Get new wardrobe for less than a fiver

CLOTHES swapping could be the ideal way for women to create new wardrobes without the expense of shopping.Swap Style is thought to be Ipswich's first clothes swapping and style event aimed at anyone wishing for a complete makeover to perk themselves up during the recession.

CLOTHES swapping could be the ideal way for women to create new wardrobes without the expense of shopping.

Swap Style is thought to be Ipswich's first clothes swapping and style event aimed at anyone wishing for a complete makeover to perk themselves up during the recession.

As well as the clothes swap there will be professional advice given on hair, make-up, skin care, massage therapy, fitness and styling.

Women of all ages have been invited to bring along a maximum of five items of clothing or accessories they no longer want - anything from Prada to Primark, as long as they are clean and in good condition.

Swappers will be encouraged to pick out five items each for free. Any remaining garments will be donated to the charity Mind, in St Matthew's Street, Ipswich.

Organiser of the event Shereen Barrett, said: “I just love clothes and fashion. My wardrobe is jam-packed, and although I give some to charity my friends are always asking me if they can have this and that.

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“I just thought that recycling and reusing clothes, especially in these credit crunch times, was a good way of getting new clothes.”

Ms Barrett, the 25-year-old Ipswich clothes designer of the Josie and June label, said she had been one of a hundred women invited onto television's Channel Four programme Twiggy's Frock Exchange, where they all swapped clothing and had makeovers.

The event takes place at David Lloyd sports and health club at Ransomes Europark, Ipswich on May 27 from 6pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are �3 in advance or �5 on the door. For tickets or further information telephone Shereen on 07841044875 or e-mail shereenbarrett@hotmail.co.uk.