It's a grayed out lilac and muted butter yellow color situation, in case it's hard to see
J. Crew navy cardigan
Abercrombie & Fitch button down...
Necklace - gift (keep forgetting to find out where it's from)
Abercrombie & Fitch leather belt...
J. Crew jeans
J. Crew Factory suede flats
So yeah... I think you can probably guess which 2 items are the old ones. I think I shopped at A&F about twice in my life back in 2002, and I'm pretty sure I bought both of these items on the same shopping trip which makes them... roughly 12 years old.
Sadly Weirdly, they're not even the oldest things in my closet - I actually still have the Gap dress I wore at my high school graduation (gulp... 2001), but I couldn't really wear that here because it's a little dressier and a much more summer-appropriate fabric (read: I'd be freezing my ass off all day). I also have a bunch of those old school t-shirts (oldest one dating back to kindergarten - for real!), but those are more nostalgic than real clothing.
These two items are definitely still something I would buy now though - gingham button downs and brown leather belts are kind of always in my style repertoire. They've actually stood the test of time quality-wise, strangely enough - the leather belt is worn but still in really great shape, and the button down has been washed hundreds of times but still isn't overly faded or worn through. Sighhh... remember the days when even stuff from A&F was well-made with good fabrics and construction? This shirt used to be the only button-down I owned, and in college it was definitely a favorite of both mine and my roommates' - for some reason, it really looked good on everyone. The only problem I have with it is that it's about a size and a half too big now. I had to wear a cardigan over it because it bloused out in the back so much after I tucked it in (boo hoo, I know, there are worse problems to have). I think I could probably get it taken in though... or maybe if I was feeling ambitious I could do it myself?
What do you guys think, should I keep these around or let them go? And don't forget to stop over at Blue Paper Lanterns to show off your ancient duds too!