Advantages good quality clothes
Disadvantages tend to be more expensive
For many years I avoided Next, thinking that the clothes were all too expensive and out of my price bracket. Then I had children. Funny how your priorities change isn’t it?Somebody bought my daughter some clothes from Next when she was first born and I thought they were rather sweet. They also washed up really well – highly important with children!
Anyway, after that initial encounter with Next clothing, I decided to take a look for myself. Oh, what I had been missing!My first purchase for myself was a white blouse for work. Cost was £19.99. This purchase was made 5 years ago and I still wear the blouse (hey, don’t say I don’t keep up with fashion!!). It washes wonderfully and still looks (almost) as good as new.
Since that first purchase, I have become a regular in Next. My daughters are regularly dressed in clothes from Next. They may be slightly more expensive than other children’s clothes shops, but the quality more than makes up for it. The clothes last and last. My 2-year-old is wearing Next clothes that I bought for her 5-year-old sister and that have been through everything a child’s clothes go through, yet they still wash up really well and look great.I have made several purchases for myself, again based on the quality of the products. They are well cut and fit in all the right places. The majority of clothes can be thrown in the wash, although a few items are dry clean or hand wash – these are all labelled very clearly. Washing instructions on Next clothes are very clear and easy to follow.
My husband has also become a convert to Next. Again, he frowned a bit at the price of some things, but when he tried on items I had bought for him and seen how good they looked after washing, he was convinced. I was sent out once with instructions to buy a shirt that would look good on television – nothing too bright, wouldn’t crease, fits well. So off I went to Next. Found an ideal shirt for £19.99 and he was impressed. He wore it all day at the Motor Show and it still looked good at the end of the day. It is supposed to be non-iron, but I have found I need to iron it, as I don’t have a tumble drier.Another thing I like about Next is the range of fittings available – they have a great range of petite clothing. (Not for me I hasten to add, but my mum is tiny so I have to buy petite things for her!). Trousers and skirts often come with the option of regular or long lengths.
I am basing this opinion on the Norwich stores, as these are my local ones so things will vary around the country.I say stores, because up until June this year, Norwich had 2 Next stores. One stocked ladieswear, childrenswear and home furnishings, the other stocked ladieswear and menswear. However, in June of this year a brand spanking new Next store was opened with all the products under one roof. And what a wonderful store!
On the ground floor are all the ladies clothes, shoes and accessories. Well laid out with plenty of space for you to wander and peruse the stock. I also like the fact that they now stock maternity clothes in store – previously I could only purchase these through mail order (not that I need them at the minute before you all rush to conclusions!
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