Free clothes are my favourite kind of clothes <3
Today, my college, the Institute of Art,Design and Technology (IADT), had its annual Swapshop. Like any broke, fashion-loving student would be, I was in my element.
Here are my finds:
Blouse #1. This is my favourite of them all, but I have yet to wear any of them so this may change! This is a sheer purple,orange and white chain print blouse with gold buttons. I'm looking forward to pairing it with a heavy gold chain and my purple high-rise, acid-wash jeans (view them here).
Blouse #2. This blouse has more coppery-gold toned buttons and features an orange, yellow and white floral print. It is also sheer with a sturdy collar, like blouse #1. I will probably wear this with my black velvet high-waisted leggings, or my burgundy high-waisted treggings (shown here).
Blouse #3 (final one, I swear). A sleeveless leopard print pussybow blouse. Not one of my favourite finds, but I do like the fact that it is double lined, great for winter wardrobes! I'll be wearing this with my leather-look leggings and huge gold bangle.
Dress #1 and necklace. Not the best pictures unfortunately. This dress was the first thing I picked up and I'm glad I did. It is a bodycon, brown maxi dress. A nice alternative to black and perfect for family visits at Christmas and pub nights with friends. Above is also a necklace I picked up in the swapshop which I thought went lovely with the maxi. Alternatively, I'll be pairing it with heels and my pink glittery blazer, red kimono (here) or also with any of the blouses from above for a more casual look.
Dress #2. A navy, floral jersey bodycon dress. The bright pink,yellow and green floral design brighten up the navy very well. The dress features a low three-bowed back, a nice detail. I wasn't sure about this one at first but after a nudge from my boyfriend I added it to my pile and I do not regret it! I'll be wearing this for a night in the club with pinky-nude shoes, my pink glittery blazer and the bracelet below ⇩
Bracelet. A pink, plastic bracelet of 6 roses. It's chunky and elasticated, a perfect match for the floral dress above⇧
Aaand that concludes my Swapshop haul. Here are some tips to help you when you go to or set up your own Swapshop:
❤ Check that the buttons, zips and seams of your selected items are there and functioning. If you can't sew, you've no use for a blouse without buttons
❤ Check the sizes of your clothes. Seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how easy you can get caught up in the excitement and forget the important stuff!
❤ Be early! The good stuff is always the first to go.
❤ When you choose something you like, don't put it down. You don't want someone else nabbing your goods!
❤ Try things on last. This includes fitted tops, jeans and leggings. As I said, the good stuff flies into the hands of those who are quick enough to grab them! Don't waste your time trying things on until you are done choosing items.
❤ Don't be afraid to make your presence known. This is a polite way of saying don't be afraid to push! Shoppers are fiesty and out for themselves. I'm not saying be a bully, but if someone is deliberately blocking your way it's no crime to nudge your way by him/her.
I hope this post has been of some help or at least a little interesting to view!
Do you like my finds?
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