Festival Fashion

When you think of festival fashion, you don’t immediately think recycled, reworked or reused. Well fasionistas, I’m here to show you that for this year’s festival season you can stand out from the crowd, look great and be super sustainable by shopping for festival clothes in Barnardo’s. Not only are you re-using and recycling, but you are also donating money to charity – win, win, win, win, win situation!

Okuurrrrr. I wanted to bring you some of my own sustainable festi fashion. I stopped by my local Barnardo’s and found some A M A Z I N G pieces. Enjoy!

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Get Festival Ready!

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Festival season is in full swing and the perfect excuse to head straight to your local charity shop. I bought my first pre-loved piece in Barnardo’s when I was just 16. However, my real charity shop obsession started right after I graduated theatre school. There was a girl on my course who had the most amazing alternative style. She inspired me to switch up my wardrobe using vintage and pre-loved pieces and the obsession has continued ever since.Read More »

70’s Style Chic

Over the last couple of years, charity shopping has really started to spike. Vintage and pre-loved pieces are trending all over Instagram and retro is yet again back in fashion. As a Londoner, I am only a stone’s throw away from the vintage shops that dominate Brick Lane. While most people flock to these vintage spots for their retro outfits, charity shops can sometimes be overlooked. They offer a great avenue to find amazing pieces at a fraction of the price, as well as rehoming lovely pre-loved items.

My wardrobe is dominated by colour, and pieces with a 70’s vibe. With that in mind, I have pieced together two 70’s style looks, with pre-loved item’s from Barnardo’s and Traid, which I picked up on a recent charity shopping spree in Brixton.

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Mustard Chic

I picked up this striped shirt in the Lytham St Anne’s Barnardo’s, during a girly weekend in Blackpool back in September. The mustard yellow caught my eye immediately as it’s one of my favourite colours at this time of year – ideal for transitioning into our autumn/winter wardrobe. A stripe is a timeless print, which in my opinion, always adds a spot of chicness. Plus, I love a dipped hem/front-tuck combo; loose and comfy but still has shape.

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Ultimate 90’s Up-Cycling Event

Barnardo’s and Charity Fashion Live team up again for the return of the CFL lock in!

Join us on the 8th of November and let yourself be transported back to the 90s, with our throwback up-cycling party!!

Just May, the world’s number one Geri Halliwell tribute drag act, will be spinning all your favourite 90’s tunes to get you into the party mood!

Upon arrival you can choose an item to give your very own touch of 90’s revival, think bumbags, chokers, baggy shirts and denim! Add your own touch to your chosen item using a combination of fun patches, pom-poms, glitter and much more!

So, be sure to pick up your ticket, get creative and come join us for the ultimate 90’s up-cycling event.

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From Casual To Formal

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You can almost always find a great smart shirt in Barnardo’s, one like this high-neck number. I love a high-neck shirt but whenever I try one on I just don’t seem to be able to pull it off. Although I can’t pull off the high-neck style I still loved the fabric of this shirt and wanted to make it into something I would feel comfortable to wear for all occasions.

With only some scissors, a little thread and a needle you can chill (like I did) in front of the TV (a favourite pastime of mine) and turn a smart shirt into something a little more casual and comfortable for everyday wear.Read More »

My Market Bag

Recycle Week is in full swing and we wanted to get involved. We set some fabulous thrifty bloggers an up-cycling challenge with some rag found in-store. Be sure to follow the blog and our Instagram this week so see what they created!

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When Barnardo’s contacted me about their challenge for Recycling Week I was so excited albeit a bit nervous. Don’t get me wrong, I have shortened the odd dress but that’s the extent of my sewing abilities but I couldn’t say no to a challenge!Read More »

College chic – Looking fashionable on a budget

Hi there! My name is Imali and I’m a student blogger from the Midlands. If you are a student, or even if you’re not, I’m sure you can relate to the fact that clothes are expensive. It’s easy to spend £100 on accessories alone, and that’s before the clothes and makeup! As a full-time student, I just don’t have that kind of money but doesn’t mean I have to compromise on my style.

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Fashion DIY: A Man’s Shirt to a Frill Hem Top

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I always think that a man’s shirt is the absolute easiest item to pick up in a charity shop. For a few pounds you can usually find a shirt with a jazzy pattern or colour you love. Being cotton they are also so easy to work with when sewing so that’s why I am always drawn to them when looking to do a little upcycling.

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My Barnardo’s Lookbook

So, I’ll start off by saying a huge hello and thank you to everyone that’s taking the time to read this blog post I’ve put together for Barnardo’s. I’ve created a look book featuring some of my favourite Barnardo’s finds and how I style them to create some of my favourite looks.

I started charity shopping when I was just 13. I picked up a black pinstripe blazer for just £1.99 and it quickly because a wardrobe staple of mine. Since October 2017 I started to re-embrace the slow fashion movement. I have been browsing weekly to collect some fabulous finds, initially wearing a mix of high street and vintage, but now wearing full-on charity shop looks. Lucky for me, we have not one, but two Barnardo’s stores in Worksop. The 99p store is always my first point of call!

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