Today being Black Friday you might be out shopping – so while you are out there this would be a good moment to look for a new coat – saying this I am really talking to one of my good friends who came to visit me a few weeks ago.
One morning while putting on her red coat she said, “Isn’t it amazing – this coat is 24 years old and still holding up” (just barely was my thought) she went on to say, “Amy – that is her daughter – thinks it looks awful, and I should get a new one. But why should I, I think this is perfect. What do you think?”
Since I was in agreement with Amy, and can’t lie, I hid behind Amy and told her, “Maybe Amy is right. A new coat will make you feel and look better.”
My friend is not the only one who I have heard say that a garment is still holding up after x-years. And it is usually said with great pride, making me wonder why some women are so proud of owning old cloth. Here are some considerations that might help to get rid of them:
- they are not fashionable anymore (no, not everything comes back)
- they have lost their fit
- the color has faded
- it looks worn
- the fabric looks old
- it does not suit you anymore
I would like to add to the last point that even if all of the above were not true we have to accept that over the years we have changed – put on some weight, lost some weight, became a little older – and what was suitable 10 years ago is no longer becoming, because our cloth do not change with us.
Maybe my friend will read this and realize that the world is full of beautiful coats with which she can replace that too short, too tight, faded 24 year- old friend of hers.
And Never forget – A Smile Changes everything!