In the deepest, darkest of winter days, Tyee culture editor Dorothy Woodend has a bundle of nubby wool — it “mostly resembles a hairy clump,” she says — that she knows will always have her back. It’s her mangy sweater. She wrote a love letter to this holey item that brings her so much comfort and joy. Her observations on what it means to love an inanimate object tracks with a new 2020s fashion trend predicted by top forecaster Li Edelkoort, who argued that “animism,” treating objects with respect, as you would a pet, will begin to take hold. “This is a bit further in time... but it will definitely happen,” said Edelkoort. For Woodend, if the new trend is loving our clothes to death, it can’t come fast enough, especially given the evils of fast, as well as luxury, fashion. We’re wondering what you think of this trend. Do you have a beloved mangy garment of your own? If so, what is it? * Please note that all poll answers will be publicly viewable, but anonymous. Fill out this week's poll. Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.