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How to Host a Clothing Swap

Mar 19, 2012

Looking to refresh your wardrobe but can't spare the cash? Get a few of your good friends together for an afternoon or evening of fun, fashion and makeovers, and host a clothing swap party! 

Party Planning Basics

Pick an afternoon or evening and clear it with your friends and their parents. Instruct each friend to pick five to 10 pieces they don't wear anymore. Make sure the clothes are in good shape, not ripped or stained, and have everyone check with their parents to make sure the clothes they're bringing are okay to swap. 

When picking your swaps to share, select clothes that don't fit, don't fit your style, or that you know you won't wear again. You can also bring accessories like scarves, belts, hats, sunglasses or costume (fake) jewelry. If you or your guests are shy or modest about changing in front of each other, wear a bathing suit or body suit underneath your clothes.

Set Up

Set up your party space like it's a store or dressing room. You'll need a full-length mirror,  a place to display all the clothes and accessories, a camera to capture all the great styles, snacks and good lighting. Keep the snacks clean -- pretzels, popcorn and clear liquids -- so the clothes don't get covered with Cheeto dust, Oreo crumbs or orange soda! 

Party Time

As guests arrive, put their items on display and let everyone wander around and check out the merchandise. Try everything on and mix and match outfits together. Take pictures of each look and help each other create styles that work. Once everyone has had a chance to see what they like, in the order that they arrived, each girl can pick one item. Go around the room in turn, picking one item at a time, until all items have been selected. To be fair, each girl can only pick the number of items they brought.

Create a slide show of all the photos or print them out so everyone can recreate their best looks at home.

If any items are left over after the swap, set them aside to donate to a local charity.

Have Your Say

Have you ever swapped clothing with a friend? Planning a party of your own? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
"skylar245" wrote: I'm joining a new school in august ... the only people joining me are my bullies and my BFF, Alyssa. Actually, She might not even come! There's an easy way to erase that "bully" label you're giving these people. Would you like to hear it? Rhetorical question. Words only hurt if you let them. I understand how harmful negative comments can be, but you need to try your absolute best to ignore them. The main goal bullies have is to bring you down; they want to see you get upset. Shrug it off. A tweet from the lovely Suzy Berhow states "When some is nasty or treats you poorly. It says nothing about you, but a lot about them". That's a quote everyone should live by. Just keep your head up. ♥♥ Even if your friend doesn't go to that school with you, don't worry. I'm sure she'll still be there to give emotional support when needed. "skylar245" wrote:I barely had any friends at my old school because I was too "nerdy"! I'm scared that no one will like me because I ruined everything at my old school! please someone send advice! New school = Clean slate If you don't like things that took place at your old school, congratulations- you're going to be in an environment with different people who, likely, act a different way. The absolute best way to make new friends is to be yourself. Don't act like someone you're not just to please people. Who cares if you're "too nerdy"? At least you're not fake. And remember - even if you can't make new friends, you always have the ones that are already there for you- including your internet pals. They'll all have your back. Good luck. x
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Pink_Cool_Girl posted in Friends:
Socialize. Or drop your pencil in class next to someone, they will pick it up and you can say "Thanks, Hey, aren't you the kid from ____? I'm ___, nice to meet you!" And if all else fails {which it WONT!!} you always have us to escape reality. But still, good luck! I have a feeling you won't need it :)
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skylar245
skylar245 posted in Friends:
I'm joining a new school in august because of the 2020 vision, But the only people joining me are my bullies and my BFF, Alyssa. Actully, She might not even come! I barley had any friends at my old school because I was to "nerdy"! I'm scared that no one will like me because I ruined everything at my old school! please someone send advice!
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LittleHeartz
LittleHeartz posted in Friends:
I know it can be quite embarrassing sometimes when you want to invite your friends on this site. But just give it a try. Tell them about the cool features we get and tell how fun you have and stuff. I am sure if they really take your opinion seriously, they won't bother about the name 'kidzworld'. In my school, everybody think that kidzworld is a cool site and stuff.  :)
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trinityac
trinityac posted in Friends:
Sadly she isn't your friend... you should make new ones because she is fake
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