Wednesday was the first Swish ‘n’ Swap swishing event at the Ashton Gate Stadium and I was invited to speak about image and dressing for your body shape before the swishing began. The event was held in aid of the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal Charity for the Bristol Children’s Hospital and the organisers, Grace and Vicky, raised £400!
For those of you who don’t know; Swishing is essentially clothes swapping. It’s a fantastic opportunity to de-junk your tired wardrobe and add new items that will update your existing outfits. What can be better; you get to re-home the unworn items that are clogging up your wardrobe, and swap them for something fabulous that you will actually wear. There’s always an eclectic mix of items to choose from so swishing is the perfect opportunity to try something a bit different and experiment with your style.
People started arriving at 7pm and the first half hour was spent hanging the items on the rails according to size. It was great that there was such a good amount of each size and so much choice. Then at 7.30pm, it was my turn to entertain the ladies. I talked to them about body shapes and how to dress to suit this. I really wanted the swishers to take home new items which would suit them and their body shape; rather than adding to the unworn items already in their wardrobe.
Visit their website to read more and find out about the next event! http://www.swish-n-swap.org.uk
The queue snaked round the store and was buzzing, Primark staff were handing out balloons and Starbucks were giving away free mini coffees. Although the fuss wasn’t as huge as I’d expected, the girl’s queuing up didn’t disappoint as they let out excited screams on their way into the store.
There’s about 100,000 sq ft of space housing menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and homewear and the store has created 500 jobs for the people of Bristol. Many people hope that the opening of such a large store will increase footfall back into Broadmead, which has noticeably dropped since the opening of Cabot Circus.
Bristol already has a fantastic range of shops catering for all budgets, tastes and needs. Primark has just added to this, and it seems that Bristol has welcomed them with open arms.
Were you there? What did you think?
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