As you may remember from last week’s column, we’re kicking off a two-month moratorium on new fashion acquisitions via the Wardrobe Refashion Challenge. For eight weeks, I’ve sworn that all additions to my closet will be recycled, rejuventated, handmade, or thrifted. I hope in the name of the economy and the environment, some of you have done the same. And what better way to kick off the challenge than with a party? Not just any party, mind you, but a clothing swap. According to (one of dozens of sites dedicated to this mini-movement), women only wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time. That means in every closet, potentially dozens of items of clothing are being pushed farther and farther to the back, and each day brings a new, “Ugh, I’ve got nothing to wear” moment. But the closet’s full!

Have a swap. Invite 10 or fewer like-minded (style-wise) friends. Everyone brings at least four or five gently worn items. You can either throw everything in the middle of a circle and have at it, or “auction” the pieces off — the owner describes the piece positively, and if more than one guest is interested, the group votes. Plenty of champagne is served in the end and, hopefully, everyone has something new to take home.

Not the party type? No problem. Like everything real in this world, clothes swapping can be experienced virtually as well. Register with, a sort of moneyless eBay of clothing. Happy swapping!

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