Auntie Fashion

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Give ’til It Hurts

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Goodwill

Give, give, give — sometimes it seems as if that’s all I ever do.

Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours cleaning out my closet.  That’s a daunting task when you’re a fashion icon like me.  But it’s something I try to do every couple of years with reckless abandon.  The reason?  I believe it’s selfish to archive your clothes.

Let’s face it; if you haven’t worn something for a couple of years, you’re probably not going to wear it again.  Fashion is cyclical, but in twenty or thirty years when everyone is wearing low-rise pants again, chances are that your ass will have relocated a few inches closer to the ground.

In the meantime, all those clothes sitting in your closet are becoming more and more unfashionable.  In a few years, you’ll decide to move or choose to raise a family.  Suddenly, you’ll say to yourself “Why am I keeping all of this stuff I’m never going to wear again?”  However, by that time the only people who will want to wear it are the kids who shop at Value Village for Halloween costumes.

Not every item in your closet is going to turn into a once-in-a-lifetime thrift store treasure, like a vintage Pucci dress or an Ossie Clark coat.  You’re not Tamara Mellon.  Most of your wardrobe is going to become junk that you’ll never need again.

Someone else might need it, though.  In fact, some of it is probably still quite lovely and fashionable.  Wouldn’t it be great if someone could use it?

That’s what I think when I’m stuffing blue bags full of clothes from my closet.  Yesterday, I put a $500 pair of shoes aside at one point and said “I just can’t give them up!”  Five minutes later I came to my senses and put them in the bag.  I know I’m not going to wear them again.  It’s as simple as that.  And I’m going to make someone’s day when they stumble across them on the resale rack!

I’m even a little more sanctimonious than usual when it comes to where I send my castoffs, too.  I only donate to Goodwill.  If you want to know why, just visit goodwill.org for all of the details.  Sure, I could earn a little money selling things through consignment, but I’m happy to know that Goodwill is a thriving force in my community.

If that’s not enough, to convince you to clean out your closet, just think of all the space you’ll make for new things.  Now get busy!

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July 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm

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  1. Yup, if you’re not going to remake it or wear it just give it away – it’s simple and easy. Great advice!!!

    Stylist Stuff

    August 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm


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