these are the sweatpants of our lives

In preparation for the big move, the BF and I decided (really he strongly insisted) to start emptying out my closet. I just got back from a weekend in Houston with a great group of mom bloggers and friends (see Katelin and Jessica), so it proved to be a great time to clean up and toss out old clothes.

If you are like me, you keep clothes.

You keep shirts that once were in style.

You keep jeans that used to fit you and still plan on wearing them once you lose that extra weight.

You keep clothes that you only wore once because you feel bad that you wasted money.

In the beginning, I didn't think I'd have much to giveaway because I try to purge items here and there.

See closet here.

See the end result

After seven years, I finally had to part with my first ever Juicy Couture sweatpants. I bought these on a spring break in college with all my friends. Juicy had been just released and, of course, I needed to have them. Nothing says quality like a $125 terry cloth sweatpants, right?!

Love them, holes and all.

These pants have seen more places than that stupid pair of traveling pants, which was made into two movies. They've been to Acapulco, the Outerbanks two times, a few floors I'd rather forget, seven apartments, brunches at Bob Evan's, late-night McDonald's runs, girlfriend sleepovers, friends (ex)and boyfriend late night talks, holidays at my parent's house and even shopping trips with my mom where she said, "Does your ass really need to say 'juicy' on it?"

So, I said good-bye to these pants today and relived all my fond memories when I proudly wore them. I put them on for the last time and strutted around the living room, then the bf says, "Can we finally burn them?" with a smile on his face.

Are you attached to any clothes? What is it and what's your best memory wearing it?


Chloe said...

I'm completely attached to my clothes. I still have the ones I bought several years ago. It drives my husband crazy, but I insist that you'll never know when they might be back in style again so I better keep them.

Mel said...

While I regularly get rid of clothes (especially after turning 30, and realizing I cannot justify wearing glitter tanks or "club" tops anymore), I have a few favorites.

I have a pair of Abercrombie jeans from TEN YEARS AGO. They have holes and tears and are completely worn away in the rear, but I have worn them all over the world. I know how and where each hole or rip started. Cannot. Ever. Throw them away. Perfect relaxed fit; perfect length; perfect shade of jean. They are completely irreplaceable.

There is a Web site called Denim Therapy that will RESTORE old jeans. I might send them in, and start over. (Yeah, and likely it will cost more than the original jeans, but so what, right?!)

Cat@3KidsandUs said...

It's a tad funny you bring this up because just this weekend I was digging through our MOUNTAIN of laundry, purging clothes I knew the kids had grown out of. I ran into a an old pair of blue jeans that I just loved. I remembered how soft the material was, how they hugged my curves perfectly...then I looked at the size. Ouch! It was a number I hadn't seen on an article of clothing in 5 years and would likely never return to. But I just couldn't toss them.

~*~Lilly~*~ said...

I also have a clothes attachment problem. I have a pair of jeans i bought at 20 from the gap in my closet hiding out for when i "lose a little weight", Dresses that i so love i can't part with them cause i "Might" wear them again (or in reality...never).

But my saddest attachment is a pair of black workout-ish pants i bought from express back when i was like 19. Back when those spandexy like black and colored pants were worn with button ups - i got a pair on clearance for 19 dollars and have wore them to the gym for the last 12 yrs. They finally in my last yoga class busted a hole in the crotch. (Yikes! Oh the embarrassment! lol)

RIP - your juicy sweats...may they rest in peace with my blackies somewhere in pant heaven.

lauren said...

My Janis Joplin tie-dye t-shirt. Literally, I cannot wear it out of the house anymore because you can totally see my bra- its got that many holes in it, but its a soft as silk and it reminds me of many a fun concert. I think my sisters stole it from me to save me from myself. Long live Janis!

Bite Buff said...

Ha, we all have items like this in our closet. Thanks for calling us out! Mine is a hand-me-down T-shirt from an ex that is so worn in that it is see-through. But that's what makes it so comfy! I painted our house with the current bf while wearing it, and I still continue to wear the paint splattered, hole sporting, worn out shirt with love (just not for the ex!).

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i think we may need to reevaluate our friendship now that i know you have owned a pair of juicy sweatpants.

Denise said...

I'm the complete opposite but my boyfriend is the packrat. I can clear out my own side of the closet no problem, save for the few items I "think" (but never really) need. It's usually huge sweaters that I hide in on cold nights that I have problems getting rid of.

I went through a closet exorcism when I first moved in to rid him of the mountains of clothes he had hiding out. I got a lot of a) I can still fit it (doesn't mean it looks good), b) I got that as a gift ( high school), and c) a sob story about how his mom/sister bought it for him when they had very little money. Fights happened and we compromised on keeping the clothes, but in storage in the attic. He still uses more closet space than I do.

Bethany said...

I just came face to face with my closet demons while I was trying to find something to wear to work one morning last week. It seems that my holiday drinking/baking (read: November to February binge) has finally caught up with me and that my "skinny" clothes are now a bit tight. I must admit that it can definitely be frustrating having to rifle through three sizes and 8 years worth of clothing (seemingly I have kept pieces from my freshman year of college) at 6 AM on a weekday. It's comforting, however, to know that I have the exact same black Editor pant in three sizes and varying lengths to accommodate any shoe imaginable. This is why I hardly ever part with my "basics".

Bayjb said...

Mwah it was good to see you this weekend. We need to get together again soon and cause more trouble at a hotel bar. I cannot part with old T-shirts. Seriously, even pit stained and everything, I can't let them go.

mcm.hannah said...

You are making me want to throw away my pink Deisel sweat pants that have a million holes and have been all over and back (sometimes with your Juicys). They are so saggy in the butt and Matt makesfun of me when I wear them. Remember those? Yikes. I used to wear them with a jean jacket and --- jean slip on shoes. Oh boy.

Katelin said...

i definitely still have a pair of jeans with holes in the crotch and knees (wow that sounds dirty) and for some reason i just haven't thrown them out yet, they were my favorite jeans until they got all holey.

Bobbi Janay @When did I go from a kid to a grown up? said...

I used to work at a resale shop so I understand having to many clothes, I also get attached clothes. I am going through a clothes purge here to and I have cried so many tears.

Lexilooo said...

I definitely need to get rid of clothes! I have this riduculous pink cardigan that I bought at H&M in Luxembourg in 2001! It has this fur around the neck and is probably one of the ugliest things you've ever seen. I wore it again in Poland on one or two occasions, and I don't think I've ever actually worn it in the States!

I should look for a picture of me in it...I know one exists!