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Seasalt..is it all considered frumpy?

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RejectedFleece · 19/09/2022 10:55

I have developed a particular love for Seasalt clothes..not the patterned things, but the basics like knitwear, trousers (the wide legged cords), the boots, the more tailored blazers etc..is it all considered frumpy? I'm also a Dr Marten, Kin etc kind of girl, so I try and mix it up a little.

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Ladywiddithethird · 19/09/2022 14:14

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Moorlander · 19/09/2022 14:23

I agree with a lot of the comments re patterned items - not keen on them. However I'm surprised that not many people have mentioned the jumpsuits. I have bought the Rose Trellis jumpsuit in every plain colour I possibly could because it is literally the only jumpsuit that has ever looked nice on me. I'm on the short side and on the plump side and in my 50s so I do probably meet all the 'frumpy' criteria but I don't care! I feel great wearing them!

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Hawkins001 · 19/09/2022 14:28

I thought it was seasalt as in salt you use with food. @RejectedFleece

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Hawkins001 · 19/09/2022 14:29

I like the weirdfish brand

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woodhill · 19/09/2022 14:42

Moorlander · 19/09/2022 14:23

I agree with a lot of the comments re patterned items - not keen on them. However I'm surprised that not many people have mentioned the jumpsuits. I have bought the Rose Trellis jumpsuit in every plain colour I possibly could because it is literally the only jumpsuit that has ever looked nice on me. I'm on the short side and on the plump side and in my 50s so I do probably meet all the 'frumpy' criteria but I don't care! I feel great wearing them!

Love that jumpsuit and my dds both have a plain one, mine is patterned but I think it looks nice

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FredrikaPeri · 19/09/2022 14:52

Love me a nautical stripe and a sailor's waterproof jacket! The sludgy shapeless stuff, not so much.

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IWillBeWaxingAnOwl · 19/09/2022 14:53

Ilikepuffins · 19/09/2022 14:02

I hate the word ‘frumpy’.

Me too! Very gendered insult based on not dressing sexy enough. there's something I do not like about only women being targeted with looking unsexy in how they dress.

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Divebar2021 · 19/09/2022 15:00

And the last two summer dresses I bought were from there, neither of which look like typical Seasalt items

so one one hand you point out other people being sniffy about the brand but then are quite keen to point out your purchases were not typical Seasalt. I don’t wear much print so I don’t shop in a lot of places….. White Stuff etc. Im keener on more Scandinavian brands. Severe haircut, red lipstick …. That kind of look.

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BeyondMyWits · 19/09/2022 15:02

Hawkins001 · 19/09/2022 14:29

I like the weirdfish brand

Weirdfish and seasalt are very similar, I have clothing from both.

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MotherOfPuffling · 19/09/2022 15:07

Lolreally · 19/09/2022 13:46

For all the seasalt lovers I worked there for about a year it was wonderful, one of the best shops I ever worked in. They erre very generous to staff with clithing allowances, looked after us and was great fun.

That is good to hear 😊

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MotherOfPuffling · 19/09/2022 15:09

Strangerthings4NW · 19/09/2022 11:46

Emm well i think it is. I’ve never seen it before but it looks like anyone from 30-90 could wear it so-frumpy.

How does being something that can be worn by anyone aged 30-90 make something frumpy? Doesn’t that just make it timeless? Or is the implication that anything that looks it would be worn by someone older than their 20s is automatically ‘frumpy’?! So are women only attractive, and ergo ‘valuable’ when they are young?

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TollgateDebs · 19/09/2022 15:14

Definitely not frumpy and I have a few gems from them, including their Larissa shirts, which have really done great service this summer and cost per wear is now in the pennies!

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loislovesstewie · 19/09/2022 15:16

Not for me, I can't stand trousers that flap around half-mast.

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Bugeyedowl · 19/09/2022 15:22

Never bought from Seasalt before but I do like Fat Face, which is pretty much the same. You don't have to go for the patterns.

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Doorhandleghost · 19/09/2022 15:29

Sea salt is my favourite shop, I buy most of my clothes there. The proportions and cut of the clothes suits me perfectly.

My favourites are the jersey dresses - it's hard to find good quality fabrics at decent prices these days and seasalt never disappoint. I dress the dresses up for work or down for other days - I get lots of compliments.

However some of it is a bit weird - one jacket I tried recently made me look like I'd got myself a Waitrose uniform jacket for working in the freezer section. Some of the tunics are an odd cut/odd length and by and large I'm not enjoying the sludge green colours this season!

I also really like the staff in my local branch, it seems like a nice place to work!

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Seaweasel · 19/09/2022 15:33

Honestly (and without judgement) I think their clothes are for people who want to look presentable and 'nice' but who have little interest in style or fashion

That made me laugh! You are completely describing me - not interested a jot in fashion, no judgement against people who are but I go in Seasalt and buy stuff because I want to look presentable at work amongst the general public. No way do I want to be buying new stuff every couple of months, life's too short, so I can wash and wear this stuff to work for years and no-one comments.
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Neverendingdust · 19/09/2022 15:43

It’s definitely a ’look’, not my style but certainly not frumpy. I see a lot of it whenever I’m in Cornwall (funnily enough). I Associate it with conservative liberal artsy people who go to festivals and antique fairs, shop in both Waitrose and Aldi and would have a Roberts radio in the kitchen? Likely to be married to Dom a lecturer who also has had a few books published? Their kids Ava and Max have higher than average reading ages.

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RampantIvy · 19/09/2022 15:59

@Divebar2021 I should have added "in terms of colour". The colours were more fresh and vibrant. I often see clothes I like in Seasalt, but in colours that don't suit me.

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KingCharlespen · 19/09/2022 16:05

Great trousers and really good knitwear. The tunics do nothing for me as I'm too short but their cord products are always great.

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Izzy24 · 19/09/2022 16:10

Namechangefail123 · 19/09/2022 12:57

Not a fan... And a lot of their stuff is made in China, and find it overpriced.

Yes, and none made anywhere near Cornwall which is the vibe they put out.

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VivX · 19/09/2022 16:17

Honestly (and without judgement) I think their clothes are for people who want to look presentable and 'nice' but who have little interest in style or fashion

This is me, too!

I've never shopped in SeaSalt but I've just had a quick look at their website and it looks like "cosy" clothes.

It also makes me think of FatFace and White Stuff.

I don't think any of them are frumpy. But they aren't "fast fashion". They sell the sort of things that would carry on for years.

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PreColumbian · 19/09/2022 16:18

I wore it for a couple of years but then it did start feeling frumpy, tbh

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TheOGCCL · 19/09/2022 16:18

My mum channels the Seasalt look, she looks nice, vibrant for her age (76) but not fashionable.

I think maybe it’s all the colour and pattern. I am really into colour analysis and seasons and it can be hard to find colourful things so it’s good they offer variety.

But in the main chic and classy involves wearing minimal colour - grey, camel, white, black, navy. This is not the Seasalt vibe.

They also sell too many horrid tunics - this is not a chic look: www.seasaltcornwall.com/st-agnes-clay-ramie-cotton-tunic

Everything looks slightly off to me, and I’ve never had anything from them but very pleased to hear the stuff lasts.

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dudsville · 19/09/2022 16:20

Frumpy is defined as dowdy and old fashioned - what I like about seasalt is there kind of reto-ish shirt dresses, so I guess they wil by definition be old fashioned. The one this year in a rust colour with 50's era fish design is wonderful!

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AuntieJoyce · 19/09/2022 17:04

PuppyMonkey · 19/09/2022 13:18

Ah, you know it’s changing season out there when the obligatory slagging off Seasalt thread appears.

Are we playing Seasalt Thread Bingo yet?

Frumpy.
Sludgy.
Middle aged.
My 90 year old mum likes it.
Shapeless.

And all the people slagging it off declining to say where they do shop?

House!

It’s a ritual I tell ya. Grin

There is one in Leeds right next door to And Other Stories. As a woman in my early 50s I know where I’d rather shop

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