What would you do if somebody you love gave you an item of clothing as a present, but it looked terrible on you? Would you wear it anyway? Donate it? Tell them it doesn't suit you?
I'm cleaning out my closet, and I found a dress my boyfriend gave me about two years ago. It's a lovely dress, and I feel bad about never wearing it, but it's just a completely bizarre fit on me. He has given me lots of other clothes and jewellery etc which I wear a lot, but this just doesn't work. I think he's forgotten about it.
It would probably live in the back of my closet for a while and then get donated. After two years it's definitely time to toss it; if he hasn't noticed you not wearing it by now then he'll never notice it's gone.
I'd discreetly get rid of it. For me, holding onto things I don't want, need or like just because they were gifts becomes a burden. Not only do these items take up physical space, but I'm also burdened with having to maintain the item (cleaning it, putting it in its rightful place, fixing it if it breaks, accounting for it if I move, etc.). I'd handle special items like heirlooms differently, but it sounds like the dress you described wasn't anything with that sort of significance.
LOL my mom did this...she brought me 3 shirts and a belt from her trip to Italy. Oh gosh...well...the belt was too large so i gave it to a coworker. I kept the three shirts. I havent worn them at all. I keep thinking i should donate them or give them to a friend but theyre not really all that cute to begin with....I dont wear them, but I did accept them and express my thanks. One day down the road ill tell her they looked awful on me, its not like she could return them anyway, and itll be a thing we think of in the past haha
nah i wouldnt wear it, i'd tell my SO. i got my SO a shirt for his bday which was a risk cause we both have very different tastes. yeah he only wore it once to a xmas party, but i dont think its his style. i told him when i gave it to him that if he didnt like it, he could exchange it, but he said he'd rather keep it. he's the kind of guy where, it's more about the thought that matters rather than what is actually given.
Me personally I would just wear it, I don't really follow fashion and I don't mind how I look most days. Normally I wear a union shirt and a skirt that comes just above my knees.
For your situation however, I would donate the dress, no point keeping things you're not using! my mum is a bit of a hoarder that way and I hate it. If I'm not using something or haven't worn it in ages, it gets tossed.
my friend has done this a couple times. i wear the item perhaps once, around her, when it's just us so i know no-one else see's it, then i generally keep it for a year in the wardrobe in case she asks about it, then give it to charity.
if it was my SO though he's likely to keep the receipt so i'd probably have exchanged it.
I would probably try to refashion it. My mother in law gave me a dress that was one of those tube shaped dresses with a ton of ruching at the top to scrunch it up and make it fit and a ribbon to make it a halter top. The ribbon halter gave me a headache, the dress fell down without the ribbon tied and it didn't look that great on me. So I chopped off the top, finished the seam and made it an infinity scarf!