YLF, so reserving judgement at the moment.

    (3) Several of the above, unless I damage them in the interim or can no longer fit into them, as well as:
    - Black&grey tweed pencil skirt
    - Chartreuse empire-line single-breasted beltless trench
    - Black cotton button-down shirtdress
    - half a dozen oversized Indian scarfs (traditional weaves, silk embroidery, tie-dye, block prints, muslin applique) which should not date, being traditional and hence timeless by definition almost
    - Navy anorak
    - possibly unfortunately, my Crocs ballet flats!
    - teal gold paisley-print gathered Indian maxi skirt
    - brown 'distressed' leather jacket
    - cream poncho sweater
    - tan dress pants (currently 8, will be 10 by the time they retire, starting to pill a bit so it's not about datedness)
    - tweed gilet
    - black swimsuit with white embroidery along neckline
    Again, this list would be longer to include a couple more jackets, several woven tops and a few more tunics if I could be sure my body wouldn't change too much for them to still fit in 10 years! And also, if my clothes did not have to contend with tropical heat and humidity, which do wear out natural fibres pretty badly

    (4&5) The easy answer is anything unstructured: sarees, scarves etc. But I suspect this is also true of relatively simple timeless shapes --- tunics with straight sleeves and moderate wearing ease, notched or round necklines; basic buttondowns without a very on-trend collar or other detailing; straight-leg jeans in dark or raw denim; solid-coloured leggings. Also, things that are relatively simple cuts with a little vintage appeal --- like that black overcoat's rounded Peter Pan-ish collar and the empire-line trench despite its trendy colour. Maybe a few garments specifically inspired by another era --- prairie-style dresses or 70s smocks or 40s frocks... very consciously invoking an era means you are acknowledging the 'datedness' and using it!

    (6) Not really, but largely because most of my patterns are traditional ones that have been in use for centuries. What's another decade or two? The trick is to make sure the garment shape doesn't date before the pattern does. A classic plaid kilt will be fine 10 years hence. A plaid kilt fabric made into a drop-waisted dress, not so much!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 6 years ago

    I don't think I have anything over 10 years old and doubt anything I have now will be with me in 10 years. As I read through the responses I was thinking that trench coats last forever but then remembered one I donated a few years ago because it was longer than the current length. I also thought a black wool JNY coat would last forever and i have had it for close to 10 years but it hasn't been worn in two or three.

    Sheath dresses maybe but the colors, shapes, length and possibly prints would/could date. Suits could last that long if they are a simple design.

    I am trying to buy only items I love and will want to pull out and wear. If I restrict myself to only those items that have great longevity, I would have foregone some of the favorite items I've bought.

    Those favorites today may not be favourites next year. Why sweat it. Enjoy them while you love them and then let them go when new loves come into your life.

  • Zapotee replied 6 years ago

    In all likelihood the only things likely to survive are a couple coats and some bags. I am not putting my KS trench in the survivor category because I think the black piping is trendy. Keeping fingers crossed that it will transcend well. We'll see.

  • Traci replied 6 years ago

    My eye goes to your sheath dresses (5, 8, 12) as the most timeless. I'm not sure if I think the prints you have here will date or if they will just have periods of being more and less fashionable.

    I tend to think that dresses, in general, date less quickly than pants. Slacks and jeans have so many more variables that they can date quicker because of rise, or width.

    Part of the fun in fashion for me is the evolution. I can't imagine having fun with fashion with a wardrobe that is all decades old.

    Sometimes I try to judge whether an item is timeless by thinking about whether I would have bought it 3 years ago. Satchels and structured handbags seem so classic right now, but just a few years ago they were almost non-existent. Will they be staying around? or will they look dated in a couple of years?

    Personal style also comes in here. Breton striped shirts are so trendy right now, but I've always loved them. I'm buying stripes and polka dots up right now because those are the prints I love and I will still wear them when the trends have passed. Maybe the timeless pieces have to evoke another place or time? I think I'll also always have a black turtleneck sweater in my closet.

    Finally, I think we're in a bit of unchartered territory. There are so many different fashion types and trends and styles that it's much harder to peg something as being of the moment unless you're on the very forefront of fashion. The good news is that this conversation was sparked by a discussion of skirts that are +-15 years old!

    Oh, one last thing. I keep thinking of Anna Wintour when I think of someone who has a very strong personal style, but never seems quite of the time either. I just did a quick google images search and her style is very similar to yours! Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to age at all, so I can't be absolutely sure of which pictures are older and newer, but when I look at her clothes I get a very timeless sense and she has tons of prints in there.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I used to believe in a "timeless" wardrobe and had the idea that someday my wardrobe would be "done."

    I'm coming round to the view that it will always be in flux. Some pieces will stay in my closet longer, true (I think my jackets, and perhaps especially my vintage jackets, fall into that category). But I no longer really care if I have anything for 10 years. I think 5 years is a reasonable amount of time for a good-quality piece; one season or two for a cheap version. Since my wardrobe is small and I wear things often, I'd probably be sick of it by then anyway.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    I have nothing in my closet that I've had for 10 years - other than some jewelry. I've purchased vintage pieces that are 10+ years old on their own, but I haven't had them that long. I also don't buy items expecting to wear them in 10 years except for maybe my purple leather jacket hubby bought me for my birthday and my new KS cobalt pumps. I like to change up my wardrobe plus I anticipate my style to change from time to time so I don't really worry about longevity. That's not to say I don't WANT my clothes to last - I do. I want quality in items so that they don't wear out quickly. As well, my size/weight has changed many, many times over the last 10 years so what fits now may not fit in 5 years.

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    I'm with Suz. When I lost weight last year I pulled some old things out of storage that turned out to fit me again, but they didn't feel like me anymore. They were "classics" but didn't suit my personality or lifestyle of today. So I really don't have much in my closet that's that old, and I don't expect my wardrobe ten years from now to look like my wardrobe today. After all, today's looks drastically different from what I had ten years ago.

  • modgrl replied 6 years ago

    I feel like all of my clothes, shoes and bags are trendy right now. Maybe some dresses will survive the 10 year mark, but I wear them so much they will probably wear out before I they get to 10 years. I will be wearing b/w graphic prints forever but they probably change with time.

  • mrseccentric replied 6 years ago

    interesting thread! thos i'm still boggling that anyone would have the idea that a wardrobe could ever be 'done'. clothes wear out, after all - they are consumeables just like food, only on a larger scale. You'd never say that the fridge is 'done'!

    But i see that idea out there fairly often, so i can't blame a person for getting that idea stuck in their head :) Tho it does remind me of my mom. Once she hit about 55, every time she bought something she'd say 'this is the last can opener i'll ever buy.......' Drove me nuts!

    MaryK said: "...it was likely never "in style" so it will probably never really be "out of style." " i find this to be the case. Two items i have that are around 12 years old and i still wear are both from Issey Miyake for Vogue Patterns. Both jacket and blouse really reflect my personal style and neither were slavishly following trends. I find items that meet these two criteria tend to last.

    I also find that how you wear a piece makes a huge difference. It's possible to wear a 'dated' piece in a personally stylish way. It helps if the piece fits you, flatters you, and speaks to your individual style. But i say just do what you want and what you enjoy. Someone who always looks super up to date and on top of every trend can be kind of scary, too! steph

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    10 yrs ago! I was in high school!

    I have a piece of "movie jewelry" I wear regularly: a high quality reproduction of Hermionie's Time Turner!

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    I'm nodding my head in agreement with the previous view that clothing should be treated as a consumable. Before joining YLF, I had the bad habit of buying something that I loved, then "saving" it for the right occasion. Now I think that five years is probably about right for most things with exceptions made for unique pieces that really reflect one's style and history.

    Currently the oldest item in my wardrobe is a black beaded evening bag that was a Christmas present from my father back in the late seventies. He had excellent taste and the bag is still my favorite item to dress up a simple black ensemble.

    On the other hand, I think a smaller wardrobe where everything is constantly being worn and updated using the one in, one out rule is my goal. The fridge analogy is a good one. Stock with stuff that is good for you, use it up creatively, and restock as required.

  • cheryl replied 6 years ago

    Aside from some printed/graphic tees I don't think that I have too many items over 10 years old. I buy cheaper, trendier things so they aren't classic pieces and they wear out or I tire of them eventually.

    I am a firm believer that a wardrobe should constantly be refreshed/updated. I could never and would never want to think of my wardrobe as finished. Since fashion and clothing are fun for me and almost like a hobby I love the idea of adding a piece or two a month to keep things current in both style and color while carefully editing out the things that are worn and that lose the love.

    GP, I think you are borrowing trouble, lol. You have some lovely prints, but many are in classic styles that you will be able to wear for years so it shouldn't be a problem for you. You also seem to love fashion anf its become a hobby and creative outlet for you so you are going to want to keep adding pieces. If you are worried about how long something will last maybe you should start considering cost per wear instead and make sure you get your moneys worth whether something lasts 1 year or 10 years.

  • Emily replied 6 years ago

    Yeah... 10 years ago I was 15, and ShowingMidrif/HowLowCanYouGo rises for pants were the order of the day... So most of the clothes I wore then are long gone. I do still have some PJ shorts I made in grade 8 home ec, a few formal dresses I've been hanging on to, and recently discovered that my mom still has my size 16 boys Mountain Equipment Co-op raincoat kicking around... still fits! Haha.

    I have a few things in my closet around 5 years old that have stood the test of time, and that I hope to hold on to for years to come, for example: a pair of trousers I bought for my first real office job that have held up well, a blue button down shirt from American Eagle, and a wool winter coat. They are all neutral in classic cuts.

  • mrseccentric replied 6 years ago

    oh for goodness sake .... i can't believe i forgot my 1940's original wool crepe jacket. It's going on 70 years old!

    again, it is flattering and really suits my style, i've worn it happily (& i hope stylishly) since i first received it as a gift 25 years ago.

    Natalie, i agree with Cheryl that you're borrowing trouble. honestly, how happy do you think you'd be wearing the same stuff for the next decade anyways? i can't think of anything i've seen you in that's not flattering and very very 'Natalie', so i have faith that you'll be able to pair your current items with a few newer things over the years and ride on into the sunset! steph

  • ironkurtin replied 6 years ago

    My timeless items:

    - Everything vintage by Helmut Lang. I just do not believe these peacoats, blazers, and denim jackets are dated. Maybe I'll change my mind but it's been 10 years already for some of them.

    - My cowboy boots. I may not wear them for a few years, I suppose, but you know I'll always go back.

    - So many of my dresses. They are simple classic shapes in solids, or interestingly deconstructed cuts that never *were* trendy, so they never went out.

    But take me with a grain of salt, because I saw nothing dated in the skirts you wore previously.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Natalie, I think you will get more mileage out of your closet than you think, due to your strong ladylike/vintage influences.

    Ten years ago, I was graduating high school and still very much experimenting with my style. However, I'm sure I own old items, given that I buy plenty of used stuff. I can only hope that my Frye and Timberland boots will last that long, as well as my Karen Millen wool coat. I do have a few pair of jeans that are about 6-7 years old.

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    Unlike many of you, I have a lot of patterned items that have been in my closet a while and will probably stay there for years to come! (I am team pattern though, and i like what I like when it comes to patterns, whether or not it is dated). My Nanette Lepore skirt that everyone loves is getting close to 10 years old, for example, and I have some very old printed skirts and blouses.

    Other things that have staying power in my closet are watches/jewelry, handbags, jackets/coats (particularly the leather ones), and scarves. I could see myself wearing the same styles of jeans and shoes as well, although I doubt that the actual physical items I have now will make it that long, since I am hard on those items and they will likely fall apart by then.

    I am not a big closet turner-over though. I would say I probably keep most things that I actually like and wear for at least 5 years unless they fall apart.

  • Aziraphale replied 6 years ago

    GP (Natalie?), put your mind at ease. I haven't got time to read through all the responses above right now (I'll come back later), so I might be repeating what others have said, but it's not like you're going to wake up one morning five years from now and everything in your closet it hopelessly out of style. Closet renewal is a gradual process.

    I'm thinking it will be easier to explain by example. Take jeans and tee shirts. In the 90s, all of my tee shirts were quite short and fitted, because the baggy, higher-waisted jeans of the decade (think Rachel and Monica on Friends!) looked good with shorter tops. Gradually, there was a shift toward very low-rise flared jeans. I remember buying my first pair of low-rise jeans. I loved them, but quickly discovered that I could use a few tops with longer hems so I wasn't flashing my belly. This worked out well because suddenly there were longer tops available everywhere. But it wasn't like I bought that one pair of jeans and stopped wearing every other pair of jeans in my closet. As the 2000s progressed, though, my 90s pants got worn less and less frequently, and every new pair of jeans I bought had a lower rise. Also, every new tee shirt I bought had a longer hem. Sure, there were some leftovers -- I discovered in a closet purge years later that I still had a few 90s baby tees that hadn't been worn in a decade! But most of my short tees had in fact got worn out and been tossed well before that, because tee shirts don't have the longest shelf life anyway.

    Tees and jeans are generally not too expensive. We expect the more spendy items, like good coats and footwear, to last longer, and the classic styles of these do tend to stand the test of time. I've got a suit coat that's a decade old and still looks great, although I wear it differently now than I did back when I bought it. And that's the other thing: older items can look great when paired with newer ones. Head-to-toe 80s, 90s wear would sure look dated if you wore it exactly as it was worn in the 80s or 90s, but as Angie has pointed out before, each time a style is revived, there are some tweaks to make it current. So high-quality, expensive, classically cut pieces can certainly be worn for more than five years.

  • modgrl replied 6 years ago

    I just realized that in 10 years I'll be almost 50 and both of my kids will be in HS. I'm sure that my needs and my style will change over that time. I don't expect to be wearing any of the same clothes I have now in 10 years.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    My marc jacobs pieces are, I've just realized, nearing 10 years if not already there. They're still going strong.

  • HelenInCanada replied 6 years ago

    I have quite a few pieces that are years old that are still in great condition, which I love to wear (if they fit!). Ralph Lauren navy hip-length thick-knit cardi, white gauzy linen-cotton midi, GAP bootcut jeans (ok, at the moment too snug, but I'd SO wear them right now if I could), Hush Puppy black suede wedges, black wool coat, Club Monaco cotton knit tops, Pegabo & Naturalizer leather sandals...mainly well-made, classic-styling stuff. It always feel good to know I made SOME smart timeless purchases, though it's fun to add to them every season with cheap+cheerful trends if they appeal to me.

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    I hope the stuff in my closet lasts a good five years more! DD will be heading off to college this fall, so all our $ will be going to tuition, R&B, and plane fare back and forth. By the time she graduates, we will be well into our 60s and will be in desperate need of shoring up our retirement savings.

    I think my dad's frugal ways were ingrained in me so I have a hard time getting rid of anything, including clothing, unless it is truly worn out. I also tend to *save* (not wear) my nicer stuff. I think this means I need to have a minuscule wardrobe and must remind myself that I deserve to wear the nice stuff even for everyday occasions so that it actually gets worn/wrecked.

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