07 September 2007

I Went Out and Shot a Couch

Those Parent Blogger people have another blog blast going, about style or the lack thereof. The Little Black Book of Style might have something to say about the fact that 98% of the time I wear jeans and a black shirt. But once upon a time, I used to wear this here jacket with jeans and a black shirt. Stylish, no?

Periodically, like most people, I go through my closet and toss, sell or donate the things I am never going to wear again. But every time I lay my hands on this jacket, I pat it, straighten it on the hanger, and put it back in the closet. I just can't get rid of it. I don't wear it. I'm not going to wear it. I haven't worn it in, oh, 15 years?

I used to wear it. I'd wear it with jeans and a black turtleneck, and I got lots of compliments. The jacket is, after all, eye-catching. And every time someone said something, I got to reply merrily "Thank you. I went out and shot a couch."

The jacket has been in my possession for at least 20 years, and if memory serves me correctly, my sister had the SAME jacket. Imagine. There were two of them. I wonder what happened to hers.

I've just had an epiphany, though. I think I'll cut up the jacket and turn it into a throw pillow. Wouldn't that be a nice karmic reincarnation? Couch to jacket to throw pillow? Too bad it doesn't go with my living room.

17 comments:

Pinky said...

Yes, I had the same jacket. I have no idea what became of mine. And, if memory serves me correctly, it was a certain lunatic co-worker in the MTH&M records department who first came up with the "shot a couch" comment.

Awesome Mom said...

Hehe that is a very couch like jacket. It could also be old heavy drape material. I am afraid to look in my closet, although I do have pretty good turnover.

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Wow! That does look just like my grandmother's old couch.

Funny how our tastes in clothes evolve!

slouching mom said...

It would make a lovely throw pillow, though.

Snort.

niobe said...

I think you need to re-do your living room to coordinate with your soon-to-be pillow.

alejna said...

I'm pretty sure the couch you shot was related to a pair of chairs that my grandmother had.

susan said...

I think with memories like that, the couch pillow will go with anything.

And this gives me a lot of good ideas for my decluttering plans!

flutter said...

That would make a GREAT handbag

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I like that pattern. Hmmph.

Karianna said...

I had a vest like that. UGH. And it was slightly shiny. I shudder with horror.

painted maypole said...

it would make a really cool purse

andi said...

You just about killed me with the title of this post! So funny.

I've been doing a little bit of couch-hunting myself lately and it's not pretty...

Tuesday Girl said...

I think you should make a pillow out of it!

Furrow said...

Oooh, I second the handbag suggestion.

I'm usually pretty heartless about purging, but I have one or two items like that in my closet that refuse to retire to thrift or consignment stores.

MadMad said...

You know how to tell when you're really old? When you stop wearing the black shirt with jeans, and switch to brown, because the black just highlights the circles under your baggy eyes... So at least you're still on black, right? I've moved on to brown... ah well.

Eva said...

I have things I can't get rid of, either. Mostly they're things I fantasize about fitting into sometime. I have my father's silk padded jacket handmade for him in China. I actually wear it in the winter. Anyway, it's so much better when clothes have a story other than "It was 75% off at Wal-Mart!"

liz said...

I love the purse idea.

Alternatively, use it to make cuffs for your jeans. Just a little bit of couch on your cuffs!