Last licks to “Dump the Frump”

Last month, we have been giving our darlings advice on how to “dump the frump.”   From moving on from old trends and habits to getting rid of clothes that don’t fit anymore, we want to show you how to have the best wardrobe that works for your lifestyle!   However, “dump the frump” doesn’t necessarily mean tossing out the clothes you don’t want.   There are many various ways to rid of your frumpy clothes that benefit yourself and others!
The first and most convenient way to get rid of the clothes you don’t want anymore is to donate them to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.   This is where I donate most of my clothes because it is easy to just drop off and I know my clothes are more likely to be worn by someone else than by me if they’re staying in my closet (knowing this makes auditing my closet a little easier).   Furthermore, you can get tax deductions from donating your clothes! Just make a list of clothes that you are donating with an estimated value price (you can use a guide like this to help figure the pricing of various items) and make sure you keep your receipt from the Goodwill or Salvation Army, so you can record your donations comes tax time.   A win-win situation.

If your clothes are more recent purchases and in good quality, you can try selling them to consignment stores, as well.   Stores that look to purchase clothes off you most often look for name brands and don’t give you a great return on your clothes compared to the price you paid, but if you’re looking for some extra cash, a little is better than none.   Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co. are popular consignment stores to sell your clothes to.

If you really need to audit your closet, but can’t bear with the thought of parting with an article of clothing or accessory, store it in a safe place for your daughter, niece, or someone who you think might want it in the future!   This way, it’s out of your closet but still not completely gone.   “Vintage” is in, so I’m sure they’ll thank you when you pull it out for them.   I just inherited two pair of Bally loafers and Ray-Ban aviators, all older than I am, from my mom. They’ve definitely become my favorites and staples in my wardrobe!

Lastly, if you’re feeling creative, try some DIY projects! You may not wear that ankle-length dress anymore, but turning it into a short & flirty skirt may just be the missing piece to your summer wardrobe.   You never know what your creative genius can come up with!

“Dump the frump” doesn’t have to be as negative as it may possibly sound.   There are definitely benefits that come from editing your closet & you just have to be creative with it!

Justine Mui, Darling Intern

Written by Corinne Phipps