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    The 'Contentedness' Thread

    As a counterpoint to the consumerism-glorifying cascade of new acquisitions in the 'Look What I've Just Bought' thread, or future aspirations in the "What's In Your Wishlist" thread (no hate for either, they're great, I was just feeling verbose), this is for you to show off your old favourites, the battered, faded, worn-in stalwarts of your wardrobes. The clothes and accessories that tell the story of your life through every wrinkle, scuff and fray. From the plainest of basics to the most stand-out of statement pieces, you end up reaching for them more than anything else because they're so familiar, so comfortable, so you. Sure, some of them might have been bought before you discovered FashionBeans and the finer points of fabric and fit, but you love them anyway in all their imperfection.

    So post away!

    Once I've got time to get the camera out later I'll post an item or two.

    (Stole the idea & title from another style forum I lurk on occasionally.)

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    I'm really feeling this thread, shall post some pictures tomorrow.

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    Great idea for a thread!

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    Have so much sentimental stuff, will have to take some pics!

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    This has to be one of my best buys ever. The All Saints Original Biker Jacket. The fit is absolutely perfect: slim on the arms, ideal length with the softest leather I have ever felt on an All Saints jacket (it is very durable too. Not like their current Cargo Biker Jacket). The quality is amazing: I would say this jacket was made when All Saints were at their peak in the fashion industry.

    I wear this jacket a lot, and it just gets better with age. It looks amazing as well. I can't rate it highly enough. I paid about 180, and I have definitely got my money back for the amount of wear I get from it. I always get envious looks as well.

    This jacket makes girls wet. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ben_ View Post

    This jacket makes girls wet. I love it.
    Brilliant last line.

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    First one from me, my Clark's desert boots. I bought them in August 2011 in a summer sale for 49, and at that point it was still the most I'd ever spent on a pair of shoes (prior to that, it was Converse & TK Maxx). They're in "Mink Suede"; presumably nothing to do with the small furry animal, it's a soft, light brown with a pinkish tinge. I love it, it's not quite your standard beige or tan for desert boots but still a great go-with-anything neutral. It seems that it was a one-off colour, which makes me sad as I won't be able to replace them exactly when they give up the ghost.

    Anyone who's had a pair will know how comfortable DBs are - the suede is so soft, and it's unlined so it just collapses as you can see in the photo - and of course it's only got softer with time.



    I've worn them all year round, everywhere from sun-drenched beaches to snow-covered campuses, with all sorts of shorts and trousers; from jeans to chinos to cords and even flannel. They're casual enough to throw on with jeans and a t-shirt but smart enough to support chinos and a blazer, they fit into indie, preppy, workwear and heritage looks. They've picked up all sorts of scuffs, wrinkles and stains in their adventures but it just makes them look even better.

    I have other shoes I love; my brogues, monk straps, brogue boots, my loyal old Converse...but nothing beats these in terms of how they've moulded to my feet and developed character and the way they pair with anything at all in any weather.
    Last edited by Black Sheep Boy; 07-03-2013 at 10:14 PM. Reason: Too much of a perfectionist

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    Being a bit of a country lad, three years ago I purchased this at a little country gentleman's shop near me. Haven't seen anyone else in one and you could only buy them at specialist outlets, so I believe they are quite rare.


    Gore-tex lined and windproof, the breast pockets are amazingly useful and it keeps me warm in any weather. I won't ever sell it, I've grown way to fond of it. 350 well spent!

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    Another one from me.



    A peacoat from River Island I got in Autumn 2010. It's only 60% wool and I'd probably turn my nose up at buying it these days, but I love it too much to stop wearing it. It was the first item of clothing I owned that I felt was really special and unique, and I received compliments about it from everyone from my schoolfriends to my Granny. I love the little details that set it apart; the slightly trapezoid button placement with the horizontal seams between rows, the embossed metal buttons and the cuff detailing.



    I wore it non-stop for two winters and it's still in my rotation this winter. I realised the sleeves were too long (I knew nothing about fit when I bought it) so I shortened them myself. My rudimentary sewing skills have also come in handy in sewing back on the buttons which constantly fall off. It's weathered various style changes; first with t-shirts and converse, then check shirts and military boots, and now brogue boots, cords and knitwear. I wore it to school, family gatherings, gigs, on holidays and to my medical school interviews. It survived me skidding across the tarmac when a patch of ice threw me off my bike on the way to school, with one sleeve bursting open down the seam and having to be repaired. The buttons still show the scars.



    Although I have a lot of alternative jackets & coats now, so it's no longer my sole winter outerwear, it still gets a lot of wear for it's ability to be thrown on over anything for instant cool. I plan to keep wearing it until it falls apart.
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