Right, back to downsizing. After reading about this guy, I figured it was time to trim my wardrobe sails and get more minimal myself.  But when I streamlined my collection of dresses, scarves and shoes, I needed a bit of a breather. Talk about traumatic. I’ve been surprised though – I haven’t missed a single item once and I love how much tidier certain areas of the wardrobe are now. So I am buoyed to carry on. Next stop: tops. But not jackets, jumpers, cardigans or vests. One step at a time people, one step at a time.

So I had 48 tops. Forty eight. That is quite a few tops. No wonder my drawer was shutting under considerable protest.

1. Patterned tops

There are heaps that I think are great in theory, but are always bad in practice so they never get worn. The red tops, like the red dresses, have had very few outings so they got the boot. Well, to be honest, only the swirly one got the boot because I do really love the material of the other one, and kinda thought that maybe this time I will wear it. We’ll see. There’s a Moochi top in there that never gets out, so thats gone out, and then there are some perennials in there that I have worn, and worn, and worn. So I said goodbye to leopard print and the blue spotted number too. No-one wants to be wearing giant spectacles from the eighties in the nineties (although now they are Bang! Awesome Again) so I thought it was best not to be stale and say adios, while we are still friends. And then there is Coral Camp. I never knew I had such a thing for the colour coral. I have a coral skirt too. Maybe I could wear it all together and wig out at myself. That’d be amazing.  Needless to say, I kept all the coral I could.

2. Cottons

This pile is almost exclusively kowtow clothing – organic fair-trade cotton awesomeness from right here in Wellington. I am a devout follower and ain’t no way I am separating myself from any of their numbers. If you aren’t already acquainted with them, than get so. Its guilt free goodness. I kept the yellow number from Kilt too, because it has two birds on it. Fickle and true.

3. Sundries

A glitter singlet, a polka dot sheer top, a Sabatini top that should be good but isn’t, two mullet singlets – hmmm, there was a lot here to get rid of.

4. Black.

I took a photo, but really it just looks daft. Like it didn’t upload properly or something. So just imagine a pile of 16 black tops. Yeah, that is a few. Seems black is the constant across my wardrobe. I got rid of well over half – lets leave it at that shall we?

After

Sum total of tops after downsizing – 17. Thats the bottom of the drawer you can see there. I know -its a beautiful, beautiful sight.

There may be a sneaky few in the wash, but I figure, if they are in the laundry than I am clearly wearing them so that’s all good.

I looked at that minimal man again –  he had five shirts sum total. Well, there’s minimal and then there’s me.

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2 thoughts on “Downsize me/The Wardrobe diet. Step Four: Tops

  1. ‘There is minimal and then there’s me’ – I could have written that. I try and try – I clear out my wardrobe and before I know it it is bulging again. And I have to confess I went op shopping today and bought 3 black dresses – they cost $3 all up. Bargain. When you wrote about your 16 black tops, I could relate. I don’t know how many black dresses I have but it is more than one woman should have. Why do I do this to myself? I envy those who can close their wardrobes and drawers with ease. As this is my year of simplifying perhaps I will get there yet. Thanks for the blog. Asta x
    http://www.astalander.blogspot.com.au
    You might like to check out the FB page I share with a friend (me in Australia, she in San Diego) – http://www.facebook/thesimplylivingchallenge

    1. Totally! I haven’t yet confessed, (but I will now), that I have already bought a new dress, despite shedding half my frocks just a few weeks ago. Sigh…my rack was looking much more lithe, but I fear it is temporary….I will have a check of your links. Thanks for reading! Sarah x

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