Clothes decluttering

After buying 15-17 piece of clothing (4 tank tops, and 2 belts included), I thought it important to try and thin my existing collection by as many.  These were what I came up with:

First item is a year or two old.  I bought it at Jeanswest as a ‘nice’ summer top.  I never like creams or off whites, and it is synthetic, so it was never going to be a winner.  It did get some wear and worked well for the time I wore ‘non uniform’ to work in the past year or so.  But after getting very sticky sunscreen on it in New Caledonia, I can’t help thinking ‘ewww, sticky sunscreen back’

Cream lace top from Jeanswest.
Cream lace top from Jeanswest.

These jeans were bought in the same two year time frame, and my first foray into ‘skinny’ jeans. They were a little high waisted for my liking, but the perfect colour, and the brand I otherwise fit in well with. They always needed ‘hoicking’ up, and that’s plain annoying. They were brought from Red Cross.

Blue Mavi jeans
Blue Mavi jeans

The below dress was $40 and brought online at Boohoo. The price was ‘too good to be true’ and whilst i tried to find a style that would flatter my less flattering aspects, it came with a hole in the mesh. I passed on the feedback, but it was the last of it’s size, and I didn’t want another dress. I think it got two wears, but it was much too short, and required a skirt over the top to make it suitable for public consumption!

LBD for dates
LBD for dates

Brought in sales less than a year ago at a department store, I hoped this would act as a great staple of my wardrobe… Alas, this MNG top was synthetic and like wearing a plastic bag in Sydney summer. It was also ‘boxy’ which didn’t do me any favours, and I felt I couldn’t wear it without a necklace as it had such a plain neckline. I’ve learnt my less – synthetic and summer don’t mix!

Lime top
Lime top

Another op shop find – and not when I was seeking out clothing. The colours are so me, but the sleeve length (3/4) is tough, and the fabric is heavy and good quality, meaning it’s hot to wear when a 3/4 would suit. I’ve said before I don’t like raglan sleeves, but I hoped the zipper details would win me over.

Striped Sportcraft top
Striped Sportcraft top

Continuing the theme of synthetic things that were too hot is this dress. Bought from Paul Dane cause it looked ‘me’ on mannequins. I walked past it the first time, but a week later, when I saw it again, i tried it on. It got many wears, mainly for church or Sunday dinners. But, too hot!

Tulip skirted church dress
Tulip skirted church dress

Like the lime top earlier, this was bought from the Review outlet store, with the view to ‘this will be good for work’ – and it might have been, if I’d not put on more weight and it was… one guess… synthetic! I also have one that’s cream and black, and I’ll take bets on when that’ll be listed here… but for now, the green was so plain (where two tones I prefer) so this one is OUT!

Pussy cat bow Review top
Pussy cat bow Review top

Brought prior my 2010 cruise in Greece, I bought this and an aqua one at markets near Coffs Harbour. It was great for keeping sun off me on holidays, but seldom worn ‘day to day’. It’s bias cut which always feels weird to me. I’ll probably find something similar over time to replace as a light weight sun cover.

White beaded kaftan
White beaded kaftan

This top has been in my wardrobe for about five or six years, and I previously decluttered the identical white one in the past few months. I’m plainly too plump for it, and it’s getting unsightly underarm stains (which I wish I knew how to prevent or treat better). Country Road is a great Aussie brand, but sadly, this is outbound.

Country Road pale pink button up shirt
Country Road pale pink button up shirt

Recently I was offered a HUGE load of clothes, and this dress made it home with me. It was a so so colour, but the sequins got me. One super hot day, I wore it to church. It looked like a sack. It’s not flattering. And after one wash, the idea of ironing something so sack like just isn’t worth my time 🙁

Sequined greige dress
Sequined greige dress

Mother thought I wanted what she rejected? I can’t see this in my wardrobe – it’s not horrible, but it’s just not something I would reach for.

Pink interlock 3/4
Pink interlock 3/4

This was another peer pressure purchase in a way – mum was ordering from a catalogue, and this looked like a comfy at home top. But I need no more ‘at home’ stuff. It got enough wear, but it’s nothing special, and it would have been great for me if it’d be longer line, and looked OK with jeans. The colours wasn’t ‘blue’ toned enough for me to love it… And for at home clothes? I prefer a dress in the heat.

Green slouchy top
Green slouchy top

Last but not least, a staple of my wardrobe. It’s got unsightly stains on it, and I found other shelf bra singlet tops to replace it with whilst I was away. I’m embarrassed at my age to have stained and unsightly clothes. Perhaps a little consumeristic, but alas, how it is.

Stained old white singlet
Stained old white singlet

7 Replies to “Clothes decluttering”

  1. Great work on the decluttering – that's a big purge! I am so with you on the synthetics. I just can't wear them; too hot. I would love to be able to wear 'cut on the bias' outfits but I think they only look great in small sizes. I like your colour prefs!

  2. Well done! One in, one out works for me too – I just have to force myself to actually do it sometimes! I struggle with synthetics as well. Many "dressy" shirts are made from synthetics but I can't wear regular cotton tops to work either . . ugh. Usually blends are my best bet but I keep looking.

    1. Thanks Amanda – I struggled to get exactly one in one out, but it's a good solid attempt!

      What's your trouble with cotton shirts to work? I'll keep an eye out for blends too!

      1. There are plenty of casual cotton tee shirts, but finding a cotton shirt that's dressy or professional enough for work is tough. And I have wide shoulders but a small bust so button-up shirts usually look boxy on my frame.

        1. Ah, yes, that I do understand. And who wants to pay through the nose for a nicely steamed/starched t shirt in a store which once you wash at home looks like a daggy t shirt? I settle for cotton button ups with long sleeves mostly (rolled up in summer, but still useable as a layer in winter). It works ok. I do know what you mean about boxy though – I find many clothing styles have forgotten we aren't boxes!

  3. Oh yes, out with the stained. Not consumerist. As a working woman you are not at home enough to warrant messy clothes. And as an adult, you need to look neat and tidy.

    We all get suckered by synthetics and come the first hot and humid day we remember why we cannot wear certain fabrics. I still get sucked in.

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