Shops you don't go to anymore...

(127 Posts)
libertychick Thu 17-Jan-13 22:26:55

Decided today Hobbs is off my list of shops. I went in and tried on several dresses, skirts etc. It all looked exactly like everything I have ever bought before from them. It's a bugger as it suits me, is appropriate for where I work and v gratifying as in several items in there I fit a size 10 (and I am not a size 10) but if I keep shopping there I will look the same way for ever...

Any other shops people have decided to abandon?

Mockingcurl Thu 17-Jan-13 22:34:39

Next. No idea why anyone shops there.

Reiss - overpriced, inconsistently sized tat
Karen Millen - occasional nice item but mostly a WAG graveyard.
Jane Norman - poor WAG's Karen Millen
H&M - narrow aisles too crowded with creased garments

PoppyWearer Thu 17-Jan-13 22:40:30

Anywhere that doesn't have a decent website if the size I want isn't in stock.

H&M for clothes for me, because the sizing is so completely random. I was at most size 14 in jeans a year ago post-DC2 but couldn't get in their size 20 jeans! Still use it for the DCs.

I used to lie in New Look and River Island as a teenager, but no more.

Also used to buy a lot in Debenhams, but can't be arsed anymore.

I haven't abandoned but wouldn't ever buy from:

Next (used to get shoes there about 20 years ago but it is beyond hideous now)

Jane Norman - slag clothes for teenagers

Fat Face - toddler clothes for adults

White Stuff - horrible thin fabrics, like a nastier Boden

Boden - used to have just one or two nice things but v overpriced and quality not great

Ted Baker -some of their things are nice but they are getting more and more polyesterish and they are so expensive for what they are (plastic shopping bags for £40 etc)

Zara - like a jumble sale, insane sizes and miserable if not outright rude staff

In fact, I'm surprised there's anywhere left.

New Look - full of scary people in leggings

Top Shop. Mainly full of hideous crap
Ditto Primark

Mantaray at Debenhams - explosion in a colour warehouse

Gingersnap88 Thu 17-Jan-13 22:46:06

Top shop- I used to live in there but now everything too short / too loud / too sparkly. I'm officially old blush

H&M- random sizing

Anywhere full of polyester, it irritates my skin..

ifancyashandy Thu 17-Jan-13 22:47:35

Dorothy Perkins. Cheap looking and nasty fabrics.
New Look. As above
Jane Norman. To be fair, never have...
Reiss. Too TOWIE.
Karen Millen. As above.
Monsoon. Toddler clothes for adults also. Over embellished and frumpy.
Next. Words fail...
LK Bennett. No desire to dress like K-Mid

Lakota Thu 17-Jan-13 22:57:10

I have almost run out of shops I like - never really liked Next, just horribly dull work clothes and no idea why people would want to get there at 5am just to save a fiver off some polyester trousers or babygro emblazoned with the shop's name. River Island is somewhere my Father in law's partner (who sees me once a year, maximum) buys me clothes from every Christmas. This is lovely of them, but challenging, and every year I have to return something odd and struggle to find something to exchange it for.

Croydon topshop is rubbish compared to most and appears to have closed down. Allders has shut its doors finally. Oasis no longer has a stand alone in town either, and we've never had a Warehouse (which I usually like), just concessions. And although I can always find tops there, they're usually viscose and say hand wash on them. Of course I don't do this, and they develop holes.

libertychick Thu 17-Jan-13 23:01:23

Gosh, this is making me realise how many shops I don't like! Agree with almost everything listed here apart from Topshop which I think is good for shoes and sometimes knitwear and I had given up on H&M but a new one has opened near where I work which is spacious and tidy and I am now rediscovering it - the sizing is totally random...great scarves and accessories.

Glad someone else doesn't like Zara Remus everyone seems to love it which makes me feel old as whenever I go in there I leave feeling hot, stressed and fat.

Any yy to not liking Next - why does anyone bother (apart from kids clothes) and the queues for the Next sales leave me totally mystified...

libertychick Thu 17-Jan-13 23:05:03

Just realised that I posted on the 'wearing it today' thread that I wore a Next jumper today grin - Christmas present from my mother! Washed once, worn about 3 times, it will be ready for the bin after one more wash I think.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Jan-13 23:05:41

DP, Monsoon, Next, Reiss, Planet, Clarks is pushing it, Great Plains. In fact everywhere I used to buy clothes from. The White Co is the only shop that still has stuff I like.

I used to LOVE Reiss <sob>

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Jan-13 23:06:47

Jaeger is still nice though, but pricey. I'm waiting for the sale on the sale!

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Jan-13 23:07:28

<disclaimer> I haven't bought anything from DP for about 30 years

YouOldSlag Thu 17-Jan-13 23:10:04

I used to love Monsoon when it was all boho and embellished and feminine. Now it's structured and overpriced and everything is sleeveless.

ifancyashandy Thu 17-Jan-13 23:11:13

LOVE Jaeger Boutique! And Zara (sorry!). Whistles is also great (although less so this season). Cos also lovely.

Also hate Oasis. Crappy fabrics. Hate Fat Face, Boden and anything like that. The colours are so self consciously 'muted'.

Monty27 Thu 17-Jan-13 23:12:54

Agree with ALL of the above.

I've stopped shopping. I'm wearing and wearing the nice stuff I've already got. it might be an age thing

YouOldSlag Thu 17-Jan-13 23:18:10

Once I went above a size 16 I stopped going to DP, River Island, Next, Topshop and Monsoon. they might do the sizes, but it's usually a bit short or skimpy or sleeveless.

Startail Thu 17-Jan-13 23:19:00

H&M adult sizes are hopeless,
DD1 is a 12, occasionally a 10, but a 14 in H&M

I couldn't get into an 18 (ok I'm not the smallest 16, I can't get into gap jeans. But every where else I'm fine).

Most kids stuff seems about right on DD2.

My bugbear is tops. Long sleeved, cotton, everyday tops. Not plain and not yet more stripes. And not mummsy flowery tunics.

M&S, next and debenham's used to manage it. These days it's more likely to be Sainsbury's.

There is no sense of occasion to doing your clothes shopping in Sainsbury's .

ZenNudist Thu 17-Jan-13 23:21:32

Have abandoned a lot if the shops in here, the rest I never went to, although after years if boycotting next I found some nice stuff there this year. Cheap so it doesn't matter as I'll have to chuck it next year.

I am annoyed at banana republic. Clothes looked great, if overpriced, got myself a whole work wardrobe after mat leave, one year on its all fallen apart, gone bobbly, stinks as is polyester etc, really bad quality suit rides up all the time etc, shoes unravelled at the front - they refused to take them back as they were too old despite me wearing all my other work shows for years and these ones collapsed in a year in a way no other shoe has ever done. Quality is appalling!!

Anyone else disappointed in BR?

Everywhere I go is a sea of bad quality polyester in terrible cuts and finishes. I tend to shop around John Lewis but even that's not foolproof.

cazza40 Thu 17-Jan-13 23:21:33

Karen Millen ... Nothing fits now
Lk Bennett .. Overpriced and pushy sales assistants
French Connection ... Overpriced
Topshop .. I still shop here but only online as I just feel so bloody old in there

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 17-Jan-13 23:21:47

Love Whistles esp their knit wear, but again too pricey if not in a sale, and they never are

Monty27 Thu 17-Jan-13 23:25:50

It's not my size that stops me (I'm an 8/10 and for unhappy reasons so not a stealth boast), it's:

The people
The mess
The noise
The overpriced goods
The crap service
The crap designs, there's nothing new
The crap public transport system we have
The crap parking we have

o I could go on.

My wardrobe is already full of stuff, stuff and more stuff and I'm determined to use it.

Might not just be an age thing. It might be austerity measures as well......

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