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Shopping directory – ready-to-wear clothes

The clothes-press guide to shopping for ready-to-wear clothes. These are the shops I general think of when hunting for new things to wear without actually making them. They are mostly UK-based mid-priced shops selling casual clothes.

Favourite clothes shops

  • Boden
    Still a favourite for tops, knitwear and tunics though the quality seems to have gone a bit downhill over the last few years.
  • eBay
    For the searching out of bargains…
  • Seasalt
    Currently my favourite place for dresses, tunics, skirts, tops and knitwear. Some organic cotton clothes including striped Breton tops.
  • TOAST
    Generally more for inspiration than actual purchasing apart from in the sales.

Fair trade and organic clothes

See also Style with Heart for listings of eco-friendly and ethical clothing brands.

  • Cambridge Baby
    Not just for babies – ethically made, natural clothes in cotton, wool and silk. Nice merino-silk base layers as well as underwear, nightwear, socks, tights and a small range of women’s clothing.
  • Gossypium
    Yoga wear made to order in the UK from organic cotton in a wide range of colours. Particularly like the leggings (can choose leg length), yoga trousers, double-layer vests and hoodies.
  • Greenfibres
    Natural and organic underwear, nightwear, socks, tights and casual clothes.
  • Howies
    Active clothing company based in West Wales. Make organic and low impact clothing in a sporty style.
  • Nature Shop
    Natural fibre, eco-friendly clothing and footwear – casual styles for the outdoors, travel and leisure.
  • Silverstick
    Organic cotton outdoor clothing, including hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts.

Specialists

Online stores selling socks and tights are listed under footwear.

  • Old Town
    Shop and workshop in Holt, Norfolk producing everyday clothing with utility-inspired designs and British-made fabrics wherever possible. Clothes are made to order.
  • Woolovers
    Good quality knitwear which is not too expensive. Wide range of colours – particularly like the cashmere-merino cardigans.

Other clothes shops – worth a look

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