Stretch Your Clothing Budget

I am often asked how much money is needed to buy a new wardrobe. I believe that with a little effort you can look great on any budget. All you need are the right tips and tricks.

Make the most of what you already have. Before you head to the mall, start by shopping in your closet. Take a mental inventory of what you own. Ask yourself how you can wear what you have more? Are you breaking up your suit to wear as three different outfits? Could the dress you bought for a special event look more casual with a simple change of accessories? Is your closet neat and organized so you know exactly what you have and where it is? The simple act of being more aware of what you have will help you discover the infinite possibilities your closet holds.

Step out of your shopping box. With so many retailers dedicated to our shopping pleasure, you can find anything you need at any price point. Step outside of your usual shopping habits and hit new and different stores. Try discount stores like TJMaxx or Marshalls. With a little patience you can find great designer pieces for a lot less.

Change up your accessories. Accessories can completely change the look of an outfit. Accessories are a fun way to add color, participate in a trend, or add versatility to your wardrobe. Try on your favorite outfit and then change a layer, your shoes, or jewelry for a completely different look.

Host a clothing swap party. Swap clothing with your friends. A clothing swap is a great way to get new wardrobe pieces and helps you create more room in your own closet. Not to mention a clothing swap is a great excuse for a party and is an environmentally friendly activity!

What’s old can once again be new. With the help of a great tailor you can turn your old clothing into something fabulous and new. Shorten a long frumpy skirt into a knee length wardrobe staple. Get a great shirt just by taking in the seams for a better fit. Modernize an old jacket just by adding belt loops and shortening the length. A great tailor can help you turn your favorite pieces into one of a kind looks.

Why Recycle Your Second Hand Clothes?

Landfills in the UK are becoming a huge problem. With the drop in the price of recycled products, the issue is what to do with all of the waste that we produce. The breakdown of waste in landfill sites creates huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane. There are also many products that will not breakdown and will remain in the environment forever with the potential to contaminate water supplies.

Traid, a charity specializing in the recycling of textiles reports that 900,000 tons of shoes and clothing are thrown away each year in the UK. Only 200,000 tons per year are recycled and the rest is dumped in landfill. The government estimates that similar amounts of between 550,000 and 900,000 tons of textiles are thrown away each year.

In addition to the problems of waste and landfill in the UK, there is also the consideration of the energy used and waste generated by the manufacture and distribution of clothing and textiles. Growth of cotton uses a huge amount of chemical pesticides and environmentally damaging cultivation methods. The manufacture of man made fabrics also has a huge environmental impact with. Demand for polyester the most widely used synthetic fabric has almost doubled in the last 15 years. The manufacture of polyester uses large amounts of crude oil and an energy-intensive process. It releases emissions including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause health problems for workers by causing or aggravating respiratory disease.

Second hand clothing is becoming more popular as people begin to recognise the real costs of fast fashion. Consumers are becoming more aware of their buying choices and ways that they can help the environment.

Finally, there is one more great reason to recycle second hand clothing. Just because you are fed up with a piece of clothing or it does not fit you nay more, it does not mean that it has no worth. You can make sure that the worth of your second hand clothing is realized by swapping it at a swishing party on a clothes swapping website, selling it or donating it to your favorite charity.

Clothing Swap Parties – Have Fun Time With Friends While You Exchange Clothes and Accessories

Your wardrobe might be filled with accessories and designer dresses that don’t fit you anymore. You might also be thinking about how to get rid of your new stilettos that hurt your feet s much.

Well, clothing swapping is the best way to replace your old clothes with new ones, that too without spending a penny more on them. You can arrange clothing swap party and invite your girlfriends who are looking for the similar occasion to get rid of their things.

Such parties give you an opportunity to exchange your old but usable clothes and accessories with the other invitees. Not only is it a great way to connect with people with similar tastes in fashion, it is also a nice way to upgrade your wardrobe for free.

The good news is that there are some online fashion stores that allow men and women to swap clothes. All you need to do is, visit their website, and upload the picture of the items you want to swap. All the swappers who like the item will bid on it, and you can exchange it with the person that has something better to offer to you.

Tips to get clothing – swap party started on your own:-

Select the invitees

Make a list of people who you want to invite to your clothing – swap party. You could invite around 10 of your girlfriends with their all new or gently worn, in good condition, washed and pressed clothes. Make sure you select your invitees keeping their age and dressing style in mind. Even if they dress differently, there is no harm in trying new thing out.

The venue

Choosing an appropriate venue for a clothing swap party is very important. Make sure you get a place where all your guests can fit in comfortably. The place that you choose must have enough mirrors for the guests to try on cloths before they swap. The venue should be big enough for everybody to relax and enjoy the party.


Try not to make the clothes swap party a formal gathering. You could get refreshments, hot or cold beverages and some music for your guests, to ensure they have a great time.

Once you have the list of guest, venue and refreshments in place, you need to focus on how to make your party a success and win-win situation for all. Here are some tips that will help you to survive and manage clothing swap party:-

Limit the items

Limit the items to five, as this will allow you to have much saner swap and there won’t be too many leftovers.

Include accessories

You could also include accessories, as one size does not fit all.

Appropriate guests

Make sure you invite friends with who you want to swap clothes or other accessories, preferably somebody who loves to shop around every month, and has a great taste in fashion.

Uninvited guests

There are chances that some of your uninvited guests may show up, just to get rid of their unwanted stuffs. Thus, keep your event and venue as discreet as you can.

Clothing swap parties can be a great success if you host it properly. Make sure that you make the best out of it.