Can Clothes Be Haunted?

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Dear Libra Dress Historian,

My Virgo aunt was the Queen of op-shopping. She dressed entirely in designer clothes and shoes from Op Shops. She had accessories in every colour. Before she left this earthly realm late in 2009 she gave me a full-length Chanel overcoat, which she
discovered in the local Vinnies.

I could not get a piece of clothing to fit me more perfectly than this royal blue overcoat accessorised with Gold Chanel buttons.
As a Libra I’m quite comfortable being the centre of attention and can speak to a crowd but even though I live in a cold climate I cannot bring myself to wear this coat very often and have worn it twice in 4 years.

It’s a bit too showy, even for me. So it hangs in the wardrobe and I wear a black knee-length coat on particularly cold days. It seems like such a waste.

My question is: I give all my clothes to charity but cannot bring myself to wear anything from Op Shops. It’s as if the spirit of previous owner of the clothes is still present (whether they are alive or dead) and I just don’t feel comfortable.  Do some signs inhabit their clothes long after they have stopped wearing them?

Libra9

Dear Libra9,

I’m not sure whether particular signs are more prone to lingering in their clothes posthumously, but I imagine that Fixed signs with their ego-strength would be the most pervasive. Your late aunt certainly seems an atypical Virgo. Collecting accessories in every colour and strategically sourcing high-value bargains might be Virgo traits, but blithely ignoring the fact that your finds have been in contact with other peoples’ dead skin-cells goes against her sign’s trademark preciousness and hypochondria.

But to turn to you, I think that Libras might be especially resistant to Op or charity-shopping. Though Libras are generally easy-going, that cardinal Venusian energy makes them opinionated in matters of fashion and beauty. They also like to be tastemakers, with a strong personal sense of style that can adapt to incorporate current trends. When I look at myself and my Libra friends, none of us make a big deal out of charity shopping. If we have second-hand pieces they blend in so seamlessly with the rest of our wardrobes that you’d never be able to tell.

Perhaps your aunt’s Chanel coat, no-matter how glamorous or perfectly fitting feels odd when you wear it because it was inherited, not chosen- as though it was imposed on you. I personally think that you should let go of any guilt that comes from not wearing the coat. It’s fine to pass it on and keep the memories of your aunt. I had a similar situation recently when my Gemini grandma tried to give me her heavy gold chain. Just looking at it made me sad and I knew I’d rather have happy memories of my grandma, so I gave it to my sister and bought a delicate pearl necklace instead.

Lastly, look to your moon sign as well, because the moon governs our emotional response to clothes. While Pisces and Cancer moons love a little history in their outfits and are often happily haunted by wearers past, Capricorn and Aries moons like to be the first to break in an outfit. And Leo moons, of course prefer selective haunting- only cast-offs from royalty, or at least an eminent family member, will do.

I hope this helps,

Libra Dress Historian x

 Katerina Pantelides is a dress historian and writer living in London. A Libra with Neptune rising, she is interested in the relationship between fashion, beauty and the occult.

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Aries Moon Maiden
Aries Moon Maiden

This Aries Moon loves clothing that has had a previous life. I buy a lot of things at thrift stores. Great quality, unique items and a price I can afford.

piscorp
piscorp

I have worked in the fashion industry for many years so I have seen first hand cutters perspiring over lays, sewers spitting on their fingers for traction, finishers with bleeding fingers sewing hems and buttons…then into the shop to be tried on by many people. So I am happy to wear second hand clothes after I have washed them myself.

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

I have worked in the fashion industry for years as well….

Something I learnt, spit gets blood out – we had a big work room in Oz with upto 20 hand sewers and if you pricked your finger, you’d get a bit of spit on some rolled thread and hey presto.

Also doesn’t leave watermarks on silk – so when hasty presser has pressed in creases – a bit of spit and it drops out.

Used to laugh to myself bout the ladies who lunch wearing my spit!

Catzai
Catzai

Love Love Love vintage. Always have, always will.
(sun/moon/mercury/ neptune in Scorp, and Aries rising)
Not superstitious about it in the slightest – in fact I reckon I’d scare the bejesus outta most self-respecting coat-hanger hangers-on.
😉

Rachel
Rachel

Aries moon here–I haven’t bought a “new” article of clothing …it’s been years–don’t know how long! I love second hand clothes–or clothes swaps. I always clean them/smudge them (sage/palo santo) before wearing though.

kel
kel

If the coat fits you so perfectly, have you thought about getting creative on it and making it an up-cycled treasure?

Get those gold buttons off and replace them with less Chanellesque fixings, line the edges of the coat with some crazy beautiful material and voila! What chanel coat?

Anonymous
Anonymous

My thoughts exactly Kel.I would remove the buttons and replace them with fabric self-covered buttons, (probably in a tweed or fine leather unless you can find some others of appropriate size and material ie not plastic.) Sell the Chanel buttons on ebay. I have been a fan of vintage clothes and fabrics for nearly 40 years, loving the quality of the fabric and work womanship. I love the cut, construction and drape of 40s and 50s dresses and the tailoring from those periods. And the fabrics, particularly the prints! I air or wash clothes before wearing them and dont worry… Read more »

Libra9
Libra9

Oh my goodness, Libra Dress Historian. Glad to know from you and so many others that what I feel is real. Have been trying to adjust to the coat, but not succeeding and now I know why. Moon in Aqua. I have my mother’s wedding dress, which I obviously will never wear. Wonder if my Gemini fashionista daughter will want a vintage 50s wedding dess one day?

libra dress historian
libra dress historian

Omg we share the same moon sign too! As I was reading your query I was thinking about how you had described my own feelings on second hand. Aqua moons are fiercely independent and hyper sensitive to past owner haunting. Our need for space and a feeling of renewal often isn’t suited to inherited garments. But with regard to your Gemini daughter, who knows? If she does wear the 50s dress it’ll have to be jazzed up with modern accessories as Gemini’s like to be authorised courant. X

libra dress historian
libra dress historian

Oops I meant au courant. Not so aqua moon that I’ve mastered my new phone!

SoVeryGemini
SoVeryGemini

This explains why my Aqua husband (aqua rising) haaaaates when I buy him thrift clothes.

coeli
coeli

The utterly wonderful Alison Lurie wrote a collection of short stories called Women and Ghosts, which included a haunted watch and a cursed slip.

The Leo Socialite
The Leo Socialite

Can clothes be haunted? I have been POSSESSED by a dress. It was Vintage. Deep sea blue Shangtung silk sheath knee length with beading at the decolletage. Made by a Shanghai tailor circa the 60s. It leapt out at me in a sea of mediocrity in a church shop, me aged 17. So flattering i could scream. When i wore it, i was another woman, wiser, sleek like a sexy panther, very, very cynical about the ways of men. But in a cool way. It cost me $2 because the idiots in the shop could not see the dress deity.… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

That’s a wonderful story!!
Please write a book on Fashion, Modelling and the Dress Deity, I will so read the hell outta that.

There has to be an spiritual consciousness/deity dedicated to Modelling too.. any thoughts? 🙂

sweetpea
sweetpea

Yes, was gonna say that only TLS could TRULY be possessed by a dress. Sure it looked smashing…

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Ooh, Fabulous! I wonder where she is now…

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

Great story and you’re very lucky I was not in that church jumble sale 5min before you!

I always wanted to write short histories for some of my finds, knowing that had lived big lives before I found them

sweetpea
sweetpea

In 11th grade, bought a pink 1950’s style coat from a thrift store for .50 Got loads of compliments on it. Mid calve, 3/4 arm. One large button at the top.

sweetpea
sweetpea

Think the fashion in the 50’s was 3/4 arm cuz women were expected to cook, stir the soup :mrgreen: Nobody wanted to get wet or catch fire haha

Libra dress historian
Libra dress historian

OK it’s official- Virgos are the masters of non-Virgin clothes (couldn’t resist the pun) I guess it takes a resourceful, detail-orientated mind to scout out the best stuff and adapt it. And clothes ARE haunted

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Haha, I love it <3

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

…just call us the archive-witches of our granny’s attic. something about being mutable makes for some excellent transmutation skillz with those old ghosty textile haunts. think some of the others nailed it: sort, change, use, transform xx

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

Hahaha nice one LDH

withlovefromjupiter
withlovefromjupiter

awesome answer :O so interesting to hear about the way you live

cheers

Joh
Joh

Moon in pisces…. love clothes with a history.

Charles
Charles

Wear the blue Chanel overcoat. Wear it all the time, everywhere, even if you’re massively overdressed. Then after a while, it will be YOUR coat and not hers. And then you can do with it what you will.

But then, consider this is advice from a Taurus that wore the same Doc Martens shoes for 20 years (and still would be wearing them, if they hadn’t fallen apart).

Pi
Pi

That’s not a bad approach. “Wear it until you love it!!!!!!!” (From Man in the Iron Mask, except the coat is nice and comfortable not a hideous metal mask) Charles I have a question. The docs. What did you do when the soles wore out? I am a veteran shoe re-soler but docs are different. I have been known to wear beloved shoes until parts of of my foot are in contact with bare ground, so enamoured am I of some shoes. I want to have a plan for when my docs start to show similar wear. They are made… Read more »

Pi
Pi

To be clear. MY docs not made in China. Subsequent lines, is what I mean

Pi
Pi

Oh. Unless that is what you mean by ‘fallen apart’

skarab
skarab

Most cobblers won’t re-sole DMs, but apparently Doc Martens still say that they will continue to re-sole them for life – but that’s in the uk. I dunno if there’s an official doc marten store in oz? You could try them. I doubt whether it will be economically viable though. Besides, my osteopath said that it’s bad to keep wearing the same shoes for a long time, as we imprint our shoes with whatever bad posture/habits we have, so it’s good to change them especially if you’ve had work done on your body – otherwise you’ll just revert back to… Read more »

Charles
Charles

Well my tread wore down to almost nothing, which made them pretty dangerous in winter ice, they were more slippery than any shoe I ever wore. But I only stopped wearing them because the leather upper tore apart near my little toe. I could probably have it mended but they’re so decrepit it’s not worth it.

It looks to me like the Docs sole is a standard Vibram sole but in an unusual rubber material. I would presume these soles are available as replacements since Docs are so common. But I have no idea.

sweetpea
sweetpea

Had a fave pair of Italian black leather, low heeled, pointed toed sling backs. Got them re-soled.

Tight black skirt and sun tanned legs…hot baby

Virgo Ellie
Virgo Ellie

Interesting… I would say yes, clothes can be haunted. Now it makes me think that anything I have from my Grandparents are lingering with me. I don’t mind since I like having their presence around.

Sue
Sue

It’s like that Little Britain episode “Do you know if anyone died in this” as she holds up an Op Shop clothing article.

davidl
davidl

If I just enter a second hand clothing store/ depot I am repelled by the whole ecosystem. In short, I see dead people…. Well no, maybe that’s a dramatization , anyway I do feel a certain type of sadness. There are obviously some in the business who have overcome this obstacle by presenting the garments with a bit of glamour and offering well maintained crafted pieces.
To me these are the pieces that carry the haunting vibe. The clothes in regular op shops remind me of flowers in a cemetery.

sweetpea
sweetpea

Wanted to thank you for the morning chuckle between the Ugg boots and “flowers in a cemetery” 🙂

Veronica
Veronica

Maybe that’s why my Scorp moon likes cemetery flowers…they ARE slightly spooky.
Not to have in my home, I like the usual succulents and living, happy things, but I kind of like the cemetery vibe

Savannah
Savannah

As a crab moon & rising I’ve always liked vintage not only clothes but stuff for decades, I’ve got lovely pieces some vibe better than others…..lately I’m recoiling from it all.

Pegasus
Pegasus

LIbra Moon. Cap rising. Lots of Sagg bits. Love love love my navy Betty Liano extra extra long slim slim legged, low rise as new jeans, that were found in the Salvos for……..$7. It’s the best place for pre-worn (and new that were donated) jeans. Tax deduction for designer donations. My Carla Zampatti silk tops/blouses also new x 3 are collector’s items. Worn with the BL jeans and we are looking at 400 dollar outfit for under 20. So no qualms about vibes with those bargains 🙂 Sagg luck in action. This means there is money left over for Dita’s… Read more »

davidl
davidl

Ugg boots. Possibly denim with faux white fur trim.

Pi
Pi

Muscle car? I would love you forever.

Veronica
Veronica

Go the hoodies, good for the early mornings with the muscle dog. I know this from personal experience 🙂

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix

Virgo/Virgo Rising Scorp Moon Have to disagree LOVE opshopping from 15 on (80’s were the golden years!) my beautiful collection was given away in a 90’s hippy moment (bloody saw a girl walking down the street in one of my one offs – deep regret) Had my own tshirt label in 00s and studied fashion so made heaps for myself still do but mainly just alter (5ft nothing) I still have a few beautiful pieces and lucky enough to have lived in Singapore very early on so Mum had some gorgeous things made…. Now give more than shop but still… Read more »

calypso
calypso

I told a girl she was wearing my dress 🙂

Pi
Pi

Ha, I have always wondered about this situation. I am a long term wearer of vintage and second hand. I don’t even think twice about it. If something gives me the creeps though, not sure of that’s ever happened but if it did I would probably not buy it. Love what you have to say about this, Ms L. Dress Historian. As a Pisces I swim about in people’s energy anyway i guess, so what difference is a bit of fabric going to make. Lastly unless I spend thousands, it is totally impossible to locate the quality, cut and fabrics… Read more »

Pi
Pi

ComplIment not complEment!

DP
DP

Thank you for even knowing the difference! 😉

Year if the Phoenix
Year if the Phoenix

I love to wear men’s clothes too and had a favourite red wool jumper of our fathers in the mid 80’s that mum reminded me recently friends would come to the door and borrow – boys and girls : ) I think as girls we are so much more able to shift between the stereotypes much more than boys. One of my lil twin nephews has told us on number of times he wants to be lady when he grows up (from around 4) there was a subtle aside about it recently just between he his bro and me because… Read more »

Sphinx
Sphinx

Yes! Oiu! Si! Houses, mattresses, jewellery and crystals, gloves, hats, scarves and clothes all absorb energies and vibrations & don’t emit much themselves!

No matter how much I want to be a proud vintage wearing, thrifty, all-embracing-of-other’s-cellular-DNA person, I can’t.

calypso
calypso

what if they had good energy?

sphinx
sphinx

Awesome question! I have come across quite positive energy in clothes but it still bears the energy signature of the wearer, and in that sense it doesn’t ‘fit’ me.

Kool4Katz
Kool4Katz

Can clothes be haunted?

Only by the wearer’s.

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Bing. 🙂

Mrs Mulligan Tinkerbottoms
Mrs Mulligan Tinkerbottoms

Like many other substances, wood, paper and jewellery being prime examples, clothes DO retain the energy of their owner. I don’t like wearing vintage for this reason. Always been super sensitive to it. And I’m a happy go lucky Sag.

S
S

I’ve had to get through life in some very difficult financial situations. I don’t worry about wearing other people’s pre owned clothes. Had weeks in a hospital with only donated clothes from the lost property. Sadly never the right shoe size could be found. Kinda think that’s because even I didn’t want to be found there either. I donate my clothes and I do feel uncomfortable about this, as I fear not having the funds to purchase clothing in the future. Kataka Sun a natural born worrier. In my youth I’d paint on clothing and deconstruct clothes and hand sew… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

You’re back. 🙂

x

Pi
Pi

*runs to S and gives big bear hug*

Kool4Katz
Kool4Katz

If she gets enough runs will she make the Test team? Go Katz – as long as they don’t do Crows

S
S

Your eccentric moon ways always make me smile. 🙂
I’ve got sample pills from the shrink, which will cost $730 per year. That’s what you get for having an allergy to Prozac.
Guess at the end of the day, it’s you that defines your soul’s purpose not the origin of your clothing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is it just Prozac? I do better on the generics.

S
S

I had such a severe reaction to it, the Dr wants to say it’s an allergy. So glad I did change shrinks because I don’t I’d be alive, if I’d stayed with her and on that medication.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At least a 6 I’d say … Pi

S
S

Love one Pi, thank you.

Anonymous
Anonymous

why is it that one can wear jumpers for bottoms, yet you cant wear bottoms for jumpers? think about it

S
S

I was in hospital and it was cold and I had limited clothing options.
You’d need to cut out a section for your face. Scissors are difficult to get your paws on in the psych ward.

skarab
skarab

aah yes – you need a hole for your head …..gawd, the visuals and the bottom of the barrel humour are an indication of my despondency at the moment …..i’m even more frustrated now than when mars was in libra…what is going ON?!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Katakans still doing it tough at the sensitive corner of the grand cross gnar. Call on Saturn trining your suns from strong Scorpio to help you through? Xox pi

skarab
skarab

ok, thanks Pi….i’ll try…but sheesh, that requires thought and deciphering astro psychology which is brain work – and i’m so fuqing tired of thinking. Would climbing a peak and howling like a demented she-wolf help – coz that’s what i feel like doing.

Pi
Pi

Definitely do that. X

Kool4Katz
Kool4Katz

Is it easier to jump bottoms than to watch bottoms jumping? Or is this just me with my jottings bumping?

skarab
skarab

how about KrazyKat

Kool4Katz
Kool4Katz

Yes! I have been called that 756,843 times so far. Can’t see it myself………

aries girl
aries girl

That’s funny. My Libra partner hates op shopping; he says he has a physical reaction when entering one and can’t stay long as they make him feel depressed. He has a sag moon.

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Virgo Sun/Libr Rising/Scorp moon here – and I have a different view, all respect to the lovely Dress Historian and other Virgos who agree with her… I don’t mind dead skin cells at all and I have iron faith in the lovely ladies of the thrift shop massive and their collective ability to wash/sort the hell out of the clothes so that such minutiae matter about as much as the nanoparticles of great great nanna, your ancestor of ten generations ago and in fact our prehistoric elders, all of which cover us daily anyway and live on in our own… Read more »

Mrs Mulligan Tinkerbottoms
Mrs Mulligan Tinkerbottoms

As adorable as the thrift shop ladies are, I’m pretty sure they don’t wash the clothes …

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Figuratively speaking. Washing with stout and stringent commitment to Being Part Of The Community: no better energetic detergent, I think 😀

Pi
Pi

Bless you for your appreciation of community-level activity. Think global act local! No better example. Xxx

Pegasus
Pegasus

This is what i call True Wholistic Thinking VLS. The Big Picture.

Seagoat
Seagoat

I love your perspective VLS xxx

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

Pi / Pegasus / Seagoat: 🙂 all mah siblings in the thrift shop wearing everyone’s grandmammy’s clothes – all more the power to us ;D xxx

DP
DP

I agree 100%! I buy a lot of thrifted clothes. While I do believe that objects possess energy, I also believe in the awesome power of my own huge ego/energy to blast any residue away- that and a good washing. 😉

(Spaces are a different story. While I’m still remarkably resistant, my present home, built 1914, needed a good energetic clean-out. Visitors were being greatly affected by it- getting sick, etc.)

VirgLibrScorp
VirgLibrScorp

hehe. Word. Your excellent ego can absorb that shizz, and make it your own, right? 😉

(yeah, agreed, but spaces are under geometric and feng shui forces so it is a little different from organic, fluid textiles that move and flutter and wear and stretch – totes agree with need for abode-cleansing)

DP
DP

Good point!

Veronica
Veronica

Ha, DP as a fellow Aries I second that 🙂

The clothes become mine, imbued with my energy pretty fast after they are washed and often altered slightly to fit better, hems taken up etc.

I love the construction quality of the way they were made, and often the prints. Always get compliments on my outfits when wearing vintage

Astarte
Astarte

Same here. Virgo – Sun, Mercury, Uranus, Pluto. I don’t mind that other people wore the clothing before me as long as it’s clean. Recycle, recycle, recycle. Reduce the landfill, share with others (I donate when I am done with clothes) and do not support the horrible sweatshop abuses! We Virgos love being prudent and protecting our earth. Also Aquarian moon influence I am sure. I also like the discovery of thrift and the style. Love the pure, natural fabrics and craftsmanship. I did once have a dress which gave me bad vibes, however and I felt distinctly that something… Read more »

maz
maz

phew, i needed to read that! i started to weird out about my clothes!

samantha
samantha

Sun, moon and mercury in cancer and yes I wear second hand. I am virgo rising though. I used to wear a lot more when i was younger especially in my early 20s. Partially because I had no money and also it was the fashion amongst my friends. I was very into grunge and alternative music and saw live bands 3 times a week. I don’t wear second hand so much now. I have more money and like to look a little better groomed, I don’t think I can get away with looking shabby as I approach my mid 40s.… Read more »

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

I believe clothes hold the energy of the wearer, but a good smudging with mugwort and an airing in direct sunlight soon banishes any lingering vibes.

I do this with my OWN clothes if I’ve had a particularly bad day/experience in them.

MutableMabel
MutableMabel

Sag Sun, Pisces Rising, and Gemini moon, with Venus, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter in Libra. I’m ridiculously fussy about my wardrobe. I wear secondhand all the time, but obvious period vintage is very much not my thing. I like beautiful fabrics and simple but well tailored cuts… the clothes I can actually afford new tend not to have these things. Someone would need a very trained eye to figure out what store or even era my clothes come from. That said, I have articles that feel like the letter writer’s coat — somehow not quite right, but so beautiful that… Read more »

Aishah Macgill
Aishah Macgill

I have long held the belief that clothes do hold the energy of the wearer, especially shoes. I love second hand clothes and always wash before wearing and will hang them out in the sun, rain and wind before wearing to cleanse them. Some clothes I do reject on feeling their vibrations or I just won’t pick them up.

My daughter used to wear my nighties when she was younger if she felt afraid at night, and she said she felt safe when wearing them. She often borrowed them for this reason even though they were huge on her!

Anonymous
Anonymous

You are sooooooo right..OMG they do! I had an Italian Aunt that lived in Italy and used to be an opera singer in Milan and was in every sense a ” DIVA ” I found this luscious red velvet flowing robe at the thrift that had Aunt Egle written all over it. I washed it, fluffed it, fawned over it and hung it up in my bedroom over night to admire it before I sent it out overseas.. Oh brother, that dang thing woke me up in the middle of the night and literally scared the death out of me.… Read more »

Aishah Macgill
Aishah Macgill

Gosh! Not good news of your aunts death? But the coat sounded lovely. gee.

RedsonyaMM Member
Redsonya

I COMPLETELY agree. I have a ton of water in my chart and I just can’t wear clothes from another person without feeling them, if that makes sense. I keep a few select memory pieces from people that are gone, but I couldn’t wear something important, special occasion, or everyday without feeling haunted by them.

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