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I should really be getting rid of these, shouldn't I? I have a bunch of nice Talbots khakis (I don't know what they are made of off hand, but not 100% cotton -- they are dressier than that) that I have in the basement and haven't worn in 5 years because they are work clothes (I teach). I'm torn between tossing them because I know they are out of style and keeping them because then I won't have to buy them if I teach again. I'm not worried about being stylish, but I don't want to be overly outdated either.

Should they go in the donation bag???
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5 years? let the pants go...
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Pleated pants with tapered legs should not be worn in public by anyone........
and I am CERTAINLY not a fashionista.

Note I am currently wearing a pair of Merona jeans that are a size too big (post preg still losing weight) and a stained gap long sleeve tshirt. So I'm not being some kind of stinky fashion snob....but honestly, those simply aren't flattering.

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Donate 'em!
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Pleated pants with tapered legs should not be worn in public by anyone........

I'm not being some kind of stinky fashion snob....but honestly, those simply aren't flattering.
Agreed! Donate them

If you teach again treat yourself to a new pair of flat front straight leg trousers - you can probably find some at a thrift store if you have them in your area. They'll be much more flattering and you won't regret it

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oh please please DONATE them!
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Should they go in the donation bag???
Yes. Yes they should.


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Eeeek! Please get rid of them! No one looks good in a pair of pants with tapered legs and a pleated front. Pick up a nice pair of straight legged, flat front trousers (on sale or at your local thrift store) and don't look back.

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I'm a former teacher and I have been slowly tossing a LOT of frumpy teacher clothes, including a couple of pairs of pants like the ones you're talking about! Toss 'em. When/if you go back to work, don't you deserve some cute new post-new-mom clothes? That's my thinking, anyway.
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Yes! Say good bye! (Where is the "toss it out" smiley?)

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Burn them.
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Okay, they are out of here today.

I'm just so cheap I don't want to have to replace them. I do have some plain front, straight leg pants, but only 2 pairs. I'll even get rid of some of the dresses and shirts I don't love. Thank you all for your bluntness.
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22 pairs of pants ready to go. Some were painful because they were wool or linen and really expensive.

What kinds of blazers should I be getting rid of?
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22 pairs of pants ready to go.
Yay for you!
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22 pairs of pants ready to go. Some were painful because they were wool or linen and really expensive.
Try not to think about how expensive things are when donating them. Instead focus on how nice it will be to have the extra room in your closet and how thrilled someone else will be finding them at the thrift store. I remember my aunt going to Goodwill and finding an amazing wool blazer that was the perfect size, fit and color for her when she was really broke and needed a blazer for work. Imagine how great it will be to know you are putting those items back into the community where they will get used rather than take up extra closet space.

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just FYI....I asked my 13yo dniece , pants with pleats and tapered legs , what doyou do with them??
her answer...


burn them.
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What kinds of blazers should I be getting rid of?


i dont 'think' women wear blazers anymore... mainly little jacket type things now...
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22 pairs of pants ready to go. Some were painful because they were wool or linen and really expensive.

What kinds of blazers should I be getting rid of?
Any that are not very simple. Any that do not look cute with a pair of jeans. Any with big shoulder pads.
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i dont 'think' women wear blazers anymore... mainly little jacket type things now...
I think you're on to something--my local consignment store won't take them. It's a shame IMO because I don't want to wear a little jacket--I want something nice and long to cover those bulges!!!
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I'm going to have a peek at those blazers soon. I know I don't have any with shoulder pads. What about ones that are fitted (sort of like pantsuit type)? I have a couple little jacket ones. Hmmm. If you can all stick with me, I may have to take some pictures.
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Post picks, and I would weigh in.

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I don't want to wear a little jacket--I want something nice and long to cover those bulges!!!
To channel Stacy and Clinton from TLC's What Not to Wear... You shouldn't see any bulges if you are wearing clothes that fit properly. Fitted jackets can create the illusion of a nipped in waist and are generally very flattering on most figures. Get pants that flatter your figure so you can show off your curves!!

And definitely avoid anything with shoulder pads!

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Okay, I finally have some pics, although they are not that good and may not be very helpful. I already got rid of the jackets that are sort of loose so these all fit nicely. Some of these are dressier, but I would wear them all to work.

The one of the left is part of a suit with a skirt made of linen. The right one is dark blue wool (suit weight).
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01111.jpg

The green is wool suit weight and the other is herringbone in a course wool.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01110.jpg

These are both herringbone. The left is cotton and the right has a belt and is made of wool.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01108.jpg

The left one is more jacket like and made of cotton. The right is navy wool, suit weight (I think I might have skirt that matches).
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01107.jpg

Left is a nice cotton and the right is some kind of synthetic, but falls very nicely.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01106.jpg

These are both suit weight wool. The off white one matches one skirt I have.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01105.jpg

All opinions are appreciated!
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Yes, they should go. Even if they are in good shape that cut looks good on almost no one.

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none of you links are of clothing
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I think you should hang onto the blazers if they look good on you. They are good classic styles.
Off to post a spin off thread about this!
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Fixed the links. I'm not sure how that happened.
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Do they fit you?
Do you like how you look in them?

If either answer is "no": donate.

Do you have enough other pants that you do wear regularly?

If "yes": donate.

But, if the pants fit, look good, and you're thinking of getting more pants anyway, then keep 'em and wear them.

As I said in the other thread, I'd never wear pleated pants because they look horrible on me, but I wouldn't have the slightest idea that they weren't "fashionable".

Don't get rid of pants because they're 5 years old. Get rid of pants because you haven't worn them in 5 years.
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Those are really nice blazers.

If you're going to be going back into the professional world within the next decade or so, keep them. Otherwise, donate to one of those places that helps outfit women for interviews and such. They'll need them more, and you need your closet space.
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It's possible some of the jackets could be tailored to fit more stylishly. If they are too boxy, darts could be put in. But I don't know that that is economically a good idea unless you can sew and do it yourself. I like the herringbone one in the second picture but that is likely because I'm attracted to textures.

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