Many people dream of being able to live a glamorous life by buying all the best designer clothes at the top of the price range. However, when reality sets in, the realization that this is unachievable in the near future arises.
With the UK’s cost of living crisis weighing on many families, spending money on new wardrobe additions is often the last thing on people’s minds. That doesn’t mean you should settle for the throwaway fast mode option though, and there are cheat codes to circumvent this financial stumbling block to further impress your friends and family with your mode choices. .
The key to this is knowing where to look. Supermarkets and their clothing ranges are a great sanctuary for hidden gems that wouldn’t be out of place in some of the best high street outlets.
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George at Asda, Tesco’s F&F, Tu at Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl all offer a variety of high quality clothing that tends to be popular with consumers without losing it out of pocket. Far from being limited to groceries, they all identified the potential of the fashion market to diversify accordingly.
fashion editor Harriet Walker identified some of their offerings for The Times that she recommends to avid shoppers.
For starters, Walker says Sainsbury’s £6 Birkenstock pool sandals “bear more than a passing resemblance to a designer version on sale for £200”. Available in a variety of bright colors, ranging from red, yellow to green, these sandals are a great choice for summer footwear at a fraction of the price of those found in more specialty stores.
The fashion expert was also drawn to a pair of fitted boxers with stretch waistband and covering the thighs at £14. These can be purchased in black or khaki.
One issue that people often identify when it comes to buying cheap alternatives is lack of longevity. Harriet recommends being versatile and generic, as opposed to potentially recognizable, as this will set you up for a longer period of time.
His Sainsbury’s down jacket, at just £16, remains in rotation four years after the year of purchase. Plus, she also recommends Tu’s wireless bras from £12.
As for Tesco, their F&F cotton pajamas are a great nightwear choice, starting at £12.50. The cheapest of these are a pretty blue floral pattern, while there is also a Disney 101 Dalmatians offer as well as another called “White Happy Place Gardening Pyjamas”.
If you need baby clothes Lidl is the place to go, offering cheap European baby clothes in natural fabrics, although that comes with a warning that they are selling out fast so you might better move on! Away from clothes, Asda and Aldi often sell “surprisingly tasteful wooden toys,” as Harriet puts it.
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