A Christmas Swish

Free clothes! How does that sound? And a party as well? What more could you ask for?

A very good friend of mine held one of her eagerly awaited clothes swap parties (aka a swish) last night. I’ve reported on one of these before.

Each participant brought a selection of clothes – the kind you would be happy for a friend to adopt – to be strewn, vintage boutique-style, around the living area. Mirrors are placed conveniently, the lights are dim enough to be complimentary and sparkly enough to be festive.

Here’s my contribution – preloved pieces that have featured on this blog before, but are now making way for new preloved items.

Here are my reasons:

H&M tartan skirt – too big
St Michael black cardigan – just not happening for me
Massimo Dutti coat – I bought one I like much more from a vintage shop and don’t have any more coat space
H&M red jumper – that shade of red makes me look ill
LK Bennett black and white skirt – I’m not that sophisticated

There was mulled wine and nibbles on the go and to get people in the mood. There’s always a nervousness about being the first one to delve in and claim a piece. But our excellent host knows how to break down inhibitions.

So here’s what I bagged!

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French connection wrap-around blouse

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Cute little Laura Ashley red blouse with white polka dots

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Chinese Laundry ballerina pumps

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Primark strappy ballerina pumps (a size too big, but the straps mean they don’t fall off)

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A H&M multicoloured, stripe pattern, drop-waist dress. This photo doesn’t do the pattern justice. Check out my Instagram feed for a better image.

There were a few other items too – a navy blue playsuit, some jewellery for Isabella. I came away with more than I gave which is an issue for me. I’ve got to find more things to donate to charity so I can get the wardrobe balance back.

As for the items I contributed – only the black and white LK Bennett skirt didn’t go. Mind you after a few mulled wines and prosecco – we were having too much of a good time for a sophisticated skirt.

Swishes are so easy to organise and so much fun. Catch up with mates and make changes to your wardrobe – ethically.

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