28 - where do you shop?

(32 Posts)
98percentchocolate Sat 06-Jun-15 22:43:25

Fed up of the likes of New Look and H&M - went in today and was surrounded by teenagers in crop tops. Felt very out of place at the grand old age of 28. I have no idea where to shop though.
I love classic and elegant looks, but school run suitable. (Think Victoria Beckham) I want "roll out of bed elegance" if that makes sense?
Here is the catch. I am poor. Very poor. Would love to shop at the likes of Reiss but H&M and New Look are more my budget.
Any suggestions please? I am utterly clueless and in desperate need of help!

Binglet Sat 06-Jun-15 22:50:59

Bumping as I am in exactly same boat.

Wearit Sat 06-Jun-15 22:52:49

Oasis
Zara
Dorothy Perkins

98percentchocolate Sat 06-Jun-15 22:54:22

Binglet - I posted this on Facebook earlier too (outs self) and everybody was clueless.

98percentchocolate Sat 06-Jun-15 22:55:21

Thank you Wearit - I love Oasis. Tend not to go in Zara as my local branch makes me feel a bit uncomfortable but will give them another chance.

Binglet Sat 06-Jun-15 22:55:49

I like DP actually. Haven't ventured there for a while. No Zara near me though. I hate online shopping for clothes which doesn't help.

DreamingOfTheBeach Sat 06-Jun-15 22:57:17

I like new look and am just about 30.

I also find fat face is great (especially their sales)

aFullOnMonet Sat 06-Jun-15 22:58:43

I'm 27 and most of my clothes are from TK Maxx now I think about it.

Shadow1986 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:58:45

Warehouse
Oasis
Miss selfridge
New look
River island
Dorothy Perkins
Zara

Online - very, asos

I hate the whole crop top trend and can't wait for shops to stock normal sized tops again!!

Binglet Sat 06-Jun-15 23:02:19

I agree about the crop tops. I always think too much about the camel toe situation confused

98percentchocolate Sat 06-Jun-15 23:02:23

YY to the crop top trend! Aren't they cold????
Googling lots now. DP gone to hide the credit card.

MegMogandOwlToo Sat 06-Jun-15 23:02:40

Mostly Dorothy Perkins and oasis, but do get some plainer items from new look, next and Primark.

Binglet Sat 06-Jun-15 23:04:43

Ive only ever bought DD clothes from Next. Might pop in and have a look. Got some birthday money to spend thank god as I am very poor too OP.

TheFormidableMrsC Sat 06-Jun-15 23:21:55

I am nearly 46 and have no issue with wearing skinny jeans or anything else. I like all the high street shops although River Island has taken a bit of a dive lately. Again, the crop top issue, my 17 year old with her 22 inch waist looks fabulous. It is unrealistic though. I love Monsoon, I use e-bay quite a lot for premium brands I couldn't otherwise afford. BooHoo is good, Joules is good (although that requires a budget and is a treat buy for me). ASOS is amazing as they cater for just about everybody. I think it's just about being comfortable with your style and less to do with where you shop. There is a website "Everything 5 pounds", I get quite a bit on there although you don't know the brands but have mostly received Topshop pieces, it is a bit hit and miss though. I also love Topshop and buy from there as much as I can. I am very much of the view that it doesn't matter where it comes from or the various sizes, just go with what you're comfortable with.

aFullOnMonet Sun 07-Jun-15 11:16:31

I've noticed the crop top trend. I really wanted to wear a trouser suit for a wedding I'm attending soon so looked on ASOS. All the options were trousers and a crop top.

On the note, if any of you know of a nice trouser and non-crop top combo I could wear to a summer wedding, don't be shy!

JustWanaBeHappy Sun 07-Jun-15 11:22:46

pfft try being 35

I loved being 28 and trendy and skinny I wore what the fuck I wanted

YOU ARE STILL SO YOUNG OP shop where the fuck you want

avocadotoast Sun 07-Jun-15 11:28:35

Not a bloody clue. I'm 27 and just had a baby two weeks ago. I'm lucky in that my pre-pregnancy jeans fit again now but I don't feel like I have anything else to wear. Trying to find tops I can feed in is a bloody nightmare!

Want2bSupermum Sun 07-Jun-15 11:29:05

I mix and match. I get tops in the granny part of the department store where they are always longer, pants from the ranges for 20 something's and everything else is from the sales of more expensive stores or charity shops. I do a lot of jeans (colours I have are blue, black, red, pink and white) with a tshirt and jacket (brown velvet, Chanel style knock off, navy, black, red and purple) for everyday. It's easy and foolproof in that it's not fashionable so your not in style to go out of it IYKWIM.

My work clothes are a different kettle of fish I won't bore you with.

Floisme Sun 07-Jun-15 11:49:23

I'm treading in very carefully here as I'm more than twice your age but I regularly shop at H&M!

Once you get past the displays and the 'magazine shoot' section it has loads of classic, elegant stuff. The quality is a bit random (like the sizing) but it can be suprisingly good. I do tend to steer clear at weekends but if you go midweek you'll see lots of women like me there and I promise you we never wear crop tops grin

98percentchocolate Sun 07-Jun-15 13:40:11

Avocado - congratulations! And very envy that you are back in your pre-pregnancy clothes already - I'm still not back in and DD is well into her third year now!

I've been googling all night and today checking out the online selection. H&M is definitely a case of being scared off by the teenagers in there yesterday. Their website has some great basics and some really elegant pieces. Think I'm going to take Floisme's advice and go midweek (providing DD plays ball!)

Thanks for all of the advice, good to know I'm not alone! I think I need to do more research before I go shopping in the future and AVOID Saturdays!

Want2b - I love the sound of your jacket - I think that's what I'm aiming for. Understated, elegant piece that can be worn without too much effort or fuss.

The formidable - what is the delivery like on everything5pounds? Getting mixed reviews on t'interwebs.

justjuanmorebeer Sun 07-Jun-15 14:40:02

I like cos and stories. Pricey but you can get some good stuff on ebay. I buy most stuff new or barely used on ebay to be honest, I rarely go physical shopping.
Check out the website brandalley, that can be really good sometimes. I got a bunch of Jaeger boutique items last year for £20 ish reduced from 200 per item.
Otherwise tkmaxx is good if you have the stamina.

squizita Sun 07-Jun-15 14:52:02

Zara, Uniqlo, LOGG from H&M, Next.

I also go to charity shops in rich high streets and find worn once designer stuff (obviously you can't bank on this method, it's more a luck thing).
I also buy a lot of vintage and high quality (not silly prom dresses) repro for work. Lasts well and timeless.

I am slightly ageing rock/vintage in style.

squizita Sun 07-Jun-15 14:55:47

Oh but for the record I'm 10 years older than you.
I had a "dress like a grown up" phase in my 20s and now really regret it as though I subscribe to "wear what you want at any age" work and kids get in the way ... I view my gap/white company flirtations aged 25-7 as wasted years of boring clothes, fuelled by the silly idea grown ups with proper jobs in Surrey dressed a certain way ... moved back to London and felt like lamb dressed as mutton! grin

Googlers123 Sun 07-Jun-15 15:03:53

Hm have got loads of more classic things in, just look at the clothes and stop looking at the young customers

Want2bSupermum Sun 07-Jun-15 15:33:29

Thanks! What's awesome about wearing jeans/ skirt, tshirt and jacket is that while it's plain it's easy to figure out what I'm wearing. I used to dress very differently but with 2 young kids I just don't have the time for it.

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