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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Vintage Shopping At Cheadle

Hi I’m Gemma and I manage Barnardo’s Vintage, situated in quaint Cheadle.

The store, which is Barnardo’s only specialist vintage shop in the UK, stocks a vast range of clothing and accessories. There is an eclectic mix of pre-loved items, ranging from 1960’s tea services to 1970’s dagger collar shirts and maxi skirts. It’s a vintage enthusiasts dream; brimming with treasures just waiting to be discovered.

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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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One Of A Kind S/S 2018

For our Spring/Summer 2018 lookbook we are highlighting the power of the Individual. We are inspired by the people who don’t dress to t the mould, but use fashion as an expression of their own uniqueness.

The joy of shopping pre-loved is that the clothes are as one of a kind as you are. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you’re from, fashion is all about creating who you want to be by putting together the perfect outfit for your mood. Barnardo’s has everything you need to do this. Created in collaboration with students from the London College of Fashion, this lookbook shows a collection of our favourite pre-loved items, and demonstrates how they can be put together quickly and easily to show your true self. Even if your personal style changes daily, Barnardo’s can keep up.

Pick up your copy of ‘One Of A Kind’ in-store or online today!

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Barnardo’s Summer Picks

Summer is finally here and we are fully embracing it. Check out what pre-loved outfits we spotted in-store this week. From festival chic, bold colours and florals, be sure to stop by your local Barnardo’s this weekend for perfect pre-loved fashion. Shopping guaranteed to make you look and feel great.

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Time For A Spring Clean?

Did you know Brits could be hoarding more than 640 million items of clothing that they no longer wear?

Has your wardrobe turned into more of a ‘floor-drobe’ of late?

With so many items of clothing being left to languish in the backs of people’s wardrobes, we are urging you to relinquish control and have that much needed Spring clean. Once done, simply drop your donations off at your local Barnardo’s store!

Try our quiz today to find out which wardrobe persona you are, and then find your local store!

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My Thrifting Habit

My thrifting habit goes back a long way – to the 80s in fact. I was 14 years old when I started. My friend and I would seek particular areas of Birmingham where there were clusters of charity shops. We would look for vintage pieces – fake fur, leather and suede jackets, vintage dresses etc. We loved retro fashion from the 60s and 70s and we wanted authentic, we wanted quality and we most definitely wanted cheap!

Our love of fashion was influenced by the music we listened to. Well… fashion and music in the UK has always gone hand-in-hand hasn’t it? My style influences back then, and now included Debbie Harry, total style icon, and Nico for her minimalist chic look. I loved that charity shops offered items that were a bit different from what the high street had to offer. We could be fashionably creative without busting our meagre budget.

I’ve chosen some pictures that show some of the great pieces I’ve managed to find, all bought from Barnardo’s and other charity shops.

It’s a classic!

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