Monday, 24 August 2009

Swish 'n' Swap 'n' be stylish

Wednesday was the first Swish ‘n’ Swap swishing event at the Ashton Gate Stadium and I was invited to speak about image and dressing for your body shape before the swishing began. The event was held in aid of the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal Charity for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and the organisers, Grace and Vicky, raised £400!
As Grace said; ‘The idea behind the event was to show dedicated followers of fashion how style and glamour does not necessarily have to be compromised by ethical shopping and bargain hunting! We also hope to give everyone that comes along a really good time!’

For those of you who don’t know; Swishing is essentially clothes swapping. It’s a fantastic opportunity to de-junk your tired wardrobe and add new items that will update your existing outfits. What can be better; you get to re-home the unworn items that are clogging up your wardrobe, and swap them for something fabulous that you will actually wear. There’s always an eclectic mix of items to choose from so swishing is the perfect opportunity to try something a bit different and experiment with your style.

People started arriving at 7pm and the first half hour was spent hanging the items on the rails according to size. It was great that there was such a good amount of each size and so much choice. Then at 7.30pm, it was my turn to entertain the ladies. I talked to them about body shapes and how to dress to suit this. I really wanted the swishers to take home new items which would suit them and their body shape; rather than adding to the unworn items already in their wardrobe.
After about half an hour, the clothes were viewed, but not tried on. Then the countdown began; people shuffled towards the clothes they hoped to grab, some naughtily close to their desired item, and then.... all go. I stood on the sidelines, on hand to help with decisions as everyone grabbed what they wanted and rushed to try it on. There was no pushing or hair tugging, but it was frantic all the same!
The event came to an end at around 10pm with only a few items left swinging on the rails.
It was great fun and the evening left most of the women making their way home with some fab new additions to their wardrobe.

If you want a new outfit but don’t want to pay out, then swishing might be for you, you never know what you’ll find, just think; one lady’s junk is another lady’s treasure!

Visit their website to read more and find out about the next event!
All images courtesy of Grace Porter (Thanks Grace!)


Anonymous said...

Brill idea Niki. x

Andy said...

also check out for online clothes swapping, they have over 50,000 pre loved items up for swap.