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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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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Tropical Prints

August is coming to a close and brings with it some unpredictable weather. While some of us are looking forward to autumn fashion others aren’t ready to wave goodbye to summer. Enter that perfect transitional trend! Our eyes are on all things tropical prints. They aren’t just for holidays – whether you go all-out or keep it subtle, it’s time to feel the heat.

Beat that cool breeze with an air of summer! A single standout piece, like this fun parka which is perfect to keep you looking chic for festival season.

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Dressing For Summer

It finally feels as though summer has truly arrived. Despite the odd day of torrential rain, the sun has been beaming down and it’s got me thinking about my summer wardrobe and a few much-needed additions.

If you follow me on Instagram or have watched my recent videos, then it will come as no surprise that when the summer months come back around, I always pop down to my local car boot sales and frequent the charity shops to see what one-off pieces I can find. While I tend to focus on finding real vintage gems and pieces of a by-gone era, I stumbled across this pretty little tea-dress, originally from H&M, on my recent visit to my local Barnardo’s store.

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Blaise Q&A

Hey, my name is Blaise Tykal Simmons-Johnson, but my nickname to everyone at home is drama queen! I’m 20 years old and I’ve been modelling professionally for just under three years now and I’m also an actress.

I enjoy taking part in sport and dancing is one of my favourite things to do. I also love to cook and read. My star sign is Gemini which means I can be a little crazy but the good kind of course!

My aim for 2017 is to continue everything I was doing in 2016 but bigger and better, achieve my goals and travel the world.

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My Spring/Summer Trend Picks

Spring has finally sprung and I couldn’t be happier. As much as I adore my ever-growing collection of faux fur and teddy coats, I am also a big fan of sunshine, ice creams and mini dresses, all of which are not the most Winter- friendly! Now, I am not one to follow trends – I enjoy wearing what I want to wear and don’t want to repurchase a whole new wardrobe every season because that’s boring (and expensive!). Luckily, a lot of the key trends for Spring/Summer are purse friendly and ‘oh- so- me’, which makes being on trend more natural and fun. Without further ado, I’m going to talk you through my favourite key trends for Spring/Summer 2017!

Trend One- Gingham

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Who doesn’t love looking like a picnic blanket?! In case you’ve been living underground, you’ve no doubt seen that gingham is everywhere this season. It’s been seen on catwalk shows including Molly Goddard and Shrimps and everywhere on the high street from Primark to Topshop; it is probably the key print for Spring.Read More »

Holly Olivia – My Style Challenge

When Barnardo’s set me the challenge of styling an item from one of their shops in three different ways, I was so excited. I love charity, pre-loved and vintage hunting; it is so much more rewarding than high street shopping, especially when you find an incredible piece! I headed down to my local Barnardo’s in Whitley Bay, and it wasn’t long before I found something. A white shirt, or blouse, is a basic which everyone should probably have in their wardrobe, but I didn’t actually own one since I’ve never quite found the perfect one for me within my budget. Cue this amazing Wallis number! The ruffles on the front are so on trend for S/S17 and I love the balloon sleeves. It is such a versatile piece and I actually got it in the sale for £1.55!

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Upcycling – From Drab to Fab by Lucy

Sometimes you find a vintage gem in a charity shop that fits you like a glove, and sometimes you see something that has a lovely pattern, collar, buttons… but it makes you look like a sack of spuds! Don’t despair, here are a few quick fixes to bring a frock up to date.

One of my favourite things to do while away at lunch-time is rummaging through vintage shops to find clothes that might need a little TLC but have the potential to be something really great (warning: this can get addictive!) Buying vintage and second hand clothing is a brilliant way to keep your style unique, but it’s even better if you can take those threads and truly make them your own.

To give you some inspiration, I’ve taken a vintage dress that I picked up in Barnardo’s Macclesfield shop for £8 to show how a few minor changes can make a big difference.

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