Conscious Aging: Keeping Old Things

I could be the least sentimental person on the planet. I have no clothing from the 60’s. Not  a single thing. I’m glad to hear that some of you do. 🙂

Rita Moreno not only kept her West Side Story gown from 1962; she can still wear it despite all of the changes our bodies undergo between our 20’s and our later years. I thought she looked gorgeous at the Oscars.

I threw out the question yesterday whether any of you still have clothing from the 60’s or 70’s — that you wear, or simply that you keep for sentimental reasons. The answer is yes. 🙂

Friends and regular readers Katie and Ada both have their wedding gowns from that era. Katie wore her dress later at a costume party. Ada’s wedding gown is “preserved” in a box. Ada, have you ever taken it out of the box? Wondering what it would look like after all these years. Friend and regular reader B. has a cardigan sweater that she knitted herself, the one and only, that a friend’s grandmother taught her to make. B. doesn’t wear the sweater, but can’t bear to donate it.

Come on, readers, fess up. Do you keep old things and enjoy having them? Or are you more like me — let go and move on?

6 thoughts on “Conscious Aging: Keeping Old Things

  1. I did take it out of the box in 1988 when my daughter was getting married. Although she weighed less than I did and was much smaller in the bust, it did not fit her. She apparently has a broader back than I did and her waist was not as small as mine was then. So, it became a non-issue. She has different skin tones than I do and looks much better is ivory. My gown was pure white. So we didn’t have to deal with that because of the fit. It looked great, but I had to have it re-preserved. Maybe one of the grandchildren can use it 🙂

  2. In addition to my own wedding gown, which I subsequently wore on several occasions, I have both of my daughters boxed, preserved wedding gowns. I have no thought that anyone would ever want to wear them I would donate them, but I’m sure daughter #1 would want to keep hers.

    I also have a collection of costumes in my basement which I’ve acquired or made over 30 years. For nearly 30 years I went, with a large group of friends, to an Annual Arts Costume Ball. We did theme costumes. For example for the theme “the 1930s”, we did “Snow White and the 7 dwarfs.” I made all the dwarfs costumes and have Snow White and Maleficent. Also have :costumes Pink Ladies: poodle skirts from “Grease”; “Phantom of the Opera, ” “Harry Potter,” The Snow Queen” from “Narnia,” “The Flintstones,” bridesmaid dresses (we did Sonny & Cher’s wedding once) and lots of assorted formal gowns. I frequently loan out costumes to family and friends.

  3. for Ada: Astonished that a wedding gown would last so long — great if one of the grandkids could use it.

  4. for Katie: You are one of the most creative people I know. And a party planner extraordinaire!

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