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not to buy summer clothes 'till summer arrives?

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ladymontdore Wed 17-Jul-13 17:30:30

Went shopping yesterday, admittedly in Crapsville (it's where I live), to get some summery tops and dresses for dcs and me, only to find the shops half empty. Few crappy bits of sale stuff and the start of the autumn but not a lot else. Next had even taken lots of its display racks out.

Considering most people go on hols in August, is everyone else freakishly organised? Do you all buy clothes months ahead? I never know what size my dds will be!

I've ended up trawling the boden sale and spending £££ when all I wanted was a few cheap things!

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Wed 17-Jul-13 21:56:53

Someone explained this on here once. It's to do with warehouse fees and stock ordering times and I don't know what. But there is a good reason that shops stock stuff for the coming season, not the season we are in. You need to be more organised! Or shop in primark.

Changebagsandgladrags Wed 17-Jul-13 21:44:18

Where do people keep all this stuff they buy on advance? I have one wardrobe which holds the stuff I'm wearing now. I have one of those clothes bag things on the top of my wardrobe with winter coats in.

But if I have to stockpile autumn stuff, where the fright will it go?

Mandy2003 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:25:58

I am making a fair bit selling mens, womens and boys shorts on eBay at the moment! Have 1 pair of SoulCal knee length dark olive walking shorts left in a size 8 if anyone wants them PM me!

Very hard to sell anything else at the moment though sad

Sirzy Wed 17-Jul-13 21:14:45

Every shop I have been in recently still has summer stuff in.

I think if you wait until mid heat wave to buy anything though then of course you will have limited choice!

DS (3.5) is still wearing last summers clothes which makes it easier, but surely it's not that hard to have an idea what size childen are going to be in over summer? If in doubt buy a bit bigger and you might get 2 (or 3 in the case of DS) years out of things!

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 17-Jul-13 21:09:30

It's not just sudden growth spurts, there is also the case of the disappearing shorts that you know you had somewhere, but seem to have vanished.

Sconset Wed 17-Jul-13 21:06:09

Honestly- I measured her- she has grown 2 inches in fewer than 5 weeks! shock
Her hips have grown too, meaning trousers/shorts that fitted then now do not.

To be fair though, her clothes were not last summer's clothes, as we didn't actually have a summer, they were the summer before's purchases, however, she was wearing them only 3 weekends ago, and couldn't get into them this Sunday morning! (cue huge tears, and weeping fits hmm)

Madeyemoodysmum Wed 17-Jul-13 20:36:24

I don't get all these kids that suddenly don't fit clothes. My dd and ds are both very tall but usually get two years out of most clothes, the only exception being trousers, shorts just get shorter, dresses can be teamed with leggings, no one cares if tees are a bit short in the body.
I buy clothes in the sales for the following year but buy the next size up to be sure I get two years wear.

I don't have teens though. I am guessing they don't grow gradually and do have huge spurts.

Sconset Wed 17-Jul-13 20:27:21

TKMaxx is your saviour! got loads of things there at the weekend for DD who has inexplicably grown, and no longer fitted any of her clothes that fitted only 3 weeks earlier confused

Eastpoint Wed 17-Jul-13 20:24:22

Summer doesn't start on 1st May. Summer starts on 22/23 June in the UK. Don't you remember the old saying 'Cast ne'er a clout till May be out'?

caroldecker Wed 17-Jul-13 20:18:45

Shops have to order clothes 3-6 months in advance as they are made in China (generally) - they therfore have to guess the stock they need - they obviously understocked this year following a couple of years when no-one wanted anything cos too damn cold. Most shops wish they had more summer stuff in

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 17-Jul-13 19:56:35

Yes, you have to be that organised that not only do you know what size everyone will be in 6 months time, you also need to predict the weather.

Not sure we had snow in May but we did have sleet.

Last year we didn't really get out of jumpers. This year need shorts!

You have to buy school uniform before they break up or there won't be any left.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 17-Jul-13 19:54:28

Oh bugger... I'm planning on going shopping tomorrow, including for a swimming cossie or two, being 2/3 of the way through the shred and feeling in better shape.

Oh, and the other thing about swimming costumes? Do shops not realise that people swim in pools all year round and we don't all want sports type speedo things, and so if we wreck the ones we've got while on holiday we may want to buy some in September?

KobayashiMaru Wed 17-Jul-13 19:52:19

Summer starts when it starts, irrespective of the weather! 1st of May.

You might have had snow in May, I know I didn't.

Lj8893 Wed 17-Jul-13 19:51:10

Shops don't want to be full of leftover summer stock that they can't sell once autumn hits though. And vice versa.

I've seen plenty of summer clothes in the shops still, and the majority are in the sale which is a bonus!

Yes, they are selling out quick but then no shop could have predicted this heatwave.

TooTabooToBoo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:50:20

Summer arrived months ago

I think we still had snow in May?

Who waits til mid july to buy shorts?

The British grin. We normally get a week of short-worthy weather in July and then if we're lucky another week and weekend (not together - separated) in August.

I was on the verge of moaning about the heat earlier, then I realised I needed to shut up grin

Tittypulumpcious Wed 17-Jul-13 19:49:14

Summer didn't arrive months ago, it's been pissing down and freezing up until a few weeks ago!

Nanny0gg Wed 17-Jul-13 19:48:23


FinallySaidMama Wed 17-Jul-13 19:46:02

Yep, had a mooch round M&S whilst waiting for my Nan to get her shopping and all Autumnal stuff! Jumpers and boots angry

KobayashiMaru Wed 17-Jul-13 19:44:24

Summer arrived months ago, its practically autumn now! Who waits til mid july to buy shorts?

BadgersRetreat Wed 17-Jul-13 19:43:30

oh this drives me mad too. I need a new winter coat and just know i'll have to go shopping for the bloody thing in September when it's still bloody boiling angry

Tittypulumpcious Wed 17-Jul-13 19:40:15

I agree, went shopping for summer stuff a few weeks ago to find just a few crappy tops in size tiny on the sale racks..however in my size were jumpers, coats and winter dresses. WTAF. It's bloody July why can't we buy summer clothes in sodding summer? I don't want to buy them in February I want to buy jumpers then because it's still bloody winter!!

RobotBananas Wed 17-Jul-13 19:39:41

I desperately need some summer maternity clothes but theres nothing anywhere. I don't want a fucking jumper, its 30C. Grrr

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Wed 17-Jul-13 19:36:36

I'm having the same problem with maternity clothes. I have a choice of New Look,Mothercare and Mamas and Papas in the next town, about 12 miles away, and didn't want to buy too much summer stuff in case the weather wasn't fit to wear it. Now the weather's here, most of the size 12s have gone.

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 17-Jul-13 18:36:33

New Look, Sainsburys, Asda all still have summer clothes. It's ridiculous how far ahead the shops operate.

littlewhitebag Wed 17-Jul-13 18:33:47

I want to buy shorts for my holidays and cannot find any anywhere. So annoying. It is boiling here. Why do I want autumn clothes?

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