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It's time for another crucial question (are you watching Time magazine). Could you please rank in order of poshness - Austin Reed, Boden and Army&Navy (clothing dept)?

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 14:09:33

(ps a response on this thread is in no way an indication of how middle-class or otherwise you might be grin)

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Mon 06-Jul-09 14:10:37

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MadameOvary Mon 06-Jul-09 14:12:01

Boden defo poshest
Then Army and Navy
Then Austin Reed

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 14:12:15

Austin Reed - good for a nice formal suit. tres middle class
Boden - yummy mumminess
Army & Navy - is camoflauge back in?

HTH wink

giantkatestacks Mon 06-Jul-09 14:12:15

Oh god you're going to go all Peggy Mitchell 'you're baaarred' on me because I have no idea what Army&Navy clothing dept is like at all - could you replace it with Joules please? Or the army surplus place down the road?

RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Mon 06-Jul-09 14:12:49

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KingRolo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:13:39

Army and Navy? [puzzled]

But Boden is posher than Austin Reed.

suwoo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:14:43

I vote the same as Lulu.

Austin Reed (never been in, is it for older ladies?)
Boden (yummy mummytastic but all MNetters know this)
Army & Navy (used to buy combats in there for clubbing in, in the 90's not been in since)

There endeth my opinion.

suwoo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:15:26

Oh and may I ask why?

<<mind boggles>>

giantkatestacks Mon 06-Jul-09 14:15:32

I think IME that buying any new clothes at all is very unposh.

KingRolo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:16:34

Chino's? shock.

Someone should email them!

KingRolo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:19:05

I agree with giantkatestacks. Truly posh people don't buy off-the-peg high street clothes. They either buy bespoke or wear the same clothes for years and years, a la Princess Anne.

Lilymaid Mon 06-Jul-09 14:19:57

Boden is posher aspirationally than Austin Reed (which is a men's outfitters that sells suits to middle class men with aspirations above M&S.) What do you mean by the "Army & Navy Stores" - the one in Victoria, which is/was a bog standard department store with magnificent wine cellars or the Army Surplus type stores?

Boco Mon 06-Jul-09 14:24:14

Do you really mean army and navy? Or do you mean old navy or something?

Never been in an Austin Reed but have always assumed they sold things that are all a bit polyester mix easily catches fire in shades of taupe for work wear. But I could be wrong. So I'd say Boden is poshest. The men wear flowery shirts and say their biggest vice is 'rum raisin icecream' etc.

mrswoolf Mon 06-Jul-09 14:26:24

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StripeyKnickersSpottySocks Mon 06-Jul-09 14:27:38

None of them, all as common as muck. <sniffs>

mumtoted Mon 06-Jul-09 14:30:19

Army and Navy is a department store, aka House of Fraser

StripeyKnickersSpottySocks Mon 06-Jul-09 14:31:14

I think chinos must be back in. Just come back from a music festival heavily populated by braying 16 year olds called Henry and Oliver, etc. They all seemed to be dressed in chinos, stripey shirts and a Jack Wills jumper casually knotted over the shoulders.

MilleniumHandNShrimp Mon 06-Jul-09 14:31:33

Army and Navy is where you buy surplus military stuff no?


LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 06-Jul-09 14:32:04

Army & Navy
Austin Reed
Boden (really posh people don't do Boden, only the aspirational middle classes)

MilleniumHandNShrimp Mon 06-Jul-09 14:32:49

I would say

Austin Reed
Army and Navy

Alestorm Mon 06-Jul-09 14:33:44

Austin Reed make nice men's glasses. Dh has a pair (which I dispensed him wink)

I reckon:
A&N stores (cause I've never heard of them which must make them posh cause I'm as common as shit)
Austin Reed.

Or, in the spirit of Sport's Day, they're all the poshest. Happy now?

hmc Mon 06-Jul-09 14:34:47

Austen Reed I perceive as posh but 'older'. The Army and Navy means nothing to me - is this a London thing?

I think poeple are getting hung up on semantics and the meaning of 'posh' - I suspect you mean 'posh' as aspirational / perceived quality of goods in this instance?... rather than 'posh' in the tedious, braying, boot room owning, Jemima sense

Boden is still aspirational (and thus 'posh') for the majority of populace - reference Ebay prices for pre-owned Boden and mini boden

diedandgonetodevon Mon 06-Jul-09 14:35:39

None of them are remotely 'posh'.

Austin Reed- shiny suits for middle managers.
Boden- a catalogue fgs. Just don't get the MN hype.
Army & Navy - useful if you are Bear Grylls et al.

hmc Mon 06-Jul-09 14:36:09


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