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Clothes Swappin’

Clothes swap findsIf you’re a regular reader you might already know about my penchant for clothes swaps. If you’re not then let me fill you in. Picture a night with your best girlfriends, combined with snacks, wine and enough once-loved clothes to fill a small branch of Topshop.

You get to chat, browse and walk away with a whole new outfit (or five) for free! Oh, and did I mention the feel-good vibes you get for donating any unwanted clothes to charity?

My friends and I arrange swaps once or twice a year, and on Friday evening it was my turn to play hostess. Over the last few months I’ve been putting unclothed clothes, accessories and books to one side and I surprised myself by having over 40 items to swap. Unsettlingly this has barely made a dent in my wardrobe, so I had a strict limit of only allowing myself to swap five items. My resolve cracked a little and I ended up with eight in the end, which I don’t think is too bad, given the 200+ items we must have brought between the seven of us.

Here’s what I found in the swap. Forgive the random chunks of brick – our fence blew over  in the recent storms and we’ve only just had it put back up, hence the rubble!

Clothes swap Topshop trousers This t-shirt is a brand new one that I picked up in the recent Zara sale, for a ridiculously cheap £1.99, but the swapped pieces are these Topshop trousers and the black leather ankle boots. I’m not sure where they are originally from but there is a little Russian doll printed on the inside sole. They’re a little big for me but so comfortable and will go with so many outfits. The brushed cotton trousers are a greenish grey colour and despite the slightly creased appearance, are very smart. I love the turned up hems and asymmetric panel that cuts across the front of the trousers.

Clothes swap pleated skirt and Topman jumper One of the best things about clothes swaps is that, as well as looking for capsule wardrobe pieces that will go with everything, it also allows you to try out trends or styles that you wouldn’t normally go for. This black pouch bag with gold studs is one such example – something I might have been interested in in a store but not quite persuaded to buy. Now if I don’t use it that much I can simply take it to the next swap I attend. The sweatshirt is actually from Topman (who says swaps just have to be for girls?) and the skirt is a pleated floral number that was shortened by its former owner.

Clothes swap jeans and vintage bag

This is quite a casual look but I’m chuffed to bits with these skinny, indigo jeans, originally H&M, as I’ve been after a pair of jeans for a while now. I tend to only wear jeans at festivals or on camping trips, so I’m trying to branch out and incorporate them into more outfits. The biscuit coloured fine knit cardigan will be perfect for layering over dresses and t-shirts during the transition from winter to spring, and the vintage bag, my favourite find, is structured with a gold clasp – perfect for dressing up any casual outfit.

Are you a fan of clothes swaps? What’s the best piece you’ve ever found at one?

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Clothes Swap Haul

Clothes swap goodies | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Regular readers might have noticed that I have a bit of a thing for clothes swaps. What’s not to love about getting rid of once-loved clothes, gaining some new ones and having a girly gossip at the same time? It’s environmentally friendly and allows everyone to walk home with a new outfit (or three) for free.

A few weeks ago, on a horribly dark and wet night, Amy hosted a clothes swap at her Christmassy flat, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of my wares and find some new ones. Since we moved house I’ve had a couple of bags of clothes that just don’t suit me anymore, and after a wardrobe consultation with Amy, I managed to get rid of even more clothes that I no longer wear.

After the obligatory gossiping, cooing over her Christmas decorations and eating plenty of nibbles, six of us got down to swapping! In a bid not to bring too much back with me, I restricted myself and only picked out items which I’ll get a lot of wear from, such as this brown felt trilby and quilted bag, below. The gathered denim Zara shorts will be perfect come summer (I know, I know – it’s not exactly on the horizon!) and the camel coloured top is an ideal base layer for winter outfits. For once I’ve actually managed to pick items that could form one outfit, which is rather unusual for me!

Have you ever been to a clothes swap? If so, what’s been your best find?

Clothes swap outfit | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionClothes swap quilted bag | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionClothes swap Zara shorts | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Picton Street

  • Bristol Harbour Festival. Yesterday I wore a new (old) blouse from Grandma Ship-Shape’s wardrobe, sat in the sunshine with friends in Queen’s Square, drank cider and attended a random street fair in Picton Street, above. It’s weekends like this that make me fall in love with Bristol every summer.
  • This week I finally got around to documenting the awesome clothes swap I went to a couple of weeks ago. The evening involved some tasty cakes and fantastic finds, all in the name of charity. I can’t wait to wear all my new threads, though I’m still not sure when I’ll be brave enough to wear the leopard print dress…

Kat’s Clothes Swap

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an impromptu clothes swap. Actually, it wasn’t that impromptu – Kat, who is raising money to fund her trip to work with a charity in Mexico – had been planning it for weeks, but I didn’t find out about it until S of Beautiful Plumage asked me to go that same afternoon. I love a good clothes swap, and since this one was for charity I could hardly say no, could I?

I’ve been to a couple of small-scale clothes swaps and while Kat’s was held in her home on a quiet street in Southville, it was the most organised and well-stocked swap I’ve ever been to! The photos I took on my phone are a bit rubbish, but picture a living room piled high with clothes, accessories and jewellery, all divided into neat sections, including knitwear, skirts, jackets and even ‘sparkly things’.

Not only was there an abundance of clothes to choose from, there were also ample sweet treats that Kat had whipped up, including carrot cake, scones and fresh strawberries. Yum!

After some tea and cake, nine of us spent half an hour perusing ( I love that word) the extensive collection of clothes and selecting a few outfits to try on, before getting stuck in and swapping.

I came away with some fantastic finds, including a mustard coloured chunky knit jumper from Warehouse, a linen blazer and leopard print jersey dress. Once the weather picks up I’ll put up some actual outfit posts, but for now, check out my best finds, below.

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but clothes swaps are such a fantastic way to socialise with friends, clear out the clothes you never wear and pick up some new threads at the same time. And, in the case of Kat’s clothes swap, you can raise money for charity, too.

Have you been to any clothes swaps recently? What’s been your favourite swapping find?

Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Blue spotty F+F top
Blue and cream spotty F+F top from Tesco
Grey linen Primark jacket
Grey linen 3/4 length sleeve jacket from Primark
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Grey wollen jumper dress
Slouchy grey jumper dress

Six Items

Six Items Challenge

Raise your hand in the air if you’ve been on a cheeky shopping trip this week. Yep, me too. I love fashion and the thrill of finding a bargain on the high street, not to mention the speed with which catwalk trends appear on the rails at Topshop, H&M and Primark. A replica Marc Jacobs dress for £13? Yes please! A different outfit every day for a month? No problem.

My wardrobe is bursting at the seams and I have clothes on every available surface of my bedroom, yet I can never find anything to wear in the morning. If this sounds familiar, imagine what life would be like if you had only six items to choose from.

The ‘Six Items Challenge’ began this week, coinciding with the end of London Fashion Week and the start of Lent, and sees participants shrinking down their wardrobes to just six pieces for 40 days, in a bid to highlight our increasing reliance on fast fashion – and the sweatshops that help make our fashion whims a reality.

Organised by Labour Behind The Label, who work to support and fight for the rights of overseas garment workers, this campaign aims to highlight the unseen perils of our ‘throwaway fashion’ shopping habits. Ship-Shape met LBTL last year to find out more about their work, and the benefits of clothes swaps and buying secondhand, so it was great to find out about this fantastic and challenging campaign.

You can read the rules here, but in a nutshell, participants are encouraged to ‘re-engage with creating clothing identities with less’ by relying on just six items of clothing for 30 days (after this week’s initial Lent launch), which doesn’t include underwear, accessories or performance-related gear, such as work uniforms or gym outfits. The team will be on the lookout for 10 new participants every couple of months, and hope to raise awareness and donations through sponsorship and documenting the process on their blog.

While I’m not sure I could cope with only relying on six items of clothes for a whole month (not least because I am constantly spilling food over myself) I think this is an incredible idea and I hope you do to. Could you survive with only six wardrobe staples? What would you choose and do you think this would change your shopping habits? Let me know by commenting below.