You hate everything in your closet from last fall. (Why did you buy that poofy “Mad Men” dress, the suit with shorts?)
Hanging on to old trends feels pointless—yet getting rid of them feels wasteful. You don’t want to contribute to some other garbage patch in the Pacific, swirling with bridesmaid dresses, over-the-knee socks, dumb hats.
Try this 3-step closet edit to get more from what you have and minimize the pieces you’ll need to buy. Call it the sustainable wardrobe exercise. And do it with a friend.
Step 1. Take all your clothes out, and sort them into piles: blouses, pants, skirts, dresses, accessories, etc. (Have clothing pal pour a soothing beverage.)
Step 2. Assemble new outfits based on what looks good on you (clothing pal will provide a reality check), and what suits your life and your aspirations this year. Give your style a promotion in order to get one.
Step 3. Pack up your discard pile and either bring items to a consignment shop, or to a re-sale chain like Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange, which may offer you cash or store credit. Goodwill is good too.
A minor investment of time for a major return on overall wardrobe quality.
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