Monday, January 24, 2011

New Fashion- Old Clothes

The great thing about swapping and buying second hand clothes is that although you might not be buying the latest designer collection, if you know what to look for you can find some great pieces that work perfectly with the seasons new fashion.

Get some fashion inspiration for your swapping and shopping with these 5 trends for SS11.

Stripes - stripes are one of those looks that are always on trend. For SS11 they featured heavily in the Prada collection, a sure sign that they are going to be huge for SS11.

Floral Prints - another look that never really goes out of fashion floral prints just keep on coming back. There were some amazingly bright and colourful prints featured on the catwalk at D&G for SS11.

Bright Colours - the perfect way to get yourself noticed bright colours were the perfect contrast the neutral colours that have become so popular recently. Look out for neons and juicy citrus colours to brighten up your spring wardrobe.
Maxi Skirts - hemlines will be moving downwards for the spring with long ankle length and mid calf length skirts and dresses. As maxi dresses have been popular for some time now there are likely to be some great second hand choices available.
The Seventies - the seventies will have a huge influence o Spring fashion with flare, maxi's and pussycat bow blouses all featuring. Also watch out for that Studio 54 disco style.

For more ideas on trends for the season ahead check out

Friday, November 26, 2010

Vintage Fashion for Women

Vintage fashion refers to styles which have been recycled from previous eras, and there are vintage outfits to suit any interests, from the 20's through to the 80's. Vintage has seen a major revival over the last few years, and is a trend which will keep your style unique and timeless. Many of the recent catwalk shows have showcased vintage trends, with top designers creating wondrous replica designs.

Some tips to remember before you go looking for any vintage items of clothing, is to consider what exactly you are looking for. Are you interested in a classic piece from the 1920's, or maybe the hippy style from the 1960's is more up your street. You also want to think about why you are buying your vintage clothing, whether it be for a special occasion or just for the sake of collecting a unique piece of clothing. Knowing exactly what you want is half the battle to finding the perfect vintage outfit, and there are looks to cater for all needs.
The next thing to think about is where you are going to find your vintage clothing. As vintage has become so popular lately, you will often find a lot of niche vintage markets, where you can pick up a piece of unique clothing at an inexpensive price. There are many shops on the high street which also have a collection of vintage pieces, although you may have to pay a bit extra for these.
When shopping for vintage, you really have to be patient, as it may take some time before you find the perfect item, and it can be a lot more complex than the clothes shopping you are used to. The beauty of vintage clothing is that it is a trend which is timelessly fashionable. The fabrics and patterns are unique, so have a good feel of these in order to determine which clothes will make you feel most comfortable.

Always try the clothing on before you purchase it and be aware of it's condition. It can range from being in mint condition (just like new) or good condition (some repairs needed.) If you feel a bit weary of trying second hand vintage clothes on, then wear your other clothes under it, to get a feel of what it looks like and if it suits you. It may also be an idea to take someone along with you when you're out shopping for your vintage clothes. As long as it's someone who will give you an honest opinion. If you are working from a tight budget, then it's a good idea to look at replica designs, as these are usually a lot more affordable.
Current fashion trends tend to mix up vintage with a more modern look, which will streamline your look, and make it more wearable for all different occasions. You may want to wear vintage with a popular key trend for the season, as this will keep you looking stylish, but will also give your look a unique edge.

Shop Vintage London
Shop vintage fashion London

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Win £100 of shoe vouchers and more with has just had its first birthday and in celebration, they are holding a great prize draw during the month of May. Anyone who lists clothes to swap on during May 2010 will be automatically entered into the draw. For each item listed you will get one entry into the draw so the more items that you list, the more chance you will have of winning. The winners will be drawn at the beginning of June and notified by email, all prizes should be claimed within 2 weeks or there will be a redraw to determine a new winner. So here is what you can win:

First Prize - £100 of shoe vouchers for (this prize is only available to those resident in the UK) - take your pick of some of the latest styles of shoes and handbags including some great designer brands.

Second Prize - a new Initial wallet by Lollipops Paris - a large and well organised purse with large coin pocket and sections for notes and cards, this is the perfect balance of style and practicality.

Third Prizes - three lucky winners can take their pick of one item from the Posh Swaps swapping account. With a selection of second hand accessories and clothes in a variety of sizes (and a few vintage pieces).

Runners Up - ten runners up will each receive one of our stylish reusuable Posh Swaps cotton bags.

To register and start listing your items visit It is completely free to use.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 launches SS10 trend and online shopping guide has just launched the first of its SS10 trend and online shopping guides. The guides are aimed at women of all ages who want a quick and easy way to find the best of the season’s clothes. The guides highlight the key trends for the season and the pick of the best designer and high street pieces for each of the trends.

The first of the guides to be launched include jumpsuits, the shift dress, the maxi dress and the party and prom dress with further guides on floral, shorts, neutrals, military and lots more planned for the coming weeks and months. Expert fashion editors at sift through literally thousands of designer and high street pieces to provide a pick of the best and most desirable pieces of the season.

The shopping guide includes clothes to suit all budgets and body shapes, with a wide range of styles within each trend and clothes ranging from £20 to £500. All of the clothes and accessories featured in the trend and shopping guides are available to buy in the UK through a large range of online retailers which include My wardrobe, Oasis, Dorothy Perkins, Boden, Miss Selfridge, Marks and Spencers, Laura Ashley and New Look. The guides also feature designer clothes by the likes of Paul Smith, By Malene Birger, Philosophy Di Alberta Ferreti and many more. is just one of the fashion websites owned by Heathcote Communications. It aims to make shopping easier by giving information on the seasons fashions with a wide variety of examples and links to many different retailers. It also has ski wear including ladies ski jacket and ladies salopettes.

To see the latest SS10 trend and online shopping guides visit

Thursday, December 31, 2009 celebrates International Day of Swishing with free online Swishing party will celebrate International Day of Swishing on 9th January 2009 with a free online swishing party. The party is open to anyone and everyone with the opportunity to list and swap as many clothes as they like for free. The phenomena of swishing or clothes swap parties have become hugely popular as they are fun, frugal and environmentally friendly. Online swapping is the perfect alternative to swishing for those who prefer to swap from the comfort of their own home.

9th January 2009 has been declared International Day of Swishing by Futerra Sustainability Communications and Lucy Shea founder of Swishing. The flagship event will be held at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in London but for swappers all over the world who want to take part, there will also be an online swishing party at on 9th December 2009.

Swappers can join the online party by registering with, before listing as many items of clothing as they like by uploading a photo, description and details. They can then browse swap items listed by others before proposing as many swaps as they like. The website is completely free to use including registering, listing, swapping buying and selling second hand clothes. Fashion Bloggers from all over the world will also be invited to attend and help promote sustainable style by listing their clothes.

Ceri Heathcote founder of commented “International Day of Swishing is such a great opportunity to get people from all over the online at once to swap clothes, have fun and promote sustainable style. It is also a great way to refresh your wardrobe for the New Year without spending money and swap any unwanted Christmas presents ”

Attend the online swap by visiting to register and list your items of clothing on or before 9th January 2010.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Benefits of Swishing

Swishing is the name given to clothes swapping parties, which are the latest craze to hit the UK. With the official government announcement that the country is now in a recession, swishing looks to become even more popular as people try to cut back on their expenditure. There are a number of reasons why people swish, when you combine all of them, you have the ultimate guilt free alternative to shopping.

Swishing is Frugal - What better way to get rid of items that you no longer want. You can something in return and save money by not buying yourself new clothes. Next time you overspend on a beautiful item of designer clothing or make a mistake and buy something that really doesn't suit you, it doesn't matter as you can always swap it at a swishing party at a later date.You will get something new without spending any more money. Swishing is a great way to refresh your wardrobe without spending any money.

Swishing Eco Friendly - There has been a lot of press recently about the environmental impact caused by the manufacture of textiles and clothing. With the fast fashion of today, clothes are only worn a few times before being thrown away which also has a negative impact on the environment. Clothes swapping minimises the impact of both the manufacture and disposal of clothing making it a great way to do your bit for the environment.

Swishing is fun - Swishing parties are a great way to meet friends and refresh your wardrobe at the same time. As with shopping, swishing is an ideal time to get an honest friends opinion on what looks good on you. It is a great way to try out new looks and styles and experiment with what you wear. It is also a great way to chat, relax and socialise.

If you can't find any swishing parties in your local area and don't have time to organise your own, you could try swapping your clothes online at a clothes swapping website.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Second Hand Clothes Are Right on Trend

You may in the past have turned up your nose at second hand clothes even if they are in the latest women styles in favour of the new fashion from the high street. Perhaps it is the idea of rummaging through stacks of old musty clothes at a car boot sale, jumble sale or charity shop that has put you off. But second hand clothes are now right on trend and there are plenty of good reasons to buy them.

Buying new clothes all of the time to satisfy your desire for a constantly changing selection of clothes in your wardrobe can be very damaging for the environment. Buying second hand clothes is a good way to get your fashion fix but also do your bit for the environment at the same time.

'But second clothes are not as nice as new stuff', I hear you muttering. Well that is where you are wrong. It may take a little while to find it but there are plenty of very lovely second hand clothes around some of them hardly worn. Just recently I got myself a very nice Burberry Prorsum safari style top for just £4. It was in perfect condition, it did not smell and it was a lot better quality than anything that I could have bought new for ten times this price. I was delighted to see that the sleeves were lined, the seams finished with bias binding. I quite often wander around the high street shops to have a look and am constantly amazed at the low quality of some of the clothes that I find. Perhaps once in my teenage years I could have got away with poorly made clothes in bad quality materials but I have found as I have got a little older that quality clothes look so much better.

'But second hand clothes are all out of fashion and frumpy' is another objection that you may hear to buying second hand clothes. Well I don't think that is the case at all. Firstly because the same fashions tend to come round and round again season after season. Take floral prints, nautical style clothes and sixties style mini dresses. All of these trends have been seen on the catwalks numerous times of the last 10 years. Even my safari style Burberry Prorsum top happens to be right on trend as safari was listed by the top fashion magazines as a key trend this year.

When getting dressed I prefer to be stylish than fashionable anyway. In the words of the late Yves St Laurent ' fashion fades, only style remains'. By buying second hand clothes I can afford to buy really good quality classic clothes that never really go out of fashion and that can perhaps be accessorized with a few of the seasons accessories although I prefer a few quirky and different second hand accessories myself.

Trends and fashions change constantly but wearing the latest fashion does not mean that you look good. Woman seem to have found a new confidence in the clothes that they wear lately and are daring to be individual and wear what really suits them. Second hand clothes are great for experimenting with new looks and finding great quality at the fraction of the price it would cost new.