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ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 16:40:47

In a bid to make myself feel a WHOLE LOT BETTER I want to hear how y'all got on in the shops today.
Me? total failure. Why why oh why do I always assume Top Shop is going to cut it for my almost-40 year old form.
Suffice to say whole retail experience totally depressing. Actually came hone and binned my bra because it looked so awful and ill-fitting in the changing rooms.

Not going to shop in my town anymore..all it consists of is the low budget fast fashion chains....WAAAAILL!!!!!

so come on, good day or bad day (if u shopped)?

4aminsomniac Sat 27-Oct-12 17:04:07

I found great jeans in TK Maxx! Have great difficulty with jeans and have bought quite few pairs in the last year due to weight loss (illness related), but some Lee skinnies seem to be a good fit.

Also, some grey leggings from Top Shop! I am several years older than you, but have recently found a few things in there that I like!

So, bit boring, but good day shopping wise.

EdsRedeemingQualities Sat 27-Oct-12 17:09:47

ikwym about TS. I took some trousers back there today. Maternity ones. Very nice but I am TOO OLD.

And there was nothing very nice in the shop, as I walked through - it was so expensive as well.

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 17:34:24

I liked lots to look at on rail..but its the way they merchandise the garments too- sloppy jumpers on reed thin hangers so the shoulders sag (acrylic)..why not fold them?
I do love their umderwear tho4 for a time I only bought Lee jeans..back when they were 73 pounds a pair in the Lee shop. Might have a look in tkMaxx.

Hopefully Sat 27-Oct-12 17:43:02

Online shopping is the way forward - I so rarely find something I like in RL shops now.

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 18:32:24

hopefully I got some v v v soft cords from Uniqlo delivered this week and will be back online tonight paying more delivery charges elsewhere after today's shopping fails.

Absolutely LOVE Cos but the one time I bought online instead of in a store I waited about 10 days!

IslaValargeone Sat 27-Oct-12 18:36:35

Well, I couldn't fit in a pair of jeans I wanted today so have decided that it is due to pre-menstrual bloat rather than chocolate digestive overdose.
Most useful purchase was Epsom salts as my athletes foot has returned.

ujjayi Sat 27-Oct-12 18:58:32

Agree with Hopefully re online shopping. Or, if time allows, go shopping on a monday morning - tis lovely and quiet and you don't feel that pressure to find something that a busy saturday will always induce. I hate that panicked feeling blended with total and utter "why do I look so shit" feeling that you get so I stay well clear of the high street at the weekend.

Personally, I had a brilliant day. Went to my local antiques & vintage clothing store and bought a beautiful authentic 70s midi skirt with an amazing print. A previous owner has embellished it with the occasional sequin which has made it look truly stunning and doesn't detract from the original. Looking forward to wearing with boots and a long sleeve tee for the winter smile I am also considering a beautiful vintage mink cape which they had - although I had my heart set on a bracelet length sleeve rather than a cape.

lowercase Sat 27-Oct-12 19:42:09

H&M - burgundy cowl neck jersey long sleeve £8
Black / purple ombré trousers £10
Black / purple / white painterly type trousers £7

May return the last item, the other two are definate keepers.

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 20:52:03

ujjayi what a magnificant haul! Not a basic in sight!

lowercase my local Hennes is SOOO bad. I don't know what they do but all the clothes are creased up in a way that even the COATS which, lets face it are pretty thick material, have massive creases down the front. It really puts me off. (massively hard to please alas!)

Have just packed out my Cos shopping bag so any chance of a code anyone before I check out? Please please?

LittlePandaBear Sat 27-Oct-12 21:07:43

I bought some navy jeans from River Island, reduced from £30 to £20.
An Oasis red dress reduced to £20, and a thin jumper reduced to £15.

And some black knee timberland boots - I've given up the search for grey boots and they were so comfy when I put them on, and fit my legs well. Sold!

I also went into Miss Selfridge and realised that as everyone in there looked about 18, and I remembered the song they were playing when the original was released about 15 years ago, that I was in the wrong shop for a 31 year old.

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 21:21:27

I really despair of our high street...a Gap opened a few years ago and it wasn't even there 1 year I don't think. Its all Poundlands (brilliant for everything but clothes!) and mobile phone shops. Every time I go and get stuff in Primark or New Look within about 3 months its got the usual hole which turns into a big tear etc etc. Its just such a false economy IMHO. I am about 50 minutes from Westfield but with Dc's that takes planning....

alemci Sat 27-Oct-12 21:28:23

why are all the woolies made of acrylic. Even if something is part wool it is about 8% and most of them go bobbly before even being washed. Some of the knitwear is so expensive.

ujjayi Sat 27-Oct-12 21:59:59

ADifferentKindOfMum - I was organised this season and bought basics - tees and merino tights - way back in September. Otherwise I spend way too many mornings in front of the wardrobe thinking "if only I had a (insert relevant basic here) that dress would look perfect". I think having a strong sense of your personal style helps because you instinctively hone in on items which suit. I find the high street very bland on the whole but I do find occasional gems in H&M, Topshop & Zara.

Alemci I am so with you on the acrylic issue. It is vile and I cannot wear it. I have found Celtic Sheepskin to be good for wool and wore a new Uniqlo merino knit for the first time today which was fab.

Millie1 Sat 27-Oct-12 22:04:55

Ujjayi - where did you find merino tights? I've spent the last hour searching and can only find Falke. Not sure I want to spend that much and also looking for a wine/burgundy colour so proving difficult. Thanks

mosschops30 Sat 27-Oct-12 22:15:28

I bought a Barbour (finally) and love it (£169)
A fantastic jumper from fat face (£50)
New top from fat face to wear alone or go under jumper (£20)

here
here
and here

ujjayi Sat 27-Oct-12 22:20:38

Millie I bought them from M&S Autograph range. Not sure if they have wine though. TK Maxx often have a good range of Falke tights.

ujjayi Sat 27-Oct-12 22:23:26

Mosschops love the Fat Face jumper. Which colour did you go for?

MarshaBrady Sat 27-Oct-12 22:25:17

Not today but this week.

A Lanvin party dress. Am really happy to have sorted out party dilemma!

mosschops30 Sat 27-Oct-12 22:25:48

I went for the charcoal one, its beautiful on, very flattering smile
I swapped it for a different one i bought in the week but wasnt anything amazing

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 22:35:02

Millie Falke are very dear its true but they will last you YEARS..i have pairs from way back, no bobbling, stretching etc. Wash and wear really well. Can recommend the investment.

ADifferentKindOfMum Sat 27-Oct-12 22:36:20

Trumping everyone MarshaBrady how about a link to that...ahem...LANVIN dress then?

Millie1 Sat 27-Oct-12 22:44:16

Thanks Ujayii and ADifferentKindof. Sadly M&S only do black. Yes, it might be Falke. I've a pair of black tights from a few years ago but they drive me nuts as they're not long enough on the leg. Guess that's what's putting me off but might invest anyway though have splurged big-time in last week so need to sneak postman past DH wink.

ToothGah Sat 27-Oct-12 22:45:20

Someone mentioned Falke tights - TXMaxx have them. I saw nude, black, purple and blue in the Merry Hill store the other week (sadly they were small/med and wouldn't be long enough for me).

I have bought some lovely DKNY chocolate brown tights from there that look and feel like they will last forever - £4, rrp $20, and they are just fab.

Oh, and two pairs of House of Holland suspender tights, the plain and the pearl. £4 each, rrp £18 I think. A little chavtastic but I'll probably wear them this winter and feel sinful smile

QuickLookBusy Sat 27-Oct-12 22:48:31

Love that jumper Mosschops30. It looks lovely and warm.

How long is it? I'm 5ft 3 so don't like my jumpers too long.

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