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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…
  • Marks and Spencer
    Not just for underwear. Always worth looking to see what they’ve got.
  • Seasalt
    Currently my favourite place for dresses, tunics, skirts, tops and knitwear. Some organic cotton clothes including striped Breton tops.
    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.


Online stores selling socks and tights are listed under footwear.

  • Bonsoir of London
    Nightwear including ladies pyjamas, nightdresses and nightshirts.
  • 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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