For a few months I have been reading about an event called BuyMyWardrobe, a one-day shopping experience where guests have the chance to buy unwanted high-end clothing from a number of ‘Wardrobe Mistresses’. The concept intrigued me, being an advocate for recycling and ethical shopping, so when I received a press invitation to the 10th BuyMyWardrobe event, I jumped at the chance to check it out today.
Held at Supperclub in West London, the doors were opened at 11:30am for press and VIP ticket holders. For £20, a VIP ticket entitles guests to early access (and therefore first pick of the best loot) and a glass of bubbles. As one shopper noted, you can’t go wrong with fashion and champagne, and I couldn’t agree more. If paying £20 to shop isn’t your thing, regular tickets are just £5 and ensure entry from 1pm, when there are still plenty of amazing items to snatch up.
I was lucky enough to take a look around before the doors opened, and the first thing I spotted was this fun Vivienne Westwood scarf, for the bargain price of £15 – if this was a taste of things to come then I couldn’t wait to look around further!
As I wandered around, perusing the unwanted wares of the Wardrobe Mistresses, I got talking to a few of them and was pleasantly surprised to find them all to be very down-to-earth and all with different stories. Tami (a litigation solicitor) was selling clothes and accessories both from her own wardrobe and from the wardrobes of friends and family. She admitted that, whilst not making lots of money by selling her gorgeous pieces (including the above Vivienne Westwood scarf), she likes to constantly circulate her wardrobe so that she can keep buying new, beautiful items.
Gill Davies is a personal stylist who displayed an impressive collection of shoes (I spotted a pair of barely-worn Jimmy Choos for £80), which she was selling on behalf of some of her clients (see what Gill does for a living here). I had to basically drag myself away from Gill’s shoe area, wondering whether I could sacrifice groceries for a few weeks for a pair of Anya Hindmarch sandals, but in the end decided that perhaps I should just come back next time with some money to spend instead of starving (I’m sure Brendan will be pleased with my decision too)!
PR executive Agatha showed me some of the fabulous pieces in her collection, and when I asked whether it’s difficult to let go of such gorgeous clothes, Agatha explained that she likes to buy new things and the only way to manage her wardrobe is simply to make room in her closet. I love that there are such talented, fashionable women out there who see the benefit of recycling their clothes, not falling into the trap of hoarding things they will probably never wear again (we all do it, whether the items are Primark or Prada), and for creating a way to keep doing what they love (i.e. stocking their chic wardrobes) – even if it does mean letting go of some beautiful clothes and accessories.
Of course, I gravitated straight to the shoe lounge, where there were row upon row of luxurious heels, flats and boots in great condition and at amazing prices. There was a handbag boutique too, with loads of barely-used purses and bags; but I just couldn’t stop photographing those shoes…here are a few of my favourites:
As the doors opened to the VIP ticket-holders, the venue started filling up with stylish ladies holding champagne flutes – some of whom ended up with armfuls of designer clothes after mere minutes – of course, it was all very civilized, with no pushing, running or snatching involved, despite so many covetable one-off items around!
For those guests who were after more than just new clothes or shoes, there was plenty to keep them entertained. New CID Cosmetics was on site, selling their products and providing free makeovers. One of the lovely New CID ladies showed me some of the make-up, which was rather nifty: an eyeliner pencil with a cream eye shadow at the other end…the perfect tool for a quick smokey eye. HighRoller Hair was also on site to offer 15-minute chic up-styles for only £10, and to make the BuyMyWardrobe experience complete, DJ Honey Onassis was providing a funky shopping soundtrack.
Although I didn’t make any purchases today, I loved the event and will certainly be back again to see what gems I can find. If you would like to find out more about upcoming BuyMyWardrobe events, visit their website, their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.Want to see more posts like this?
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