Rate it: Favourite shops for fashion

By Aisling | November 13 2012 | 39 Comments

There are certain stores that are my go tos when I NEED some retail therapy.  Which unfortunately for my finances turns out to be pretty feckin regularly.  I know them so well I know my size (because as you know every shop seems to exist in its own space time continuum and determine its sizes by some mysterious unstandardized process).  So I know I will be a bigger size in Top Shop then I’ll be in Oasis for example – and this fact means that I’m more likely to shop in Oasis.  Because otherwise I will be depressed – AND THAT IS NOT THE POINT OF SHOPPING!

I love to browse online before I buy to see what’s out there and I have certain shops I’ll always go to for certain things: party frocks (French Connection); generally yumminess (Zara); workwear (Next); Dunnes (er kind of everything) and for a major massive event the fashion floors of Brown Thomas and Arnotts send me into a spin of delight, the likes of which cannot be equalled.  I’m an aul creature of habit.

So what about you?  Which stores do you love the best and pick up loads of gear in?  Penneys, Dunnes, AWear, River Island, Coast, New Look, H&M?

Go on – rate your favourites for fashion!

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39 Replies to "Rate it: Favourite shops for fashion"

  • lainey316 says:

    I basically only go to Massimo Dutti and Zara. Penneys for PJs.

    Occasionally venture into Banana Republic but don’t get much. I love the brands in Arnotts but a lot (T Tahari for example) don’t fit. Sadness. Liberty is my mail destination for weeping and lusting (and very occasionally an Anglomania purchase)

  • Sandy Beach says:

    Oasis is my absolute fave. I take note of the days when I don’t enter an Oasis store. On my walk up to/from Grafton Street I can do the one at the bottom (Nassau Street) and the one at the top (Stephen’s Green). I also pay visits to Warehouse and Coast (Oasis’ sisters)

    When the sales are on it’s Next (work and casual wear) and River Island (accessories/shoes).

  • Zara and River Island… and you cant beat Penny’s

  • Zara and River Island… and you cant beat Penny’s

  • FabulousEyelashGirl says:

    I Love Debenhams…but only shop from the Sale Rails…the exchange rate from Sterling to Euros in these UK shops is ridiculous, so I refuse to pay over the Odds. Same with River Island…Used to be my fave shop, but far too pricey now. New Look is good also, and Penneys of course.

  • bigeyedmonster says:

    h&m all the way !! everything is soo cheap !! Im a SERIOUS bargain hunter, I love the feeling of getting a top skirt and tight for 30 euro ! Different outfit every night out thats on trend and doesnt mean u can’t afford a drink that night! :) my good auld trusty!

  • ZsaZsa says:

    For clothes Gap, Zara, Mango and Oasis are the main shops I go to. Occasionaly I pop into A-wear for something cheap and chearful. Debenhams is purley for browsing. For shoes its Ecco and Clarks with the occasional sprinkling of Campers. For accessories I pretty much stick to Accessorize or random spotting of items in the other shops. Of course – Arnotts is my treat shop!

  • littlesis says:

    I love Zara for blazers, bags and jewellery, for jeans, I’m a Topshop or Oasis girl (I’m a whole size bigger in Topshop too, Aisling!).

    I love Warehouse for going out stuff and recently, fallen in love with NW3 at Hobbs, which is expensive but so lovely.

    I tend not to buy much stuff in Penneys, don’t like when everyone has the same thing and the quality irks me.

  • Orla says:

    I love new look because it’s beside me at work and I can pop in for a quick look.

    I like to shop in A|Wear and Dunnes when I’m in Ireland because it’s not as common over here in London town. Online I will shop awear and h&m because I love nothing more than a bargin (today’s dress cost me £3!)

    I love Clarks for my shoes though and will spend a bit more on them so that they last and don’t kill my feet!

  • Gracie says:

    New Look
    River Island (used to love them much better, now I rarely stop by)
    Topshop (rare visits because sizes make me depressed. I go to Oxford St Topshop every time I’m in London. Best.Shop.Ever.)

    But my main weakness is ASOS. It’s like my kryptonite.

  • joanne says:

    A-wear, Tx Maxx, and ebay (not a shop but where I buy loads).

  • alchemystee says:

    Asos and boohoo are my favourites! I’ve become quite savvy at figuring out what clothes I can safely buy online without the need for trying them on. And there’s nothing quite like having a package delivered to your door :)

  • Freckles says:

    Hmmmm my go to shops that I cannot walk by would probably be;

    French Connection,

    I love me a bit of COS, So happy they’re now stocked in BTs, bought a gorgeous cashmere blend jumper there for 70e once and it’s a true statement piece.

  • Shygirl says:

    I’ve been trying really hard not to be buying clothes, but I love Penneys and Dunnes. I like Tk Maxx for handbags and stuff, but not clothes, coz I couldn’t be bothered sorting through them! A wear is my favorite. Tescos often have cute stuff aswell. I just don’t spend a lot of money on clothes anymore.

  • Orna says:

    Am I the only one who’s a bigger size in oasis than I am in topshop?! I’m always smaller in topshop. Random.

    Favourite places to shop are Topshop (surprise!), COS and Brown Thomas. I’m pretty good at finding less expensive/sale items in bts.

    Have a new favourite shop though – Amity in cork! Wandered in last week for the first time, was looking for a dress for a ball and said I’d have a look. Wandered out with a ball dress, a blazer, a fab jumper and a nail varnish to match the ball dress. It’s so good! Think its going to be my new favourite. Love days like that when everything goes well.

  • Louise says:

    Another vote for COS here…

    Also very much liking clothing.ie, ordered a few sizes the other day because it was a brand I didn’t know before and they picked up the ones I didn’t want! No trekking to the post office required :-)

  • Grá says:

    I’m an ASOS addict constantly checking it. I’m well impressed with Awear at the moment and have purchased quite a bit from them recently. I also buy quite a bit from MandMdirect.

  • Yup, totally addicted to ASOS, too!

  • joanne says:

    Orna-think that Amity is very over priced. Have seen dresses in there that have been up to €40 cheaper in other boutiques.

  • Ems says:

    Zara for staples (blazers, jeans, etc.) and the odd statement piece
    Warehouse and Oasis for party gear
    Next for basics and shoes
    Pennys for things I’ll only ever wear once and cheap flats
    Forever 21 is also great for basics and one-wear pieces as well as the odd party outfit but its so difficult to navigate, I get a headache thinking about it!

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