BARGAIN FASHION: Sylvia Georgiou, Carolyn Hunter and Marie Clare practice their poses before the fashion parade.
BARGAIN FASHION: Sylvia Georgiou, Carolyn Hunter and Marie Clare practice their poses before the fashion parade. Scott Powick

Dress to impress

THE mere mention of the name Louis Vuitton is enough to make most girls' eyes roll in their heads.

At the upcoming Trinity Anglican Mission Op Shop fashion parade, savvy bargain hunters will find clothing from the big LV, Gucci, Versace, Chanel and Sass and Bide labels just to name a few, and all at miniscule prices.

Parade organiser Sheryl Langton said the event inspired sheer madness in parade-goers.

"It takes us 12 months to put it all together and there is so much good stuff it's almost unbelievable," she said.

"It's all kept at home and it drives my husband mad, but never mind."

Op shop volunteers put a lot of effort into organising the shop and putting aside those extra special pieces when they find their way into the store.

"It's a real team effort and you get a little thrill when you find something special," Mrs Langton said.

"You may find a great top but it may take three months to find a skirt to match with it."

The parade, promoted as being a full designer label showcase, will display more than 100 garments, ranging from casual wear to evening dress, including accessories and men's wear, and the best part is it is all up for grabs after the show.

And as for the best bargain-getting strategy? Mrs Langton said there wasn't one. It is literally first in best dressed.

"It is everybody for themselves. The beauty of it is everyone is a different size," she said.

"At the end of the day it is a lot of fun and that is what it is all about."

Entry to the September 17 event is $2 beginning at 1pm at the Trinity Anglican Mission Church.

Money raised will help buy food hampers and vouchers and provide private counselling and clothing for people in need.



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