Recently I’ve had a bit of an overhaul of my wardrobe. I noticed that I’d been collecting a lot of old clothes from back before I had the boys – I’d always had it in my head that I would save some things for my daughters one day like my mum did for me, but now I’ve got the boys and I’m not planning on having any more, there isn’t really a lot of point. I’m very attached to some of them, so of course I won’t get rid of them all, but I’m having a proper clear out of everything so I can be more focused on things I really like.
I did come across a number of gorgeous vintage pieces that I used to love when I was younger, and it’s made me think about the type of clothes I prefer to wear now. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to shop in the more fashionable places like Topshop, Zara, H&M etc. but I’ve recently started veering more towards what I’d call “Mumsy” shops, but are actually really good quality, not at all frumpy like I used to think, and will last me a long time. I’m finding a lot of my older clothes to be the more “on trend” type, so not made to the greatest quality because they’re only produced to last a season or two, and quite frequently way too short now!
So, all the too short items have gone straight into the charity shop pile, along with anything that’s too on trend from years ago and I’m not likely to wear again. A few of the vintage pieces that, ahem, don’t quite fit any more have gone into a to-be-sold pile which will probably go onto eBay at some point, but I haven’t got round to that yet. But since rediscovering some of my old vintage loves, I’ve remembered how much I used to love digging them out and wearing them – most of them are pieces that will never go out style because they’re classically shaped.
I used to frequent the vintage and charity shops when I was younger, but I haven’t been for years so I’m not even sure where they are now! I’ve heard of these vintage fairs that are put on quite regularly though, so I might give one of those a go and see what I find.
All in all, I think I’ve cleared out about 50% of my wardrobe, and to be honest I don’t think I’ve worn any of those things for at least a year now anyway so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything, and hubby’s certainly glad of all the space for his stuff now! But I’m a little low on some of the basics, so I’m going to have a few shopping trips over the next couple of weeks and try out one of these vintage fairs to see what I can find.