PROBLEM - lack of funds...and the desire to avoid being the poster girl for consumerism.
SOLUTION - CLOTHING SWAP!!
I had some great clothes that had never been quite right but I could picture on some of my friends. Other pieces were just so nice, someone must be able to use them, right?
It was on. I sent an evite to 12 women for Saturday from 3-6 at my apartment. The requirements were that they be in my age group (30-mumble), between the sizes of 6 and 12, and women I knew would be honest if I looked ridiculous in something. I provided light snacks and iced tea, booze was provided by the guests. 9 rsvp'd 'Yes'. One ended up not being able to come but dropped by a bag of clothing.
From 3-3:30 they started arriving, laden with shopping bags and rolling suitcases. we laid out the clothes in groups on every available piece of furniture: skirts, pants, casual pants, sleeveless shirts, sweaters, casual shirts, suits/blazers, button-down shirts, dresses, outerwear, shoes, purses, scarves/hats/belts.
Before we dove in, we toasted the day...and then got down to business.
Everyone chose a place to start (usually where something had caught her eye), dropped trou, and went to town. At one point, I'm pretty sure most of us were in our underwear.
Advice was flowing like the white wine provided and being replenished regularly by my co-host, Z-coil. No one was allowed to talk themselves into something they didn't look fantastic in. A few folks took some three-month trial pieces ("If you don't wear that in three months, it goes to Goodwill or back to the next swap!"). A few times there was discussion over a certain piece ("I like it but I don't love it. If you love it, you should take it. It looks great on you!").
We ended up giving verbal awards (next time, there will be prizes).
- Weirdest Item: Z-Coil (My friend, Gabra, brought these ridiculous Z-Coil shoes which we were all forced to try on. She insists on being called Z-Coil from now on.)
- Most Clothes Taken By Others: Katie
- Most Clothing Traded Between 2 People: Wendy & Saskia ("That's mine! It looks perfect on you!")
- Most Fabulous Outfit: Nancy
- Best Audition Outfit: Saskia
- Most Kick-Ass Clothing Item Scored: Allyson (The Boots!)
- Most Jewelry Brought And Snatched Up: Allyson
What a fantastic day. We all supplemented our wardrobe for free, got rid of some clutter, and spent the day with amazing women. Every Saturday should be so fun!
*Click on any photo to go to my Flickr stream to see documentation of the whole event.