Wardrobe Maintenance: Saying Goodbye to “Old Friends”

Every closet has a bunch of “old friends”–you know the stuff I’m talking about.  Those dresses that\r\n\r\n

my meager pile of Fall giveaways
my meager pile of Fall giveaways
\r\n\r\ndon’t fit anymore, or the pants that are way out of style.  For me, it’s the skirts I loved but never fit right in the first place.  Fast fashion I should have walked away from rather than assume I could make fit right.\r\n\r\nUsually I perform wardrobe maintenance twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  That’s when I put together all the items that I really don’t care to wear anymore for various reasons and give them away.  I usually go to the local Salvation Army, but you can donate to a church, Goodwill, or other organization.  If you have designer-label clothing, think about consignment stores, or events like the POSH Sale fundraiser for the Wadsworth Athenaeum Costume and Textile Society .  Whenever you put together giveaways, always keep in mind that the clothing should be in good, wearable condition.  Anything that is so faded and busted that you wouldn’t wear is more for the recycle or throwaway pile than the giveaway pile.\r\n\r\nOne of my biggest past shopping issues was buying clothing because of the low price or because it was different. That often left me with a bunch of stuff that did not fit well. When I shop now, I must always remind myself that I am a petite, and that clothing in the regular misses department is sized primarily for women between 5 ft.. 4 inches and 5 ft. 8 inches.  I might be able to fudge it with a dress and some shapewear, but not with pants or skirts.  With pants, the crotch hangs too low.  With skirts, the waist must come up very high in order to fit properly around my hips.  This usually creates a bunch-up of material around my waist, or gives the impression that I’m wearing a high-waist skirt.  With the black damask skirt, I have to hike it up under my boobs for it to fit properly around the rest of me, thus making me look like a squashed-down 5 ft 7 woman…\r\n\r\nAnd that, my friends, is a true sign that a garment does not fit properly.  So, it is part of the pile of giveaways, along with blouses that won’t button over my boobs, pants with low crotches, and some other items that remind me of working in retail (ugh! my love-hate career.)\r\n\r\nNow, back in the day, my Mom hated shopping in the petites department (I’m not even sure how long petite departments have been around.)  So, she would diet herself down to a then-size 8 (now probably a 6) because at a size 8, the clothing proportions fit her properly.  I recall even for myself, that when I was an 8 or 9, clothes in the misses department fit good (for the most part.)  Thing is, I’m not about to diet myself down several sizes just to buy clothing in the misses department.  There would have to be a very good reason for me to lose that much weight, and I can’t think of one.\r\n\r\nHowever, I’m glad that I’ll be able to pass along some items in really good shape that will look better on some other (taller) woman.  This then gives me the opportunity to purchase new items that will fit correctly.  So, it’s win-win for all!\r\n\r\n 

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