London has several good dress agencies,
(or consignment stores as my American readers would call them), but I’m going to focus on a cluster of these shops located in Cheval Place, just a few blocks from Harrods.
There are just a few very small shops on this quiet street, but Cheval Place is worth a visit nevertheless. The small boutiques specialise in designer handbags and have an impressive selection of Chanel and Hermes in every possible colour. They also stock shoes,sunglasses, dresses and evening wear. The prices are still quite steep, especially when it comes to handbags, though.
The biggest and best of the Cheval Place dress agencies is of course Pandora. It has a huge selection of designer clothes, jewellery and accessories, all in excellent condition, or ‘as good as new and no more than 2 years old’.
However, the selection of clothes is rather limited when it comes to size: if you wear British size 8-10 (that would be American sizes 6-8, or European sizes 34-38), it’s bargains galore. A Chanel jacket is still quite pricey, of course, but at least you could afford it after saving a few months… And you can find beautiful designer coats and evening wear at very reasonable prices.
However, there is significantly less choice available in British size 14 (American size 12, European size 42) and above. I suppose this is somewhat understandable, as designer clothes tend to come in small sizes (never mind the dress size of the average woman). Why? Well, designers seem to think that it’s women who should be accommodating the clothes instead of the other way round. Personally, I think they’re just as deluded as the women who fall for this bullshit and stop eating just to fit into a dress that an 8-year-old would find tight-fitting…
But I’m digressing here…
So, if you’re shopping in Knightbridge, stop by Cheval Place to look at some almost-affordable designer wear, or just admire the multi-coloured array of Hermes Birkins in shop windows…
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