You’re wearing that?   Leave a comment

Clothes.  I remember when I was growing up my mother would occasionally say to me, “You’re wearing that?”  Her meaning was clear.  She did not like the outfit ~ usually because she thought it did not flatter me.   My mother had been a professional clothing buyer and had exquisite fashion sense.

She was very tall and in the 1960’s and 1970’s, most of the department stores and boutiques did not sell clothes in her size, so she learned to sew.  She always said that she didn’t want to wear clothes that looked like they had been made by “loving hands at home,”  so some of her early efforts were given away. Her first sewing project were  mother/daughter dresses ~ identical dresses that she made for herself and me.  My father did not like the way hers looked on her so she gave her dress to our housekeeper. I kept my dress.  While I loved our housekeeper and was happy to be twins with her, I was a bit jealous when my mother kept the next dress which matched one that she made for my sister Jodie.

My mother became an extremely accomplished seamstress.  However, as she got older, much to her delight, stores started stocking clothes in her size and the catalog business made all sizes available to everyone. My mother had so many clothes that when she moved into the independent living facility, she converted the bathtub to a full double-door closet bringing her total of double-door clothing closets to four.

Converting the tub to a closet was a clever way to utilize space that would otherwise go unused.  My mother’s apartment had two showers and she was unable to get in and out of the tub, so a clothing closet was the perfect solution.

When each of my parents died, there was an enormous amount of clothing to get rid of.  If there are family members who wear the same size, the task could be made easier by giving them the clothes they want.  It is much easier with men, because blazers and button down shirts fit into most men’s wardrobes.  I found with my mother’s clothes that even if I had worn the same size, which I did not, I would not have wanted the clothes as they were not sufficiently youthful or appropriate for my lifestyle. I could just hear my mother saying, “You’re wearing that?”

None-the-less, I felt that I wanted some clothes to remind me of my mother.  I took a few shirts which I use for gardening, but the real treasure trove was in the accessories.  Scarves, pocketbooks and gloves for women and ties for men.  When we were kids, we would make beautiful costumes out of my mother’s scarves which smelled of her perfume so I was delighted to take as many scarves as I could. Oh, and I took the built-in Singer sewing machine/desk.  This despite the fact that I seriously don’t have the foggiest notion of how to use it.

We donated the bulk of both my mother and father’s clothing to charity.  There was a sufficient amount of clothing so that we were able to have it picked up in both instances.

Tips: Call around to see what charities will pick up wardrobes.  Be sure to have an inventory if you are planning on taking a tax deduction for the donation.

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