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#1 flowerrose


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

Over the years I've had firm favourite clothes shops, the ones where I know the clothes will invariably fit and flatter. I've had to review the list from time to time and, now I'm staring down the barrel of turning 40 (in 2.5 years but it feels close blush.gif ) I have decided I need a new, or at least slightly revised, look. Surely it doesn't do to be still raiding Target Miss shop in middle age? ph34r.gif

Problem is, I hate shopping, I particularly hate clothes shopping and changing rooms [shudder]. When I'm not being distracted by bags, shoes and other items not requiring me to take my clothes off, I tend to do a big smash and grab somewhere cheap and easy to return things. If I find a top I like - I get several different colours. When I do make an effort and buy something nice I feel good wearing it, but generally I'm a bit of a scruff. I'm still wearing stuff I bought 15 years ago - I KNEW high rise jeans would eventually come back in!! My friends honestly despair - I am the proud owner of many hand me downs in an effort to get me to diversify.

My work wardrobe is much better but is hardly relevant right now.

Anyway, where do you shop, do you do a bit at a time or in one mass go? Any tips to make it a more pleasurable experience? Shops to recommend?

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:13 AM

I am right there with you, although I don't turn 40 for four years (OMG where has the time gone?!?!?!?!?). I also buy a top in many different colours if I like it, and I was getting the same style over and over, meant no trying on, which is also a major bonus!
Just like you I hate shopping, although I get more distracted by kids clothes, so much easier to shop for them then me!

However last year I started a Fashion Thread to inspire me to wear something that is newer than H (he turns seven in June ohmy.gif ). I found a few tops in Witchery, jeans I get usually from Jeans West as they are usually the only ones that don't gap at the waist, however I also discovered stretch jeans last year, and am now in love.
For outfit inspiration I go to Birdsnest where they have the whole outfit laid out for you. I have bought a few things from them and found their service to be wonderful, even when I returned something to them.

I need to do more shopping this year as I only have a couple of items I can wear, just really struggling to justify the money as usual.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

I am a chronic shopper - I seriously get twitchy if I go three weeks without buying something laugh.gif

I tend to pick pieces from heaps of places but consistent brands in my wardrobe are Witchery, French Connection, Cue, Allannah Hill and Forever New. Then I have a few designer pieces and bulk out my outfits with fun "on trend" things that I don't want to spend as much money on as they date so fast - Target, Myer, Kmart, ValleyGirl - gosh I will shop anywhere that catches my eye!

As I get older I do find I prefer good fabrics and I am buying less cheap basics and tend to get most of them from Witchery. Meticallus etc, a cheap white T-shirt just doesn't add to an outfit like a good quality fabric and well cut shirt can...

I don't like buying online - I must try things on, I have a slim, flat chested athletic build which some things just look ridiculous on!

My recent buys include some cute short skirts to wear with thick black tights underneath and black ankle boots and lots of cute coloured blazers - so looking forward to winter dressing!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:39 PM

Ugh, you've just made me look at my wardrobe! Other than some things I got as gifts, and some things I or MIL made, there's almost nothing new - I can think of a new jacket, and a couple of Tshirts I ordered online. I feel bad buying more clothes when I have so many and I'm not working much, and even when I was working, I didn't like spending large amounts on any single item. And I have to be in the right mood to try stuff on.

I go to Giordano for singlets/tshirts/jackets.
I have some stuff from Jeep, but some seasons I love their clothes and some seasons there's nothing I like.
I have a lot of skirts from UnderCoverWear (party plan). I used to buy dresses from them too, but since I really need natural fibres up top, I've stopped doing that.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:59 PM

I tend to do basics like tights and stretch tops at Target. I am trying REALLY hard only to keep them until they're starting to look scruffy and stretched, a year or so (as opposed to 'for a very long time' as I used to) and I like that I can generally grab an item without trying on.

I was also buying a bit from Portmans before I started expanding exponentially. Again, a price thing and reasonably consistent sizing for me. Got some great coloured jeans and other things there last year.

I don't shop a lot at Witchery, love their stuff but I think maybe because I'm short a lot just doesn't sit right on me.

I do love Diana Ferrari for shoes, esp boots.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:04 PM

My wardrobe is woeful sad.gif and now that I'm a fat lump, nothing sits right and I won't shop because of it! rolleyes.gif Really, I should invest in some quality clothes again to make me feel (and look!) better than what I do.

Once upon a time, I used to shop My3r (Reg@tta usually) and Ev3nts. I used to also buy a couple of classics or nice pieces from designers (on sale), mainly C@rla Z@mpatti.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:37 PM

I've spent many years shopping at Myer, French Connection and JAG, and that's about it. More recently I added Sportscraft and Leona Edmiston into the mix.

This Winter I've tried to extend my horizons a bit more, and have bought things from Sussan, Jaquie E, David Lawrence, and Supre and Target for basics.

I prefer shopping for clothes in store where I can try them on.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

It's no surprise I love to shop. blush.gif

I have my favourite shops and brands that I tend to stick to - mainly David Lawrence & Jigsaw. But, I'm happy to buy things from anywhere if the price is right and I really like it. Along with splurging every now and then on designer things.

I shop fairly regularly and much prefer to do it this way grabbing bits and pieces slowly. I hate, hate, hate having to shop under pressure and find things in a hurry. I find shopping much more enjoyable this way.

As for ways to make shopping more enjoyable.... maybe you could ask some friends to come along with you - to make a bit of a girls shopping trip and do lunch/coffee etc? Sometimes it can be good to get others opinions or to help pick out things you would never consider. Or give you the courage to step outside your comfort zone and try on different things.

If you really struggle with shopping, then online shopping can be a good way to suss out what is available and narrow down what you like. Then you can head straight to the store to try on. Rather than heading to the shops and wandering around aimlessly searching for stuff.

I find shopping on a regular basis much easier and more enjoyable than being faced with having to get lots of things at once. I find that can be really overwhelming.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:40 PM

I've been 'boring' for years always buying in the same shops so I'm trying to expand my horizons. So much so, that after losing weight with nothing fitting I have started a blog (link is below) to follow my style finding journey.

Normally, I shop at large chain stores. They're cheap and have some nice pieces. Previously, I've had the opinion of 'that will do' which I don't want to do anymore. I'm not going to buy anything that doesn't fit properly, or that I don't really like.

I like jeans from Jeans West, Levis and Mavi. I've started buying more pieces from Portmans - they're great for work or to dress up a bit. Diana Ferrari has some nice things, but they can be a bit hit and miss. Dotti has some really cute tops this season, and they're not too pricey.

If I want to buy new clothes I generally look around online, find things I like and pin them to Pinterest so I remember where they're from.

Next week I have an appointment with a stylist for an hour. It's a service my local shopping centre offers for free at certain times of the year, and I hope she will encourage me to try on some things I wouldn't normally.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:14 PM

The brand I buy the most of is Gorman. I own a fair bit of Thurley, Ginger and Smart and Rodeo Show but I've gone off their new stuff. I have a lot of Witchery basics.

Online I like UK brands Warehouse & River Island and most of my fashiony stuff is from Topshop.

My last purchase was 2 leather jackets from Barney's Originals.

I covet Balmain though my husband (curse him) is less than enthusiastic.

I buy a fair bit of secondhand/vintage though I can't pull off the top to toe vintage look.

I know this is going to sound daggy but I buy my jeans from Marks and Spencer. I have no waist or bum, two essential elements in finding the right jeans. I found a cut I like at Marks and Spencer and I purchased 3 pairs and have purchased other colours since ph34r.gif

Flowerrose, perhaps it's not you, but rather current fashion trends. With designers slashing available margins and design staff, I just can't seem to find anything I like any more. I feel like I'm out of my groove too.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:48 PM

I mainly shop at Target for casual wear and I got heaps of tops from jeans west over summer. I really dont buy much or want to spend much on myself these days, I prefer to buy the kids clothes because they are so cute!!!
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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:23 PM

I'm a big shopper and. Go everywhere but my three favourites are review, pilgrim and portmans.

Eta: I also love alannah hill but don't buy there often.
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Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:21 PM

I'm very much like you FR. If I find something adequate I will buy it in multiple colours. I've never liked shopping.

My biggest problem at the moment is that I can't bear to part with decent money for size 16 clothes, convincing myself that I'll only be wearing them for a few months at most til I need a smaller size. I've been saying this since September. Home stuff is Kmart (yep, I'm cheap) and work stuff is Target. I was proud of myself the other week for buying a shirt from Events. Ironically it got damaged by the book The Happiness Trap that was sticking out of my handbag.

I do love Events, Cue, Veronica Maine and the like but just can't buy full priced clothing from them right now, even if they do fit around my ample arse. I know if I spent more money on my clothes I'd look so much better...

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

I had a successful trip to the shops yesterday buying 5 new pieces and I say pieces because they weren't just basics that I normally stick to.

I used to like shopping but after ballooning it just depresses me.

My regular shops are target, sussan, myer, Katies and Suzanne grey - the latter two are mostly crap but I have picked up some nice things from time to time because they do larger sizes.

I can't wait to wear my new sportscraft skirt, it's so pretty and was a total bargain, thanks myer.

I have never bought a single clothes item online, ever!
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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:11 AM

I'm with you FR, as usual!

At the moment with money as it is, I'm a Target girl. Can't wait till we get some more money coming in and I can get some clothes that aren't plain tops and jeans.

If I'm going to do some serious shopping, I'll go to the outlet stores. I love the mid-range stores such as Cue, Charlie Brown and Events.

LJM, I was wondering where your wardrobe comes from because to me, you always look so trendy. Have you ever had trouble finding something to fit from M&S?

Mon, I've only purchased a pair of maternity pants online and they didn't fit well, so that ended that foray! laugh.gif
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