It is sometimes difficult to decide whether I am oblivious, or down right cheap when it comes to discarding lingerie that is long past its prime. The problem recently came to my attention causing me to ponder.
This is the time of the year when I am continuously going through closets and drawers to find items to donate or discard. Probably the most boring, for me, is the lingerie. These are never put in the donation bag, but you can be appalled by what you find in this drawer to toss in the trash.
When you don your under clothing it is usually under your clothes. Most often no one sees it unless you are going to the Doctor, or, if it’s a lucky night, hanging with a significant other. Perhaps another exception is when you are shopping for new clothes and will be trying on different items. What if you need to ask a sales person to zip you up and you were wearing something less than your best draws? Aside from those occasions, your panties, bras and other intimate apparel is for your eyes only.
Expensive silk, satin, lace, is saved for special events. That’s why, more often than not, it remains in the underwear drawer for a long time between uses. These items can last years because of infrequency of use and washes. (Washing wears out your fragiles) But when the elastic and lace dry out, a pair of panties just gives up. Holes suddenly appear in the lace and a fingernail can poke right through the silk when you pull them up. Just like panty hose or stockings.
Every day comfy panties also manage to get holes, but that is from the multiple machine washings. They get thrown out after about the fourth wearing when sporting a damage. That’s about the time you start worrying that you might get into an accident, have to go to the hospital, or morgue, and a stranger will see the holes in your underwear. Didn’t your mother warn about such a happening?
Old bras have their downside as well as up. The upside is that they are stretched out. It feels like you are wearing an undershirt. While they no longer give you support, wearing the old worn bra allows you the privilege of running to the store while technically still properly encased. Downside, the darn underwires work their way to the underarm end, poke through the material, and stab you at the most inappropriate times. They can even work themselves half way out the rip hole before you can get behind closed doors to adjust it. Never mind a lace bra so old that your nipples wear a hole dead center. Talk about annoying!
I have many more laments regarding tattered underwear, but for now I will leave you with the admonishment – Go through those drawers more often and discard the old warriors.