Can charity shops be chic? In a world of fast fashion and expensive tastes, some of us could do with a few tips on how to achieve a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. Vintage fashion has been a secret weapon for many of us for a while but we’ve got a new top tip on where to get unique and affordable designer items…
Birmingham is leading the way as charity shops such as Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice are reinventing themselves. They now have two high end boutique stores in Birmingham (in Bournville and Dorridge) which offer discerning shoppers the best designer and high street picks in a stylish setting. Stepping foot into one of their boutiques, you wouldn’t have a clue this was a charity shop until you look at the prices. Where else could you grab a French Connection dress for £15 , Roland Cartier shoes for £12 or a Betty Jackson coat for £30?
On Thursday 18th February the Hospice held its first ever charity fashion show to celebrate the launch of their ‘Love your local Hospice’ campaign and we were pleasantly surprised. Fuelled with canapés and bubbles we saw nurses, staff and supporters take to the catwalk modelling four themes; day wear, work wear, party wear and occasion wear. Outfits were picked by local stylists and hair and make-up services were all kindly provided for free. The end result raised the glamour stakes and we saw some great looks, as well as making a few guilt-free purchases as it’s all for a great cause!
So can charity shops be chic? From what we saw last night, we’d say yes.
Photos: Dale Martin