Wardrobe Ghosts Of The Zodiac

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Are you being haunted by any of the Wardrobe Ghosts Of The Zodiac? Vintage clothing has many appeals. It is ecologically optimal, sustainable, often fairer trade than now and better made. Fast fashion is over. But as Carla Ciccone writes in this New Yorker article, it could be haunted. I love CC’s work. Read more about Carla Ciccone.

Here is her take on a Libran Wardrobe Ghost Of The Zodiac:

2014 Neiman Marcus Black Cashmere Turtleneck

Ghost: Noni Baker

First of all, darling, congratulations. I am a catch! Neither a moth hole nor a pull will you find here. This is pristine, barely worn cashmere. I had ten sweaters just like it when I was alive. Equal wear is important to me. (I am, or, was, a Libra.) Did you notice that this sweater smells like wealth? That’s Jicky by Guerlain mixed with new car leather. I always traveled in new vehicles.

I died three years ago, of a heart attack, while sunbathing on a yacht off Capri, after which my ungrateful children gave all of my clothes away to Goodwill. Can you imagine? Every time you put this on, you shiver slightly. That’s me! I’m stuck in a sweater. My top three goals as a ghost in a wardrobe are to convince you to dump that boyfriend of yours with the motorcycle, to dye your hair brown again, and to stop eating pasta.

Do you have a ghost the wardrobe? And if so, what sign are they?

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Petals

A nightgown of some designer I honestly forget, with a wacky 90s style rugrats style print. Think she’s an Aquarius sun with Taurus everything else. So there is quite a bit of 9th house as well… she tells me to just lounge around while laughing maniacally with the craziest hair accidents. Draw 500 pretzels. Call Pizza Hut and order a whole pepperoni sausage. Show strangers pictures of your dog (if you leave the house. Online is fine).

Madstrat

Love love love. I sell vintage- too many ghosts to name !!

Lili

Thououghly creeped out! LOL!! Esp with the Jicky haunting!

Year of the Phoenix

I Op Shopped in the golden years (80s) when fully beaded 60s sheath dresses went for a one hit wonder song.

I had many beautiful pieces, most of which I gave away in a hippie fit I lived to regret. One zippered mini skirt screamed out for short storys filled with hitch hiking, magic mushrooms, sun dappled afternoons morphing into sparkling nights

SuchADream

I love how timely this little blurb is, as I just spent the entire day browsing on the vintage site RubyLane.com. Having recently done a Kondo to my wardrobe, while listening to the podcast Dressed: A History of Fashion, I promised myself I would rebuild with pieces to be proud of. I have accepted and collected secondhand since I can remember. As an Aquarius I always felt like following trends was impossible because whatever I was into was never going to be popular until three years after I’d worn it out. But glorious vintage? This was economical and fascinating as… Read more »

Sam

Yes !

vikingwoman

First, thank you, Shirley, for taking magnificent care of your mink Blackglamma coat that you ir your family donated sime time ago that wound up on a “fake fur” rack in a recycled clothing store at the mall. Up until then just 3 years ago I eschewed vintage anything. Then the Orange Monster was elected and the shock of waking up to daily horrors on the news created a habit of; frugality, and a need for glamour, need for powering up, witching up, and warrioring up. That led my teenage daughter and I to hunt for bargains. I started watching… Read more »

emg

People thought I was barmy for not buying second hand anything ! I’ve always said it carries energy from who ever owned it last. And houses I have to feel at home in. Like the whole place welcomes me or it’s a no ! Second hand cars are an absolute NO. Makes life damned expensive ! I can’t imagine I’m ever going to take a donor organ, in fact here’s a conversation, I have also always known organs carry souls. I’ve never carried a donor card and do not wish to donate. Just a weird sensation that being broken up… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

I feel the same about everything you said except the clothes. Most 2nd hand clothes are OK, but some I just don’t want to touch.

I think it’s a Pisces thing.

Sam

It’s funny, I am wierdly pragmatic about death. I believe that once I’m dead, I’m dead. I’d certainly appreciate a peaceful death and respectful treatment of my remains. But so many people are denied this privilege, too. It has occurred to me that any rites or rituals to do with my body are beliefs that help the living who remain behind – not me.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

Ha i love it! I smudge second hand clothes but maybe it would be fun to parse them for ghosts

AriesPiscesLibra

I’ve definitely haunted my own clothes. Case in point: a purple wool sweater I wore in high school. Kept it for years without wearing it. Took it down off the shelf a few years ago and was hit with a wave if depressed teenager and I threw the damn thing away

dizzarina

Funny, I’m so open to vibes in most other areas, but when it comes to used clothes, I just can’t hang with the notion that some energy is attached to them. I wash them anyway– any furniture gets washed and oiled, too– so I feel I’m saying to the object, You’re Mine Now. They seem to be pretty happy about it!

JacQui

I am the same I “cleanse” everything with intension, love and some nice smelling oils or incense. Seems like a welcome to my space mostly.

Universali

Oh I love op shopping & garage sales! Most of my fave clothes- and the ones I get most compliments for- are from them. And I also love the different energy they bring into the house. If it feels off, wash it and hang it out in the sun for a day. Good as new. I think there are much worse forms of haunting such as buying from any label (most of them) produced in sweat shops etc… now that is bad ju-ju imo And how horrendous that those awful concentration camps in China ‘re-educating’ the Muslims are producing clothing… Read more »

Love Merkuri

I love going to vintage stores, but I can never bring myself to wear vintage clothing. I don’t want a ghost latching onto me thank you.

A'NLEIFR

I don’t like or wear other peoples clothes because it kind of freaks me out for some reason, esp dead people’s clothes. Any used clothing I feel like I am going to be like that person or something from them is going to wear off on me LOL

Centaurus

I totally get this line of thought that sits in conflict to my environmental self that can’t stand how much clothing waste we are producing globally. I have to take an intuitive approach and be in the right zone to shop it and choose correctly. I’ve had some pieces that were probably from departed folk as they were super vintage and I’ve mostly moved them on…. I have an old tailcoat – yeah like circa 20’s – 30’s that I picked up as the complete set but ditched the bits I didn’t want. It’s wool, thick lined and forces you… Read more »

rubedo

AHahahah, Maybe this is an excercise I can try when the moon passes through my leo 8th house. Clothing clothing that I put on – who wore you first and are they really gone? That or even when moon conjunct my 1st house Neptune, but i don’t think i’ll be as open to this kind of ‘channelled’ discovery the. (capricorn) I remember once I wanted to take my recently deceased grandfathers’s red satin shriner’s shoes, but when I touched them I felt veeeery apprehensive. flashes of the little match girl hit behind my eyes and of the sheer exclusionary foundations… Read more »

WizarDora

I have a pair of red suede, fringed cowboy boots, from Camden market that are most definitely haunted. Bravado walk before them and they certainly strut to the party whether I like it or, not. First to arrive, last to leave, unless the glutenous sex pigs can be admired skyward, in an lofty bedroom. Ideas of grandure, although shallow; they cannot wait to tell you about that time they were featured in a Duran Duran video. I’m pretty sure they laugh at me, not with me and I am slightly scared of them.

Sag?

Centaurus

Hahahaha – that was very funny. As a Sag that can put her hand up to owning various fringed things historically you may be right …

Jokerman

I wore my entire wardrobe but people kept telling me to come out of my closet.

sooshy

I love Op shops and go almost every weekend. I have often wondered, after each shopping excursion, who was I bringing home with me? Who wore the earrings that now adorn my ears? Who slipped into the silk sheathes or linen shirts that I collect? How far did those suede shoes travel before my feet landed in them? Energetically, each time I take home a sample of something, I inhabit places, people and energies that intermingle with mine. It feels divine! A universal fest of shared beauty and finesse. Some things I cannot take home, I instantly know that the… Read more »

Chrysalis

I wonder if I am my own wardrobe ghost… I still have many of my really good designer outfits from the 80s. “Investment dressing”, it used to be called. I don’t wear them of course except for the occasional fancy dress party at which I can impress my younger friends (“OMG! that’s AMAZING! *Feeling sleeve* Is that LINEN????”). I can’t fit into all of them now, of course, and in any case the architecturally improbable lines would surely be some kind of OSH hazard on public transport, but just touching them seems to summon up the ghosts of my Piscean… Read more »

Sam

HEART EYES

JacQui

I had a ghost in my wardrobe. I raced home one lunchtime ready for the next event and was racing ahead in my mind. Shower, hair, clothes, shoes. But as I tried to get my clothes out of my antique (preloved) oak wardrobe the door wouldn’t budge. I was in such a rush I pulled and twisted the key, trying different techniques but nothing. Alright I thought I’ll wear something from another cupboard. Stuck too. Five dressers or wardrobes in total. In the end I sat down and prayed (begged) to Portunus or something to open a cupboard so I… Read more »

natalie le

YES! I picked up a swath of insane Italian trench coats from the 20’s – 60’s at an estate sale. The house was clearly of an older couple. Him, a postman and GI with a foreign bride after world war two. Their bedroom was a shrine to her and it was clear they spent a lot on making her look smart. Huge black and white portraits in beehives and bobs, jewelry from Paris, and a closet stacked with hat boxes. Never been into hats (Aquarius Rising hair does not permit) but coats, oh my. My aunt bought as many as… Read more »

Geminian

Have collected vintage for over 30 years and there are many ghosts here. Most significantly, I adore the Ghost of Australian Manufacturing Past. Anytime I espy ‘made in Australia’ on a label I have a past life vintage moment that’s like a patio party along with pineapple decked out in toothpicks with ham and green olives. Shame as I age that I can’t quite do the polyester like I could when I was younger though …

Sam

Yes! Vintage Oz fashion <3

Sam

I NEED A WARDROBE GHOST LIKE THIS. Edited after I re-read the post: Vintage fashion is also cheaper and often far more interesting.. to me. In my price range. I think it’s my 9th house-ness that means I am kind of happy to wear vintage . I like to think of the places it has been – 1970s fleece lined boots from Canada (did they wear them through the snow to visit friends in a bar? In Calgary or Montreal? Or were they an Australian tourist who couldn’t resist their warmth in our short winter? Did they Walk through forests?… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star

When I read the Ghosts blurb in my head I automatically, comically changed voices. I’m not into vintage clothes. But it does remind me of a time in Brisbane. I was looking for a new home rental and I answered an ad from a sweet French lady. The home was in a nice suburb with nature. When I turned up I realised that this young mother had recently lost her husband. The sadness engulfed the house. But I didn’t have the heart to leave straight away. She showed me down stairs where I would be living. I opened the huge… Read more »

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