I need a new sweatshirt

IMG_0540A few months ago, I wrote a post about the beloved black sweater that for well over a decade has answered for me the question, “What should I wear?” As ratty as it is, I have since realized I have a much more disreputable item of clothing in my wardrobe.

As I stood at the ballpark last night chatting with other baseball parents, it suddenly dawned on me that I was the worst-dressed person at the park. While others sported carefully-coordinated casual wear or the clothes they’d worn to work, I was clad in the aging Hanes sweatshirt I bought years ago with no thought whatsoever.

This is the sweatshirt I grabbed off the rack at a discount store – along with four others in varying sizes – because my family mistakenly believed it could not be cold in central South Dakota in August. (Wrong.) It is large and gray. It is worn. It is missing the pull for the zipper. And I love it.

It is the item I always grab when I think it will be a little chilly. The neighbor who I see at the bus stop every day probably thinks it’s the only item of outerwear I own. The members of my yoga class probably roll their eyes when I walk in. And the parents at the ballpark? They are probably wondering whether a) I have no taste; b) I have no pride; or c) I have no disposable income. (Note: On any given day, any or all of these could be true.)

Time for a wardrobe intervention. I need to get some self-respect. I need a better-looking sweatshirt.

(But I’ll still wear this one when no one is looking.)

OK, I heard from plenty of people with ratty black sweaters when I published that post – who else has the aging gray sweatshirt? Tell me I’m not the only one!

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27 thoughts on “I need a new sweatshirt

  1. I just did my closet Spring cleaning, however, I must confess, there are a few sweatshirt items that will always have a home between the new pants and blouses. ❤

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    • They are like a secret crush, aren’t they? No one else knows how much you adore them. By the way, that picture is my actual closet.

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  2. Most of my slippers are like this. But I cannot part with them. The more worn the better 😉 I’m probably not helping.

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    • Now slippers I can part with, once they have enough holes in them. Or the cat throws up in them, which is what happened to my last pair.

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  3. You are not the only one Sarah! I had this black sweatshirt that my best friend got me from London and it was my absolute favorite! I wore it all the time! Work, supermarket, date with the husband. Everywhere! It was looked faded from all the washing. One day I left it in one of the training rooms in the office and the following day it was gone. The janitors said they never saw it. I know one team used the room for their meeting that night so I went to their office the following day and BOOM, I saw one of them was wearing it. I just know it was the same one because it had white paint on one of the sleeves (which I got when I was painting our apartment) and my heart stopped. I did not have the courage to ask her about it so I let it go. Ugh. Not to worry though, I found a gray (uglier) one that I truly love. 😀

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    • Wow, ratty sweatshirt theft! I’m impressed that you didn’t accost the wearer and take the sweatshirt back. If it were a reality TV show that’s how it would have played out.

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  4. Several pieces of clothing acquired in the last millennium were begging to be featured in my answer, but I shoved them right back into the depths of my closet, behind all the fashion-blog worthy, hardly ever worn, wonderful show off pieces.

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  5. OK I have to put this out there – didn’t you have this same sweatshirt in college? Personally I prefer to “borrow” a sweatshirt from one of my boys. It is dual purpose – first, it is usually very comfortable and secondly, they cannot criticize what I am wearing since it came from their drawer.

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    • No, Celeste, I’m pretty sure the sweatshirt you’re thinking of was the used-to-be blue Aquinas High School number passed on to me by my mom. Believe it or not, I still have it but it’s too ratty even for me to wear – it resides in the bottom of one of my drawers. Family heirloom.

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  6. I have one too except mine is navy blue with some white spots where bleach splashed on it. Taught me not to wash it too often.

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  7. My husband makes little comments when I wear ratty stuff for too long, so I usually throw them out to appease him. I donated all of his Chandler Bing sweaters when we met, so I figure I owe him. Yours sounds comfy though. Oh, and how the heck can SD be COLD in August???

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    • I know, right? SD is supposed to be hot, dry and dusty. No such luck. My husband has no say in my wardrobe as long as he continues to house the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Play Softball” rugby t-shirt that is older than our 15-year-old daughter. I would have washed the car with it years ago.

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  8. I bought a ski sweater at a church rummage sale for 50 cents about fifteen years ago. I wore that thing so much you would not believe it and it was such high quality it continued to get lots of compliments. Its now in my pile of “convert this torn at the seams thing into a pillow!” stuff. Some old cheap clothes just have to be made into storytelling souvenirs, right? I have managed to get some decent looking outfits lately. I used to be so carefully composed with my wardrobe. I’m trying – for my daughters’ sake mostly, to pay more attention. My favorite though was when we went to San Francisco and I was trying really hard to look cool and urban. I failed. I think it was the concept that wearing a greek fishermans cap meant cool and fashionable. LOLOLOL.

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    • Your pillow reference reminds me of the children’s book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Do you know it? He starts out with an overcoat and as it wears, he repurposes it until he has only a covered button.

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  10. You black sweater post was the very first one I read of yours. Totally loved that post! And now your lovely grey sweatshirt. I have several old faithfuls that I keep around to let it all hang out around the house. 🙂

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    • I’m impressed that you remember. Don’t worry, this is the last of the disreputable items of clothing in my wardrobe *cough, cough*

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  11. Yes to this! I have a gray one too, also with a broken zipper!, that I love to wear around the house! But see, it has pockets, which often I don’t have, so it’s a necessity really 🙂

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  12. I have many old fabric friends, some over 15 years old.. It is hard for me to decide if I am to cheap to buy new clothes, or if I am to attached to the old and familiar.

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  13. I have a go-to gray Longhorns hoodie! I noticed it has a stain, yet I still wear it hoping the other softball parents don’t notice. 😀
    I also have a “nicer” go-to gray sweater, I love it with leggings & skinny jeans, it’s a bit worn, but I see a LONG future with it still to come. 🙂
    XOXO

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