On streamlining and skirt wearing

Late last year, after issuing many prior warnings, I put the contents of my wardrobe officially ‘on notice’ – if I didn’t absolutely love it, if it didn’t fit, or if I’d never actually worn it … it was out the door. Slowly but surely I whittled things down to a core collection of garments – with the rest sent to new homes via eBay or charity donation bins. Do you apply a bit of tough love to your wardrobe too?

This process of consolidation and streamlining has seen more space appear in my wardrobe, with the clothes that remain becoming much more accessible and therefore more likely to get worn. But all of this hasn’t meant that I’ve stopped shopping all together. It just means that I’m especially careful about what I do buy – my clothes have to earn their place.

So it was an exciting day for the household, when a lovely parcel arrived in the mail (Jones takes his job of quality control very seriously). Of course, the arrival of any parcel is cause for celebration, but even more so when that parcel contains not one, but TWO pretty skirts!

An exciting new delivery from 'halfhalf'

These skirts were made and sent my way by the lovely halfhalf store which is run by Laura and Jo. Their store is filled with gorgeous limited edition fifties-style skirts, made with the most wonderful fabrics. The other cute thing is that each skirt is named after a favourite song (adorable!).

When I saw the two skirts below, it didn’t take me long to make them mine – the one on the left is ‘Feel the Love’, and the one on the right is ‘Leaving the City’. Both skirts have made themselves very much at home … they’re most definitely keepers!

A pair of pretty skirts

There are a few things that I look for in any skirt that I consider buying, and those made by halfhalfΒ tick all the right boxes:

  1. Fullness … so comfortable, so flattering.
  2. Length … hitting the knee, or just below is best.
  3. Flat waistband … balances out all those lovely pleats.
  4. Pockets … good for hands, and carrying little stowaways.
  5. Fabric … cotton always wears so well (especially with an adorable print).

Growing up as a tomboy it’s true that I wasn’t always a lover of skirts, but they are now such a big part of my wardrobe, I don’t know how I ever lived without them. How about you? Are you a skirt-wearer too? Or maybe you’re just a fan of streamlining? (they’re both more than a little addictive)


  1. Erika @ A Tiny Rocket

    I prefer skirts over shorts πŸ™‚ and love those two up above. I think it’s because that style above is effortless, comfortable and cute πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Here’s to skirt wearers! I only wear shorts when absolutely necessary … or if a skirt just isn’t practical. I’m so glad you like the two recent additions to my wardrobe. xx

  2. Lucent Imagery

    Hey, somebody’s blog has had a makeover too! Cute paws up the top. In my wardrobe downsizing and analysing over the past five years, skirts have not survived. I own two only and don’t intend to replace them when they leave. I have now switched to dresses due to the ease of outfit creation and suiting my body type. But I still look at skirts and skirt wearing ladies and think how beautiful they look. And I think these do look gorgeous. I can imagine you wearing with a singlet and cute necklace. Or a cardigan and tights in cooler weather. Lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Haha, yes I’ve been making a few little changes here and there … I feel it’s been long overdue. You know me and my push for simplicity and cleanliness! πŸ™‚

      I am hearing you on the joys of dress wearing (I love them too) – they create a complete outfit in themselves, and you’ve got to love that! πŸ™‚

      You’ve got it in one, these two have already been teamed up with singlets and necklaces … and yes, they will be friendly to all seasons I feel. xx

  3. Teresa

    Tracey, you will forever be a skirt wearer after my own skirt loving heart! πŸ™‚

    You’re two new skirts are perfect and I couldn’t agree more with your 5 essentials when it comes to skirts. I might add corduroy to the fabric list though as it’s perfect for winter.

    Love the blog makeover!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – Haha, I think you are 100% right there! I just can’t quite believe there was a time before skirts and dresses for me … the only trouble I have now is saying no to making more purchases! πŸ˜‰

      Oh yes, corduroy is a lovely fabric for winter … would you believe I’ve been looking for a corduroy skirt in just the right shade of mustard yellow?!?! I’m sure you’ll be shocked! πŸ˜‰

      PS. I’m so glad you like the new-look blog. xx

  4. Camila Faria

    I love skirts and wear them all the time. Especially in the summer, when is sooooo hot here in Rio. I really like your new skirts, adorable prints. And I also love the blog’s new look, it’s lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Oh yes, skirts are wonderful for wearing in the heat. It gets quite hot and humid here in Australia too, so skirts help keep me a little cooler too. I’m glad you like my new skirts and the blog makeover. Thank you. xx

  5. lenore*

    Charming prints Tracey!
    Adore the fullness as well~

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – They were prints just too sweet to resist really (any excuse for skirt buying will do). Full skirts are so charming, I find them impossible to say no to. πŸ˜‰

  6. Lynne

    I find it difficult to throw anything out. I find myself wearing pants all the time, but I do like skirts and dresses. If I could just find the ideal dress pattern I could reuse over and over again.
    Thank you for the comments about Rufus, much appreciated.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – I used to always wear jeans, and then suddenly discovered how comfortable it was to wear skirts and dresses … it was a revelation for me. Although when it’s really cold, pants often provide more warmth! πŸ™‚

      Yes indeed, I’ve been thinking about finding a perfect dress pattern and just replicating the style in different fabrics … that would be amazing!

      PS. You’re very welcome about my comments, us dog-lovers have to stick together.

  7. Debby

    I love the packaging…and the skirts are great…I totally agree with you about pockets…I avoid carrying a bag if I don’t have to, and then it has to be a hands free one.

    I’ve been doing a bit of streamlining too. Trying to weed out those items that you love but every time you put them on, take them straight off….Just because I love it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it suits me. I’ve been strict but it’s a really useful process that makes getting ready to go out so much easier.

  8. Debby

    I love the packaging…and the skirts are great…I totally agree with you about pockets…I avoid carrying a bag if I don’t have to, and then it has to be a hands free one.

    I’ve been doing a bit of streamlining too. Trying to weed out those items that you love but every time you put them on, take them straight off….Just because I love it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it suits me. I’ve been strict but it’s a really useful process that makes getting ready to go out so much easier.

    ps. love the new blog layout…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – The packaging is so lovely … and the puss certainly thought so too! There is something endlessly appealing about pockets on skirts – I also much prefer dresses that have those snazzy hidden side seam pockets too.

      The streamlining process is a difficult one – especially if you’re a sentimentalist like me. I’m learning to be stronger with that though. I agree – streamlining the wardrobe makes it so much easier to see what you’re going to wear each day … no digging through things you don’t even wear! πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad you like the blog’s new look … a change is so refreshing every once in a while. xx

  9. bobbi

    I love dresses. I rarely wear them and I don’t know why, but I adore them. I hate everything that goes around my waist, I love loose things. I like to feel free!
    Those skirts are really cute. I think I’m going to do some eye shopping.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Dresses are a bit like that aren’t they? They make us fall in love with them even if we’re not wearing them! πŸ™‚

      I totally get that ‘loose waist’ feeling … I do hate feeling too tightly constricted (especially after a big indulgent meal). xx

  10. sarah.goodtogether

    I’ll be a skirt-wearer once skirt-wearer weather comes back! But I’m a year-round streamliner; the freeing feeling of having less is great.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – Ah yes, there is something about warm summer and spring weather that draws the eye and the heart towards skirts.

      I never would have imagined that having less would feel so wonderful … I think I’ll be streamlining forever more.

  11. ejorpin

    I really love the idea of streamlining and I’ve really been trying to cull my wardrobe but I just can’t quiet get in to the appropriate headspace to really be brutal / honest about what I should keep and what I should ditch…(maybe you can come over and help?!). But reading this makes me think I really need to do it – there’s some hidden gems in my closet that I don’t get too because of all the other junk, I’m sure.

    Your skirts look lovely! I can’t wear skirts – partly because of my long-leg/short-body shape, and partly because the whole matching tops to bottoms thing is way beyond me! I used to be a tom boy, and live in jeans, but these days I am all about dresses. Dresses make me happy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Haha, well I completely understand the difficulty in approaching the task of wardrobe streamlining … it took me a long time to even get comfortable with the idea, and I’ve taken several sweeps through my wardrobe to try and get it right. I used to be a bit of a hoarder, and yes you’ll definitely uncover hidden gems you’ve forgotten about. But look, if you need a hand I’m happy to come and assist … you’ll be throwing in the airfare and accommodation costs I trust? πŸ˜‰

      I’m so glad you like my new skirts … I fell rather in love with them. I’ve overcome the whole matching tops and bottoms issue by having a range of plain coloured tops and singlets to choose from, then it becomes about a thousand times easier.

      Yes, I say YES to dresses too … in actual fact I would say that I love dresses most of all … with skirts being a close second.

  12. Jo

    Thanks so much for your lovely post Tracey. I got your thank you note in the mail a few days ago- that itself makes this whole venture worth it! Jx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jo – You are so very welcome … I’m the one thanking you for my lovely skirts! Oh, and I’m so happy your little note turned up. xx

  13. woolf

    the skirts remind me of my hazy days in brussels, when i was living just off the daily flea market… if ony i’d stocked up on those treasures, back then… on the other hand, i’m such an impatient sewer… it would not have worked…. ;)))
    your skirts look just lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello Woolf – That hindsight can be a terrible thing … all those missed opportunities it can reveal … haha, you haven’t seen impatient sewing until you’ve seen me. I am frustration itself! πŸ˜‰

  14. laura (see hear say)

    thanks so much for the rad review! glad you love the skirts as much as we do x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Laura – I’m a little bit smitten with these skirts, can’t you tell? I feel so lucky to have given them a new home with me. But gosh, that tennis skirt was hard to resist! xx

  15. urban muser

    definitely a skirt-wearer here! and if it’s not a skirt it’s probably a dress. those new ones that you bought are super cute.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – Yes, I’m the same as you … I tend to move between skirts and dresses, they’re just the best! I’m glad you like my two new skirts too. πŸ™‚

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