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Do you think where you shop says something about what type of person you are?

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Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 19:34:39

I had never considered this before really. I tend to just buy clothes I like. Although, having said that I do get 'into' certain shops if they have a range of clothes I like and buy loads and then sometimes go off then a different season.

Anyway like I said I never really considered this until a friend asked where a top of mine was from. When I said Boden she said 'Ah, should have known, you are a boden type of person?'

What exactly did she mean by that and should I be flattered/offended?

Skinheadmermaid Fri 30-Aug-13 14:52:34

I shop in primark and markets because i don't have the money for anything else! I would like to shop in places like all saints and Zara. I would describe my style as a bit grungy, sexy kind of rock chick. (That sounds absolutely ridiculous written down!)
There are many shops i don't look twice at, it's just not my 'image'. I'd never ever heard of Boden before i joined mumsnet!
Just asked my bf how he would describe my style, he said 'creative and confident' which has made me chuckle.

missbopeep Fri 30-Aug-13 13:05:40

I don't really get this Boden is for aspiring posh people.
If I was to aspire to something it would be Viv Westwood, or designer brands not mid high street ranges.

Yes, where tou shop says something about you- ot has to. If you have hand made suits in St James, then you have the lolly- if you pay £200 for one from next or M&S then you might also have the money but prefer to spend it on something else.

thecatfromjapan Fri 30-Aug-13 12:53:22

Lol @ where you shop/what drugs people assume you wish to purchase equations. grin

"smoke Charlie" = crack, surely?

In honesty, I wouldn't associate Dotty P's with the Crack Ho' look.*

*And I am abolutely sure that's not what you look like Ms nomorecrumbs.

To link with thread that was running earlier this week: I often think of Cos as a bit "intellectual", and its customers definitely attended parties in their twenties where cocaine was around.

nomorecrumbs Fri 30-Aug-13 12:41:05

I shop mainly at New Look at Dorothy Perkins, and while on holiday recently was offered "Smoke Charlie?".

I am in my 20s with messy blonde hair shock is that really what my look says about me?

Bumblequeen Fri 30-Aug-13 10:53:30

I shop where I can afford not where I would like. People are very much judged by the clothes they wear. I judge too and imagine what a person's life is like just by their appearance.

I wear H&M, New Look, Dorothy Perkins - none of which make me stand out at all. My underwear is from M&S. I try to keep to classics so I can wear the following year. My look is terribly boring sad

I assume the following;

Mature women who shop in M&S, Whistles probably live in a detached house somewhere in the suburbs. Have a holiday home in France.

30's, 40's who shop in Reiss, All Saints, French Connection probably blow up to £400 a month on make up, nails, clothes.

Although I do not own anything remotely expensive I can spot well made clothes from a mile off especially suits. I know exactly how I would dress if I had the budget.

revealall Thu 29-Aug-13 23:42:53

I was going to say bollocks but then realised I had never been in "Country Casuals" despite it being of the few clothes stores in my small market town (and that I shop in equally unfashionable charity shops with impunity).
Or that I have never spent money in LK Benett but do spend in Hobbs despite them being fairly similar.

DownstairsMixUp Thu 29-Aug-13 23:42:18

Yes, I shop in Primark because I am, indeed, tight/broke smile

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:41:53

grin nope

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:38:41

....she's just had to come back from her Cornish holiday early I hear .. (unless he's left 'em there and come back on his own....)

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:35:55

plus3 you are not SamCam I hope .. grin

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:33:16

I am, btw, very sensible and nice and just back from Cornwall grin

I'm not really into 'fashion' but I know what I like. I do wonder though if sometimes I could do with a bit of a shake up.

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:27:47

The assistant in white stuff once remarked on my top being vintage (snort)

Rushyswife Thu 29-Aug-13 23:00:47

Thanks thecatfronjapan I probably am a outwardly sensible ish person and I do love a holiday in Cornwall!

This thread has reassured me somewhat! Also made me want to do a spot of online bargain hunting!

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:53:51

I imagine the girl who shops at next has a boyfriend who shops at next and they furnish their home from next.


I work a lot with housing developers and Next is definitely ' Barratts show house' look .. . yes OK, I am a snob.. (my house is dead tatty)

alemci Thu 29-Aug-13 22:50:51

I like john lewis too and house of fraser. good bargains plus odd bits of east and phase 8

Laska42 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:48:26

plus3 Yes i find the same and when I tell them its Boden (and its also quite often from ebay, so 2nd hand and cheap ) they say 'oh its ok for you, but I can only afford Primark, New Look etc' . Im not well off by any means but we dont have a Primark round here so I dont go there, but I do shop in H&M a lot , especially for their 'basics' scoop neck tops and cardis and also in sales for things like Mint Velvet clothes (and stuff from ASOS which I think is also great .. )
I think that if you are canny on ebay and look in charity and 50/50 shops you can dress imaginatively and often get something that will become a classic and so not be too much of a 'type'.. Accessories like nice scarves are also good to lift /posh up /change an outfit .. I love them.and look in sales for those (just bought a nice one reduced right down from from £75 from ASOS on a Mumsnet recommendation only this evening)

I'm still wearing Boden/White Stuff/ Fat Face/ etc from several seasons back and the youngsters at work often positively comment on what im wearing .

Oh shit I do sound smug here .. ) ill get my (Laura Ashley) coat grin

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:40:10

Rushy'swife perhaps it isn't an insult? Perhaps your friend thinks of you as sensible* and the type of person who holidays in Cornwall?

*sensible is, in my humble opinion, one of the great, unjustly under-rated and unrecognised, sexy qualities.

williaminajetfighter Thu 29-Aug-13 22:36:21

Id say LKBennet also has a 'type' - uptight waspy girls who like Pippa Middleton, want to have some fun with some jackthelad but ultimately settle down with a banker.

Karen Millen - definite wag, bit of a Michelle Mone thing.

There is also a certain type of woman who shops at Links and those other stores selling matchy bracelets.

I imagine the girl who shops at next has a boyfriend who shops at next and they furnish their home from next. Delightful.

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:35:42

I love being a John Lewis shopper. I'm idiot enough to think it says: "solid, dependable. The sort of woman who has a ready supply of tissues." Which is what I aspire towards. grin

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:34

I'm currently wearing a pair of M&S cropped jeans which just look like denim pedal pushers, with a Joules shirt. I probably look like try-too-hard yummy mummy as there seem to be a glut of them round here that dress themselves and their kids head to toe in Joules.

I like Joules though. blush

thecatfromjapan Thu 29-Aug-13 22:33:29

I don't like Fat Face - all looks a bit crumpled to me. I'm wearing a John Lewis "Weekend" cardigan, a Uniqlo dress, and M and S shoes.

When I went on holiday with dh pre-dc (I was pregnant) we were offered heroin.* Perhaps I'm few steps down the aspirational socio-fantasy than Fat Face ... grin

*True. The hippy-dealer types crowding around the station took one look at us and started offering to sell us smack. I was very shocked.

Plus3 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:23:17

I was told that I was alright for a Boden woman....

Buy most of my clothes from Gap, Boden, Monsoon, white stuff & fat face. Very high street. Very typical (although I'd like to think that what I choose, I wear well grin

The hip young things at work always comment on the Boden stuff though ( they always like it, and I suspect haven't seen it before!!)

NoComet Thu 29-Aug-13 22:20:51

"Fat face and white stuff are jolly pear shaped women who had a whale of a time 'travelling' in 1993 and even smoked a joint once. They now live in a 1930's semi with cath kidston mugs and a keep calm print"

Well I have some White stuff and Sea Salt and like some Fat face,but don't own any. I'm certainly pear shaped and sometimes jolly.

However, I was married in 1990 to a DH who wouldn't smoke a joint, but has been offered them in various bits of Europe (he looks the hippy, I don't). My house is 200 years old and I have no CK mugs or keep Calm posters on the walls (lots of silly personal ones from the ap on my phone).

And today I have M&S cropped trousers (combat style and not obviously M&S) and a new look T shirt on.

Once I would have been in mostly Next casual stuff, because I'm exactly their shape, but everything's been polyester and frilly for years.

elQuintoConyo Thu 29-Aug-13 22:16:57

I buy stuff in charity shops, as a pp ^^
What does that say about me?
I used to care about where I shopped, but then I just... stopped.

dexter73 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:16:26

I quite like Fat Face but I am certainly nothing like what Po imagines me to be like! No Cath Kidston, Keep Calm posters or travelling and definitely more than one joint!

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