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’
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 🙁
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.
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.
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.