Oxfam Fashion Show during London Fashion Week

On Monday 18th February we hosted our second Fashion Fighting Poverty Catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week. We wanted to showcase how Oxfam is part of the solution to fast fashion by giving clothes a second chance to be sold and preventing them ending up in landfill.

Here at Oxfam we never lose sight of the reason we sell fashion, which is to raise money to help the world’s poorest people. A £10 dress can provide clean water for 10 people in an emergency.


Supermodels and music stars hit the catwalk for Oxfam show during London Fashion Week.

Bella Freud and Nayara Santos De Oliveira in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

Top models Stella Tennant, Daisy Lowe, Lottie Moss and Yasmin Le Bon were joined on the catwalk by super-cool designer Bella Freud and music stars Emeli Sandé and Una Healy.

Yasmin Le Bon and Malaika Firth in Oxfam’s Fashion Fighting Poverty Show 2019. Image: Chris Yates/Oxfam

All the models were styled in Oxfam clothes, selected from the Oxfam Online Shop and Oxfam high street shops by Vogue Contributing Editor Bay Garnett. You can shop the catwalk  here:

Buy our fashion, help fight poverty #FashionFightingPoverty

Les Misérables Comes to Oxfam Batley for the Jo Cox Foundation

By Medina Selman

By day, a simple yet hard-working and bustling Oxfam warehouse – by night, for 3 nights only, was transformed into a theatre holding a very special production of Les Misérables. Titled ‘Hear the People Sing’, the event was produced under the Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company providing many young people with a great opportunity to be part of a unique and once-in-a-lifetime production.


By joining together many schools from the Batley and Spen area, the production was held to raise funds for The Jo Cox Foundation, which aims to maintain the work that the Batley and Spen MP, Jo Cox, had begun and to continue to raise the issues that she cared so strongly and passionately about.

Providing the background for this performance, the selection of Oxfam as the theatre space is poignant as Jo Cox was very much involved with Oxfam over the years and the space provided a fitting setting for this production.


Running from Wednesday 9th August to Saturday 12th August, the production drew in great audiences each night welcomed into the Oxfam Wastesaver based in Batley. Usually the setting for a skilled conveyor of clothes sorting, selling and preparation, the Wastesaver was proud to welcome such audiences and provide a magnificent stage for the home-grown talent bringing life to this rewarding
project. Holding an audience capacity of around 500 people, plus additional stage support and performers, the stage was set for a very memorable night.


Following the transformation of the Oxfam warehouse, it is clear a lot of hard work went into the production. The warehouse became unrecognisable, filled with dazzling lights, a vast sea of seats and impressive stage props.


Stage props

Many congratulations are due for all involved who helped make this an unforgettable production and capturing the spirit of a community that Oxfam was proud to be a part of.

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Get a Sneak Peek of the Treats in Oxfam’s Glastonbury Shops

It’s the final countdown to Glastonbury, the weather forecasts are on our side and the line-up is looking as beautiful as ever. What could be better?

We’ll be back in the Somerset fields this weekend, bringing you Oxfam treats you won’t be able to say no to. From RuPaul-friendly glitz in Treasure Trove to Bowie-loving leather jackets in The Park, the festival shops have you covered this Glasto!

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam


For everything on the wavy spectrum, head to our shop in the Park area. If you’re wanting denim jackets, funky patterned shirts or some fancy jumpsuits then you know where to head!

We’ve even reworked some denim and leather jackets, so if you’re in need of a one-off statement addition to your outfit then you better head down quick. You can, of course, follow our DIY to make your own too.

Glastonbury Style at Park Shop Oxfam

Treasure Trove

This year, we’ve goodbye to the Pom Pom Palace, and said hello to the Treasure Trove. It’s located in the William’s Green area, by the meeting point.

Expect dragtastic glitter and sequins everywhere! From a fully sequined LBD to a gold trench coat even Eurovision’s Verka Serduchka would be jealous of, this shop is the place to be when you’re in need of a sparkle top-up.

Glastonbury Style at Treasure Trove Shop Oxfam


We’re turning the Glade shop into a flower power wonderland. There’ll be 70s florals everywhere, so make sure you’re a part of the revival of the summer of love. It’ll be full of huge floral prints, Hawaiian shirts and hippy trousers galore.

As well as the 70s love, we’ll also be stocking sleeping bags, wellies and socks for all your festival needs! It’ll be a one-stop-shop for all your fashion possibilities (and emergencies).

Glastonbury Style at Glade Shop Oxfam


For those lucky enough to have access to the interstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, make sure to pay us a visit. Previous years have seen the likes of Alexa Chung and Nick Grimshaw have a look at our Barbour jackets, cashmere jumpers and boutique garms. Will Young even bought a beautiful Jaeger jacket to add to his festival

This year’s stock includes a bold pair of leather trousers, a beautiful tapestry skirt and wavy patterned dress that we restyled into a top!


Glastonbury Style at Interstage Shop Oxfam

Be sure to visit us this weekend, and tag us at @OxfamFestShop on both Twitter and Instagram along with the hashtag #foundinoxfam so we can see all your finds. Also, keep an eye on our feeds as we’ll be updating you on everything fashion, music and Oxfam throughout the festival. Let’s just hope there’s no mention of mud this weekend!

Not going to Glastonbury but still want a bit of festival style? Check out our festival collection on the Online Shop.

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‘Dressed By The Kids’ Stylist Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew Talks to Us about Creating the Campaign

Manrutt Wongkaew, stylist for Oxfam’s Dressed By the Kids Campaign, 2017, is a doctor of fashion and dance. He worked alongside the incredible hairstylist Anne Veck and make-up artist, Lauren Kay,  to create a fantastic vision of what Dressed By the Kids looks like in 2017.  He shares his passion for playful colour in his fashion with us today.  Dressed by the Kids happens Friday 16th June so get your kids, nephews, nieces, grandchildren or family friends on board and get ready!


Dinner Ladies

“I see life in full colour. It gives me joy and vitalises me with immense energy. Having worked in fashion corporates where colours were discouraged, I decided to depart from this type of environment and be true to myself. I am a man of colour and I carry vibrant cultural heritage. I believe in colour and it is my vision to return colours back to fashion and the people.

My name is Dr. Manrutt Wongkaew. I am a doctor of fashion and dance. I help independent brands and fashion businesses grow their visual strengths to compete against conglomerate power and fast fashion trends. My features have been included in British GQ, Vogue and The Telegraph. My work is never about fashion, but rather how I push the boundaries of the art-form to connect with the light and shade of human emotion.


When I received a phone call from Oxfam, I was over the moon. It’s an absolute honour to be asked by the team to style their Dressed By The Kids 2017 national campaign. I turned up with 2 large suitcases filled with vibrant accessories and 2 clothes rails full of rainbow-wear, all sourced and hand-picked from the Oxfam warehouse in Milton Keynes. At the shoot, I juxtaposed proportion, pattern and colour to deconstruct visual perceptions of what is conceived as professional attire. A pink teacups baseball cap was worn with a floral retro gown, finished with pink boxing gloves. This was how I dressed my dinner lady. For mum, a wedding dress was married to a pirate hat and accessorised with an oversized pom-pom Hello Kitty necklace. A schoolteacher had a ball as I gave her a globe chained-necklace to be worn with lemon feathered bowler hat whilst her colleague enjoyed a brew in his superhero bathrobe worn over cricket shin pads. The work allows me to be in touch with my inner child and I have let little Manny run wild with his creative imagination. It is not only a fun day at the shoot but it is also my absolute pleasure to help Oxfam fighting poverty with my art. And what a successful campaign it was!

Dropping Off At School


After the shoot, Dressed by the Kids 2017 organiser Kelly O’Connor called me Colour Warrior – a name I hold dear to my heart. The name has inspired me to write a Colour Warrior manifesto which sets its objectives to a) embrace diversity and celebrate individual values; b) to support local artists and fashion start-ups here in the UK; and c) to build an alternative fashion system that is inclusive, nurturing and abuse-free. It warms my heart that Oxfam has seen my value and allowed me to be part of their exciting campaign. Colour has its healing power. Find your inner warrior. Be colourful. Be yourself. Embrace diversity and be the change. Together, we will create another world and live life in full colour. Thank you, Oxfam, for inspiring me on this journey.”

Inspired by Manrutt to let your little ones play stylist for the day? Sign up and share your pledge to join in and pictures of you on the day with #DressedByTheKids on Twitter and Instagram!


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My thoughts on Fashion Revolution Week, Paris 2017

After the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1100 factory workers in 2013, there are no more excuses for the Fashion Industry to continue its traditional practices. Since the Bangladeshi tragedy the Global Movement Fashion Revolution is demanding for more transparency, sustainability and ethics within the industry. I participated in Fashion Revolution Week in Paris this April asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

Fashion Revolution Paris had loads going on – from talks and workshops to film screenings. I discovered a dynamic movement of fashion lovers promoting a greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. With passion and determination, they are raising awareness on the necessity of a radical change on the way fashion is made, sourced and consumed.

Several French brands which put ethics at the centre of their business shared their choices and explained their approaches during the week. The ‘Made in France’ trend is increasing, organic cotton is more and more used, upcycling techniques are widespread, and women’s empowerment adds a real value to some projects.

This is encouraging, especially in a context where the biggest fashion brands are moving slowly. Whilst some bigger brands are publishing their supplier lists, the 2017 Fashion Transparency Index shows the lack of information regarding the impacts of fashion industry practices. We do not know enough about the impact our clothing has on people and planet…. and we definitely need to know!

Fashion Revolution Week in Paris

Photo Credit: Céline Zimmermann

Fashion Revolution believes laws and regulations are key to transforming the Fashion Industry. Consumers’ practices are also decisive, we need to buy less, buy better and keep asking questions about the realities behind what we’re purchasing. We need to love the clothes we already own more and work harder to make them last. 

Mindsets are clearly beginning to shift, but sustainability needs to become a central driver of consumers’ purchasing decisions. So we need to stay mobilised the whole year to put pressure on policymakers and fashion industry. We have the power to insure our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way. So let’s do it & Vive la mode! 

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5 Easy Ways to a More Mindful Wardrobe

Fashion Revolution Week has just ended, with tens of thousands of people asking their favourite brands  #WhoMadeMyClothes and demanding more transparency in the fashion industry. If Fashion Revolution was the first time you’d started to wonder where your clothes come from, and the concept of ethical/sustainable fashion seems like a black hole of endless information, don’t worry! If
you’re just getting started, remember these 
five easy tips and you’ll soon be on your way to a more mindful (and ultimately useable) wardrobe:

Be ethically and ecologically aware of how to change your fashion habits

1. Get More Wear Out Of What You Have

The simplest (but perhaps hardest tip) is to actually wear the clothes you already own! Rather than feeling like you have to buy something brand new every week, which just leads to a mountain of items that don’t go together and that you probably won’t end up wearing again anyway, try “shopping your wardrobe” to rediscover old favourites and put together new outfits that you might not have tried before. If you need inspiration, check out capsule wardrobe bloggers such as Un-FancyStyle
 and INTO-MIND, which offer great tips for a more minimalist lifestyle. Fellow Oxfam Fashion blogger Colleen has done a tutorial on How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe if you need help getting started. It’s also a great idea to check out the many DIY and repair tutorials online and on this blog so you can keep wearing your favourites for longer, which could save up to 70% of clothes being thrown away.

2. Be Wary Of Too Much Washing and Drying

Research done by Levi’s has shown that the biggest environmental impact of our clothing actually comes from “consumer care” – washing and drying in normal speak. Getting more wear out of your clothes before washing can drastically reduce this – try airing out your clothes for a day before chucking them in the laundry bin, wash on lower temperatures and line dry wherever possible. And if you only focus on one item, focus on jeans – according to
Levi’s, by wearing them ten times before washing, American consumers can reduce their water and climate change impact by 77%, U.K. and French consumers by 75% and Chinese consumers by 61%.

“By wearing jeans 10 times before washing, American consumers can reduce their water and climate change impact by 77%”

Levi Strauss Lifecycle Assessment, 2015

3. Upcycle, Swap, Rent

Just three ways of changing up your wardrobe without adding more items – get creative by upcycling pieces you already own (check out A Pair & A Spare or take a look at the Oxfam DIY topic on this blog for some quick and easy DIY ideas), throw a swap party with your friends and family like this one from last
year’s Fashion Revolution
, or join a subscription site like Rent the Runway to try out pieces you would never be able to afford normally.  Renting is the perfect way to get your hands on that top designer dress or bag for a special night or two, and saves you buying a whole new outfit you might be less likely to wear again.

4. Buy Second Hand

If you do want to add to your wardrobe, the most sustainable way of doing this is by buying items that already have a story to tell. Check out your local thrift or charity shop, research kilo sales or vintage markets near to you or hop online to sites like thredUPVestiaire Collective and Oxfam Online, which according to Forbes are growing 17 times faster than traditional retail as the market becomes more and more saturated with stuff. As second hand becomes less of a well-kept secret, it might become more difficult to find amazing items for tiny prices, but nothing beats the treasure-hunt feeling and of finding that perfect piece that no-one else has.

“The combination of millennial custo​mers’ attitudes and the boom of online shopping are creating a threat to ​some retail models that isn’t going away.”

Forbes contributor Richard Kestenbaum, April 2017

5. Support Ethical And Sustainable Brands

Alongside the big players like ReformationPeople TreeEverlane and Zady, it seems like there are hundreds of independent ethical and sustainable fashion brands springing up every day, trying to change the industry in their own small way. Unlike a couple of decades ago, when the term “sustainable fashion” conjured up images of hemp-sack wearing hippies, modern
brands are putting fashion first and showing that is it more than possible to produce beautiful, quality garments that are made with respect to both people and planet. Check out the list of my favourite brands here, or hop over to online boutiques like EthicaA Boy Named Sue and The-Acey to shop their curated selections.

To find out more about Beth check out her author bio or follow her @greenscenestyle on Instagram and  Twitter

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Gemma Cairney and the Rumble in the Jumble Team Are Back for 2017

Rumble in the Jumble, London’s biggest Celebrity Jumble Sale was back again this year hosted by the wonderful Gemma Cairney. The Radio One DJ has run this annual Music Circle jumble sale since 2011 to raise money for Oxfam GB with donations to the sale coming in from big names including Kate Moss, Mark Ronson and Dawn O’Porter. The money raised at this years’ Rumble went to Oxfam’s refugee crisis, you can learn more about the amazing work Oxfam does to help refugees worldwide here. I was lucky enough
to be able to attend on behalf of Oxfam Fashion to keep the Twittersphere in the know about the crazy energy and amazing finds selling for Oxfam at the event. I’ve put together some of my top photos and finds from the sale so, whether you couldn’t make it but still want to get a nosey at the loot or whether you attended and want to relive the joy of the day, you can. 

Rumble In The Jumble 2017

The event is hosted in the Oval Circle in London’s Bethnal Green, a wonderfully quirky area of London hidden away from the trudge of tourists, complete with everything from colourful graffiti to specialist cacti shops. The queue for the Rumble was already halfway down the street a full half an hour before the Rumble was due to start. 

Fearne Cotton and Millie Mackintosh Donated Bags

Buyers were keeping their eyes peeled for those handwritten brown tags that announced celebrity status for the donated item such as this gorgeous blue bag donated by Mille Mackintosh from Made In Chelsea. You could also find bags given as part of a very generous donation by the lovely Fearne Cotton.  

Florence and the Machine Dress, Kate Moss Dungarees and Denim Jacket

Other celebrity finds included this floaty cream and gold detailed dress given by Florence Welch a.k.a. Florence and the Machine. Kate Moss gave several fabulously unique items like this punk-esque pinned denim jacket and cute pair of dungarees dotted with rabbits, guinea-pigs and blue stars.  

Alan Davies Katherine Ryan and Deborah Frances-White

Donations also came in from Deborah Frances-White, host of the Guilty Feminist, stand-up comedian Katherine Ryan and QI’s Alan Davies even included a signed photograph with his shirt.    

Cake and Clothes Rumble In The Jumble

For those who weren’t after a celebrity status to their outfits there was plenty of fashion finds for everyone to enjoy, from vintage to brand-new high-street. There was even a cake stand letting me continue the tradition I started at Re-Fashion of tucking into huge slices of vegan cake whenever I attend an Oxfam sale, in this case a cherry-chocolate brownie, yum!

Oxfam Festival Shop and Shoes

Of course the lovely festival shop team were also at the event bringing in their hand-selected choice of clothing from Oxfam’s donated range. It was so great to see Fran and her team of volunteers giving their all to support this fab event. If you loved their stall check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Bric-a-Brac Meerkat Books Bag Converse

In true jumble sale style the stalls weren’t just limited to clothing with all sorts of bric-a-brac, from books, to toys, making their way onto the tables for browsing by the crowds. My favourite was this adorable pink fluffy bug bag and I am very jealous of whoever took this fella home! 

Rumble In The Jumble Fashion Event

Did you come to Rumble In The Jumble this year? Did you miss it and wish you hadn’t? Let me know in the comments or get in touch with @OxfamFashion on Twitter. Don’t forget to share any pictures of your finds from the day with #RITJ and #foundinoxfam

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See The Highlights From Oxfam Batley’s Bridal Pop-Up Shop (Spoiler – The Dresses Were Gorgeous!)

In March Oxfam Batley’s Sustainable Fashion Events Specialist, Deborah Anderson, shared a series of bridal blogs with us in the lead up to Oxfam Batley’s first ever bridal pop-up shop. Now she’s back giving us her summary of how the event went. You can also read her Vintage Bridal Picks, Behind The Scenes Summary and Tips For Picking The Perfect Dress on our blog or shop bridal online or in your local Oxfam Bridal specialist

On Saturday 25th March we hosted our first ever Brida

l Pop-Up shop at our Batley online hub which was a huge success for us. We raised over £1300 for Oxfam, which is an incredible amount for us, with the majority of brides who visited buying a wedding gown on the day.  

We had over 100 dresses, veils, accessories and homewares on display with as much variety as we could possibly get. Most brides attended and were willing to try any style from vintage dresses to our Vera Wang gown; the surprising success being our alternative collection featuring two-pieces and colourful gowns. Normally we sell dresses through our online website but it was lovely to get a glimpse to the final bridal look! It was a brilliant family day out for some with children helping to pick their favourite dresses and try on the shoes and friends and mothers looking for a hat for
the big day.

Deborah and Sally created personalised goody bags, including the gorgeous Divine Himalayan Salt Chocolate, for all the brides who attended. We also had cupcakes and refreshments available for all our wonderful visitors.

Many of our dresses are available on the Oxfam Online Shop, however, if you’d like to try before you buy you can stop by your local Oxfam Bridal specialist shop or come to one of Oxfam Batley’s Oxstyle events where you can come in and try on our dresses as well as making a bridal appointment to gain advice on what suits you best.

Thank you to all the wonderful brides who came and we hope you have a fabulous wedding day, please tag your bridal photos on social media with #foundinoxfam so we can see those enviable bridal pictures. Follow Oxfam Batley on Facebook or Twitter or follow Oxfam Bridal on Instagram for updates on what treasures we have found and
plenty of upcoming information about our next bridal pop up shop! 

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My Favourite Fashion Picks from Oxfam’s Day at Geek Fest: Marvel and More!

On Saturday 4th March, I went as a part of the Oxfam Festival Shop Team to our first Geek Festival held at Elsecar Heritage Centre, near Barnsley.

I was really looking forward to seeing what outfits people had chosen to wear for the day. I went dressed in a Steam-Punk style outfit and enjoyed allowing others to see a more fun side of me. I have noticed over the years how popular Steam-Punk fashion has become with its great modernized Victorian look. There are more events related to Steam-Punk, such as Whitby Goth weekend and other events around Yorkshire.

Steampunk style and Oxfam's pop up shop

The main focus of the event was the cos-players, from Marvel characters, including Spider Man, Thor, Iron Man to characters from Game of Thrones. The atmosphere was brilliant; it was full of mad, quirky and friendly people out to have a good time with their friends and families. It was also a fun day for the kids too; they could have a photo with their favourite cos-play characters and have a photo with Doctor Who characters and the TARDIS.

Cosplay characters

Doctor Who Tardis and Cosplay

Customers were really impressed with Oxfam’s good selection of dresses, Adventure Time jackets, Marvel bags and Superhero t-shirts.

Here are some of my favourite picks from Oxfam’s donated range:

Smurf top and marvel bag and hoodie

Marvel top and cos play

We really enjoyed going to our first Geek Fest and loved to see the kind of fashion people were into. We hope to do similar events in the future. We would like to thank everyone who either donated or bought an item from Oxfam.



 The GeekFest Guests

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A Vintage Bridal Special: Take a Sneak-Peak Ahead at Batley’s Bridal Collection

The last in the series of Oxfam Wedding Blog Posts by our Sustainable Fashion Events Specialist, Deborah Anderson, in celebration of Oxfam’s first ever Bridal pop up shop at Batley on the 25th of March 2017. Find more details of the event, check out her advice for finding the perfect dress shape or see behind the scenes.

I don’t know about you, but here at Oxfam Online we love all things vintage, especially when it comes to bridal gowns! We have rails upon rails of vintage bridal wear spanning through all the eras, but that doesnt stop us getting excited when a new treasure arrives on our doorstep.

We are ready to launch our premiere Bridal Pop-Up Shop on the 25th March 2017 at our Batley showroom…and I wanted to offer you an inside look at some of the vintage gems we’ll be selling. We’ve picked out one from each vintage era to pique your interest; these and hundreds more
will be available on the day so head over to our Facebook event to find out how you can visit us.


50s Dress


This era can seem only a hop and a step on from 40s
fashion, but it
s fuller, flamboyant and much more fun. There are so many inspirational brides from this decade; Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Kennedy, not to mention Marilyn Monroe! All of these show off the stunning elegance that was the

Weve picked out this simple yet classic 50s handmade dress. Its bursting with a lively and young spirit! It features an iconic skirt gathered from the waist and falling to just below the knee. What really completes it though is the duck egg blue pleated sash. Just picture this matched with a pair of peep toe stiletto heels and your hair pinned up in ringletty twists. Could it get any better?

 60s Dress


The 60s swung in with a burst of vibrancy and new-found
freedom. The fashion for l
ooser, shorter shift dresses with enough room to “twist and shout” of course trickled into bridal wear too. Empire lines replaced the tight fitting bodices of the 50s and floaty sleeves allowed a fresh comfort and movement.
Smooth A-line skirts and high necklines were also particularly characteristic of the era.

Take a look at this perfect pick; with its simple silhouette, boat neckline and slightly flared sleeves, this dress shouts 60s. Complete the look with your hair tucked up in a beehive, a string of pearls around your neck and a pair of pointed toe kitten heels in true 60s fashion.


 70s Dress


Ah, the 70s! Thats when flares kicked in along with an explosion of lacy tiers, floaty trousers and flouncy gathers and sleeves. Bridal fashion was breezy and beautiful, to match the relaxed age of hippies. Whether it was Gerberas, Marigolds, Daisies or Daffodils, yellow was the bridal
bouquet colour of choice, bringing with it a relaxed, sun-kissed vibe.

We absolutely love this dress! It is so packed with character and it shows off the 70s perfectly: the flared sleeves and skirt, the bustier line, the tiered panels graduating down to the show-stopping black hemline. We envisaged this dress stunning the crowds with your hair falling down in long waves, rosy cheeks and white Docs.

 80s Dress


Finally, just when you thought it couldnt get any better,
along come the 80
s! The styles revisit the fit ‘n’ flare silhouettes and flamboyant femininity of the 50s, but with added frills like layers of meringue. 1980’s bridal gowns took a turn for the colourful: blush pinks, pastel peach and apricots, even mints and mauves were popular colours in this decade.

Our 1980’s dress shouts out all of these details. Puffed sleeves, pastel floral detailing, princess bodice and full gathered skirt and layer upon layer of ruffles. It still succeeds in being a stunning dress for the bride who wants to be noticed.


If you fancy yourself as a vintage bride and would like to see firsthand the beautiful dresses Oxfam can offer, why not visit our premiere Bridal Pop-Up Shop on 25th March? We’d love to see you there and can’t wait to find the perfect dress to suit your vintage style.

Head over to our Facebook event to find out more!

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