Did you notice the singular – dress? That is correct, I own 1 dress. I have had this dress for 3 years and during the summer it is worn at least once per week. It works well at the cusp of the season with a cardigan, too. This is a perfect example of everything an item of clothing should be.
Relatively classic style
It is also fully lined, 100% cotton and made in Australia.
When I first tried it on I realised that it would require some alterations as it was too long in the waist and too deep in the armholes for me. I was able to do this by removing the collar and lifting the shoulder seams before replacing the collar. Even if I had to pay for this to be professionally done, it would have been worth the expense.
So, no decluttering in this category. The dress stays and has pride of place in my wardrobe.
I want to make a couple more dresses like this one so that I can wear a dress and sandals to work each day during the summer. The existing dress is still way too good to consider deconstructing it so I may have to use a combination of a commercial pattern and the measurements from the dress.
There are no other categories in my wardrobe which contain only a single item, so next week I will be back to justifying my various collections.
Meanwhile, I am creating a list of things I would like to buy when we are overseas. The first things on the list are 2 pairs of trousers that are suitable for wearing to work and an outfit for a wedding at the end of March in Canberra. I have no idea of what I want for the wedding outfit so it will be a matter of looking to see what I like. The other criteria will be that it is versatile enough to be able to be worn for other occasions.