Join In Our Get The Trend Workshops By Love Your Clothes

Charity Fashion Love has been and gone, and we’re sad to wave goodbye to another brilliant event celebrating the versatility, beauty and fun of pre-loved shopping.

Once again we were blown away by the speed and flair with which Stylist and CFL Founder, Emma recreated London Fashion Week looks, solely using items found in one Barnardo’s store. The buzz of event day and general excitement of everyone taking part, was infectious, and we hope you’ve all been inspired to make pre-loved your first love when it comes to to shopping for clothes!

The action isn’t over though, as we have been holding some free drop-in workshops with Barnardo’s, in three of their London stores. The workshops focus on different trends we’ve seen during London Fashion Week and are bound to help keep you up to date!
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The Charity Fashion Live A/W 17 Look Book

On Saturday, we set ourselves the challenge of recreating London Fashion Week looks, in real time as they came out on the catwalk, using only what we could find in Barnardo’s Brixton charity shop!

As is customary for the Charity Fashion Live show, it was a mad dash of a day! Colourful to say the least – complete with neon coloured wigs (we actually found a huge box of wigs in the basement!), outlandish floral appliqué and bold texture clashes waltzing down our runway.

We love that we had so much support from you guys on social media as we rushed around recreating looks inspired by ChalayanRyan LoJasper ConranMolly Goddard, Henry Holland and many more.

We’d love to know which were your favourite looks of the day… Was it one of our outlandish colour riot Ryan Lo recreations, or maybe our take on Jasper Conran? Tell us in the comments over on instagram @charityfashionlive or give us a shout on @CharityFashLive on twitter – we’re dying to know!!

Be sure to check out our short fashion film for a sneaky peak behind the scenes and all the runway fun on the day!

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Strictly Barnardo’s by April Graham

What do you think of when you hear the word fashion?

 High street?

Catwalks?

The latest fashion trends?

For me, I automatically think of charity shops! Yes, that’s right, CHARITY SHOPS! I am a self-confessed charity shop junkie and this is a brief guest blog on my favourite charity shop, Barnardo’s!

I love a good rummage in any Barnardo’s store, from women’s wear to men’s wear, vintage to chic.

I must confess that all of the clothes that I own, I’ve brought from various charity shops, but the majority of them are from Barnardo’s.

Here are my some of favourite Barnardo’s purchases…..

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Our Top #MyBarnardosFind Picks

It’s already April, (where has the year gone?) and we’ve got another round up of our top #mybarnadosfind posts, and we’re certainly feeling the love for Spring.

Here’s our top #mybarnardosfind picks this week…

Graphic stripes have made a huge comeback for S.S 16, with designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Missoni heavily featuring the trend within their collections this spring, and it’s easy to see why with the next two finds…

Upcoming actress and model Danielle (@danielleksharp) bought this candy-coloured dress in our Immingham store for only £2 – to say we are jealous that we didn’t get there first is an understatement.

We love the candy cane coloured stripes, waist-belt and v-neck cut. Perfect for summer!

Even models shop in charity shops!

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Winter Grunge by April Graham

April’s the name and charity shopping is my game. I’m from South West London and I am a proud charity shop junkie!

I would describe my style as 80’s grunge but with my own modern edge. I’ve never followed high street trends or gone into high street stores – I am a proud lover of charity shops because I love one off pieces. I have no shame in purchasing from a charity shop – you can get so many fabulous items for a small price AND proceeds always go to a good cause. I would love to break the stigma that sometimes surrounds charity shops. It’s so easy to piece an outfit together and it’s amazing what you can find or what you can jazz up yourself. I’m very into having my own unique style. I’m very fond of the colour black, so I love exploring the different shades of black, to show people that black is not just a depressing colour.

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Brixton goes Vintage !

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Here at Barnardo’s retail we have something of an obsession for vintage clothing & accessories.

So we were delighted that our Brixton branch has launched a vintage section, dedicated to clothing, shoes & accessories.

Store manager Russel Lewendon had been working on the launch for some weeks and installed a great sneak peak window to highlight the launch to local shoppers.

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