I'm often surprised when I come across articles or posts about how to save money by limiting one's quarterly or sometimes monthly clothing budget. Um, ... what? People have a regular budget included in their monthly allowance to actually buy new clothes? Maybe it's because I grew up in a very modest and frugal home with parents (okay, mainly my mother) who recycled, added length to hems when necessary, and made whatever we had work until threadbare. Now, don't get me wrong: I indulge when I fall in love with a certain style of pant, or shoe, or coat. But, in general, I don't spend a lot of time shopping or replacing my clothes for the next trend, or adding to my wardrobe just because I can.
This week's #slowfashionoctober theme is WORN (i.e. heirlooms / second-hand / mending / caring for things / laundering for longevity / design for longevity (bucking trends, quality materials …). I have a lot of pieces in my wardrobe that I've had for many years, love, and wear season after season, but I couldn't zero in on one thing that fit this concept. And then I looked down at my one constant.
You see those gold bangles on my wrist? There are six delicate bracelets there but in the beginning, I was given seven, one for each day of the week. In an old Chinese custom, mothers give daughters these seven bracelets when they reach puberty, and I've had these bracelets on my right wrist since I was 13 years old. Once they were placed on my wrist, I never took them off. Yes, you read that correctly ~ I'm now 52 years old and I've had these bangles on my wrist, non-stop, for the past 39 years. These have seen me through adolescence, college, graduate school, marriage, pregnancies, births, and now perimenopause. They go with anything and everything that I wear, and I know that I would feel absolutely naked without them. So, yes, these are my most worn objects, and I'll never tire of them. Oh, and the colorful enamel bracelet is from a recent, magical trip to Barcelona (and I never take this one off now either!).