The weather in the Washington, DC area is not going to be pleasant for anyone without ice skates this weekend. And since your closet called – it could probably use a review of what is working and what is just hanging around. There are outfits lurking in there, you just need to discover them, but in order to find them, it’s time for a bit of housecleaning and organization. It’s time to stop pushing around pieces that don’t work anymore.
Now that you are a few months into your Fall/Winter wardrobe, take a second look at everything you own (the first should have been when you brought out this season’s options). Are there things you have not worn yet? Why? Are they too big/small? Are they out of fashion? Answer these questions on every piece. Even though most styles come back into fashion at some point, there is usually just enough change that you may not be able to use it again the second time around. Or is it an item you just can’t find anything to go with?
As you sort through things, make several piles. Ones that you consider past any hope of being worn again as they are torn or stained, ones that just aren’t right for you anymore; whether style or size, and those that are good, but just do not fit the style image you want to project.
Once you get through this exercise, organize the items left in your closet. If you have not already done so, your closet should be organized by tops, bottoms and dresses. Within these groupings, organize by color. This is the best way to take a fresh look at what you have, what you may need to add and what may truly be a new outfit right in front of your nose.
With the January sales in full swing, think about items you may be able to pick up at a great price that will create an entirely new outfit or 2. The items in your closet should not be a one-to-one relationship. And don’t be stuck on always finding a garment to create that new outfit, look to accessories to make the difference.
Here is some insight into your options for what to do with those items you took out of the closet; don’t look back and don’t second guess yourself.
There are many options for donating usable clothing, some with pick-up service that are nationally known such as Vietnam Veterans of America and The Salvation Army. These are 2 of my favorite as the clothing is used for a good cause.
For donations that have seen better days, don’t just throw them in the trash, recycle them and get a discount in the deal. H&M offers H&M Conscious in their stores. They will accept any clothing, not just an H&M brand, to be recycled. You can bring into the store up to 2 bags/day and in return get a 15% coupon toward a purchase. What a deal! And H&M is a great place to pick up a new trendy item at a great price.
Swap some clothing –
There are many sites on the web that offers this type of deal but what about throwing a swap party with your friends? This is a great idea for a girl’s night out. It would also be a great place to swap not just clothing but scarves, belts and jewelry. If you want a little education added to the mix, Your Style IQ would be happy to join the fun and give you a mini session on the accessories for each body type.
Earn some extra spending money –
True you invested in every one of those garments you are about to send out the door, but there is no reason not to recoup some of that as spendable cash rather than a tax deduction. Every town has local consignment shops with varying percentages of what you will earn on clothing they sell for you. Check the web for a local list as some of the shops my clients have used in the past no longer exist. There are also many options on-line with their own app. Be sure to check carefully as every store or site has a list of “labels” they will accept.
Now you are ready to find new outfits right in your closet.
What outfits are hiding in your closet?