Guest Bristol_Christine_BRFC

Clothes shopping in Adelaide... how depressing

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    Guest Bristol_Christine_BRFC

    Is anyone else struggling to find nice QUALITY ladies clothes?

    I'm finding all the shops sell the same frumpy crap. Its making me all depressed. Back in the UK if i went shopping I'd bring home as much as i could carry, here i cant seem to spend my money :(

    Everything here seems to be of Primark quality, which would be OK if i could pay Primark prices but you cant!

    Don't get me wrong I love you Adelaide but you need a style fix!

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    Guest cazzie

    How I agree too. I walked into Big W yesterday and just looking at the ladies stuff was so depressing - all drab colours/styles and poor quality materials. However, Jacqui-E do some great basics and there are usually some good offers on there too. I still miss Next and Monsoon...

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    Guest allie

    Get it delivered from the uk!! M&S, debenhams, new look, and about a zillion other stores deliver to aus now :) no H&M yet unfortunately!

     

    Witchery is ok but totally overpriced. There are a few cool boutiques on Rundle Street that are quite good but that is really all ... delivery is my preferred option until i go home with empty suitcases and shop til i drop!!!!

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    I agree, there is nothing in the shops at the moment. I have attempted to look for something to wear as its getting cold and the shops only have short sleeved jumpers or frumpy ones. And if you are bigger than size 12/14, well its even harder to find anything to fit!

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    Guest sarahsmartiepants

    Last july i went back to the uk and was shocked at after 31/2 yrs thinking adelaide shops were crap, being very dissapointed with the english ones I was used to from before. I took an empty case to fill and managed not even half a case:( Stuff was the same there as here, about the same price at what i was looking at. The only thing that impressed me was M&S. (I only ever went there for bras before ) . I tried Next as everyone is always on about how great it is but it looked like a jumble sale or like TK max!!! Yuck!

    I found oz is not so far behind in fashion, only the season behind. My mum was just here and she said all the same colours are in the shops here as they were in the UK shops this winter just gone.

    Must admit it all seems to be grey, black, purple and teal ATM:(

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    Guest Coleybear

    I agree!! I am coming over in August and intend to do a massive shop and send it with the shipment before I leave!

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    I have not found that problem, maybe I am easier to please. I think yes there is some rubbish out there but that was the same as the UK.

    I like Big W, K Mart and Target but I don't tend to buy many clothes, mainly for the kids.

     

    When I was back in the UK recently, I did find it easy to shop and things were cheap but still of a reasonable quality. I think I found it easy because I knew where to go to get stuff I like. As for NEXT sales they can be hit and miss depending on the store and the day you go. The last one I went to was brilliant, wish I could go again but it's not going to happen for a while

    I don't want to continuelly buy stuff from the UK principally because I DON'T LIVE THERE ANYMORE.

     

    I hope with time that i find the shops I like and will know where the bargins and the tat is etc

    For now I am careful what and when I buy things and if I need the odd thing from the UK so be it. I want to intigrate more and buy more australian as that's the economy we live in now too.

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    Oh how I hate clothes shopping now!!:arghh: I get clothes sent over from the UK didn't know new look shipped to Oz will look into that thanks.

     

    Bought a jumper from Big W only $20 bargain I thought, wore it once washed it by hand dried it flat looks like an old rag now:sad: Just iron some bits I've had for years from primark still in good nick. Dont get me started on kids clothes I now have Aussie friends who ask me to get there kids clothes sent over.

     

    But as you said still love it here xx:notworthy:

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    Guest Bristol_Christine_BRFC

    Its not just me wooohoooh!!!

     

    My mum sends me bits and bobs and i have been ebaying some stuff. I also had to do a big La Senza order as i found the choice of under wear shocking... (u can hardly get any g-strings or thongs here... everyone seems to like the VPL look!!!)

     

    I don't mind Dotti and some things in Myer in the City are good but no shops seems to be consistent. Not really feeling the Target clothes either.... Im only 22 i dont want to look frumpy and old!!!

     

    Has anyone else found any other shops that have been similar to England? I like River Island, H & M and Zara.

     

    I been looking to get a small leather jacket for the winter. It seems the PVC ones are $100-$200 here yet looking at ones on UK websites are £40 for real leather!

     

    oh well you cant have everything can you!!! Glad I'm not the only one moaning though!!

     

    bring back summer when all you need is a bikini!

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    Guest Lisajonesey

    Wow - I've been moaning about clothes for months now!

     

    I've had a heap of stuff delivered from the UK - especially underwear as they don't make my size over here :arghh:

     

    Found a few bits for work in Jaquie-E, Portmans and Espirit, cue used to be ok before it got weird.

     

    I miss next too. It's not all bad though - you can do internet shopping - so the shopping spree without having to carry all those bags!

     

    Everyone tells me that Melbourne is much better - so grab yourself a cheap virgin blue flight over there...

     

    Happy shopping :cute:

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    Guest Team 'W'

    Take a trip to the city , there is some lovely clothes shops there,but it depends on the individual, and age wise what your looking for....rundal mal [i think this is what its called]well it was a couple of wks since i was there ,just outside the train station,it was very very busy,but i cud have spent a couple of hundred bucks,and that was just window shopping...

     

    happy shopping elaine x

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    Guest Team 'W'

    BRFC , u are not moaning my darling just voicing your opinion !!!

     

    elaine x

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    Guest Tina P

    Hi,

     

    Have you tried Myers ?

     

     

    The kids clothes are good quality and design. Last week they had 30% off all kids clothes so very reasonable. I bought a velour tracksuit for my 8 yr old and it was $38 with the 30% off, thats about £22/£24, I would have paid that in the uk and more and it looks fab.

     

    I have bought clothes and foorwear for myself and hubby from Myers but always buy in the sale or when an offer is on (which is most weeks for the offers), I have had some great bargains. Yes I would say we are a season behind the uk. I went back in Oct 09 and filled our case's and more ! I would go back every year if we could afford.

     

    I do still have clothes sent over from the uk, lucky as my sister works for Next but it does take time to find the better shops.

     

    We don't have lots of spare cash but I think quality over quantity for us wins everytime. I can not waste my money on cheap tat, just because I don't live in the uk anymore does not mean I have to buy only from Australia.

    As a family the economy has had and gets enough from us !

     

    Tina

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    Its not just me wooohoooh!!!

     

    My mum sends me bits and bobs and i have been ebaying some stuff. I also had to do a big La Senza order as i found the choice of under wear shocking... (u can hardly get any g-strings or thongs here... everyone seems to like the VPL look!!!)

     

    I don't mind Dotti and some things in Myer in the City are good but no shops seems to be consistent. Not really feeling the Target clothes either.... Im only 22 i dont want to look frumpy and old!!!

     

    Has anyone else found any other shops that have been similar to England? I like River Island, H & M and Zara.

     

    I been looking to get a small leather jacket for the winter. It seems the PVC ones are $100-$200 here yet looking at ones on UK websites are £40 for real leather!

     

    oh well you cant have everything can you!!! Glad I'm not the only one moaning though!!

     

    bring back summer when all you need is a bikini!

     

     

    Hi Christine, I'm from Bristol too, and BRFC fan. great news for Ollie this weekend!!:)

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    spent 4 hours at marrion on saturday looking for oh mens black shoes what a carry on

    cheep and really naff or really expensive ones.nothing for middle of the range

    ended off buying some at the local shopping center paying more than we ever would in the uk

    so to you all back in the uk fetch as much as you possibly can

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    Guest needtogonow

    The mens clothing shops seem to be better here but the womens are very drab and boring.

    The surf shops seem to be the best but then you are paying the high prices.

    As I am 5ft 11ins I had big problems finding trousers long enough back in the UK, so if anybody knows of any specialist tall shops I would be very grateful.

     

    Bex

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    Guest Tina P
    spent 4 hours at marrion on saturday looking for oh mens black shoes what a carry on

    cheep and really naff or really expensive ones.nothing for middle of the range

    ended off buying some at the local shopping center paying more than we ever would in the uk

    so to you all back in the uk fetch as much as you possibly can

     

     

    Yes leather shoes are hard to find for everyone, well ones that are reasonable priced.

     

    Leather ladies boots are sooo expensive - even the plastic ones aren't cheap

     

    I wish I had bought myself some boots and trainers when I went to the uk last Oct.

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    Guest Bather's

    I am so glad i have seen this post.

     

    We are due to Land on the 5th Jan booked the flights last Firday, Said to my partner that i will have to go and buy some summer clothes and out them away for the journey, He thinks im sad!!!

     

    But Primark have got some great linen pants only £8 a per and wash great!!! I'll have to stock up......

    Out of interest can you but "LUSH" in aus?

     

    Danielle

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    Guest needtogonow
    I am so glad i have seen this post.

     

    We are due to Land on the 5th Jan booked the flights last Firday' date=' Said to my partner that i will have to go and buy some summer clothes and out them away for the journey, He thinks im sad!!!

     

    But Primark have got some great linen pants only £8 a per and wash great!!! I'll have to stock up......

    Out of interest can you but "LUSH" in aus?

     

    Danielle[/quote']

     

    There is a LUSH shop in the city. I think its on Rundle street. My daughter and I were very happy when we stumbled upon it. :)

     

    Bex

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    Guest guest3462

    There are some shops in Adelaide which are ok, the Marion centre has plenty of good shops in and Myer and Target almost always have offers on. BUT, if you are missing UK styles then M&S charge £20 for delivery to Aus, Debenhams charge £15, New Look charge £15 and next are due to start delivery to Aus in the very near future!!!! It works out quite cheap if you can get a delivery share witth a few friends as delivery charge is per order not per item! Also keep looking on the websites as there are often free delivery or cheap delivery offers too. The only thing with this is that the seasons are opposite, though when I recently looked on Next NZ, it was the appropriate season.......

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    Guest cbeeb

    go to melbourne for your clothes shopping all my ausssie friends go cheap flights, and better shops

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    Guest scmercer

    I agree the shops are awful, I struggle to buy myself anything even shoes!. Myer is probably the best of a bad bunch, although the clothes are not of great quality and still fairly expensive. I do get a lot delivered from the UK, the only problem is if it doesnt fit it is too expensive to send back.

     

    I am so desperate I am considering a trip to Singapore as they have H&M, GAP and topshop!!

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    Guest Bristol_Christine_BRFC
    Hi Christine, I'm from Bristol too, and BRFC fan. great news for Ollie this weekend!!:)

     

    Yes another Gashead. Lets start an Adelaide Gas haha!

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