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Which shops cater to 'invisible women'?

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LanaorAna1 Fri 29-Jul-16 22:20:05

I rather like White Stuff, but it has been royally slated here as an Invisible Mum Army styleless supplier of shapeless greige.

Are there any others? Which makes get your goat?

I'm horrified to find I can't condemn anything, except M&S, and then only some of it, so my fear is that I'm not fussy enough. Put me right, ladies, please do.

TinklyLittleLaugh Fri 29-Jul-16 22:22:57

White stuff isn't greige is it? It's tasteful prints and coloured cardigans. Mum uniform.

squoosh Fri 29-Jul-16 22:28:30

Fat Face.

I think it's meant to be carefree and surfy, but it just looks like someone's (drab) holiday wardrobe from 2002.

Plus it's called Fat Face.

carrie74 Fri 29-Jul-16 22:44:51

White Stuff and Fat Face for me: faded, creased clothes. It's definitely a look, but it just doesn't work on me (although I know plenty who carry it off well, or it's a look they identify with, and goes with their surfer/outdoorsy lifestyles).

Floisme Sat 30-Jul-16 10:16:42

I think White Company's far worse than either of those two.

burnishedsilver Sat 30-Jul-16 10:29:06

You really limit your options if you right off an entire brand. Its really hard these days great clothes in natural fabrics. I think its requires hunting absolutely everywhere and you can find good bits and pieces in some unlikely places. Where it all goes wrong is when people stick to a brand and wear it like a uniform. That's when you disappear and become invisible.

annandale Sat 30-Jul-16 10:32:18

Was has really gone off. I used to buy the occasional thing there but now it all looks aimed at - I don't know- some woman I've never met with zero confidence who doesn't do anything in particular.

annandale Sat 30-Jul-16 10:32:51

Oh fgs, EAST not was.

MiracletoCome Sat 30-Jul-16 13:20:30

Most of Debenhams,

polyhymnia Sat 30-Jul-16 13:35:01

East, White Stuff, Fat Face, all specialised 'plus size' retailers (Simply Be, etc).

LockedOutOfMN Sat 30-Jul-16 13:40:01

Sorry for the stupid question. What's an invisible woman / invisible mum? blush

Suzietwo Sat 30-Jul-16 13:43:55

Oh good I was going to ask that too

Just5minswithDacre Sat 30-Jul-16 13:44:28

Me three smile

EssentialHummus Sat 30-Jul-16 13:50:57

I came on here to say White Stuff and M&S, but OP beat me to it! I have two White Stuff patterned skirts (bought 4-5 years ago) that I like, but if you wear WS skirts with WS cardis and WS tops it all gets very matchy and bland.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 30-Jul-16 14:13:25

Oh I see. It's that bland, MC, low-risk, school-gate camouflage 'style'.

See also Joules and Seasalt.


SpaceKablooie Sat 30-Jul-16 14:19:13

Well...I think you should buy clothes that you like from wherever you like. At least WS and FF sell (some) clothes made of natural fabrics. I like some (but by no means all) of their clothes, and I often get complimented on them.

I'd rather see a positive thread about a particular shop / style, than a negative one.

LockedOutOfMN Sat 30-Jul-16 14:25:51

Ah, ok, thanks for confirming. I know what you mean. When I'm feeling waspish I suspect those mums of thinking they look like the Duchess of Cambridge -who would look great in a paper bag or something from the market stall in Eastenders-. But mostly I'm not waspish.

On the whole, I hate the Fat Face / Joules / White Stuff "look", (but am happy to admit those shops may well sell nice individual pieces). Also, I think the clothes in those shops are very pricey! Not au fait with The White Company.

I try to go for a low rent Olivia Palermo meets Alex Chung in a mutton shop look and mostly shop at Zara, (because it's cheap, and there's one on every corner as we live in Spain), and covet more expensive, luxurious versions of Zara clothes, like Cos and The Kooples. I don't think anyone would ever call me invisible, although they might wish I were.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 30-Jul-16 14:30:42

Mixing it up is the key, isn't it?

I have some Joules and some Laura Ashley but I'd never admit to it except anonymously grin

squoosh Sat 30-Jul-16 14:31:20

I'd rather see a positive thread about a particular shop / style, than a negative one.

I like to see both.

I do think people take criticisms a bit too personally here. Person A says 'I hate leggings' and Person B interprets this as 'no woman should be allowed wear leggings'.

It's just chat about clothes!

Prive120 Sat 30-Jul-16 14:33:46

how about TK Maxx? It's a lot easier to shop than you think as you only need to look at your size rather than shops the whole store. I got an amazing Jill Sanders dress that makes me feel amazing. And I like the fact you get something different.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 30-Jul-16 14:35:22

I'm sure those brands can take it space. They do very well out of what they do.

It's hardly surprising that some of us don't like the identikit 'safe' look that is so profitable for them. But even a slagging off will generate clucks for them.

Just5minswithDacre Sat 30-Jul-16 14:36:13

Erm clicks blush

JaceLancs Sat 30-Jul-16 22:50:31

I am not a fan of sea salt, joules, white stuff, or fat face.
On the other hand I don't get the M & S hate, sometimes I go in there and despair especially Per Una on the other hand some of there basics are good, I always manage to find jeans, jeggings and work trousers that flatter me and actually fit
I got a gorgeous dress in the current sale stuff
DD 24 buys odd bits from there and always shocks her friends when they comment favourably on a new item and she tells them where it's from

JaceLancs Sat 30-Jul-16 22:51:43

Second there should've been their!
I too love Tkmaxx and outlet shopping

rainbrella Sun 31-Jul-16 08:25:26

i really dont get fat face or white stuff. i do "get" joules though, really like it for basic bright casuals and kids things. We have all three in one town near me. when i went to white stuff for the first time a couples of years ago, i was a bit open mouthed. quite pricey and hippy looking loose stuff i might have liked in 2004. seems like things haven't moved on in fact face particularly because i was in last week and was still surprised.

i think i depends, if you go out head to toes in bland safe clothes, then you will look dull but mix stuff up and it will look nice. also, if you style your clothes with accessories etc rather than just shoving them on with unflattering jeans, you will looks x1000 better.

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