What would you recommend from Primark?

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babooshkadoll Fri 01-Feb-13 17:17:41

I have been a few times just been overwhelmed by the crowds and general yeuch of the place.

Going shopping tomorrow with my niece who I know will want to visit Primark so is there anything worth buying ?

Meglet Fri 01-Feb-13 17:20:48

I've given up on their clothes as the quality really isn't great. Lots of them look a bit pants after a low temp wash.

But I could live in their fleecy PJ's <<slob>>.

noisytoys Fri 01-Feb-13 17:26:31

nothing. Go to TK Maxx instead

Theladyinpurple Fri 01-Feb-13 17:28:24

I've got some basic short sleeved tops that have lasted really well.
Haven't bought anything else from there.

katolla Fri 01-Feb-13 17:28:44

Long sleeved cotton Lycra t shirts for layering, they have some really nice ones at the moment, I have about 10.. Also their hoodies, lots of choice of colours. Most of their stuff is poor quality or badly made though.

nbee84 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:35:56

The towels are good - better than some I bought in Debenhams. I also buy the mattress and pillow protectors.

MrsHoarder Fri 01-Feb-13 17:36:45

Don't get the long sleeved t shirts, they don't last and are shiny. I got a pile, but only for bfing so wasn't looking for lifespan but have still be disappointed.

Fairylea Fri 01-Feb-13 17:43:11

Long sleeved t shirts and the vest tops are horrid. Especially if you have a cake shelf like me... they seem to ride up all day until they end up round your arm pits. Even in a larger size.

I tend to have to buy everything in a size 16 or 18 in there and everywhere else I am a slightly loose 14.

I do like their hookless shower curtains (random I know) and I love their cheap cardigans which are usually thrown around in piles. They wash and wear really well and great colours.

Shoes aren't bad for quick fashion.. not particularly comfortable but if you want something pretty for a particular dress or whatever worth a look! smile

cocolepew Fri 01-Feb-13 17:56:10

There printed tshirts aren't bad . DD has,tracky bottoms from there (the ones with turn ups), and they are really nice and wash well.
I second going for bigger sizes.

Clure Fri 01-Feb-13 17:59:54

I live in the £9 skinnies, love em! Also the little seamless vests as an underlayer are good

GinandJag Fri 01-Feb-13 18:03:01

I have bought school tights there (3 teenage girls), and suck-'em-in pants for me (much cheaper than M&S).

I have also bought £5 black work trousers.

Kids also like the onesies they sell there.

MooMinCow Fri 01-Feb-13 18:04:07

Accessories! Scarves, belts, jewellery (need to check as quality can be hit and miss), leather gloves. I got a handbag organiser insert thingy which is great for £3

MooMinCow Fri 01-Feb-13 18:04:49

Forgot to say shapewear and seam free undies too

cocolepew Fri 01-Feb-13 18:06:42

Oh yes, definitely scarves.

Pagwatch Fri 01-Feb-13 18:06:56

People recommended the fleecy pyjamas for DD so I went in there.
Absoloutely shite.
They did everything except spontaneously combust.they made her skin go blotchy and they went a very funny shape in the wash.

I get jewellery and bits and pieces for costumes and things for DDs
school. Ds got a blue t-shirt and jeans that made a great smurf fancy dress.
thats it really.

Oh and hairbrushes. I bought a stack of hairbrushes. They were good

OhIWishThereWasABook Fri 01-Feb-13 18:08:02

Same here in that I don't think much of the clothes (but my Tweens do) I LOVE their opaque tights with socks on the end - great with knee high boots. I'm going back to get some more.
Also bought a nordic print duvet as a christmas gimmic, well it's amazingly warm and soft, not giving that up till spring comes!

Levantine Fri 01-Feb-13 18:20:02

The boys trousers are very good. Nice thick cotton in good blues and greens. Also cords

duvetheaven Fri 01-Feb-13 18:22:06

I would recommend the Argon Oil for hair only £2.50 much cheaper than John Frieda Frizz Ease and even better results!

duvetheaven Fri 01-Feb-13 18:23:45

Btw the towels are recommended by Good Housekeeping ( not usually me scene!), and yes they are good.

Clothes doe ds have been good. Spider-Man t shirts and the like. I have bought some pjs for going into hospital with. I call them disposable ones. They have washed ok, yet to wear them though.

auldspinster Fri 01-Feb-13 18:51:51

Socks are good, hair stuff - bun rolls, kirbys, velcro rollers and bobbles.

EldonAve Fri 01-Feb-13 18:54:25

scarves, pjs, stretchy tees to go under stuff

I don't rate their kids stuff

Best to go early before it goes all jumble sale like

DoALittleDance Fri 01-Feb-13 19:03:07

V comfortable wire-free bras
Slipper socks
Men's sweatshirts/hoodies/tshirts - good over skinny jeans if you like the slouchy look smile
They have a lovely dark green parka style jacket made out of thickish cotton atm, think it's £16
Rucksacks - if you like camo print
Trashy jewellery
Argan oil

Shoes fall apart v quickly in my experience
Sizes are weird - also check the label size rather than the hanger size as they're almost always different

dottyaboutstripes Fri 01-Feb-13 19:06:32

Wrapping paper. That's all!

McBalls Fri 01-Feb-13 19:06:51

They had some amazing sheer, dip-hem, racer back vests just before Christmas.
They are fab for layering and wash really well. I keep checking to see if they've brought them back.

toboldlygo Fri 01-Feb-13 19:22:53

Fleecy pyjama sets, Cambridge satchel lookalikes for £9 in tan or green, fleece lined tights, coloured opaque tights.

drmummmsy Fri 01-Feb-13 19:25:06

bugger all chums! used to be great before it was trendy, now tis crap or my tastes have evolved

JambalayaCodfishPie Fri 01-Feb-13 19:33:38

Baby vests.

babooshkadoll Fri 01-Feb-13 19:38:10

Will check out PJs as some of mine pre date DCs
Also layering tops sound good
At least now I will be able to target my searches rather than wander aimlessly.

i like the tights their leggings are good only 3 pound and i have two pairs that are still going strong after 2 years. tshirts are ok i always go up a size and never tumble dry they though have loads of elescaticed thin strap tsirts/vests great colours wear at least one every few days they underwear are ok bit hit and miss ref size but arent most bras i love bag and shoes section shoes seem to be a little narrow but have a good 5 pairs that are worn often ( i have a pair of wedge heeled ankle boots that i got for 3 pounds which are really comfy ) i have 3 jackets from there too as you can guess i wear a lot primark as it cheap and cheerful and keeps me off the streets with just my birthday suit smile

MortifiedAdams Fri 01-Feb-13 19:42:55

£11 super skinnies
Black trouser socks - have a silky finish to them rather than a wooly feel. Love them.
Their basic thin cotton pj bottoms
Kirby grips, make up sponges

derekthehamster Fri 01-Feb-13 19:44:18

I bought some vest tops, a while ago, they have survived tumble drying and are really (and I mean bottom covering) long, fab for layering.

I love the pj's

Kids clothes are great - especially if they go on cub camp!

I also got some really nice sandles for my bunion feet, which are comfy!! (wide fitting)

Corygal Fri 01-Feb-13 19:47:23

Primark gold:

*Supersoft skinnies, perfect and last
*Voile curtains (really) and towels - won prizes
*Control pants, seamless and bliss
*microfibre tights, as good as M&S
*Mens brushed cotton pyjamas
*Onesies for gentlemen

NotMostPeople Fri 01-Feb-13 19:53:24

Super thick tights are loved by me and my dd's, the only problems we can't work out which ones belong to who.
Stetchy Cami vests in all colours are good. I've had some good plain v neck t's, but you have to watch the quality, sometimes they're good but not always. Skinny jeans are fab.
Hair ties, hairbrushes etc
Tartan baggy pj trousers are great.

Never buy anything white, it won't be when you get it in daylight.

freddiefrog Fri 01-Feb-13 20:16:45

I like Primark for:

Vest tops
Long sleeve tops for layering
Printed t-shirts
I like their jeans - I find they fit me really well
Their ballet flats - I've got lots of different colours for the summer
Their plimsolls as well - again, I've got a few different colours for the summer

I also usually find some bits in there whenever I go, I've got some knitwear from there that's washed and worn really well, a cropped denim jacket last summer, etc.

Our local one is laid out really well so you don't get that horrible jumble sale effect

Their kids stuff is crap though, DD1 has a couple of printed t-shirts, and a couple of hoodies that have washed and worn really well, but I've never been able to find anything I like for them

jellybeans Fri 01-Feb-13 20:19:22

Kids clothes and underwear is great. Socks also. Pumps and kids shoes. DH has a jacket which is nice and has lasted ages.

smokinaces Fri 01-Feb-13 20:20:54

I have some great £6 bras, fuller figure d-f ones. And their twelve pound shift dresses in the suit department are ace for work and wash well. Kids wise, boys jeans are good. And cheap cartoon themed long sleeved t shirts for them. I don't use primark much anymore, but the work dresses and bras I wear a lot.

smokinaces Fri 01-Feb-13 20:22:23

Oh and their tights. They have a pack of three for three quid, apparently weather responsive. But they are great.

olivo Fri 01-Feb-13 20:25:37

Tights and socks, plus their 1.50 long sleeve tshirts are great for nursery aged kids. I bought some Christmas table ware things and everyone commented on how lovely they looked- cloth, runner, napkins etc.

Oh, and their bedding - king duvet sets for a Tenner in their sale, nicer than our hundred pound stuff.

upinthehills Fri 01-Feb-13 20:32:29

Tights are fab, living in the £3.50 super cosy fleece lined ones atm as im in the frozen north!

I like the stretch long sleeved tshirts - wear under everything atm.

The skinny used to be fab - they seem to have more lycra now and don't fit so well - still wearing 2 pairs of the old style but they have holes in the knee - but are so comfy - nothing else comes close.

JumpHerWho Fri 01-Feb-13 21:12:45

I was in there today after not going in for ages and had forgotten how fab it is smile bought:

- denim shirt with silver studs in pure cotton for £5
- mint green and white stripey sheer top for £2
- black skinnies for £7
- bun doughnut for £1

Go with an open mind and see what you fancy but their skinny jeans are legendary, and they had a huge selection of lovely scarves. Wouldn't recommend the undies, cheap looking and falls apart. Shoes I would go for - they had suede ballet pumps last summer, I got a pair but wish I'd stocked up, they are as good as French Sole ones.

drmummmsy Fri 01-Feb-13 21:16:37

their boyshorts have a seam in the gusset ????
their tights rip at the gusset in one wear (correct size!!)
i'm with fairylea on the long sleeve tees being shiny and ridey-uppy, and i'm a 10!
white stuff is never really white
knitwear bobbles after one wash
skinny jeans are probably only good if you really are skinny - i.e. straight up and down
clothes don't wash well esp kids stuff

my cousin is a store manager and tells me their clothes are designed with 'disposable fashion' in mind i.e. one wear

drmummmsy Fri 01-Feb-13 21:17:36

ok, costume jewellery seems good, as are hair accessories, one wear 'night out' stuff like bags, scarfs etc

JumpHerWho Fri 01-Feb-13 21:19:23

Drmummsy I am a size ten but have a massive arse and the skinnies work on me.

Badvoc Fri 01-Feb-13 21:20:22


JollyRedGiant Fri 01-Feb-13 21:20:39

Stretchy vest tops. I have about 10 in different colours and wear one pretty much every day. I haven't bought any new ones in over a year and they are all still stretchy smile

JumpHerWho Fri 01-Feb-13 21:25:12

I'm amazed at the snobbery on this thread tbh. Have the haters actually been in?

JumpHerWho Fri 01-Feb-13 21:28:55

IMO Primark is exactly the same quality as the likes of Oasis and Topshop, but at a more honest price.

Pagwatch Fri 01-Feb-13 21:29:31

The vast majority of posters have talked about thir purchases so I expect they have been in there confused

Is it snobbery . Not liking crappy products is snobbery? Really?

Badvoc Fri 01-Feb-13 21:29:33

It's not snobbery to say that every thing I have bought for my kids from there has been cheap and nasty and hasn't lasted after washing.
It's fact.
I also bought the fleecy pjs after reading about them on here...ds1s didn't fit and the seams were wonky and ds2s made his skin itch!

starfleet Fri 01-Feb-13 21:35:00

Definitely the fleece lined tights - although a few more colours would be good.
Oversize scarfs and as OP's ^ have said the suede ballet flats - I bought 4 pairs at the end of the summer when they reduced them to £6 a pair - they fit well and are comfortable to wear.
Angora mix socks are also good @ £3 (I think) for 2 pairs.
The long sleeved t-shirts seem to be better now and quite long in the body and the skinny jeans are great.

Awks Fri 01-Feb-13 21:37:51

I went into the new one on Tottenham Court Rd on Monday and bloody hell it was like a different world to the norm - trendy looking, quiet, no queue for fitting room, no piles of clothes on the floor. What a difference. I bought a cobwebby silver jumper for £8 and its lovely.

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Fri 01-Feb-13 21:42:58

Their tights are the best (especially those magic ones that hold me in)

I bought their super soft skinnies and. their short style pants (knickers) too.

I also buy DS's jeans and joggers from their too. At 3 quid he can cover them in as much mud as he likes grin

ggirl Fri 01-Feb-13 23:05:08

£1.00 reading glasses are good

chickensarmpit Fri 01-Feb-13 23:06:22

I went to primark once, it smells.

noviceoftheday Fri 01-Feb-13 23:15:39

After having both dc1 and dc2, I bought some basic t shirts, both long sleeved and short sleeved, tracksuit bottoms, and colourful sweater knits from primarks for post baby wear. On the basis it was cheap I wouldn't care if it was puked on etc etc. I have found that they kept well, provided they were washed at low temp and weren't tumble dried. I wore this continually for 6 months post birth and then on weekends since. They have all lasted well.

Beamur Fri 01-Feb-13 23:23:10

DSD gets lots of quite fancy undies from there - v good prices, much cheaper than M&S
Some of the kids clothes are good - I've picked up a few really sweet cotton blouse type tops from there, long sleeve t-shirts - but buy on the large size as they are skimpy. I'm not so keen on all the printed stuff though.
Cheap school tights - not as thick and well made as other places, but v good value
Towels and bedding is good, mattress protectors and such like
I don't tend to buy clothes there, but have in the past picked up some really nice linen shorts and 3/4 trousers that have washed and worn well.

HormonalHousewife Fri 01-Feb-13 23:37:37

It does smell funny. i agree.

<<accept and acknowledge I am a snob >>

The knickers are fab post-birth. As are the pyjamas. I never felt guilty binning them.

sparklingportrait Fri 01-Feb-13 23:53:58

I love the seamless underwear vests, they dont roll up and create a smooth silohuette I've lived in them this Winter,the 200 denier tights with boot socks on them are fabulous! dense and matte and again dont sag. The long sleeved tshirts are of a much better quality this year and are long and haven't shrunk, the ones last year were crap but I'm living in the ones from this year. Can't do the shoes though there are heeled ankle boots there at the moment for 18 quid I think and they are more comfy than the similiar newlook version that are 30! I tend to buy anything plain in there, I hate the prints etc... and though I am a size 10 shortarse, I cant keep any of the skinneys up on my ass after an hour so have given up on them. I bought a little fitted waterproof jacket for 15 quid I think, for walking in the Spring and I love it. The underwear is crap and nasty in my opinion but I always pick up something whwen I'm in there...Love it! Forgot I bought a lovely cream tweedy type duster coat, perfect for throwing over a dress for a wedding or something and I bought all their knitted snoods in every colour and wear one every day, all my colleagues loved them so now everyone is wearing them! You have to try everything on and keep it simple and its as good as any of the other shops in that price bracket. Nothing ever fits me properly from Matalan etc.....

cloutiedumpling Sat 02-Feb-13 00:08:41

fleece lied tights. Super cosy

cloutiedumpling Sat 02-Feb-13 00:09:08

ooops. Lined tights

busymummy3 Sat 02-Feb-13 00:30:43

I buy navy opaque tights for DD1 - only shop for us that always seem to have them in stock (they are like gold dust everywhere else) we were surprised at the quality - excellent last ages and are only £3 for a pack of 5!
DD2 just started wearing opaque tights from tradional wooly ones again for £3 for 5 if they ladder it is not so expensive to replace and also have bought them from M&S and no better still ladder plus you have paid twice as much for only 3 pairs.
I also buy Hair things eg Alice bands, ponytail elastics ( a huge ball for £1) pretty hairslides etc for DD2
Beach Towels and DD1 got 3 Bikinis there last year for price would normally pay for 1 - good quality not see through, lined etc
Just got DD2 some skinny jeans from the Childrens Dept washed well
Would not buy clothes there for myself or DD1 / DS- Teenagers=Primark No Go!!!

ThenWeTakeBerlin Sat 02-Feb-13 07:28:34

Awks The Tottenham Court Road branch is amazing!

I might go this morning, get there early before the crowds arrive...

ThenWeTakeBerlin Sat 02-Feb-13 07:54:20

toboldlygo Do they still stock those Cambridge satchel look-a-likes? I've looked everywhere hmm

Mrsrobertduvall Sat 02-Feb-13 07:59:17

I used to get dd clothes there when she was 10/11 but that was about 5 years ago.
I have never bought anything for myself there, mainly because I hate the messiness and pile it here mentality. Not my idea of shopping.
My SIL shops there and buys tons of stuff on a weekly basis....then wears it once. Again, not my idea of shopping.

forgottenpassword Sat 02-Feb-13 08:07:31

Love to lounge pj's are really good. They are the 100% cottton ones in a single colour.I have several pairs. Second the towels. They were the only place I could find a specific colour that Dc wanted and I was expecting very bad things but quality remarkably good. Also and likely no good to op but maybe to others, their coloured trousers for babies and toddlers up to 2 are the best trousers I have found. They are softer than jeans but quite hard wearing. They are £4 each and my Dc wears nothing else! Finally the coloured chinos for Dc are good too.

derekthehamster Sat 02-Feb-13 14:45:09

I have found that they kept well, provided they were washed at low temp and weren't tumble dried. I wonder if that's why I've never had a problem with the kids stuff, I never tumble dry it, and only ever wash on 30.

kerstina Sat 02-Feb-13 16:11:03

I got some supersoft grey skinnies today and they fit really well and are comfy. Find it hard to find jeans that are a good fit. Also long sleeve top with a cute pocket on and velour lounge type pants. Also last week I got a lovely cotton black snood with duck prints on reduced to £2.00

Ashoething Sat 02-Feb-13 16:14:20

Dnt know what the posters are doing to the kids clothes to make them fall apart as my lot live in clothes from primark ans they wash and tumble dry great.i love their tights and agree that their towels and duvet sets are far better quality than debenhams and the like.

Startail Sat 02-Feb-13 16:24:42

DDs have done OK with tshirts, vest tops and a pair of £8 mock uggs.

I wasn't convinced by the boots, but DD2(11) day's they are very comfy. They look quite reasonable in an out door slipper kind of way.

Very cheap leggings are junk.

ArtVandelay Sat 02-Feb-13 16:33:20

I haven't been to Primark for about a year and a half but I got up early this morning and trekked through to Essen. It was mad from opening time onwards - really stressful. But! Those super soft skinnies are amazing, got some gorgeous long-john style pajama pants, a lovely, top, lovely bag.... Men's cotton chino pants 11 euro! I have to take a few things back so ill give it a try on a weekday morning next week. Based on your posts, I want to look at the towels and see if I can get a better look at the accessories. There was a lot of crap but some lovely things, the staff were very pleasant and the store was clean despite being overrun!

ENormaSnob Sat 02-Feb-13 16:33:50

I like...

Long line racer back vests (I have a few from 2001 blush)
Joggers for slobbing in

The towels are okay but need a fair few washes before use.

cocolepew Sat 02-Feb-13 16:52:55

I went today and got

Rolling Stones t shirt
Long black vest
5 pairs of socks
Stripey and roses scarf
An owl cushion

DD2 got a hoody
Owl socks (3 pack)
Moustache socks (3pack)
3 t shirts.

DD1 got a pink and grey skull sweatshirt
Moustache socks

LittleFriendSusan Sat 02-Feb-13 17:03:16

I like the scarves & seamless vests for me. Some of my friends swear by the skinnies but they don't fit well on me. Have had some good knitwear (and some not so good!). Cheap cardigans good for everyday, have a couple of boyfriend type ones (£10-ish) which I wear quite a lot with dresses & leggings. Don't like their leggings but love the tights (especially the fleece-lined ones at the moment).
Underwear - bought some cotton shorts -style pants which I like but have had others which were crap - same with bras, the quality seems to vary a lot on these.

DD will only wear "girl boxers" from Primark - the seamless stretchy ones which you can usually get matching crop tops for. She has a couple of pairs of jogging bottoms & zip-up hoodies from the women's section which she likes, and has had a couple of pairs of plimsolls which were fine. I find the girls section pretty crap to be honest but DD can wear a women's 6-8 now so we tend to just do that.

Boys' clothes are fab. Wash well and DS loves them. He likes the coloured jeans & chinos and the print t-shirts. He would like the character ones, but I refuse to buy them!

Oh and we all live in Primark jim-jams! I have some lovely grey ones with a vest top and a fleecy set, and the kids have various mainly fleecy ones at the moment. Yeah, you get the odd twisty seam, and they don't last forever, but at £5 max for kids and under a tenner for women, what do you expect?!!

Hair oil is good and Carmex lip balm in the squeezy tube is cheaper than anywhere else!

I also plan on trying the towels after the comments on here ( friend also says they are v good)!

My 10.6yo DD is very tall and slender so has outgrown the girls sizes. She's now wearing a womens size 6-8.

She loves:
leggings (but she wears them as tights, they are a bit sheer for my taste)
The leggings with studs or embellishments
I like the jumpers (for me)
We got some swimsuit cover-ups (about £8)
Neutral coloured lycra vests for under my work tunics.

DD has got skinny jeans
A padded jacket and a couple of sleeveless gilets (washable and lasting well)

Any blouses with beads or studs I put in a net washbag

DS (13) wears the mens XS size.
He's got some TShirts and the fleecy jackets.

DH has some TShirts which are okay.
And he buys his work trousers there.

I've not bought any towels there but did buy fleece blankets.

SunshineOutdoors Sat 02-Feb-13 17:51:33

The £7 skinny jeans have been great for me.

And this is neither style or beauty, but dh and I each have a cheap fleecy men's dressing gown from there. Doesn't look particularly attractive but I've found if I wear it and massive socks in the house then I don't need to have the heating on nearly as much, it's so warm and toasty. So a big money saver in winter.

CointreauVersial Sat 02-Feb-13 18:08:47

I love:

Skinny jeans, especially the coloured ones
Strappy longline vest tops
Padded gilets (unbelieveably cheap)
Fluffy bedsocks

You can pick up the odd bargain which looks way more expensive that it actually was. In the recent sale I bought a gorgeous fitted jersey blazer for £8 and a black evening cardi studded with tiny black jewels. Most of their clothing is a bit hit and miss, though, and I rarely buy their knitwear or see-thru polyester blouses.

Stores also vary massively; the worst are like jumble sales, with stuff heaped all over the floor and no room to move about, but the larger ones (Bristol, for example) are much smarter-looking.

lemonmuffin Sat 02-Feb-13 19:03:50

the crowds are terrible aren't they? Can't wait till they start doing online shopping.

Pandsbear Sat 02-Feb-13 22:15:16

Kids t-shirts etc - wouldn't buy again, twisted seams and fading instantly.
Kids Pjs- not as lovely as I was hoping, went hard and funny raised seams.

But success with: long sleeve layering stretchy tops that don't ride up on me and they are almost as good as the much more expensive versions I have bought over the years, lined winter tights, lurex fish net fashion tights!

ThenWeTakeBerlin Sun 03-Feb-13 07:38:58

I went yesterday (Tottenham Court Road branch) got more fleecy-lined tights, Argan oil (recommend both) hair bobbles, £9 satchel (in tan, but I really want green too).

My top bargain was a pack of 5 toothbrushes for 75p grin

FrankenFranny Sun 03-Feb-13 07:56:33

I get vests, socks, scarves, occasional t-shirt for Ds2. Ds1 loves their t-shirts and hoodies. He's growing so quickly it works out cheaper.
I do have a grey winter coat that I've had for a few years. It washes well and I like the shape, it doesn't look like Primani.
Bras are awful knickers a nice in next size up.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Sun 03-Feb-13 07:59:38

My colleague buys all his suits from there. They don't look like expensive suits, but don't look any cheaper than everyone else's suits.

Our local one is grim, clothes all mixed up everywhere and a limited selection. I might try the tottenham court road one instead smile

FrankenFranny Sun 03-Feb-13 08:02:21

Jumpher I agree!

ThenWeTakeBerlin Sun 03-Feb-13 08:12:21

Gin It's the best Primark I've been to. Because it's so big, even when it's busy, it doesn't feel crowded and stressful. Better than the Marble Arch one, imo.

Fabulassie Sun 07-Sep-14 06:30:54

I am resurrecting this thread rather than starting a new one! :D

I love Primark! There have been days when I've literally been dressed in Primark from head to toe. I mean, every single thing from my shoes to my underwear to my eyelashes came from Primark.

I don't wear much woven clothing - other than jeans (and they have great jeans.) I wear mostly jersey knit stuff. So, I avoid all the colourful-but-badly-tailored blouses and dresses. (I am a metalhead so I wear a lot of black and tight things.) Their jewellery can sometimes be OK but a lot of it is icky, brassy yellow metal.

I have had some luck with boots from Primark - in particular a pair of calf-height black motorcycle-style boots with a huge block heel. I wore them all the time (they make me over 6 feet tall!) and bought a second pair because I knew they wouldn't have them forever and I didn't want to have to give them up after only one year. They wear pretty well for what they are.

Those boots, black super-soft skinny jeans, a black stretch t or vest... that's my daily look.

GingerSkin Sun 07-Sep-14 07:02:06

Given the thread is 18 months old, personally the quality of clothes has changed in that time.

Their summer things (dresses, bikinis) are fantastic.

Shoes I've always loved, never fallen apart and I've worn them for years

Jewellery is so cheap compared to topshop / monsoon and it's fine.

Kids stuff - I brought toddler aged dressed for £8 and they've lasted since March being worn every week and washed on a 30 wash. They're still going too.

Pj's - not the sets but the thin bottoms, I buy new every two years, so they last

Pants/tights - no different quality to m&s if anything, better quality and far far cheaper

Bedding and home wear, fantastic. I've got cushions, towels, accessories - all amazing.

I going only for specific things and don't tend to buy outfits, just one off items. Always happy with purchases.

GingerSkin Sun 07-Sep-14 07:03:47

*Toddler aged dresses
My point being that dresses for kids can be from £14 upwards in places like Next, M&s, BHS and Debenhams.

lordnoobson Sun 07-Sep-14 08:06:54

Long vests. Kids pjs. Their £7 skinny jeans. Love. Tights

aylesburyduck Sun 07-Sep-14 13:41:32

Home stuff
Those non slip hangers
Flip flops
Vest tops
Accessories (is there a legal limit on how many scarves you can own? ditto handbags? ditto jewellery?)

mum786 Sun 07-Sep-14 14:18:54

Absolutely NOTHING although I remember buying a clutch bag on Oxford street branch (years ago)- and a waiter from Beach Blanket Babylon believed it was Cartier!!!!

Letitsnow9 Sun 07-Sep-14 15:35:34

£1 knickers
Very soft baby/young child blankets
Flannels or tea towels
Hair bobbles

Does anyone know why it's always so hot in primark? I thought shops did things to make you want to stay longer and buy more yet all it does is make people feel ill and can't wait to get out

spottymoo Sun 07-Sep-14 15:47:05

Dd did amazingly well in summer she got loads of tshirts skinnies and checked shirts all will carry her through till autumn/winter

Dh loves the jeans use to spend a fortune on jeans and tried the primark ones perfect long leg and great fit he now has several pairs.

I recently got a padded navy jacket still in wardrobe as it's not cold enough for it but at 10 I'll be happy if it just lasts this year.

Kids winter onesies have lasted better than the next ones we got.

Going to try the pjs next.

BreeVDKamp Sun 07-Sep-14 15:49:29

Their gym clothes are great, really nice patterns and colours and v cheap, obvs.

I'm surprised at people saying everything in primark is crap. I've had some really good stuff that's lasted a few years. I don't tumble dry though, I only dry on a heated drying rack. I love the character pjs and the brushed cotton ones, the tights are great just as good if not better than more expensive packs in M&S/debenhams. Towels and bedding are brilliant, better than a lot of the more expensive ones I've had in the past. Shoes can be a bit hit and miss but if you have a good look around they do offer some styles in real leather/suede. I love the character and music tees and have loads of them which have all washed really well, no twisted seams etc and I wear them a lot. I find I have to size up in the skinnies as are they are cut very much on the slim side but when I do find a pair that fits, they wash really well and last for ages. I've got 100% cotton vests in many different colours which again have washed really well and are good for every day wear or for wearing to bed. I'm not so keen on the underwear but that's purely because they don't stock my size as standard so I go elsewhere for that. Cardigans are decent and cheap for everyday wear. I also got a 100% cotton trench coat in red which is really nice, the shape is brilliant and it came out of the wash still in perfect condition with no colour fading. Accessories again can be hit and miss but the multi packs of earrings are good for the price and the hair bobbles are really good, no metal in the to snag your hair and they are cheap so easy to replace. Sorry for the essay blush

EmperorTomatoKetchup Sun 07-Sep-14 19:42:27

I agree OneLittleLady, I've had some fantastic stuff that has lasted years. You do have to be prepared to hunt out the gems though, in the last year I've bought capri pants, a gorgeous vintage style dark green midi skirt and pieces of knitwear. I also have the stretchy cotton vests in virtually every colour for layering, some now 3/4 years old and still in perfect condition.

I even find that I get complimented more wearing Primark than anything else! I'm not sure what that says about me that I can pull off Primark better than Hobbs confused. I think it's because in cheap places I buy things because they suit me whereas in places such as Hobbs I get swayed into thinking an expensive price tag must mean it will look good...

I'll never forget the look on a colleagues face when she complimented a silk looking grey blouse and I told her it was Primark. She actually thought it was from Jigsaw so almost looked disgusted with herself for liking something from Primark

Firsttimer7259 Sun 07-Sep-14 19:58:30

T -shirts, vests and long sleeve tops for me. Lasted about 2 plus years of constant wear. Some cardis - not such great wear bit cheap. I avoid the fashion stuff but also buy nightwear. I look for cotton or high cotton content.
For toddler dd I get vests and these fleece pjs ( boys ones as the girlie ones are nauseating), swimming cossie, and I bought some bright yellow trousers everyone says are lovely. We also have lovely sheets.

GingerSkin Sun 07-Sep-14 20:10:29

I even find that I get complimented more wearing Primark than anything else!
emperor exactly the same grin people always comment on the clothes wear from Primark compared to my clothes from Planet, Zara etc. I must pick the right things!

I really think it's the same as any other shop you go in, some stuff is awful but there are gems if you look for them.

CookieB Sun 07-Sep-14 20:14:58

The skinny denims are fab but try them on first and I mean even if you're buying the same style in different colours. I got dark stonewashed skinnies in size 12 with 32 leg and they fit like a glove. My favourite jeans and they have lasted about 2 years so far. Black skinnies, apparently the same measurements, far too short!

Eminybob Sun 07-Sep-14 20:18:05

Towels defo. Giant bath sheets for £6!
Also, if you happen to be breastfeeding they have very stretchy vest tops which I layer under everything and are easy to pop a boob out of. They are £3

TollgateDebs Sun 07-Sep-14 20:54:50

I agree that the quality is no better or worse than many stores and I have recently returned more items to M & S because they were poor quality than Primark. I have nightwear, slouchy wear, seamless vests which are great, shoes that have performed very well and a suit (which I fiddled with and removed trimmings and changed buttons) on which I receive a compliment every time I wear. I never tumble dry, rarely use fabric conditioner and wash inside out etc. and they have performed well. I shop anywhere and everywhere today, with far less label loyalty than I might have had in the past. Oh, also have a brilliant bath mat!

TallulahBetty Sun 07-Sep-14 20:57:33

Baby vests/sleepsuits - wear and wash well.
Accessories - jewellery, sunglasses etc.
Vests/stretchy tops - again wash well.
Skinny jeans - flattering and keep their shape! NO bagging at the knee! smile

lordnoobson Sun 07-Sep-14 20:57:37

do the bath sheets wash ok?

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