By Krystle Vermes

Are you tired of your wardrobe? That makes two of us. You might say that I’ve fallen out of fashion–but I just don’t have enough time or money to stay trendy. So, what’s a busy, frugal girl to do? Host a clothes swap party!

A clothes swap party is just what it sounds like: You bring together your best girlfriends and exchange clothes that you no longer want or need. It sounds like a disorganized mess at first, but it can yield a brand new wardrobe that looks like you just went shopping. Here are some tips for hosting a clothes swap party that I’ve garnered through attending them.

Recognize the Sizes of Your Guests

To ensure that everyone finds the clothes swap party to be well worth it, you should try to invite guests who match up in size. Making sure the guest list includes people from a wide range of sizes can prevent some women from feeling left out–nobody wants that! I’m thinking about hosting a party that’s dedicated to only swapping accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewelry to avoid this dilemma altogether.

Make it a Fun Shopping Trip

Wouldn’t it be fun if you felt more like you were walking into a high-end boutique rather than your friend’s house? That’s exactly what the last host did for our clothes swap party. She hung all of our items on hangers and organized them according to category to take the party to a whole new level. To take up another level, consider serving champagne.

Have a Plan for Unwanted Items

Once everyone takes her picks at my party, I intend to donate all of the leftover clothing and accessories to a local charity. A clothes swap party really gets people thinking about what they can live without, and I think it could do us all a world of good to purge a little bit. Of course, I’m going to tell all of my guests ahead of time that their unwanted goods will be donated to a charity to avoid any confusion.

Have you hosted a clothes swap party? Tell me about it in the comments!

Krystle Vermes is a graduate of Suffolk University with a degree in Print Journalism. In her spare time, she is a professional blogger and enjoys painting.