Fashion, Musings, Shopping

The trials of shopping

I’ve never been a fan of one particular shop. There isn’t one place I head to first when I’m shopping, somewhere I know I’ll find something. I find shopping on the high street to about luck really – sometimes I find something in one shop, the next time will think everything in there is hideous. Even if it looks good on the hanger there’s no guarantee it will fit or look good actually on you.

I don’t think it’s just a high street thing either. Once I was annoyed that I couldn’t find any decent jeans I tried on loads fo designer ones in a department store just to see if I paid that bit more whether I get a better fit. Nope. None of them looked good. Some seemed stupidly tight even though the waist measurement was apparently the right inches. I’ve managed to find jeans on the high street that I now stick to – skinny jeans from Topshop and bootcut ones from Gap. I had to buy the Topshop ones on-line because they never have many sizes in store. Annoying!

Recently I brought a few things from Next. I’ve never gone crazy over their clothes and often walked in and walked out again but the shopping gods were with me and I ended up with this little lot (sorry about the pics, I got them off their website and the sizes were odd):

One shop that has never worked for me is H & M. I often see nice things on people, which they got there but everytime I visit, I just see a bewildering mess of clothes and nothing fits me properly. So annoying but I’ve given up trying now. I also avoid Primark as it’s like a crowded jumble sale most of the time.

I’m also not a massive online fan. I brought a few things from online store but had to return most of them. They just didn’t look how I thought they would from the picture. I just don’t think you can get the same feel for how clothes will look on you from the internet and then you have all the hassle of posting the stuff back. I don’t think I’ll bother again.

No wonder when I go shopping I’m there for hours πŸ™‚ Desperately searching for something that looks nice. I wish I did have a place that filled all my needs but I don’t think it will happen anytime soon.

Do you have a favourite shop?




37 thoughts on “The trials of shopping”

  1. TOPSHOP is my shop. Basically because I have long legs and have to get the tall range for my bottom half, but I also get some nice stuff for the top half too (but in the regular range… thankfully!!)

    I also like River Island and Biba, too… but at the moment, I’m not loving anything clothes-wise, which isn’t like me AT ALL because I love shopping!

    And yes, Primark is a jumble sale most of the time. And I don’t like H&M’s sizing either. Oh and it’s always shopping in R/L for me, not online! πŸ™‚


  2. I hear you VIcky, it’s a struggle for me too. One, I am petite and two I’ve got a bigger chest. They don’t make clothes for gals like me. And when I’m carrying extra weight, I just sink into a sad little lump. I try to stay healthy and just keep trying. I’ve had good luck with J Crew and Banana Republic and sometimes Anthropologie, and every so often H&M, some of the brands at Nordstroms (like Free People and James) fit pretty good. But pants are always too long, unless I can find a good inseam. It used to be petite inseam was 28, now it’s 30, with heels I get away with it sometimes. But it is always a struggle. But buying online is always a gamble. I feel your pain my friend.

  3. Abercrombie & Fitch…I am lost in there. They have the best in everything from dresses to skirts to tops and to “undies.” lol
    I once spent all day in there and bought some things I didn’t even try on. But…I love the place.

    Old Navy surprises me…sometimes…I like them too

  4. I like to go to Kohls and Wet Seal. I also don’t like buying clothes online at all! They never seem to fit, my chest is a bit to big to try that out! But really, I like to go anywhere that has good clothes that aren’t too expensive and fit me well! πŸ™‚

  5. I have a couple of favorite places, but hate trying on clothes…I am never satisfied with the way I look. I do have some online places that I love and have good luck as far as the fit and liking how they look. I enjoyed shopping much more when I was young and super thin!

  6. I have the same feelings about H&M. All my friends get cute things, and all I find is crap 😦
    Also, I have some unresolved anger with them since when I was heavier, I was told to check the maternity section for something in my size – I was neither pregnant, nor was I even a plus size but in the eye of H&M I was a gigantic cow.

  7. Shopping is definitely a trial…especially now that I’m packing some extra poundage. However as I seem to gain weight pretty evenly my problems are the same at every size…they just don’t make clothes to fit women with curves. Nothing cute can fit my chest…and with the pants..if it fits at the waist it’s too tight on the hips and thighs and if it fits the hips, it’s falling off my waist! You’d think having an “hourglass” shape would be a good thing, but they seem to only make clothes for people who are straight up and down!

  8. Im a fan of Repbulic. It has the beachy California look down, but it also has a lot of good evening bits, and it doesn’t have the same following as topshop or superdry, so I don’t feel like im wearing the same as a whole heap of fashion victims!!

  9. I really like Nordstrom Rack, for the sole reason that I can scan through their clearance racks–sorted into size–and be out of the store within 30 minutes every time. More than 30 minutes shopping for clothing makes my fight-or-flight instinct engage–no! Mostly I get around this by not going shopping, although a girlfriend did take me on a five-hour shopping adventure recently that made even the bad fits funny. I think if she’s willing to go to the stores every six months or so, I’ll actually update my wardrobe once in a while! 0:)

  10. I actually like ASOS, I bought only few things from them (I’m not a big fan of online shopping either, I need to try things on) but all those that I did get me plenty of compliments every time.
    Karen Millen when there is good season and great sales on.
    TK Maxx if I have time to go through a lot of stuff to find one. Or not.
    I love shopping in general. Full stop. πŸ™‚

  11. I don’t like shopping for clothes or shoes or handbags or jewelry or . . . . anything but groceries and liquor.

    That said, I needed a bathing suit. I took 6 suits into the fitting room at Beall’s Department Store. All 6 fit! All 6 looked good! All 6 were colors and patterns that I loved! All 6 were on sale!

    The bathing suit fairy was with me that day! I came home with 2 suits for the price of 1!

    Woot! So, Beall’s is my favorite store for swimsuits. πŸ˜€

  12. Hand’s down it’s Plato’s Closet for me. It’s a thrift store of sorts, but they only accept items from the last 18 months so everything is still stylish. And it’s all sorted by size and color. It’s magical in there. πŸ˜‰

  13. I have the same problem with H & M!!! I can’t find anything good in there to save my life.
    Shopping is very limited where I live, but if I travel to the city I’ve had good luck at Neiman Marcus Last Call and also Dillards.

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