As if we needed another reason to love Swedish fashion retailer, H&M. From sleek budget friendly fashions to monster collaborations with leading designers, now H&M is going to help us be ultra fashionable after cleaning out our closets for 2013. We all have items in our closet that would be better off in the trash bin don’t we? Wouldn’t it be great to take those old clothes and recycle them for cold hard cash? Ok, not real cash… but H&M dollars are just as good! Starting this February, 2700 H&M stores in 48 markets will be launching a “Global Clothes Collecting” eco-friendly sustainability initiative. There’s no better time to take those bags of old clothes and make a donation to your local H&M store. H&M will be the first fashion company to roll out clothes collecting in selected stores worldwide. Through the global initiative H&M’s customers can save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. Any pieces of clothing, from any brand and in any condition are accepted. In return, the customer will receive a voucher for each bag brought.
H&M meets I:Collect
H&M and I:Collect have collaboratively launched this program which will allow you to bring in old clothes in ANY condition into participating stores in exchange for a voucher for NEW H&M clothes. Based on their condition the articles will either be repurposed into new textile items or converted into a source of energy.
This program not only allows H&M to continue to be a leader in textile sustainability, but it also allows you the customer to participate in their global effort and be rewarded! Talk about a triple winfor you, H&M and our environment.“Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn out or defective garments with H&M, “ Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M. Learn more about H&M’s sustainability efforts throughout the years by clicking here or watching the video with Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability below. H&M Leads the way in Sustainable Efforts for Earth Day from 3BL Media on Vimeo.
1. Pour yourself a glass of wine.
2. Go through every single hanger, box, and drawer…
- Take out anything you haven’t worn in a year or more!
- Take out anything that still has a tag! (unless you just purchased it)
- Take out anything that will fit if only you lose 10 more pounds!
- Take out anything damaged or falling apart!
- BONUS: Take out anything that’s currently out of season
Now that there is more out of your closets than in, here’s what to do with it!
- Items you haven’t worn in a year, still have tags, or don’t fit divide them into a donate pile and a consignment pile! If you’re not going to wear it might as well give it or sell it to someone else who will! Bag them up and put them by your front door!
- Items that are worn out beyond recognition, THROW THEM AWAY!
- Items that are damaged, put them in a different bag and take them to you favorite seamstress or tailor for repair.
3. Now ORGANIZE!
- Sort your clothing by type, dress shirts, pants , skirts and dresses. I’m pretty anal so I even organize by sleeve length and color, and all my hangers MUST face the same way!
- They have organizational tools or every shape and size, Ikea is more cost friendly, The Container Store is pricier! Pick up:
- clear boxes in various sizes,
- space bags,
- bins, baskets
- under the bed boxes
- Organize your shoes in labeled shoeboxes you picked up stacked or just on the floor if you have a walk in closet.
- Put out of season clothes into containers inside (if you have room) or outside the closet under the bed.
L'Wren Scott spring '11; Acne spring '11; J.Crew spring '11; Michael Kors spring '11; all images via Style.com.
Champagne—The only pain that's allowed in fashion is Champagne. You'll see plenty of glittering nude gowns and trousers this season, but our favorite champagne looks included gleaming silk skirts and gauzy separates.
Alexander Wang spring '11; Marc Jacobs spring '11; Derek Lamb spring '11; Michael Kors spring '11; all images via Style.com.
Peter Som spring '11; Cushnie et Ochs spring '11; L'Wren Scott spring '11; Lela Rose spring '11; all images via Style.com.
Fire-Engine Red—It's already made red carpet appearances this season (see Beyonce's Baby bump pics) as seen in this season's fashion runway looks - red was bright and cheerful, unlike last season's oxblood trend. We love a simple silhouette that tempers the fiery hue.
Karen Walker spring '11; Rodarte spring '11; Max Azria spring '11; Prabal Gurung spring '11; all images via Style.com.
Max Mara spring '11; Rag & Bone spring '11; Michael Kors spring '11; Peter Som spring '11; all images via Style.com.Looking for more color options and trends for the season? Check them out here!
She's a model, mom and mogul (and my personal sHERO). Kimora Lee Simmons shows us how raising a family, being a wife and creating businesses - fabulously really is, weekly on her show Life in the Fab Lane on Style. I have always been a huge fan of KLS (Kimora Lee Simmons) and Bluefly has teamed up with Kimora for some very special Closet Confessions straight from her own "satellite" closet!
Watch Kimora's Closet Confessional Below....
::: UPDATE :::
For my "Life in the Fab Lane" fans, check out this preview (Kimora says Good Bye to Baby Phat)