With the changing of the season and our Instagram feed being inundated with images of tall boots, big scarves and comfy sweaters, it’s likely we’ll take one look at our closet full of perfectly good clothes and utter the phrase “I have nothing to wear!”
We live in a time of “needing new.” We are, no question, professionally trained consumers. Last year’s clothes are old, the sweater we’ve worn more than six times is past its prime and the jeans we bought last season are the wrong cut.
Yes, you’ve heard us talk about trends and these come and go, but the fact of the matter remains, trends or not, we tend to get bored of our clothes. No matter how much we try to choose the pieces wisely, it turns out, our clothes have a shelf life.
During her recent trip to Calgary, she opted to take a good, hard look at her closet; this ultimately played in Lecina’s favour. Libertee had a freshly cleaned out closet, and Lecina walked away with a whole new wardrobe.
It was this interaction that inspired today’s post. We might get sick of our clothes, but to someone else, they’re literally as good as new! Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to
review some creative ways to edit, renew and refresh your wardrobe.
Basically, any reason to get together with girlfriends and drink wine is worth hosting, but the added bonus of a clothing swap includes not only leaving a little buzzed (in a cab) but also with a new wardrobe! Some simple tips and tricks to host your very own clothing swap:
Create a Facebook Event and invite your besties, if necessary extend the invite to friends of friends. Aim to have about 15 to 20 people show! Be sure to be clear in the event description about what merits a clothing swap exchange; read: nothing tattered or torn, no smelly old gym clothes, but everything else including accessories, shoes and jewellery is up for giveaway / grabs!
For every item of clothing your friends bring, give them some sort of a token (poker chips work) if we’ve done our math correctly, this means every one leaves with the same amount of clothes they came with. Draw straws to see who starts and keep a three minute timer running, setting a max of three items pulled each round. . . no indecision allowed.
Consignment stores are not only a great place to find previously loved pieces, they’re a great way to turn has-been-clothes into cold hard cash! Be sure to do your research for reputable places in your city, but we’ve had great luck finding and giving away garb at establishments of this nature.
Donate, donate, donate!
If you don’t have a crazy sister to share your clothes with, or you’re still mad at her over that thing she did a couple of weeks ago, donating is a great option! Of course, this good-natured-deed is always an option whether you’re in a tiff with your sis or not. We love, love, love the idea of donating to Dress for Success. This is a non-profit organization Lecina volunteers with designed to outfit women entering the workplace with a whole new wardrobe. Based on the appreciation of the value of a good first impression, Dress for Success outfits women prior to their interview with a killer outfit and completes their wardrobe once they land the job. This entire operation is run exclusively by volunteers and donated clothing. Be sure to contact your local chapter today about drop sites and items in high demand!
Do a good thing. You bought that six months ago and the tag is still on it.