Inheritance comes in different ways
When we hear inheritance or any variation of the word, one thing that automatically comes to mind is money. However, one’s legacy needn’t necessarily be monetary in nature, nor does it need it to be passed on at the cost of one’s life.
At a time when vintage is hip, why settle for pre-owned garments from unknown people? How about “inhouse” vintage? I’m reffering to those pieces which are passed on from one relative to another on a daily basis, which may or may not have a sentimental value, but that ultimately acquire it. Be it grandpa’s pocket watch (now vintage), dad’s cufflinks or your older brother’s worn out leather jacket, this is a great way to refresh your wardrobe (one that comes at no expense and gives you meaningful pieces). Everyone has garments they no longer use for one reason or another: they no longer fit, people grew tired of them or their personal style mutated. All of these are great opportunities to add newly found additions to your wardrobe.
Also, this allows you to ease your consciousness when the time comes to throw away that overly priced jacket or sweater you splurged on, back when it seemed like an investment…this way, you can hand it down to a relative or friend and at least be assured that someone else will enjoy it as much as you once did.
Coming from a family where genetics have set the scale towards the male gender, the chances of having interesting pieces and accessories just waiting for me to claim, were high. I remember quite a few items that are now a part of my wardrobe, which were once my father’s or brother’s: a couple of mint high-end suits come to mind (which fitted me better than them). Recently, while browsing through my late grandfather’s belongings I came across a pair of cufflinks and his tie pin (a constant in all his photos); needless to say I’m putting them to good use.
I suggest you give it a try!
Some pics of my “inherited” pieces:
Suit by Prada and gold cufflinks (originally my father’s).
Suit by Danielle Alessandrini (originally my brother’s).
Cufflinks and tie pin (my late grandfather’s).