I’ve lived in the UK for 3.5 years now and still have so much trouble shopping. Doesn’t it seem impossible to find normal, professional and classic-style clothes that suit you without dishing out basically your entire paycheck each time? It is a game of extremes. You either have to settle for flimsy, cheap, mass produced, sweatshop-made clothes for women in their early 20’s (like H&M, etc) OR you must pay £150+ per item of clothing at places like Reiss and Hobbs. The latter, I guess is more targeted towards professional women who make a crapload of money. What about someone who is 30? Who isn’t running a corporation yet (haha), but also doesn’t want to wear £7 tops?!
As a result of this conundrum, I’be been avoiding updating my wardrobe for a while. But as time passes and I realise how little options I have in my closet for professional events or meetings, or even to wear something that actually represents my style and who I am trying to be – I’m getting more and more desperate to find some new clothes that I love (and can afford).
A few weeks ago I finally made a determined and hopeful outing to Westfield (a massive shopping centre), but even in stores where things are more affordable (Mango and the like), there were just a bunch of frilly, flimsy ‘I’m going to the beach’ clothes. Who needs beach clothes in London!? Even in late June it’s rainy and chilly. This is a very similar experience to about a year ago – when I spent 4 hours at Westfield trying to find a very simple black dress to wear to an interview – and I couldn’t find ANYTHING that was suitable. And it wasn’t even because of bad luck with sizes and stock…there literally weren’t any simple black business dresses. Anywhere. In a massive mall.
So the hunt for my ‘go-to’ clothing shops continues… In the meantime I’ve had some luck with Hobbs, via one of their online sales, where I scored these four dresses for about 40-50% off (I’ve been deprived for so long, I had to have all four!). I ordered online and guessed my size, which usually backfires, but fashion gods decided to be kind and the size was right on!
Have you had this problem in London?