Barnardo’s Cymru team up with students in South Wales to raise awareness through fashion

Inspired by recent runway shows? You might be surprised to know you can recreate the designer looks by dropping into your local charity shop.

Fashion promotion students from the University of South Wales have been proving you can get the look for less with the help of clothes and accessories from Barnardo’s Cymru shops in Thornhill and Rhiwbina, Cardiff.

Inspired by big names such as Henry Holland and Ryan Lo who have gone for daring prints, statement sleeves and ruffles for the coming autumn, the students discovered they could capture the essence of their looks for just £10 to £15 an outfit.

They took most of their inspiration from Henry Holland whose latest rodeo-themed collection featured cowboy-style fringes and boots, bold, clashing prints and flared trousers.

Student Ellie Williams said: “We never thought we could create high end fashion from charity shop items but in fact it was quite easy to recreate the looks by using lots of layers, clashing prints and bright colours.”

David Howells, Barnardo’s Cymru area business manager, said: “The students have created some wonderful, cutting edge looks using the clothes in Barnardo’s Cymru stores while having a lot of fun too. It proves you can get a great look at a great price while also helping some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families in Wales.”

Barnardo’s Cymru runs almost 100 services across Wales. Their work ranges from adoption and fostering to supporting young carers who have to look after parents or siblings from a young age. They provide intensive support for children who have been abused, for care leavers and for parents struggling to cope. They work with individuals, schools and communities.

You can find out more about the charity’s work, its shops and volunteering opportunities at www.barnardos.org.uk

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