The 10-step wardrobe edit: PLUS $500 Freedom Furniture gift card giveaway

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 463 Comments

Are you hanging in there (pardon the wardrobe pun)?  It’s Day 4 of Styling You’s Spring Clean Week?  A week dedicated to getting sorted and focussed on the new season ahead – well at least in the what’s in my wardrobe and what the hell am I going to do about my legs department.

So far we’ve covered:

1. The new-season fashion wishlist – and how to make it.

2. Getting those aforementioned legs in some kind of condition for public viewing.

3. How to store (and throw out) your makeup so that you can more easily use it on a daily basis.

Today, we’re going deep into your wardrobe.  Deep. Not mine.  Yours.  What’s really lurking in there?  Some Levis 501s from 1991? (actually, if you do have some and they still fit, they’re actually back. Just roll them up at the ankles belt them, wear a slouchy tee and a blazer and you’re hip, happening and ready to go. Score.)

I’ve talked about the mysterious wardrobe edit before but I thought it would be good to share my step by step program I do with clients (minus the wine).  You know, so that you can do the same this weekend.

1. Get in the right frame of mind.  If you need a glass of wine to help achieve that then go for it.  I’ll wait here while you go to the fridge.

2. Lock the door so you don’t get any “helpers” in the form of small children.  They will distract you with requests such as, “can I please have another biscuit?”, “watch YouTube on your iPad?” or “mummy, why are you drinking wine for morning tea?”.

3. Pull EVERYTHING out.  I’m a cracked record on this one.  There’s seriously no point flicking through the racks, offering only a cursory glance at that floral top you bought three years ago.  That still has its tags on.

4. Look at your empty wardrobe.  At this point another glass of vino may be called upon.  You’re not wardrobe gazing here.  You’re taking a good look at the space available to you and thinking how best you can make the most of that space.  If moving your partner’s clothes into another room is what you think best, who am I to come between you and marital wardrobe bliss?

Freedom Furniture's Closet Max storage system

Lately I’ve been playing around with these clever wardrobe inserts from Freedom Furniture’s Closet Max System. Genius.

5. Unless you’ve had your wardrobe custom-designed by a company that builds in all those clever shelves (in which case I have serious wardrobe envy and may descend on your house just to sit in front of said wardrobe and stare) then it’s a good idea to invest in some sort of wardrobe storage system, like Freedom’s Closet Max System, pictured above, to maximise your space.  They work particularly well when you have a lot of hanging space but next to no draws. The shoe insert is an obvious one but I also like the deeper boxes and drawers for my knitwear, jeans and tees.

6. When you have all your clothes out of your wardrobe, start to organise them in to type and colour. This is particularly essential if your week involves two completely different type of clothing demands. One client I’ve worked with is ultra corporate during the week and surf lifesaving all weekend. We were able to split her wardrobe into two, so that Monday to Friday she opened one section; on the the weekends and holidays another.

7. During this organisation process, you’re culling, right?  Like I mentioned on Monday, if it doesn’t fit and doesn’t make you feel good it has to go (special consideration is given to sentimental pieces … I’m not that harsh!).  If you want to hang on to those jeans (just in case … umm like my sass & bides I squeezed into for my 40th, drank too much and they’ve never fitted again), then store them out of sight.  Otherwise, they will only make you feel like crap every time you see them.

8. Put things back into your wardrobe in a way that suits your space and lifestyle.  I have a small wardrobe that I’ve been unable to convince my husband I should have sole custody of (despite regularly encroaching on his “side”), so I have taken up a sub-let in my daughter’s wardrobe to house the clothes from the season I’m not currently wearing.  I figure I’ve not got long to go on this plan, though, as the teenage “must buy new clothes” bug has well and truly kicked in.

9. Bag up clothes for your favourite charity store, keeping aside any you might be keen to eBay.  From experience, it’s new, near-new designer labels that will pull the most cash and make your eBay session worthwhile.

10. Sit back. Pour another wine and admire the glory that is a wardrobe ready for the season ahead.



Win a $500 Freedom Furniture gift card

Yes, you read right.  The lovely people at Freedom (did you know you can shop online?) are so keen for us to get an act on this wardrobe organisational front and make our homes look fab for Spring that they have given me a $500 gift card to give away to one lucky Styling You reader.  You can put it towards anything … a new lamp, a rug, some scatter cushions. Or a down payment on a gorgeous new sofa (oops, that’s just me projecting).

Entering is super easy.  Just leave a comment below.  I’m thinking confession time again.  What’s the one piece in your wardrobe that you know you should ditch but just can’t bring yourself to do so? Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be drawn at random, notified via email and name posted here. Competition closes 8am Thursday, September 15.

Now you know that I usually reply to all comments on my blog. The exception is with competitions as I’ve got to use my non-existent maths’ brain to add up entries. So, know this, I’ve read and loved each of your comments.


* A selection of the products pictured above were sent to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.  You can read more about it here.

This week is Spring Clean week on Styling You.  Every day there will be a post aimed at helping you get ready for the new season.  Hope you enjoy.

Comments 463

  1. I hide chocolates in a drawer in my wardrobe so my kids can’t scoff them all before I get a chance at them! If I could manage to ditch the contents of my goody drawer, I bet I could fit back into my skinny jeans!

  2. At least a decade ago..I wore a flesh coloured,skin tight jersy dress with a clingy lace overlay…I know I’ll never be able to wear it again ,nor would I even want too….but I love the reminder of how little I once was.

  3. A gorgeous pair of black max mara pants I bought in paris that no longer fit me… I cannot in my heart of hearts bear to part with them they hold such wonderful shopping memories!

  4. I call it my Minnie Mouse dress, I’ve never worn it, it’s a red with small white polka dot strapless dress that has a tight bodice full short skirt and a lap sash that ties into a perfect bow… it’s been in and out of so many throw out piles it’s a nervous wreck and quivers when it sees me coming ! It still has it’s tags and I know one day I will be able to pass it on as a family heirloom!

  5. Handwoven Turkish socks given to me by a women from a village in Eastern Turkey 30 years ago. They still smell of oily sheep but the kindness she showed to a weary traveller is a memory I will never forget. In turn I gave her the only thing I had in my backpack, a madonna t’shirt. The smile on her face could have lifted up Noahs Ark from the summit of Mt Ararat in the backdrop where we were but I will never forget her.

  6. A t-shirt I bought while living in London from “The Church”. It says –
    Front of shirt – CAN YOU HOLD MY BEER?
    Back of shirt – WHILE I SNOG YOUR MATE
    Why on earth would a 40 year old wear this but I keep it just in case 🙂

  7. A salmon-pink, faux fur bolero. I bought it at an oppie to wear to a bad-taste party when I was 18, then convinced myself I could totally rock that look, so wore it as my signature piece for several years. Oh, the follies of youth! Though I’m feeling almost justified in hanging onto it right now, because it’s ever so nearly fashionable.

  8. I have a sequined little black dress with 80s shoulder pads that was Mum’s. It cost her a whole pay packet at the time, so I couldn’t get rid of it, could I?!

  9. A jumper my Mum knitted for me back in the late 80’s. An Australiana theme, each State represented including the Sydney Opera House front and centre!

  10. That would be the very loud bright blue (and if you thought blue couldn’t be lairy think again) long knitted jumper/dress with seriously large puffy sleeves with again very loud multicoloured bobbly wool stripes. I did try to palm it off to my innocent 11-year-old niece with vague references to her impending adolescence and the eighties being back in style but even she knew I was desperate… Nonetheless, my mum knitted it for me and I just can’t throw it out!

  11. A techicolour raincoat that I made in textiles class over 20years ago. It’s ugly, has no function and smells like mothballs … but I can’t bring myself to chuck it.

  12. My size 10 levi jeans….I will fit into them…I am DETERMINED! Once I fit into them I will throw them out for sure as they are too old and tired but I just need to get back to that size 10 happy place 🙂

  13. My Year 10 formal dress, a home made hot pink strapless taffeta number. Looked amazing with my bright red crewcut I was sporting at the time. That was 28 years ago and I can’t bring myself to throwing it out!

  14. The COMFIEST pair of leggings ever! They’re nothing fancy – just plain black Bonds leggings but they’ve stopped making the style so I can’t buy anymore. And they’ve got a few holes in dubious places… in fact, I was wearing them to the gym the other day when my hubby whispered to me while I was stretching… “Did you know there’s a hole in your crotch?” Oh dear!

  15. Great blog and brilliant advice…especially the bit about a glass or two of wine when spring cleaning your cupboard. One item I can’t throw out is a brown fringed leather jacket I bought on Kings Road, Chelsea in the late 80’s…I think I only wore it for six weeks before I realised my faux pas! My boys used it for cowboy dress-ups years ago…but it still hangs in my wardrobe!

  16. I have a couple of skirts I adore, but are too big for me. I put them in a spacebag as I just can’t give them away. I even put one of them on ebay, but then cancelled as I couldn’t part with it!
    We’re moving house this weekend so I’ve actually done a wardrobe purge.

  17. Horrible old never-were-fashionable tops that I never wore as a teen, yet I keep convincing myself that I shouldn’t throw them out “in case I need something old to wear if I ever do painting or other messy kind of odd-jobs” (that I never do)!

  18. The saying that a tidy mind is reflected in your organization of possessions. Then,I’m in quite bad shape. Help me straighten out my mind.

  19. My 40 year old “going away” dress still hangs in the wardrobe. I’ll never wear it or pink again but I guess it has some sentimental value, or at least that’s what I tell myself everytime I have a wardrobe cull.

  20. A pair of pants made from 70s style lace curtains. Seriously. I bought them from a hippy shop in Byron Bay in 1994 when I was at uni. For some strange reason I can’t bring myself to throw them out. (Reluctant to fully relinquish my youth, perhaps?) The only time I’ve ever worn them was for a 70s disco party. They were a hit. 🙂

  21. Many years ago I bought myself a Winnie the Pooh windsheater. Well the kids were small and they loved it. Now I just think they’re embarrassed.

  22. Oh my god I was looking for some bathers at my bestfreinds house and in her draw where barbie knickers! Turns out she still has them in there from when she was 8! Shes 24! major hoarding!!!

  23. The pair of jeans which hugs my butt and I met my current boyfriend in. I haven’t met another pair of jeans like them and even though there are holes in the crotch and I wouldn’t wear them in public I will still keep them.

  24. All you anti-fur people, please forgive me, but the one thing I cannot toss out of my wardrobe is a mink collar wrap. A bit like those fox wraps of yesteryear, but this one has three, complete Minks, stitched together…..claws and all….but they have glass eyes!!

  25. My Bardot jeans two pairs of them too.They are a size 8 and there is no way I can fit into them.I only dream of fitting into them.I find it so hard to part with them as they have been so good to me over the years.

  26. I have several really beautiful items that I am keeping ‘Just in case I can fit into them again’ but the main item is the beautiful $850 silk outfit I bought for my daughters’ wedding. It is actually still quite fashionable, but sadly I can’t fit into it and very much doubt that I ever will, but I just can’t bring myself to get rid of it

  27. A “Brave” LBD, still with tags bought new in 1998 while I was at uni… it’s moved from Brisbane to Sydney all around the UK and back to Sydney with me. One day I will have occasion to wear/ebay that dress…

  28. a tiny size 4 dress I bought when I was 16, didn’t have enough boobs for till I was 19 and now at 21 my boobs can’t get into it. sigh, the downside to growing boobs.

  29. That dress that will never again fit,
    But throwing out would mean to admit it,
    It’s got sentimental meaning to me,
    It’s all about where I wore it last and that lovely memory.

  30. No contest here…would have to be my early 1980s “New Romantics” dress. The frills, the puffed sleeves, the pirate collar. I wore it to my Year 11 formal. But just can’t part with it because my mum made it for me. Strictly sentimental value!

  31. Well let me see what’s in my wardrobe,
    It’s shocking they do tell me,
    an old dress from the 50’s,
    however could that be?
    I’m not that old, I really do think,
    it’s just how you feel,
    I feel like I’m 20 and not a day more,
    now to convince my husband who really is unsure

  32. Well it would have to be a velvet corset top that I wore to a ball many moons ago. It has been hanging there forlorn for 15 years. Unfortunately the poor thing doesn’t fit anymore but it brings back memories of a great night. Maybe I should do some more exercise and it will fit me again, one day.

  33. Keeping what means something emotionally makes for an over-full robe
    but the oldest and least useful
    is the bedjacket Mum took to have me in hospital

  34. I’m thinking a beautiful velvet skirt (still with tags on) that I bought then found out I was pregnant- have not worn it once. Another child now…never will wear it.

  35. Our wardrobe has to go. We have thousands of dollars worth of Jack London clothing in a wardrobe we built ourselves from waste wood. Its time we have them in a wardrobe that’s as good as the clothes it holes.

  36. My short overalls which look terrible and are way out of fashion but I wore them for a musical and keep hold of them although it’s likely there will never be another need for them – they are hideous.

  37. I’ve been a Bridesmaid FIVE times, I still have all the dresses, I’ll never wear any of them again but can’t bring myself to get rid of them, sentimental and I paid a bit for them. They are awful really, from an Apricot dress with puffing sleeves, to a too tight ruby red silk dress.

  38. my sweet black boob tube from the days of when i was thin,but my boobs won’t even fit in one side now, but i just can’t get rid of it, i suppose i look at it and think i was thin once!

  39. A wonder women outfit that is super cute! and about four sizes to small. If I even ever got invited to a fancy dress I couldn’t imagine turning up in tiny revealing skin tight lycra ensemble that acccenturates every little roll dimple and jelly belly. So why can’t I throw it out? How about I trade you for it with the Freedom Voucher 😀

  40. I really should part with a denim jacket I bought several years ago and have worn twice
    but I look at it ,remember what I paid and think maybe I,ll wear it again one day

  41. You’d cringe if you saw my wardrobe!
    When I got married I gave up half of my wardrobe space and apparently half of my hangers. It wasn’t a large wardrobe to start with and I ended up doubling (quintupling!) up items on hangers to save space. It’s atrocious.
    Obviously none of my clothes need to go. But I do have a pair of ultra-high Robert Robert stilettos that are utterly divine, but I can no longer walk in. Every time I look at them I can’t bear to put them on the “get rid of” pile, and they just go back onto the shelf. Maybe I will wear them again one day?

  42. The three pair of gorgeous stilettos I bought on sale, unfortunately they are all cream, well sort of all cream, they are all very similar in colour, oh yes and style. I have worn one pair only the once and the other two pair were just in case. So I still have them just in case….

  43. I have a couple of pairs of jeans that I just can not throw out! 2 pairs finally fit me now but they are a little bit country so I don’t wear them too much but keep them? The other pair is 2 sizes to big for me but I am keeping them as they are my fave jeans and this sounds silly because you usually hold on to things that don’t fit because they are to small but I am actually keeping them in case I fit into them again…odd right?

  44. My beautiful best friend got married in Positano, Italy…the gorgeous Karen Millen dress I wore to that amazing weekend I cannot let go of…even though I have not been a size 10 since and don’t think I will ever be again!!

  45. My year 12 formal dress – I have no use for it but its beautiful and I doubt Ill ever wear it again but I just cant part with it

  46. I have a lot of things in my wardrobe that need throwing away desperately but I have a pair of brown slip on colorado shoes that I have worn to death and need to replace but they just keep finding their way back onto my feet……

  47. I have no idea what its even called, but its like a doily you would wear around your neck. I’ve had it since i was about 5 and its the cutest little thing, with the tinniest of neck holes ever, so I have no idea why i still have it. It wouldnt even fit over my wrist!

  48. I have some fabulous dresses I bought 15 years ago from an 70 year old ex ballroom dancer at a garage sale… a bright red dress with outrageous red feathers, a long sweeping white gown with tassels and a seriously funky metallic blue and silver slinky number…. I never know when they will come in handy despite not having worn them for years.

  49. My fathers (who passed away several years ago) blue suit jacket. I find it difficult to let it go even though no one wears it, I still like to look and touch it every now and again

  50. This is embarrassing. I have an aqua nanna-style dressing gown, and I actually wear it around the house most days. What! It gets cold in my house!

  51. My old school uniform! It’s musty and smells but i’s covered in my old school mates autographs and special messages and I simply cannot bear to offload it!! Sad I know.

  52. About five old suits that my mother sorted out of her cupboard and put into mine. I doubt I’ll ever wear them – certainly not while I’m under 65 – but suits are so expensive and they were my mother’s …..

  53. I have a couple of tops that I made myself when I was a teenager. They don’t fit me, they’re kinda daggy, but I made them myself, and I guess I kinda want to show my kids one day!

  54. I have a ball gown that I used to wear when I was a singer in my hey days – back when I could actually fit into it! Maybe one day…!

  55. I have a red ball gown, I wore in the 80’s. It looked so nice on me and brought me so many fond memories. I keep hoping there will be some occassion when I can wear it again.

  56. My hot pink strappy stilletto heels, wore them once for my 21st birthday, Im a mummy now so will never wear them again but for some reason cant seem to throw them away

  57. Gosh I wish I seen this earlier before I tried to tackle my wardrobe – but I did throw out some clothes that I bought over from the UK 8 years ago and hadnt worn!

    I cant bring myself to throw out a little tshirt which my mum bought for me.It was the last thing she bought for me before she went into care. Its got gold lettering on which is coming off but I just cant get rid of it yet.

  58. I know I should throw the baggy grey Munich Beer Festival Hoodie from 1997…..but I did meet my husband there…do I keep it?? I’d never wear it!!

  59. Definately the many clothes, shoes and bags bougt over the past 10 years that still have tags and i know i will never wear but cant get rid of.

  60. Some hideously tight snakeskin print pants from when I shamefully believed I could be a Coyote Ugly girl, they make me laugh everytime I see them.

  61. My Minnesota Moose ice hockey top is so 1990’s, but as well as being warm is it’s so comfy. Also a great “Passion Killer” which suits me fine when I am hormonal. (the only time I wear it)

  62. Actually, I have a lot of stuff at the moment, from tights with the bum worn out but I still NEEEEEEED them to shoes that are slightly too small but maybe one day my feet will shrink??

  63. OMG I have several items I can’t part with, but the oldest would be a navy & silver chinese style dress. I love the look of it, but honestly haven’t worn it for 10+ years. Why do we keep such things???

  64. A gorgeous LB Guess dress i bought in America came back got married and had kids have never worn it and doubt i will ever fit into it. Cannot bring myself to throw it out still love it supposed to be motivation to lose weight not working thou.

  65. My wedding and engagement ring from previous marriage. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. The diamond was my parents and I cannot part from it.

  66. I have a really old jacket that belonged to my grandma, she gave it too me not long before she passed away, I will never wear it but still it needs to stay in there!!

  67. I have a beautiful dress with a bodice top that was always too small and now I’m getting too old and still now the right size to wear it. I’m trying to persuade my daughter to use it for a formal.

  68. Mr Bump. I know it’s not quite the “wardrobe item” you’re thinking of, but I’ve had him for 28 years, and he’s peering out my wardrobe right now just staring at me. I <3 Mr Bump.

  69. My oversized PJ pants and thermal top I wear for bed, looking very tatty and grey, but oh so comfy, hubby would like me to replace them with lingerie, lol!, but I keep finding excuses to not to toss them out!

  70. I also attracted my husband wearning a pair of deep purple moleskin pants (of course the fake variety) and I just can’t bare to throw them out!

    No chance of fitting in them though so I will just gaze and remember my footloose and fancy free days!

  71. really should throw out the green shoes that turn my toes green when it rains, but can’t seem to find them in the black hole of my wardrobe.

  72. There are a few, haha, but one item in particular would be the pair of gorgeous little hot pants that I could get away with when I was 17! Those days are gone but I just haven’t quite let go yet!

  73. I have a darling Red Sportsgirl Wool Jacket that I have owned for 16 years, it still fits me, it is starting to show a little wear but I just associate it with such a wonderful memory as I bought it to wear to meet my step-daughter who was 12 years old at the time, for the very first time. Over the years since she lived with us, she herself wore the jacket – today she is 28 years old and a mother herself and she will comment to me about the jacket on the rare occasions I throw it on with a pair of jeans – There are some items of clothing that are just so comfortable & fun you wish they could last forever and you’d never have to ditch them – that’s my Red Jacket … 🙂

  74. I should, but can’t, get rid of he dress I wore to my highschool formal! It is outdated and MUCH too small since I had my boys (don’t even have a girl to pass it down to!), but I just can’t part with it!

  75. 27 years ago I had a miscarriage and my girlfriend knitted me a clown jumper to cheer me up. It comes down past my knees and I havent worn it for over 20 years – it is a ridiculous jumper, but I cant ditch it… its too sentimental.

  76. my sexy red moleskin pants, that I used to attract my mate 🙂 they are thin, old & faded now, and I havent even attempted to try them on through my baby bearing years, but one day when I dont have a suckling I will go to the gym & look sexy in them again!

  77. Something I should throw out but havent in my cupboard – too many things, i seriously need to cull! But one notable item is a pair of butter yellow suede Doc Martens, circa 1998. I jest not.

  78. A pair of underpants with holes in them. They are soooo comfy (and now ventilated. I can’t get rid of them. The sexy lace ones are all intact but are sooo uncomfortable to wear.

  79. My little red short jacket with gold buttons that I proudly keep because my daughter bought it for mother’s day when she had just begone work and could not really afford it.

  80. I have a 1980s cream, Country Road, gathered wool skirt and bolero jacket. Don’t fit them any more but I always live in hope. I love it so much.

  81. My poor old brown boots, heel worn, leather tatty now retired to the back of the wardrobe but after years of service how can one just disregard them and send them to the dump… why cant shoes have a nice shoe heavan to be cast off to rather than a big green wheelie bin?

  82. I have a few pairs of jeans that I bought when I was slimmer… it’s been a few years now but I keep telling myself to keep them for when I lose the extra kilos. Yeah right 😉

  83. Hmmm…might be time to do that complete wardrobe edit, though it may be forcibly imposed on me when we move in a few weeks. Ooh, all the more reason to want to win this lovely Freedom voucher… 🙂

    I think the item that has survived the wardrobe purges the longest is my long black wool gabardine overcoat I bought in the late 80s before heading to England. Yes, that long ago! It’s still in pretty good nick, but is fairly shapeless these days after I removed its over-sized shoulder pads.

    Sometimes, I fantasise about putting those pads back in and starting that fashion all over again…

  84. Mines has to be a cream floral embroidered handkerchief top, it,s just stunning. I have had it for 15 years now, and have held on to it for my daughter. She already has her eye on it but at 12 she is still a little too young. I can not wait to see her in it, xxx

  85. My old senior jersey which is ten year old. I like the fact that it still fits me but to be honest (and 30+ kilos heavier) I guess I got a couple of sizes too big for me originally!!!

  86. I have this so so cute little dress I bought a few years back in a boutique in Melbourne to wear to the Melbourne cup. It has a small stain on it I can’t get out so I don’t wear it any more… but I love it! So I just can’t bear to part with it.

  87. I’m an avid dressmaker so my wardrobe is over flowing with clothes that actually fit me and I like, but what I should get rid of are some expensive suits I bought many years ago that are still in good condition but just don’t look right anymore – damn those subtle changes in shoulder shapes and cut!

  88. A purple skirt that I bought when I was two dress sizes smaller. It has this sweet pattern on it that has been made of beading and glitter. Sadly the skirt has also managed to acquire an oil stain that I don’t know how to get rid of.. One day I will figure it out and fit in to that skirt again though!

  89. My cream cargo pants from CUE- very first ‘expensive’ clothing item bought in 2003, they were my jeans equivalent! I still have them in my wardrobe as it’s the only thing tagged a size 6 (a rather large size 6) in my closet that I can still fit. Admittedly, I haven’t worn them in over 5 years but you know… never know when cargo pants will make a come back… right?

  90. I am the ultimate go-to person in clothes hoarding. I have sparkly gymnastic clothes from my dance days to old flower girl dresses when I was little. My wardrobe is therefore overflowing…not to forget all the clothing I have designed and sewn with my sewing machine. I need a total wardrobe overhaul!

  91. An old weathered pair of jeans that both legs have been torn, from people standing on them (yes they did drag on the ground a little).They are just so comfy I can’t bare to part with them and my daughters tell me I will never start a trend with them.

  92. My formal dress!! It is very out of date and I’d never wear it again but I loved it so much at the time I can’t bring myself to throw it out!

  93. I must confess I do have a couple of pairs of Levi’s from pre-baby days and little black dress I used to wear when I lived in London – again pre-baby days. Just can’t bring myself to ditch them. Fingers crossed.

  94. These geeky but cute overalls that I always wear when I am doing some DIY around the house. It’s dated but it’s so comfy and perfect for the home improvements.

  95. A (very expensive) dress I bought 3 years ago in the hope that it would inspire me to lose the bulge. Alas, the zip still won’t go up!!

  96. Goodness me….look at all these responses!

    I’m actually quite good at going through my wardrobe and chucking stuff. If I haven’t worn it for a’s gone. Poof!

    Hubby and I are just about to purchase new wardrobes soon, and I’m currently trying to work out what space i need for mine. Hubby takes up most of the wardrobe space with all his work shirts and suits etc, so we need more space! Most of my clothes go in to drawers, so those inserts would be handy for me.

    The item still in my wardrobe? My wedding dress. It’s not that I can’t part with it (I tried to sell it once), but I just haven’t been bothered to get rid of it, and should.

    I just bought a bunch of new stuff today that I need to fit in, and seeing that all the kids are farmed out today…I might just go and do that clean out now. 😉


  97. I have a pair of cotton cargo pants with embroidered flowers and vines on the legs and wooden beads on the ties which I haven’t worn for almost a decade! I found them in Sportsgirl many years ago while shopping with my Mum during a boho phase and fell in love with them immediately.
    I think I only wore them a few times before the post-pubescent puppy fat piled on and I suddenly couldn’t do them up anymore!
    I know I should ditch them, but every time I do a wardrobe cull I tell myself I’m keeping them for sentiment as well as a motivator to finally lose a bit of weight – which I will eventually get around to doing one of these days!

  98. New clothes, old clothes,
    keep it except for the mouldy clothes
    long dresses, short dresses,
    geez my baby-body is a scarey mess,
    fat jeans, skinny jeans
    I wish I could wear that mini again.
    Everything really has got to go
    but my recent bulges I dont want to show
    where to now I hear you ask?
    Ditch it all and start again with CLASS!

    hehe! 🙂

  99. Bras… bras & more bras. There is nothing nicer than a pretty new one & nothing sadder than throwing the prettiness away 🙁 They tend to make it through my wardrobe cull each season even if they never get worn again.

  100. I can’t bare to get rid of my wedding dress. I’m not married anymore, but I loved that dress, and can’t bare to part with it. It’s an early 90’s style, and my daughters think it’s hideous. But it’s still wrapped in blue tissue paper in the bottom of my wardrobe.

  101. I have an old pair of tracksuit pants, they were black but now there more of a grey tone, I wear them when I’m cleaning so there is bleach marks and holes in them. I should have thrown them out 5 years ago but when the elastic went.

  102. I have this old knee-length brown leather jacket of my dads from the 70’s that I wore when i was at uni, falsely thinking it made me look cool. Oh dear!

  103. I have a navy blue ankle length wool coat complete with monstrous shoulderpads like something out of Babylon 5. My mum bought it for me in early 1989 from the pitiful sum that was left from the house settlement after her divorce. It was something i wanted so badly when I was 16 and long wool coats with monsterous shoulder pads were the rage in Norway where we were living. I’m very good at being ruthless with my wardrobe, but this coat reprrsents mums sacrefice for me – I’ll probably still have this coat in 23 years time! Maybe it’ll be fashionable again then???

  104. A whole load of size 10-12 work clothes. I know they will probably never fit again but while they are still hanging in my wardbrobe the dream is still alive.

  105. Oh god. So many things I should throw out but haven’t. Probably the worst would be a daggy black Hard Rock Cafe Paris T-shirt that I got when I was 13. Never worn mind you, but the only proof I have that I once went to Paris!

  106. A pair of skinny jeans that I can no longer fit in, back in the day it made me look slim, it felt so good I cannot let it go today, still hopeful I can work my way back to that size again.

  107. hmmm….I confess I’ve just had a quick look and found lurking at the back of the hanging rail a very comfy but not so glam maternity baby is now 3 but I have a feeling it was from my first baby who is now 7 and I really should throw it out…

    It is so handy when I’m being incredibly lazy and don’t want to iron…usually after one of those nights where the boys have been tag teaming for the toilet. I pop on a belt (so noone asks if I’m hoping for a 4th boy!!) and team with some jeans for an almost yummy mummy on a not so good morning look!

  108. I have a top, only 3 years old, but worn to death. I admit it, just don’t tell my mum, sister or boyfriend. Despite their nagging I just can’t throw it out. I lost it for 2 months after I moved out of my parents and was convinced one of them threw it out.

  109. Where to start I am still wearing stilletto (brand) track pants purple & red, I loved this brand. I do have a pink top with a picture of New York with the twin towers in the material print, too tight for me but I am keeping for my granddaughters.

  110. So many things to choose from… I’ll go with my baby pink suede jacket. My now husband bought me this jacket years ago after he saw me admiring it in a store. However, it is rather hideous (I did for whatever reason like it at the time) and a good couple of sizes too small for me. I can not bring myself to throw it out since my husband went to so much effort to get it for me, but I know I won’t be wearing it ever again.

  111. I’ve kept my old volleyball tops from the early 90s. They’re tatty, old and hideously out of fashion (as far as exercise gear goes) but the nostalgia associated means that I probably will never part with them, regardless of the amount of times I go through the wardrobe clear-out process.

  112. Oh you’ve both inspired me to spring clean my closet and depressed me at its current state! Mt 1 piece I won’t throw out is an outfit I bought for my trip to Ibiza when 19 and the owner of a flat tummy. It was a 2piece, white skinny leg capri pants with gold sequinned waistband and matching bandeau!! I wore it just the once on holidays and it never was outted again. I rescued it from my parents house and brought it back to Australia with me to save and treasure and be able to show my kids how daring and skinny there Mum was once but never ever will be again!

  113. A ten year old, size 10 knee length skirt. I’m a size 12–>. But you know what I do, I use this skirt as my goal. I can pull it up to my thighs and by the end of spring I plan to get it further up, might not be breathing out though. It’s what I measure healthy dieting exercise efforts by. “The skirt I want to get back into, just because….” So it’s not going anywhere.(:

  114. I can’t part with my favourite little black dress that I bought about 10yrs ago prior to having 6 children, hoping one day to fit back into it again. HA “Dreaming” 🙂

  115. It would have to be my flowergirl dress from when i was 4 years old. Now that i am 30 and knowing I would never fit into it again, but the memories. not knowing what i would i should do with it, I have just hung onto it.

  116. It’s that 80’s tulle frou frou type couture gown I got on sale and never actually wore, used to look gorgeous on when I was 20 something, sits awaiting a comeback!!

  117. The awful turquoise drop waist dress from yes, way back in the 1980’s! Gives me a chuckle everytime I see it in my wardrobe and lets face it a good chuckle in the morning gives you a great start to the day!

  118. My old ratty ugg boots. My puppy chewed them up whenever he could get at them but they are still so warm and comfy! I should really treat myself to a new pair next Winter!

  119. I have a actually done a huge ditch lately and my cupboard looks very bare as I rarely go clothes shopping now and find it difficult to find items of clothes that I like the look and fit of but I do have a little black dress that I bought 10 years ago and wore and it looked great, now after children no so great but I can’t part with it…so maybe one day I will look fab again and can wear it or maybe it will forever hang in my closet!

  120. My wardrobe is so messy right now it’s downright scary BUT today I’m in the process of clearing it out.

    I have this green jacket in my wardrobe. I love it to death. Love it but sadly it’s just a teeny tiny bit too small. But still I hold onto it because it’s such a fun colour that maybe one day it will fit or I can pass it onto my daughter {which won’t be long at all}.

  121. The fluffy pink dressing gown my 3 babies gave me for Mother’s Day. Their gorgeous little faces smiling as I unwrapped it. Never had the heart to tell them I hated it, still wearing it, youngest baby is now 26 – I think it’s time for the truth. Hope she doesn’t read this!

  122. My one and only high heel shoes that I got made for my debut 27 years ago, they are so not pretty now but it’s the only pair I”ve ever had with a decent heel. Maybe it’s time for them to go in my “Spring” clean out!!

  123. Oh really….only 1?! I need to say goodby to one of my ‘going out’ tops (i had since I was 18, single, fab figure – now 31, married, kids, not so fab figure). It is beautiful….coral, sparkly, one shoulder. sigh.

  124. I have a little black Shimmy Shake dress that I love to pull out and look at because it reminds me of when I was young and sexy.

  125. A gorgeous suit I bought from “Events” in the early 90s. I bought it for a job interview I didn’t attend as I was sick. Not long after work had us wearing uniforms and I didn’t get to wear the suit. It’s size 8, I’m not. 🙁

  126. I love all things bright and beautiful but my friends think I’ve gone too far with my blindingly bright orange top which I totally love

  127. My super cool purple suit from the 70’s. Over the years, my wife’s tried to get rid of it and failed miserably. This suits here to stay!

  128. Its a white shirt with some fairly floral but subtle patterning. It was very comfy to wear but I have added some muscle (and some flab) to the upper body and it just doesn’t fit any more. I live in hope.

  129. An authentic high school bomber jacket (with stiff leather sleeves) from my days as an exchange student in Canada in the late 80’s. Since then it has barely seen the light of day, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. We recently had an 80’s trivia night at the kids’ school, so guess what got an airing?! Lucky I didn’t throw it out!

  130. I have a drawer full of concert t-shirts I bought when I was a teenager. I just can’t bear to part with them, but I know I should. Who knows, maybe they’ll be retro enough to wear again one day…if I could fit into them, that is.

  131. I have this gorgeous knitted skirt that I bought on a trip to Paris in 2000. It has purple and scarlet paisley with magenta fringing down the bottom. I’ve only worn it once and find it difficult to match things with it. I know that I’ll most likely never wear it again but I can’t let it go. I think it’s the only thing I bought in Paris. Although, I might turn it into a cushion so I can still have it as a memento (or is that just hoarding???) xxx

  132. I have a brown corduroy jacket, same shape as the little blue denim jackets from the 90s which is when I bought this, that I just can’t part with. I wore it constantly during university. I always plan to throw it but then I put it on “one last time” i can’t let it go.

  133. My Kappa jacket (early nineeties tracksuit) when wearing it my dog howls and birds fall out of trees, I guess they are trying to tell me something!

  134. an old Navy blue polo neck jumper that belonged to my old boyfriend’s sister… it is 20 years old & has moved countries & Many houses…it is fraying but very occasionally gets pulled out on a freezing day but really needs to go… sooon

  135. Holy Moly..well my favourite item in my wardrobe would be a purple vest which I opshopped, its a Sussan from a trillion years ago. During winter it is perfect for work and I style it up with a sparkly scarf or I sound like a granny?

  136. I just luurrvve my tiger animal print kitten heel shoes, but they are slightly too big, make my feet ache, and are slippery to walk in.. but EVERY time I wear them at least 3 people say how awesome they are! Gotta love a compliment, so I pad up my precious feet with insoles and bandaids and enjoy the looks of envy and lovely comments! Oh the pain for fashion…!

  137. A dress I wore as a flowergirl about 25 years ago – it’s a pale blue with angel arms – it’s adorable and to think I once fitted into that tiny thing. Not sure what I’ll do with it but can’t bear to throw it out.

  138. A beautiful Pink and Silver knitted fashion cardigan I purchased in Milan in the 80’s what a treasure – still love it can’t wear it but don’t have the heart to lose it as yet!

  139. In my wardrobe I have hanging a black and silver gown with mirror-ball boobs. It no longer fits, and the black has faded to an ugly brown due to being on display in an area the sun reached. It was once fabulous, but those days are long gone!

  140. My Jeanswest Original Button Fly jeans, they came in a short length so fitted perfectly for my short stature and were manufactured prior to the low rise jeams so no revealing underware gaffs. I approximate they would be between 10 to 15 years old and a rather pale shade of blue now.

  141. My old oversized University sweatshirt. (mind you I graduated Uni over 10 years ago) but I love it and all of its daggy glory.

  142. My husband has this hawaian t-shirt its so so bright its blinding.. he loves it. I hate been asked to pool partys and summer BBQS because you know what hubbys wearing!

  143. I have a mushroom pink shantung silk backless cap-sleeved frock that I wore to my year 12 formal in 1984.Not sure why I am keeping it as I have since bought formal dresses for two daughters,one of whom is graduating this year.

  144. The black dress I wore to my engagement party 20 odd years ago – very classy at the time with its metallic thread, shoulder pads and puffy, space outfit style sleeves. Mmmm mmmm

  145. My 1960s white faux fur coat. I haven’t worn it in ten years but it was given to me by older lady who grew up in Hollywood and wore it to parties there. I wish I could have seen those parties.

  146. An old ‘little house on the prairie’ style dress from 20 years ago – the first dress my boyfriend (now husband) brought me – so ugly but such great memories.

  147. Umm, as embarrassing as it is, I just can’t let go of a black leather jacket I bought for my 17th Birthday (Gosh, feels like a lifetime ago!) it sits just above my waist and has tassels down both arms and in a “v” shape front and back…. Think Bon Jovi in the early days, lol! 😉

  148. My old faithful black dress. Not very faithful any more and so out dated. It has been worn to so many occasions over the years but its unfortunately had its day.

  149. My favourite bra, its so comfy even thought it has lost both its underwires and i have to hide the straps because they have discoloured

  150. I have a pair of hotpants I can not part with,
    mind you I’m 60 now, but now and again I bring them out in summer(at home of course)
    they still fit but my hubby hates them,wonder why?

  151. So many items I keep just incase I loose weight, it’s ridiculous but I just can’t throw them out. One is a pair of jeans that I will never fit back into.

  152. A dead man’s handkerchiefs – no seriously – and it’s weird because I love to cull. I mean really tissues have been shown to be the way to go, the owner is now deceased, and they’re not even funky hand stitched vintage feminine ones. Tragic! Felicity

  153. A black vinyl press stud dress that I’m hoping will come back into fashion because I look great in it – but for now it’s still good for a fancy dress party as Madonna circa Like a Prayer.

  154. I’ve lost 24kgs and went through my wardrobe and got rid of almost all the things that no longer fit. Everything except for a black skirt and black pair of cargo pants – they’re too big, but I don’t want to get rid of them as they’re practically brand new. But I’m not going to wear them, they make me look huge. So I just have to suck up the money and be done with them. Okay, so now I am left with six shirts, a denim skirt, shorts and jeans. Time to go shopping 😀

  155. I have a pale pink double breasted silk safari suit from Chelsea circa 1990-something that I wore to me best friends engagement party. I think the fact it is still one of the most expensive things I ever bought is stopping me throwing out – or potential for bad taste dress up parties??

  156. I paid $850 for my outfit for my daughters’ wedding in 1999, it is still fashionable, but of course it no longer fits me, but I can not simply ‘get rid of it’………..

  157. i have a box full of oldies – the burgundy satin formal skirt and shirt my mum made for the formal, my debut dress which is now all yellowed and stained and then there’s the black satin with blue polka dots dress that i made with my own two hands. they don’t have everyday space in my wardrobe but they are all there – along with the green silk top i had made with fabric my sister bought back from india. for me these clothes are reminders of a time gone by – they are as important as a photograph and the sight of them will take me back to the night or time i wore them. my treasures would be in someone else’s rag bag!

  158. A beautiful elegant simple full length cream evening dress, most flattering garment I ever wore, will never fit me, but I can’t let it go

  159. I have a pair of denim chunky medium heel mary janes from the 70’s – the heel has plaited string covering them LOL. They were the first shoes I bought myself at 12….. cant even fit them now but there they stay – a reminder of my bad taste teenage-hood hehe.

  160. Haha… this is really embarrassing… but I still have my school uniform from KINDERGARTEN tucked in the back of my wardrobe… it’s never going to fit me anymore and is too ratty to use as a hand-me-down but it has such sentimental value I can’t bear to throw it out 😛

  161. A jumper my great Nan knitted for me when she was in her 90’s. One sleeve is twice as long as the other, so I will never wear it. But I just can’t help but giggle every time I see it.

  162. It would have to be my sheepskin vest my Mum bought for me when I was 12, I just had to have it and I never wore it ever. It’s still hanging up in my wardrobe over 30 years later…..

  163. I have a pair of pink Bed socks I pinched from Mum in 1975! Can’t bear to throw them out despite the fact that they are threadbare and have hole repairs all over them – I just love my socks!

  164. It’s an expensive, tight fitting, floor length, dark green evening dress with a black beaded cone shaped bust (think Madonna back in the 90’s) with a split at the back. It used to look fabulous on me. It’s been too small for the last 15 years and even if it did fit, the cone shaped bazooka’s would just look ridiculous. I did pay quite a bit for it and I guess that’s the only reason I’m hanging onto it, but if I were to sell it on eBay, the postage would cost more than the dress!! LOL

  165. I actually do go through my wardrobe and get rid of stuff I don’t wear but I have a long black goth like dress my husband (then boyfriend) bought for me I just can’t part with. Not really my style anymore.

  166. A small contained house fire would do wonders for what is actually left in the now almost empty wardrobe at my place after a solid week of purging! Ditched, tossed, chucked and generally got a bit loose in the wardrobe…. on first name terms at the local op shop, now its time to get fussy about what comes back into the wardrobe!

  167. I don’t want to throw away my favourite tracky dacks. They have got me through every winter for the last eight years. I couldn’t get rid of something that has comforted me for so long.

  168. Unfortunately half my cupboard should be ditched! More than half my clothes don’t fit, since having 3 kids, and I hope to one day get into them

  169. I have the most boring Speedo brand navy cozy known to man but I have tried a million times to go and buy a different one but no matter how many I try on nothing holds the girls in like my faithful Speedo cozy and nothing seems to make me look slimmer!

  170. I have this old Suede Anorak I used to wear clubbing in the 90’s it was the height of fashion then and cost me a small fortune. I haven’t worn it for such a long time but cant seem to part with it.

  171. Hmmm I have the cutest denim onesie strapless shorts thingo (poor description I know) that I bought a few years ago when I was a size 10…Despite the fact that they are totally inappropriate for my age now I don’t have the heart to throw them out as I looked so good in them when I wore them that one time in 2007…I just keep hanging onto lose those 8kgs again. LOL 🙂

  172. An old pair of ‘Royal Elastic’ shoes
    all white runners with a bit of blue
    completly worn out but worn in
    now feels like my second skin

  173. It’s a beautiful black velvet and floral flock number circa 1990 for the Bastille Day Ball. Wishful it will fit again?

  174. I am having trouble throwing anything out even though I know I need to and my husband keeps telling me to.
    I think they call that hoarding!

  175. To be honest I don’t have much in my wardrobe that I really should ditch as I do regular culls and find the best approach is to make an immediate trip to Vinnies before any second thoughts take hold! The one thing I do have that is older than my daughter (she turned 21 this year!) is a comfy sleeveless maxi dress from Rockmans which is my “go-to” on those stinking hot Summer days when I don’t care how unfashionable I look. (Footnote: this is an “at-home” only outfit.)

  176. I can’t let go of my old high school jersey,…it’s hideous – yellow and black but a great memory piece and comfy on cold nights at home!

  177. I have a black silk evening dress that my husband had made for me in Singapore about 4 years ago. It cost over $400, and has NEVER been worn. I did try to tell him at the time not to do it, because (due to kids) we dont go anywhere for me to wear it these days, but he insisted. So…as a result, the most expensive item of clothing I have ever owned, is sitting there unworn.

  178. I have a bright blue sleeveless top I bought while in India. It’s very Indian in style, and i have not worn it once, but I keep thinking that I could possibly use it if I ever need to dress up. The likelihood of this is extremely low, but I cannot bring myself to throw it out!!

  179. My wedding dress – I got married on the beach in Fiji, in a georgous seafoam coloured cocktail dress – very pretty and floaty – and it looked great on my skinny bod 15 years ago. Many glasses of vino and blocks of chocolate later, said dress won’t even zip up. I’d love to wear it out again on my anniversary – each year I hope to do so – maybe next year? In the meantime it stays in the wardrobe – I couldn’t bear to let it go.

  180. My iconic Staggers Jeans, from my teenage years, still hang in my wardrobe. But after two children and many passing years, fitting into them is history!

  181. A designer label colourful dress from the 90’s – I always thought I was ‘Wearing Well’ but my youngest daughter said I looked like a Traffic Light so I might proceed with caution in future!

  182. A beautiful Black number that I have not been able to fit in for many years but it has so many memories for me and I just cannot get it to the bin

  183. A 70’s pair of Wranglers – ‘Flare’ Dinkum, I ‘Denim’strate a F’Abba’ulous retro style when I’m wearing these!

  184. I still have the very first dress I brought with my own money. Sadly it was the end of the 80’s, involves red velvet, a tonne of tuelle (?) and black sequins. It is hideous to behold, but too precious to bin or give away.

  185. A $350 dress I bought when I had pregnant brain. It is way to big but because I was massive at the time I thought it would eventually….3 sizes still to big.

  186. Probably too many things really but mainly a couple of pairs of lovely jeans than are too small for me but I keep telling myself I will fit into them again one day. I know, tell me to get over and just throw them out!!

  187. I have an outfit that I made myself way back in the 80’s. It was a Boy George outfit with hat and I wore it seriously then(not as a costume)!!!! I still pull it out today at parties for the laugh but now my friends and family are sick of it and have told me to move on!!! I cannot part with it. I have tried but I can’t do it!!

  188. I can’t stand to part with a top/dress… I bought while engaged. It was only $20 or so from Rockmans of all places, but I bought it while visiting my in-laws for the first time in Cairns, and proceeded to wear it out to dinner with my fiance/now husband… fond memories of that night. Not only is it rather short and has only ever been worn with jeans or leggings since, but it’s also now faded and just “worn”. But I can’t bare to ditch it!

  189. I know I should get rid of a little black dress that I wore to a formal when I was teaching in about 1997. It does still fit – I recently was surprised to find! – but it doesn’t quite suit my post-baby body. But I still love it. Maybe one day I’ll get rid of the post-baby bump…

  190. A pair of Bonds underwear I bought because I loved the pattern of them – but they were way too small. I ultimately knew that I would never fit them but in my mad ‘have to have them’ state I convinced myself otherwise. I find them in my drawer every now and then and shove them to the back again!

  191. My various tartan mini skirts. (Yes, I have more than one!)
    In my early 20s, they were my “go-to” item for a night out, along with black tights and boots. I know that if I even attempted to wear them now I would surely look like the stereotypical “mutton dressed as lamb”, but I cannot bear to part with them. Perhaps my daughters might like them someday, kind of a family heirloom??

  192. I have a Levi denim mini skirt from several years ago, never worn, still with tags on, that would never have fitted me even then! It was on special! Being realistic, even if it fitted me it is to short and “young” for me, was when i bought it too *blushes*

  193. My recently departed Grandmother gave me her first LBD several years ago – it’s devine but she was so petite it doesn’t fit. I just can’t throw it.

  194. I am onto this wardrobe clean out this weekend. First I’m going to buy myself a bottle of wine though! 🙂 The one thing I can’t throw out is a pair of very expensive but extremely uncomfortable and ridiculously high cork wedges. Oh the pain in wearing them. Brings tears to my eyes!

  195. The dress i wore to hospital when i went into labour with my first child who is 21 yrs old now, it’s just a raggy old thing and only gets worn when i’m dying my hair but i can’t bring myself to throw it out.

  196. OMG, I have 501’s from 1991 still, how funny! Can’t get rid of the early 90’s pin-striped power suits. Shoulder pads, tight skirts. Not sure it they’ll ever come back in but they are such great condition I can’t part with them. Never know when I might get invited to a Dynasty party either…

  197. my ballet shoes. They’ve got holes all through them, and I haven’t even danced for 2 years, but I can’t throw them out just because of the memories that are attached to them.

  198. i have a pair of pale demin skinny jeans (insight ones) – that I bought and are about 1/2 – 1 size too big. I love them, but hate that they go baggy within .5 of a second of wearing them. I’m hanging onto them in hope that a few sessions in the drier will fix it! 🙁

  199. Beautiful satin champagne striped stilettos that I bought overseas and wore only once… because they’re so uncomfortable! They are too small and look like they should be worn by a midget princess.

  200. I’ve got an old suit not worn for probably 10 years. No way it would fit me now. It’s got dust on the shoulders from lack of use.

  201. I keep a pair of short shorts- deep in the back of the cupboard to remind me of ‘The Summer of Skinny’……in 1998!!!!!!!!! LOL.

  202. My wardrobe is smaller than ever before,
    reading blogs like this made me realise I’m a clothing whore.
    A giant cull was needed fast,
    no more living in my Size 10 past!
    Now I only have clothing that fits my style,
    not clothes I haven’t worn in a while.
    Theres now so much space its easier to decide,
    rather than donning a scarf and hide.
    But as always theres one item I love,
    something I’ll hang onto until I’m up above.
    My much worn little black dress, one in a million,
    memories from excitement to brilliant!
    I haven’t worn this beauty in years,
    but everytime I try to remove it, I end up in tears.
    A new black dress is worn in its place,
    but this little number will always have its space!

  203. My 1980’s Geometric jeans, they are white with brown, burgundy and blue shapes on them. Made to space you out but I should really throw them out.

  204. Probably a grey dress I bought in New Zealand. It is shimmery and shows off every lump and bump, does nothing for me in my mummy state and is too small at the moment… but I vainly hold on to the hope that one day I can wear it again and it will look beautiful! It is just a memory from that trip and is too beautiful to get rid of- even looking at it is nice 🙂

  205. I’m afraid this a tale of a 47 year old woman caught in a time warp. Close your eyes and conjure visions of
    Led Zeppelin, Heart, Sweet and the odd (?) bit of Freddie Mercury. Feeling nauseous ? Well its probably because your jeans are too tight and laced up not zipped up. Arghhhhhhh ! Yes I’m afraid to admit I refuse to give up my faded, patched, seen the inside of too many bars, lace up jeans. But wait. Want more ? Its worse than you think. Yes its time I admitted they were originally flares that one day, in a fashionista fit of madness, became drain pipes. And I was indeed a pioneer of sustainability – the excess denim was quickly fashioned into a waistcoat ! Occasionally on rainy reminiscing days I put on a little Deep Purple, now sadly on CD not vinyl, and try them on. One day I hope to afford the liposuction that will complete the transformation, alternatively a good 6 sessions with a therapist should do the trick.

  206. My favourite Morrisey jeans that create a very unattractive muffin top when I try them on & are definitely way too “low rise” for me these days!! They were so expensive that even though I haven’t worn them for years, I can’t bring myself to ditch them!! I’m one step closer though, now that I’ve admitted the truth to you Nikki! 🙂

  207. A beautiful slinky velvet slip dress I wore to my grandmas funeral 12 years ago. I had a baby not long after (followed by another then twins!) and it hasn’t fit me since. It also has a cigarette burn from when my mother borrowed it for new years…but I just can’t give it up!

  208. I think it would have to be 3 bridesmaids dresses from my sister & 2 of my best friend’s weddings over the last 5 years. They were all chosen with great intentions that we could wear them again but of course I never have!!

  209. A long dress that i have not worn for the last one year as it does not fit anymore. I like its fabric so its with me but soon i will make up my mind to give it my cousin or a friend.

  210. My super mini tartan kilt. It used to be a staple with Spice Girl platform boots. Why can’t I throw it away? Now more than 20 years later I doubt it would even go ’round my thigh. Just hangin’ on to that dream I guess. Hmmm. Pass the chocolate…

  211. I had the big wardrobe clean out with u this year… But we didn’t do shoes & I just know there’s some that r way past their ‘wear by’ date. A certain pair of red wedges r coming to mind.

  212. I think I have a lot of the above. 2 old school dresses and my yr 12 jumper. Old ball dresses from uni days. Tshirts from post uni overseas trip. Shoes from last 20 yrs. Dresses still with tags. Leather jacket from 10 years ago barely worn. No preg clothes though. No kids. I am now 40. Find it hard to part with things. My house is full to the brim! 

  213. I’ve got a real thing for black t-shirts with sci-fi references on the front of them.

    My much loved ‘Cylon Sympathizer’ shirt is starting to get old and faded. It needs to be retired, with photos to remember it by. Yet still I wear it. :: ashamed ::

  214. Funny you ask this question as the one thing I can not ditch is my high school uniform. I am 32 years old now and proud as well when I took it out only last week to try it on and it fit! I never realized just how short it was!

  215. I can’t get rid of my skinny jeans (and I mean skinny) from 5 years ago. They have holes in them but I paid a fortune for them and were the first big item of clothing I REALLY wanted and paid for myself. I wore them to death and there is no way I would fit into them now. Just cant get rid of them.

  216. Maternity clothes – all of them. The bra’s are comfy, the pants are stretchy and perfect for fat days. There isn’t anything I don’t love about them but I know they’re not helping my motivation to lose the last few kilos!

  217. I have a t-shirt in there that should have gone many years ago. It was a shirt that fitted me when I was 140kgs+ and I used it as a shirt to wear when I was exercising. It is horrid, it is huge and it should go but I just can’t do it. Maybe its my own little (actually BIG) reminder that I can’t get back to that weight ever again.

  218. a cocktail dress that I bought 3 years ago, which was quite expensive, and wore once. It is now way too small, but every time I look at it it gets put back into the cupboard for “one day”. Right in the back, because I have a odd cupboard that goes front to back instead of side to side, what ever is in the back doesnt see the light of day!

  219. This is the wrong place to admit my entire wardrobe consists of 4 black t-shirts, 2 pairs of black jeans and 4 pairs of bamboo pants…in black. I never have a problem deciding what to wear.

    Yeah I know, I have no business being here…but your blog’s just so pretty and you have lots of comments….

    …. OK, OK… I’m going…

  220. Nothing – I am an editing QUEEN. Everything lined up in little rows, in season styles. Anything tatty or just WRONG gets ditched every few months.
    However this lovely prize would complete the picture. Have I cheated on my entry?x

  221. Well, I am of a relatively small size as a result of my half Asian ethnicity and consequently get alot of hand-me-downs :/ So basically my wardorbe is chaos and my sentimental values of all of these items are too strong for me to throw away >.< My worst is my collection of pj's which consist of star and bunny patterns to silk and beautiful cotton..ahh so difficult! xx

  222. My bright fushia barbie ballgown from my year 12 ball, it has hung there for 10 years and not even so much as been looked at but I just can’t part with it.

  223. Hi Nikki! A pair of Levi 501’s from 1991! LOL I don’t think I’ll ever throw them out. They certainly don’t fit me now but maybe one day they will again. I don’t believe they’re a piece of clothing. They’re like a piece of my life. So many stories to tell. Love your giveaways!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  224. A full length patch work dress with sleeves to my wrists that I purchased when I was sixteen. It’s shades of brown, green, more brown, orange and brown and uses a combination of velveteen, print, curtain-ish fabric and more velveteen.

    I am meant to say I hate it or it has sentimental value because I cede that it is rather (very) ugly. I keep it hidden in a box at the top of the wardrobe in case some visitor sights it. The catch? I LOVE it! The different fabrics, the way they join together, the warmth and winteriness of the style the way it swishes around my feet when I still wear it (but only in private) more than ten years on…

  225. I have a very ugly, unflattering polar fleece zip-front *acket that has spots of paint on it. I don’t know where it came from and wish it would disappear back there, but it is so handy on a chilly but not freezing morning to put on over py*amas when a full-length dressing-gown is too much. I need to let if go but …

  226. I have a pair of leopard print slip-on runners that my Nana gave to me a few days before she passed away. They’re 2 sizes too big and I know my feet are never going to grow but I cant give them up. The fact that she saw them, had a giggle and thought of me just means too much.

  227. My wedding dress. Eek! That would be the one from the wedding to the father of my kids. Was hanging on to it to save for my daughter, but to be honest, will she be interested in it in x amount of years? It’s currently gathering mothballs in an old suitcase in my garage. Symbol much?

  228. Well apart from the white puffer jumper still sitting in my wardrobe that I thought was so cool years ago (that one I will definitely get rid of) the other piece would have to be a halter top made of silk with gorgeous embellishments. It was my first “expensive” piece (around $200) back when I was 18 and I bought it for the races. I haven’t worn it since and even though it’s gorgeous, it just doesn’t go with anything in my wardrobe and isn’t “me” anymore. But I could never get rid of it 🙁

  229. I have every cocktail & evening dress I ever wore. They are from the 90’s right up to last year. I can’t part with them! I also have my year 10 formal dress from the 80s. I loved it then & I love it now, not that I’d wear it! My daugher has though for Halloween and a olden days dress up party! It’s a dress stylized from the costumes from the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock- tragic I know! But then what wasn’t in the 80s!

  230. I cannot bring myself to part with what has always been known as the $300.00 dress. I bought it 25 years ago when that was alot of money for 1 dress. It is a very classic navy floral on a white background and is now 3 sizes too small, but I cannot part with it. Just love looking at it whan I clean out the wardrobe, but it always goes back in for sentimental reasons.

  231. I cannot bear to part with a pair of high waisted Levis from the 90s that at one stage (pre kids!) I could pull on without unbuttoning, now I can’t even get them on when undone!!

  232. i have size denial syndrome i seem to keep clothes that clearly dont fit me but i still cling on the the possibility of them fitting , (when i’m 18 again maybe lol)

  233. I’m not going to count the cute little 70s psychedelic crochet dress I bought for the little girl I was going to have ~ which all came out boys sadly…

    But I will say having done the cull to move from VIC to QLD, in a campervan ~ don’t throw out the coat-hangers! You will still somehow still have too much and one seem to have to hang things in QLD due to humidity never encountered in Antarctica, I mean Ballarat…

  234. I can’t part with a a navy studebaker dress that I bought for my 21st, it doesn’t fit anymore (and never will again!). Just a happy memory, and it cost me about $500, more than my weeks wages 20 years ago.

  235. Imagine my surprise when I sit down after filling two garbage bags of clothes and shoes today to read this blog entry! That’s easy because I put it back in the wardrobe without even thinking about it, even though ihavent worn it in 10 years. The first dress my husband ever bought me, a beaded silk Trent Nathan dress, doesn’t fit me but I will keep and hand it down to my daughter(or inspire myself to drop a size).

  236. I still have some old sporting jackets from my younger days from Sports Tours I went on when I was young fit and healthy.

    Young fit and healthy are 3 words that are probably never going to be used to describe me, ever, again.

  237. I have a pair of socks…. stripy socks… lucky socks… socks that I wore the day I found out I was having twins, the day I was admitted to hospital in labour at 24 weeks and the the day that my twins were born (11 weeks early). These socks are now more holes than socks, they are unwearable, but I can’t throw them out. I know I should… but I can’t.

  238. There are so many, too many, sleeveless tops in my wardrobe that need to go. I always think I’ll wear them again one day but we all know that’s not going to happen.

    That’s it, you have inspired me. Out with the old!

  239. Thats easy. A blue windcheater my mum brought me when l was studying 20 years ago. It is bright blue with a zip on the front that extends half the length of the windcheater. I can’t bear to throw it out even though it has some stains. l don’t wear it out of the house just when l am cleaning the house. Maybe l will wear it this weekend while l clean out the rest of my wardrobe as l can’t bear to part with it. It brings back so many good memories of when l lived with 3 other girlfriends.

  240. Hmmm. So many things in my wardrobe that I know I should get rid off. I have a long backless black dress that I can still fit (just) but am unlikely to ever wear again. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it though as it was one of the first expensive dresses I bought when I first lost weight and was able to fit into a size 10. Just looking at it reminds me of the pleasure I got walking into the Cue store and not having the salesgirls raise their eyebrows in dismay at the thought of trying to find something in the store that would fit me.

    I have a gorgeous forest green Cue suit as well, long straight skirt & jacket, that no longer fits over my post-baby hips, but I loved it so much I can’t bear to part with it. I guess I’m just a sentimental fool (with a wardrobe large enough to hold my nostalgic favourites).

  241. th 8 pairs of size 10 jeans, not only are they realistically never going to fit again, if they did they would be so out of fashion, i have a pair of stonewash – which i know are in fashion again, but not for me – they say you should never wear a trend if you wore it the first time!

  242. Well, it’s been 9 months since I’ve had my baby but do you think I can part with my maternity jeans?! {or fit into any alternative options} … NO!

    But I must.

    I really must.

    Because they’re so comfortable, and kind to my post baby belly.

    But I’ve been thinking it’s time to buy a new pair to motivate me to fit into something {ANYTHING} non maternity!

    Cherie xx

  243. Currently renovating my house where a new bigger wardrobe is one of the foremost priorities. With much of my wardrobe in storage I am hoping to realize I have been able to live happily without it and thus cull a good deal of it ready to start again!

  244. I have a black dress that I’ve worn, maybe once. It’s tiered and unflattering on my figure. I put it on and play around with it, thinking, “if only I had a belt here … and if it was higher here, and if the neckline did this…” And then take it off and wear something else. It has been hanging in the wardrobe for about 4 years. I need to throw it out. I don’t know why I haven’t.

  245. I have court shoes in a range of colours… I love shoes… now they are vintage. I can’t part with them… I look at them… I don’t wear them!

  246. Well,i should really toss a couple of lacey bras that i used to wear pre children. That was a time when the minimizer bra did not exist in my world nor did the Bridget Jones style big “hold you in” sensible undies. I can only dream……….

  247. A pair of size 9 (!) jeans from a skinny period (due to a break up) about 8 years ago. They were the very first pair of “expensive” jeans I ever bought (and they were only $180!) There’s no way I’d wear them now – due to the style – but I figure I’ll hold onto them in case I get really skinny again one day and need a great pair of cut offs… Yes, I am aware of the fact that being 28 y.o and size 12, there is unlikely to be a skinny-like-a-21-year-old-going-through-a-beak-up-skinny period again in my life…but since when has fashion been logical?

  248. I’m a bit like Lauren – I have a dress that I LOVE to bits and I can’t let go and it’s gotta be about 8 years old. It’s a size 10…yeah, I’ll never see those days again! But I like to look at it a recall the fun I had wearing it…and hold it up to myself and cry LOL

  249. My favourite, favourite pre baby jeans I just can’t bare to throw out. I know that they will never fit again (it has been 5 years!) but I still keep them and hope!

  250. An old pair of Lee jeans. They are so worn the bum is a different colour, I’ve had the knee and crotch patched up, but can’t part with them. Buying jeans is my worst nightmare and these ones fit so well, I will wear them until they spontaneously combust, even though they are all patchy and hobo like!

  251. The French Connection top with butterflys that has beautiful colours, is a soft flattering fabric BUT it makes me look pregnant and it still has the tags on it cause I’ve never worn it out of the house!!

    Needless to say I bought it before I started following your blog, I now have a list of ‘gaps’ to fill in my waldrobe that I pull out and look at when shopping AND unless something is on the list I dont buy it (unless of course it is so ABSOLUTELY perfect that makes me look like model…but clothes like that are hard to find!!)

  252. A leather coat I bought on my honeymoon in the US a few years ago. It has an extra lining for colder days, and the leather is absolutely beautiful. It’s about hip-length, and it only cost me US$53.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account as to how heavy it is to actually wear, even with the lining removed. Oh, and erm, I’ve gained weight and cannot button it up.

    I really should give it away, or at least to a friend or family, but I just can’t see myself parting with it.

    Did I mention it was only US$53? 😛

  253. A crotched dress with short sleeves, in a heavy wool, is only looking good as a recyclable dog blanket. A bottle greeny, it was ahead of its time.

  254. I was given an old coat of my mother’s after she died. It is two sizes two big for me and I have not worn it since the night the Philanderer proposed. For obvious sentimental reasons, I just can’t let it go.

  255. Sorry to confess but I am still holding onto my puffy vest. Yes I know. Yes. Its not that puffy and I bought it in Edinburgh in 1999 during the festival and its REVERSIBLE! And I only wear it during rugby season. Gosh I am such a DAG!

  256. An LBD I wore about 10 years ago! It’s a timeless and classic design. I know that after three kids, it is extremely unlikely I will ever wear it again, but can’t let go… it is a reminder of how my body used to be!

  257. My black ‘worn-look’ size 8 skinny jeans. They are my prized wardrobe possession, they are so cool, but so too small for me now. I have hope that after 4 years of not fitting them I will, one day, fit them again!

  258. My skin tight lycra basketball bodysuit! With tank top arms and short legs – I seriously dont know how I streched it on every week and managed to concentrate on playing the game… 2 children down the track, there is no way i could put it on now, but it still hangs as a reminder of my pre-baby days…

  259. Hmmmmm so many pieces to choose from. Bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses (from the 80’s), a crown from a fancy dress…but the prize has to go to my bedazzled figure skating competition leotard from the early 80’s.

    Not only do I not have a hope of getting into it (ever again – unless I spend time in a prison camp!!) even if I could, it’s not something where that opportunity to wear it again will ever ‘pop-up’.

    Time to be brutal with the wardrobe, me thinks.

  260. Haha I did really well to cull absolutley everything from my wardrobe … and now I can’t bring myself to actually take the bag to a donation bin. But it’s out of my wardrobe, which is a start…

  261. I still have my dad’s old college jacket from the University of California, Berkeley. It is over 50 years old and I “acquired” it about 20 years ago. I used to wear it all the time, but it doesn’t fit me anymore (Dad was super skinny and I have stacked on some My daughter loves it and will wear it when it fits her! I will never get rid of it!

  262. My wedding dress, it’s still hanging in there, slowly changing colour from cream to yellow from age. I don’t have any girls, only boys so I don’t really need it.
    My dress was a size 10, even though I was a size 12 when I got married so I was proud to say when I show everyone my gown look I really was skinny once!

  263. I have uniforms from my first three jobs and they are still there hanging up at the back of my wardrobe, they range from 9 to 4 years old oops :S

  264. I seriously need to get rid of so much stuff. I know for a fact that I still have the pants that I wore when I went into hospital to have my first child 11 and a half years ago. I have also got some maternity bras too that I will never use again

  265. A beautiful lilac summer dress I bought in Italy over 10 years ago now. Every time I look at it I am taken back to my holiday with the warm breeze and tasty food. It is super clingy and needs to be worn without a bra.. ha ha ha makes me laugh just imagining myself in it!

  266. I really should get rid of my hubby’s jumpers from ‘my’ side of the wardrobe and goodness knows I need that space, but I feel bad because I already have the largest portion of the wardrobe space anyway!

    Your comment about ‘sub-letting’ from your daughter have inspired me…I think this weekend those jumpers are relocating into my sons wardrobe.

  267. I have a ski jacket.
    Haven’t been to the snow since primary school, but brought it not long after I started dating Mr Black. It’s a bit weird having a ski jacket, and never making plans to go to the snow, but it’s oh so warm on those winter night barbies.

    I also have this black lined long-ish jacket (the kind that sits just above your knees). It’s NEVER suited me with heavily padded sholders, but again I keep it because it’s warm and I worry if I throw it, I will then need it come winter (although I avoid wearing it at all costs).

    I also have a floral dress, tags still on it, but I brought it in June and it’s definitely a summer dress. If I haven’t worn it come May i’m tossing it.

    Oh and a gorgeous pettiflirt, but I can’t seem to find any skirts to wear over it. I need something that’s got some room to fit over it, and sits just over my knee. Any suggestions where I can find something like that for a decent price?

  268. I develop an emotional attachment to clothes. I’ve still got the dress from my 21st party (i’m now 32) and just can’t bear to part with it.

    I do highly recommend ebaying clothes. I recently sold a heap of my better condition clothes and made a packet. The trick in pricing is to not try and recoup your cost of the garment, rather see it as a bonus on the zero money you would get if you donated it.

  269. I have an entire suitcase full of the clothes that I owned when I was a size 12-14 (1997-98). Who am I kidding? I will never fit into them again, and even if I do, they will be SOOOO out of fashion. They simply HAVE to go …

  270. I didn’t know that Freedom had such great variety!

    I cannot part with a dress I bought when I was a teenager and really love, but can’t wear because it’s two sizes small for me!

    Oh and also a pair of shoes – they are really ragged, but I love them so much that I just need to keep them for memories!

  271. My size 10 skinny jeans. After three kids I can keep dreaming (and excersizing) but I don’t think I’ll ever get these hips anywhere near them again!

  272. My senior formal dress from 1993. It had the potential to be beautiful but was OTT! Copper silk, gold embroidery. I spent many a maths lesson, sketching it in the back of my book until it was perfect. It was my dream dress. Every now and again, I go and run my hands over it and remember how obsessed I was with it!

  273. Yesterday you made me clean my makeup stash and yes, today have started my wardrobe. I must admit I feel better for doing it !! Well I did find something that is a bit old, but I am waiting till they come back in fashion again, maybe. A flouro yellow top with a cheetah and matching yellow flouro sandals. Eighties inspired and love them. Maybe I can pass them down to my daughter !! cant throw them out !!! No, she just said that she wouldnt be caught dead in them. Maybe the salvos, I will let you know !! thanks for a chance.

  274. A pair of 3/4 cargos that I just cant throw out – they have a hole in the crutch but the fabric has gone all soft and lovely and perfect for house cleaning in. – the man of the house is not keen on them!

  275. Okay, so this might come out kind of sad, but it’s my wedding dress. Sad because I’m now separated, getting divorced. But it’s such a beautiful dress (that I could – I tell myself – always have shortened and wear as a cocktail dress) that I can’t stand to part with it!!

  276. A bridesmaid dress that I wore more than 15 years ago. It cost a fortune and is massively big, so it takes up a lot of space! I don’t know WHAT to do with it 🙂

  277. Where do I start?

    My bright red formal dress I wore in Year 10 (in 1997)

    The T-shirt I bought on my honeymoon in Thailand (in 2004)

    My wedding dress (why kid myself… the style won’t be in fashion when my girls get married. (from 2004)

    The singlet hubby bought me in 2008 that still has tags on it and I just can’t throw it out.. (I have no idea what he was thinking buying me a singlet like that after having 2 babies)

    The dress I wore to a few weddings that was a size 8-10… I’m now a size 12 its never going to fit!

    Why do we hold onto all this crap?

  278. My year 10 formal dress – it’s a pink taffeta dress, that I doubt I will ever fit back into, I found it in an op shop in hobart and paid $35 for it – still possibly the best bargain I have ever had!

    Because the dress has so cheap my mum let me buy great jewellery, shoes and have my hair done….

    My friends daughter loves it for dress-up tho and praces around as a princess 🙂 hence I’m not justifying keeping it! 🙂

  279. I have a dress I bought in Poland about 15 years ago. I wore it a few times, once to a wedding. It is very stylish, very classic. No, I don’t fit into it any more, but it is associated with some happy memories. One day I will ditch it, but not yet…

  280. I cannot seem to part with my size 9 jeans, i bought them the week before i found out i was pregnant with my first child (who is 4 next month)… they are brand new, no tags though..

  281. Ooh this is an amazing competition! I’m moving houses soon so this will be a great addition!

    I really should get rid of all those clothes I bought that I thought I could style up. They all ended up being shapeless and oversized and I haven’t had the heart to throw them out!

  282. I have the misfortune of having to share a built in wardrobe with my partner-i have allowed him 1/3 of the wardrobe space which I am concerned he is not using wisely! I am personally don’t really hold sentimental attachment to clothes, once I have stopped wearing them I am happy to see them move to a new home so this post is about my partners section of the wardrobe,he is not wisely using his space and has something which I believe is taking up valuable room and should be ditched. My partner a few years ago whilst travelling took part in the “running of the bulls festival” in Spain. The t-shirt that he wore that hot day has been hanging in the wardrobe UNWASHED still covered in alcohol stains since his return!-to describe the t-shirt as disgusting is an understatement and must be ditched at once!

  283. A mini tuxedo – complete with bow tie – that my son first wore when he was 4 years old (he’s now 17!)

    It’s got paint splatters on it (from when he used to wear it to day care sometimes!). But I can’t part with it. It reminds me dreams come true.

    His father died suddenly when he was a baby and I never even expected I would find love again. His little ‘wedding suit’ reminds me of the time he whispered “I think I found a daddy” and pointed to my, now, husband.
    I never thought I would have any more children…he demanded to wear his ‘special’ suit into hospital to meet his baby sister for the first time (even though he couldn’t do the jacket up any more, the trousers were too tight, and they didn’t cover his ankles!).

    Some things hold too many precious memories to give away. And that’s what we have wardrobes, shelves and boxes for!! X

  284. A Levi’s western style denim shirt. I’ll even confess to putting it on at least once a year then instantly taking it off again!

  285. A woolen jumper similar to one an old boyfriend wore back when I was 17 many years ago. It’s not because I have an attachment to him, just the memory’s. Life was so easy back then, fun, carefree. It’s nice to reminisce about the good old days.
    On another note, about what’s in the cupboard, my biggest confession is baby clothes. When you hit a certain age and kids are no longer on the agenda, how do you make yourself part with them? This is the biggest stumbling block I have to organizing myself, ends in tears every time.