Monday, October 17, 2011

Braces Sure Can Pick 'Em

I'm 27-years-old, I live wholly off my own means and I spend 40 hours of my week sitting at a desk, nose to the grind, earning my keep.

By all standards, I've figured a lot of things out in terms of independence, much like most of my peers.

However, in 1999, with money coming from my modest "Caitlin's Sophomore Year of High School New Clothes Fund", I made a purchase at "The Limited": A 3-quarter-length, stretchy, boat-neck, white with faint gray striping tee... I wore it my very first day of 10th grade... with Braces blazing.
...And a couple weeks ago, I paired it with a skirt and wore it in the office. It's still in amazing shape (no stains, no non-desired stretching) and based on what I remember in terms of my per-item budget at that time, it couldn't have been more than 30 dollars.

So as I routinely spend my time every season throwing away jeans, shirts and bags that I bought on a whim and hated just as quickly, I wonder what special gifts my 15-year-old Brace-Face self possessed that knew just how to pick 'em and make them last for over 11 years.

My longest relationship ever.
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17 comments:

Katie said...

I think the only item I still own that I purchased in high school is a skirt I bought from The Limited. They must have had something going on back then.

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Lol at your comment...Yeah, the hair totally a weave.

& lol, "longest relationship ever", I have those with my accessories/bags/shoes...I can't think of anything I had in HS that I still have now, maybe some jackets, but I don't wear them as much. I can toss out clothes faster than anything else. I am amazed you still have this, & its still it great shape.

PS: Love the office look!

xo SARMIN

Erika said...

Haha! I love the idea of that top being your longest relationship ever. It still looks amazing on you! :)

Slamdunk said...

Now that is good--and it says a lot about your healthy lifestyle.

I hope you and your shirt go for another 10 years.

Kim's Vanity said...

It still looks great! Oh, and you have perfect teeth, wow!

Little Ms. Fun said...

That's crazy! What's even weirder is that I am sitting at my desk wearing a VERY similiar t-shirt. I got it from H&M about two years ago, but it looks almost the same! I hope my high school clothes still fit at 27...I'm 23 and so far so good! lol

Mandee said...

wow.... I thought me still having the skinny jeans I purchased at H&M in 2005 was an accomplishment! That's amazing.

PS. I love how your put that you got rid of word verification. I hate that sh**!

Kisti Belle said...

I love this post.
Fashion and Love. Perfect!

this free bird said...

That's what I'm saying! I have things 10+ years old and still drag them out. Somewhere the Fashion Police mount up their army en route to casa carrie...

Lauren said...

I'm a new follower! Love your blog!
It's so cute!
xo- Lauren

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

ha, that's amazing! unfortunately i don't think i had a good enough style to want to wear any of my high school clothes all over again, ha
xo TJ

Ashleigh said...

Hahahaha, excellent choice! Still adorable to this day. I have to say there was something about the Limited/Express quality of late 90's. I still have a few pieces as well and the only reason they leave my closet is b/c many of them feel like baby doll tees, though not due to shrinkage. Amazingly resilient!

Bravoe Runway said...

It is absolutely amazing that we keep certain things over others. You had great taste then and now and this top after all these years still looks brand new. I will say that in the last 2 to 3 years the material at express, limited have significantly declined...it's hard to get 100% silk, cotton, wool...100% polyester is rampant...

Tangled In Texas said...

Love this! If only little Caitlin knew that she was buying a "classic". Ha! :) Gahhhhh I *always* wish that I had storage (like Beyonce) that I could've kept all my clothes from 7th grade on. I cringe when I think of all the things that I wish I had kept!

inHERshoes said...

that is crazy that you have kept it all these years. sometimes, i wish i was one of those sentimental people who can keep things for so long. i mean, there are some items that i do keep, but mostly, i hate trinkets and stuff that i don't use/need so they immediately get thrown or donated. wait, i take that back - i have a couple of sorority shirts that i still have. i guess it was one of those things that when i pledged, i really did believe what it stood for even though it didn't turn out the way i wanted to. i use it as a sleep shirt! LOL

Pamela Bwell said...

If I'm not mistaken, that's a caramel apple lollipop... another favorite of yours that I bet you still love. And I love seeing these pics of my darling girl at any age!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

The shirt is looking as crisp as ever! I also own something from way back that I still wear... I was about 12-13 when I bought that dirty beige colored button down of strange but comfy and cozy looking fabric and I remember I could barely button it - but it was super cheap and the last one they had, so I asked mom to buy it for me. 10 years later, I still wear it, even if it's a few sizes too big :) lol makes for a relaxed look, but goes very in line with current trends! Plus, I would never throw this one away even if just to be reminded that one can always get in shape if they wish :)