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Shopping in London England - Affordable Shops Worth the Stop
American women will rejoice when wandering through many London shops. Unlike much of Europe, sizes in many London clothing stores will go up to a UK16-20 (US 14-18). In some chains (Next) and department stores (Marks & Spencer) they go up to a US 20. The “plus/women’s” size separation that you see in the states is largely absent in the UK. So size 6’s shop right along size 16’s.
There are some great chains in London where you can find some fashion deals. The best part about these places is that you can’t find these things in the US. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to check out the stores. You may find that piece that will wow your friends back home.
These European chains do a good job with fashion knock-offs.
Jigsaw– This store offers items that are quintessentially modern Brit. The clothes feature lots of tweeds, cords, & muted shades with a modern, stylish twist. (65 Kensington High St., Covent Garden)
Accessorize– We can’t say enough about this international accessory chain. Accessorize consistently delivers affordable jewelry, scarves, hats & bags that are of the minute. (Oxford St, Regent St)
Monsoon– This clothing cousin to Accessorize offers fashionable items that have a Far Eastern flavor. (Oxford St)
Marks & Spencer - Our favorite department store in London. They offer fashionable, affordable, clothes up to a US size 20. The store is similar in style and pricing to Macy’s. Plus the food hall is a great place to get food to go. (Oxford St)
Topshop– This trendy chain specializes in hip clothes for the 20-something set. It’s all deliciously fun and very fashionable. Shopping here evokes the feel of Britain at the height of the fashion sixties. So it is fitting that former model Kate Moss (the “Twiggy” of her time) has her line of clothing featured prominently here. (Oxford St, Regent St)
Zara– Although this store has now made the jump over the pond to the US, the shops are limited to several major metropolitan areas within the US. Zara is a Spain based chain that spread through France & England before extending further into the world. (Oxford St, Regent St)
Warehouse– I love Warehouse. The clothes are youthful without looking “young”. These are pieces that fashionable women can wear into their 40’s without feeling like they are stealing from their niece’s closet. (Oxford St)
Karen Millen– While the prices are not, strictly speaking, cheap...Karen Millen offers wearable designer wear. In sizes up to US 12/14 and elegant but sexy cuts, this is one of my favorite shops for that “WOW” piece to take home. (Regent St).
Mango – With a line designed by Penelope Cruz and her sister, Monica, you know this shop will offer sexy and glamorous clothing. The prices are reasonable too! While Mango does have some shop sites stateside, they are limited to the major metro areas, making this well worth checking out if you don’t have a store locally. (Regent St)
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