Ms. Charm’s Tips: Giving Back Fashionably All Year Long

When I first blogging about fashion, I was told by someone that didn’t know much about fashion that  “all fashion bloggers just blog about materialistic crap”. That may be true for some bloggers. But, I knew that Ms. Charm’s Chic wasn’t going to fall into that category.

Since 2010, I have made an effort to inspire my readers to shop locally and to give back in fashionable ways.

Bags of clothes and shoes that Ms. Charm gave away to non-profits last year.
Bags of clothes and shoes that Ms. Charm gave away to non-profits last year.

Often, we think about giving back towards the end of the year during the holiday season.  Why wait until November or December?

Here are some ways to give-back fashionably all year:

Donate Clothes All Year 

Try donating some clothes from your closet every season. Make sure to seperate the things into categories (pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, etc). No undergarments or tattered clothing.

You can donate your clothes to Goodwill or to a local non-profit like Baltimore Free Store.

BFS promotes recycling and reuse to help alleviate the traumas of poverty, and to involve communities in working together to meet their needs.

Check out for more information.


If you have any suits in good condition, consider donating to Baltimore Fashion Alliance’s Sharp Dressed Man.

Sharp Dressed Man was founded by the Baltimore Fashion Alliance in 2012 to support men re-entering the workforce. Sharp Dressed Man collects gently worn suits and  business attire and distributes them to men in need. Please support us in empowering men to improve their lives.

For more information, please call 410.404.5131.

To make a financial donation to this program, please visit our Give Corps fundraising campaign at

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Shop for a Cause

Nothing better than knowing that your money is going to a greater cause. Shopping for a cause allows you to spread the word about the non-profit that you support and you get to donate at the same time.

  • Posh Retro, a federal hill boutique works with Mission: Launch.

When a client makes a purchase, Posh Retro helps this non-profit to support their mission of training individuals in job readiness through supplying business attire. Each purchase helps to outfit men and women for interviews.

Supports the efforts of Junior League of Baltimore.

  • Mother Made Baltimore is a cooperatively operated social enterprise in which low-income women make and sell custom designed, environmentally friendly products as a means to empowerment.


  • The Baltimore Love Project expresses love by connecting people and communities across Baltimore City through love themed murals.
Baltimore Love Project Earrings
Baltimore Love Project Earrings

These are only a few non-profits in Baltimore that you can help out. Be sure to “lend a helping hand” to other non-profits throughout Baltimore.

Attend a Charity Event 

Throughout the year, many local boutiques and non-profits have events to raise money and to spread awareness. 

Some charity/nonprofit events in Baltimore include: 

  • Urban Chic Annual Fashion Event benefiting  the American Visionary Art Museum
  • John Hopkins Best Dressed Sale
  • Junior League of Balitmore Annual Boutique Sale 

Volunteer for a Cause

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for volunteers to help at events, to help with marketing/grantwriting, and to just help out in general.

When you do good, good comes back to you.  – Ms. Charm