Happy spring jacket season! I love rotating clothes in and out of storage with the changing seasons, and I also love "shopping" my collection of vintage outerwear from my own youth, from Before Times secondhand shopping trips, and from my mother-in-law when she moved to Florida.
I have a vivid red wool bathrobe-style coat and a quirky beige trench that I bought in the 2000s, a worn-in classic denim jacket, an antique WWI-era dress jacket of green silk, and a few leather pieces from the '60s and '70s. I've taken many of these to the dry cleaner and the tailor over the years for repairs and maintenance, which I'd much rather do than replace whole garments with brand new ones. There's something exquisite about the combination of that fresh-new feeling of taking out new-season clothes and the comfy-old-friend feeling of a garment with lots of history. I feel good about the environmental impact of not buying new things, and I also really like well-constructed, old-fashioned clothes that were meant to last.
You know what else I love? Being able to throw on an elegant, long coat or jacket, cinch the belt, and look all dressed and put together as I walk my daughter to school or check the mail, even if I'm wearing Michigan's spring uniform of three layered sweatshirts and a pair of athletic shorts underneath.
Do you have a favorite jacket that cocoons you in old memories of fresh, new springs? Are your older relatives vaccinated? Will they let you raid their closets for old spring jackets that could become your new favorites? Does your neighborhood do yard sales? Try on the light embrace of a vintage spring jacket! Remember to slip an extra face mask in your pocket in case someone runs up to give you a compliment.
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