Saying goodbye to a favorite pair of pants


Sunday is usally sort of a „catch up and prepare for the week“ day for me (more on that later this week). This means doing laundry, ironing clothes, taking care of my shoes and clothes in general. Ironing a big stash of freshly washed laundry I finally had to face the truth about my favourite pair of pants: they look really shabby.

As you can see in the picture above they are curdoroy pants in a shade of red that leans a tiny bit towards orange. They are from a German brand called Marc O’Polo, that used to be known for their use of natural fabrics and amazing quality. I have this blue skirt my mom bought from them in the 90s and one black dress that I’ve had for 15 years and still wear several times a month! It has gone downhill in the last year or two, and I’m now at the point where I don’t want to buy anything from them as they decided to add polyester to everything (while still advertising with their natural/sustainable image of course). But my red pants are 98% cotton, fit like a glove and made me feel confident in the best way.


I LOVED these pants. Whenever I wore them they added a little spring in my steps. However, a few weeks ago I was confronted with the fact that they were becoming a little threadbare and saggy, but chose to ignore it. After all, I’ve only had these for one and a half years! The truth is I wore them a lot during the 20 months they had a place in my wardrobe – 76 times. While I really hoped they would last me longer, I also don’t want to walk around looking shabby.

Looking at the battered knees of my favourite pants in my living room made me quite sad. As Mari Kondo advises, I wanted to thank them for their service, but not downgrade them to loungewear. I wore them for one last day at home, fully appreciating how comfortable they are and how much I liked wearing them.


I really wish I had known more about how to care for curdoroy properly when I bought these pants. During the last 18 months I learned a lot more about caring for your clothes and I’m confident a new pair of curdoroy pants would last me a little longer.

  • Always wash them inside out.
  • Don’t was them too often – this goes for all clothes but curdoroy and denim especially! If you are worried about odour or bacteria, put them in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer overnight.
  • Be careful with ironing! Put a thin cloth over the fabric before ironing as the structure is easily damaged. Steaming them is even better.

But I’m still learning and also looking for more advice on curdoroy care! So please tell me how you care for it! Any secrets to making them last longer?


4 Kommentare zu „Saying goodbye to a favorite pair of pants“

  1. It’s always sad when a favourite item of clothing gets worn out! Sometimes when I can tell something is coming to the end of its useful life I’m tempted to stop wearing it as much – but then that just defeats the purpose, I feel. Unfortunately I don’t have any corduroy care tips, I don’t think I’ve owned anything in corduroy before!

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    1. I completely understand that temptation. It’s sad to realize you are probably wearing an items for the last time. Sometimes I wonder if I’m such weird to develop such an emotional attachment to my clothes but then remember there are others that feel similar. It’s comforting!

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  2. I hope you’ll continue to post as I liked your writing so far. I always feel sad when I wear something out. Especially if it’s hard to replace. I don’t think there are any other tips than the ones you listed above. Ironing is a crime!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I want to write here more regularly. I love having a space to write about style and clothes and always enjoy reading personal style blogs. Not being able to replace something is horrible. I have been looking for a specific pair of black Levi’s skinny jeans on the second hand market for 2 years and without success. I almost cried when my previous pair wore out completely. What is it about ironing that makes it so bad for curdoroy?

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