I'm in the USA on a work trip at the mo and hit the "mall" tonight where I bought some Rockport ballet flats, Gap trousers, Gap belt, Anthropologie dress and earrings for the grand total of $150 or about £90. Obviously it was all in the sale - but why don't they have sales like this in the UK? I'm fed up of paying through the nose for stuff foreigners can get at a snip of the price. And last week I also got a Gap cardigan for £4!!!!!
Clothes in the UK are really cheap IMO. The price of clothes has fallen dramatically over the last few decades as high street retailers have been forced to compete with the likes of Primark, H&M, supermarket clothes, etc. I haven't been to the US for quite a while but I've noticed in France and Spain that clothes just aren't as cheap as they used to be compared to the UK and often I'm better off buying the same thing at home as it's more expensive overseas.
I live in Singapore and we can get a lot of UK brands here (Topshop, M&S, Monsoon, Dorothy Perkins) and others such as Esprit, Gap, Zara, Mango etc. Typically the prices are 70 to 100% more expensive than the UK for the same products. No idea why as VAT here is 7%.... I normally go back to the UK once a year to stock up for me and the kids (we literally bring empty suitcases) or order online from places like Boden who deduct UK VAT from adult clothes, but then whack on a shipping cost so you need to order a lot!
Btw, if you're above a size 6, Asian brands aren't really an option...
Clothes are a lot more expensive here in Ireland too. We have all the UK stores (Next, M&S, Monsoon etc) and most have the sterling and euro price on them. Even if you factor in the currency difference we are paying a lot more.
I presume it is down to logisitics and scale here though.