Whistles. Opinions?

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Wondered what the mumsnet folks make of Whistles?

I find myself occasionally drawn to something on the site, sometimes in store, but have never took the plunge. I kind of shudder at the prices considering they are hardly a designer brand, more like high end high street. Do you think their products are value for money, or a bit of a rip off? I still can't get my head around a floaty 100% polyester dress for £150.

Thoughts?
Shapeless shite?

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 14-Jan-13 18:46:33

I think quite a lot of their stuff is nice and generally its good quality. I do tend to wait for a 25% off grazia offer though.

scarlet76 Mon 14-Jan-13 18:49:10

I like Whistles and think in general the quality is good. Especially on knitwear. Prices quite high for me though so it has to be sale or discount.

Last year I had to return two items which started falling apart after one wear. They were exchanged without issue, but it irritated me. I do like their stuff, but if it's not as special as the price suggests. If I am going to pay £35 for a t-shirt I will wait for the sales and buy Alexander Wang or Vince. They are also terrible vanity dozers IMO.

Sizers. Thank you iPhone.

MarshaBrady Mon 14-Jan-13 18:56:40

I feel the same about the prices.

MarshaBrady Mon 14-Jan-13 18:57:22

Ie too high for what it is.

MooMinCow Mon 14-Jan-13 19:06:51

I've never bought anything from there, but my friend does, and last time we went shopping I tried and bought this Bella dress in the sale. Is a lovely flattering fit, and silk, so didn't mind spending £95 (but not sure I would spend £150 on it).

I'm not sure about the other stuff, but will keep an eye out in the future.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 14-Jan-13 19:07:48

Their sizing is enormous - its generally cut for pear shapes so their dresses never work on me.

The tops also have very wide shoulders.

But I do still like the odd thing although most of my whistles stuff is from a couple of years back apart from my lovely Elise coat.

DizzySiddal Mon 14-Jan-13 19:09:00

Well, I bought a lovely leather Whistles bag from TK Maxx last week reduced from £250 to a tenner, and it's lovely!

FrancesFarmer Mon 14-Jan-13 19:09:52

I have quite a few nice dresses from Whistles from a few years back and they are great. A silk, vintage-style dress, a black and white Chanel-ish one and a gorgeous watercolour print dress are particular favourites. I also have a great olive green winter coat from two years ago.

However, I find their designs the last few months don't do anything for me. Too much leather and the dresses are so obviously trendy that they will clearly be passé soon and so, are not worth the high price e.g. the Bella dresses have a nice shape but are too obviously of their time and the rectangular designs on many of their garments will also date fast.

MarshaBrady Mon 14-Jan-13 19:15:25

Also it's not really me so I'm not moved to buy it. Whereas a friend wears Whistles and it really suits her.

Stevie77 Mon 14-Jan-13 19:32:47

I have a lovely Whistles dress bought for £50 in a sale. It is really flattering but a nightmare to wear and even worse to get off (basically, if I was single I'd be screwed!).

Will only pay sale/outlet prices, find it otherwise overpriced for what you get in terms of materials and quality.

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 14-Jan-13 19:35:52

I and a beautiful suit pre-DS waist. I agree their sizing especially on tops is vast though. It is expensive, but if I like something I will wait and get in a discount bonanza. Assistants in Bluewater very nice IME.

Most of their stuff is completely the wrong shape for me, as a petite but norky hourglass. The tops are shapeless and usually far, far too big across the back and shoulders - if I go smaller then they don't fit my norks. The dresses tend to be huge on the back and too long in the waist for me too - also, lots of them are not shaped enough for me.

Have only had a couple of things from them (in sales) and tbh I didn't think the quality was great (even sale prices are still quite expensive).

sansucre Mon 14-Jan-13 19:37:40

Every season, I want it to be brilliant but it's never quite hits the spot. I had such high hopes when Jane Shepherdson took over but it just doesn't seem to be working.

I used to like their dresses but I resent paying £150 for something that's polyester, so don't. Usually I wait for the Grazia coupon but I don't think I actually bought anything with their last one. In fact, despite being given a book of Whistles 'fashion rations' last Autumn which entitled me to a 25% discount, I only used a few as there was nothing I really wanted to buy and what I did buy was mostly accessories and an excellent double layer very thick lycra/jersey khaki tube skirt.

And on another note, I go to their Spitalfields branch whenever I'm passing (it's my local branch) and it's very, very disconcerting to be ignored by the staff every single time. While it's great they keep their distance, I find it rather appalling that they can't even be bothered to say hello to me, particularly as I always make sure I greet them (I work in a showroom, so it's second nature to me to say hello when I walk into a shop and I also notice !)

HomeEcoGnomist Mon 14-Jan-13 19:40:07

Would sum it up as overhyped and underwhelming

I actually think it's got worse since Jane Shepherdson took over. More shapeless, less pretty and some truly hideous trousers for example.

justasecond Mon 14-Jan-13 20:00:54

It was crap this season, very run of the mill. I have a few whistles things from last year and before but always bought with discount/on sale. In general I find it overpriced and boring.

AwkwardSquad Mon 14-Jan-13 20:08:02

Used to like Whistles very much, though had to wait for the sales. Lovely prints, flattering cut, good material, good knitwear and basics. But for the last few years, it's been... Meh. Bizarre shapes that make me look like an American footballer, more and more use of polyester (like Ted Baker etc) and trying too hard to be 'directional' but failing. Shame.

Can't get on with Reiss either, and loathe Zara. Overpriced tat. If only I could afford the clothes that I do like. Sigh.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 14-Jan-13 20:09:42

But its special french polyester you know wink

Reiss is the king of overpriced tat shop - honestly you'd struggle to find a a natural fabric in that shop

AwkwardSquad Mon 14-Jan-13 20:15:22

Go in wearing tackety boots and the whole place would go up grin

FrancesFarmer Mon 14-Jan-13 20:22:04

Yes, directional in a desperate, menopausal sort of way is my impression.

Thanks for contributing! Mixed opinions...

There's a (what seems to be) fitted knit that I have my eye on at the moment, and not sure whether to go ahead. I do have an old tee which I purchased via asos that is quite slim fitting, but I agree that many of the items I have seen in recent collections are a bit odd looking, especially the hems of jumpers, etc. I really hate those loose, sloppy hemlines that are everywhere at the moment.

PlumSykes Mon 14-Jan-13 20:58:31

I like a lot of Whistles, tend to buy when House of F have a 20% off event. Lovely cashmere, fab jackets. I love their dresses, but too short for me.

novelsituation Mon 14-Jan-13 21:33:27

Some of my favourite dresses, t- shirts, bags and scarves come from Whistles. I think the quality is great.

Agree that Reiss quality generally isn't good ( bought a coat there this year and it is nowhere near as good quality as similar from Hobbs or Jigsaw ) but think they do good leather jackets.

cessie322 Mon 14-Jan-13 21:41:48

I like it as well. I bought a few things last season. I've a dress from two years ago that I love and it's really comfortable. Bought a coat in October and I've got asked about it a good few times.

God I hate Reiss. They are he worst. Rubbish quality, inconsistent sizing and pushy sales staff, the holy trinity of crap clothing retail. I don't even bother going in anymore. Whistles are going the same way for me. It doesn't help that my local Whistles and Reiss are situated near such lovely shops (Matches, DVF, Trilogy etc) that the clothes really suffer by comparison quality-wise.

coraltoes Wed 16-Jan-13 10:30:06

I tend to like about 10% of their stock. Bought an amazing tuxedo slouch type blazer there which works well with dresses, their dresses are fine too. Tips too thin and tend to open up small holes...trousers just never fit me...shapeless, saggy. Prices are fine.

Reiss is the work of the polyester devil.

coraltoes Wed 16-Jan-13 10:30:51

Tops too thin. Ffs. And I mean the tshirts.

Don't get me started on kooples and sandro, awful quality. AWFUL FUCKING QUALITY.

MarshaBrady Wed 16-Jan-13 11:36:25

ha love the clothing rage.

I feel the same re Reiss, Jigsaw, French Connection. Overpriced.

Interesting you say that about Sandro. I have always found the quality to be excellent!

MarshaBrady Wed 16-Jan-13 12:11:56

Sandro is good. But they don't refund returns in store which is really annoying. So you get lumbered with exchange situation.

Silly since you can get it from lots of other places and return.

Amused by the Reiss bashing this thread brought out grin

I went into a Reiss store last week for first time. Dress I liked had (what seemed like) a 20 inch waist and 40 inch chest. Insanely cut. Glad I hadn't given in and bought it online.

WeightyKaty Wed 16-Jan-13 13:58:04

I buy all my Whistles stuff on ebay and sell about 50% of it on. I agree that the dresses are too short I am 5'9 though. I love their scarves and bags, purses etc. Have never tried their trousers. Would never pay full price.

Snowkey Wed 16-Jan-13 14:02:05

I have only ever bought t shirts in Whistles and they have all washed badly - widen and shrink in length. You think I'd have learnt the first time but no I went back for more. Reiss stuff is just not my thing...too prim.

coraltoes Wed 16-Jan-13 14:07:13

Just went to check my jumpers and apologies, they are all kooples ones that bobbled and lost shape and NOT sandro. Dearest sandro, I apologise, please forgive me with a cool s/s collection ;)

Matches do that too Marsha, annoys me a great deal!

MarshaBrady Wed 16-Jan-13 14:29:39

I know it's ridiculous. And they have an online site! I usually try something on and say I'm going to order on line (then usually forget about it).

Yes but the £8 delivery charge is very off putting also. To be honest, ive got so many of those bastard boxes now I could do with a non-fancy pants option! Also I bought some shoes for DH from the mens section the other day. They came in a massive marble box, yet delivery was only £5! Why the discrimination, Matches?

MarshaBrady Wed 16-Jan-13 14:38:35

Hehe Ds2 stands on them pretty quickly.

Mind you if I lived where you did I'd be in there a lot <fond memories of pop up shop>.

They were so full on with Celine sale last one etc then I walked to Selfridges and they had 50. I thought last item swizz, we must be past that by now.

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