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76. Did you ever buy an article of clothing without giving it much thought, only to have it prove much more valuable as time went on? What was the item and what happened?

I bought a pair of shorts that weren't particularly exciting, but they turned out to be the most useful thing to wear for all kinds of unplanned activities: camping, gardening, hiking. Now I wouldn't dream of getting rid of them.

All the time. You buy a dress. Ten years pass. It's still great.
It was a Diane von Furstenberg sack dress in scarlet, navy and white. I wear it belted. You can shove that thing on and be ready for anything.
Women, tunics and sack dresses are your friend.

I’ve made a few purchases at thrift stores that were spontaneous and inexpensive that ended up being staples in my wardrobe, like a pair red Mexx jeans I found at a thrift store for $8 that I wear at least once or twice a week.

Probably that Fairisle knit cardigan!

Cotton stretch bras from American Apparel—but they bag out quickly, and now their sizing runs too big, so I can't buy replacements. Those were a great staple.

yes, an ivoire white leg pant

that happens often. There was a tunic dress once which seemed unremarkable for years until I suddenly had the right shoes for it.

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