I have this shirt… it isn’t anything special, in fact it is quite plain, but it is probably my most favorite piece of apparel. Why? you may ask, and to be honest I am not entirely sure.
Yes, it is the perfect amount of over sized, due to years of wear and stretching out. No, it is not the crisp white it once was, but I feel that age has added charm to its worn in style. Yes, holes have started to apear, not from catching something sharp, or being pulled on one too many times, but rather from the simple agitation of continuous washing and wearing, over and over, for years and years on end.
I tried to recall when it was exactly that I purchased this sad piece of supima cotton, 3 years ago perhaps? No, it must be longer… 4 years? To be honest I think it may have been 5 or 6. I know! I am just as shocked as you are. I mean, I know it is normal to hang on to things for too long, but keeping a semi-ratty, white (once white) Gap v-neck tee for the entirety of my twenties (thus far) is perhaps pushing the limits.
The thing is, when I don’t know what to wear, I reach for this shirt, throw it on with jeans, tuxedo pants, skirts, skorts, you name it, add some accessories and call it a day. Because of its semi- shluby fit I find dressing it up or down takes a matter of seconds, it is brilliant. These days, it takes a little more, faness to make it look up to snuff, but it still seems to do the trick (I am, in fact, wearing the shirt right this very moment). Given the years of stretching and holes that seem to have appeared, I am now forced to tuck, tie, or shove the right corner of the tee into my pocket (try it sometime, I bet you like the look), but I don’t mind.
My question, dear reader, is how do I let go? When has a shirt lived a good enough life to be discarded? Do you have anything lingering in your closet that you simply can’t let go of? Not the dress you never wear or the jeans you keep for when you loose 5 lbs, but rather, that one piece you reach for, time and again.
Ah well, I suppose one day it will simply unravel and I will have to morn it’s passing. Thankfully however, that day is not today.