I’ve had another purge of my wardrobe. I decluttered a great many things before I moved in to this little flat, and not just clothes, but kitchen equipment, books, ornaments and pictures. Why is this item here, I asked? Do I truly want to keep this? In a shiny modern Ikea cabinet I’ve kept a few items, including my mother’s teapot and two vases of hers. Actually it’s important not to be dominated by one’s parents things. Immediately after their deaths I had Edwardian furniture and other artefacts from their life, which I kept for a while, but after a couple of years I said goodbye to. They were my parent’s taste not mine. There’s also a new teapot in the cabinet that will never be used because it’s art!
You’ve seen my yellow wall with the one painting. It’s all very minimalist and that’s how I want it, but you don’t have to be minimalist to de-clutter. Apparently, Margareta Magnusson who wrote The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is not at all minimalist in the way she lives. She had to remind a journalist, who expressed surprise at seeing her cosy and very fully-furnished sitting-room, that she’d moved to a small flat from a large many-bed-roomed house with acres of land. De-cluttering just means you clear out stuff you don’t need.
But (puts hand up to face) one year on from our move the clothes and hats were creeping back. So, last month I went through my wardrobe and out went two large bags-worth of clothes. Then yesterday I went looking for summer frocks (because, at the moment we have a heatwave and it’s hot weather) and I realised I had hardly any dresses. I mean I have cruise dresses aplenty, no way, have I got rid of those! But a cool floaty frock? Not many of those were left.
I’ve still got this one, which I’ll wear today.
And I’ve still got this combo. The skirt was bought in Tobago for next-to-nothing and the top is a very old charity shop one and I just love the way the colours are jumbled together.
I’m wearing those shoes today. I can see from the pic (taken last year) that my hair was at the half-and-half stage. As it’s now totally grey and white I’ve bought some of those products that you’re meant to use on white hair, to make it shine and be whiter rather than greyish and dull. I’ll report on these shortly when I’ve used them.
I’ve also still got this skirt.
I haven’t got a pic of this, but it’s got a stiff, red tulle underskirt, which gives it a swing as you walk. I wore the skirt recently when I visited Joanna of JoannaZaraMillinery to try on various hats.
Like this one.
That really needs a better shot as it’s a beauty. Yes, if you need a wedding, christening or Ascot hat Joanna is your person. Here’s another.
This is a fave.
And so is this one.
You might just be seeing one or two more of her hats in the winter!
But back to dresses. The dress I really want is a kind of traditional tea dress. I want it to be floaty and cool with short sleeves and a sticky-out skirt. There are plenty of those at very inflated prices in the vintage-type shops in Brighton. I absolutely can’t afford them, so I’m looking in charity shops. But what do I see? Either dresses made from synthetic material (not in this weather) or, often, as this is Brighton, you can find dresses like these!!
All at £100+ but aren’t they amazing!
I’m off to Suffolk for a week and there may be more linen and cotton dresses in charity shops there. By the way, I’m sure you know that cotton is a very thirsty plant and in our search for cool summer clothes we are depleting the planet of water. It’s a conundrum but something we should think about, so my aim to buy a cotton dress in a charity shop is not only saving money it is saving the earth.
I’ll take some pics in Suffolk, especially if I find a couple of frocks 🙂
With love to you all, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Was stopped in the street by someone who recognised me – I was thrilled! But I understand from the conversation that commenting is a bit difficult for some. So sorry if GDPR has made it more difficult, but this might have been going on for some time. I am looking into this and will report back soon 🙂