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But its very good quality polyester

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MrsCampbellBlack Thu 31-Jan-13 12:54:51

This is what the assistant in Jigsaw told me today when I queried the cost of 100% polyester blouse - it was £89.

This is after the assistant in Whistles told me last year but its french polyester when I laughed a 100% polyester top being £195.

Honestly do these stores think we're stupid!

justasecond Thu 31-Jan-13 12:57:14

I agree, its all out of control atm. I think polyester has a place but not with those sorts of price tags.

PoppyWearer Thu 31-Jan-13 12:59:56

£99 knitted hoodie from Superdry really shocked me. At that price I expected it to be at least wool, possibly cashmere-mix. But no, it arrived and was 100% synthetic. £99! shock

Returned it and bought it £40 cheaper in the sale. Still a bit angry at paying £60 for a synthetic knit. I know, it's the branding, but this jumper didn't even have any branding.

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 31-Jan-13 13:03:15

Polyester CAN be of very high quality
Still, I'm sick of it as it's all you find in the shops at the moment, and it's not the good stuff at all

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 31-Jan-13 13:06:02

I was commenting only the other day about the huge amount of polyester clothes at the moment and how expensive the blouses are. I love the designs on them but I loathe polyester

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 31-Jan-13 13:12:49

I loathe polyester too and seriously this blouse felt like the type of blouse you'd pick up in next for £15.

I'd love to know how much of this high price polyester sells - I bet it all ends up in the sales.

niminypiminy Thu 31-Jan-13 13:15:51

Polyester has its place, though. I have a couple of pairs of polyester trousers, very heavy fabric, fully lined, beautifully tailored. They hang beautifully, don't cling (becaus of the lining), wash in the machine, dry instantly, and need virtually no ironing. What's not to like?

bishboschone Thu 31-Jan-13 13:21:29

At least it's washable ?? ( clutches at straws )

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 31-Jan-13 13:24:54

I just hate the feel of it which is a personal thing but its the crazy pricing that makes me cross.

neriberi Thu 31-Jan-13 13:30:00

My friend is a fashion designer at a top UK design house, I was talking to her about polyester and why its used so much and she said its because its easy to work with, a damn good substitute for silk and cheap to buy. Personally I can't stand the stuff...

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 31-Jan-13 13:43:00

Interesting neriberi.

I actually think that some of the shops are hoping people don't check the labels and think a top is silk because of the price of it.

I hate woven viscose too though - I am clearly fussy wink

noddyholder Thu 31-Jan-13 13:45:24

I like it for certain things but £89

niminypiminy Thu 31-Jan-13 14:06:40

I think it's horses for courses, personally. There's some really nasty, cheap cotton fabric out there that wears thin, snags and finally rips in no time at all. And you spend your life ironing it.

I've just bought a pair of viscose crepe (ie woven) trousers from Cos. You'd pay a lot more than £79 to get the quality and cut in natural fibre. And then you'd have to dry clean the damn things because they're wool. So far I haven't found creasing to be a problem, and they feel and hang beautifully.

wewereherefirst Thu 31-Jan-13 14:12:05

Polyester is polyester to me. I can pick up any number of polyester items in Primark at a fraction of the cost, but paying well over the odds for a labelled bit of polyester is crazy says her in a 90% viscose top blush

noddyholder Thu 31-Jan-13 14:16:12

Niminy I buy lots in cos and love it as not much of it needs ironed. I like the drape of heavy poly although I know there can be some tat

Tweet2tweet Thu 31-Jan-13 14:28:50

Polyester to me = sweat and wet armpits! Expensive, cheap whatever- I call it 'Evil Fabric'!!!!

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 31-Jan-13 14:48:00

Tweet - I'm with you on the sweaty front.

It reminds me of a fabric from my childhood - crimplene.

I do have a ponte jacket though with I know is just polyester but it was cheap.

I also don't mind ironing which I know makes me a freak on here.

niminypiminy Thu 31-Jan-13 15:39:53

I have a lovely bright yellow nylon dress from Cos which I adore.

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 31-Jan-13 15:49:09

What's COS sizing like?

niminypiminy Thu 31-Jan-13 15:52:53

It's variable. Some of their stuff is very fitted indeed, and some is meant to stand away from the body. I generally go larger rather than smaller as I think things look more flattering if they're not too tight.

orangeandlemons Thu 31-Jan-13 15:59:54

I teach textile science. Polyester is cheapo cheapo to produce. Cheaper than any other fibre which is why it is used so widely, it's only other advantage is it doesn't,t crease much or need ironing. It has it's place for trousers and coats, but not IMO for tops. You can get better quality polyester, but it is still cheap as chips to produce. So I am afraid I think it is bollocks that Jigsaw are giving out his shit about high quality polyester. Other fibres are getting more expensive to produce which is why polyester is so rampant at the moment, but£89 for a polyester top is aa absolute rip off.

I have watched this polyester tide with interest over the last few years...what amazes me is some people will pay these sort of prices for it

QueenBOObread Thu 31-Jan-13 16:10:25

I was saying the other day about a skirt in Agnes B.

£295 for polyester! But like a fool I went back and tried it on. The bugger clung to me and made my hair stand on end. Who buys these things? confused

Chandon Thu 31-Jan-13 16:13:08

The only manmade fibre I can abide is viscose or rayon.

I DO check labels.

So far White Company is a polyester free haven, as is Brora, and Toast ( all ££££ though) Though it may be creeping in!

AwkwardSquad Thu 31-Jan-13 17:10:24

It's creeping in at Toast - they had one or two pieces (yes, pieces. So shoot me, Breton top haterz wink) this A/W season. The Ava skirt for example.

Mrsap Thu 31-Jan-13 18:09:09

Why? Oh why? Polyester just makes me sweat all day. And I don't think it does fall that well. Always gets s clingy. It was about in the 70s a lot hence all the ladies if then wore underskirts.....which were also made of polyester!? blush

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