Fashion / Women's Fashion

Winter Wipeout: Out with the Old, In with the New

Happy Holidays Trimzies!

With the end of 2013 sneaking up on us, it’s almost the start of a new exciting year! And with a new year comes new beginnings, new resolutions,and PLENTY of new clothes. It’s time to reorganize and revamp that wardrobe of yours; wipeout the old, and welcome the new! Here are some essential tips for your Winter Wipeout:

1) The One Year Rule: If you haven’t worn it in the past year, chances are you’ve outgrown it. Wipeout! There is no sense in saving a Hollister shirt from high school, or that dress you wore to homecoming. Memories are a thing of the past and great to look back on, but they shouldn’t be taking up space in your closet.

2) Damaged Goods Rule: Anything that has a noticeable stain, mark, rip, or pull on it, automatically should be wiped out! Unless it can be fixed, or you are good with a needle and thread, there is no need for damaged goods to take up closet space. If a store would mark it “damaged” or “discounted” chances are it probably isn’t worth saving.

3) Doubles Rule: Somewhere along the lines of teenager and adult you may have obtained doubles, triples, and even multiples of the same item in your wardrobe. I’m not saying have 25 pairs of heels, or 10 pairs of jeans is an issue…I’m just posing the question of, is it worth taking up space? If you have three pairs of black heels, try choosing the ones you wear most, are newest, or simply most versatile. Wipeout the three winter jackets that you never wear and invest in one you’ll get more use out of, and can transform from business to casual!

4) Size Rule: We all do it. We feel the need to save some item of clothing, regardless whether it ACTUALLY fits for our body. Size and fit are a crucial component in deciding what to keep and what to toss. If it doesn’t fit, WIPE IT OUT! There is no need to keep that mini skirt you fit into in high school, or that top that you stole from your little sister. Nobody likes ghosts in the closet! The only purpose they serve is that you need to change the way you look in hopes of one day fitting into them again. Wardrobe is about the past, or about the future. It’s about the present. Dress for the person you ARE!

Now that everyone has a new New Years resolution, it’s time to follow through! Once you wipeout those excess black heels, homecoming dresses from high school and outdated pieces of your wardrobe, give them another good home. ‘Tis the season for giving. Donate them! Listed below are several clothing drives in the area that you should think about donating to this holiday season:

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES: 415 Highway 18, East Brunswick, NJ.

THE MARIAN CENTER

Collects wearable clothing for men, women, and children, shoes, linens, handbags, and stuffed animals.

Call 1-866-627-4261. Or e-mail at: mariancenter@nac.net with your name, address, zip code and telephone number to schedule a pick-up date.

WORKING PERSON’S WARDROBE

Drop-off center accepts working-wardrobe clothes, male or female, in good shape, ready to wear to help individuals headed to the job market. Collections are held at 60 Millstone Road, Somerset, NJ.

Call (732) 246-0009 or go to http://www.franklinfoodbank.org

FISH, INC.

Collects men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, bed linens, blankets, coats, small toys, games and books, footwear in good condition. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. plus drop-off on the porch. Located at 456 New Market Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Please call (732) 356-0081 to alert them to your donation or arrange a drop-off time.

THE HEART THRIFT SHOP

Operates on the first Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 158 West High St., Somerville. The thrift shop was developed in response to an identified need in the community for gently used — and in many cases brand-new — clothes at low prices, ideal for those on a limited budget, for those returning to the workforce or for those who like a good bargain.

With all of this cleaning and revamping of your closet going on, you may be stumped on what to wear for the upcoming holidays. Fear not! We have some suggestions on two versatile looks that are perfect for a multitude of occasions!

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Holidays with Family– This look is a twist on the classic red dress and tights for this holiday season. Instead of bright red, try a maroon tone. To dress down the tights, and stay a little warmer this holiday season, try a pair of patterned socks under boots. Paired with a scarf and the right hairstyle, this look is perfect for holidays with the family!

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New Years with Friends– This is a look ANYONE can take on for a last minute New Years outfit. Pull out that LBD hanging in your closet, and dress it up with a bold necklace. Add the perfect pair of pumps that hopefully won’t have your feet crying by the end of the night. Incorporate some color with the clutch, whether it be blue, pink, or red. The great thing about a little black dress is that you can transform it into anything. Voila! Go-to New Years look in a matter on 5 minutes!

Happy Cleaning,

Happy Accessorizing,

Happy Holidays!

Xoxo,

Tyler

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