Before a piece of new-to-me clothing comes home with me, I have a few questions for it. I’ve done this questioning for ages, unconsciously. But yesterday I was at a cool consignment store in St. Petersburg, and found I was muttering these questions out loud. (No one asked me to leave, heh).
First, and easiest question for potential purchases: are you in a thrift or consignment store? That’s my preferred way to shop, and over half my closet is thrifted or second-hand. It’s more fun this way, more of a treasure hunt, more unpredictable, cheaper, and better for the environment.
How well will you play with the other kids? Can I picture you – drop-crotch cotton/linen trousers, e.g. – with tank tops, graphic tees, or a silky shell? (As it turns out, yes you do, and I can, and the trousers came home with me.)
Do you need dry cleaning or ironing? If so, you know I have to leave you here. That said, lots of clothes that say “Dry Clean” on the tag can be safely hand washed in cool water, and hung to dry. So if you’re a vintage rayon blouse, I’ll take a chance on you. An elaborately beaded top, probably not.
Am I excited to wear you tomorrow? Seasonality excepted, you have to excite me enough to put you on right away and mix you up. So what am I wearing today? Drop-crotch linen/cotton trousers.
Are you the twin of something already in the closet? If I owned you both, which one would I reach for first? I used to be a major “duplicates” buyer, not so much now. I’ll look at, say, two black full skirts in my closet, and pick which one I want to wear first. The other one is taking up valuable real estate, so it goes to the thrift. But one cannot have enough black tees, can one? : >
What are the questions you take along when you shop for clothing? Stay fabulous and have fun with your closet, xo,
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