This is page 1 of 1 (This thread has 19 messages.)
Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.
Maybe not COS exactly but I want some jersey dresses which are more cos than boden. In plain colours but colours which aren't grey black or navy (green, purple, teal ideally. Red is fairly easy to fine this season).
I know COS do the odd bit of green but their stuff is too big for me (am little height wise). Baujken doesnt have much that would suit me either as I'm looking to skim not cling.
Have looked in most places I can think of on the high street and on line and this seems to be a fools errand so you lot are my last hope.
I'm not Not Obi Wan Kenobi I'm afraid, I've just come to have a moan with you. Retailers (and designers too) seem to think we're incapable of appreciating both interesting shapes and colour and it pisses me right off.
Me and Em sometimes break away from black and navy e.g. this dress here although it's khaki so may not be your type of green. Or they have this one in bottle green - I would look a bugger in it but I think it's lovely. They're ££ but their sales are always good - the last dress I bought from them came down to about £40 although I had to hold my nerve.
The Christophe Lemaire for Uniqlo range is worth keeping an eye on. I think the last dresses were mainly knitted and it's all mostly sold out but I'm drumming my fingers for his next collection as he does seem to understand that colour and shape don't have to be imcompatible.
I'm probably not being super helpful for you OP but maybe for other posters as the sizing issues will be similar as with Cos, in so far everything comes up big and sizing starts at an S and goes up to XXL, but Cora Kemperman (Dutch) has been designing in a similar style for decades now, albeit with a bit more whimsy and colour. The prices appear high but it's mostly organic cotton, etc. so not entirely unreasonable and not designer prices either. A jersey cotton dress like pictured comes in at 60 euros which isn't frightening. The half wool, half acrylic knitted green tunic comes in at 90 euros. Unfortunately, shipping costs to the UK are high. It is quality stuff and lasts really well though.
lekkerkroketje, your username is making me very hungry
Another Dutch brand, Humanoid also has some nice pieces but it's more money.
The Scandis are also worth looking at, depends on the year what colour palette they choose but Filippa K always has good jersey dresses. Bruuns Bazaar, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Whyred, are probably worth taking a look at. The Bestseller brands (Only, Vila, etc.) will do them cheaper but the quality is disappointing IME.
I was just thinking about European brands. I've got a Filippa K dress in a lovely plum colour that I found a couple of years ago in TK Maxx. There are a few greens and burgundies on that link in between all the black and navy. It's ££ though unless you get lucky with Maxxingtons.
There's a time I would have said H&M but they've taken the acrylic highway and I can't see them ever getting off. What are Arket like for colour? I haven't checked them out lately.
If you like Vanilia's style it's probably also worth looking at LaDress. As the name suggests they focus on dresses, specifically jersey dresses and they have a few colours in there too. I'm almost embarrassed to say it now, but they're Dutch again, but shipping to the UK is free and first returns too (I assume this means per order not per customer to avoid countless exchanges with sizing issues).
I was in Arket yesterday and have to report that the sizing is huge. Lots of really nice sweaters but the arms are all enormously long, I am 5'6" and not a problem I normally have. I didn't try any dresses, don't think they have a huge range. I bought some lovely flattering jeans though.
IME Filippa K comes in a smidge small for a Scandi brand and is more in line with European sizing but it's not Zara small and it isn't roomy like COS either. Probably TTS then but high street stores are all over the place size wise these days so hard to say really but realistically an XL at Filippa K is a true UK14 or thereabouts.
I'd agree with it being slightly on the small side. I've only got the one dress (and it was TK Maxx so may not have made the grade for some reason) and it's a Small and I can only wear it if I've stayed off the cake. I'm normally 8-10 on the UK high street.