The start of a new year is the perfect time to reassess your closet. It’s an opportunity to look at each garment with a critical eye. What’s been hiding in the back? What can be reimagined, and what should you pass along? Purging your closet can be an empowering experience, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some helpful ideas:
- Donate to a non-profit. If you want to make a difference in a specific way, many non-profits focus on a particular need. For example, you can donate special and formal attire to an organization like Becca’s Closet, which collects prom dresses for teens who may not be able to afford them. And Dress for Success helps women find the perfect outfit for job interviews. If your donations need some TLC, Sudsies can help with cleaning and repairs before they go on their way.
- Host a clothing swap. If you’re looking for a more personal way to part with your wardrobe, consider hosting a clothing swap. Invite friends who share your fashion sense, and let the fun begin! Not only is this a great way to give new life to pieces you no longer love, but you can also pick up some one-of-a-kind items.
- Sell it. Try high-end consignment shops in your area or look into online services such as Poshmark, ThredUp, and The RealReal. Both options are great for passing on much-loved luxury items. And using an online service means your garments will reach a larger audience and have a better chance of selling.
- Re-envision it. Give a once-loved piece of clothing a second chance. Our team of skilled tailors and seamstresses are true masters of their craft. Do you want to change the sleeves of a blazer? They can do it. Do you want to change the neckline of a dress? Consider it done. Do you want to turn a maxi dress into a midi dress? We’ll make it happen. We can completely refresh and re-envision a garment to give it new life and style. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you decide to say goodbye to the clothes that no longer serve you, you’re making a conscious decision to start the year with intention. Your closet will look better, and you’ll feel great knowing you’re making a meaningful impact. Here’s to a fresh start in the new year!