I bought it about 3 years ago at Winners for $39.99 (I’m slightly embarrassed that I know this off the top of my head, but I thought it was a pretty good deal at the time, so I guess it stuck with me).
I wear this winter jacket nearly every day from October to April. (Unless it looks like rain in which case I wear my rain jacket, which, coincidentally, is nearly the exact same shade of green.)
Grant hates my winter jacket. Every time I put it on, he moans and groans about why do I have to wear that jacket. He’s so tired of seeing that jacket.
He doesn’t hate it because it was made in a sweat shop or because it looks like something a 15 year old would wear (which it does, and yes, I know I am over 30). He hates it because I wear it every day, and because he has to look at it every day.
I still like my jacket. It fits me, it’s not completely worn out, and I really don’t want to go shopping to find a new one, so I’m fine with it. Of course, as Grant would point out, I’m not the one who has to look at it. I’m the one who’s wearing it. He’s the one who has to look at it.
Grant buys a new jacket most years. So far this winter, he has bought two. He sells the old one and buys a new (or secondhand) one, so he figures he’s breaking even in the eyes of the consumer world.
Basically, he just gets bored wearing the same clothes over and over. He gets around this with the rest of his wardrobe by hiding half of it downstairs. Every once in a while, he switches the stash and those t-shirts and jeans that had been hidden away for a few months seem new and exciting again.
Cunning plan. But, in the case of my winter jacket, I only have one, so that’s not really an option.
So how many winters does a cheap jacket last? Have I hit the synthetic green winter jacket wall? Should I get rid of it while it’s still wearable by someone else? Or should I defy Grant’s sense of style (which, by the way, is admittedly better than mine) and wear it for another 10 years? It may not be as appropriate at the office as it is at the grocery store, but at least I’m delaying it’s landfill demise.