Do you think where you shop says something about what type of person you are?

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Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 19:34:39

I had never considered this before really. I tend to just buy clothes I like. Although, having said that I do get 'into' certain shops if they have a range of clothes I like and buy loads and then sometimes go off then a different season.

Anyway like I said I never really considered this until a friend asked where a top of mine was from. When I said Boden she said 'Ah, should have known, you are a boden type of person?'

What exactly did she mean by that and should I be flattered/offended?

LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 19:39:24

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LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 19:40:33

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Offended, I think.

Then again, a friend once told me that I was a, 'Crushed velvet kind of person' which is probably even worse than Boden!

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 19:42:50

Why? You need to explain!!!
So you think you can tell something about someone from where they shop?

LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 19:44:34

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Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 19:47:47

Oh gawd and I really like that top too!

Ok so give me examples of other 'personality types' + shops
I need to see if any of my other current faves are any better thought of!

CatsWearingTutus Thu 29-Aug-13 19:53:16

It's just boden, really - due to Samantha Cameron wearing their clothes there has been a "boden backlash". Google it and you'll see. Some of their stuff is great and decent quality, other things are crap. Keep wearing your top if you like it - I have some stuff from them that I think suits me and isn't hotchpotch and I wear it without a second thought.

Oh and also lands end is apparently thought of as frumpy and middle-aged American but I think they make great business casual stuff that helps me look smart but not sexy or trendy in the workplace which in turn gets me taken seriously. And their quality is excellent.

If you like something, wear it. There is no fashion police!

SkiSchoolRun Thu 29-Aug-13 19:53:24

Boden women definitely are of a type. It's not "bad", just a bit samey IMO (I live in a Boden town...).

Hobbs women at work are very easy to spot. They look ridiculously over keen if they are under 35!

I'm probably seen as a Fat Face woman but that's ok by me as I like their clothes and their image.

buss Thu 29-Aug-13 19:57:28

I think Boden/Waitrose are seen as naice petit bourgeois aspiring middle class shopper.

It's all a bit silly really.

I wear Boden because it fits, it's easy to buy and return and they do good discounts.

I'm also an Aldi Queen so my proly/naice shopping choices must surely balance each other out.

spanky2 Thu 29-Aug-13 19:59:50

I get my clothes from tesco or sainsburys because I have no money not because of the type of person .sad

CalamityGin Thu 29-Aug-13 20:15:50

just because you buy something from somewhere doesn't mean that you are the "typical" X shop type woman. In the last month I have bought a skirt and top from Sainsbury's and a dress from Boden so am I a frazzled mum with no time and very little budget or a comfortably well off middle class lady who lunches?

I buy clothes because I like them and I don't care where they come! Anyone who seriously turns their noses up at you because you buy from Boden/Sainsbury/Primark/Prada knows nothing about dressing themselves and just end up looking silly and sour.

LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 20:29:57

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LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 20:33:40

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MissBracegirdle Thu 29-Aug-13 20:42:26

If you google around and read a bit about Johnny Boden...well imagine being the female equivalent. Or worse, aspiring to be the female equivalent. That's why it's an insult.

However that's more the Mn view and less the general public view grin I think most people wouldn't care really and it's likely she was just talking about the clothes.

HappyHugs Thu 29-Aug-13 20:42:43

This is shaping up to be an entertaining thread grin

I buy from lots of places but mainly Oasis and Warehouse, some Coast/Karen Millen for special occasions. Do buy in New Look too....not sure what that all makes me...

This teacher doesn't shop in Next!

The three things I've bought have been in Topshop, M&S and Whistles. I suspect that means I'm middle class and middle aged but desperately trying to cling onto my youth - or something!

LifeofPo Thu 29-Aug-13 20:47:00

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MrsCampbellBlack Thu 29-Aug-13 20:49:26

Johnnie B doesn't like women, particularly those who have children to look sexy. So for someone to say that you are 'boden type' well to me it implies sex-less.

Saying that, I have a few bits of boden - their knitwear is generally good.

I shop in many places but so much depends on your life stage, so if a sahm with small children - you'll shop in different places to someone working fulltime in a very professional job.

Karen Millen is a big WAG or it used to be. I never look in there any more but used to wear their stuff when I worked

VerySmallSqueak Thu 29-Aug-13 20:50:55

I am a charity shop type of person.
I like stuff that isn't necessarily what everyone else is wearing,I like a bargain,and I don't really 'do' smart.

I most certainly don't wear Per Una! smile

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Thu 29-Aug-13 21:01:44

No. Many people shop where they can afford rather than where they would like to shop/

Perplexing Thu 29-Aug-13 21:22:13

OP, I used to think it did.

But being older and (hopefully!) wiser now, I realise some of my best buys have been from places I might have once turned my nose up at.

The brands are manipulating us with marketing ploys, trying to sell us a lifestyle. They want us to buy stuff by making us think that by buying that item we will be 'better'.

I'm not saying I haven't done it, I have; but when I've reflected on my choices I can see I've sometimes been conned and feel cross with myself. Branding and marketing are very powerful. Huge amounts of money are spent defining brands / target customers etc.

But I am still me, whether I wear M&S Classics or Cos*.

Apologies if this post doesn't make sense, I am rambling a bit.

(*And those were just examples btw - I don't happen to own either at the moment.)

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 21:24:28

lifeofpo it's like you are sent to strike dear into my very heart! I am a teacher and I don't really shop at next and certainly not per Una!

I do however have a fair amount of fatface and crew alongside the boden. I should probably just kill myself now.....

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 21:25:47

lifeofpo it's like you are sent to strike dear into my very heart! I am a teacher and I don't really shop at next and certainly not per Una!

I do however have a fair amount of fatface and crew alongside the boden. I should probably just kill myself now.....

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 21:26:43

Fear not dear!

gaggiagirl Thu 29-Aug-13 21:41:32

I think I'm the only person in my office who doesn't sport a full NEXT ensemble.

The women will often buy the same garments.

I think the women in my office are a certain type but I can only judge based on that small observation.

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:02:57

Im currently wearing a Boden hooded cardi , a Monsoon beach dress and M&S knickers . (oh and drinking a class of Co op red and eating a slice of ham from Lidl) . I also like the House of Fraser website for clothes, ebay and TK Maxx and love trawling through charity shops (and John Lewis) .

My best and most worn summer purchase was a pair of shorts from sainsbury's so what does that make me? .. Shop fascism is all total carp really.. just get what you like and suits you and what the rest think

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:04:07

Oh and i'm over 50 and work in the public sector .. definately a 'type ' then. grin

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 29-Aug-13 22:08:01

I shop in next, new look, DP's and asos so I'm probably seen as a chavvy admin assistant -I'm not actually - I do my food shopping in m & s and waitrose so I'm v. Posh

alemci Thu 29-Aug-13 22:11:53

I like alot of the makes discussed, some years their stuff is better than others. spend alot of time trying to find things made of cotton not viscose.

wearing white stuff top and per una cropped trousers as they fit and I find most makes dont

dexter73 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:16:26

I quite like Fat Face but I am certainly nothing like what Po imagines me to be like! No Cath Kidston, Keep Calm posters or travelling and definitely more than one joint!

elQuintoConyo Thu 29-Aug-13 22:16:57

I buy stuff in charity shops, as a pp ^^
What does that say about me?
I used to care about where I shopped, but then I just... stopped.

NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:20:51

"Fat face and white stuff are jolly pear shaped women who had a whale of a time 'travelling' in 1993 and even smoked a joint once. They now live in a 1930's semi with cath kidston mugs and a keep calm print"

Well I have some White stuff and Sea Salt and like some Fat face,but don't own any. I'm certainly pear shaped and sometimes jolly.

However, I was married in 1990 to a DH who wouldn't smoke a joint, but has been offered them in various bits of Europe (he looks the hippy, I don't). My house is 200 years old and I have no CK mugs or keep Calm posters on the walls (lots of silly personal ones from the ap on my phone).

And today I have M&S cropped trousers (combat style and not obviously M&S) and a new look T shirt on.

Once I would have been in mostly Next casual stuff, because I'm exactly their shape, but everything's been polyester and frilly for years.

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:23:17

I was told that I was alright for a Boden woman....

Buy most of my clothes from Gap, Boden, Monsoon, white stuff & fat face. Very high street. Very typical (although I'd like to think that what I choose, I wear well grin

The hip young things at work always comment on the Boden stuff though ( they always like it, and I suspect haven't seen it before!!)

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:29

I don't like Fat Face - all looks a bit crumpled to me. I'm wearing a John Lewis "Weekend" cardigan, a Uniqlo dress, and M and S shoes.

When I went on holiday with dh pre-dc (I was pregnant) we were offered heroin.* Perhaps I'm few steps down the aspirational socio-fantasy than Fat Face ... grin

*True. The hippy-dealer types crowding around the station took one look at us and started offering to sell us smack. I was very shocked.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:34

I'm currently wearing a pair of M&S cropped jeans which just look like denim pedal pushers, with a Joules shirt. I probably look like try-too-hard yummy mummy as there seem to be a glut of them round here that dress themselves and their kids head to toe in Joules.

I like Joules though. blush

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:35:42

I love being a John Lewis shopper. I'm idiot enough to think it says: "solid, dependable. The sort of woman who has a ready supply of tissues." Which is what I aspire towards. grin

williaminajetfighter Thu 29-Aug-13 22:36:21

Id say LKBennet also has a 'type' - uptight waspy girls who like Pippa Middleton, want to have some fun with some jackthelad but ultimately settle down with a banker.

Karen Millen - definite wag, bit of a Michelle Mone thing.

There is also a certain type of woman who shops at Links and those other stores selling matchy bracelets.

I imagine the girl who shops at next has a boyfriend who shops at next and they furnish their home from next. Delightful.

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:40:10

Rushy'swife perhaps it isn't an insult? Perhaps your friend thinks of you as sensible* and the type of person who holidays in Cornwall?

*sensible is, in my humble opinion, one of the great, unjustly under-rated and unrecognised, sexy qualities.

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:48:26

plus3 Yes i find the same and when I tell them its Boden (and its also quite often from ebay, so 2nd hand and cheap ) they say 'oh its ok for you, but I can only afford Primark, New Look etc' . Im not well off by any means but we dont have a Primark round here so I dont go there, but I do shop in H&M a lot , especially for their 'basics' scoop neck tops and cardis and also in sales for things like Mint Velvet clothes (and stuff from ASOS which I think is also great .. )
I think that if you are canny on ebay and look in charity and 50/50 shops you can dress imaginatively and often get something that will become a classic and so not be too much of a 'type'.. Accessories like nice scarves are also good to lift /posh up /change an outfit .. I love them.and look in sales for those (just bought a nice one reduced right down from from £75 from ASOS on a Mumsnet recommendation only this evening)

I'm still wearing Boden/White Stuff/ Fat Face/ etc from several seasons back and the youngsters at work often positively comment on what im wearing .

Oh shit I do sound smug here .. ) ill get my (Laura Ashley) coat grin

alemci Thu 29-Aug-13 22:50:51

I like john lewis too and house of fraser. good bargains plus odd bits of east and phase 8

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:53:51

I imagine the girl who shops at next has a boyfriend who shops at next and they furnish their home from next.


I work a lot with housing developers and Next is definitely ' Barratts show house' look .. . yes OK, I am a snob.. (my house is dead tatty)

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 23:00:47

Thanks thecatfronjapan I probably am a outwardly sensible ish person and I do love a holiday in Cornwall!

This thread has reassured me somewhat! Also made me want to do a spot of online bargain hunting!

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:27:47

The assistant in white stuff once remarked on my top being vintage (snort)

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:33:16

I am, btw, very sensible and nice and just back from Cornwall grin

I'm not really into 'fashion' but I know what I like. I do wonder though if sometimes I could do with a bit of a shake up.

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:35:55

plus3 you are not SamCam I hope .. grin

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:38:41

....she's just had to come back from her Cornish holiday early I hear .. (unless he's left 'em there and come back on his own....)

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:41:53

grin nope

DownstairsMixUp Thu 29-Aug-13 23:42:18

Yes, I shop in Primark because I am, indeed, tight/broke smile

revealall Thu 29-Aug-13 23:42:53

I was going to say bollocks but then realised I had never been in "Country Casuals" despite it being of the few clothes stores in my small market town (and that I shop in equally unfashionable charity shops with impunity).
Or that I have never spent money in LK Benett but do spend in Hobbs despite them being fairly similar.

Bumblequeen Fri 30-Aug-13 10:53:30

I shop where I can afford not where I would like. People are very much judged by the clothes they wear. I judge too and imagine what a person's life is like just by their appearance.

I wear H&M, New Look, Dorothy Perkins - none of which make me stand out at all. My underwear is from M&S. I try to keep to classics so I can wear the following year. My look is terribly boring sad

I assume the following;

Mature women who shop in M&S, Whistles probably live in a detached house somewhere in the suburbs. Have a holiday home in France.

30's, 40's who shop in Reiss, All Saints, French Connection probably blow up to £400 a month on make up, nails, clothes.

Although I do not own anything remotely expensive I can spot well made clothes from a mile off especially suits. I know exactly how I would dress if I had the budget.

nomorecrumbs Fri 30-Aug-13 12:41:05

I shop mainly at New Look at Dorothy Perkins, and while on holiday recently was offered "Smoke Charlie?".

I am in my 20s with messy blonde hair shock is that really what my look says about me?

thecatfromjapan Fri 30-Aug-13 12:53:22

Lol @ where you shop/what drugs people assume you wish to purchase equations. grin

"smoke Charlie" = crack, surely?

In honesty, I wouldn't associate Dotty P's with the Crack Ho' look.*

*And I am abolutely sure that's not what you look like Ms nomorecrumbs.

To link with thread that was running earlier this week: I often think of Cos as a bit "intellectual", and its customers definitely attended parties in their twenties where cocaine was around.

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 13:05:40

I don't really get this Boden is for aspiring posh people.
If I was to aspire to something it would be Viv Westwood, or designer brands not mid high street ranges.

Yes, where tou shop says something about you- ot has to. If you have hand made suits in St James, then you have the lolly- if you pay £200 for one from next or M&S then you might also have the money but prefer to spend it on something else.

Skinheadmermaid Fri 30-Aug-13 14:52:34

I shop in primark and markets because i don't have the money for anything else! I would like to shop in places like all saints and Zara. I would describe my style as a bit grungy, sexy kind of rock chick. (That sounds absolutely ridiculous written down!)
There are many shops i don't look twice at, it's just not my 'image'. I'd never ever heard of Boden before i joined mumsnet!
Just asked my bf how he would describe my style, he said 'creative and confident' which has made me chuckle.

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