I’m definitely not a hoarder. On the contrary, the truth is to be honest that I’m naturally prone to entropy which, combined with the silly inclination things and objects have to turn upside down when I get close to them, makes me think that the less I have the better it is.
I often do some clean-up of the old stuff I no longer use. I give it away, sell it or get rid of it somehow. I don’t have much furniture at home either, because empty spaces are actually the only way I have to make room for myself and new things.
This said, there are things that seem to be made just for me, to follow me and change like I do, things I actually can’t get rid of. Sometimes I try but it’s useless, I simply can’t.
This post can actually prove useful to whoever has clothes (today’s topic) they want to get rid of or those who currently prefer to give old clothes a second chance rather than turning to compulsive shopping.
I hereby also give some advices to those who changed size and need to adjust their most cherished clothes to new life stages.
Let’s see how to get from old clothes the same enthusiasm as the first day or the first time we put them on.
Let’s start with the easiest thing:
Look for accessories
(a particularly useful suggestion to those who make long travels and rely on a capsule babbage )
During my first trip to Australia, the capsular baggage was a MUST. Therefore, I only had a few things and many accessories to look different. Among these, this belt is one of the accessories that can make any outfit / overshirt / tube dress look slightly different than usual.
There’s a wide choice of accessories like necklaces, brooches of any kind, bands, special suspenders or belts, and it’s not just by chance. They complement the outfit and can both enhance the personality of the clothes you wear and give them a new life.
The advantage of knowing how to use the jewellery box better than the wardrobe lies in being able to revive any clothes in a few touches.
A poncho or a shawl changes the concept of a coat. A pair of tights (sheer or 20 deniers, clear or embroidered) completely changes the essence of a skirt.
A standard jacket combined with a gipsy-style pochette bag purchased in some ethnic market of a faraway country gets a completely different look and meaning. It’s a way to impress, a contradictory and therefore interesting message.
The same applies to wearing a hat that doesn’t fit the style of the general outfit at all, just like wearing a shapka, possibly in fake fur, on that pair of rugged jeans that you really don’t want to get rid of.
Talking about jeans: try wearing 5-inch heels under your old and washed-out jeans, and everybody will end up asking “how come you’re so elegant today”? It’s true, try and then tell me if I’m wrong.
Combine styles and clothes that are apparently not meant to be matched.
A black lace bolero that I was given during my trip to Australia made my jeans and t-shirt look definitely more elegant.
Mixing, just like making a cocktail of details as if they were gin and Martini, doesn’t only relate to accessories. Even the new clothes that you somehow have in your wardrobe can help old clothes give you renewed emotions, as in a joint game of sisterhood among your wardrobe dwellers.
Learn the basics of cutting and stitching
Many of us may gain or lose weight during life. The cover picture shows my favourite skirt, that I bought when I was 16. It has travelled the world with me and I have always cut a fine figure in it; I’m sure I’ll never be able to get rid of it and that one day my grandchildren will appreciate it too.
Yet… more than 10 cms and three sizes have been removed from the waist and hips.
Learning the basics of cutting and stitching can be useful to save our favourite clothes or else we can (should) make the wise and easier decision to resume the good old practice of having tailors make small alterations and adjustments.
Taking clothes apart and putting them back together
Se proprio devo tornare ai colori in gallery, dopo una challenge in total black, bene farlo fino in fondo. Con la giacca e la sciarpa più colorata del secolo, a #Berlino. Mi piacerebbe fare come le #fashionblogger che dicono dove comprare la giacca ma in realtà l’ha fatta mia madre quando le ho detto di smembrare e ricostruire una vecchia gonna di velluto colorata. #creatività e pazzia, uno standard in famiglia. 🇬🇧 after my #totalblackchallamge í come back in FULL color, from #Berlin and my veeeery colored scarf and jacket. Now, I wish I can do like #fashion #bloggers do and tell you where I bought the jacket but actually my mom made it from and old #velvet skirt. #creativity is a #family trait.
Turning to tailors is even more useful when you want to create something new out of something old.
For instance, you may have a skirt you particularly like for its fabric or colour (or because it is particularly precious to you) but that you don’t use that much, so you’d like to turn it into something else (as shown in the picture below in my case: my jacket was a long skirt…unfortunately, it didn’t fit my winter style).
Otherwise you can look on social networks for ideas to transform your old clothes, searching for the hashtags on Pinterest or Instagram.
You can find very nice and easy tricks or ideas to put into practice.
Put your wardrobe in order
This suggestion is not meant for everybody but only for people like me, who leave stacks of clothes in their wardrobes in an attempt to hide the Narnia world, and convince themselves that they have nothing to wear.
My Instagram followers, besides proving extremely wise, also know that I’ve recently sorted out my wardrobe and what did I get out of it?
I’ve actually managed to recover some skirts, tops and clothes I had completely forgotten about. Their recovery is a bit like finding 10 euros in the coat you wore last winter or in a bag that you haven’t used for months. Going through my stacked up clothes makes me have three kinds of reaction depending on what I find:
1 – “Where does this come from? If I’ve never looked for it, it means I don’t need it. Out!”
2 – “Where does this come from? It’s fantastic, I’m gonna wear it tonight (after some ironing maybe)”
3 – “There you are, my dear old friend! I won’t leave you again!”
What about you? Do you tend to collect or get rid of things? Do you renew your clothes or the wardrobe?