A Coffee Morning Question from Rory

Rory, over at Earthly Comforts, has posed a question this morning about our clothing collection, or what I’d call my wardrobe.

What % [percentage] of your clothing collection do you wear often? Do you wear all of your items evenly throughout the year or do you have favorites that you tend to wear more often and other items of clothing that are hardly ever worn?

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I spend most of my time at home so I live in track pants, old jeans and leggings, long or 3/4 sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts or woollen jumpers pretty much all the time. On the days when I go out I wear better jeans, better T-shirts (e.g. not faded) and sweatshirts or jumpers that are not covered in pet hair.

These items probably make up more than 50% of my clothing. I have short sleeved T-shirts for when the weather gets really warm and some good navy and black pants for when I don’t feel jeans are appropriate which I wear reasonably often.

Also hanging in my wardrobe and only worn on rare occasions are some “good” tops and jackets that are worn for things like restaurant visits or taken on holiday. I haven’t been on holiday since 2018 so that should give you some idea how old this clothing is. I even have a couple of dresses and a skirt which I think it is unlikely that I will ever wear again as I just don’t feel comfortable in them and I hate wearing stockings or pantyhose.

I do like to look nice when I go out but I like to be comfortable more so my favourite going out clothes are pants and a top that will keep me warm or cool as I desire and flat shoes. I don’t dress to impress any more.

A selection of clothing for sale at the Op Shop.

When I volunteered at the Op Shop in Geeveston I was constantly surprised by how many clothes people had or would buy. We used to have “fill a bag” days when shoppers could fill a plastic shopping bag with clothing for a set amount. It used to be $5, I think they charge $10 these days.

People would often give more clothes than I own in a single donation because they were clearing out their wardrobes. I am often surprised when I realise that a particular item of clothing that I own is ten years old, or more. Fashion conscious I am not.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I prefer comfort these days. in my twenties l worked in management in Fashion, but those days are looooooooooooooong gone. now l like my clothing to be ultra soft and comfortable 🙂

    Tee shirts, joggers and sweats for outdoor work with jeans, smarter tees [maybe a cardigan in colder weather] and sneakers for going out.

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  2. I think this is the basic “retirement” wardrobe. Garry gave away a ton of REALLY expensive clothing and someone snatched them up minutes later. Apparently he was the same size as Garry and thought a miracle had occurred. I’ve given away a ton of stuff too, especially dressy clothing since we really don’t dress up almost ever. And winter is coming, so we probably won’t go anywhere much — except doctor visits — until spring. I can’t believe we’re entering winter already. Sheesh.

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