So, where do you buy your clothes then?

(65 Posts)

After reading the list of shops we don't go to, I'm wondering where you do all shop?

noisytoys Fri 18-Jan-13 12:49:39

90% TK Maxx, 8% Primark, 2% elsewhere on the high street

Rikalaily Fri 18-Jan-13 12:55:21

Most of my stuff comes from Most of the stuff is brill quality, better than Primark etc and for a fiver everything is a bargain, especially the shoes/boots/knitwear. Other than there I go to Matalan and dp spoils me at Christmas & Birthdays with pricier stuff (fave was my Hell Bunny coat)

dexter73 Fri 18-Jan-13 13:01:04

Tk Maxx, Uniqlo, John Lewis, Levis, Donna Ida, Brora, Fat Face, Superdry, Next, Wallis, Oasis, Phase Eight, Marks, Clarks, M&M Direct, Harrods, Harvey Nicholls, Zara, Urban Outfitters, Gap. Probably more but can't think at the moment. I will shop anywhere really.

Stopputtingitoff Fri 18-Jan-13 13:01:35

Am so fed up of all the acrylic on the high street that I'm going to give People Tree a try. Have just ordered this for work

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 18-Jan-13 13:03:52

Anywhere and everywhere - I shop at lots of the shops listed in the other thread, eg, River Island do excellent jeans at a very good price.

Dorothy Perkins do good jewellery and vest tops.

Next do excellend skinny jeans for children in a slimmer than normal fit.

Zara good for coats.

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Fri 18-Jan-13 13:15:24

I shop a lot in Topshop (and topshop from eBay!); ASOS, random vintage shops, the odd dress from River Island, bits and pieces from Zara and H and M.

LittleBallOfFur Fri 18-Jan-13 13:15:29

People Tree looks like nice stuff Stopputtingifoff - could you let me know how the sizing comes up?

Stopputtingitoff Fri 18-Jan-13 13:19:53

I'll let you know as soon as it arrives LittleBallOfFur. Hopefully true to size. Sick of sending stuff back at the moment. Looking at you H&M!

EuroShagmore Fri 18-Jan-13 13:21:06

Work stuff:
Banana Republic
Karen Millen

North Face
Dorothy Perkins
Massimo Dutti
Ted Baker

teta Fri 18-Jan-13 14:03:41

Hush,Brora and Wrap in the sales,Tk Maxx the rest of the year,M&S-a tiny bit,Matalan for good basics and Next for the dc's clothes.Literally nowhere else as we live in the sticks and have a very limited collection in the nearest town,12 miles away.

noviceoftheday Fri 18-Jan-13 14:14:13

My autumn/winter 2012 clothes buys where I bought more than one item have been from LK Bennett (work dresses), Ralph Lauren (jodphurs and a top) , Phase Eight (dresses for dinner dates), Jaegar (lace dresses last season were lovely), Kaliko (cowl tops for nights out), Gap (jeans), Banana Republic (the new macs are great), SuperDry (t-shirts) and Primark (basic long t-shirts).

I also bought one dress each from Marks and from John Lewis Collection, a pair of jeggings from warehouse. Oh and a summer dress from Desigual for our post christmas holiday!

I didn't find anything that I liked in some other shops that I have historically bought a lot from Hobbs, Fenn Wright and Manson, and Coast.

chanie44 Fri 18-Jan-13 14:22:22

Uniqlo for my basics eg jeans and plain tops

Other favourites
River island

New look
Dorothy Perkins

ballroompink Fri 18-Jan-13 14:54:23

H & M for basic tops/vests
Odd bits from French Connection in the sale
Whatever I can get in the Whistles sale
Massimo Dutti
Very occasionally, Warehouse, M&S, John Lewis, Jigsaw

lauriedriver Fri 18-Jan-13 14:55:52

Asda :-D

FrancesFarmer Fri 18-Jan-13 14:59:54


Pure Collection
Isabel Marant
Kurt Geiger
LK Bennett
The Kooples
TK Maxx

Pandsbear Fri 18-Jan-13 15:00:23

Last year I bought from Toast, Zara, M&S (wool tights and thermal vest only), What Katie Did (underwear), H&M (I think I did anyway), Celtic sheepskin, Hush, Primark (basics long sleeve stretchy tops), Vivien of Holloway, Heyday, rest from ebay/vintage shops/charity shops. Have been trying to only buy real material - so wools, silks, cottons etc. Fed up with the increasing amount of expensive polyester tat on the high street.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 18-Jan-13 15:07:22

John Lewis,
Phase Eight casual stuff not mother of bride
White Company
Mint Velvet
Independant Boutiques for labels like Sandwich,Charli,Soaked,Noa Noa etc
Independant websites such as Inis ,Caramel,etc for above labels also

Boden. Brora. White Company. Phase Eight. Occasionally John Lewis/Monsoon.

All in the sales.

blue2711 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:18:22

Whistles, Zara, Topshop, Jaeger for most things and mywardrobe, Matches, NAP for treats.

turkeyboots Fri 18-Jan-13 15:18:40

H&m, M&S, uniqlo for plain tops, Gap and Mistral.

More or less the same shops since I was a teen. More fashiony high street shops dont suit me, don't like the styles of most supermarkets offerings and can't afford (or get into) designers.

Abzs Fri 18-Jan-13 15:35:54

In no particular order

John Lewis
People Tree - I find sizing pretty well spot on LittleBallOfFur in that the first thing I bought was an 8, it fit and that's what I've bought since without issue.
Outdoor Shops (esp staff deals offered at my work)
Phase Eight - odd sale bargain
H&M - have loads of their vests and tshirts
Next - occasionally (when my mum sends me a voucher for my birthday)

Gingersnap88 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:40:17

Anthropologie, Boden, Brora, Cabbages & Roses, Comptoir, Crumpet, Hobbs NW3, Hush, Jeagar boutique, Jigsaw, M&S (for basics), People Tree, Plumo, Poppy's, Toast, Topshop (jeans), White Stuff

Agree with too much polyester etc on the high street. Feel like there's a large gap in the market, have to do most of my shopping online. Hope I don't sound too frumpy, am only 25 blush miss having a "go to" shop where I'd like almost everything! Ah well...

GobblersSparklyExplodingKnob Fri 18-Jan-13 15:47:57

TK Maxx
Miss Sefridge
Urban Outfitters
Yop Shop

whatyoulookinat Fri 18-Jan-13 15:53:53

Tk maxx, Hobbs, Gap, topshop, Barbour,Kurt gieger for & vintage shops. There are so many shops I dislike & so few within my budget that I do.

ArthurandGeorge Fri 18-Jan-13 16:04:54

Have recently bought (and kept stuff from) Next, Warehouse, Oasis, Miss Selfridge (blush as I am nearly 35!), Sainsburys, H&M.

I like Warehouse as it is usually just trendy enough for me, I am a size iyswim and the pricing is good.

Have got in the house to go back a dress from Phase Eight. Considering another from Coast and one from Planet.

Interesting mix!

I tend to stick to:
Shopbop/Donna Ida/Selfridges for jeans
Uniqlo/Outnet for cashmere
Trilogy for tops
Outnet/TK Maxx/Gerard Darel/LKB for workwear
Matches Spy for all things casual
Hush for PJs and loungewear.

I also go to sample sales quite regularly, Bicester Village a couple of times a year and get the odd item from eBay. We're lucky to have some great charity shops and a wonderful dress agency locally so I have occasional finds in those too!

Hardly anywhere lately, as I hate virtually everything I can afford. Have been having to watch the pennies a bit (a lot).

Hobbs sales - work jackets / bags / scarves / coat
Hobbs - three quarter sleeved t-shirts and scarves
Warehouse - the odd silk top (rare now) or fashion t-shirt
M&S Autograph - the odd jumper dress and pencil skirt / tights
M&S - skinnies
Topshop - jersey skirts and skinnies
White Company - jersey dresses / yoga pants for slobbing / nightdresses (sales mostly)
Dune or HoF sales for shoes
H&M - blazers and scarves only
Fantasie bras
M&S knickers
Vivienne Westwood sales (but not for a while, sadly) smile

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 18-Jan-13 16:36:25

Mostly in the sales, primarily John Lewis as I am so old now that I hate traipsing around multiple shops when I can find more than one brand in one. Brands I buy are:
- Phase eight - but not the cruise wear stuff or anything overly polyestery
- Hobbs for shoes and boots
- Mint Velvet
- Kew or whatever its called these days
- Weekend by Max mara ( strictly sales only)
- White Stuff

Outside of John Lewis
- Next for cheapy iteams that aren't too glitzy
- M&S for basics
- Boden

MarshaBrady Fri 18-Jan-13 16:38:45

I much prefer the outnet for lots of different brands than full price high st, so

The outnet
Matches, NaP
Lots of discounts. Plus might walk along Marylebone high st etc but check now for refunds.

HN and Selfridges for odd specific item.

Mumelie Fri 18-Jan-13 16:48:20

TK Maxx, White Stuff, Boden, Jigsaw, Zara, M&S, Phase Eight, New Look, H&M, Charity Shops, Ebay - a complete mix.

LittleBallOfFur Fri 18-Jan-13 17:55:58

Hmm might have to give people tree a go! I seem to get all of my stuff from h&m but yes the sizing can be hit and miss, and quite often seems a bit too clingy for me.


Day Birger
Mint Velvet
Great Plains
H & M
La Redoute

libertychick Fri 18-Jan-13 21:01:05

Usual suspects
TKMaxx - everything
Gap - knitwear and t-shirts
H&M (scarves, t-shirts, vests. lately some skirts)
M&S (shoes, underwear, tights, occasional work dress)
Wallis (trousers - one of the few places they fit me)
Great plains
Mint velvet
Oasis (mostly tops and scarves)

Have a lot a Hobbs stuff but have decided to quit it and prompted the other thread - I think the quality is fine - I just have too much of it and so does everyone else I work with!

Recently discovered
Gerard Darel (in the sale for work wear)
My-wardrobe (sale again)
NAP - one sale purchase but think I'll be exploring it more often now
Aubin and Wills - love it - have discovered my preppy side

After reading this and previous thread want to try out
Donna Ida
White Company
Biscester Village

iMe Fri 18-Jan-13 21:02:26

I love Esprit for their free delivery & returns, and Javari for shoes. With two pre-schoolers I don't get out shopping much so mostly done online. Also Boden & John Lewis.

Mominatrix Fri 18-Jan-13 21:10:17

J Crew (Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE this company?)
Massimo Dutti

I tend to shop in boutiques rather than chains - prefer the atmosphere and the quirky selection. The ones I like are in Notting Hill, Little Venice, and Chishwick.

Other than that, at Bicester: DVF, Prada, Max Mara, Marni, and Rupert Sanderson.

Mominatrix Fri 18-Jan-13 21:12:53

Chiswick - one would think I did not live there!

PoppyWearer Fri 18-Jan-13 21:18:25

M&S, Boden, Seasalt, Gap, Joules, Monsoon, eBay (for expensive brands - like Burberry and Aquascutum and Barbour coats, I buy second-hand), charity shops. The very occasional item from Hobbs.

Back in my earning/jet-setting days, I was head-to-toe Banana Republic. <sigh>

PoppyWearer Fri 18-Jan-13 21:19:29

Oh, and Whistles!

Dancergirl Fri 18-Jan-13 23:43:23

Im very impressed with gingersnaps for putting hers in alphabetical order!

I like:

Boden (nothing printed but their jersey tops and knitwear are fab)
White Company
Mint Velvet
M and S (a bit)
John Lewis

Dancergirl Fri 18-Jan-13 23:46:13

Forgot about Hobbs and Hush!

JumpHerWho Fri 18-Jan-13 23:55:54

Am a SAHM at the moment so at the moment...

Hush sale - totally splurged this year and have a new wardrobe
Shoeaholics - Kurt Geiger's outlet site, got beautiful Saskia knee high leather riding boots £170 down to £39 and Ash Thelmas for £35 smile
Charity shops

And NaP, Shopbop, Outnet etc for handbags and accessories, mostly Marc by Marc Jacobs

TheWombat Fri 18-Jan-13 23:57:35

White company
Aubin and Wills
Sweaty Betty
French connection

Very little from the high street, I hate all the polyester.

HokeyCokeyPigInAPokey Sat 19-Jan-13 00:02:41

90% from Boden

Other bits from House Of Fraser, Linea, Phase Eight, Hobbs and the odd bit from Next.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 19-Jan-13 00:43:15

J Crew (massive fan)
Hobbs (shoes mainly)
Jigsaw- their less floaty stuff
7 for all Mankind
Cotton-On for vests and long sleeve plain tops- don't think this exists in the Uk though.
GAP occasionally but find their trousers the wrong proportions
Fenwright Manson occasionally- find the odd gem
Monsoon- again, don't like most of their stuff but then they have some things which are just great
I like Top Shop but I find i really need to try the stuff on, so dont use it much now as I have to order by internet and overseas returns are a PITA

novelsituation Sat 19-Jan-13 06:48:40

In order of where I've bought most over the past few years (although trying to buy nothing this year):

Jigsaw (work suits, coats, dresses, skinny cords, shoes, boots)
Whistles (dresses, scarves, jersey tops, bag)
Anthropologie ( casual jackets, blazer, tops, jewellery, scarves, cotton trousers)
Brora (coat, jumpers, scarf, hat, gloves)
Reiss (coat, two leather jackets)
NYD jeans, Nike and Puma sportswear and trainers from Next Directory (only ever buy non-Next branded). Next day delivery very convenient.
Hobbs (tops for work)
Dorothy Perkins (got some attractive, cheap Summer dresses for hols)
White Stuff (plain tops, Summer trousers, Summer skirts which are probably frumpy but are fine for lazy days on holiday)
Fat face (some Summer casual stuff)

Winternight Sat 19-Jan-13 07:10:31

White stuff
Kurt geiger
Pepper berry
New look
Dorothy Perkins

White company and GAP.

Ooooh and hush for harem pants and nightshirts.

ifancyashandy Sat 19-Jan-13 07:24:38

Jaeger Boutique
The Outnet
The Kooples
Day Birger
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania
Donna Ida Denim
Hugo Boss
Massimo Duti
White Company
And a smallish boutique (plus it has a good website) The Dressing Room
Top Shop

BanghamTheDirtyScone Sat 19-Jan-13 07:34:19

Tkmaxx, but tbh it's hard work going through the racks of hideous stuff so I only rarely get something there, usually from clearance rail.
Topshop, but normally only in their online sale and half of it goes back.
H&M a bit
Toast sales - very limited in terms of prices though!
same with hobbs, just very occasionally in sale
that's about it. Oh and maybe Joules or similar again in sale online. Scats sometimes too, for coats/waterproof kecks smile

BanghamTheDirtyScone Sat 19-Jan-13 07:39:50

You know it's odd reading these lists...hardly anywhere I used to love is still any good, I mean what happened to Monsoon, it's nearly all dreadful now, and Gap really went downhill too, I don't understand why - it used to be amazing sad

beckhamz Sat 19-Jan-13 10:42:44

Topshop, Aubin & Wills, Whistles, Mango, Zara, Cos, French Connection, Oliver Bonas, Reiss, Banana Republic.

I buy basics like vest tops from New Look.

Labootin Sat 19-Jan-13 10:52:45

Gap (jeans and T shirts)
Bloomingdales or Galeries Lafayette (for designer stuff mainly shoes and bags)
John Lewis
Pull and bear
Forever 21 (for cheap tops)
Phase 8 (mainly dresses)
Desigual (my favourite shop)

Perplexing Sat 19-Jan-13 10:53:27

White Company
Pure Collection
Countrywide (farmers' type place - good for basics)
John Lewis
Net a porter

mainly shop online.

Ariel21 Sat 19-Jan-13 10:57:44

At the moment (poor artist) mainly charity shops and EBay. Brands I go for if I can find them = Topshop, White Stuff, Fat Face, Urban Outfitters, vintage. Would rather get good quality stuff second hand than cheaper stuff new. Obv would buy more/better clothes if I had more money!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 19-Jan-13 11:16:57

I mean what happened to Monsoon, it's nearly all dreadful now

It is, but the odd thing is that when they get it right, they really get it right. I have 3 things from there- a grey beaded chunky scarf, a blue and white striped maxi dress and a long gypsy skirt, and they are probably the 3 things that have been most commented on by randoms in a positive way. I also had another maxi dress which I wore as maternity wear, and I swear practically every pregnant woman would ask me where I got it.

So how can they make all those, but then also make a load of really horrible stuff?

noddyholder Sat 19-Jan-13 11:19:29

Zara Gap mango (online) FC sometimes. Charity/vintage.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 19-Jan-13 11:21:08

The one thing I miss about not living in the UK is charity and vintage shops- well we do have them, but Chinese vintage stuff fits someone who is about 4'10'' and a Size 2, and sadly that ain't me.

HaveAGoodDay Sat 19-Jan-13 12:08:45

Rikalally how is the sizing for Do they come up small or big or just about right? I'm just about to order a dress & not sure whether to order my size or go up one to be on safe side!! Apology for hijack!!!

Murraylover Sat 19-Jan-13 14:27:59

Monsoon, Autograph@m&s, Hobbs, Oasis, Coast
So glad of thread for new ideas smile

faustina Sat 19-Jan-13 19:21:58

I wish we had nice little independent shops here - but there are only three and they have stock and attitude issues. I would shop there if I could. Instead I do it mostly all online at:

the outnet
whistles (sometimes)
shoeaholics (amazing bargain shoes)
TK Maxx
Harrods and Selfridges occasionally
Liberty (not online for clothes)
primark for skinnies

Rikalaily Sun 20-Jan-13 10:50:06

HaveAGoodDay - The sizing tends to be pretty accurate on most things, if it has reviews of the item you can check them to see other peoples opinions.

I've ordered loads of stuff from there and the only thing that wasn't true to size was a pair of shoes, I'm a 4.5 so ordered a 5 but they were extremely narrow at the toe, so I added that to the review because if my 4.5 narroe feet don't fit a 5 then they are very narrow shoes, lol.

Dawndonna Sun 20-Jan-13 13:06:09

Told teenage dds about the five quid site. I'm twenty quid down now! smile

cathers Sun 20-Jan-13 13:25:25

Baukgen ( good jersey dresses)
White company ( knits)
Boden ( for boring but essential camis, long sleeve tops)
House of Fraser, like Mary portas and Biba for separates
John Lewis
Duo for boots
Gap for denim
Monsoon, coast, Hobbs for odd bits

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