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How to avoid Boden, Joules, Fat Face and White Stuff

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NotAnotherChinHair Wed 10-Nov-10 17:15:53

I like a lot of stuff in those shops although I am starting to dislike Boden and Joules as all the mums at the playgroud wear something from there. Today I even saw the headteacher wearing a Boden coat. I just find it a bit offputting but I do like their stuff, although not everything. So anyway, where does one go for alternatives? Specifically I am looking for a mini for myself that isn't too much of a mini (I am 40) if that makes any sense. Thank you!

MrsVincentPrice Wed 10-Nov-10 18:27:31

Gap's got some nice cord semi-minis in at the mo, and 30% off vouchers this week.

notyummy Wed 10-Nov-10 18:27:32

Phase Eight has some GREAT stuff in this season - although I realise up until now it a slight 'mother of the bride' whiff about it. They must have a new design team.

Seriously worth a look.

Otherwise Warehouse, H & M and ASOS all worth a peek. Gap/Banana Republic as well - def now they do stuff online.

notyummy Wed 10-Nov-10 18:28:15

Am 38 btw, so simlar age to you.

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 18:30:56

Who designs well for an averge height, broad but not overweight apple, bath?

bettymoody Wed 10-Nov-10 18:53:24

agree some phase eight is ok
some a bit gin and jag and liek that bbc breakfast weatehr person

BelligerentGhoul Wed 10-Nov-10 18:58:48

The number of shops I see anything I like in seems to be decreasing by the week.

I still make occasional finds in:
M&S Limited or Autograph;
Gap (used to like it but think it's getting worse and worse);
I like occasional bits in Hobbs nowadays but mostly too long and too expensive and a lot of it is horrible.

Other than basics like replacing knitwear and t-shirts, my plan is now largely to buy v little and just hit the Vivienne Westood sales once or twice a year.

traceybath Wed 10-Nov-10 19:04:18

Oh BG - talking of Viv - I'm liking this

Oh and bought a nice top in gap - in plum and its really nice and amazingly for gap has actually washed well.

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 19:04:32

I know fc is a bit odd and young (in an odd way) but I got a great neat little cardi and ruched grey top there recently.

And I love their jeans but they are so ridiculously long I have had to buy a pair of stilletto boots hmm

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 19:05:05

bath, where should an apple shop? Seriously

bettymoody Wed 10-Nov-10 19:05:30

dwarfy wink
i am a 33
their jeans are 32 and 34

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 19:07:51

The fc jeans I like are one size only and it must be 34. Maybe that's just the shops in scotlanf wink

traceybath Wed 10-Nov-10 19:09:17

Well I shop in lots of places but do like warehouse, new look, jigsaw, odd bits from boden and as BG said Anglomania is fab in the sales. You could get a dress for less than a £100 which is pretty much FC prices.

I also avoid anything belted as look like a sack of potatoes.

Oh and Compyoir good for neat fitting stuff.

traceybath Wed 10-Nov-10 19:09:38

I meant Comptoir obviously.

bettymoody Wed 10-Nov-10 19:10:08

i agree wiht tb again
i dont like belts or frills
i like plain

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 19:10:50

ok. I am going shopping soon

BelligerentGhoul Wed 10-Nov-10 19:18:28

Love that t-shirt Tracey. The dress would be fab on you, I'm sure - but it would make me look like like a deranged tomato!

readinginbed Wed 10-Nov-10 19:25:00

Oxfam - DKNY, Jill Sander etc for a fraction of the original price

Jajas Wed 10-Nov-10 19:27:44

gin and jag grin!

Pannacotta Wed 10-Nov-10 19:30:51

reading have you really found DKNY and Jill Sander in Oxfam?

pointydog Wed 10-Nov-10 19:31:58

She lives somewhere so posh event the charity shops are top notch wink.

Pannacotta Wed 10-Nov-10 19:34:18

I'd be delirious if our local chairty shops stocked those kinds of clothes, ours is mostly recycled Primarni, at the same price it woudl have cost new!

readinginbed Wed 10-Nov-10 19:37:38

Oxfam in Herne Hill, not posh just sarf London: DKNY once found, also Katharine Hamnet, but there's a great second hand shop in notting hill called Retro clothing where I've found lots of DKNY, and Jill Sander. Near tube stop. The hip sales assistants are a bit of a blow to the ego but worth it for the bargains

Meggles76 Wed 10-Nov-10 20:14:33

I tend to buy the following items from the following places

Boden - only for plain T-shirt tops and breton style tops
Monsoon - for cardigans and Jumpers
Next - for denim (mainly because I am short and their petite length is good for me)
Joules - for accessories - beads, scarves, gloves etc
Warehouse - for dresses, cardigans
M&S - for tights, vests and knickers and the vvery occasional bit of cashmere
Lands End - ONLY for duvet coats and gilets
H&M for accessories and T-shirts

bellylaugh Wed 10-Nov-10 20:17:32

I got a couple of nice bits from Joe Browns

Warehouse is great at the moment too, haven't shopped there for years

WhatsWrongWithYou Wed 10-Nov-10 20:36:45

Don't think anyone's mentioned esprit.

Can be quite dull but, a bit like gap, worth a look as you sometimes come across decent basics there, I find - like the look of their waxed jeans.

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