With spring fast approaching here in South Africa (can I get a Hallelujah!), it’s time to start cleaning out our rooms and closets for the annual Spring Clean! Because I have two closets, I use one for my summer items (that’s in my closet room right now) and one for the winter clothes (that’s in my actual bedroom). Over the weekend I got started on the “swop over” of my closets, so I can have my spring wardrobe in my actual bedroom as winter is almost done. It’s a tedious and long process, and of course I end up “re-discovering” certain items that I forgot I even had, and coming across pieces that I need to giveaway or donate.
As you know Skip runs an awesome Eco-Friendly event called the Fashion Exchange which helps us fashionistas share our love for fashion at no cost. I attended the last event (you can read about that here) but this is a quick breakdown of what happens: you bring your three fashion items that you no longer like or wear to exchange for someone else’s three items. It has to be good quality and style- nothing below the Woolworths brand, and the main question you should ask your self is “Would I gift it to a friend?”. A Skip consultant will analyse your items according to three different categories- pink, blue or silver. So if you got two blue dots and one pink dot, you can get ywo items from the blue rails and one from the pink rail. It’s all very simple and easy, and you get out what you put in.
The next event is next week Thursday and it will be held at the gorgeous Katy’s Palace Bar. The event will be decorated in a stunning teal décor-theme and will include a 3-course sit down meal, style tips from Bonang and Alexis Chauffe May and entertainment by Mi-Casa. It’s really worth it, and the last event was one of the best I attended in a long time. So if you are planning on attending the next event, or you are starting to Spring Clean your room as well, here a few tips on how to do it, and what to think about.
Do you have a few similar looking items in your closet?
I am all for buying the same style of shoes/dress in different colours, if you found what works for you, then stick with it. But do you really need the same looking things in the same colour palette? I have these ALDO and Steve Madden shoes- both are a nude colour and the same round toe style and they both have a platform at the bottom. The only difference is the heel- the one is a stiletto while the other is chunky. Since they are pretty much the same shoe, I decided to get rid of the Steve Madden ones because they are less comfortable. So when you go through your cupboard and find similar looking items, it’s time to downsize and donate!
Have you worn the item in the past year?
My boyfriend laughed when I said “a year”, but hey we are girls and we know that sometimes we forget about certain items for a long while! But if you are aware of this item, and you have consciously not worn it in the past year, it’s time to say goodbye. This Topshop pleated skirt is no doubt gorgeous- just look at this metallic flowing material and the high-low style. But I have had it in my closet for over two years, and have worn it once. Next week it will go into someone else’s closet when I bring it to the Fashion Exchange and I hope that this beauty will finally get lots of wear from someone else.
Is the item still “you”?
As we grow older our style changes. I have always been a girly girl, so dresses and skirts have been a constant in my wardrobe. But while I was 18 and starting varsity, I preferred…er…how do I say it…a more “revealing” girly style, if you know what I mean 😉 I use to show of my “boobage” a lot more than I do now. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my assets and show what my momma gave me, but in a more subtle way. My hem-lines have also gotten a little bit longer. You should always dress your age, and yes 24 is not old, but I am just looking for a little but more fabric on my clothes now 😉 I loved this YDE dress, and have worn it a lot, but after putting it on recently and having to constantly pull up the boob-tube part while trying to yank the length down, I decided it’s time to part. Other items that I have said goodbye to- my “skater” stage shoes from when I went through an Avril Lavinge phase at 16.
I hope you found these few tips a little bit helpful, and it will help you decide what to keep and what to bring to the next Fashion Exchange event next week because guess what- one of you will be coming with me to experience the fun! I have a double ticket to giveaway, plus a years’ worth of Skip! I have been using the Skip liquid detergent since we got it in a goodie bag at the last event, and it has cared for my clothes and made it all nice and soft like no other detergent has.
To stand a chance to win the double ticket to the event and a year worth of Skip, all you have to do is comment on this post and let me know that you want to win! It is that simple! The winner will be announced next week Monday. Good luck!
Please make sure you are in Johannesburg next week Thursday to attend the event, as the prize does not cover transport costs.