Swap Till You Drop

Just picture it: new heels at no cost…great fashion finds minus the money…shopping sprees without spending a cent! No, you haven’t just died and gone to girly heaven, you’ve just walked in to a ‘swap party’. And the best part is, it’s all free so you can clothes-swap-shop as often as you like, no matter what your budget! So leave your wallets at home, ladies, because your next fashion fix is only as far as your best friend’s wardrobe. Here’s how to do it:

1. Go through your cupboard and pick out at least three or four loved but long forgotten items of clothing. Next, pick a pair of shoes and a couple of accessories that you’re willing to part with.

2.Invite a group of friends to do the same before deciding on a location to meet. Keep in mind there needs to be enough space to display and try on all the clothes.

3.Once all the items are laid out, get some cocktails on the make and the music going. Start swapping clothes and your wardrobe overhaul will be underway!

Do: remember that if you haven’t worn something in the last two years, chances are you’re not going to wear it again any time soon. Why not pass it on to someone who’ll love it as much as you did?

Don’t: be scared to experiment. There’s no such thing as buyer’s remorse when everything’s free so use this opportunity to try a new look – you might surprise yourself with the outcome.

Do: DIY embellishments and alterations. Arm yourself with studded buttons, sequins and ribbon to glam up a previously plain ‘purchase’, or cut a maxi to a mini for instant appeal.

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