What Is Closet Shopping?

What is closet shopping? Before you buy another thing at the store, mall or online, watch this video! I’ll explain the basics and benefits of shopping your own closet, rediscovering your wardrobe and refreshing your look, without buying a thing. These tips and tricks will also help you as you get your items ready for swapping at the next trendy trade. (Click the image below to play video.)

We have all had that feeling or that day where we open up our closets and think, “I have nothing to wear!” Our closets are overstuffed and bursting at the seams with options, yet we stand there and stare, with a blank look on our face, feeling a little lost about what all those options are. If that has been you at some point too, read on as I help you make the most of what you already have by teaching you about what is closet shopping and how to do it.

What is closet shopping?

Closet shopping is hitting your closet before you hit the mall and rediscovering things to wear or discovering new ways to wear things you already have. If you closet shop instead of store shop, or closet shop before store shopping, you’ll find that you don’t really need to buy what you thought you did. It will also help you to buy less. By taking inventory of what you already have, you’ll see maybe it’s just a piece or two you need to add to your wardrobe, not really five new outfits.

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Benefits of closet shopping

There are many benefits to closet shopping, here are just a few:

  • Save money – by making the most of what you already have
  • Save time – by pre-arranging outfits, which we will talk more about in a minute, you will have several ready-to-go options as you head into your week, saving you time each morning
  • Save space – once you determine what is actually usable in your closet and what isn’t, you can get rid of the items that aren’t working for you anymore – by maybe bringing them to trendy trade – and free up some space in your closet
  • It’s fun! Closet shopping is a perfect opportunity for some quality time with your daughter, mom, sister or friend. If you don’t feel confident enough in your styling abilities, call up a friend you trust enough to come give their opinion and make an evening of it.

What is closet shopping? A couple more things to know

Think about when you were in school and your mom made you pick out your clothes the night before. It’s kind of like that, only the grown-up version.

Also, taking just a little bit of time to shop your own closet occasionally can take that overwhelming feeling away that you get either when you walk into your closet because it is stuffed full or when you walk into your closet each day as you are trying to pick out what to wear.

If you are planning on coming to the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, you will want to make closet shopping a priority between now and then because it will allow you to get rid of those items that are truly no longer any use to you, clean them out of your closet and bring them to the next trendy trade. Plus, once you have your new outfits planned from your closet after closet shopping, it will allow you to see what items you do need to be on the search for to complete your wardrobe and then those are the items you can hunt down at the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

Make it your goal to assign everything in your wardrobe to an outfit. The misfits at the end are the items you should get rid of. They are just taking up space, crowding your life and collecting dust. Bring them to the next trendy trade and trade them for items you will actually use or if trendy trade isn’t in your area yet, donate them to local women in need.

What is closet shopping? The basics

Next, now that we have covered what is closet shopping and the benefits, let’s talk about how to closet shop and break it down to the basics.

  • When you are closet shopping, you are going to consider every item of clothing, plus shoes, purses, hats, scarves (other accessories) and your jewelry.
  • The very first thing I do is set sentimental items aside. I’m not someone that is attached to very many items, so this works for me. If you are someone that is sentimental about everything you have, you may have to take a longer look at this. But basically, these are the items that although you may not wear them often, if at all, you would never let go of (family heirlooms, baby shoes, special gifts, wedding dress.) Keep sentimental items. These do not get included in your closet shopping process.
  • Next, start with putting together your most frequently worn outfits. These are the quick and easy outfits to put together. You know them well because you are washing them every week or two and get lots of use out of them.
  • Lastly, get rid of anything that doesn’t fit. I know this is hard to hear, but if it is not in active use (the exception being sentimental items) you don’t need it. In this day and age — and especially with trendy trade – if it is something that you end up needing later, there are always cheap places to buy it or something similar will end up coming back around like it at trendy trade. In the meantime, you don’t need it cluttering up your closet, crowding up your life and collecting dust. Pass it on to someone you know will use it or needs it now.

When you are closet shopping and throughout this whole process, find a place to put everything as you work your way through your closet. You can either hang each outfit in your closet, or lay each outfit on your bed. Be sure to include all of the accessories with it – shoes, purse, earrings, necklace, everything that you put on to pull the outfit together. Don’t leave anything out.

What is closet shopping? A step-by-step how to

Now that you have set sentimental items aside, pulled out your quick and easy outfits and then gotten rid of anything that doesn’t fit, what you have left is more or less all of the pieces of the puzzle that you are going to start putting together.

  • Item-by-item go through your closet and start putting outfits together.
  • Look for new possibilities (i.e. dresses that can be worn as tops as seen in our previous video, “Why to Shop by Fit, Not Size”)
  • Look for different combinations (One pair of jeans goes with 10 different tops. Lay out the pair of jeans and then surround it with the 10 tops, plus the shoes, purses and accessories to go with it.)
  • Repeat

Keep working your way through this process, along with the help of your friend or family member that has so graciously agreed to do this with you. Just keep going until you’ve made it through most everything in your closet.

Filter the misfits = Keep the basics – Trade the randoms

At the end, you are going to have a few misfits. This could be a little black dress, that maybe you have assigned the shoes, purse and jewelry to other outfits, but you know what you have that will go with it, so keep the little black dress because that is a good basic item to have in your wardrobe.

If you have any other random items leftover, try to find a “home” for them by assigning them to an outfit. If there is no possible way you can assign it to anything because you have absolutely nothing to go with it, then you have a choice to make. Do you want to accumulate more by either shopping or trading all the necessary pieces to turn that into an outfit? Or do you want to swap or donate it?

Closet shopping is the perfect place to start when cleaning out your closet for a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event. It is going to help you make the most of what you already have, get some mileage out of your closet and then help you know what to be on the look out for at the next clothing swap you attend.

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How to Host a Clothing Swap

Learn how to host a clothing swap of your own with these quick and easy tips. I’ll share a few tips on organizing events that we have learned the past 5 years with trendy trade. Plus, I’ll share three more clothing swap finds so you know what you can expect to see at upcoming events! (Click image below to play video.)

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We’ve been hosting trendy trade Clothing Swap Events for over 5 years and have learned a lot in that time about what works and what doesn’t. So, today I’ll be sharing some information with you that will help if you decide you want to learn how to host a clothing swap of your own.

When we put on a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, one of our main goals is to get a group of ladies together and connect everyone and see what happens. Many times really wonderful things happen when wonderful ladies get together, so that is always a thrill to see. On top of that, we get to clean out our closets, free up some space, and go home with great new finds. If all that isn’t enough, everything left goes to a local organization that helps single moms in need. It’s a way to help other women in your community at the same time. That’s why we say “do some good while having fun.”

Those are all of the reasons that we love trendy trade, but the truth is that anyone can host a clothing swap event anywhere they want to, anytime, so if that is something you are thinking of doing, here are a few tips:

  • Invite friends
  • Set some ground rules
  • Keep the swap simple
  • Have fun
  • Find someone to benefit

Invite friends at least 2 weeks in advance

If you are planning to invite your friends, send out invitations at least 2 weeks in advance. If it is just friends, family or friends of friends, you can host the clothing swap in your house. Designate a room or area in your house where you will put everything. Have places for trying on and plenty of full-length mirrors available for everyone to use. (Make sure to clear out your home décor from the room or anything that you wouldn’t want to accidentally get swapped!) Giving everyone at least 2 weeks notice on the invite gives your friends time to prepare and clean out their closets.

Set some ground rules

Next, you’ll want to set clear expectations for your guests so everyone knows what to bring and what to expect. Some of the things we recommend are: types of items to bring, level of cleanliness, timeline for the evening, and swapping rules for fairness. Creating a few ground rules will help set the tone for the swap and help everyone know what to expect.

Keep the swap simple

You can use the things you already have in your house to hang and display the clothing. Ask friends if they have anything you can borrow to help display items for the swap. Tables, chairs and coats racks all make excellent places to lay or hang clothing for display. Put out a few snacks and refreshments, just keep it simple.

Have fun!

Most importantly have fun! Ladies love a reason to get together and this is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, have some fun and help other women at the same time.

Find someone to benefit

Lastly, find someone to benefit. There are going to be items left at the end and ask the ladies there if they mind if anything leftover is donated to a local charity. A lot of thrift stores and charities are used to getting things people don’t want and a lot of times that means things that even the stores and charities don’t want — so it’s nice to help a place that needs it by giving them some of the really nice things that are generated at the clothing swap that you host with you and your friends.

I hope you have found these tips on learning how to host a clothing swap of your own helpful. Don’t forget to click the video above to learn more on how to host a clothing swap, plus see more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds!

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Shop by Fit, Not Size

Shop by fit, not size. In this video, I’ll explain why by showing one trendy trade Clothing Swap find styled three different ways. I’ll also help answer the question, “What sizes do you have at trendy trade?” Plus, I have three more clothing swap finds to share with you as examples of what you will see at upcoming events. (Click image below to play video.)

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One of the most frequently asked questions we get about trendy trade is, “What sizes do you have?” Typically we get a really nice range of sizes so there usually always ends up being something for everyone. We will always encourage you to shop by fit, not by size at trendy trade Clothing Swap Events for several reasons:

  • Every brand has different sizing
  • Washing & drying changes the size
  • Items can be worn many different ways

So, to show you the advantages of shopping by fit, not by size, in the video above I’ll show you one trendy trade Clothing Swap find styled three different ways. The main piece that I’ll be styling for you is from Forever 21.

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As we all know, you can find items there on both ends of the quality spectrum. I have some pieces from there that wore out very quickly and got holes and I have other pieces from there that have lasted years and I love wearing regularly. This one is polyester, rayon and spandex. It’s tan colored with a black floral lace pattern that looks like an overlay but actually isn’t. French darts are sewn in from the waist up and then from the waist down there is a little bit of a flare to the skirt. It has short sleeves and zips up the back.

The reason I chose this piece is that while this was likely originally intended as a dress, the most common way I wear it is as a top. This is also the reason I encourage you to shop by fit, and not by size when you come to a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event. Someone a little smaller, or with a different body shape, would probably be able to get away with wearing this as a dress. For me, it’s too short to wear as a dress, but makes a great top. That’s why we’ll always encourage you to shop by fit and not by size because the same item can be styled different for different people depending on your body type.

So the three ways I’ll style this for you today are:

  • Casual day out
  • Down to business
  • Bundled up for fall.

Casual day out

For casual day out, I have this styled with a pair of skinny jeans, a beautiful vintage style necklace, big pearl earrings and neutral heels and matching purse. By the way, the purse and shoes were also trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds! Styled this way, the dress makes a beautiful top that is easy to throw on and go for a casual outing or if you just want to look good while running errands.

Down to business

For down to business, I have this styled as a dress, with a black jacket, black heels, statement earrings and bracelets. Depending on your office environment, you could also pair it with a pencil skirt or black dress pants.

Bundled up for fall

For bundled up for fall, I have this styled with a black cardigan, black scarf, black leggings and boots. The layers will keep you fashionably warm while you are on a fall outing and this is a super cute way to extend the use of your summer dresses into the fall.

So whether it is for a casual day out, getting down to business or bundling up for fall, this one dress can be worn those three ways and help you make the most of what you already have in your wardrobe or might find at an upcoming trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

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Reclaim Your Style With 3 Easy Tips

Reclaim your style with these 3 easy tips! Plus, I’ll show you three more trendy trade Clothing Swap Event finds. One is an item with an original retail value of over $170 and will be available at a future event so stay tuned! Remember, you are the one that has to navigate through your day and through your life so wear what you feel comfortable and confident in! (Click image below to play video.)

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Recently, I started these videos as a way to give you some insight into the trendy trade Clothing Swap Event culture and what it’s all about and to show you some of the clothing and accessories that come through the events so you can see what to expect. Once you are comfortable with seeing why we do what we do and how we do it, then maybe you will decide to join us at an upcoming clothing swap event. If you want to learn a little more about how a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event works, after reading this, hop on over to the video “Three Clothing Swap Finds, Power of Color and About trendy trade.”

I have had a lot of big life changes over the last couple years and it has completely taken a toll on my wardrobe. My closet has become this “patchwork quilt” of fabric of sorts filled with all these different styles. Now, I have just been experimenting with trying to figure out what my style is currently. Just when I think I know what direction I am going, the seasons change or new trends are announced or another life change happens and I have to figure it all out all over again.

The other day, I heard a former fashion designer being interviewed and one of the things he said was that he didn’t believe in trends, he believed that you need to find out who you are and what suits you and dress according to that. Once I heard that, all the pressure was off and it got it me thinking about what I liked, what I felt comfortable in and what I felt good in. So that’s my new direction and I want to share these three tips with you if you are struggling to find your style:

  • Find your favorite colors on you
  • Find the outfit you feel confident in and copy that
  • Feel free to experiment

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 1: Find your favorite colors on YOU

How many of us are guilty of looking in our closet and seeing a chunk of white, a chunk of gray and a chunk of black? So that’s great because those colors go with everything, and that was me for a long time too. But I never felt like it matched my personality or really went with who I was. My sister sent me a necklace one day and it was a soft, bright turquoise color and when I tried it on, I loved it. It was nothing I would ever buy for myself, but once I had it, I started to experiment with adding other colors to my wardrobe.

trendy trade Clothing Swap Events are really a great place to experiment, because you have dozens of ladies with all different styles, all different tastes bringing everything together and you can literally go through everything there and try it all on if you want or take it home with you and then you can also begin to find new favorite colors that you like on you.

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 2: Find the outfit in your closet you feel confident in and copy that

For a very long time for me, especially when I was in the fashion jewelry business for several years and then moved into the corporate world, my go-to outfit was a sheath dress and black jacket. I loved it, I felt great in it. It always gave me a polished look and I always got compliments. So I had a couple black jackets and lots of sheath dresses and I never had to think or worry about what I was going to wear. That was just “it” for me for that point in time in my life — my confidence outfit. If you go to your closet, you can easily point out the one or two outfits in there that every time you put them on you feel like you can take on the world that day. That is your confidence outfit and that is what you should copy.

Reclaim Your Style – Tip 3: Feel free to experiment

In this day and age, there is no right or wrong when it comes to fashion (although I have seen some people wearing some things that I wish I hadn’t!) But seriously, NOW anything goes. Again, this is another really great reason to join us at a trendy trade Clothing Swap Event, because we are literally putting hundreds of items in front of you at each event that are the sum of dozens and dozens of ladies closets and it’s your chance to try on things you normally wouldn’t, get feedback from people you can trust and if you take it home and end up loving it, great, keep it! If not, bring it back and swap it for something at the next clothing swap event. But really, trying on new things you typically wouldn’t is one of the best ways to find something new that you might end up loving!

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as the fashion police. You are the one that has to navigate through your life and through your day, so I hope these tips help take some fashion pressure off of you and help you be fully comfortable with who you are as you work to reclaim your style.

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