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66. Tell us about something in your closet that you keep but never wear. What is it, why don’t you wear it, and why do you keep it?
Now nothing. But for years I had an old Chinese dress in my wardrobe. I wore it once when I was a teenager and then my bum grew out of it but the material and pattern were so nice that it gave me pleasure just to look at it. I knew I would never cut it or adapt it to make it fit because it was perfect the way it was, so I just kept it and took it out and fondled it and admired it from time to time. I finally made a friend who I knew it would be perfect for, so I gave it to her.
light blue flare jeans, i cant pull them off, but i love them
I have a white lace sweater that has a terrible lipstick stain but I keep it because I'm always kind of hoping it'll go away...
I have a lot of sewing projects in my closet- both from my attempts, and gifts from my sister. The clothes don't quite fit into my style, but I keep them because we made them, and that's pretty cool.
A white dress I wore for the wedding ceremony at City Hall. It doesn’t fit anymore but I keep it because of all the memories. I can’t give it away because my memories make it have meaning in the world. I don’t want it to have a different meaning somewhere else.
I have a beautiful vintage printed rayon dress that is now too small that I can't get rid of. I doubt it will ever fit me comfortably again, but it really represents my idea of perfection in a dress. Color, cut, detail, it is like something from a movie and somehow hyper real to me.
I just cleaned out my closet and got rid of everything that I never wear. It was brutal but in the end it felt wonderful.
If I could blather a bit here, every Donna Karan dress I’ve ever bought has been shit. They’re so expensive and look great on the model. But they look awful on me and I’m thin. But I’m not perfect. The dresses are tight and only look good on women with perfect bodies. When I see Karan herself (she is extremely heavy and lumpy), it saddens me because I think she hates her customers, who are rich New York women. You can go easier on women by making the fabric thicker to conceal flaws, you can line the dress so it will flow more, etc. She doesn’t do this. An Italian company, La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni, does this beautifully and you’ll hear more of them soon. They are kind to women. They love their customers. I don’t know why Karan took the devil’s path.
At some point, everything either gets worn, or goes out the door
I have a pair of black shoes by Candy in a Mary Jane style. The shoes have pink butterflies on them and the words 'Happy summer days forever'. There are even butterflies on the soles of the shoes. I love that pair of shoes, I used to wear it a lot, but I never wear it anymore mainly because the soles are broken, and can't be repaired. But I can't bring myself to throw them out. I guess I keep that pair of shoes because I remember falling in love with them, and I remember feeling happy when I wore them because I knew I had butterflies on the soles of my feet.
I shudder that I have the most glorious one armed cinnamon dress my friend Margaret gave me that I haven't had the courage to wear. But I vow to break it out along with the confidence it will require to go with its length and body hugging material. THAT dress deserves to see the light of day.
my diesel jean, because it fits me no longer but it was my favorite item