One of my biggest styling principles focuses on finding new ways to wear old items. Often times when my friends compliment me on an item of clothing I respond with "thanks! It's from high school" or "this old thing? It's what I wore home from the hospital when I was born!" That's more of a stretch, but you get the idea.
One of the main reasons I started the Petite Rachelle Swap + Shop is to help other women bring new life to old clothing. While donating clothing is a great way to cleanse your closet, donation centers are often overwhelmed with donations, with millions of tons of clothing ending up in landfills every year. Especially in our current world of fast fashion, we are constantly purchasing and purging without thinking of where these items end up once they are dropped on the curb. Wouldn't you rather have your unworn clothing hanging in someone else's closet instead of wasting away in a landfill?
While I love shopping as much as the next girl, my tiny New York City closets and my tiny New York City wallet can only withstand so much. So how could I help women clean out their closets in a sustainable way, find fun new pieces to add to their wardrobes, and all for less than an item purchased from a fast fashion retailer? Voila. the #PetiteSwap was born.
This year's Fall swap featured pieces from Gap, Dolce & Gabbana, Rebecca Taylor, Lululemon, Kate Spade and JBrand to name a few. Over 35 women shopped through a curated collection of donated clothing, shoes and accessories, while sipping mimosas and enjoying healthy bites provided by the amazing Talia Pollack of Party In My Plants. The items spanned sizes and styles, so there was truly a #petitepick for everyone! Over100 pieces of gently worn items were able to find new homes, and the remaining items were all donated to Housing Works.
Scroll below to see how some of the ladies rocked their new items in this edition of #styledbyswap!
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