When I was a sophomore in high school, I gave up JV soccer to row with my high school’s crew team. This activity change warranted a wardrobe change; as loose shorts can easily get caught in the slides beneath the moving seat in the shell, most rowers wear spandex shorts or pants. I bought several pairs of spandex shorts during high school to wear in practice, but one stands out – they have become my all-time favorite workout shorts.
They are navy blue Nike shorts. They are elastic enough to be clingy, but designed to leave enough room at the leg opening to stand out from the legs so they don’t appear skintight. Not only were they suitable for rowing, I do any other exercise I like in them without restriction (here’s a pic of me wearing them while hiking). I can even securely store tennis balls up the legs when I play! These shorts have fit me perfectly all the way up to 170 lbs and down to 130 lbs.
I’d estimate that I’ve worn (and washed) these shorts at least 500 times over the past 12 years, and they haven’t gotten the least bit stretched out, frayed, or faded (except for the tag). I wish I had bought five pairs back in high school instead of just the one. I don’t know what we paid for these shorts, but the cost per wear must be crazy low and as far as I can tell there’s no stopping these shorts!
These shorts are the best clothing purchase I’ve ever made because of their longevity, frequency of use, fit, and versatility. I have no idea how to replicate this purchase as they didn’t stand out to me from the start as such a high-quality item!
What was your best clothing purchase ever? Do you have any clothes you’re still wearing after a decade? How do you choose when to buy quality instead of by lowest cost?