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BoyFromTheBigBadCity Sat 25-Feb-17 00:20:30

I need to get some smart work clothes from cheap ish shops. I don't wear trousers, but any other suggestions?

I haven't worked anywhere with a dress code for a long time, and have put on a dress size so most of what I have doesn't fit now.

Patsy99 Sat 25-Feb-17 00:23:45

Next & Zara if you pick carefully, avoid the cheap looking fabrics. Both are good for dresses & jackets.

dontbesillyhenry Sat 25-Feb-17 00:28:10

I wouldn't say 40 pounds a blouse at next is particularly cheap

Patsy99 Sat 25-Feb-17 00:29:25

Nope - but some of their dresses come in at less than that.

INeedNewShoes Sat 25-Feb-17 00:39:57

La Redoute. It's hit and miss but very good value when you find the good bits. Make sure you Google for a discount code.

The way I shop with them is to order loads and send the majority back but keep anything I like that's good enough quality. Returns are free and straightforward.

BlueberryMarshmallow Sat 25-Feb-17 00:44:05

Have you tried the supermarkets? I dress smart for work and have a range of clothes from places like next and Debenhams but find the Asda ones tends to be the cheapest and last longer than all others. It can be very hit and miss what they have in though. If you sign up to the new look newsletter they send you 20% off codes every couple of weeks which comes in handy for blouses and tights smile

ceeveebee Sat 25-Feb-17 00:44:45

TBH a lot of Sainsbury's and Tesco stuff is not bad!?

Mumsnit Sat 25-Feb-17 07:59:30

TK Maxx? I bought some bargainous Jaeger shirts there last week for work smile

Matalan also worth a look as they have quite a big work wear range and some of it isn't bad at all!

emsyj37 Sat 25-Feb-17 08:06:24

M and S for smart shift dresses -- shoes often ok too
Sainsburys is nice for the price esp when it's 25% off week
TKMaxx for occasional gems
Jaeger outlet for coats, bags and everything really
Blazers in H and M are often nice, and their blouses

emsyj37 Sat 25-Feb-17 08:07:21

Oh and Shoeaholics for cut price branded shoes. Hobbs outlet often have lovely shoes too.

tattychicken Sat 25-Feb-17 08:32:06

Yes, Sainsbury's. Have several of their dresses and they wear pretty well, and are good value, partic if you can get them with the 25% off. You can buy online and collect in store too, so like a PP, I tend to buy a load and then take back about half.

PhyllisWig Sat 25-Feb-17 08:51:16

H&M. Good shirts and tops. Their jersey blazers are good as someone else has said.

They have a few shift dresses and skirts too which might work.

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Sat 25-Feb-17 11:32:53

Fab. Thanks everyone!

Brillenbar Sat 25-Feb-17 12:52:34

Uniqlo is really excellent for smart neutral basics

ChishandFips33 Sat 25-Feb-17 14:34:42

I'm liking this skirt from Tesco for £14 - could put a variety of different coloured simple tops/t shirts or jumpers with it (they have some nice coloured lightweight/soft jumpers too!)

IamRonnieBiggs Sat 25-Feb-17 14:36:16

I got a black jacket in Asda for £14 this week

dailystuck71 Sat 25-Feb-17 14:37:52

I've picked up good quality bits on eBay for work.

BatBelle Sat 25-Feb-17 14:38:25

I get quite a few of my work tops from Primark- they are usually no more than £10

knowler Sat 25-Feb-17 14:39:18

I'd echo suggestions for the supermarkets - go for anything on the classic side and in decent looking fabrics. I think that black sometimes looks cheaper than grey or navy as it can go a bit shiny. La redoute is definitely a possibility but always buy with a voucher or during flash sale and size up too.

megletthesecond Sat 25-Feb-17 14:44:28

Primark. I try to only wash it on a gentle wash and it's fine.

findingmyfeet12 Sat 25-Feb-17 14:45:46

I'd recommend eBay. For the same price that you'd spend in New Look or H&M you can pick up Jaeger, Hobbs, Whistles, etc.

knowler Sat 25-Feb-17 16:09:51

feet is right - a lot of the brands have eBay shops. I got a great lk Bennett dress for C.£20.

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Sat 25-Feb-17 17:56:25

I've never really done eBay - is it quite easy to be a buyer?

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Sat 25-Feb-17 18:04:17

How smart do you need to be?

These jersey skirts at M&S are v cheap and wash well. If you're tall, they'd probably be too short though. They come in quite a few prints/colours.

These are smarter than a normal t-shirt and drape nicely. Maybe with a jacket over, if you need to be office smart, or a cardigan if you can be more relaxed.

I saw somebody wearing this today and she looked really nice. It looks a bit like a rag on the hanger though, and I haven't tried it on personally.

XiCi Sat 25-Feb-17 18:34:27

I've also found some really nice work dresses at la redoute. It's 30% off as well at the moment. Asos do some plain black shifts and skater dresses for around £20 that are fine for work as well

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