There’s no better time than the start of a new season to update your wardrobe with a few new pieces. That doesn’t mean you have to head to the mall and drop hundreds of dollars though. How do you update your wardrobe without spending a dime? Read on for more.
A few months back, my fabulous roommate Sophia and I decided to invite some of our favorite girls over for a leisurely ladies afternoon at our home. All of our friends are extremely stylish in their own right, so we decided to mix it up with a clothing swap and called our gathering the Sunday Sip & Swap.
While this was a few months ago, with the weather change calling for us east coaster to change out our closets for the new season, I thought this post would be right on time to help spark some ideas for your fall gatherings. And at the end of the post, there are even 5 tips for anyone who wants to host one of their own.
For our party, we sent out invitations asking all the women to go through their closets and wardrobes and pick 2-3 pieces — clothes, shoes or accessories — that were in great shape but they just don’t wear anymore. We all have that fierce dress that no longer fits or that cute little clutch that hasn’t seen daylight in ages; we wanted the ladies to bring those pieces.
I invited my uber-glam, makeup obsessed girl Keita over, who set up a lipstick bar with her summer line of Mary Kay lippies. It was great opportunity for our guests to update their warm weather makeup palettes, as well as their wardrobes.
We provided small bites and champagne for the 15 or so ladies that attended and as each gal arrived we hung or displayed their items around the living room. It was time to get to shopping!
Not everyone knew each other coming in, so to kick things off we had a little ice breaker where we went around the room and had everyone introduce themselves by telling a story behind one of the items they brought to trade and to let everyone know what their favorite lip shade was.
The consistent theme behind the clothing stories was that at one point or another we have all tried something on in the store knowing it was a little too snug here or it bunched there, but believing that we once we got home we could make it work. Wrong! Lesson of the day, if it doesn’t fit in the dressing room, it’s not going to fit in the streets either.
After the ice breaker we opened up the floor for the swap. We had several dressing stations set up around the house with mirrors, so everyone grabbed a few pieces to try on. We made sure that there were at least 2 ladies with similar body types so that everyone was able to enjoy the swap.
It was fun to see the reaction of all the ladies when one of us came out the dressing room sporting a new item to add to our closet. There were smiles, laughs and hugs as we all bonded around finding great pieces without having to pull out our wallets or spend a dime. Everyone left with at least a couple nice pieces, and we donated the leftover items to charity.
Thinking about hosting a clothing swap of your own? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Get the ladies excited about the swap before it even begins with a cute invitation that matches the theme.
- Make sure there’s at least two girls of each body type you invite, so that everyone can partake in the fun.
- Start the event with a fun icebreaker that will encourage the women to make new friends and bond over their swapped items.
- Display is everything. No one wants a crumbled mess of a dress. Make sure to hang up or fold the clothes in a way that will do them justice.
- This is no garage sell. Make sure everyone knows that only pieces that are in tip-top condition should be contributed to the swap.