A Decade Old Jacket

August 24, 2016

I sometimes feel this urge to only buy expensive clothing because I’ve had such good success with buying higher end jeans this year (basically every pair of jeans in my closet that isn’t FrameDL1961, and Madewell Skinny Skinny never gets touched) or sandals, like my Sam Edelmans that I’ve worn almost daily for the past two summers.

But then I grab something out of my closet that I’ve had for years and years that didn’t cost very much and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it back in 2006.

This Old Navy denim jacket is one of those things. It cost me about $30 and I’ve been wearing it every fall, winter, and spring for a decade now (plus in the summer in Texas and Arizona where the air conditioning in every theater and restaurant is set to “Arctic”). I think that’s pretty good cost per wear.

I love this one because it’s such a classic style that it’s never gone out of fashion (in fact, Old Navy still sells the identical one, ten years later).

That’s encouraging because it means you don’t have to spend a fortune to find pieces for your closet that will hold up.

It’s also nice because it means I can afford to buy more than two new items of clothing per year.

Although if all my clothing lasted a decade, I wouldn’t need more than about two items a year anyway, I guess.

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  • Reply A. August 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I have this exact same jacket, probably exactly 10 or so years old too. Same coloring and everything. I bought it at an ON outlet for cheap and I still wear it all the time. Last spring it got a little rip in the shoulder seam and that makes me sad. But I'll still wear it! (Also good to know I can replace it if I have to!)

  • Reply Ash August 25, 2016 at 3:52 am

    I have had my denim jacket since 10th grade (which was 12 years ago now. *sob*) It's from Macy's, if I remember correctly, and still looks brand new. Isn't it crazy how some things unexpectedly hold up so well?

  • Reply Melissa August 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Clicked the link and ordered it immediately. I have been wanting a jean jacket and that price is too good to pass up. I used to have one in high school, but I purge my closet often and got rid of it a long time ago.

  • Reply Nemesis August 28, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I read this and thought, "A denim jacket. THAT'S what I need!" And then tonight as I was checking FB before bed I saw that Old Navy had everything 40% off. So I got out of bed and found an old birthday gift card and DONE, free jacket that I'm already excited to wear over dresses. (I got the darker wash version because it was available in my size.) So thank you!

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