Don’t fall victim to the temptation to purge your closets. I used to do this on a monthly basis, donating clothes left and right. And it wasn’t because they didn’t fit. It was because I hadn’t worn it in a long time or because I thought I didn’t like it.
Most people ask themselves, “Do I like this? Does it look good?” If the answer is no, it gets donated. If you’re anything like me, your fashion tastes change season to season, if not day to day. How did our old favorites become so disposable?
I didn’t always think this way. In fact, it wasn’t until I read two Tweets by the iconic Dita von Teese that I decided to change my mentality.
One of my New Years resolution is to hang onto my old loves and incorporate new ones.
Let’s take a walk down memory late of the items that were put in the donation bag, escaped and lived to see another day:
I bought this American Eagle shirt in high school from Value City. It traveled with me around the world and when it got a stain in Italy, I thought it was done for. It went in the bag before I even tried it on after losing a lot of weight. However, I pulled it out and gave it another shot. I used to have two strings that tied in the back, but they didn’t seem practical since the shirt is tight fitting so I snipped them off about a month ago.
I actually rescued this no-name plaid shirt from my sister, who was the original owner and almost donated it over the summer.
I picked up this jacket from Boscov’s in summer 2006 and it kept me warm during my trip around Europe. It’s a great fall jacket and I love the layered look without having actual layers–they’re built in to look like layers but aren’t actually layers. I considered getting rid of this jacket recently because I thought it looked too “junior-y.” I decided to keep it.
Moral of the story: Hang onto your gems even when they fall out of favor.