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Fashion: Sarah Stright-Hartley

August 1, 2012

Fashion with Sarah Stright: This week, Sarah answers your questions


NEW CASTLE — Q:  What can I do with those clothes that are sitting in my closet that I never wear, but love too much to throw away?

A: I have this problem.  I hang on to way too many clothes because I love them, but yet every day they sit rejected in my closet, passed over for the new, easily accessible, or more comfortable.  Here are my suggestions (and perhaps I'll begin to take my own advice):

1. Go through ALL of your clothes every few months.  Pull out all of the things that you haven't worn in a few months and place them aside.  Once done, try on that pile of clothes and determine if a) they still fit and b) you still like the way they look.

2. If the answer to a and b above is yes, move them to the front of your closet, drawer or wherever you'll have a better chance of seeing them every day.  For the next few months (until you go through your clothes again), see how many times you wear the items.  Once a week, put the item on and try styling it in a new way that you haven't done before.  This will make the item feel new and fresh.  

3. However, if you still don't wear the items, now is the time to part with them.  It is time to find them a better home with someone who will love them just as much as you do.  Organizing a swap with your friends is a fun option because it'll not only let your beloved pieces go to someone that you love but you'll get new clothes out of the deal!  Another great option is to donate them.  There are a lot of options to do this- whether taking them to Goodwill or putting them in a Planet Aid bin.  This way they'll go to someone who needs them.

The bottom line is, if you're making these items more visible and still not wearing them, it is time to let them go.  And just think, by making room in your closet, you get to add all NEW pieces that you'll fall in love with!

Have fashion questions?  I'd LOVE to hear from you!  Please email me at so I can help you.  And be sure to check out my personal style blog, Coming Unstitched:

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