The Clothes Off Your Back

Westporters have a complex relationship with clothes. We dress pretty casually — wearing shorts to even the nicest restaurants, for instance — but we also fill our closets with some very expensive stuff.

But what happens to those elegant (and pricey) outfits that — after they’ve been worn once for a special occasion — are posted to Facebook or Instagram, and can never be seen again?

What about fabulous 4th-season designer outerwear when the owners become snowbirds?

Think of all those great i-banker suits, ties and accessories when you stop commuting, and start working from home (or at least Starbucks).

And we’ve all got outfits that looked great in the store but have hung in our homes for years, because meh.

Woman's Club salePeople have dropped off all those items — slightly used/gently worn suits, dresses, pants, jackets, blouses, sweaters, gowns, coats, scarves, shoes, jewelry, handbags and hats — at the Westport Woman’s Club.

On Friday and Saturday, October 2-3 (9 a.m.-3 p.m., 44 Imperial Avenue), they’re on sale at a giant Clothing and Accessories Tag Sale and Boutique.

It’s a huge fundraiser for an organization that funds many important programs, in Westport and surrounding towns.

And a great opportunity to find something nice to wear the next time you go out to dinner.

Besides shorts.

6 responses to “The Clothes Off Your Back


    MANY, MANY THANKS, Dan…! We’re still accepting donations through Tuesday, after which we begin setup for Friday’s opening… Dorothy E. Curran 203.246.0543

  2. Programs that provide formal clothing to disadvantaged teens for graduation/prom are terrific, as are those that provide professional clothing to low income men and women for job interviews.
    Lots of good reasons to donate.

    • Nancy, I own a custom mens store in Westport on Railroad place and would like to find a local organization we could donate our unused clothing if it would be of any help. do you have the name of one similar you are talking about? Would the woman’s center take mens wear?

      • Nancy Hunter Wilson

        Hi Ryan. I’m actually speaking about two programs in Canada:
        “Cinderella/Cinderfella Project” and “Dress for Success”, both of which accept mens wear. Hopefully, there are similar projects nearby you.

  3. Sharon Paulsen

    I used to donate clothing to Project Return often.
    I just brought the clothes right over to the house (still on North Compo??), so the young women could pick and choose right away.