Giving Back

Giving BackWhat I am about to tell you may sound completely crazy – and I can’t quite believe it myself – but in the last two months I’ve literally managed to get rid of almost 90kg worth of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Some of the stuff went to friends and family, some went straight into the bin, but most of it went to charity. So why the sudden urge to clear out my wardrobe so radically?

Giving BackI’m usually a person, who really connects to her clothes on a personal level and finds it incredibly difficult to part with her belongings, but as soon as I had decided to move countries I knew I had to say goodbye to a good chunk of my wardrobe. There was no way I was gonna pay for the shipment of stuff I didn’t really need or even want. I expected the whole thing to become a super difficult and emotional experience, but once I got in the groove of throwing things out it was the easiest and most freeing undertaking ever.

Giving BackYou wouldn’t believe how much of my stuff has been worn either a) never, b) just once, or c) just on my blog. So many (almost) pristine pieces I had forgotten about that were yearning for a new, more loving home. First, I thought about putting all of the nicer stuff on Ebay or Depop to make a few extra bucks, but then I decided I was way too lazy for the whole shebang. And so in the end, I chose to do some good instead – Christmas was just around the corner after all. I went to the Salvation Army about four times, and it was such a good feeling to see the pieces I had dropped off just the day before on display already.

Giving BackChristmas may be over, but I’m sure you all have pieces in your wardrobes you never wear anyway and could easily give away to make somebody else happy. So take a few minutes to peruse your wardrobe tonight, fill a bag with unworn and unwanted clothes and donate it to a charity shop near you. Not only your bursting wardrobe, but also your social conscience will thank you.

Giving Back

The Look

Coat – ASOS

Culottes – Zara (similar here)

Scarf – VYVYN Hill

Boots – Reiss (similar here)

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    WOW, 90kg worth of clothing? That is a lot! I’ve been meaning to clear my wardrobe off the clutter of clothes I know I will never wear and but have been quite the slob – your post is the nudge I need. Thank you for the motivation dear Jasmin 🙂 xo

    Shanaz | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Hehe…I know right? It’s a lot of clothing, but it had to be done! It feels incredibly good to be free of all that unnecessary clutter. So here you go, another nudge 😉 xx

      • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

        Hehee…thank you sweetness! <3 xoxo =D

  • http://metallicpaws.com Izzy

    wow 90kg that’s insane! congrats on getting rid of so much and giving back to those who need the clothes 🙂

    http://www.metallicpaws.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…thank you! It felt soooo good 🙂 xx

  • Beauty Follower

    Well it it New Year for the Chinese…. I think they use to clear their home (and closets lol)
    so the New Year will find them clean!

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      You’re right! That’s great 🙂 xx

  • http://giana.ledesociale.com/ LeDeSociale

    I used to be the same but after owning a vintage boutique

    and also moving . Im less compulsive and think twice

    before restocking my wardobe. Love this outfit! The boots are great!

    xx

    Giana.LDS

    http://www.ledesociale.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Yeah…I can totally see why! I’ve also become so much more selective since my clear-out. In fact, I haven’t bought anything new so far 😀 xx

  • http://messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com/ Marlen

    Can you imagine coming across all those beautiful pieces in Salvation Army?! This right here is exactly why I thrift, haha! And I went through the same exact thing as you last summer. I moved across America and couldn’t afford bringing my huge closet with, so I only kept about 20% of it. And it felt *amazing* opening my closet and not drowning with all the choices. Now I’m super selective with what I buy- I don’t want to bog down my hangers anymore. I try to imagine all the money I would have if I didn’t waist it on bad clothes purchases, and it makes me so *so* sad, haha.

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha..yes! I’m a little too impatient for thrifting. I need everything, even clothes, served to me on a silver platter…or in a big cardboard box 😀
      Anyway, I feel exactly the same way. I haven’t actually gone shopping since the big clean-out, because I really enjoy my empty-ish wardrobe. xx

  • Elena Dal Maso

    You look really amazing as always :)))
    Parting from 90 kilos stuff.. you are really brave! I too give my dresses to charity, they are oft almost new.
    A big hug from Italy!

    xoxo
    http://www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much sweetie! That’s super kind of you. Yeah…if our clothes don’t get worn anyway we might as well give them away, right? 🙂 xx

  • http://365hangers.com/blog/ 365hangers

    So in love with this look, and you’re totally right. Giving clothing away always feels so good, we’re really due for another closet clean out right about now. Thanks for the reminder love!

    xx 365Hangers

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you! I’m glad you feel the same way. It’s definitely been such a freeing experience. My mind feels much less cluttered as well as a result 🙂 xx

  • AF

    90 kg of clothes?? wow you are even worse than me!! lol I do keep things for a long time too and it’s hard to let it go special because fashion is so unpredictable and I think “what if next year this will come a trend again?” but you did good! I do that sometimes too, I always try to give to friends or charity.

    Hugs!!

    http://strawberryleopard.blogspot.pt/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…I know right? I was literally the worst when it came to parting with clothes. I still had stuff in my wardrobe I bought when I was like 12 years old, but it feels so good to have gotten rid of everything I don’t wear anymore anyway 🙂 xx

  • http://www.stylevanity.com/ Alyssa Martinez

    I love the layering <3

    STYLE VANITY

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Alyssa 🙂 xx

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    Amazing coat, I love this look

    xo

    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Laura 🙂 xx

  • http://www.felinecreatures.com Lena Chu

    The coat is lovely Jasmin, I love how you belted it and paired with culottes the look is super fun and street style chic! 🙂 xo~ Lena

    http://www.felinecreatures.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Lena! This was one of those “just throw it together and see what happens” looks, and it somehow worked 🙂 xx

  • Rosa Mimmino

    Eeeeecht????? Du bist suuuuuuper! Brächte ich nie zustande….. Schade dass ich nicht da war, als du aussortiert hast ;-))))

    Liebe Grüße
    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…ja! Es hat mich auch einiges an Überwindung gekostet! Aber im Endeffekt hat es sich wirklich toll angefühlt, einfach mal auszumisten 🙂 xx

  • http://www.bibigoeschic.com Bibi

    You are definitely so right about going through our closet and giving the non-used ones to charity. For some reason everytime I go to Paris I bring clothes from London I don’t use back there haha, if I did a closet-cleaning in Paris I would probably have 90kg as well!! Love your coat by the way 🙂 x

    http://www.bibigoeschic.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…that’s so funny! I actually used to do the same when I was still living in London…but it was never enough, and the stuff I accumulated back at home is gone now too 😉 xx

  • The Fashion Panda

    You look so beautiful ! Love your outfit !

    http://www.thefashionpanda.be
    http://www.thefashionpanda.be

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much 🙂 xx

  • http://www.sugarpopfashion.com/ Stella

    Ach, toll! Du hast es mal wieder perfekt getroffen! Ich liebe seien Culottes! Ich habe bisher noch keine schöne für mich gefunden!!

    Liebst
    http://www.sugarpopfashion.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Vielen Dank liebe Stella! Ja, diese Culottes sind wirklich ein Schmuckstück…sie waren übrigens auch mein erstes Paar! Ich bin so froh, dass ich das Experiment gewagt habe und ich bin mir sicher, dass du diesen Sommer auch ein schönes Paar finden wirst 🙂 xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    Giving back always feels good…and I’m sure new fabulous clothes would soon come and replace the old ones. Change is often for the better:)
    Now, let’s talk about the outfit! You know I love wide leg trousers…and naturally culottes<3 those are so chic. I absolutely love the colour and they look so silky…and those boots with a high heel are just divine! I also really like the belted coat.

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Hehe…we’ll see! Downsizing has felt equally good. I’m not sure whether I’m ready to cram my wardrobe again just yet 😉

      Those trousers are one of the best buys I’ve ever made! They weren’t cheap, but totally worth it 🙂 xx