Girls’ Night In (and Clothes for the Bin)

Labor Day has come and gone and, as sad as that is, we’re guessing it means your closet may be due for a cleaning. You’ll probably keep your bikinis and white heels in that special summer chest all winter long, but we’re sure you fell victim to at least a couple of hot summer sun trend pieces you are not so in love with anymore. As the temperature begins to drop and hot cocoa becomes a hot topic again, there’s a lot of wardrobe inspection left to do. Let us suggest, then, a Girls’ Night In (& Clothes for the Bin).

Men, bear with us. We believe football season has just recently begun, and we promise we will give you a sports-minded Donation Station story before the pigskin season’s over. But for now, it’s nearly Fashion Week after all – coupled with Back to School – and whether you’re a single city girl or a mom with (finally!) a few more hours to herself each day, September is a month for female bonding.

To celebrate the end of summer, our two good friends Jen and Anais held a Girls’ Night In (& Clothes for the Bin) get-together in downtown Manhattan.

Jen, modeling her white summer shirt, shortly before putting it in the Donate pile. You see, it takes a strong woman to donate clothes. Or at least to haul the massive bag to the donation center at the end of an awesome Girls' Night In.

Jen, modeling her white summer shirt, shortly before putting it in the Donate pile. You see, it takes a strong woman to donate clothes. Or at least to haul the massive bag to the donation center at the end of an awesome Girls' Night In.

Not to be outdone by Jen’s great white top (Amity Island would be so lucky to have such stellar vacation wear), Anais decided she’d like to give a little black tee, too.

Anais shows off the sleek black top headed for a Goodwill near you.

Anais shows off the sleek black top headed for a Goodwill near you.

Now, as the night progressed, and the wine disappeared, the women decided that every good donation could benefit from even more accessorizing.

Anais, fluent in French, decided to bet on a CanCan approach, pulling out a boa from the back of her closet.

Anais' boa

Just in time for Halloween, Anais pulls out the perfect showgirl accessory. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Think again - sometimes the best things end up at your Goodwill.

Jen took the opposite approach and focused on the feet, rediscovering her cute summer slip-ons and generously deciding to share them with the world – or at least the lucky Goodwill fashionista who stumbles upon these shoes.

Perfect for next summer's yachting trips, or just bustling round the penthouse in the meantime...

Perfect for next summer's yachting trips, or just bustling round the penthouse in the meantime...

Everything pictured here will be delivered to a donation center this month, so if you share their style, be sure to scour your local Goodwill. After all, you still have an Indian Summer to look forward to!

And for those of you in the downtown area like Jen and Anais, be sure to visit their favorite Goodwill store in Chelsea (103 West 25th Street, just west of Sixth Avenue, and steps from the F, V, R, W and 1 trains).

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