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Culling the Wardrobe

I have been exerting myself over the last year or so to cull my wardrobe. Some things were easy to get rid of: things that didn't fit, things I hadn't worn for years because of fit or condition, etc.. After that, it's gone slower.

I fill up one paper grocery bag (with handles) at a time, and carry it to a nearby thrift store, which means one more bag of stuff out of my apartment. When I buy a new item of clothing, I am attempting to get rid of two old items, or one at least. Recently, I visited clearance racks and bought a bright blue polo shirt, a red knitted shirt that is polo-ish in shape, and a gorgeous bright blue rayon scarf.

The hardest things for me to get rid of are things that are high-quality and useful, but I have things in that category that I have not worn in over a year - or two years - or that drape on me like flour sacks. I have a loose cotton/linen khaki shirt, long-sleeved, with a pleated front. I love pleats, but I almost never wore this shirt (intended for over tank tops, in summer). I wore it once to work recently, with a belt, and it was still sacklike. I started a new bag with it this morning, adding a pair of winter pants that are too short for my style now, and soon to wear out at the thighs anyway. And a pair of cropped pants that are perfectly fine, but I look horrible in them.

Also on the giveaway list is a pair of cropped black linen pants, loose but comfy - they don't look all that great on me, but I think they might be useful if hemmed into shorts, the sort I could wear over a bathing suit. I need to try those on again.

I also need to cull my scarves. I have way too many to wear on a regular basis, but I looove scarves and it is hard to think of giving them to strangers, even when I remind myself they will have a better home with someone who truly needs them (scarves, pets....). Any friends need scarves?



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Jun. 15th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
You have no idea of how many shawls and scarves I have -- I just acquired two more, pure India silk, in the most gorgeous colors, that billow and float around with each movement of air, whether caused by walking or a breeze. They make me feel light as a bubble.

Love, C.
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Tempting...wait. I DO NOT NEED MORE SCARVES.
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
My house already has too many scarves. Though I love the one you gave me for my birthday a couple of years back.

Jen loves her scarves so much that she keeps them in a plastic bin and never uses them.

However, I am impressed with your culling abilities. Passing things along makes the world a better place.
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think they BREED.
Jun. 15th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
If they are the type of scarves that can be tied into superhero capes, I know a four-year-old who wants them.
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Some of them potentially ARE.
Jun. 15th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Any chance you have a scarf that is a good, strong red?

Any clothes or accessories that could be worn in an office setting can be donated to Career Wardrobe at 21 South 12th Street. They help (mostly women) people entering or reentering the workforce from homelessness/welfare/etc.
Jun. 18th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
I do have a good, strong red! It is scratchy, though, sort of mesh with sequins on it. A co-worker bought it for me in Egypt, years ago. Interested?
Jun. 18th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Poop. Sequins and scratchy are not my thing. But thank you for the offer!
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