Miami, FL (CNS) – With the economy in shambles, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes or a vintage Diane Von Furstenberg are more out of reach for some than ever. But the creators of Bigwardrobe.com have an idea that’s so crazy, it just might work…and with over 11,000 members on the site, it already is. Bigwardrobe.com allows you to browse through thousands of people’s closets (just like you would love to do in real life) and allows you to swap clothes with them or offer cash for an item you must have.
The items range from a grungy old T-shirt to a Chloe Paddington handbag. No matter what your flavor, you can either get cash for your old clothes or get a whole new wardrobe for next to nothing. “Recession-chic and clothes swapping are currently the most fashionable things about fashion,” said Jamie Hutchinson, co-founder of Bigwardrobe.com. First Lady and rising fashion icon Michelle Obama even held a clothes swap party in New York City.
The website, which was founded in the UK, aims to create the world’s biggest online wardrobe, to help the fashion-conscious experiencing the current credit crunch and also to keep the billions of dollars in unused clothes to waste more closet space or end up at a landfill. “And also most of this can be given a new home and used as credit crunch currency to swap for other people’s pre-loved fashion,” added Hutchinson. “Our website enables people to do this.”
Bigwardrobe.com, which launched in 2008, has had over 41,000 items listed to date, including items from comedian Russell Brand who donated the clothes for charity. The website includes items from both men and women and with hundreds of swaps taking place daily, it looks like clothes swapping might be the biggest trend in 2009. Hutchinson added, “There’s no doubt that people are more cost-conscious when it comes to looking fashionable and there’s a huge and growing global movement to recycle clothes.”