If you’re a serial lover of new garments and outfits, your wardrobe is likely heaving under the weight of the fabric – particularly as a Movinga study from 2018 found that fashion lovers only wear 50% of their wardrobes.
If you’re finding that choosing an outfit takes 20 minutes every morning, then it could be a good idea to get rid of some of your old clothes. But instead of throwing them in a bin, here are five better options.
Donate them to charity or a local animal shelter
If you’re doing comfortably and don’t need to make money from your clothes, then take them to a local charity, or failing that, an animal shelter where they can be used as bedding or sold on for fundraising. You can find charity shops near you using this free tool.
Sell them online
The next best option is to sell them online via eBay, Depop, or a local site like Gumtree. Here, the price you’ll get really depends on the quality and brand. According to a recent analysis of April 2021 eBay prices, women’s vintage designer blazers were worth up to £760, and an average of £57.26 – a good price if you never see yourself wearing the piece again.
Swap your clothes
Either with your mates, or via websites such as Swopped, you can exchange your old clothes for something new and snazzy. This might not do wonders for the strain on your clothes rail, but if you want to lower your clothing costs, it’s an excellent option.
Gift them to your friends
If you and your mates have a similar style and like to help each other out, consider gifting them your clothes. As well as being a nice gesture, it can be a good way to help your friends manage their financial situation, as it’ll take the strain off their clothing costs.
If you have exhausted all the options above and must get rid of your old clothes, then look for places where they can be recycled. You can find local textile recycling banks , then all you need to do is pop them in the bank and they will be recycled or donated and resold.
What do you do with your old clothes? Found a neat way to keep your wardrobe fresh? Let us know your sartorial strategies in the comments section!