Caring For Your Clothes

Hi everyone!

My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!

This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.

Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!

Making your knitwear look brand new

One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric.  Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory.  You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life!  A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.

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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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Christmas Jumpers – The Thrifty Way!

Christmas jumpers! Burning question, love or loathe them? As much as we don’t want to admit it, they have become part and parcel of the festive celebrations and are now a seasonal wardrobe staple.

Whether you want to play it safe or channel you inner Mark Darcy with an in-your-face novelty knit, anything goes and generally the more outrageous the better!

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Halloween at Barnardo’s

Halloween is creeping up on us and we couldn’t be more excited.

If you are looking for some last minute Halloween inspiration be sure to stop by your local Barnardo’s. We have plenty of spooky outfits and even more available for everyone.

Keep scrolling to see some of the many amazing Halloween finds spotted in-store.

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Love Not Landfill Pop-Up Shop

Announcement alert!!!

We are so excited to be part of the upcoming Love Not Landfill pop-up shop at The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

The shop will feature collections of stunning pre-loved clothes from charity shops, curated by some of fashion’s most style-savvy influencers. Creative Director, Emma Slade Edmondson has been enlisted to co-produce the Pop Up and to create a set of aspirational images that will showcase the high calibre of up-to-date, trend-based fashion that customers will find.

Our collection has been curated by The Confetti Crowd, the UK’s most colourful girl gang of creatives and we can’t wait for you guys to see it.

Enjoy guilt-free shopping as all profits go to the charities involved whilst you help save the planet. Be sure to join us and a the other amazing charities from the 8th of November.

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My Up-cycling Challenge

I was asked by Barnardo’s to join in with Recycle Week by up-cycling an item of clothing surprisingly sent to me, I automatically thought, WHAT A FUN CHALLENGE!

As an avid repairs and up-cycling seamstress with my brand, Soul and Flare, I was excited to receive my parcel. I opened up the box and to my delight there was an indigo wash, women’s denim shirt by Uniqlo. HURRAH!

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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.

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From Charity Shop Dress to Disco Jumpsuit

When Barnardo’s asked me if I wanted to take part in their upcycling challenge for Recycle Week, I jumped at the chance! I’m very passionate about pre-loved clothes, and even more so, recycling and upcycling them into something new.

I was asked if I wanted to choose my own clothes or be sent a mystery parcel. I opted for the latter. When my parcel arrived  (which including a sweet little sewing kit) the dress inside was something that I would never have chosen myself in a million years (I think this is a good thing… I love a challenge!)

The dress was a pretty smart evening gown from Hamells Wavelength, made of stretch velour with a great glitter detail and a deep v-shaped back. I’d guess it’s not that old, so not my usual vintage style (I love the 60s, 70s and 80s), plus it was a bit big and shapeless on me.

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