“The latest craze sweeping the country is ethical, eco-fabulous, social and fun. Welcome to the future of fashion.” – Jess Cartner-Morley, Marie Claire Magazine
Swishing is the party version of a free, secondhand, clothes swap! It is a fun an organized way to clean out your closet, get together with good friends and trade out your unwanted clothes. The added advantage of clothes swapping is that gives partygoers the opportunity to share in food and drink plus indulge in the art of recycling by serving as stylists for one another. According to the EPA office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than 70 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, with clothing and other textiles representing about 4% of the municipal solid waste. So, besides making a difference in our environment swishing is also a great opportunity to build community!
The basic rules for a Swishing Party are as follows:
1. Choose a location that has some space as you’ll have a lot of people trying on outfits and flinging clothes left and right.
2. Invite all your friends through Facebook, Twitter, or an Evite. Tell everyone to bring clothes they are tired of or don’t fit. Bring shoes, belts, accessories, clothing, whatever as long as they are still in good condition. Remember one person’s old clothes are another’s dream outfit. Everyone must bring at least one item of quality clothing.
3. You can get as fancy or informal as you want to display clothes (usually at my parties there are so many clothes that they end up as heaps on the ground). Have a number of mirrors available throughout the room. When everyone arrives, it is essentially a free-for-all. You can wait for everyone to get there if you have punctual friends, but don’t wait for too long. Consider a half-hour “browsing” time before the Swish opens…
4. Generally, whoever claims something first has dibs. If there is a conflict between people as to who gets a piece of clothing, each person models the item for the group and the group votes for whom it looks best on. Another rule is that you should never feel obligated to take something unless you love it.
5. At the end of the party, each person will go home with treasures and wonderful finds, but there will also be lots of leftovers. Whoever hosts the party is responsible for taking all these items and donating, upcycling or selling to consignment.
Fort Mill’s first official Swish will be held this this August! Email MotherStucker@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP. Rustle something fabulous with new and old friends!
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