|Open Mind Fashion||
A friend of mine asked me to help her find a dress for a Roaring '20s party she's going to next month. She wants a dress that's unlike anyone else's. She gave no cost limits, so I went nuts. Here's what I found...
On a budget...
Before the swap:
"My room is off limits. And so is the basement. And so are the couches in the living room--no one can sit on them."
These were the words of my son Jordon when he heard I was holding a clothing swap at our house while he's at school, my husband's out of town, & I'm on Spring Break.
Meanwhile, I know that around 15 women are going through their clothes, culling out the things they might want to swap. I know that clothing will soon fill the house, & women will be trying things on. Jordon can keep his room closed, but the rest of the house is fair game as a dressing room.
Preparing for the swap:
Rachel, my friend who held the last two swaps (see stories here & here), & I chose the date for the swap a couple months ago. The evite went out about a month ago. Last week, my husband helped me carry inside some industrial shelves to use to hang & sort the clothes.
It seems like a good time to hold the swap since most of us are switching out our seasonal clothes now anyway.
I decided to serve croissants, oranges, orange juice, coffee & tea.
During the swap:
You can take the people out of the office, but can you take the office out of the people? Yes, you can!
One of the things I like best about talking about clothing is that it's light relief. Even though I work with all the friends who came to the swap, we didn't talk about work at all! It was so nice to chat about clothes & other things!
We each collected a pile of favorite clothes & jewelry to take home. A few good friends stayed afterwards to chat.
After the swap:
We're thrilled to know that the remaining clothes are going to another swap--a big, public swap held at the college where I teach.
Jordon's last words as he left for school: "Remember the rules: they aren't allowed to sit anywhere at any time."
No worries--we weren't sitting much--we were swapping! It was really fun!
I like the crisscross straps on these slides--I think they look more feminine than with one thick cross piece.
Would you buy leather or pleather?
Do you remember this trend from the 90s?
I used to have a white Banana Republic shirt that laced up. Did you own anything like that?
There's a sort of playful, childlike quality to the laced-up style. It also says "pirate" but not in a bad way...?
Many of the photos of the lace-up styles I came across were too racy to include below.
A small selection of sandals--some 100% leather, some not--to slip on for the weekend. Most of these look like they'd actually stay on our feet if we had to walk any distance.
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