How to Consign Your Clothes

how consignment works

Purging your closet can feel marvelous. Jettisoning items that have gone unworn for months (or years) alleviates anxiety and guilt, gives you room to really see what you own, and allows you to focus on items that you truly adore. But if you’ve spent big on something and never worn it, or know it’s a quality item that just doesn’t suit you, it can feel frustrating to simply admit sartorial defeat. Donating clothing to charity is a generous and admirable choice, as is handing over quality duds to organizations like Dress for Success who can use them to help women further their career goals. But sometimes you just want to recoup your losses. Or some of your losses. read more

Originally posted 2012-01-16 06:33:56.

Reader Request: Considering Coats

How to decide which style of coat will work best for your outfit

Reader Leah e-mailed me this request:

I was hoping you’d consider writing a post on what kinds of outerwear work with various types of skirts.  Much like you, I spend a LOT of time in full skirts, and this time of year always has me kind of baffled as to what kind of coat I can wear and not look really silly. Jackets that look great with jeans always seem to be an awkward length or shape when paired with a skirt.

As I told Leah, hers was probably the fifth coat-related question I’d received in as many weeks. More coat info to come, but this post should cover the basics of matching a coat to an outfit, with an eye toward accommodating various styles of skirts. read more

Originally posted 2011-11-17 06:12:47.

Yet More Reasons to Thrift

Three great reasons to shop at thrift and secondhand stores

So. You already know that when you thrift, you’re saving money, doing something great for the environment, and supporting your favorite charities. But here are some less obvious reasons why thrifting ROCKS:

Unique takes on trends

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it … well, three or four times. At least. Nothing is truly new, and the best place to get trendy garments and accessories is your local thrift emporium. But what makes this trend-tracking technique even more appealing is that it can grant you access to sartorial uniqueness. Sixty bajillion people will have that same striped boatneck from Target. But the one you thrifted with the button details at the collar and sleeves? It’ll set you apart while keeping you current. read more

Originally posted 2012-02-22 06:39:07.