Thursday, 4 September 2008

spring cleaning...


Yesterday was a much more Spring-like day. Sunny, still cold in the shade, but warmer than the days before. I wore a lace skirt I thrifted years (maybe 7 years) ago, while living in London, with black ribbed tights and my tan platforms. I teamed this with a silk yarn jumper, thrifted around the same time as the skirt, and a cream scarf I knitted a few months ago, for warmth.


I felt uncomfortable all day.

I realised that it was because of the jumper. I like the colours (tiny weavey pattern of creams, tans and black) and the silky knit is very soft. But it is old – too old. Not in that comfy, snuggly way a few jumpers go after years of wear. It is pulled out of shape, lumpy, unfixable. It has to go.

Another thing that has had its time is my much-loved navy shirt dress. I bought it about two years ago (Witchery) and wore it lots, as it was perfect for all but the hottest weather. I wore it last Monday with my vintage little cricket jumper (red trims) and red tights. Not exactly spring colours, but I liked the outfit... except that the dress is, sadly, a bit tired. Too many washes, too many ironings. It is fading in patches, creases easily, and just look worn out. It has to go.

As sad as it is to have to say goodbye to these things, it does give me a very good reason to do a little shopping. The dress, in particular, was just incredibly practical, and such a wardrobe staple. I am now looking for something similar, but even better – sleeves that aren't restricting, a more modest buttoning skirt, maybe a nicer fabric. I am sure I will find it.

18 comments:

Miss Karen said...

oh I hate when it's time to say goodbye to clothing. Even the excitement of having buying something new to replace it isn't very comforting :C I hope you find some wonderful replacements :D

Lady Smaggle said...

Oh I hate it when that happens. I guess it means that you loved enough to wear it out which is a good thing. I had a gorgeous jacket with a fur collar that had to go. It kept ripping near the sleeves and I nearly cried when I had to toss it.

Blogette said...

Such a pity. That outfit is so lovely!

Skye said...

What a lovely lace skirt! It's such a bummer when much-loved pieces bite the dust, I hope you find some fabulous new stuff to make up for it.-

Louise said...

It always makes me melencholic when I put on a much-loved favourite and it doesn't feel so nice anymore. I'm sure there will be many more items of clothing to treasure over the years to come, and saying goodbye just opens up opportunities. That lace skirt is rather lovely.

Thumbelina said...

I always feel so quilty getting rid of the pieces that I have a bond for more than other pieces, but sometimes you just have to do it. Plus I am so in love with that lace skirt, I mean it is one of the most stunning things I have seen (it looks like the bottom of a drop lace dress that I saw on ebay but didn't win sadly...). Hope that you find a worthy replacement!
And where do you get all your tights and socks?? You probably have the most abundant and drool worthy collection I have ever seen!
Ciao ciao <3
Marisa

Grant said...

I am loving that lace skirt, very pretty.

I was listening to Andrea Bochelli's "Time to say goodbye" while I read this post - It was eerily fitting.

It is always so upsetting when it comes time to part with a favourite garment. I'm going to have to do a cull soon and I'm dreading it.

Xx

StrikeMatch said...

I hate letting clothes go. You get so used to having them and they become such a part of your style.

*indie_queen* said...

Hey I've just come across your blog and I'm in England. It's making me feel topsy turvey to hear you talking about Spring when I am getting ready for Winter!
I know how you feel about old clothes though :( I really struggle to throw away old favourites

Alice said...

Oh gotta love spring cleaning!!! It always leaves me so inspired to get creative!

Sad about having to give up well worn items of clothing though. At least you know that you got your monies worth!

Mila said...

How gorgeous is that lace skirt!
You look lovely...

Nita-Karoliina said...

i wanna have lace skirt!!!

esme and the lane way said...

Miss Karen: thanks! I saw some yummy things yesterday, that might just help...:)

lady smaggle: oh no! I hope you found something else you loved!

blogette: thanks! I guess it just didn't feel quite right :)

skye: thanks! And, I think I have... :)

Louise: too true. And thanks very much!

Thumbelina: thank you! The tights come from all over the place, whenever I see ones I really like I get them, regardless of the season – they can be SO hard to find!

Grant: thanks! Oh, how fitting! :D Good luck with the cull, it can be rather satisfying.

StrikeMatch: so true. At least there is the joy of the new, now.:)

*indie_queen*: I'm from London originally, and I still feel very topsy turvey with the seasons – I just want to be going into Autumn now, I can't help it! :)

Alice: it's true, it does for me too!

Mila: thanks very much! I just need a different top for the skirt :)

Nita-Karoliina: I hope you find one! It is fun to wear:)

The Paper Doll said...

I'm most definetly a hoarder - i can't seem to get rid of anything and lets face it, i'll never wear those five pairs of stockings with runs in them. But good on you for saying good bye and clearing a little room for more amazing items.

nonsequitania said...

I guess if you felt like it and the jumper is suitable you might make it into something smaller, a beret or something? I just love the colours and the weave and the silk- it seems so sad to let them go.
OTOH, a person doesn't always have time to remodel these things..
Good luck with your search!

esme and the lane way said...

The Paper Doll: I have that too – old ripped tights. I keep forgetting to bin them! I guess I thought they might be useful, you know, under socks... no, they won't be! :D

nonsequitania: that would be great, but I wouldn't know where to begin. Thanks – I've already spotted some things, hopefully tomorrow I come home with them!

trishhunterfinds said...

I did a massive clean out yesterday... well massive for me.
I feel kind of sick seeing all of my stuff in 'to send to the opshop' bags oh well, like you say, plenty more reason to re-fill them all :)

esme and the lane way said...

trishhunterfinds: I often find it's a good vs. bad feeling, though it is quite satisfying. Good luck for the new finds! :)

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