Charity Shopping

Charity Shop Tips

Also featured over on the etailPR blog

It’s become much more “socially acceptable” for fashionistas to frequent charity shops recently. Previously being something you wouldn’t admit to your best friend, let alone through your blog and with the internet, being thrifty is now totally on trend and something to be proud of! Every penny counts right?!

Despite the cheap prices of many of these shops, you need to ensure that you aren’t just getting sucked in because something is cheap. One dress might only cost £3, but if you buy 5 that you didn’t really want that soon adds up!

Here are my top tips for charity shop shopping:

1. Found a total bargain? It is only a bargain if you get wear out of it! Ensure that you can picture it working with at least 2 other outfits, this way you know it will get worn.

2. If you’re looking for vintage clothing look through everything! Vintage sizing is often much smaller than that of high street stores, something labelled a size 14 may be more a modern day 8 for example! So don’t ignore the size 18 rack just because you are a size 12!

3. The best bargains will be found at charity shops which aren’t part of a chain, your local hospital or any other local good cause might have one set up. You’ll find bargains here because they just want to raise whatever money they can as quickly as possible; the larger stores that can afford to hold on to items until they sell for the highest price and sometimes sell online too.

4. Look out for designer labels; they might not be your size but if they are good quality they will sell well on eBay or at a vintage fair, alternatively you can always have them altered to fit your size.

5. Take your time! Charity shops aren’t a place to visit in a rush. Spend as long as you can looking at each rail, shelf and corner. You never quite know what might be hidden away!

6. Winter or Summer coming to an end? This is the best time to visit and stock up for next year! People tend to have a big clear out at the end of a season to stock up for the next, this will work in your favour and you will get some great bargains!

7. Change! Try and always use small change in charity shops, it makes it less embarrassing when you want to buy a 20p necklace and only have a £20 note! Plus, charity shops don’t always carry huge amounts of change.

8. Remember you can always alter clothing. Found some designer jeans for a bargain price, but they are just a few inches too long? It isn’t difficult to take these up, equally a long top can easily be made in to a crop top if you prefer! Picture whether you can do anything to improve an item, but make sure you have the time/equipment/mum to do it!

I hope these tips help in some way! Charity shopping is often akin to a military operation, especially when a similar sized girl is browsing at the same time as you!

What are your top tips for Charity shop shopping?

London Fashion Week 2013

Mary Katranzou LFW

Last night I attended the Mary Katranzou show, organised by Vodafone. It was hosted by the stunning Angela Scanlon and Zoe Hardman (Take Me Out – The Gossip host) who both looked fabulous in pieces from the collection.

To be honest, except from the Topshop collection, I had not heard Mary’s name before. But from a little research it would seem she has become a major hit in a short space of time – and from the collection debuted last night I can see why.

Not only does she seamlessly blend digital prints in to fashionably gorgeous items of clothing, but she takes something like a pencil, garden or typewriter and the results are incredible. I can’t believe that a pencil could look so great on a top, but it really works!

The collection is bright and colourful, with dresses full of “swoosh” and trouser suits full of power but with their feminine detail intact. Their is great structure in some of the dresses and other feature embellishment that can do no more than leave you in awe of the skill and hard work involved!