Back in July the first ever Frockswappers clothing swap was held at Brixton’s Effra Social. Helen and I were very excited about getting the chance to swap some of our old duds for someone else’s, and we were not disappointed by what we came away with. Last week we finally got round to doing a little photo shoot in my bedroom (it rained all day) to show you.
Just to recap, this is how the Frockswap works. You take along the clothes that you no longer want but that are still in good condition. For every item you bring you get a button, then you can exchange your buttons for clothes (and shoes, jewellery and other accessories) that other people have brought to the swap. Everyone gives a £2 donation for charity to take part as well.
This is what we got (items not listed are ‘stylist’s own’ naturally).
Topman check shirt and Levi’s denim cut-offs. You can never have too many of either if you ask me.
Dorothy Perkins T dress, great for work with or without a black blazer.
Topshop skater dress which has a very cool cut-out at the back.
Black sparkly Reiss dress, which I’m planning to wear for a swanky event later this week.
…and the criss-cross straps off which demand a cheesy celeb style over-the-shoulder photo.
H&M black buttonless jacket (which still had its tags on) and M&S acorn print top, both of which have been on high rotation at work.
A bit of Googling and guesstimating tells me that between us Helen and I garnered about £200 of clothes. Not bad right? Plus the Frock Swap was great fun, not least because there was a cake stall. One word of warning though: it’s best to try things on. I did, and discovered, for example, that one comfy looking jumper was actually a bit itchy, whereas Helen didn’t and discovered when she got home that a bunch of stuff didn’t fit her. But the same goes for real shopping doesn’t it?
Follow Frockswappers on Twitter for news of the next clothing swap in London. A recent tweet suggests it will be in November or December.