Saying goodbye to a favorite pair of pants

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Rediscovering joyful dressing in winter

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I’m probably not the only person who is completely OVER winter – to be honest, I was never excited for winter to begin with. Dressing in winter has always been something I disliked. I used to avoid buying a winter coat for so long I would go without one until spring and freeze to death in the process. In fact, winter 2016/2017 was the first time I had a proper coat. I’m a little embarassed to admit that I still can’t bring myself to buy really warm winter boots. I make do with booties and sneakers that get cozied up a little bit with a wool insole. It’s completely silly and I can’t quite explain it. I guess I’m in denial every year and don’t learn from my mistakes?

However, a year ago I discoverd the magic of a warm sweater (yup, you guessed it, I was never too crazy about them either) when I thrifted an amazing orange Tommy Hilfiger sweater. You can see it in all its glory in the picture above. Regularly wearing it made me realize how much I like a pop of colour when it’s freezing outside and everyone is dressed in black. So this year, I decided on another warm investment. I deem myself really lucky to have bought a colorful Acne cashmere sweater second hand. I was unsure about the sizing and fit, but since Vite en Vogue has an amazing return policy and allows you to return all items for cash back for 30 days, I decided to go for it. It was love at first sight! To my surprise, even my boyfriend approved of it. He usually only likes the most basic (read: boring) pieces, but this one he absolutely adores. It comes in the most amazing coral color and is slightly oversized in a way that works very well with my figure. I don’t have much of a waist and a pretty sizeable butt so oversized rarely works. The Acne sweater was a nice suprise in that regard.

Having two orange-ish sweaters in your closet might seem excessive, especially when you admit to not really owning many other warm pieces, but both sweaters just make me so happy. Every time I wear them winter gets a little more bearable. This might be because I’m all warm and cozy for a change, but I’m convinced it also has something to do with being a colorful dot in an all-black environment.

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My tip of the week: Wear something colorful this week and observe if it affects your mood. If it does, don’t feel guilty about adding something in a similar color to your closet. It obviously works for you and makes your day a little happier.