I am getting close to the end of cataloging the categories of clothing in my wardrobe. Naturally, I have left the most difficult till last. Even so, I have split the tops into a couple of groups. Today I am looking at the summer (short-sleeved and sleeveless ) tops that I have.
As usual this includes the full range from old polo shirts that I use for painting to tops I wear to social events.
2 T-shirts in good condition that I wear regularly though not frequently
They are both ‘souvenirs’ that I will happily keep and use until they wear out. I probably will not buy any more of this style in the future.
2 polo shirts – the darker one is actually a corporate freebie but the logo is reasonably discreet so I do wear it. The lighter shirt is quite faded and whilst still wearable is probably not required so I think it will go to the op shop where someone may get some use from it. In the following photos you will see that I have more than enough shirts to wear when I am painting/gardening etc.
These tops are identical and are a simple scoop-neck top with a cap sleeve. You can see my penchant for buying more than 1 of the same style when I find something that I like.
I have had these tops for over 10 years and they are a permanent fixture in my wardrobe. They are not identical but very similar. They have a short sleeve which is quite fitted and are perfect for travelling and suitable for wearing under a rugby top. They feature in almost all of my holiday photos and will be going to the USA with me in a couple of months.
These 4 paint-spattered polo shirts belonged to my daughters when they were at high school (10-15 years ago). They are hold every colour paint that we have used in 3 different houses! I wear them when gardening or painting and will continue to do so as they are no use for anything else – not even as rags as they are polyester cotton and have no absorbency. One day I will throw them out.
These are 3 shirts which are suitable for wearing at home but have not descended to the level of the previous selection. I will probably get rid of the green one and keep the others.
Just in case you thought that I don’t have any presentable tops – here is a sleeveless linen one I made last year. I have 2 more in the same style that are partly made so they will be new for next summer.
2 basic cotton/lycra camisoles for wearing under shirts/cardigans
3 cotton shirts that I have made. The red/white definitely stays but the others are looking past their best so I might move them along. I will reserve my judgement on that for a bit longer.
This is a loose cotton shirt that I made many years ago and it is excellent for those really hot days as it is 100% cotton. Not the fanciest style or pattern but definitely a keeper.
This black collared top is well-worn but super comfy and goes with anything. It stays.
As usual, I am forced to make some decisions, simply by virtue of having to put in writing why I own some of these pieces.
I will throw 2 of the ‘painting shirts’ in the bin. The faded navy polo shirt and the green t-shirt will go to the op shop. I will decide the fate of a couple of others when the warmer weather returns.
Next week will be my 3/4 and long-sleeve tops and then that should be almost the end of Project Streamline.
It has been an enlightening exercise to list all of my clothes here week by week. I can now see where I have an excess and what I need to replace or add to.
As always, love it! Good on you for all the sleeveless tops! I’m so “scared” of them (since high school no less!) I do have a lot of spaghetti strapped singlets that I wear under everything (all year around), and I’ll show all that (neck, arms etc), or then it’s pretty much a 3/4 length sleeve. I’m so weird (and I know it!)