Is it wrong to even flick through a Lands End catalogue?

(92 Posts)
moondog Tue 20-Aug-13 15:09:49

Just checking.
Or is it only worn by v fit but ancient well off elderly Americans on a world tour.
(Before anyone starts, there is no apostrophe. They got rid. Too complicated for clientele apparently.)

dottygamekeeper Tue 20-Aug-13 21:22:03

I bought a beautiful mac from Lands End years ago - a bit like the Boden rainy day ones, it is cream with a green and black flower pattern. Every time I wear it, someone stops me and comments favourably on it (most notable comments from a Parisian shop assistant in a very smart shop on the Ile Saint-Louis, and a rather good looking man in a lift in Selfridges, much to the amusement of the DCs!). However, some of the other stuff is rather frumpy...pick carefully...

moondog Tue 20-Aug-13 22:04:32

Damart not pretending to be nnaything it's not though is it?
There was a clinical need for that malarkey in times before central heating. I'm partial to a thermal vest which is suspiciously Damart-esque. Does the trick on long mountain walks.

sophiedaal Tue 20-Aug-13 22:29:01

The Land's End models envy the Per Una girls for their easy gig - some of the expressions in the catalogue, particularly in the turtle neck section, are so strained they almost look photoshopped on from a completely different woman.

BUT

if you pick the right down jacket, they're unbeatably warm, and very cheap in the end of season sales. I've got a parka and a hooded gilet, both with generous furry hoods, perfect for autumn-winter-spring dog walking. I don't have any myself, but I always imagine the cosy flannel pyjamas are deliciously toasty too, and cheaper than condoms for birth control purposes.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 20-Aug-13 22:29:19

Oh dear. I have just accidentally ordered another swimsuit from LE, while looking at backpacks for dd. I like LE for basics that won't frighten the horses but would absolutely not buy anything from Cotton Traders (not least because everything is plastered with their hideous logo).

mamamidwife Tue 20-Aug-13 22:34:34

What strange twilight zone have I entered? Or has time gone back 20 odd years?
Maybe I will flick through this JML catalogue that fell through the letterbox... smile

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 20-Aug-13 22:36:06

But for those of us who are too old not aiming for high fashion ...

helzapoppin2 Tue 20-Aug-13 23:22:27
FreshLeticia Tue 20-Aug-13 23:37:18

I just rather fancied their clog boots for knocking around in here

SconeRhymesWithGone Wed 21-Aug-13 02:00:08

I was once invited to an ugly holiday sweater party. I really could have used that first one with the curtains and the turkey. I think it would have won the prize. grin

FunInTheSunD Wed 21-Aug-13 05:34:50

do they still do the colour ed snow boot? They were fab

FunInTheSunD Wed 21-Aug-13 05:52:27

Just checked. .. ignore me... it must have been Cotton Trader...

#shutsdooronwayout blush blush

SunnyPath Wed 21-Aug-13 06:28:11

Agree the stuff for kids is good. My DD has a summer dress that is good quality, soft, well-fitting and looks lovely which she has lived in this summer. Most things I have bought from there have ended up in the charity shop as they don't quite fit right/ don't look like they did in the picture etc although I would think their outdoor stuff is good.

snowlie Wed 21-Aug-13 06:59:53

I found myself liking their boiled wool coat in black or blue - nice simple design.

Also contemplating ordering some leopard skin courts in my never ending quest for shoes which don't blister my feet.

Their swimwear is brilliant, their kids clothes are fantastic but I've never bought clothing from them - I bet my DM would love it though!

GrimmaTheNome Wed 21-Aug-13 10:17:45

If you order shoes note their sizing is off, they now say to order half size bigger. Why they don't just alter their US->UK mapping I don't know.
I've got some water shoes packaged up waiting to be returned. DH has some which he's found pretty good though.

moondog Wed 21-Aug-13 10:36:10

Snowlie, yes that is nice and a lot cheaper than Boden's.
Can't beat a bit of boiled wool.

sophiedaal Wed 21-Aug-13 10:51:11

Actually, I'm going to slap my own wrist for being a snide cow. Land's End is no worse than 80% of what's currently in M&S, and there's an honesty about some of the clothes that is actually quite endearing. Like this Hermione Granger, English teacher, outfit

Agree Sophie, it is quite no nonsense.
Have ordered DD a pair of boots as she wanted a change from Boden ones www.landsend.co.uk/Girls%27-Marley-Riding-Boots/pp/P_26068.html?cgid=5948 and am hoping for good things following comments on here.
Am also considering one of the down coats as they are longer than Boden's, cheaper and there is more colour choice. Am under no illusion that I will look like a Michelin man, but cannot do another winter without serious cocoonage.

MaureenDaly Wed 21-Aug-13 12:14:55

Good for some basics. Swimwear that doesn't rise up your arse or shrink after the first swim, and parkas, agreed.
Very good quality.
Excellent refund policy. They will refund something if you've had it for 6 months.
But I'm an old rural living 'outdoorsy shortarse' thanks Grimma grin. If you're under 35, and glamorous, don't listen to me.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 21-Aug-13 12:49:42

Hawkshead is good for outdoorsy shortarses too - short length walking trousers and their fleeces fit me (probably not good for tall people).

cressetmama Wed 21-Aug-13 12:59:09

Whispers... in the US LE have a range called Canvas, which is often more appealing. The colours are generally better, a bit more subtle, and some of the fabrics are good... I have bought cargoes and chinos, a linen hoody and a down gilet in their sales and been delighted, but then, I am outdoor woman in rural Cornwall!

MarianForrester Wed 21-Aug-13 14:11:47

I stopped looking after I found myself coveting a full length duvet dressing gown.

Things had gone Too Far...

lurkingaround Wed 21-Aug-13 14:28:25

OMG OMG I am at Gone Too Far. I have just remembered I have bought something from LE!!! I bought a pair of snow boots-type-things at their end of sale last spring. For almost £0. And I am delighted with them blush. They are waterproof, enviably warm and suitably unstylish. Fecking catalogue addiction

valiumredhead Wed 21-Aug-13 15:03:13

I order tops and swimming costumes from them, very good quality and nicely cut. Nothing too exiting just good basic wear.

MrsDeVere Wed 21-Aug-13 15:09:52

The leopard shoes are ok.
But they are not going to help me on the Kessingland to Soutwold path are they?!

I just cant do it. I think I will go to Sports Direct. com and buy tracksuits.

Ugly but cheap.
Which is better than ugly and expensive.

I am genuinely sorry but those sort of clothes actually depress me.

I am a shallow Londoner aren't I? blush

helzapoppin2 Wed 21-Aug-13 15:28:16

No, there's just still hope for you!

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