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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 19th Dec 07, 1:53 PM
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    What is your oldest item of clothing?
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    • 19th Dec 07, 1:53 PM
    What is your oldest item of clothing? 19th Dec 07 at 1:53 PM
    Mine is an anorak I wore on my honeymoon 40 years ago !
    It's disgustingly tatty now and not suitable for public viewing so I use it for dirty gardening chores but as it's of sentimental value, I can't bear to throw it away.

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    • skylight
    • By skylight 19th Dec 07, 1:58 PM
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    Mine is a suede jacket Nan gave me that she bought before Dad was born! (so about 55 years old!) I love it, but rarely wear it unless I can guarantee it won't rain (and then I take a carrier bag to put it in just incase it does!)

    I have had it re-lined a few years ago, but the 2 "professional" cleaners I have taken it to refuse to touch it because of the sentimental value and they cannot guarantee it will come back in one piece! It needs a good clean and was recommended by here to use steam and a good brush.
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:00 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:00 PM
    Mines probably my scarves. I've got one that belonged to my great aunt (thats about 60 years old!) and a couple that were my mums in the 1960s. I love them. Wear them as belts or in my hair all the time
    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 19th Dec 07, 2:06 PM
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    Mine's an Adidas sweater that my Mum bought for Xmas or a Birthday when I was 15.

    She didn't really want to buy it because it was 40 - a hell of a lot even now for a sweater - but its lasted me til this day (I'm nearly 31), though its huge on me now as I was into 'big and baggy' back then and I've lost weight since too! I'm sure it'll last me another 10 years at least!
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:17 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:17 PM
    Mine would be a pair of 14 hole DR Martens that I bought when I was 16 so they will be 21 years old!! OMG!! never thought about that before.
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:21 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:21 PM
    Just as an aside, but it made me laugh at the time and several times since...

    I was watching Blind Date many moons ago with Cilla and she was interviewing a particularly baby-faced chap and she asked him how old he was, he answered and she, quick as a flash, said "good grief, I've got tights older than you..."

    Just thought it was a good line.
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:28 PM
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    • 19th Dec 07, 2:28 PM
    A black suede jacket with tassles that I wore in 1984 as a Goth. Still in pristine condition.
    • stefejb
    • By stefejb 19th Dec 07, 3:37 PM
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    Mine is my long leather coat - it is over 40 years old and used to belong to my Mum. Exoh used to call it my SS coat but I love it
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    • 19th Dec 07, 3:43 PM
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    I have a jumper that was bought for me 21yrs ago & it still fits.
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    I have 2 pairs of knickers that I bought just after my youngest son was born & he's 21 & they get worn regularly. I also have a blouse & a pair of shoes that I bought when I was 40 & I'm now 56.

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    I have two!

    One is a pair of Dr Martin police shoes that I bought when I was 17 (am now 33)and the other is a baggy Oshkosh sweatshirt we bought from the states about 10years ago...and I live in it with PJ bottoms

    OH has a pair of PJ bottoms from Next bought about 13 years ago. They have a hole in them and have been stitched loads of times...think he needs some new ones ...he loves them.

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    • dianasnan
    • By dianasnan 19th Dec 07, 6:51 PM
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    a deep purple jumper bought in QS 20 years ago and its still in excellent condition.I am often told what a lovely colour it is. My husband has a jumper bought in a woolies sale 25 years ago which washes and tumble dries perfectly, just starting to show a bit of wear around the neck but the body is perfect.
    • DdraigGoch
    • By DdraigGoch 19th Dec 07, 7:47 PM
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    A pair of Christian Dior shoes - cost me £50 in the sale in 1977. That's [aaaaaaaaaargh] 30 years ago! So, they still fit me, have been heeled and soled twice, strap replaced once. Only problem? I don't think I can walk in them now - 4" stiletto heels
    • Horace
    • By Horace 19th Dec 07, 7:58 PM
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    I have one item of jewellery so it doesn't really count as clothing - a silver bangle that was given to my grandma when she was at school for good attendance - she was 9 when she got the bangle.

    Oldest item of clothing is a wool skirt from M&S bought 25 years' ago and I still wear it.
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  • buxtonrabbitgreen
    I was watching old famiily videos the other day, and in practically everyone I was wearing the same cardigan. 16 years old and the neckband is unravvelled now. I only wear it for reading in bed . But the kids were saying that I should get rid of it. nooooo
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    PJ bottoms from when I was 14...
    • anonymousie
    • By anonymousie 19th Dec 07, 8:42 PM
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    Probably my grandmas vyella nightie- don't wear it now I have an electric blanket though -it was a godsend on cold nights, if a bit itchy being wool! Grandma died in 1985 and she had it many years before that.

    Thinkig on though it may not be the oldest- I had a maternity skirt from my mum (I was born in 1966) and a couple of suits 50's style that may well be genuinely of that vintage (too small for me now ).
    • jackieb
    • By jackieb 19th Dec 07, 8:45 PM
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    My dad wore my brother's old platform shoes to do the gardening and power hosing in up until just a few years ago. He's in his mid-70s. He'd probably fall off of them now.
    • anonymousie
    • By anonymousie 19th Dec 07, 8:45 PM
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    I have one item of jewellery so it doesn't really count as clothing - a silver bangle that was given to my grandma when she was at school for good attendance - she was 9 when she got the bangle.

    Oldest item of clothing is a wool skirt from M&S bought 25 years' ago and I still wear it.
    Originally posted by Horace
    That is one of the benefits of O/S money saving- stuff you own hs history and meaning (though it also makes you a hoarder- I should really get rid of grandmas nightie but I cant..). If all your home is out of a box from Ikea or even John Lewis or Selfridges (lke my BIL+SIL who I love dearly but I can't understand how that makes a "home") then you don't have that lovely feeling.
    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 19th Dec 07, 8:57 PM
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    I think my very oldest item that still hangs in the wardrobe is a dress I made about 34 years ago, but I have to admit I've kept it for sentimental reasons and haven't worn it for a while. However, the coat I always wear when walking the dogs is now 23 years old and should keep going for very many years yet!
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