My Jean Jacket from Charlotte Russe

Updated: Feb 1

Inspired by Emily Spivack's Worn Stories, this is a poem celebrating my well-worn, well-loved jean jacket from Charlotte Russe.




My Jean Jacket from Charlotte Russe

Shannon VanZegeren


It hung on the clearance rack, marked down to ten

A lucky discovery while shopping with friends

There hung a jacket of dark denim blue

My fated jean jacket from Charlotte Russe


I was only in high school, so young and so green

There was so much of the world that remained to be seen

So when I jumped from the nest and finally flew

It was in my jean jacket from Charlotte Russe

It dressed up my jeans, and it dressed down my dress

It was the classic reminder that classy is best

And the cutest of outfits it would always produce

That trusty jean jacket from Charlotte Russe

And when first dates arise, the question of questions!

What will I wear to make an impression?

He arrived in a sports car, so suave and so smooth

I sported my jean jacket from Charlotte Russe

Once stiff in the shoulders, it’s now broken in

It gives me a confidence in my own skin

Out on the dance floor, I’ll show you my moves

While wearing my jean jacket from Charlotte Russe

Ten years ago, the best ten bucks I’ve spent

Although there was no way that I knew that then

So whether ballgames or ballrooms, I know that I’ll choose

My favorite jean jacket from Charlotte Russe

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