I am on a never-ending mission to purge my clothes. Sometimes I wish I could start fresh and buy a whole new wardrobe.
There was an executive at one of my old companies who had the following regimen. Every year, he’d donate all his clothes, then buy 5 new shirts and 5 pants. Those were the clothes he wore every single day of the week. Simple. I really admired that, but I don’t think that’s something you can do as a woman. He was also an ex-Army guy which explained his penchant for order.
For me, clothing is all about fit. It’s not about what’s trendy or in the latest fashion blogs. I try not to pay too much attention to that stuff, although I can get pretty sucked in. I’ve had a gray sheath dress I purchased at a shopping mall in Bangkok 10+ years ago. It fits perfectly and is a staple in my closet. If something happened to it, I would seriously break down in tears. No other dress in my closet fits me better. Most everything else is too loose or too tight, which is why I’m always in search of fit. If it fits great, it means you look great, and it’s a forever piece.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Sell your clothes, make money, buy clothes that fit. Go to a location that has a bunch of second hand stores. I went to the Haight. I had 2 shopping bags full of clothes to sell. I started at the Wasteland, then to Buffalo Exchange, and finally to Crossroads. Each store bought a handful of stuff and in total, I made over $150. By the time I was done, I had sold a shopping bag full of clothes at 3 stores. The rest I’ll hand over to my mom who ships them to relatives in the Philippines.