D.A. Ridgely wrote: ↑
23 May 2020, 12:02
Like Jadagul, there's a significant difference between clothes hanging in my closet and clothes I actually wear
Aargh! Tried posting a comment and the server ate it. (That hasn't happened in a loooong time.) But I was gonna say, regarding those 81 bottom-half garments I own (and clothes in all other categories, too) less than half of them are in the "clothes I actually, regularly wear" group, or would wear in normal non-covid conditions. Especially many of the skirts and dresses, some of which are obviously goth or hippiegoth items. (A long, straight black skirt isn't inherently gothy – unless the lowest few inches are fringe. Even in my goth days that was club/concert/datewear rather than everyday wear, but I can't bear to get rid of it and it does still fit. Furthermore, discarding it wouldn't net me any extra closet space, since it's one of several items on a single multi-clipped skirt hanger holding a few other goth-days remnants and the red skirt I wore to get married.)
I obviously like clothes and most of what I've described are in good condition and I would wear many of them still if they fit and if the weather were more like back in Virginia,
My current “own but never wear” garments include a few spectacularly gorgeous items (vintage coats, jackets/blazers, couple ornate Victorian/ black-steampunky vests, two capes, etc.) which are extremely high quality, far above most of my clothes, and were obviously fiendishly expensive when their original owners first acquired them, possibly before I was born in some cases. I always took extra-good care of those pieces when I wore them in New England for dress-up events on crisp or downright cold nights, so they're still in great condition and they all still fit me too (once you know you won't get any taller, it's really hard to outgrow a cape)… but I'm in Georgia now, and even if I still had a gothy nightlife or, Zod forbid, were dating, there's only a handful of nights in a given year when temperatures are low enough to allow such things. But I won't get rid of them (in part because it's still not certain we'll stay in Georgia, so I'm keeping these in case we end up relocating back to a colder climate).
Regarding those 39 pairs of summer pants I mentioned – ALL of them I acquired in Georgia over the past four years. (Any pants I had in Connecticut or Virginia, jeans included, are now in the “winter” category, because they're cotton.) The majority of my “good” summer pants I only got in the past few months (pre-covid), after I'd learned that despite my previous misconceptions, rayon is actually an excellent fabric for hot and humid conditions. Once I knew this – and given that I was looking in autumn and winter, which of course is the best time of year for a thrift-store shopper to search for deep-summer clothes – I started making a LOT of good scores, and (ironically) thought, “At this rate, 2020 will be my first Georgia summer when I have a full-sized wardrobe of actually nice clothes.” (Of course, I didn't know “this rate” of thrift-store clothing acquisition would crash to a halt in mid-March.)
Roughly half my summer pants are black rayon or rayon-blend non-legging pieces, “good” ones mostly with labels like Banana Republic, J. Crew or White House Black Market, plus a couple Merona/Target knockoffs, and the less-nice ones with labels I mostly don't recognize, but suspect they came from teenage or twenty-something stores. My original plan was for “black rayon/blend pants” to become my summer wardrobe staple, not only for social-professional occasions but also filling the niche jeans used to occupy in my summer casual-clothing ecosystem.
However, since quarantine started and I'm home all day, I don't want to wear out any of my good (or even above-average) clothes, so I moved them all to the sides of my office-room closet, the part you can't see when the door is open, but have to actually root around back with a flashlight. So since quarantine started, I haven't worn any of my better clothes, including black pants or even black leggings.
Right now, it's still early in hot and humid season, when the temperature isn't too bad, so I've been wearing various linen pants in colors I don't like (purchased pre-rayon discovery), plus my less-nice linen shirts. Once temps get into the 90s I'll switch to rayon leggings or my less-nice rayon pants – but I'll still have to wear linen shirts outside because I have only three long-sleeved rayon button-front shirts, which I don't want to wear out**, and even the thinnest, lightest linen retains noticeably more body heat than rayon.
**All recent-ish purchases, all dark or bold shades of ultra-flattering blue or green which look great with any of my black summer pants AND with my black summer blazers/jackets if need be … but their colors are guaranteed to fade fast under ferocious Georgia solar radiation. And, based on my thrift-store experiences it seems that, while nice rayon or rayon-blend pants and blazers in my size are fairly common, nice long-sleeved rayon button-front shirts of ANY size are surprisingly difficult to find (I'm willing to go too-large for casual-wear purposes, especially for outdoor events on super-sunny days, when I actually prefer a shirt with too-long sleeves, to keep my hands covered from the sun). Which is why I only have three rayon outdoor shirts, and by an odd coincidence all three happened to be high quality, my exact size AND my all-time favorite hard-to-find shirt colors ... thus rendering all three “too nice” for casual everyday use, especially in time of quarantine.
P.S. Since my original post got eaten by the server, I re-created this in a word-processing document. While trying to recollect what I'd written before, of course I ended up thinking of some other additional things as well and, long story short, this post is at least two or three times longer than my original brief (two or three paragraph) post which the server refused to handle. Take THAT, asshole server!