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How To: Get Some New Items For Your Wardrobe Without Spending A Thing

“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them” – Marc Jacobs 

I recently took stock of all the clothing in my two wardrobes. I am so ashamed that I own over 200 items of clothing and shoes, but more so that approximately 30% of these clothes have never been worn, many even have the tags attached. Henrietta Hoarder eat your heart out, aye. There again, that doesn’t mean I’m not still on the look out, especially for free clothes.

What on earth have I been doing? Why have I kept buying and not got rid of anything! My favourite thing to do is to moan about the lack of space in my little flat – it would seem I only have myself to blame.

Enough! Being the Easter holidays, I vowed to have a clear out. But where to start? Some of these bits were far too nice to not be worn with love or sold for a fair deal, but I, like many others do not have the time to EBay. Of course I donate to charity, but surely I could find someone in my circle who could make use of brand new clothing. I procrastinated for some time as you can imagine.

And then it hit me. What about the ladies from my office?

And so the process of clearing some much needed space and in turn gaining some fresh new bits and pieces began:

Step 1: Delegate into three piles

  1. Definitely Keep Pile
  2. Definitely Throw Pile
  3. Try On Pile

Step 2: Reduce piles

  1. Put the Definitely Keep Pile away
  2. Sort the Definitely Throw Pile into 3 – Friends/ Charity/ Throw Away (never throw anything away which is in a usable state – someone else may find your item useful and items can raise much needed funds)
  3. Work through the Try On Pile sorting them into the relevant groups above

Step 3: Take clothes to Work/ Social Group/ Friend’s house – perhaps even organise something local and on a larger scale?

  1. Organise for others to do the same if they wish (the fun is in the giving, NOT the receiving – though you never know what you might end up with)
  2. Organise an hour or so where everyone can bring their bags for other’s to have a look through

Step 4: Take your pick!

If everyone brings a good selection you can end up with whole new outfits. Below is just a snippet of what I grabbed, that my friends were simply going to throw out.

Step 5: Unclaimed Items

Anything not claimed (it can be a bit hit and miss as to what people want to throw out/ give to charity) – organise a charity collection or drop off to your nearest store.

Grey Tartan Scarf
Grey Tartan Scarf
Brave Soul - Pep & Co Shirts
Brave Soul – Pep & Co Shirts
Asos - River Island Tees
Asos – River Island Tees
Asos Wool Blend Comfy Cardi
Asos Wool Blend Comfy Cardi
Pink New Look Heels
Pink New Look Heels
More New Look Heels
More New Look Heels
Topshop Crop - H&M Skirt
Topshop Crop – H&M Skirt
Topshop Long Leopard Babydoll
Topshop Long Leopard Babydoll

I was also lucky enough to nab and fit quite nicely into three brand new and with tags, dresses – now I can guarantee you it’s not like me to be lucky, but I have my Godson’s Christening in a month or so, and I believe the off the shoulder floral number is an absolute hit for it.

Velvet H&M Dress
Velvet H&M Dress
Zara Leopard Print Longsleeve Bodycon
Zara Leopard Print Longsleeve Bodycon
Marva Fashion Off the Shoulder Dress
Marva Fashion Off the Shoulder Dress

Et voila! You’ve managed to get rid of those bits that you adore but have never got round to wearing to a loving home, and in the mean time, picked up a few bits for yourself, cleared space and organised donations for charity.

Happy swapping.

A.C.G. x

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