When do you retire old shirts?

@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
November 24, 2009 1:19pm CST
Is it just me? I have really old shirts that I still wear to sleep. I have a couple of fraternity shirts that are still comfortable and somehow survived 20+ years of washing. I also have an 18+ year old Van Halen shirt that my kid has even start wearing. Do you have old shirts that you keep in your closet? Do you still wear them?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
24 Nov 09
I do have old shirts or pass me down shirts that are a bit older. Usually they are worn to bed, or if they are in good condition they are worn out places. However, none are Band Tees or anything like that. We still have tye dye shirts, though they haven't really been "out of style".
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
Be careful when you wear your tye dye shirt outside the house. They're not out of style, but the fashion police might find it an offense. I made that mistake so many years back when I wore mine on a casual Friday. I haven't worn them since.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Oh, well thanks so much for the heads up. I would hope they wouldn't be offensive, but I wasn't born when they were first out so maybe they have a meaning behind then I don't understand.
@maezee (32248)
• United States
28 Dec 09
There's nothing wrong with having an 18 (+) year old shirt. I think it's cool. If it were an ordinary Hanes t-shirt or something, yeah it would be pretty gross, but Van Halen! That's a sentimental shirt if you ask me. I'll never throw away or donate my RANCID t-shirt that I bought from their concert.. Back in 8th grade of middle school, I think it was? It brings me back. LOL. And it's almost 10 years old. Now way I'm getting rid of that... ever. What I love about these old band shirts (NOT THE ONES YOU BUY AT HOT TOPIC!) is that there are so many stories attached to them, so many memories! My dad has a few from I think Thin Lizzy, Led Zepplin, and a few random other ones.. And it's the coolest thing in the world. Lately, though, no. Most of my shirts are dress shirts or hoodies, and I tend to use them and wear them until..They start getting holes or tears or dinginess. Which is usually after about a year of owning them. I don't have any clothes at this point that are of *sentimental* value except a Salvation Army smock that I got when I had to volunteer back in 9th grade (court orders.. but it ended up being fun.) Sometimes when I'm cooking I'll wear it..Just for fun. LOL!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
29 Dec 09
Funny you should say about Hot Topic! As I was just in one of the stores a couple of weeks ago, and I was looking at some of the band shirts. My first thought was that it didn't feel the same as the ones you buy at actual concerts.
@Newpal (154)
• India
24 Nov 09
I don't like to put and use old clothes.I mostly like designer shirts and my taste to colour and style keeps on changing.So it becomes difficult for me to go for the same shirts again and again.I mostly use them for 3 to 4 months and give them to the Thrift Store.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
25 Nov 09
You're lucky!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
We go through our clothes about once a year and donate any that are not wearable anymore. A couple of old tshirts get kept for me to sleep in.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
Yes, those special ones get kept for sleeping in.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
24 Nov 09
Many old shirts hanging around here. Some for strictly sentimental reasons. I still wear my old college sweat shirt and a blue work shirt of hubbies that is so faded it's barely blue anymore. It's safe to assume that all my old red wings shirts won't be finding retirement soon, even though some of the players they represent have. Ones beyond redemption become dust rags. My kid didn't find a Van Halen shirt in dad's closet but he's strutting around wearing an Ozzie shirt older than he is. Good topic.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
Funny you should mention about an old red wings shirt that won't find retirement anytime soon. I was given a Seahawks Hasselbeck jersey a couple of years ago that I should put in retirement. I know he hasn't retired yet, but his play and his team deserve retirement. I figure I'll just keep in the closet and bust it out a few years after he retires. Then it would be fashionable by then. My oldest canuck shirt is only about 5 years old. And I still sport it sometimes, specially on game days.
@peavey (16587)
• United States
24 Nov 09
I wear shirts until they have holes in them (and wear them sometimes even after that). Like you, I wear them to sleep in but sometimes I wear them around the house or to work outside in. I finally gave up on one when it ripped under the arm and then across the back where it wouldn't stay together any more!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
Same here, I wouldn't give up on my old shirts. Not until they get ripped out. Well the special and comfy shirts that is.
@umer5222 (724)
• Cyprus
24 Nov 09
It depends where You live. If you live in village or rural areas like in India, where every where we can see only sand, pollution and garbage. It will obviously decrease your life of your shirt. You You live in big city like new-york, No much pollution, no garbage, You can use your shirt for many years. It also mostly depends on quality of shirts.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
24 Nov 09
These shirts that I keep are the good quality ones that become comfy after a few washings. If it were that dusty and polluted, I would just keep my special shirts inside the house. Thanks for responding.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
21 Dec 09
Thank you bounce