We give love a second chance.  Do you think there is such a thing as a second chance for our beloved clothes? I do!

I am now the proud owner of a beautiful pink summer dress (a color I love to wear!) passed down with love from my friend.  She was no longer wearing it, and thought that it might have a new life with me. When you think of it this makes sense; not everything we own stays ours forever.  Rather, some are single-season treats delighting us for a small burst of time, until we realize that we simply aren’t meant to own them anymore.  Perhaps we’ve changed our style, or perhaps they simply don’t fit the way they once did; there are any number of reasons.  But whatever they may be, we give them new life when we pass them on knowing that these treasures will continue to be enjoyed and appreciated.  We all benefit from this second chance! Because …it’s good kharma.

I’ve heard fashion referred to as wearable art.  It’s this unique quality that separates fashion from other works of art.  We don’t have to go to a special museum to enjoy it; in fact, we don’t have to go out of our way to admire fashion at all.  We wear it and see it and appreciate it every day.  It moves with us, affecting our immediate sensibility because it’s a part of our day-to-day life.

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Because of this, nothing is more sad than watching our pieces sit in the closet, going nowhere.  It’s like having a painting hidden in the corner, never to be admired.

So give your clothes a second chance!  Look for the things you’re no longer wearing for whatever reason, and pass them on to someone who will continue to wear them.  A bonus for you: passing them on to a friend ensures that they will be well cared for. I’m inspired to pay it forward, and share something of my own with someone who will love it as much as I once did.  Because the end of the run for one person is just the beginning for someone else.  My pink summer dress is waiting for me now ...

Melissa Kaplan Guarino delights in sharing her love of fashion with you.  Fashion questions?  Feel free to write to Melissa at MelroseStyle@hotmail.com.