Petal38

Shopping & Fashion in Adelaide! Advice from PIA Ladies please .....!!

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    Hello all PIA Ladies,

     

    Having had a very quick reccie visit to Adelaide nearly a year ago, and due to emigrate next year with a new baby, I would appreciate some honest advice on how the fashion/clothing scene, including baby wear is in Adelaide?!

     

    I absolutely love clothes and accessories!! I know we are spolit for choice and value in the UK ..... i am guessing this is not so much the case in Oz?! I mainly shop in stores such as M&S, Monsoon, Next and also places like Primark and Matalan which have some great stuff and excellent value. Are there any equivalents in Adelaide? I often see stuff in the UK and think maybe I should stock up my work and casual wardrobe and buy that now for the future when I can still get it at a good price? I am now also starting to think similarly for baby clothes, and is it worth buying a whole lot before we leave and bringing it over with us?

     

    Ladies, those of you who have already made the move ..... your advice would be much appreciated!!!

     

    Many thanks, Petal Xxx:smile:

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    We brought 12 suitcases! There are shops here and lovely boutiques etc. target and Kmart are like matalan or primark but not as up to the minute. There is a lot less emphasis on fashion but i love clothes and always have. I get asked at work all the time- where did you buy that top or shoes and I always reply- England! My advice is to stock up in the uk on nice pieces, go to the next sales and buy as much as you can bring. We bought loads of kids stuff and probably won't need to buy stuff for them for a good while.

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    Guest klataylor

    We have been here three on this and all I can say is buy and pack as much as you can. I personally think the shopping here is horrid. Next have a catalogue you can order from, although I am to a big fan. It's just the basics are missing like Zara or Pull n Bear. Deep sigh.

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    Guest Guest12727

    Zara is here, in Burnside Village shopping centre.

    Pumpkin Patch are very good for baby and kid's clothes and have great bargains in the sales.

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    One of the few things I detest about Australia is the clothes shopping and Adelaide is worse than most other cities as there are less European brands, I have massively struggled to find decent work clothes that fit me - I am short (5'2") and basically nothing really comes in a short leg here. Both my husband and I have found clothes shopping to be absolutely horrendous unless you want to dress like either a bogan or an elderly person and therefore we are planning on taking half empty cases back to the UK next year when we visit.

     

    I have never enjoyed clothes shopping but at least in the UK the quality and range for someone short is pretty good - I have just ordered some stuff online from Dorothy Perkins as they do worldwide delivery free if you order over £75 and a lot of people seem to do this (M&S deliver free I believe, next and debenhams for reasonable amounts).

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    Guest klataylor

    Soooooo, just thinking, how much room will you have in your suitcases when you come over?

    :biggrin:

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    I agree,they are definitely lacking here in comparison to the variety available in uk shops.I have spent fruitless shopping time here,.then gone on to uk websites and been spoilt for choice.I have had some fantastic bargains in the summer sale from Debenhams.I usually have a spree in uk summer sales and it more or less lasts me through the Aussie summer.I do the same,shop in uk for winter clothes.With the dollar having been so strong that has worked out well but with the dollar falling might not be as viable.

     

    Decent leather shoes are expensive here and so are cosmetics.There is a place at Harbour Town which do a good selection of cosmetics at reduced prices.Think its called Cosmetics Direct or something like that .

     

    I think lack of variety is the biggest issue.

     

    Like the UK, in the sales there will always be bargains available.

     

    I think Target has improved clothes wise in the last couple of years,i heard that they had had some consultants in from M&S to advise on merchandising etc.

     

    Sue

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    Also agree clothes shopping is both better and cheaper in the UK. Big W and KMart have improved lately as an equivalent to Primark for cheap stuff and basics like leggings ($7 in Kmart for basic black leggings), camisoles, pyjamas, sports socks etc. I think cosmetics are expensive here, but perfume can often be cheaper. I get make up online from Strawberry Net.

     

    Also agree leather shoes are super expensive, also good trainers. They are the main things I think have the biggest mark up compared to what you're used to paying in the UK. I also agree it's hard to buy trousers in a short leg size here - I am not that short (168cm) but have most of my work trousers taken up here! Never had to have that done in the UK, where I mainly wore standard leg lengths. I also find there is much less choice of bras in D cup and over (how I miss M&S and Debenhams...)

     

    Next deliver for free from the UK and so do M&S. Also there is always ASOS - my saviour! They also deliver free and it usually arrives within about 3 days. When I go back to the UK on holiday I try and get decent trainers, bras, jeans and basic smart trousers for work - so for me they're the items I would bring if I was emigrating now.

     

    As well as the main shops here in Rundle Mall and the Westfield shopping centres, it's also worth shopping in the boutiques on Jetty Road, Glenelg, King William Road, Hyde Park, The Parade, Norwood and North Adelaide. I'm sure there are other similar areas. Also Melbourne is much much better for shopping - worth dedicating some shopping time over there if you're there for a weekend a couple of times a year.

     

    It's funny - I definitely think I miss shopping in England, but when I've been back (Been in Adelaide nearly six years, been back 4 times) I haven't been as blown away by the choice as I expected.

     

    Finally - online shopping here is terrible - there are hardly any mainstream retailers that have a decent website where you can browse their range. That's probably my biggest shopping frustration.

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    Guest Adelaide_bound

    If you have big boobs and a small back you need to stock up before you come, as Australia suffer from the same problem the UK did 15 odd years ago, in that they believe if you have big boobs you must be a massive fatty and have a really large back band size - you really struggle to get a D+ cup in a smaller than 40 back I find - I found 1 bra in Bras n Things that is a 12 back (around a 34 I believe) with a large cup, but apart from that, NOTHING. Bravissimo do deliver over here though, for only a couple of quid, and have *excellent* customer service, so you can always get stuff sent over, but obviously you can't try on before you buy (this is also brilliant for clothing if you have big boobs, as you *cannot* get stuff (eg shirts etc) over here *anywhere* if this is an issue for you.

     

    BooHoo ship free as well, so you can get stuff sent over for no shipping cost (and a good range of prices) once you are here, as well as the other places others have mentioned like M&S etc - ASOS do make up as well, which is fab as Rimmel over here is a 'luxury' brand, not a 'I need a cheap and cheerful, throw away lippy to brighten things up' brand at all.

     

    Target are trying to up their game - they've got Gok Wan in currently doing a bit of PR for them - and I *love* their cheap and cheerful tank tops and loooooong vests, they're a good Primark alternative as others say.

     

    Don't forget though that people wear colour over here a LOT more - most of the stuff I packed is black, as that was the majority of my wardrobe in the UK, but it looks really out of place here a lot of the time, so don't be afraid of buying and packing colourful stuff :D Stuff I packed anyway but never wore in the UK I haven't been out of here in Aus, and when the weather picks up a bit and its a bit warmer all the lovely bright summer dresses I packed (but had never worn in the UK) will get an airing. I've had to chuck a few pieces away though that I packed as they just don't work here *at all* and I got them in the UK specifically to ship over here, so just be mindful of that :)

     

    I do miss Primark socks and Tesco pants, but that's only because it took me many many years to find them in the first place in the UK, and now I'm starting all over again here, which is time consuming and can get expensive to find 'your' go to pair, but then seeing as really that's the biggest of my issues over here (I guess along with the boobs thing), its not really something to moan about LOL :D

     

    There isn't Mothercare over here either though, they went bust over here, so not as much cheapy choice for maternity/baby clothes, although again Target and KMart do cheaper clothes for that.

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    Guest klataylor

    I have to double that. Buy bras. Buy lots of them. I am a 16b but I am a size 12. When you do find a bra in your size here, you have to try it on as they vary.

     

     

     

    If you have big boobs and a small back you need to stock up before you come, as Australia suffer from the same problem the UK did 15 odd years ago, in that they believe if you have big boobs you must be a massive fatty and have a really large back band size - you really struggle to get a D+ cup in a smaller than 40 back I find - I found 1 bra in Bras n Things that is a 12 back (around a 34 I believe) with a large cup, but apart from that, NOTHING. Bravissimo do deliver over here though, for only a couple of quid, and have *excellent* customer service, so you can always get stuff sent over, but obviously you can't try on before you buy (this is also brilliant for clothing if you have big boobs, as you *cannot* get stuff (eg shirts etc) over here *anywhere* if this is an issue for you.

     

    BooHoo ship free as well, so you can get stuff sent over for no shipping cost (and a good range of prices) once you are here, as well as the other places others have mentioned like M&S etc - ASOS do make up as well, which is fab as Rimmel over here is a 'luxury' brand, not a 'I need a cheap and cheerful, throw away lippy to brighten things up' brand at all.

     

    Target are trying to up their game - they've got Gok Wan in currently doing a bit of PR for them - and I *love* their cheap and cheerful tank tops and loooooong vests, they're a good Primark alternative as others say.

     

    Don't forget though that people wear colour over here a LOT more - most of the stuff I packed is black, as that was the majority of my wardrobe in the UK, but it looks really out of place here a lot of the time, so don't be afraid of buying and packing colourful stuff :D Stuff I packed anyway but never wore in the UK I haven't been out of here in Aus, and when the weather picks up a bit and its a bit warmer all the lovely bright summer dresses I packed (but had never worn in the UK) will get an airing. I've had to chuck a few pieces away though that I packed as they just don't work here *at all* and I got them in the UK specifically to ship over here, so just be mindful of that :)

     

    I do miss Primark socks and Tesco pants, but that's only because it took me many many years to find them in the first place in the UK, and now I'm starting all over again here, which is time consuming and can get expensive to find 'your' go to pair, but then seeing as really that's the biggest of my issues over here (I guess along with the boobs thing), its not really something to moan about LOL :D

     

    There isn't Mothercare over here either though, they went bust over here, so not as much cheapy choice for maternity/baby clothes, although again Target and KMart do cheaper clothes for that.

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    Yep, completely right on bra sizes, I am a 38DD but I can't find any decent DD cup bras which are not ginormous back sizes, even the ones I can find look like something out an 80s porn film. Thank god Debenhams ship! Their Gorgeous range has been my 'go to' for years and I know what size I am in that range, there is nothing like it here for quality or range.

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    Well I've only just started buying bras here but have had no problem getting size 10DD (32DD in UK size) bras from Myers. I even found a fair few brands that had labels showing the USA, UK and Australian sizes on them. Apparently Myers is the sister store to Debenhams, and it is pretty similar. As long as you are used to smaller, slightly dated Debenhams stores.

     

    I've been clothes shopping a couple of times now and to be honest I think the main problem is identifying the stores that sell your kind of thing. Depending on where you shop there are actually loads of clothes shops with plenty of choice in them, it's just that you might not like any of the things there is to choose from. I spent one of my shopping days going round the CBD and the other going round Tea Tree Plaza. Both places have plenty of clothes shops with lots of stuff in them but I ended up mostly buying stuff from Myers, Target and Rockmans. I also love David Jones but can't afford to buy any of the things I like in there. I find kids clothes more of a struggle and end up buying most stuff from K-Mart or Target. If you like places like Jigsaw, Karen Millan, Coast and Zara then you need to be at Burnside Shopping village (which has all of those plus more - google it for a full store list).

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    Have you tried The Booby Trap on Sir Donald Bradman Road? H-u-g-e choice of bras in every single size possible.

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    Guest Adelaide_bound
    Well I've only just started buying bras here but have had no problem getting size 10DD (32DD in UK size) bras from Myers. I even found a fair few brands that had labels showing the USA, UK and Australian sizes on them. Apparently Myers is the sister store to Debenhams, and it is pretty similar. As long as you are used to smaller, slightly dated Debenhams stores.

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    I'm a 32G.....DD isn't really what I was talking about - generally if you are a G you won't find anything below a 16 (possibly an 18) really - I'm a 12 (Aussie bra sizing) on a fat day, so nowhere near that :( - granted you can get some but a) the selection is incredibly limited (last time I went into a large Myer I found 4 bras in my size) and b) they cost about $75 a pop - I'm used to paying £24 for really lovely Freya and Bravissimo brands, not $75 for exactly the same bra here.....

     

    Having said that, there is a discount bra place on the road out to Ikea that apparently does Freya amongst other brands, so I may give them a go at some point (its just parking is a bugg*r around there I find), as they advertise prices from just $5 lol :) Last season (or last 5 years) is fine with me if I can get it a little bit more affordable really, especially at the rate I go through them (tend to go up and down a lot)

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    Guest Adelaide_bound
    Have you tried The Booby Trap on Sir Donald Bradman Road? H-u-g-e choice of bras in every single size possible.

     

    Thats the one I was thinking of Diane - really must pop along at some point - maybe next time I'm on the way to Ikea - new catalogue due out soon, so an excuse to go window shopping there :D

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    In regards bra size I'm a 36 JJ I was getting the Curvy Kate range from the local store and they were costing me $100 + each. Now I order them from the UK and they are $15-$35 so I can get 3 for the price of one here.

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    In regards bra size I'm a 36 JJ I was getting the Curvy Kate range from the local store and they were costing me $100 + each. Now I order them from the UK and they are $15-$35 so I can get 3 for the price of one here.

     

    Hello Ladies!

     

    Just been reading your replies and wanted to say thank you for taking the time to leave such helpful hints, tips and insight!! Much appreciated. These things are important (although blokes don't really think so!).

    Maybe I will end up having to hire a shipping container just for my wardrobe - hehe!!:smile:

     

    I've been sifting through all my clothes the last few weeks to try and sell what I don't want to bring over, and will use that money to help buy 'stocks' of clothes, underwear and cosmetics to keep me going until my first visit back to the UK (which i will try and time to either the UK summer or winter sales!) Great to hear some of the UK stores deliver free to Oz - that's a shrewd move on their part considering how many Poms are emigrating.

    Until then, the UK high street and all it has to offer will remain close to my heart until we are parted!:notworthy:

     

    One more question - in the Adelaide 'winter' does it get cold enough to wear the kind of winter coat we would in a UK winter e.g. puffa jacket, winter wool long/knee length coat/gloves/hat?

     

    Cheers again X

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    Well in your first winter here you'll probably walk around in jeans, t shirt and maybe a sweatshirt and you'll congratulate yourself on moving somewhere so warm in winter! The following winter you might remark how it's MUCH cooler than last year and by the third winter you'll have bought an electric blanket, a hot water bottle which you'll keep on your lap under a blanket whilst you watch tv, some furry boot slippers and wear seven layers of clothing just to put the recycling bin out. Seriously. Bring the warmest clothing you can find but be prepared to keep it in storage for a couple of years until your blood thins sufficiently...

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    If you are short then go to Target at Fulham Gardens. Target do most trousers in S M and L sizes. There are a lot of Italians/Greeks around here, many of them are pretty short (I tower over them and I'm not that tall), so the shop is full of short length trousers. I need long trousers and finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

     

    Pack as much as you can and buy as much as you can in advance. Shopping for clothes here is a miserable business, unless you have loads of money.

     

    I don't ever wear my really thick winter coats from the UK (except for early morning football games). However, this morning I wore a thin jumper, fleece jacket and scarf, daughter had a 8.45 am lacrosse game - well I was way too hot! It never gets as cold as the UK outdoors, but indoors it is way colder!

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    If you are short then go to Target at Fulham Gardens. Target do most trousers in S M and L sizes. There are a lot of Italians/Greeks around here, many of them are pretty short (I tower over them and I'm not that tall), so the shop is full of short length trousers. I need long trousers and finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

     

    Pack as much as you can and buy as much as you can in advance. Shopping for clothes here is a miserable business, unless you have loads of money.

     

    I don't ever wear my really thick winter coats from the UK (except for early morning football games). However, this morning I wore a thin jumper, fleece jacket and scarf, daughter had a 8.45 am lacrosse game - well I was way too hot! It never gets as cold as the UK outdoors, but indoors it is way colder!

     

    Hi Anne,

     

    Thanks - that's helpful to know about trouser length as i'm nearly 5'10 tall - so already have to buy longer length trousers for work and jeans from M&S or Next who do longer length versions! And i'm not one to buy really expensive clothes either ...... thanks everyone, i will ensure I arrive in Adelaide with a well stocked wardrobe for work and play in all the seasons.

     

    By the way, i had a look at the much talked about new M&S autumn range yesterday - smart casual gear - and have to say I was impressed, especially with the work clothes/dresses. Some great stuff ..... and accessories! Take a peek if you're on the look out for some new additions to your wardrobe, as some of it will walk quickly.

    :wink:

    Cheers, Petal X

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    Guest Rachael M Bowen
    We brought 12 suitcases! There are shops here and lovely boutiques etc. target and Kmart are like matalan or primark but not as up to the minute. There is a lot less emphasis on fashion but i love clothes and always have. I get asked at work all the time- where did you buy that top or shoes and I always reply- England! My advice is to stock up in the uk on nice pieces, go to the next sales and buy as much as you can bring. We bought loads of kids stuff and probably won't need to buy stuff for them for a good while.

     

    Hi

    can I ask when you flew out with your cases were you given an increased luggage allowance or did you pay extra? or was it a bit of both? This is one of my many waking up at 3am panic moments thinking about not having enough clothing but especially my shoes for maybe 8 weeks post landing!!!:eek: OMG i'm having panic shakes just thinking about it again!! LOL.

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