For the past year or so, my friends Juliet and Josette have been trying to get me to come to one of their Clothing Swaps, but something has always gotten in the way. I kept hearing about how much fun they were, but, alas, never managed to get there.
But last week I FINALLY made it to their latest one, and man, was it FUN! And I got all sorts of excellent booty.
What exactly, you ask, is a Clothing Swap? Well, let me tell you, because you will most certainly want to have one of your own.
Clothing Swap: Event held in someone's home, to which a large number of female guests are invited, and to which the guests all bring their old clothes which they no longer wear. Guests then spend several hours running around in their underwear, drinking wine and trying on each others used clothing. Much fun is had by all, and each guest leaves with a large quantity of clothing previously owned by other guests., much of which they are unsure if they will ever wear. Fun, right?
I must say, that my greatest fear was that people would take one look at the old clothes I brought with me, gasp, and either run in the other direction, or embarrassed, try not to hurt my feelings by feigning sudden interest in something on the other side of the room.
But this really didn't happen. We all just dumped stuff in huge piles and everybody went crazy rooting around, and before long all the clothes were mixed up and nobody knew who had brought what.
And also, for those of you who are a bit shyer than I am about running around in your underwear in front of other women, I have to say, that very quickly, nobody pays any attention, and everyone is so intent on grabbing the GOOD STUFF before somebody else. But if you decided to have a swap and make it a bit more modest, you could always set up little changing areas.
"So Gretchen, what goodies did you make off with?" you ask. I'm so glad you did. Let me show you!
NOTE #1: The only full-length mirror in our home is in the bedroom, and is about 100 years old. Really. That's not an exaggeration. Thus everything reflected in the mirror has a slightly blurry look - not unlike the effect of smearing a little Vaseline on the lens of a camera. While this is a positive quality when one is trying to achieve that mysterious-woman-of-indeterminate-age look, it's not so great for creating an accurate and detailed photograph. So please forgive all blurry weirdness.
NOTE #2: Also please forgive my sad attempt to "model". Though I must say that the old hand-on-the-hip-one-foot-slightly-in-front pose is slimming.
NOTE #3: And speaking of slimming, this is my first unveiling of my 15 pounds lighter post Weight Watchers bod. Please feel free to shower me with compliments.
Cute, right? BCBG. Maybe with some little sandals or black ballet flats?
I love this color. And it's all summery cool. I think it's supposed to be a dress really, but I'm so tall that my entire rear-end hangs out the bottom. Luckily, I also got these pants...
J. Crew. And they almost fit me. And this little summer top - Ann Taylor.
Here's the same top with a pair of jeans...
Really comfortable little cropped jeans. Would be great with some little black ballet flats.
And look at this...
Long suede coat! Love it.
And this could be good for the holidays, right?...
With some black leggings and little black ballet flats?
This next one is cuter in person than in the picture...
I have absolutely no idea what to do with this one...
Now granted, it would look much better with the help of a steamer and some serious foundational undergarments, but I really have no idea when/where the hell I could wear it. I was thinking of pulling it out on Christmas Eve. Hmmm...
And speaking of needing foundational undergarments...
My friend Juliet kept saying "All you need are some Spanx!!" and this is a Diane Von Furstenberg, which I really couldn't resist, because...it's a DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, but PUH-LEEZE, where/when/why on earth would I ever wear this anywhere, even if I Spanxed my entire body? What was I thinking? First of all, it's a full size too small. Second of all, I'm 10 years too old for it. And third of all...when would I ever have the opportunity to wear it? Sigh...
Now this next one is strange, but I love it...
Don't you love it? It's 100% silk. It's completely something that Mama or her best friend, my Aunt Margaret would have worn back in the day. Definitely came from somebody's mother's closet. Looking at it conjures up the smells of cigarettes and Shalimar perfume. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but I'm sure I'll find somewhere to wear it. Maybe with black pajama pants. Or black leggings and...little black ballet flats.
I'm thinking I should go ahead and buy those ballet flats.
Hints for a successful Clothing Swap:
- Send out a cute Evite. Because everybody loves a cute Evite, and it's good to see who else is attending.
- Invite friends who are an assortment of shapes and sizes. Nobody wants to be the only Size 14 at a party of Size 2s. And I guess that applies the other way around, though being the only Size 2 anywhere doesn't sound that damned bad.
- Set up several full-length mirrors around the area where everybody will be changing.
- Serve lots and lots of liquor. Because everybody looks better in clothes after a few belts.
- Encourage people to come even if they think all their old clothes are crummy. Because one persons trash is another's...you get it.
- Shamelessly invite people who have great clothes, even if you don't really like them.
- Pick a favorite charity/women's shelter and bring all the leftover clothes there the next day. Then use this generous act to justify inviting people you don't really like to a party just so you can get their old stuff.
So go to it! Invite your friends and have a swap for yourself!
What do y'all think? Which things should I keep and which should go back in the pile for the next swap?
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