Advantages cheap, lots of plus sizes at the same prices, good plain designs
Disadvantages finishing and sizing inconsistent, delivery and refunds take ages
Despite French-sounding name, Bon Prix is a budget part of the German (and the world's largest) mail order company, Otto GmbH. They operate in 10 countries and claim 14 million customers (though it's not clear whether this refers to Bon prix alone or Otto as a whole).I first encountered Bon Prix in Poland before the advent of Internet shopping and had reasonably good experience, so when I came across it in the UK, I was happy to give it a go and have been using them for several years now.
They offer traditional mail-order as well as Internet shopping, but I have always bought on-line.
Among the casual clothes, Bon Prix offers mostly a decent budget selection, with prices varying somewhere between mid-range High Street and catalogue retailers like Marks & Spencer or La Redoute and rock-bottom chains like Primark or Matalan.The quality pretty much matches the prices: most items are reasonably well made from decent enough fabrics, but there is not much sophistication to designs, and the finishing touches can be pretty rough, Bon Prix clothes last quite well: they are more of a solid-but-a-bit-clunky kind than flimsy-and-fall-apart-after-first-wash type. The sizing isn't always entirely consistent, but in my experience not to a worrying degree.
The styles are fairly basic, and my feeling is that the more fashionable Bon Prix tries to get, the worse it becomes, but it could be my age showing here.One of the greatest advantages of Bon Prix for me is the range of sizes they offer. Most items go to 22/24 (although the teenage/youth clothes end at 18); and quite a few of them go all the way up to size 32. The double sizes are sometimes a bit of a problem, with the lower one being slightly small, and the higher one being obviously too large; this only tends to be an issue with close-fit clothes.
All sizes cost the same.Some of my most used clothes came from Bon Prix, including three chunkish cotton jumpers whose design I liked so much I bought three different colours (below £20), great pair of smart brown jeans (forgot now how much but certainly less than £25), a winter shower-proof jacket (£30), nice simple cotton or cotton/viscose tops and tunics (some have unnecessarily feminine designs, but it's usually possible to pick some decent ones; all below £20). T-shirts in a variety of designs can be had from about £5-£8 per top.
I also buy bras from Bon Prix. They are not particularly sophisticated but fit well and many go up to high cup sizes with due consideration for support needed. At around £10-£12 per bra, they are probably the best value large-size bras around. Bon Prix also have a rather daring range of erotic lingerie, with open-cup bras and open-crotch knickers, but as I have not sampled those delights, so can't comment on that.
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