Alternatives to Boden and Joules.....?

(45 Posts)
bikerunski Sun 24-Aug-08 13:24:13

Am 36+5 and really looking forward to wearing different clothes! I know I won't get my shape and size back straight away, but I can dream.... at least the Autumn Winter collections may be within my reach by Christmas sales.....

Anyway, I used to get a lot osf stuff from Boden, but liek a lot of people have said, their quality and sizing is a biot suspect. I sometimes quite like Joules, but have also found their quality a bit flimsy and their stuff can be a bit "fun" for me.

So, you'll have guessed that I like "posh casual wear". Boden is really the toppermost end of my budget. Don't really like Hobbs - a bit too smart, and a bit too pricey, although have bought the odd formal thing from them in sales.

Are there any good quality alternatives to Boden and Joules? I remember Racing Green with fondness....

bran Sun 24-Aug-08 13:27:39

How about Wrap? I don't really like Boden much though so perhaps I'm not the best to give advice.

Poetry have the same parent company as Wrap so fairly similar stuff.

Both of them have pretty good sales.

Kew online ?
White Stuff

mrswoolf Sun 24-Aug-08 14:42:27

mrswoolf Sun 24-Aug-08 14:43:18
Anna8888 Sun 24-Aug-08 15:08:49

Jigsaw is about to go online - go onto their site and sign up to be informed when they start selling.

hana Sun 24-Aug-08 15:27:46

fat face has some nice stuff

girlnextdoor Sun 24-Aug-08 21:50:48

Crikey- someone else who knows Racing Green- where did they go? Their shop in Regent Street hung around after the mail order closed but is no longer there. IMO they were "replaced" by Boden!

I buy a bit of Boden but can't stand the "obviously Boden" stuff.

I mainly shop at Kew, Jigsaw, White Stuff, tiny bit from Monsoon,( plain stuff not garish brights).

Don't like Fat Face- too shapeless and casual, and trousers have loooooooooow rises for me!

I remember Racing Green too - have still got a stripy top,very threadbare now.

ScummyMummy Sun 24-Aug-08 21:52:36

primark and peacocks

NotAnOtter Sun 24-Aug-08 21:53:26

what fun jigsaw online

hf128219 Sun 24-Aug-08 21:56:26

Toast is nice. Whistles is good. Jigsaw OK.
New Ghost stuff nice for A/W.

I also like Temperley, Anna Sui, Milly and DVF - when I am feeling flush grin

Don't forget Top Shop for some basics.

M&S Limited collection is worth a look too.

Mix stuff up - develop your own style. I am not slating Boden/Joules etc - but too many people (IMO) look the same these days.

FluffyMummy123 Sun 24-Aug-08 21:57:28

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Gosh scummymummy, that's a bit downmarket.

bikerunski - I was about to suggest Matalan's new range. grin

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Sun 24-Aug-08 21:59:59

white stuff
fat face


crew clothing

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Sun 24-Aug-08 22:00:00

white stuff
fat face


crew clothing

Heated Sun 24-Aug-08 22:01:56

great plains

hf128219 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:02:12

Gap yes - but white stuff, fat face, crew clothing too casual attire for me.

FluffyMummy123 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:02:17

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hf128219 Sun 24-Aug-08 22:03:33

Most shops in a town are crap. All the same.

wessexgirl Sun 24-Aug-08 22:03:38

Go to John Lewis or Debenhams or similar. Browsetastic.

southeastastra Sun 24-Aug-08 22:04:53

big cardigans are in again

ScummyMummy Sun 24-Aug-08 22:05:40

peacocks is the new boden for credit crunch generation

EachPeachPearMum Sun 24-Aug-08 22:17:57

Banana republic have some nice stuff.

Racing Green...<reminisces>... it was always next to The Sweater Shop! (remember them?)

sushistar Sun 24-Aug-08 22:21:29

Second Peacocks! Peacocks rocks! And this season I am wearing...
George at Asda. All my SMP will stretch to...

barking Sun 24-Aug-08 22:28:26

brora sometimes good, this season not as strong as last year
Toast is my favourite

tigermoth Mon 25-Aug-08 09:01:53

ebay is always worth a look. I've bought quite a few jigsaw things on ebay at a fraction of the price. There are always tons of Monsoon things listed - I think there must be a few wholesalers out there. If you save money that way, you can splash out on a few extra, extra, posh things from the shops.

Primark rocks! The quality may vary from item to item but if you look hard, you really can get some great bargains. I have some Primark T shirts and jeans that are every bit as good as their expensive rivals and have lasted for years. Go to a big store to browse.

Gobbledigook Mon 25-Aug-08 09:04:40

Toast? Good God - saw a brochure of theirs teh other day. V odd clothes.

God, I remember Racing Green - I got my graduation dress from there!

Gobbledigook Mon 25-Aug-08 09:05:16

M&S Limited Collection seems qutie good and not too expensive

FluffyMummy123 Mon 25-Aug-08 09:10:28

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JackieNo Mon 25-Aug-08 09:37:20

I still have a Racing Green dress that's been going for ages - they're still around, but only do menswear now.

bikerunski Mon 25-Aug-08 10:04:10

iCod and Wessexgirl
Shops, yes, great idea, but nearest decent ones an hour away. Now I have finished work, really don't want to have to go into town (bumpkin me). I have never been much of a shopper, and with dc due soon, am very much a mail order girl!

Have looked at Seasalt - quite like that. Have never really "got" Toast. I did splash out on a skirt of theirs once, and it went straight back. Nothing like in the catalogue.

White Stuff, yes, had forgotten about them.

Do agree that Peacocks and Primark may be the way ahead for credit crunch maternity pay. Could be worth a trip into town, although they are both closer than the city centre and less aggro to get too.

Just need to see what size I am when winter hits!

Heated Mon 25-Aug-08 10:23:20
cupsoftea Mon 25-Aug-08 10:43:36

Faced with the same prob - no time to go round the shops.
Have you tried Lands end - v. good for trousers and tops.

cupsoftea Mon 25-Aug-08 10:45:09
girlnextdoor Mon 25-Aug-08 12:52:53

I hate Toast- they look all droopy, and countrified in a very mumsy way- just can't see the appeal, except they seem to survive on selling an upper-middle class/upper class , rural lifestyle.

Pannacotta Mon 25-Aug-08 18:49:02

Great Plains, Phase Eight, Monsoon, Seasalt, Fat Face, White Stuff, all are good and nicer than Boden IMO.

barking Mon 25-Aug-08 19:01:43

Also saltwater
sister company of seasalt - more toastlike

weepootle Mon 25-Aug-08 19:14:19

Cottonfield. Though it's quite hard to come by these days, is usually sold through small boutiques.

maywills Fri 22-Nov-13 20:14:51

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Windowbasket Fri 22-Nov-13 20:49:39

These threads you are posting on are years old!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 22-Nov-13 21:24:27

Oh that's really funny. The op would have a five year old by now!

How do these old threads pop up?

Funny how when threads are revived like this it's usually by somebody with a recommendation.........hmm

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Fri 22-Nov-13 22:50:42

Ah, yes, I see!

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