What to Do with Old Clothing How to Wear Old Clothes from Your Wardrobe Hi! I'm Carl Centeno. I'm the founder of this style blog. Today, I'm going to be answering a reader's question. Carl, what do I do with all this old clothing in my closet? Before I get into it guys, go ahead and I'm going to ask you to comment to my my blog. That way, you get all of these posts delivered right to you.
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Guys, I really appreciate when you go in there and add value to the posts. Your comments, it's really pretty cool to be able to get the group mind, and I really appreciate you guys being a part of the community we've created here. The question that came in says, Carl, what does a style guru like you do with men like me who have to dress themselves with only the nice clothing they purchased long ago when they used to have money? That, Carl, is a question I'd love to see you answer. Well, it's a good question. I imagine the gentleman's situation is maybe he's a little bit older, doesn’t maybe have the high-paying job he used to, and he's having to make do with the current clothing in his wardrobe. Many of you guys out there, maybe you're a bit younger and you're going into a thrift store. You're looking around and you find something that fits you great, but it looks like it's stepped out of the 1980s, or you've gotten some clothing handed to you and wow, these shirts look really nice, but they look like they're from the 1970s. Can I pull this off? That's what we're going to be addressing. Number one is you can wear pretty much anything if you're confident. I've seen a number of older guys be able to do this. They actually look like they're still from that time period. They're maybe wearing the older hats.
They're wearing the brown suits and they're able to pull it off because you know why? They've been pulling off this isn't a costume. This is who they are. So if you really wrap yourself into it this takes a little bit of strength and yeah, some people will recognize the clothing is dated, but for a lot of people, it's going to be, He's actually dressed better when he's got his own style. I had a friend who had a number of shirts and ties from the 1970s. His father gave it to him. Yeah, they were a bit wider ties and the shirts were kind of psychedelic, but Rob pulled that look off. It was his own style, he made it his own, and really when it came down to it, he got that clothing for free, so he was able to rock it. I think he did a really good job doing that. To this day, he's probably never watched one of my posts, but Rob, if you're reading this, that was dedicated to you. Point number two, let's take that clothing in and get it adjusted. It may be that your body has changed and that's why you don’t feel that the clothing could be worn anymore. A lot of times, when a man gets older, he loses a bit of weight, he loses a bit of muscle.
In that case, take the clothing to a tailor and get it adjusted. Another thing, maybe the lapels are a bit too wide. Maybe they're too skinny. Maybe the tie is a bit too wide. I had a company reach out to me the other day. They actually were adjusting ties, making them a bit basically slimming them up. So you can take clothing to a tailor, you can take it to a seamstress and for pennies on the dollar for what it would cost to buy something new, you can actually get that adjusted to fit you better. The last point I'm going to make is to take the clothing and actually sell it on eBay or sell it on another website where you can get premium dollar, and then take that money and go to a thrift store. Go to a place where there isn't going to be basically, you're doing a little bit of arbitrage here, but if you've got a lot of that clothing and it's still of good quality, there's possibly people that want this clothing especially people in costume departments. If you know how to take good pictures, know how to create a good description, you'd be surprised at what you can get for that used clothing. Then turn around and go to your local thrift stores. A lot of these places, they actually don’t know how to price items and you'll have to do a little bit of weeding through.
I understand you don’t have the money, but the money that you just sold your clothing for, you can go out there and build yourself a new wardrobe. Hopefully these tips were useful, guys. Let me know in the comments what you think and how I can make this better. I'll see you in the next post. Bye-bye.