My black dress story.
I was doing a periodic sorting of the clothes in my closet, and I found a black sweater dress that I could swear I’d never seen before. The tags were still on it, it was from a fashion brand with their own stores - a chain of stores that I did not recall ever shopping.
It was not something that I considered to be my style, but the dress fit and looked really good. And I had sorted through the stuff in this closet pretty thoroughly a few months before.
My only guess is that I had purchased it at a discount fashion liquidator outlet, one I used to shop in regularly. Occasionally - not often, but it did happen- clothes from there would still have their original paper tags. My other clue was in the fit of the dress, loose through the top but tightly fitted at the hips. As I pulled it on, it felt like it was at least a couple of sizes too small, it was only after I got it on completely that I realized it fit.
I’m guessing that I bought it at the liquidator some years before without trying it on, took it home, started to pull it over my head, deemed it too small, and stuck it back in the closet. Which still doesn’t explain how it survived so many of my clothing purges (I clean my closets regularly) without being noticed. Or why I would buy it at all, the dress really wasn’t my style. Maybe it was really cheap -stuff on clearance could be under $5, which would also explain why I didn’t return it.
Oh, and this happened at a time when my mom was having one of her serious medical crises, I remember thinking “If she dies I’ll be even more freaked out about the black dress but at least I’ll have something to wear.”
She survived that one, I still have the dress but I’m still not totally sure where it came from.