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A legendary shirt

DesignCorey Lyons, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Don's timeworn relic.

My father-in-law doesn’t pretend to follow the runway trends to figure out what to wear next season.

He’s perfectly good wearing his eternally comfy, ageless, tattered jersey. He’s been rockin’ it for more than 20 years.

It’s from Gap.

A pleasant, easy-going man in his 60s, Don evokes preppy comfort at any given time. But he obsesses over this striped jersey with a zip collar. I saw it up close recently. It’s got enough suspicious stains to warrant a CSI investigation.

He calls it his convict shirt (blue-n-white stripes). The collar lost its fight long ago. It looks like someone trimmed the edges with a weed eater. The left arm has weird splotches of reddish paint.

But it’s comfortable. Clearly.

What causes a single, battered article of clothing to be coveted so much? Comfort? Brand loyalty? Self-expression?

The shirt is now a family legend. So it’s probably here to stay. Tell us about a shirt you or own that you Just Won’t Let Go.