Lots of us - and I'm afraid this post is mainly aimed at women (I'm sure men have this problem too, but I think probably on a different level) get invited to weddings, sadly need to go to funerals, or are called upon to attend any number of different occasions that require clothes and accessories that are not needed in the normal run of life.
Most people (unless they are transported with delight at the thought of buying something that will be worn once) just get on with putting together an outfit. Often this requires expenditure that you wouldn't necessarily have chosen to make on this type of purchase, but there seems little alternative. I do know a few clever people who are geniuses at re-working items - I even know one exceptionally resourceful lady who chose a white wedding dress of a style and material that could be dyed and re purposed into an evening dress that she's worn several times since (and looks fabulous in). Few of us are that good at either planning ahead or choosing styles.
What can you do if you need accessories or an outfit for an occasion but don't have or don't want to spend money to buy everything new? My clever sister came up with the perfect solution. I was bemoaning my lack of a handbag suitable for a specific occasion and my unwillingness to purchase one. She pointed out that she had one that would have done, but I didn't know to ask. Then she suggested that we keep a 'photo-archive' of each other's accessory collection for just these occasions.
It seems a great solution to me - simple apps like evernote or any other file sharing system would allow you to upload the pics of your collection for your friends (or sisters) to check if ever they are in need. You could, if you wanted, take pictures of all of your outfits as well (I know someone who has them all printed out and attached to the inside of her wardrobe door for those days when imagination fails).
I will definitely be taking my sister up on her offer, and might see if any of my friends would be interested in joining in .
Thanks for reading,