Sweater Season: chic and unique

One of the things I like about fall is wearing cozy sweaters. This chic sweater with a unique design was from Maggie’s Clothing exchange. It has a velvet turtle neck and a bit of bling on one sleeve. The detail with diagonal trim of lace and velvet makes it chic and unique.

I paired it with these pants, also from Maggie’s Clothing exchange. I like the trim with silver studs along the side seams.

New faux suede booties are perfect for dry autumn days. My canvas backpack is also pre-loved.

Something old, something new:

My corduroy cap is several years old and my faux suede booties are new.

My first time attending a Clothing Exchange Party was in Seattle which my daughter Jean hosted. It was a lot of fun! Since then, my friend Maggie has hosted three fashionable and fun Clothing Exchange Parties!

Here’s Jean’s list to help anyone who wants to host a party:

  • Guests, don’t forget to RSVP (that means reply with a yes or a no) so your host can prepare accordingly.
  • Bring as little or as much as you want to get rid of, but don’t worry if you’re taking more than you bring. Others will probably bring more than they take. It all evens out.
  • Swap gently worn items only and leave items with holes or stains at home.
  • Shoes, purses, belts, hats, and costume jewelry are also great to swap (plus, with the exception of shoes, accessories will fit almost anyone).
  • Don’t fight over the goods! Remember that you wouldn’t have had any of the items if you hadn’t been invited. And you won’t get invited back it you don’t play fair.
  • Gather up and try on a few pieces at a time. Keep what you like, and return the rest promptly so others can discover them.
  • Wear something that’s easy to slip in and out of and make sure you have on decent underwear. I wear boy shorts and a full-coverage bra so I don’t feel quite so undressed.
  • Hosts, set aside a bathroom or bedroom for shy guests. Not everyone is comfortable changing in a group environment.
  • If you host a co-ed clothing exchange (I’ve been to one), it’s best to set men’s stuff up in one room and women’s in another. Most people don’t want to sort through clothes they won’t wear. Plus, I’m not aware of too many people who want to try on clothes in mixed company.
  • Thank your host by bringing a bottle of wine or offering to drop off the leftover clothes at a donation center for her.

Have you ever hosted or attended a Clothing Exchange Party?

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16 Responses to Sweater Season: chic and unique

  1. BrianBowman says:

    Love the Sweater and Outfit. Tis the season after all. I’ve always been frugal and buying “Quality over Quantity” is a motto of mine and one in which I instilled in my daughters. Recently bought a gently used Aaron Wool Irish sweater Im looking forward to wearing this season.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Brian! Great motto – quality over quantity – my mom taught me that too! Albeit, I confess, I have more than I need, but considering about half my wardrobe is second-hand (pre-loved) I help keep things out of landfills and avoid fast, cheap fashion. I’m happy you have influenced your daughters! Great that you found a nice sweater!

      There are treasures to be found in thrift shops and with the money saved we can buy quality clothes. My daughter taught me that. 🙂

      My daughter inspired me to start blogging and it has been our desire to bring awareness to our fashion choices. That is the main focus of our blogs: promoting SLOW FASHION and supporting local businesses, sustainable and ethical fashion.



  2. Hi Carmen ! That unique sweater is a great find from Maggie’s exchange party! I like the diagonal lace and velvet detail. The pants go great with the sweater, you really know how to put an outfit together! The corduroy cap is so chic! Thanks to Jean for a guideline to hosting a clothing exchange party , it sounds like so much fun !! Have a great day, Terri xo.

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  3. Ashley says:

    What a fun swap! And I love all the intricate little touches in this look!

    Hope you have lovely Thanksgiving, babe!


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  4. josep-maria says:

    Forgive my delay in commenting, Carmen. They operated on my spine on the 15th and I just left the clinic. I love your look, the cute hat, the nice sweater, the original pants, all very well combined. The landscape has wonderful colors, what a treasure to be able to live in a place like this! As always, you look gorgeous!

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    • carmen says:

      My dear Josep-Maria, I wish you a complete and speedy recovery from your operation! How thoughtful of you to take time to write during this difficult situation! You have always been so kind through the many years of blogging and you bring a smile to my day every time I read your encouraging comments! Thank you with all my heart! ❤️


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  5. purpleslob says:

    Spiffy! It’s already been cold enough to wear my hoodie once! And again today! What is this? FL is supposed to be warm! lol

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  6. Jodie says:

    I would love to go to a swap like that. Thanks for including these rules to go with it.
    And that sweater is marvelous!!

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  7. utesmile says:

    What fantastic backdrop with the colourful leaves. I do like sweaters too and the cosyness with them. I found some preloved Cardigans from my dad which I will take home. They are so warm and comfortable, and hold memories. He always wore cardigans.
    Love how you mix new and preloved items, it works so well.
    Sending warm greetings, love Ute xxx

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks so much Ute! I chose this backdrop because of the crimson and golden leaves. This place is a few blocks from our house in Kincardine. The whole town was ablaze with the colours of autumn, a glorious sight to behold, such brief beauty and then gone with the wind, now the trees are barren and ready for Mr. Winter. But first, the wondrous Christmas season! 🎄

      How special that you have some pre-loved cardigans that belonged to your dad, warm memories to cherish! I can imagine you curled up on the sofa snuggled in your dad’s cosy cardigan. 🥰


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