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I'm turning 30, where should I start shopping?

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Fugghetaboutit Fri 04-Mar-16 10:34:22

Kind of lighthearted! I used to shop at Topshop, H&M etc but feel Topshop is a bit young for me personally now.

I now have 2 young children and haven't been shopping in a while living in leggings and long baggy tops (breastfeeding).

For my 30th I'm going to get a new wardrobe. Where shall I start and what essentials do I need?

I like Mint Velvet, Whistles, Jigsaw for good one-off pieces.

Daisyandbabies Fri 04-Mar-16 10:38:44

I will be 30 in June and still shop at Hollister, H&M and River Island, etc. I just pick stuff that flatters my shape and no crop tops, haha! You are still so young, wait until you are 50 to start shopping in Next or Dorothy Perkins ;) (I apologise to those who do, haha!).

Daisyandbabies Fri 04-Mar-16 10:41:52

Plus, long baggy tops aren't needed for breastfeeding! I've just finished feeding my 18 month old...I wore a tight long vest (those cheap ones from h&m) under practically any top. Pair them with a nice pair of skinny jeans and I could still get away with looking 25, even with my 4 year old and 18 month old in tow, hehe x

ItGoesWithoutSaying Fri 04-Mar-16 11:26:35

Mid forties and still shop in all those places (TopShop, New Look, H&M, etc.) Still feel I am too young for White Stuff, Fat Face (although there are some exceptions). God knows if I'll ever feel old enough for M&S!

ExConstance Fri 04-Mar-16 11:33:23

I am 60 tis year and still shop at Topshop. I have just bought a floral shirt which even my mother (90) would look respectable in and some black denim dungarees. My mother thinks M&S is too frumpy for her, so won't be going there. I don't usually like White Stuff as I don't want to look like a droopy social worker but this season they have a few things that I do like, so I will be getting one dress and a cardigan.

Next - too much synthetic stuff.

PollyPerky Fri 04-Mar-16 13:42:00

You sound old before your time darling.
Too old at 30 for Top Shop? Don't be mad.
The shops you list as being ones you like are where old ladies like me shop.

Fugghetaboutit Fri 04-Mar-16 14:44:10

I am! grin I feel old, been through lots.

Topshop seems full of crop tops and ripped jeans. I will always love H&M.

Is mint velvet and whistles/jigsaw too old for me then?

I'm glad to hear allowed to still shop at Topshop though wine

thatstoast Fri 04-Mar-16 14:47:37

Bon Marche?

coffeetasteslikeshit Fri 04-Mar-16 14:58:33

I'm in my 40s and shop in whichever shop sells what I'm after at that moment. Just buy what suits you rather than what's fashionable.

WicksEnd Fri 04-Mar-16 15:29:29

You must now begin to shop the classic range in M&S and buy your underwear from damart.

Toxicity Fri 04-Mar-16 15:56:04

I went off Topshop a while ago, partly I wasn't keen on what was in there and secondly the quality seemed to get really bad (yet the prices kept rising!)

Whistles and Jigsaw are lovely - go and treat yourself!

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 04-Mar-16 16:07:38

Marisota have some lovely ensembles. So lovely they'll make you want to kick your leg out in glee.

Fugghetaboutit Fri 04-Mar-16 16:26:20


Is Per Una allowed yet? I can't wait to get up in there!

Runningupthathill82 Fri 04-Mar-16 16:32:39

I think you're a bit old for Per Una. Do you have a decent garden centre or Edinburgh Woollen Mill nearby? You could get a lovely fleece or two, and a floral scarf to add that unique personal touch.
Also keep an eye out in printed TV guides for the adverts - I find they're good for getting hold of wire-free bras and nice supportive pants.

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 04-Mar-16 16:34:34

Per Una is bit racy for a 30 year old. The sequins and tassley bits would send out all the wrong messages.

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 04-Mar-16 16:36:52

What about one of these. They just shout 'farmer's wife on day trip to local market town circa 1982'.

HairySubject Fri 04-Mar-16 16:37:42

I am also turning 30, I shop at Dorothy Perkins, Jane Norman and ASOS. I still like new look and top shop stuff too though.

MitzyLeFrouf Fri 04-Mar-16 16:37:47

But in all seriousness....... I'd google images of people whose style you like and try and pick the items that way.

MrsBenWyatt Fri 04-Mar-16 16:43:25

MrsBenWyatt Fri 04-Mar-16 16:44:01

Whoops! This

Fugghetaboutit Fri 04-Mar-16 16:44:06

Garden centre! I live near a fookin town full of them! Need some new slippers too...

Fugghetaboutit Fri 04-Mar-16 16:44:35

Mrs I love those

AnotherEmma Fri 04-Mar-16 16:49:32

I'm 30 and I shop in Gap, Esprit and sometimes Monsoon (depending on the styles, as some are a bit old and frumpy for my liking!) Occasionally I also shop in Dorothy Perkins as well as Debenhams and House of Fraser for the range of concessions.

It is difficult though, I'm curvy and I feel a bit stuck between "younger" shops, which seem to only sell clothes that suit skinny people, and "older" shops which are a bit boring and unfashionable.

AmberNectarine Fri 04-Mar-16 17:02:42

I'm 31 and not giving up on my crop tops and ripped jeans any time soon!

jeremyisahunt Fri 04-Mar-16 17:05:34


You're a one-foot-in-the-grave coffin-dodger!

Off to the nursing home with you, they'll give you some nice pieces from the donation box.

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