Minimising my wardrobe

minimise wardrobe

When is having too much clothes a problem? And when is it time to do something about it?

These questions have gone through my head for the past month, well really for more time than that, but I have only become productive about it recently. Yesterday I actually started sorting through my wardrobe and had a big purge of items I didn’t need or want anymore.

I knew I had a lot of clothes, but it’s amazing to see it there in a pile. It really brings it to reality. And the sad thing is not the amount, but the amount of clothes I didn’t wear. I seemed to be collecting and collecting piece after piece. The majority of the items were bought from op shops. I love op shopping, but the great low prices and bargains are a hoarders collectors dream. And I have collected a lot of stuff over the years, that are just hanging there never worn. Those supposed bargains are just wasted money just sitting there. As I see it that money could of been saved up to actually buy something I would use regularly, or spent on a nice relaxing holiday.

I decided to minimise my wardrobe as I realised I don’t wear most of my clothes, and I keep going back to a few essentials I wear most days. These unworn items are just dead space in my closet. Seeing many of my items not being worn makes me sad, as well as frustrated. Going to my wardrobe was not a good experience, fuelled by the fact that I’m not the most organised person, you can imagine how messy the wardrobe can get.

Coming back from a three week European holiday in June, I have realised how my hard earned money and energy can and should be used. This has spurred me to actually do something and clear out my closet, and eventually spend less money on clothes and materialistic things, and spend more time and energy on creating art and saving up to go travel and experience things.

Fifty years ago many people didn’t have the extensive wardrobes we have today. How many dresses does a girl need anyway? And I’m more at peace with the thought of not having a heap load of clothes to choose from when I get ready at the start of my day.

Getting rid of those unworn items is a great feeling. I feel more free and light. I can now enjoy what I do have, and I can actually see and find what I need, which is a plus.

I definitely wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I’m probably the exact opposite,  but I think a bit of minimalist thinking is beneficial in our lives. While doing research on this topic I found an abundance of articles and blog posts that have helped me out.

Here are some links I found useful and thought provoking:

♥ Very informative 10 step process to get your wardrobe where you want it.

http://www.everydayminimalist.com/?p=7763

♥ Some simple questions to ask yourself while creating your minimal closet.

http://grechenscloset.com/minimal-closet-questions/

♥ Xandra’s blog is joyful to go through (and I’m loving her podcasts on youtube, the name is FabulosiTEA). I love her minimalist wardrobe approach, and her blog mantra of ‘less stuff, more sparkle’. Go have a look at her blog and her podcasts.

http://fashionablylight.com/daily-outfits/

♥ This article is great, I think question 7 (Do I feel confident when I wear this?) is perfect, and I definitely used it while I was deciding what to keep and what to throw away.

http://theeverygirl.com/7-questions-to-ask-when-cleaning-out-your-closet

Hopefully these links help you too. You might not do a complete wardrobe overhaul, but maybe it will start your thought process and get you on your way to organise or even minimise your wardrobe.

Happy minimising!

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Outfit love from the past

Photo by Vivian Maier

Photo by Vivian Maier

I just came upon this image on the net, and I was immediately taken by it. Especially by the women on the right. I was draw by her outfit; the pretty sheer lace blouse, the floral pleated skirt, the plastic embroidered purse, her cat eye glasses and her pretty waved hair with her fringe slightly pinned to the side. What is not to love?

This is the type of outfit I would love to wear everyday. This photo reminded me of this. Although I would love to wear this type of outfit I would fear ruing it,  as being an artist, I would get paint on it. So a girl can still dream!

I also love Vivian Maier’s other photographs as well. They capture life in another era with a different eye and emotion. It seems like street photography is such a new phenomenon, but it shows you people were doing it before it was cool. And thankfully they did. Otherwise we wouldn’t have seen how life was, and I wouldn’t of seen this lady’s beautiful outfit.

 

Do you have any vintage outfits you dream of?

Allen Gar blue watercolour dress

Allen Gar butterfly sleeve dress

I bought this 70s Allen Gar dress a while ago at my local Vinnies op-shop, for about $6. I was attracted to the dress with it’s blue floral watercolour pattern. The pattern reminds me of 50s cotton dresses (unfortunately this dress is polyester), the butterfly sleeves remind me of 40s style dresses. I was planning on wearing it for summer (I dont know how polyester will do in the Australian summer though), but hadn’t gone around to wearing it as it’s Autumn now and getting cooler. When I do wear it I’ll have to wear it with a slip as it’s quite sheer.

Allen Gar dress

I love the close up of the fabric, look at the dappled watercolour effect!

Oh, and I got that hanger at my local Salvos for about $3, it says it’s made by Olga Berg. It has pretty flowers embroidered on the velvet material. It makes hanging and photographing clothing so much more pretty.

Vintage sale finds

A while ago I went to Melbourne’s Vintage Clearance Centre sale. It was my first time going there and it was awesome! There were so many clothing, shoes and accessories to choose from. All dresses were $15, sequin tops were $20, tops and skirts were $5, boots were $20, and bags were $15. The hall that the sale was held at was huge! I didn’t realise how big the sale was going to be.

I was hesitant at first as there were so many people trying on and looking at all the clothing, so I started to look in a section that seemed more deserted. There were no change rooms at the place so you had to improvise a bit. Many people were just trying on clothing over the clothing they had on, which is what I had to do too.  I wore a thinner type of dress with an A-line style, so I could easily try stuff on. There were no mirrors what so ever, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a dress, without any way of knowing how it looked on.

Checkered dress

I tried on a lot of dresses, but settled on two. This checkered 70s/80s does 50s style dress, which has pockets, and covered seams. And this semi sheer floral 50s dress. I’m assuming it is a 50s dress as it has a metal zipper on the side, looks hand made and is quite long. It is a bit big, but I love the print. The checkered dress fits quite nice, and I’ve worn it quite a lot, I haven’t worn the floral dress yet.

Sheer 50s dress

Sheer dress belt detail

I took a few photos of some other dresses, that sadly didn’t fit me. I was excited to find so many 50s dresses priced at $15.

I though this 70s/80s dress was designed by Diane Freis, but I looked at the label and it wasn’t. I think her style was quite popular and was copied in her time.

70s blue pattern dress

The rest are all 50s dresses. This aqua number was simple, and I quite like the small waist ruching.

50s aqua dress

I liked the sleeves and diagonal pockets on the 50s blue dress.

50s blue dress

This brown shift dress was particularly lovely, with the floral textured fabric, and the cute pussy bow tie.

50s brown floral dress

This light lavender dress felt soft, I love the neckline, and love the overall dress shape. I love sleeves on dresses!

50s lavender dress

This 50s silver number, I think is particularly special. The material was quite satiny, and had horizontal stripes, and a lovely square neck line with a pretty bow! I do love bows on dresses!

50s silver striped dress

I really wish these dresses were in my size, as I would have bought them all! How could you not with prices like $15! At least I have photos of them to admire.

It was a great day, and I didn’t go too crazy with my purchases. There were many dresses to choose from and can’t wait to go to the next one! Maybe I’ll find some 50s dresses in my size!

The next sale is on the 4th of May, if you live in Melbourne you should go check it out!

Marie Antoinette Costume

I went to a friends costume birthday party last friday and I decided to go as Marie Antoinette. I loved how people tried to guess who I was, some said ghost one person said Marilyn Monroe …..yes I think he was drunk.

It was a fun night, filled with friends, music and food!

I’m wearing the white cotton top I bought the other day, a white and blue stripped skirt which is actually a dress (I tucked the top bit under neath). A blue mesh shawl. A white rhinestone belt I’ve had lying about from Forever New, on sale! A white wig I styled. A small hat, that I attached a bird too. Some thrifted rhinestone and pearl necklaces. My thrifted gold and rhinestone bracelets. And the gold shoes I thrifted awhile ago, to which I attached some shoe clips, that I made.

For people who want to know how I did my make up and hair keep reading:

For the white powdered look, I used some water activated face/body paint and put it all over my face and neck. I used some lipstick as a blusher, which I dabbed on my cheeks and blended until it looked smooth. Then I shaped my lips into a cupids bow. I thought my eyes needed something extra so I placed some blue eyeshadow on the lids, to bring out the blue stripes in my skirt. I finished off the eyes with some white mascara, and white eyeliner on my waterline. And I drew on a cute love heart beauty mark on my cheek. 

With my hair, I created a bun and slipped the wig on top of it. I sliced the crown of the wig so I could pop the bun through. I then grabbed sections of the wig and pinned them all over the bun with bobby pins, until all of my bun was covered by the wig.  I think it worked quite well! I used lots of hairspray, both on my hair and the wig. I then pinned the hat on.

I’m really happy with how it turned out! And it was really fun getting dressed up and gathering the bits and pieces for the costume.

And like any good party we left early in the morning, the next day!

Marie Antoinette costume

Oriental bag + shoes

Last Saturday I went op shopping and bought a couple of things. I purchased a pretty oriental bag, bronze 1930s style T-strap shoes, red wooden round earrings made in West Germany, a white bead necklace and an amazing Avon pendant necklace.

I love the chain of the pendant necklace, and how it has an art deco style to it. It’s very interesting and love the painted flower design on the ceramic pendant.

Hope you had fun shopping this week!

Tessuti coat + hat

I went to the recent Savers 50% off sale and this is what I bought. I got a wool coat made in italy, its label reads Tessuti. It has a gold and brown zig zag wool weave, brown satin lining and earth brown buttons. I particularly like the sheep logo on the tag. I got it for half price at $5. I think the coat looks very 1960s. But i’m not sure when it was made, I’m guessing in the 70s or 80s. I love the warm golden hues of coat, it’s perfect for winter, well next winter, or a cold spring day.

I also purchased a pretty 1930s style hat. I really love this hat as the brim is larger at the front and smaller at the back. I grabbed it as soon as I saw it! It’s perfect for a sunny spring/summer day! And I also bought beige coloured polk dot stockings. How can you resist polka dots, especially on stockings.

I didn’t find any other clothing I liked. It seems that I never find anything on the 50% off sales anymore. But I’m not complaining as I have found some great items in the past!