With winter finally here in Brisbane everyone is making a mad dash to try and find the perfect winter staples to help them through these colder months. With lots of winter stock fresh on the racks, it can be easy to find yourself with a OTT spending on hefty price tags and an outfit the majority of Brisbane are sporting.
So why not opt for some vintage, pre-loved clothing that comes at a price everyone loves instead of your newbies? Lucky for us, SWOP Clothing Exchange is on hand with a bounty of vintage threads in tow to helps us perfectly work vintage clothing into our winter wardrobes!
SWOP is every vintage hunters dream destination! The endless range of men’s and women’s vintage clothing makes it so easy to mix unique pieces into your wardrobes. We popped into SWOP last week to style some pieces to show you just how easy it can be to fill your closet with pre-loved clothing without dressing like your great aunt in the 50’s. Here’s some of our favourite pieces…
Plaid, flared pants are probably the most vintage item we came across and these are to die for! A thin white washed top with beaded detail really pulls the look together with a splash of both modern and vintage vibes. The ends of this top have elastic bands in them, making it super easy to adjust the length of the sleeves to your liking! You’ll be bringing the 90’s back in a very stylish way this season with this look, we guarantee it!
If pants aren’t really your thing then take the top and match it with a midi denim skirt! That’s the beauty of a simple vintage top – you can mix and match it however your heart desires! This midi denim skirt features dainty flowers along the edges, giving it a personality of its own. Wearing vintage doesn’t mean you have to look like you’ve transported from a 90’s chick flick! Sometimes it’s in the subtle details, such as this skirt, that really add a vintage twist.
Another great piece to pair with this skirt is a colourful button up! Everyone loves a good collar and when it’s splashed with vibrant colours it makes it that much better! Take this look a step further this winter by tying the ends of the shirt so it sits on your waist. This will help you create shape and also avoid awkward tucking mishaps. The key to avoiding a weird ‘bump’ when tying a button up is to leave the buttons undone where you want to tie and simply loop the ends together and pull! Take it even further and add a denim jacket for those chilly mornings! Anyone who tells you denim on denim is a thing of the past needs to get down to SWOP ASAP and pair pre-loved denim together. You’ll be a modern, vintage-rocking babe in no time!
These loafers are the perfect mixture of vintage and modern chic! Loafers have made a huge comeback this year and are set to be the new staple shoe for winter 2015 (alongside the ankle boot of course!). Mix it up with loafers like these – sporting a funky tassel, cut outs and an on-trend winter colour palette. The neutral colours make them easy to pair with almost any outfit. If you’re feet are feeling the winter crisp a little too much due to the cut outs, add some cute socks or stockings and your feet will be the happiest ones on the block!
Every Friday SWOP buys your good condition vintage and pre-loved clothing every Friday from 10am – 5pm. No fast fashion is wanted – eg. Supre, Valley Girl, Temp etc. You can choose to collect the cash or the store credit and whatever SWOP doesn’t buy from you, they will donate on your behalf! They’ve had a face lift not too long ago either, so if you haven’t seen the new layout – pop into 93 Boundary St, West End ASAP to indulge in the vintage goodness!
So what are you waiting for!? Get SWOP-ing and start mixing vintage into your modern day winter threads, you’ll be thanking yourself in no time!
Visit http://swop.net.au/ for opening hours; access to their blog and selected threads their selling online!