They say that the best things in life are free but unfortunately this hardly ever applies to fashion (unless you're a model/celeb - then you get bucket loads of free stuff just so you can get snapped by the papanazis with it. The higher up you are on the celeb food chain, the more freebies you get etc etc). So what to do when you're a bit on the skint side and need/want a new outfit and not a model/celeb? Well us mere mortals who aren't very good with the old sawing machine, usually chose to swap clothes instead. This is proving to be hugely popular now that people are finally starting to take notice of the whole "green" issue, where you are advised to recycle and reuse anything humanly possible.

As previously mentioned Hybird hold regular swapping nights at various venues across the UK and there's now even a club night where you can do the same called SWAP-A-RAMA but if you're really skint why not just hold your own swapping sesh with your mates at your gaff? Add a few homemade cocktails into the equation and you're sorted!

If I were you though, I'd save all my unwanted and unworn clobber for the daddy of all swapsies - The Visa Swap. It's a bit more classy and therefore attracts a few celebs (meaning lots more nice designer stuff to chose from). This year the campaign is fronted by Li-Lo.

The concept is simple, bring all your unwanted designer and high street stuff to the Covent Garden location during a three week period and in return you will receive redeemable points on a Visa Swap card in exchange for your fashion mistakes. The more exclusive and more unique the garment, the more the points you’ll receive. On the final weekend you can redeem your points that you have obtained when you dropped off your unwanted items. And so you don't feel selfish, all items not swapped will be donated to popular clothing charity Traid. See you there!


Sample Sale Savvy

If like us you can't wait for the summer sales to bag a designer bargain, there's plenty of sample sales going on to keep us all occupied until then.

* Marios Schwab

3rd June 10.30am-8pm

4th June, 10.30am - 6pm

Marios Schwab studio

23-25 Arcola Street


24th May to the 21st June @ Concrete
35 Marshall Street
Opening Hours 11am - 6.30pm

Labels include: Unconditional, Ashish, Preen and Horace + more

*Alexander McQueen

The Westminster Room,
The Old Session House,
22 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1

Thursday 5th June - 2pm till 8pm
Friday 6th June - 11am till 7pm
Saturday 7th June - 11am till 5pm


ex-QUOD restaurant, 57 - 60 Haymarket, London SW1 4QX

Friday 30th May - £5

Saturday 31st May - Sunday 15th June - £1

*Les Nereides Jewellery

5th-7th June
11am – 8pm
Les Nereides Covent Garden,
35 Long Acre, WC2E 9JT

*Designers Sales UK

6th-7th June
Admission: £2
6th: 12pm – 10pm, 7th: 10am – 5pm.
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1

*Betty Jackson

9th-11th June
10am – 6:30pm
311 Brompton Road, SW3 2DY

*Designer Warehouse Sale Womenswear

13th-15th June
13th: 10am – 8pm, 14th: 10am – 6pm, 15th: 11am – 5pm
5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Villas, N7 7NU
Admission: £2

*Christopher Fischer Cashmere

19th-21st June
11am – 7pm
Christopher Fischer Soho, 80 Wooster Street

*Designer Warehouse Sale Menswear

20th-22nd June
20th: 10am – 8pm, 21st: 10am – 6pm, 22nd: 11am – 5pm.
5-6 Islington Studios, Thane Villas, N7 7NU
Admission: £2