Festival Take Over: Glastonbury Round-Up

With Glastonbury over for another year, we can fondly look back at the action packed weekend Oxfam's Festival Shop shared with music legends and fashionistas alike. Based in Somerset, Glastonbury...

Festival Take Over: Glastonbury Style Spotting Part 2

With Glastonbury celebrating contemporary preforming arts, it also acts as Europe's largest catwalk for those who love fashion and music alike. The sun beat down over the farm for most of the...

Festival Take Over: Glastonbury Style Spotting Part 1 - The Trendsetters

Sob! Glastonbury Festival is officially over for another year for the Oxfam festival team!  As usual the style stakes over the weekend were high, with fashionable punters pulling out all the...

How I Saved £422

Last summer I did an internship at Futerra Sustainability Communications, as the final credit for a degree in communications I was wrapping up. The CEO there Lucy Shea was the self-proclaimed goddess...

Oxfam and Dawn O'Porter team up to promote vintage fashion

It's an exciting time for vintage fans with the Channel 4 programme This Old Thing showcasing the joys of second hand shopping and Dawn's new book, which accompanies the show delves into the history behind...

The Serial Over-Packer

Who else is counting down the days to their summer holidays? I know I am. Shopping for the perfect holiday wardrobe is half the fun, then I'm sure you have been dreaming...

DIY: Carrie Diaries Paint Splatter Clutch

Ever since I saw young Carrie Bradshaw's personalised paint splatter bag, I knew I had to have it one way or another. I mapped out different ways of completing this DIY in my head, as...

How to: Host a Clothes Swap

Have you been to a clothes swap, 'swishing' party or similar before? If not then you're missing out on procuring clothes in an ethical and guilt-free way.  ...

Festival Take Over: The Perfect Festival Outfits

The fabulous British festival season is just around the corner and for us girls that means one thing…major outfit planning! So, I've explored Oxfam's Online Shop and...

Festival Take Over: What is your Festival style?

With the festival season just starting, the Oxfam Festival Team is assembling tons of amazing, high street and vintage clothing to sell acrossshops at Europe's biggest festivals.Festivals...

Festival Take Over: What's In My Glastonbury Rucksack

Its official, the festival season has begun!!! The first stop on the Oxfam Festival Team summer tour, is none other than Glastonbury (exciting, right?), with the festival just...

DIY: A Nod to the 90s The Scrunchie

With everything from dungarees to crop tops making a comeback, it's no secret that many of us are coveting looks from the 90s right now. If you love the trend and are struggling...

The Wonderful World of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

'Such a fun place to shop, the most exciting store at Windsor' It's that time of year again, the sun is starting to shine and Oxfam is set to...

My Oxfam Online Summer Picks

For this month's blog post, I decided to step away from my usual DIY fashion and take a closer look at what Oxfam's Online Shop has on offer! From barbecues to beaches, us ladies need outfits...

DIY: Detailed Pockets

Spruce up an old T-shirt or top by popping some pocket detailing on it! Want to know how? Of course you do. You will need: Sewing machine ...

Manchester Gallery of Costume: Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Recently I have been on two fashion day trips, which I would highly recommend to any fashion fan and particularly those who are interested in vintage fashion. The first...

Getting the Coachella Look

Written by Lorna Burford Coachella is one of the world's most famous music festivals, based out of Indio, California, and is known for having some of...

Spring/Summer see's a splash of nostalgia

Welcome to our newest Oxfam Fashion Blogger, Abbie Green! Abbie is a university student with a penchant for charity shopping- we look forward to reading your future posts Abbie : ) ...

DIY: Chop Your Top

This month's DIY marks my first year anniversary as an Oxfam fashion blogger! It really is an honour writing for such a big global organisation and encouraging all you lovely...

Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

Dame Vivienne Westwood in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti. Image courtesy of Southbank Centre  "Women of the World Festival celebrates...

DIY: Festival Fringing

Introduce a bit of fringing in to your wardrobe in time for festival season!  You will need: Sewing machine Scissors Chalk ...

"Wearing beige may kill you": Life and style according to the Fashionable Fashionistas

Fabulous Fashionistas. Image courtesy of zodiakrights.com The fourth annual Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre earlier this month acknowledged and honoured ...

DIY: Sew Your Own Contrast Panel Dress

This week I've been slaving over my sewing machine... and loving every minute of it. You see, I've been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee and watching the show...

Louboutins & Landfill: How to be a Sustainable Fashionista

"As this festival is dedicated to women of the world, it's to women we turn to educate us, to tell us their stories and to share their wisdom on how we can become better and more thinking...

Vintage & Oxfam: It all started with a bag

The title of this post could in fact be the answer to two questions. The first being 'what started your interest in vintage fashion;' the second and somewhat more important, 'what started...

DIY: Chain Rings

You will need: • Plated wire • A length of chain • Wire cutters • An item with a similar width to your finger • A nail file ...

Behind the Scenes at Batley: Ossie Clark

This week, Josephine Askwith from Oxfam Batley gives us a special insight into the life of fashion pioneer Ossie Clark... Check out...

Spring Summer Trend Inspiration from Julien Macdonald at London Fashion Weekend

Today I am sharing an exclusive look at womenswear fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2014 because I was lucky enough to be invited to attend London Fashion Weekend at Somerset...

Shopping for Vintage - how to spot a deal breaker

Is there anything worse than buying a piece of clothing only for it to languish at the back of your wardrobe for months, maybe even years, before you have to admit defeat and...

DIY: Winter Hat with Knitted Bow and Pom-Poms

At this time of year the weather is cold, wet and sometimes snowy, and watching the Winter Olympics has got me thinking about wrapping up warm! So this week my thoughts have...

DIY: Bag & Scarf Embellishment

After hibernating in the library, hacking away at my dissertation for months on end, I've finally decided to make something quirky (yet practical) to carry all my heavy...

Second Hand Coats and Jackets

With the days getting colder and colder I decided to take a look through my second hand coat and jacket collection to see what my options are for the chilly weather that's...

Mother Appeal DIY: A heart in my hand cushion tutorial

Do you want to make some amazing things and raise money to give mums around the world the lift they need to change the future?  Now you can...as part of Oxfam's...

Second Hand Treats

With Christmas making a dent in my bank account the past few months, I've been sticking to second hand shopping a lot more than usual recently.  I've been raiding...

Ethical Shopping with Raindrops of Sapphire

This week regular guest blogger Lorna joins us from Raindrops of Sapphire to discuss ethical shopping... Many of us are becoming more conscious as the years go by...

DIY: Swinging Sixties Mini Dress

It seems my secret is out. I'm a little, well a lot, obsessed with all things 60s at the moment. Whether it's ginormous bouffant dos or teeny tiny mini dresses...

Fashion Africa by Jacqueline Shaw: How the African fashion industry is lifting communities out of poverty

This week guest blogger Rachel Kennedy gives us an insight into Jacqueline Shaw's new book 'Fashion Africa' featuring beautiful ethical fashion... The ancient Chinese proverb goes...

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Mother Appeal: Get Together Craft Blog

Do you want to make some amazing things and raise money to give mums around the world the lift they need to change the future?  Now you can...as part of Oxfam's Mother...

Volunteering at Oxfam Bold Street

Ever wondered what it's like volunteering for Oxfam? Here is a perspective from one of our lovely volunteers, Hannah Dillon, who works at Oxfam Bold Street. Thanks for sharing...

DIY: Valentines Love Ring

This Valentines Day we have the perfect DIY for you... Follow this simple step-by-step to create a gorgeous Love ring for you to wear on the special day : ) You...

Bringing Swinging London Clothes to Glasgow

This week, we have the pleasure of introducing a new volunteer to the Oxfam ranks! Welcome to the team Josephine : ) Hello! I'm Josephine. I'm studying...

DIY: Lace Back Dress

Follow this simple DIY to transform a plain dress into something a little lacier! You will need: A dress Sewing Machine Scissors ...

DIY: Lace Panel Skirt

Have you got a plain skirt in need of livening up? Follow Linsey's simple DIY steps to add a pretty lace panel to a plain skirt in no time! You will need: ...

DIY Leather Bow Ring

Fancy making a beautiful leather bow ring? Follow Boatemaa's easy step by step guide and have your own one made in a flash! You will need: -A leather/ faux leather scrap ...

Batley Behind The Scenes

We'd like to give a warm welcome to our new volunteer, Becky, who has just joined Oxfam Online Batley! Take a look below to find out a bit more about our latest recruit and to see her Behind...

DIY: Chain Bracelet

Here's a simple 'How To' from Boatemaa to create some rock chic chain bracelets- perfect teamed with a classic leather jacket... You will need: ...

DIY: Thank You Cards

Whether we chose to admit it, I'm sure everybody can relate to the childhood excitement that comes over us when it comes to receiving presents at Christmas. But...

Oxfam Lancaster Gift Special

This week I dropped into my local Oxfam store in Lancaster and thought I would treat all you lovely readers to a sneak peak of the gorgeous items they are selling this Christmas! Let's...

Christmas Shop Windows: Part 3

In the final part of our Christmas shop window displays we have some absolute crackers! Take a peek into Oxfam's Christmas... Oxfam Goose Gate Nottingham:...

DIY: Christmas Gift Tags

If like me you like buying lots of little presents for people instead of one big one, you will probably find that whilst wrapping your Christmas presents you are constantly...

DIY: Festive Snood Sewing Project

That retro-knitwear staple, the snood, is very fashionable again this year, with all kinds of patterns and colours available in high street shops. But you don't need to...

Christmas Shop Windows: Part 2

In part 2 of our Christmas shop window showcase, take a look at some more fantastic windows displaying some incredible creativity from our fabulous Oxfam staff and volunteers! ...

Guest Blog: Being Eco-Friendly With Denim

This week we have fabulous Guest blogger Lorna writing about Eco-Denim for the Oxfam Fashion Blog. Lorna is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who writes on her blog Raindrops of Sapphire as well as...

Christmas Shop Windows: Part 1

In the final sprint towards Christmas, our Oxfam shops have been showcasing their wares with fantastic creativity! Take a look at the wonderful displays we have had sent in...

Oxfam Christmas hamper giveaway

Fancy winning this wonderful Christmas hamper full of Oxfam goodies? The hamper includes the items below and is worth around £50 - to enter all you need to do is 'like' the post about...

Ukuva iAfrica: A Taste of Africa

Ukuva iAfrica, meaning 'the senses of Africa' in Xhosa, was founded in Cape Town in 1996 by Englishman Nigel Wood. A trained chef who had owned several restaurants,...

Clothes Show Live: Oxfam Top Picks

For the last few days we have been at Clothes Show Live displaying the best of Oxfam to the hoards of fashionista's that flood into Birmingham's NEC over the long weekend....

Clothes Show Live: Style Spotted

This weekend we were at Clothes Show Live and the fashionista's were out in force! Check out some of our style spots... Charlotte Sykes wears all vintage....

Cocoa Loco

Cocoa Loco's aim is to show you that scrumptious, handmade chocolate can be 100% ethical at the same time; all of their chocolate is Fairtrade and organic to...

Believe You Can: Fair Trade Christmas Decorations

Believe You Can work with Oxfam to supply us with beautiful Christmas decorations to be sold in our shops. They work with a Fair Trade supplier called Teddy Exports and hire...

DIY: How To Cross Stitch Your Own Christmas Cards

As lovely as shop-bought cards can be, they can never quite match the quaintness of a handmade, personalised card. I like to make a selection of Christmas cards every year and...

DIY: Create Your Own Christmas Jumper

Christmas jumpers are really hot right now, which means vintage/second-hand festive sweaters are tricky to get hold of at a good price. Remember Mark Darcy's...

Pretty Ways To Eco Wrap Your Gifts This Christmas

Wrapping and unwrapping Christmas presents is an important part of Christmas for most of us. But Christmas can also be quite a wasteful time with tonnes of discarded Christmas...

DIY: Funk up your Knitwear this Christmas

Over the past couple of years Christmas jumpers have really taken off. This is not new information to those of us who love rummaging through charity shops and hunting out genuine...

Alternative Christmas Gifts

Christmas is coming; it's a time for celebrating, making more an effort to see people you don't see as often as you should and the gift of giving. This can all be rather...

Charity Shop Gifts: Part 3

Emma Dobbin I have bought many gifts from different charity shops over the years. I love shopping in charity shops whether it is a quick trip or a look around all...

DIY: How To Create a Capped Sleeve T shirt

 Do you have any old T shirts that are in need of a bit of extra life? Here is a quick and easy way to add some gorgeous capped sleeves to your shirt. ...

Charity Shop Christmas Gifts: Part 2

Isabella Stockwell As a child, unwrapping presents and getting the toy you have longed for, for months is one of the most exciting times of the year. However, as you...

Charity Shop Christmas Gifts: Part 1

Marriane Wise 'My Nanny, who had five children and who had managed a tight budget for a low-income family, first introduced me to charity shop shopping as a child-...

Party Dresses: Behind The Scenes at Milton Point

It's that time of year when your diary gets more and more full of social events; family gatherings, catch ups with old friends and most importantly- parties! We...

Clothes Show Live: Christmas Style Guide

It is getting dark earlier, hot chocolate is becoming a daily staple and the winter wardrobe has been dusted off which can only mean that Christmas is coming! For the Oxfam Festival Shop team this...

Party Dresses: Bloggers Picks

This week, as you know, we are looking at party dresses! We asked some of our bloggers to show us their favourite party dresses of the season and share their unique stories...

Party Dress Week: Batley Picks

Party Dress Week is upon us! This week we asked the team at Batley to show us what their favourite party dress picks were for the upcoming social season. Their chosen outfits...

Bead up your blouse!

So ladies, we all know that making a statement is essential this season and there are multiple ways of doing it through sustainable fashion. For this month's DIY,...

Oxfam Gerrards Cross: Little Black Dress Event

This is the time of year when we are well and truly in party mode! This gives us the perfect excuse to get out and go shopping for some fabulous new frocks... Gerrards Cross Oxfam are holding their...

Shopping on a Shoestring

The fashion weeks are all over, autumn is making way for winter and those in the know are already planning their Spring/Summer 14 wardrobes. If you're a fan of the high...

How To: Finger Knitting a Scarf

When I first learnt to knit about two years ago I started with finger knitting. I was able to pick it up really quickly (unlike the years of frustration I suffered with actually...

Guest Blog by Britishette: Oxfam is going to save your Christmas

This week, guest blogger Britishette tells us how Oxfam is going to save our Christmas... It is only November but the Christmas...

How To Survive a Vintage Kilo Sale

Consumers are becoming more and more thrifty when it comes to shopping for their clothes. 'Charity shop chic', 'vintage' and 'shwopping' are common words...

Behind the Scenes at Oxfam Online Shop Batley

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DIY Mini Motif T-Shirt

If you're like me and dislike large motif tees, there is hope for you yet! Try mini-motif tees, a muted and affordable alternative. You can be as creative or subtle...

Shop the Trends: Tweed

This winter there are so many fantastic new trends to be found; velvet, cashmere, leather... But my favourite has to be tweed. The Chanel Autumn/Winter collection was full of...

'Oxfam Makers Group' Skipton

Our Oxfam Shop managers and volunteers are an incredibly innovative and creative bunch who we are endlessly grateful to have as part of the Oxfam team. Mary Arber-Smith, an...

The Ultimate Winter Coat

With Halloween past us and Bonfire Night fast approaching, it can only mean one thing... It's time for a new winter coat. If, like me, you want a nice new winter coat but...

Top Tips for Charity Shopping

For years I have enjoyed charity shopping. I like my outfits to be a mix of vintage, high street, high end (this one is very rare) and charity shop items. I have found some...

Vintage Label of the Week: Valentino

Forget the mini, forget the maxi; this season is all about the just-below-the-knee midi skirts. It's the pencil vs. the circle, a silhouette...

Clothes Show Live 2013: Fashion blogger of the year award with Sasha Wilkins of Liberty London Girl

Oxfam is so excited to be going back to Clothes Show Live this year and whilst having a browse of what's new, we discovered an exciting new award that we thought you'd like to know about. ...

Monsoon for Oxfam: Homewares & Christmas Gifts

Oxfam and high-street fashion retailer Monsoon are launching their second collaborative collection offering an exclusive new range of homewares just in time for Christmas in selected stores. Working...

The Perfect Way to Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

In the words of fiction's most unfortunate family, the Starks, "Winter is coming". Last night's thunderstorms proved that. Our beautiful autumn is waning;...

DIY Skeleton Halloween Costume

It's Halloween next week and as usual I don't have any budget for a costume for all those parties I'll be going to. But I'm not worried about that because...

Oxfam Skegness showcases its fashions!

Oxfam Skegness is holding a special evening wear event on October 23rd from 6-8pm. The event will be held in the shop and will be showcasing the amazing fashionable donations the team have...

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Head to Oxfam to find Winters Tartan Trend

I've always been a massive fan of tartan. As a child my Gran bought me a proper Scottish kilt, sadly I'm not sure what happened to that. When I went to University the first piece of clothing...

Seriously Simple No-Sew Upcycle: From pleated skirt to swishy cape

I was eagerly eyeing up capes a couple of winters ago but never found something that was just right so my lusty yearnings waned and I focused on my next 'must-have' wardrobe staple. ...

Autumn & Winter Vintage Style

As the seasons change we inevitably end up looking into our wardrobes and altering them to fit in with the new nips and chills that we are challenged with daily. Autumn is probably...

Button up! Adding embellishments to your winter knitwear

Pink is going to be a big trend for this autumn/winter - it's in all the magazines and on all the best fashion blogs. It's an unusual choice for autumn and I always think that pink is a spring/summer...

DIY Vintage Button Embellishment

My favourite outfit during winter is a casual dress, tights, Chelsea boots, a big snuggly scarf and the essential winter coat. However, what happens when you arrive at the coffee shop to...

DIY Star Pencil Skirt

Today I am going to take a dress and turn it into a very on trend pencil skirt.  If you have any old dresses that are perhaps wearing a little thin around the armpits this is...

Tag Your Bag: What Can You Donate?

Oxfam and Nectar's fantastic partnership now means that you can collect 2 Nectar points for every £1 your donated item makes when sold in Oxfam shops or online. But what can you donate?...

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