This is the first post in a week (maybe a bit longer, maybe a bit less, y’know what I’m like) long series called
Budget Wardrobe Update WeekKeep your eyes peeled for ideas on how to update your wardrobe and style for little or no money.Whilst at university I lived in a six bedroom flat. All girls. Goodness me we were messy, no messy isn’t the word. We were filthy pigs but we were very well dressed filthy pigs. Six girls, similar sizes = unlimited wardrobe.We’d borrow dresses, tops, skirts and put our own style twists on it. We didn’t each have the same tastes but we could easily add a twist to a dress with a belt, tights, boots or other accessory. This unlimited wardrobe was heaven but obviously once I moved in with Mr Thrifty raiding my vintage addict friend’s collection of flapper dresses quite so often ended and only occasionally did I use one of my dear husband’s shirts matched with a belt as a dress. I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, it didn’t bode well. Best forgotten.Please excuse the disgusting state of my wardrobe. At one point it was colour coded and neat. Then I got drunk.
The swapping was key to updating my look without having to fork out much in the way of cash. I’ve been pleased to find that swapping outside direct friendship circles has opened up and become a real craze. Many of you will have heard of Swishing, if not check out this website. Swishing events started in the UK but are now held all across the globe. Simply, you bring along your items of clothes that you no longer want and swap them for something that someone else has brought along. There’s usually a small entrance fee (usually less than you’d find a Primark top priced at in a large charity shop chain) to go towards the hire of venue but it’s nothing really when you think of the items you’ll be able to pick up. You can find events local to you by clicking here. The list is updated regularly, so do check back if there isn’t currently an event scheduled to happen near you. Or perhaps you could host one yourself?We all have clothes in our wardrobe that are perfectly wearable, it’s just that we’d rather someone else wore them than us. Swap parties are to my mind the perfect solution.
My local library is currently organising it’s third clothes swap event this year. The first two were fantastic. I swapped some jumpers that make my stupidly large boobs look like a large sausage for a pretty dress and blazer.I’ve now started to use Big Wardrobe, an online clothes swapping community with some success. I’ve yet to use this site but I’ve heard good things from friends, so it’s also worth a try.I’ve also spotted an event near to me soon that looks interesting, it’s an ‘eve fashion swap’ which certainly sounds interesting. Hopefully I can pop along with an unwanted item and find something fun.I’m actually thinking of hosting a clothes swap party myself, so if you’re in the Manchester or North West England area let me know in the comments section or on Twitter @AThriftyMrsUk if you’d be interested in popping along