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The Dress Recycler Superhero Hotline

By The Dress Recycler (aka Holly Wilensky)

The Dress RecyclerWorking in The Dress Recycler headquarters one afternoon, the boisterous ringing of the superhero hotline startled me.  As I picked up the phone and answered, “This is the Dress Recycler; what’s your fashion emergency?”  I could hear the tension and fear on the other end.  I quickly realized it was a woman in severe wardrobe distress.
“Hi Dress Recycler, my name is Laura and I just moved to Queens last week from Dallas, Texas,” she said in a panic-stricken voice. As I was welcoming her to our great borough, I quickly realized there was no time for small talk.  This was a serious case that needed to be addressed quickly and efficiently.
“I found your number in the yellow pages under Fashion Crises,” Laura stated matter-of-factly.  “I’ve only been here one week and I am staring to go into wardrobe shock.  I have already been showing the symptoms – I spend too much time picking out my clothes, they don’t transition well into evening, and I feel really sloppy, not put together and unfabulous.   When I moved here I wasn’t able to bring that many things with me.  I only brought my core pieces from my wardrobe thinking that could last me until I could move the rest of my clothes here.  Unfortunately, I don’t feel that what I brought is enough.  I can’t afford to buy anything new at the moment and I don’t know what to do.  I am in sales and need to have a polished look for work.  I don’t have to dress up per se, but need to look fashionable and confident.  I don’t know where else to turn.  Can you help me, Dress Recycler?”

Listening to Laura’s plea, I knew that she had made the right decision in calling The Dress Recycler Superhero hotline.  As I assured her that there was no fashion crisis that I couldn’t solve, I comforted her with my confidence and understanding.  She was soon relieved that with the wardrobe-building skills and accessory tricks that I would teach her, she would be transitioning her outfits from day to evening with ease while giving the same pieces different looks throughout the week.  In a calm voice, I told her that since she was in a state of emergency, we need to get started immediately.
When I hung up the phone, I put all other fashion emergency cases to the side, tied on my hot pink superhero cape and flew to Laura’s apartment on Crescent Street. She greeted me with a look of relief when she opened the door. We didn’t waste any time as I darted straight to her closet.

From her closet we used:

  • 2 dresses
  • Silk burgundy surplice wrap dress
  • Black tank mini-dress
  • 3 bottoms
  • Black pleated surplice wrap skirt
  • Skinny jeans
  • Black slacks
  • 5 tops
  • Striped long sleeve cotton tee
  • Sequin long sleeve cotton tee
  • Novelty bird embroidered cardigan
  • Plaid ¾-sleeve jacket
  • Gray pinstripe vest
  • 3 pair of shoes
  • Red pumps
  • Black pumps
  • Black high-heel suede boots

Laura is living proof on how a little wardrobe can go a long way.  She is now armed with the confidence and fashion sense to make the most of her wardrobe by mixing and matching ten pieces to create ten different looks.  Another fashion crisis solved by The Dress Recycler!


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