Where to Recycle, Donate, and Sell Your Work Clothes

Where to Recycle, Donate, and Sell Your Work Clothes

If you made a New Year’s resolution to clean out your closet, found inspiration by watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, or were motivated by our recent post on how to know when to throw out workwear, today’s advice on where to recycle, donate, and sell your work clothes is for you. We’ve previously talked about the pros and cons of thrifting for workwear, asked how often you declutter your wardrobe, and discussed decluttering in general. (By the way, to do your part to avoid buying fast fashion, or at least limit your purchases, see our Slow Fashion Shopping Guide.) 

Here’s our guide to where to recycle, donate, and sell your work clothes: 

Where to Recycle Clothing

  • As we recently noted, this post on refashionNYC and this piece on clothing recycling in North Carolina can give you a good idea of what to Google to find a similar clothing recycling program in your area.
  • H&M: Stores accept clothing from any brand in any condition in exchange for a coupon. 
  • Levi’s: You can recycle jeans at any store and get 20% off one item. 
  • Blue Jeans Go GreenDenim is upcycled into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation. Donate your jeans at Madewell, J.Crew, or Rag & Bone and get a discount on a new pair — or mail them in.

Where to Donate Clothing

Here are some options beyond the usual suspects like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and Vietnam Veterans of America

  • Dress for Success: Check with your local affiliate for its guidelines for what sorts of workwear items it will accept.
  • Soma: Donated bras are given to women in local domestic violence shelters and women who are homeless.
  • DSW: The company partners with Soles4Souls and Be Strong and will add 50 points to your VIP account when you donate shoes.
  • Contact homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, refugee assistance groups, and places of worship in your city and ask what they need.

Where Not to Donate Clothing

  • Savers: If you want to make sure your clothing is donated to a nonprofit or directly to people in need, avoid this “for-profit professional fundraiser” that accepts clothing donations “on behalf of” local nonprofits. (Value Village and Unique are also part of the Savers “family.”) Unsold clothing is recycled or sold to resellers in developing countries, which harms domestic garment and textile industries
  • Planet AidYou may have seen one of their big yellow collection bins — there are 19,000 of them — but you may want to think twice about using one. The nonprofit is said to have ties to an alleged cult and has been criticized for being less than honest about its selling practices.

Where to Sell Clothing

Here are the basic details for some popular places to sell your clothes online. I’ve had some luck with eBay over the years but no success yet with Poshmark or Facebook groups. Readers, how about you? 

  • eBay: You can list up to 50 items per month for free, and you’ll pay a “final value fee.” Here’s an example from my own experience: eBay charged me $ 2.05 for a shirt I sold for $ 13.49. You decide the shipping method and what to charge the buyer for shipping (if anything — I’m experimenting with free shipping right now).
  • PoshmarkIf you want something simpler, try a site like Poshmark. Listing items is free upfront, and you receive a free pre-paid shipping label. Sellers hand over 20% for listing prices over $ 15, and below that, you’ll give up $ 2.95.
  • The RealReal: Consign luxury brands by mailing or dropping off your items or by having them picked up (depending on your location). TRR’s staff will price and list your things, and you’ll earn up to 85% of the sale price. Example: consignors who sell items with original resale list prices of $ 146–$ 195 receive 50%.
  • thredUP: Another option that doesn’t require you to list items yourself is thredUP. When you order a Clean Out Kit, you can choose to donate your clothing or get cash/credit. ThredUp only takes about 40% of the items on average, and they’ll recycle the rest (or return them to you for $ 10.99). If something sells, you’ll get 5%–90% of the listing price.
  • Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/Facebook groups: Your experiences will differ dramatically based on your location, the groups you post in, and the individual buyers. Here are some tips for Craigslist and Facebook.

What are your recommendations for where to recycle, sell, and donate your work clothes? Have you used any of the sites above? How often do you go through your closet to downsize your wardrobe, and do you find it easy to decide to get rid of things you no longer wear … or not? 

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Looking to get rid of some old work clothes? These are our top tips on where to recycle, donate, and sell your work clothes, including options that count as charitable donations, get you coupons in exchange for recycling clothes, and which places to avoid.

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These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love

Your complete guide to Royal baby fashion

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge iPads

With the new Royal baby set to be born any day now, we can imagine the Duchess of Cambridge has already stocked up on lots of cute children’s clothes, and there’s no doubt she will be returning to some of her favourite brands that she’s shopped for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate has famously always opted for traditional clothes, including lots of shorts for Prince George (there is a good reason for both of these, if you follow those links), and the general public loves it, with many items selling out as soon as the Royal children wear them (what Kate effect?).

So here’s your ultimate guide of the baby and children’s fashion brands Kate and William love the most, and where you can shop them.

G.H. Hurt & Son

The family owned brand saw a huge spike in visits to their site (and by huge, we mean 100,000 in less than 24 hours) when Princess Charlotte was presented to the world outside the Lindo Wing, swaddled in its traditional knitted shawl.

The Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince William royal baby Princess Charlotte

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Shop now: Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl for £54 from G.H.Hurt & Son

Cath Kidston

Prince George at Kensington Palace

Photo: Kensington Palace

Who can forget THAT picture of Prince George in his toy soldier tank top for his last official Christmas portrait before the arrival of Princess Charlotte (he was 17 months at the time)? The tank top was possibly one of the most popular Cath Kidston items ever, and has been re-issued in one form or other ever since.

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Rachel Riley

Check out Prince George's red shorts

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British brand Rachel Riley is Kate’s go-to for traditional designs for George. He wore a smock shirt and red shorts for Princess Charlotte’s christening, prompting many comparisons with a similar outfit Prince William wore when he was a child.

Shop now: RACHEL RILEY Baby Boys Ivory Cotton Shortie for £75 from Children Salon

John Lewis

Princess Charlotte

Photo: Kensington Palace

To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, her parents released a pic of the tot wearing a pastel yellow Fairisle jumper from John Lewis, which obviously sold out instantly. A fashion influencer or what?

Shop now: John Lewis Cardigan, for £12 from John Lewis

Pepa & Co

The Spanish kidswear brand won Kate over with its pretty embroidered designs, and both Princess Charlotte and Prince George have a few of the brand’s clothes hanging in their Royal wardrobes. They both wore it to Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Prince George sported a whale jumper for an official 3rd birthday portrait, and Charlotte wore a pretty dress on her tour of Canada.

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Prince George 3rd birthday photos

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Shop now: TRADITIONAL HAND SMOCKED DRESS for £84 from Papa & Co

M&H

Remember that adorable picture of Princess Charlotte wearing a pie crust dress and playing with her cuddly toy? Yep, that was M&H.

Princess Charlotte First Baby Photo

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Smock dress for €35.95 from M&H

Amaia Kids

Prince George wore an Amaia jumper to meet his sister for the first time, and Princess Charlotte wore a pink dress for the Queen’s 90th birthday. She also wore an Amaia coat for her first day of school.

The Queen at 90

Photo: Rex

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Burgundy coat for £140 from Amaia Kids

My 1st Years

Remember that cute customised robe Prince George wore to meet President Obama? That was by My 1st Years. He teamed it with velvet slippers and silk pyjamas, and the internet did the rest. Cue 100,000 memes.

Prince George Obama

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Shop now: My 1st Years Baby Personalised Prince Gingham Robe for £13

With Meghan and Harry about to become parents for the first time, we’re sure the new royal baby will have plenty of chic hand-me-downs to start off with.

We can’t wait to see.

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What Clothes Do You Keep at Your Office?

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Readers had an interesting threadjack about which women wear suits on a regular basis, and a lot of people noted that they kept an emergency suit (or blazer) in their office. It’s been ages since we talked about what clothes to keep at the office, so let’s revisit — what do you keep at your office for an emergency kit? When have you needed your “emergency” stash of clothes? (Instead of keeping clothes at the office, does anyone plan to make a lunchtime run to a nearby store in case of emergency? Which store?) 

For my $ .02, these are my lists…

Top 5 Clothes Items to Keep in a Business Casual Office

1. Black blazer — Throwing on a black blazer can be a great way to instantly make your look more authoritative. Good options include the reader favorite blazer pictured above or this comfortable knit blazer; if you know you won’t wear it often you can still find great blazers under $ 50. (We’ve also discussed what to look for in a blazer to keep at the office.)

2. An “elevated tee” in a dark, neutral color — great for when you accidentally spill something on your shirt or release belatedly you don’t like the neckline on the shirt you wore to work that day. If your backup shirt is dark you don’t need to worry about what color your bra is. The pretty boatneck tee we recently linked to at J.Crew Factory would be a good option; so would some of the scalloped t-shirts we linked to at Talbots.

3. Sneakers (and socks) — keep an old pair at the office in case of an emergency like a power blackout; they also come in handy if you manage to make it out for a quick walk.

4. A comfortable pair of pants — I’ve pulled these out for a lot of different reasons even in a business casual office, including wanting to be more comfortable for a late night at the office, having to help move office furniture, or suddenly needing to review so much paperwork that it was easier to put it on the floor and spread out. (Psst: if you know you’re going to be spending a late night at the office, we rounded up the most comfortable workwear to wear for long haul days.)

5. A wrap in your base color, probably black. We’ve talked a ton about the different uses for an office pashmina; but quickly: you can use it to hide a stain, as a lap blanket, an emergency pillow, and more.

Top 3 ADDITIONAL Clothes to Keep in a Conservative Office

1. A more conservative pair of shoes. There have been a ton of trends with boots, wedges, peep toes, and more — but sometimes if you want to make an outfit more conservative you have to start from the bottom up. For my $ .02, in this circumstance I would be more likely to sacrifice fashion for something that reads as “conservative” but is also walkable. (We just rounded up your best bets for comfortable heel brands; obviously neutral flats are also acceptable. If you can’t walk in heels in tights you may want to consider keeping a shoe with a strap at the office.)

2. A suit in a neutral color. Especially important if there’s a chance you may get called into court or other VIP meeting.

3. Pantyhose in a nude-for-you shade. Whether or not pantyhose is “required” wearing tends to be very regional, as well as office- and industry-specific… but if there’s even a 5% chance you’ll really, really need it, it’s better to just keep a box in your desk drawer.

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How to Get the Musty Smell Out of Clothes

For any man who considers himself an enthusiast of classic menswear, scouting second-hand shops, consignment stores, or online auction sites like eBay, can be a great way to find vintage items at a fairly economical price that still give you that signature classic look.

While the benefits of buying vintage clothing are numerous, there’s one particular drawback that affects a great majority of these items despite how well their construction and integrity have held up over the years, otherwise. This drawback, of course, is that distinctively musty smell that seems to cling to almost all old clothing.

Vintage Clothing
Vintage Clothing

Where Does The Musty Smell Come From?

There can be some variation between individual garments, of course, which is to say that some vintage garments can smell decidedly worse than others. It’s a spectrum really, everything from a whiff of wool, or perhaps your grandmother’s attic, to something that’s reeking of cigarette smoke, food, mothballs, or other offensive scents.

Unfortunately, though, the key source of all of these odors is actually a potent cocktail of organic compounds. In other words, substances from our own bodies. A 2018 study on malodor conducted by scientists at Procter & Gamble came to this conclusion after taking a random sample of vintage clothing, putting it in a resealable container filling the container with nitrogen gas and then seeing what changes had occurred to the gas after approximately two hours time and here’s what they found; 18 key malodorous molecular compounds, 12 of which were derived from so-called body soils including dead skin, perspiration, and oils. Left to ferment over time, these organic compounds were the primary source of foul odors. The other six compounds, by the way, were traced to environmental contaminants like car exhaust, gasoline, dry cleaning, solvents, food, and perfume.

Directly spray the vodka onto your smelly garment

How To Remove Foul Odors

Your first instinct might be to take these garments to a dry cleaner but in fact, this is a temptation that you should resist. The solvents used in dry cleaning simply aren’t as effective at removing odors as the secret ingredient we’re about to mention, especially when it comes to odors that are sourced from organic compounds. More specifically, odor elimination involves masking, encapsulating, or changing the molecular structure of the odor molecule that has attached itself to the fabric.

Assorted Vodkas
Assorted Vodkas

The Simplest & Most Effective Solution

You’re probably not going to find it in your laundry room instead, you should head to your liquor cabinet. That’s right! When it comes to treating odors on your vintage garments, vodka will be the thing that does the trick. All you have to do is pour the vodka into a spray bottle and then spritz it on to the clothing in question. This is because the alcohol in the vodka directly interacts with the odor molecules on the clothing encapsulating and reconfiguring them and then when the alcohol evaporates, it takes the odors away with it .

Few Things To Keep In Mind:

Do not mix water with vodka
  • Don’t dilute the vodka with water. The odor fighting power of vodka comes from its high alcohol content so adding water to the mixture is simply going to cut down on the vodka’s effectiveness.
Absolut Vodka
Absolut Vodka
  • You don’t have to use top-shelf vodka for this application. The cheapest bottles that are available on the market will sometimes be grain alcohol with vodka flavoring but as long as you make sure that you’re actually getting vodka, a cheap bottle will do. Just make sure it doesn’t have any added flavoring like fruit, for example. If you or a member of your household does require that the vodka not be drinkable, you can add about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to the bottle to denature it. Whatever the case may be, just make sure that the bottle is labeled clearly.

Conclusion

Though that signature musty smell may have been hanging on to some of your vintage garments for who knows how long, it is fairly easily removable from them. Skip the dry cleaner and make a trip to the liquor store instead. Remember, clean responsibly.

Were you aware of this handy deodorizing trick and do you have any related tips that you could share? If so, let us know in the comments section below.


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50 Cent Sets His Gucci Clothes On Fire And Jamie Foxx Comes Through With More Altering Suggestions

The Gucci brand found itself in hot water after the blackface scandal. Now, 50 Cent sets his Gucci clothes on fire and posts it on Instagram. Watch his video below.

‘I gotta get rid of all the Gucci I have at home. I’m not supporting their brand anymore. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bellator,’ 50 Cent captioned her post.

Someone addressed rapper Tip and said ‘@troubleman31 ya should have a “Burn The House Down” (or similar clever name event where ya bring all your name brand clothes (those involved) and burn it!!! Make money off THEM! #FlipTheScript‼ @50cent … IF YOU AGREE REPLY TO THIS COMMENT & TAG YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST #ActionsSpeakLouderThanWords 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽💯💯💯💯💯

Someone has a proposal for 50 Cent and said: ‘@50cent why not buy up more of their brands and take it to the slumps or war-wrecked countries, make the video of you donating their brands to this homeless war wrecked people, make a video documentary till the Gucci turns to rags within few days, then send this video out. Gucci is then for the poor.’

Another follower bashed him and said ‘This is an act of stupidity, there are less privileged out there, and you are here burning down Gucci what of dollars and you want us to clap for you.’

Here’s another similar opinion: ‘Like I said people like this and @troubleman31 are dumb as hell, burning your Gucci clothes that u spent ur hard earned money on? Hating on a brand that made a mistake, took it down and apologized immediately right after, then hating and bashing another brother cause he wanted to shop there minding his own? It doesn’t matter what Gucci did it’s how we as a people took it if Floyd wanna shop there that’s his damn choice how u gonna tell another man where he can spend his bread? This shit wack and corny what y’all doing, people, black & white still shop there and work in there as well, what u Gonna do hate Gucci’s forever. This is very low.’

Even Jamie Foxx commented on his post and here’s what he had to say.

One of The Shade Room’s followers said that ‘He should have donated it to the homeless. It’s already been purchased so what’s the harm in making some good out of a bad situation.’

What do you think about 50 Cent’s latest action?

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These 6 Stores Buy Used Clothes. Here’s How to Get the Best Cash Offer

Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overflowing, right?

Well, there’s a solution to that problem: selling your used clothes.

It’s a win-win, and you don’t have to wait for a spring-cleaning binge to get started. In fact, you should do it seasonally to stay in vogue.

So tear a page from the Marie Kondo playbook and make one big pile of all your clothes. Yes, even your winter gear from the living room closet. Definitely the swimsuit collection in the basement. And all the baby shower clothes that you never even used, too.

You may surprise yourself with the amount of clothes you have once you get them all in one place. Kondo recommends that as you sift through your stuff, you ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?”

Nope? Then sell it.

Where to Sell Used Clothes

Plenty of apps and websites like Poshmark, Threadflip, Etsy and eBay allow you to sell your clothes online. But maybe you don’t have the technical know-how (or the patience) to do it yourself. Don’t fret. There are several other brick-and-mortar places to pawn off your used clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories — even baby clothes, toys and supplies — to get cash in your pocket by the end of the day.

A woman shops for clothing at Upscale Cheapskate, a trendy thrift store.

Uptown Cheapskate

Want to pop some tags? Uptown Cheapskate is your place. It’s located in 21 states and is a cross between a trendy boutique and a thrift store for young adults. You can sell or trade in men’s and women’s clothes at any of its locations. Trade-ins get 25% bonus store credit.

Brands that do well at Uptown Cheapskate include Urban Outfitters, Levi’s and H&M. If you’re unsure if your clothes will fit in style-wise, visit its website for more info on trending brands and styles.

Buffalo Exchange

Founded back in 1974, Buffalo Exchange has remained family owned as it has expanded to 19 states and the District of Columbia. And if you don’t live in one of those areas, the clothing exchange has a sell-by-mail program. The company is a firm believer in reusing and recycling clothes to reduce waste and pollution (and save cash). Each store also partners with local charities.

Buffalo Exchange accepts a wide array of clothes for both men and women — vintage, athletic wear, plus sizes and more. Contrary to its name, it does not accept bison at this time. Sorry in advance.

Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor is a one-stop shop for fashionable women’s clothing sized 0 to 26 and maternity wear. It’s a hub for those who want designer brands without designer price tags.

Clothes that sell well include Armani, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, White House Black Market and others. Shoes, accessories, jewelry and handbags are also accepted. 

Clothes Mentor has 143 stores across 30 states and, at certain locations, offers personal shoppers who tailor outfits to suit your tastes.

Plato’s Closet

Ah, the ole standby, Plato’s Closet. You may not have known this was a clothing exchange store, but it’s likely that you’ve caught a glimpse of one of its more than 470 locations in North America — probably tucked between your local Chinese buffet and the grocery store.

Plato’s is Winmark Corp.’s most successful clothing exchange franchise, and it’s aimed at teens and young adults. Everyday styles from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Obey are typically in demand. Plato’s Closet also buys athletic wear, shoes and accessories.

To see if your wardrobe surplus is a good fit for Plato’s, browse its website for other brands and styles that sell well.

Style Encore

Another solid option from Winmark Corp. is Style Encore. It’s like Plato’s sibling, only slightly older and more sophisticated.

Style Encore accepts women’s clothing from brands like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach and Kate Spade. Like Clothes Mentor, Style Encore has personal stylists to help you look like a million bucks (without spending a million).

It’s Winmark’s newest clothing exchange brand, so locations aren’t as comprehensive as Plato’s. Double-check the store locator to find the closest one to you.

Once Upon a Child

Last but not least in Winmark’s clothing resale portfolio is Once Upon a Child.

It’s no surprise that child care expenses are a budget buster, but this store can help keep costs down when it comes to baby clothes, supplies and even furniture.

In addition to children’s clothes sized preemie to youth 20, Once Upon a Child will buy used cribs, cradles, strollers, baby electronics, halloween costumes and toys. Even more good news for parents: You won’t have to look very far. Once Upon a Child has more than 350 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Local Consignment Shops

If none of the above stores fit the bill, you can always try your nearest consignment shop.

These shops work a little differently than clothing exchanges, because consignment stores may not pay you until your item sells. That means it’s unlikely you’ll walk out with a pocketful of cash. It’s also difficult to predict what brands they will buy, because most local stores don’t have databases and metrics to go off of. Sales are often based on personal taste or season.

But hey, anything is better than leaving unused clothes tucked away in the furthest corner of your shelf for years to come.

How to Get the Most Cash From Your Clothes

A thrift store owner goes through clothing a customer brought in to sell.

Some things are guesswork when trying to sell your clothes. Stock and styles change, so it’s hard to say for sure which brand or outfit will sell. However, there are a few things you should always take into consideration, no matter the item or the store.

Following these few guidelines will ensure you get the best quote possible.

Clean and Fold Your Clothes

If it seems like I’m wagging my finger, it’s because I’m wagging my finger.

Almost every store listed above recommends washing your clothes before taking them in. Since your payout is based on an associate’s quote after they carefully check each item, you don’t want dirt or food caked to your shirt. It’ll definitely go in the “no” pile.

Likewise, super wrinkly clothes come across as unwashed, and you don’t want to give that impression. So be sure to fold them neatly before taking them in.

Use a Nice Basket or Hamper to Carry Your Clothes

Quick! What do you think of when you see trash bags?

Trash, right? Not clothes.

Presentation matters. The associates checking your clothes don’t want to sift through trash bags. So after you’ve washed all the clothes you want to sell, fold them and place them in a basket, hamper or box that you can take to the store.

Check for Damage or Pit Stains

If you were a shopper, would you buy a shirt that had pit stains or a missing pocket? Didn’t think so. The stores work the same way. They don’t want damaged, stained or heavily faded clothing.

Before you take your clothes in, examine them under a bright light to check for tears or discoloration.

Pro-tip: In general, to keep colors bright, you can soak your clothes in salt. Only wash them as needed — inside out and in cool water to avoid fading.

Sell Your Clothes Often

Buffalo Exchange’s biggest tip is to buy or sell your clothes every three months. That way, your clothes cache will always be in style, which means more money in your pocket when you sell.

Since most clothing exchanges buy with seasons in mind, it may be best to wait till spring or summer before purging your bathing suits.

Unless you live in Florida. Then January’s probably fine.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer on the Make Money team at The Penny Hoarder. He believes in the life-changing magic of selling all most of your things. Read his full bio here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

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Rihanna Wants You To Buy Her Clothes, and Her Message

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Rihanna knows what you want to buy—more of her.

After conquering pop stardom before she was legally old enough to drink, the singer went on to collaborate with Puma, essentially invent millennial pink as we know it, reinvigorate the beauty industry with her lauded 40 shades of foundation, and drop an equally-inclusive line of lingerie. This year, Rihanna shows no signs of slowing down.

On Thursday, WWD reported that the multi-hyphenate is in talks to launch a luxury ready-to-wear line with French fashion conglomerate LVMH. Other heavy-hitters on LVMH’s lineup include Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Céline.

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Download LetGo: Sell Your Old Clothes and Bank Some Extra Cash

You’re ruthless when it comes to deleting old games to make space on your smartphone.

Can the same be said of making space in your closet?

Or are you still clinging to that prom outfit from, like, 10 years ago?

It’s never going to fit — or come into style — again, but something just keeps holding you back from sending it to Goodwill.

Maybe money could change your mind. Instead of storing clothes indefinitely, try selling them.

One app we especially like is Letgo.

You can literally list all those unused frocks, jumpers, peasant tops and jean jackets in less than a minute — quicker than you can say, “I haven’t played that game in weeks!”

Download Letgo now and clear that closet.

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Children’s clothes that are so cool we wish they came in adult size

Seriously, that tulle skirt!

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Blame it on Prince George and Princess Charlotte, (and pretty soon Prince Louis too) we’ve never been so obsessed with what the famous tots of the world are wearing.

Children’s clothes have their own brand of adorable trends for this season. Just as gorgeous as the ready-to-wear collections, the little ones’ are embracing prints, zebra print and florals as much as we are. In fact, some of it is so great we wish they’d make it in adult size too.

Prepare for the fact that your little girl may out-do you in the style stakes this season with their mini-me party dresses, sparkling flats, floral blouses and backpacks.

As for the boy’s collections, logo sweatshirts, printed swim shorts and cool jeans are the top looks for little dudes. And when it comes to shoes, boys can be just like dad with cool trainers for running around in. We don’t know who’s more excited about shopping these stylish wares, us or them.

From designer to high street, we’ve rounded up the children’s clothes for you to smarten up their back to school wardrobes with. From mini-me party dresses to see them through important events such as their best friend’s birthday party, to bold, printed satchels to be the envy of their friends at school.

We’ve included the must-have Gucci kidswear (the first kidswear collection to be available on Net a Porter), and don’t get us strated on the Chloe overalls and Miss KG unicorn trainers!

We’ve got some seriously cute babygrows for newborns, too. From bunny embroidered styles to designer logos, these are some very Instagrammable ensembles.

But if you don’t have the caviar budget, the high-street is bursting at the seams with achingly cool children’s clothes. All our go to brands for our own wardrobes, like Nexr and Mango have amazing ranges.

From the cutest newborn baby clothes to the kids clothes we wish they made for adults too, we’ve compiled the top children’s clothes available to buy right now. Scroll down to shop our edit…

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Kering’s 10 years of fighting anti-women violence (not just making fab clothes)

The Kering Foundation is 10 years old! The owners of Gucci and Saint Laurent do a lot more than set catwalk trends…here’s how they’re combating violence against women – and the partner organisations doing amazing things

The designer group Kering owns some of the world’s hottest brands – Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to name a few – and produces some of the world’s most fashion-forward clothes. But the luxury group, headed by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (or Monsieur Salma Hayek, as he’s known in certain circles), is also trend-setting in another, even more important, way.

Mr Pinault and Kering take their social and ecological responsibilities seriously – devoting significant resources to finding new ways to make their brands more sustainable, and funding studies and an open-source system that allows the industry as a whole to share information on issues around sustainability. One of the company’s biggest achievements is its charity arm, The Kering Foundation, which celebrated its 10th birthday with a cocktail reception in Paris last week. It was set up in 2008 with the specific aim of combating violence against women – an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women worldwide. At the event, Mr Pinault (bel0w) shared his pride at the work already done: “For the past 10 years, we have contributed to weakening the taboo around violence against women by openly addressing it in our awareness campaigns.” Looking to the next decade, he said: “We will continue the fight. I want The Kering Foundation to explore new fields of action. Prevention, for example, by raising awareness among men about violence against women. I also keep in mind the fate of children, who are often direct or indirect victims of this violence.”

Over the last decade, they’ve worked with NGOs and grassroots initiatives that aim to prevent and tackle anti-female violence, everywhere from the UK to France, Italy, South America and China. The company launched the White Ribbon campaign in 2012 to raise awareness of the subject. Previous campaigns have starred Kering designers including Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele (below)

This year’s has just been unveiled – and will target younger ‘Gen Z’ consumers and the issue of cyberbullying, with accompanying hashtag #IDontSpeakHater. Women are 27 times more likely to be bullied online than men.

Here, the Foundation’s Executive Director Celine Bonnaire (below) tells us about the successes of the charity so far – and what they’re planning next.

“We favour an approach that focuses on partnership, and work closely with a limited number of partners. I’m very proud of one of our NGO partnerships, with ‘La Maison des Femmes’, a haven based in France’s Saint Denis, that offers care and medical, psychological, and emotional support to vulnerable women. It’s particularly dear to my heart as we co-built it with other foundations, mixing private and public funding. “

Another achievement Bonnaire is especially proud of is the Foundation’s work to combat domestic violence, via the workplace. Working with specialist organisations – Womens’ Aid in the UK, NNEDV in the US, Solidarite Femmes in France and D.i.Re in Italy – they’ve designed training sessions for employees on the impact of domestic violence at work, and making the workplace a supportive environment for survivors. Kering have put their money where their mouth is (so to speak) – since 2010, over 1,200 Kering staff have attended sessions, including the Group’s Executive Committee.

Bonnaire remembers meeting a woman whose life had been directly affected by the work of the Foundation: “She was a mother of three who had flown from Algeria to escape domestic violence. She was a lawyer there but once in France, she couldn’t work, had no papers, and had to cope with her three little kids as well as her trauma from violence. And from time to time, with the ex-husband who was ‘visiting’ her in France. This could happen to any of us. Owing to her courage and the support she received at La Maison des Femmes, she rebuilt her life, got her papers, and stabilised her situation.”

Bonnaire is also excited about innovative new developments in the field. Last June, seven social entrepreneurs were awarded a six-month incubation programme, with two years of Kering mentorship and a grant. Hera Hussain of Chayn closes the critical information gap to help domestic abuse survivors, especially younger women from immigrant populations, find safety with crowd-sourced, expert-informed online resources.

Callisto, launched by Jessica Ladd, is an online reporting system for sexual assault survivors that can detect any serial sexual predator in the United States. The safe and secure platform means survivors are five times more likely to report an assault and do so three times faster than the national average.

She also believes it’s time to work not just with the victims themselves, but with men and boys to combat violence against women. “We partnered with an organisation called Promundo and its programme Manhood 2.0, which tackles how gender norms harm young men and women; it engages young men in recognising some of the harmful ideas around ‘masculinity’ that can have negative consequences on health, relationships, sexual violence, bullying and mental health.”

So what would she like to see more of, when it comes to fellow fashion companies? “I’m convinced it’s important for any industry and company to tackle the issue of violence against women by talking about it, making sure the workplace is a safe and supportive environment for survivors and promoting gender equality.”

We can all get on board with that…

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Tumble-Drying Clothes to Adjust their Fit

I should start by saying that 99.99% of my wardrobe items never see the inside of a tumble dryer. Not even panties, loungewear, yoga wear, sleepwear, and especially not bras. I tumble-dry my socks and camisoles, and that’s it. The rest is hung dry in an empty closet or sent to eco-friendly cleaners. That’s because I believe that tumble-drying ruins the fit of your clothes, tortures delicate fibres, wears out fabric, makes the colour fade, and takes the polished and crisp integrity out of them. So I go to the effort of hang drying and ironing as needed. It’s extra effort and time, but worth it to me.

That said, every once in a while I carefully use the tumble dryer to deliberately adjust the fit of my clothes. I don’t recommend this strategy unless you’re prepared to take a risk, but I haven’t had any disasters yet. Here are two recent examples.

The first is a pair of Carpenter Straight Leg Jeans (see them in action here). They are the perfect length for my white Western shooties, but a little long for short-shaft Chelsea boots. I thought about having them shortened about half an inch because I am that pedantic about the lengths of things. Instead of having them altered I decided to shrink the length with the dryer. First I washed the jeans and hung dried them in the closet till they were almost dry. I then popped them in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. Afterwards, I pressed them to look pristine. They successfully shrunk half an inch in the length, and not at all in the width. I thought this might happen because they are 100% cotton woven fabric and very thick, stiff denim. Stretchy, soft and thin denim tends to shrink all over (and bag out later). Now the length is perfect to wear with my shooties, low-shaft Chelsea booties AND my hi-top sneakers for that matter (see the exact boot styles below). 

I’ve worn the jeans several times post the tumble dry, and they’re currently my favourite jeans. I will NOT be putting them in the tumble dryer again.

The second example is a lovely oatmeal surface interest knit top that I bought in the Netherlands a few months ago. It fits very fluidly, and I semi-tuck for more structure. I thought I’d be a devil and tumble dry it to create a snugger fit. First I washed the top and hung dried it in the closet till it was almost dry. I popped it in the dryer for ten minutes on regular heat. There was no need to iron it since it’s a crease-resistant top. It shrunk all over to exactly the fit I wanted, which was more luck than wisdom. Knits shrink in the dryer when they have a high cotton content, but they can often shrink too much in one direction. I love that the fit across the armholes, shoulders and sleeve width is narrower after the tumble dry. The top is still quite fluid, but less so. It’s also shorter and a better match for my new capsule of jeans with high rises. The top has retained its new fit after a couple of wears. I will NOT be putting it in the tumble dryer again.

Over to you. Have you ever deliberately shrunk clothing items in the tumble dryer? And was it successful?

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How to Iron Your Clothes Less

How to Iron Your Clothes Less - Tips to Avoid Ironing Your WorkwearEven if your least favorite chore is washing dishes or cleaning the house, it’s a good bet that you’d also love to iron your clothes less. (Or maybe ironing is your least favorite chore!) It’s been years since we’ve talked about this — although we’ve more recently discussed how to keep white blouses white, how to wash “dry clean only” clothes, and how to care for your bras — so today we’re sharing reader advice on how to iron your clothes less. Buying shirts marketed as “no-iron” is always an option, of course, but we’ll go beyond that today (and with their safety issues in mind, those shirts probably warrant their own post — what do you think?). What are your favorite ways to avoid ironing? Do you buy non-iron blouses for work? (And as winter clothes finally start to come out of storage, do you think there are bigger gaffes for workwear than wrinkled clothes, such as creases from folds in sweaters, or a cedar scent?)

Here’s advice from readers on how to iron your clothes less (mostly from our last discussion on how to avoid ironing, many moons ago):


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  1. Hang up your clothes immediately after taking them out of the dryer. Another reader pointed out that after you wash clothes made from fabrics you can’t tumble dry, you should flap them around a bit before putting them on a drying rack. Related: Do you strictly follow label directions that advise “lay flat to dry” vs. “hang dry,” or just put everything on drying racks?
  2. Get a clothes steamer. One reader who bought a steamer on Amazon says it allows her to avoid ironing knits and other workwear items, although she doesn’t advise using it on tailored button-front shirts. (This $ 26 steamer looks great!) Another said that she uses one on her suits (and notes that she always hangs up her suits after wearing). Wirecutter recently shared their picks for the best steamers, and two recommendations from readers are the Esteam Personal Hand Held Steamer ($ 75) and Steamfast SF-407 ($ 50) [affiliate links].
  3. Try throwing wrinkled clothes in the dryer for a few minutes. One reader says that a 10-minute spin in the dryer works well for smoothing out t-shirts, sweaters, dress pants, and non-iron shirts. She adds a wet towel as needed, while a reader who replied said that she uses a handful of water. (Another said this trick removes pet hair, too.) My dryer even has a “Freshen Up” setting that I assume is designed for this, although I haven’t tried it.
  4. Use Downy Wrinkle Releaser (or a similar product). Amazon sells a 2-pack of 33.8-oz. sprayer bottles (almost 1,000 reviews) for $ 13.24 and also has a pack of 3 travel-size bottles for $ 7.97 [affiliate links]. One reader recommended a cheaper and more natural option: Put the item of clothing on a hanger and use a spray bottle filled with water.
  5. Make sure to use fabric softener when you wash clothes. But according to Good Housekeeping, don’t use it on microfiber, sportswear, towels, water-repellent clothing, or flame-resistant clothing. (Fortunately, your workwear wardrobe probably doesn’t include those things — and if it does, you must have a really interesting job.)
  6. Hang your suit, dress, etc., in the bathroom while you shower. Now if you brush your teeth in the shower too, you’ll really be multitasking! (No, don’t do that. Who wants to rinse their mouth out with warm water?)
  7. Be a clothes-folding minimalist. One reader said that she reduces the creases in her shirts by only folding them once — in half vertically, down the middle of the shirt.

What are your tips on how to iron your clothes less? Do you use a clothing steamer, and if so, would you recommend the one you have? How much do you base your clothes-buying decisions on whether something is likely to wrinkle easily (linen, 100% cotton, and so on) or whether it requires dry cleaning?

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Nobody likes ironing - but it can seem inevitable if you've got a ton of fancy workwear. Well, readers have shared their best tips on how to iron your clothes less, including some favorite laundry steamers, as well as how to release wrinkles. Avoiding ironing = winning, right?

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How Much Do You Spend on Work Clothes?

how much do you spend on your work clothesHere’s a fun topic that we haven’t discussed in eons: How much do you spend on work clothes (as in, prices for individual clothing items)? What’s an average price you’re happy to pay for a pair of pants — for a sheath dress — for a blazer? I’m looking over my original answers from our original discussion on how much do you spend on clothes, and I’m a bit surprised I’m updating some of them:


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Pants: $ 40–$ 200. There are a ton of great pants for $ 50 now, from Everlane to J.Crew Factory to Uniqlo to Express/Loft type stuff. Sales can still be had — I just got a pair of pants at Banana Republic for $ 11 a few weeks ago, although they were floral ankle pants, so kind of on the “fun” side of things. Of course everyone loves the Eileen Fisher magic pants, usually around $ 168, and a tailored wool pant like Lafayette 148 New York or something will obviously be more.

Skirts: $ 30–$ 300. I feel like I always see great deals on skirts these days, and there are a ton of reader favorite options for pencil skirts for work at really affordable prices.

Blouses/tops: $ 15–$ 60, or $ 125–$ 250. I’m putting two price ranges here because I think the first price range is the “normal” price I’d pay for a blouse or top for work, and the second price range would be the “oooh, want” price — where the blouse has an absolutely amazing pattern or is from a designer I’ve wanted for eons or something special. I’ve definitely seen them for more than $ 250 but probably wouldn’t pay that for a simple blouse. (Everyone’s favorite NYDJ blouse is often down to around $ 50, and the reader favorite Loft blouse is $ 59 full price.)

Sweaters: $ 100–$ 300. Personally, this is where a lot of my money goes — I’ve always preferred cashmere or merino or blends because they’re soft, durable, and pretty warm, whereas a lot of the more affordable cotton blends I’ve had haven’t done any of those things. I’d say that at this point in my life, having small kids means that there are definitely a lot of easy-to-wash, $ 15–$ 20 sweatshirts for weekend wear with the kids where I can just throw them in the washer and not worry, but my “nice sweater” collection is generally more expensive. (Also remember that because I’ve been building a sweater collection for years now, I can afford to stalk nicer sweaters on sale, so that helps.)

Dresses: $ 40–$ 300. The only reason that first number is so low is because I’ve gotten some great Lands’ End dresses at some really nice sale prices. For a basic sheath dress there are so many great options that I’d put the average price around $ 175–$ 250.

Suits: $ 200–$ 600. Something I was surprised at when we did our last roundup of the best women suits of 2018 was how the average price seems to have somewhat fallen — the first two categories were below $ 500 and there are a TON of options in there. (And honestly most of the suits in the next category, the $ 500–$ 1000 one, often go on sale so you can pick up a suit for under $ 500.)

Bags: I’m always fascinated to see how this is a hugely social decision — most women I know stick to a pretty narrow price range that their friends and family also buy in. Personally, I still tend to think of a “good” bag as costing between $ 200–$ 800 when new, but I’ve gotten some great deals on bags (including a recent $ 160 charity auction purchase of a Bottega Venetta!) that I consider myself lucky.

Jewelry: $ 20–$ 150 for a “spur of the moment” purchase, $ 150+++ for a planned purchase. I’ve been refreshing my jewelry collection of late and have found some great things on Etsy for under $ 80. I also like a lot of older Alexis Bittar pieces, so whenever I see one on Poshmark or whatever I snap it up if it speaks to me or fills a hole (like I was recently looking for a large red pendant necklace because I decided I need more red in my life). I tend to focus on necklaces these days, as I’ve avoided earrings for years because the kids yanked them, and I never quite got in the habit of mixing metals with my platinum wedding rings. I think I’ve mentioned this before, also: I have a lot of regret for the semi-precious and precious “good” jewelry I bought in my 20s at places like Macy’s — 98% of it never sees the light of day, but is worth next to nothing on the resale market.

How about you guys: How much do you spend on clothes for work? What’s the average price for you for specific items of clothing?

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