This is starting to become a regular occurrence.
The first time it happened it was out of innocence. I was out on a cool night, and I didn’t have a jacket/ Pashmina with me. Luckily (much appreciative of the times procrastination plays in my favor), I still had my five bags of clothes that I was donating to Goodwill/ The Real Life Children’s Ranch in my trunk. If it wasn’t for this cool Florida night, I would have missed out on the perfect outfit compliment to my favorite navy blue Boston Proper jumpsuit—my re-discovered Armani Exchange cropped soft denim jacket.
The second time guilty as charged. I remembered an old piece & went searching for it in the Goodwill bags still in my trunk.
Tonight, I was reading fashion blogs and came across Scotch & Soda’s Silky Baseball Jacket with Oriental Embroideries
What?!! That’s my high school Tiger baseball jacket!
Sure enough. I had this exact same jacket (mine had an Oriental embroidered Tiger design—the Tigers was our mascot :) in high school- college that I loved (the baseball-inspired style stole my heart)! My mom found this gem for me at one of the few trendy apparel boutiques, Gllitz in this small NC town.
As my mind is racing to locate it, I remember my decision to finally part ways with this silky (polyester)-reversible(mine was)-Tiger-jacket-now retailing- $200 (exact same fabric blend). I’m in Florida I’m not going to wear this.
I’m imagining myself going to untie the red plastic knots and opening the large white trash bags once again to pull it out. This time the frightening thought runs through my mind. The hand off to Goodwill/ Real Life Children’s Ranch has already been made!
I’m reframing myself—because it’s quite ridiculous—from running into my guest bedroom to see if by some chance in the process of carrying the bags back & forth to my trunk if one of the bags was left behind. Doubtful & past the point of crazy.
The reality & what I tell myself: I have plenty of other clothes in my closet that I can wear & focus on. Someone else can enjoy & wear my insanely cool baseball jacket that combines the opulence of Asia with the vintage sports style of America (Scotch & Soda)!
The true confessions of a fashion philanthropist.