Denim jacket – swapped
Necklace – Made
Dress – Oxfam
Shoes – Dkode
We are all kind of guilty to a certain extent of buying clothes that we need or just getting bored with what we already have and fancying a change. Swapping, selling and buying preloved clothes is a fantastic way to refresh your wardrobe and it is better for your purse and the environment than buying new. I also think it is really fun and a great way of trying something new that you might not usually buy in the shops. I am so passionate about swapping that I set up my own clothes swapping website Posh Swaps a few years back to encourage people to get swapping. Since then there has been an explosion of Swishing (swapping) parties and clothes swapping websites which gives everyone plenty of opportunity for everyone to recycle their old stuff and get something amazing in return. The denim jacket in the image is the result of a swap I did and I wear it all of the time.
I recently recieved an email Friendly Fashion, a great new swapping site. They have some fantastic stuff listed on the site and I would definitely recommend checking it out if your wardrobe needs a little refresh. The site is free to use, allows you to swap, buy, sell and give away itmes and has a fantastic widget which can be customised and adding to your blog to help promote any items that you list.
Spring is the perfect time to have a good clear out. You can make yourself some extra cash or get something lovely and new in return for the clothes that you don’t wear. Here are some of my favourite items listed on the site.
I definitely have plenty of pieces of clothing I would love to swap. How about you? Have you every tried swapping?
With warmest wishes
Dress – Oxfam Online
Necklace – People Tree
Jacket – Swapped on Posh-swaps.com
Belt – Swapped at Swap in the City
Boots – Dream in Green
The slightest whiff of spring weather and get the urge to wear the brightest and craziest prints I can find!
Today I decided to venture outside to take my photos and try some different settings on my camera. I got varying results but overall you can clearly see that the outside photos with natural light have turned out better. I was trying to achieve the kind of unfocused background but it didn’t quite work as well as I hoped perhaps partly because I was limited in how far I could get from the camera because I don’t have a tripod so was limited to where I could rest the camera and didn’t want to get my feet muddy by going on the grass. Will have to try again on a drier day!
In case you are interested, I recently wrote a post on Oxfam Fashion, My Top Ten Charity Shopping Tips, probably pretty obvious stuff for any seasoned charity shoppers, but maybe useful for those who don’t buy from charity shops and would like to give it a go. I promise you, it is great fun and you can find some amazing stuff!
I have also launched a new ethical fashion blog shop featuring some of my favourite brands. I would love to know what you think.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoying the sunshine.
With warmest wishes
I have been swapping and borrowing clothes with my friends informally for quite a while now and also swapping with complete strangers on my website Posh-Swaps. Swapping and borrowing is a great way to refresh your wardrobe without buying something new and without spending any money. It is the perfect way to satisfy your desire for new looks without damaging the environment.
Now there is an exciting new way to discover clothes with your friends for free – Closet Swap. The website has been commissioned by Channel 4 with the aim of getting people to buy less. You can upload and organise your clothes in your closet, see your friends’ closets and swap clothes. The process of borrowing clothes from friends is now completely digitalised and there is even a Facebook and Iphone app. You can snap a photo with the Closet Cam and send a Fashion SOS to your friends to see if they have something similar you can borrow helping you to buy less.
The Fashion Finder feature of the website and iphone app also looks really interesting. You can put in a postcode and it will tell you all of the vintage stores nearby or places that sell sustainable wears.
What do you think? are you ready to open up your wardrobe to your friends?
With warmest wishes