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My quest for quality clothing.... at high street prices? Should I just give up now?

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RainbowBob Mon 14-Oct-13 20:56:12

I have just bought yet another item from H&M which has, after two wears, come apart at the seams. And before you say "oh, poor woman must be deluding herself she is three dress sizes smaller than she actually is" - it's an oversized jumper and wasn't even vaguely tight... so it's just crap quality. End of.

I am fed up with buying large quantities of cheap, poor quality stuff. So ....where on earth do you buy good quality clothes at reasonable prices? I suppose what I am really looking for is good value....

On my wish list is a slouchy jumper/jumper dress (to replace tattered old H&M one), a coat and possibly a day dress. But just your general opinions on where to get some decent quality garments for under £100 (or even £50) would make me eternally grateful.

Mynameismina Wed 16-Oct-13 11:42:51

What about This

Sthingmustbescaringthemaway Wed 16-Oct-13 12:17:04


Happy to be of service. If you find anything nice on eBay do please say. I have kept a cowardly distance so far....

In the meantime you might have fun taking a look :



And here

Don't be alarmed! These are places where it really, truly is worth waiting for their pretty damned amazing sales. And, honestly, if you take to this way of life (...) you will never look at your high Street in the same way again. And you won't care what your friends, or school mums, or your colleagues are wearing - because you'll be in your own little wardrobe bubble. (It does help if you don't mind other people occasionally looking at you funny....)

eurochick Wed 16-Oct-13 12:26:24

I have got some lovely things (including cashmere jumpers) from flashsale sites like Vente Privee.

I have recently rediscovered Benetton. I hadn't been in there is years but they had some lovely jumpers for good prices (they have a website if there isn't one near you - lots seem to have closed).

Aquelven Wed 16-Oct-13 14:38:26

Woolovers what they tell you to in their catalogue. Find a favourite jumper you own & love the fit of, lay it on a flat surface & measure it with a tape measure across the back, just under the arm holes. For all their stock they give you this exact measurement, in inches, so you just need to buy the size that measures the same as your favourite. Fail safe grin

Another source of great stuff is factory outlets. Depending on where you live, I live in the north where there are amazing outlet shops attached to the actual mills that sell things they manufacture at a fraction of retail cost. I've bought cashmere jumpers for under £30, woollen jackets, raincoats, allsorts. Best buy ever was a pure cashmere, full length cashmere coat, with a silk lining that had "Harrods" embroidered repeatedly in the design of the lining. That was from a factory that produced garments for top department stores. Another near us sells, just twice a year, fabric by the yard that they make for the top designers, but if course you have to make the clothes yourself.

Fairyliz Wed 16-Oct-13 17:36:37

Ebay, I have just realised that 50% of my clothes are from there. You will be amazed at the number of people who buy things wear once and then sell.

harbinger Wed 16-Oct-13 18:19:11

Aquelven I'd be very interested in a list of the mills that have factory shops (I only know the John Smedley at New Mills, Derbyshire).

Also, as I'm getting better at dressmaking, the fabric mill/sale. I would love to get my hands on some wool/tweed at a reasonable price grin

Sthingmustbescaringthemaway Wed 16-Oct-13 18:27:05

harbinger You took the words right out of mouth.thlgrin

Aquelven Wed 16-Oct-13 18:45:58

Sthingmustbescaringthemaway Wed 16-Oct-13 18:50:06


harbinger Wed 16-Oct-13 20:08:09

Ooh, thanks. Will have a look. smile

jj83 Tue 09-Sep-14 22:56:16

Absolutely right, if you have the skills to make your own, that would be a great way to go. I find these days that i just buy a few less items, but of better quality. I like Adini, I got this the other day and it is really nice quality. ooh, they have a sale on!
I have the same philosophy with clothes for the kiddies. I like to buy nice quality items e.g. Toby Tiger, Kite, Hooligans and Frugi. It is a bit more expensive, but at least it looks smart for a bit longer. I got a really nice hoody for my little chap the other day. He loves it! only problem is he is currently refusing to wear anything else!.

Lottie56 Thu 20-Jul-17 12:40:45

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KimchiLaLa Thu 20-Jul-17 16:19:34

I never ever shop there regularly but I bought two striped basic tops from cos a few years ago that I still have. They are amazing quality. I think they were £25 each.

Ditto two topshop t-shirts I must have had for years and years.

MaQueen Thu 20-Jul-17 17:12:51

I bloody love TK Maxx so much...

This year I have bought 3 French Connection sweaters for only £16.99 each...RRP £69.99!

A gorgeous navy utility jacket from Sailors &Brides for only £24.99...RRP £165.00!

A pair of nude leather wedge espadrilles by Maypol for only £29.99...RRP £95.99.

A Tommy Hilfiger denim mini for £19.99...RRP £75.00

Pair of Levi 711 skinny jeans for £19.99...RRP £79.99

And lots more stuff.

Have also recently discovered an amazing charity shop in a local, very affluent market town - got a grey velvet, long winter coat by Nicole Fahri for £25!!! It was pristine! Also got some silk All Saints trousers for only £8.99, still with label attached.

Purchases like these makes handing over £25 - £75 for cheaply made polyester in a high street store utterly pointless.

Bejazzled Thu 20-Jul-17 20:16:43

Friggin ZOMBIE

Gah81 Thu 20-Jul-17 20:25:47

Vintage and etsy. Clothes from 1930s to 19 60s were made to last. Stunning quality, can be horribly expensive but there are some real bargains out there.

Gah81 Thu 20-Jul-17 20:26:27

Zombie??!! No ooo!

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