Top 5 affordable shops on the high street

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I said I would start writing more posts about fashion this year. It’s been a little difficult considering we can’t actually go shopping.. well we can, but only online.

Which is fine and hopefully one day soon we can all go back out into the world and I’ll be able to do some well awaited shopping. (In the grand scheme of things, clothes shopping is irrelevant and this isn’t me complaining). But for a blog posts sake, it’s virtually impossible.

I’ve always loved shopping, for as long as I can remember.. going shopping was one of the things I loved doing the most. Well, spending hours on end in Claire’s accessories, struggling to choose between the headband or the necklace was one memory I have from my very first shopping experiences.. (with my parents of course).

So along side many other things, fashion is a big love of mine. To be completely honest, I do tend to opt for online shopping rather than actually visiting the stores, just because everything is there right in front of you and it can be delivered to your home in a matter of days.

Retail shopping is still very popular but online shopping has definitely taken the lead. So I figured I would share the shops I do enjoy going to, on the occasions I venture into a shopping centre.


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Zara: Yep, you knew it was coming. Zara is the obvious one, when you ask anyone who loves fashion where they go for their clothes, chances are they will say Zara. I’ll admit it hasn’t always been my favourite, but over the past few years they have really stepped up their game.. either that or my fashion sense has changed. Either way, this is one of my go-to shops. I love everything in there, they are a tiny bit more on the pricey side compared to the others I’ll list below, but completely worth the money. You can never pay too much for a good quality piece that you know will last you forever.

New look: This is one of those ‘oldie but a goodie’ type shops. It’s been around for as long as I can remember and is still a shop I go to when I want something new to wear. My oldest memories are in this shop.. saving all my pocket money up, getting the train to Meadowhall and spending the day searching New Look with my best friends.. ahh those were the days. Anyway, I still find myself gravitating towards this shop. I find myself mainly in the shoe section of this shop or looking through the hundreds of pairs of earrings they have on display.

Primark: Where would I buy all my pj’s from if there was no Primark? If ever I’m out shopping, I’ll always be sure to nip in and have a little nosey. This is one of those shops where I fully intend to just nip in for a few bits, not go crazy and spend half my day in there.. but almost every time, that doesn’t happen. It just sucks me in, ok? I can’t resist searching through all the hundreds of clothing rails, filled with bargains I just cannot miss out on. What’s good about Primark is they don’t have an online store, so taking another shopping trip just to visit is the perfect excuse..

Stradivarius: A fairly new shop for me, but none the less are very good one! I first came across this shop in Manchester (Trafford Centre) and have loved it ever since. Asos do also stock this brand online, so if you don’t have a store near by then nip onto Asos and shop until your heart is content. They have such affordable clothes, perfect for fast fashion. Simple pieces as well as pieces you might want to keep a little longer.

Pull & Bear: I’ve always loved this shop. The best one I’ve been in so far was on a holiday to Cannes a year or so ago. It was one of those, where I walked in and everything seemed to jump off the hanger at me. I honestly could have bought the whole shop, if it wasn’t for baggage allowance I’m pretty sure I would have. They too are stocked on Asos so don’t worry if you don’t have a store close by. I mostly like their every day pieces; jeans, tops, shoes etc.



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