The huge bags make it look like I bought a lot more than I actually did :-/
Left: Shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch (kid section). RRP £42, I paid £14.99
Right: Shirt from Ralph Lauren. RRP £80, I paid £34.99
Left: Shirt from Ralph Lauren. RRP £70, I paid £24.99
Right: Dress from French Connection. RRP £72, I paid £14
If you don't mind buying thick jumpers at the height of summer and short shorts in the dead of winter, outlet shopping might be for you. To be honest at such good prices, they are for everybody.
Being back home from uni for the summer and for the first time having a car with me, I spent quite a bit of my time shopping. Although my bank account whimpers my wardrobe is thrilled with its new additions. First stop on my summer spree was the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford.
Outlets by the McArthurGlen group can be found all over the UK and Europe. Whilst they offer Prada, Versace and Missoni outlets elsewhere in Europe (*wishes home was in Italy), here in the UK the brands on offer are a bit more modest, think Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Jaeger etc. Please note that even in the UK, the brand selection at the outlets differ. The best one in my opinion seems to be the one in Cheshire Oaks because some of the brands includes Burberry, Mulberry and Joseph. Luckily its not too far from Manchester!
Since the last time I went to the one in Ashford, about 3/4 years ago, the outlet has massively improved. The addition of a Jaeger and Reiss outlet store made it even more necessary for me to pop down. But the most impressive thing about this outlet is that it holds Abercrombie & Fitch's first European outlet store! It may be a bit basic inside but it has the classic A&F smell.
Unfortunately, my trip to the outlet was a quick stop so I only went to those three stores, French Connection and Ralph Lauren with the latter two having a lot to offer. Here is a quick summary: Jaeger was still out of my budget, everything I liked in Reiss was not in my size and A&F had a average selection of women's shirts (I was on a shirt hunt). I wanted about £500 worth of stuff in Ralph Lauren but could afford a lot less and French Connection had an amazing selection of dresses on sale (crazy reductions eg from £140 to £30, if only I was on a dress hunt).
The main purpose of making the drive to the outlet was to maybe one day finally wear a shirt to hospital because I just feel like people are more likely to trust a doctor in a smart shirt. So I picked up three and couldn't resist the French Connection Dress. The shirt from A&F is actually from the kid section!
I made an overall saving of over £175.