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Autumn clothes in M and S in July

(22 Posts)
russet Sat 06-Jul-13 22:07:17

I went into the Uxbridge branch of M and S today in the hope of getting a few summer tops and trousers. I came out empty handed and very disappointed as much of the stock was in dark and dreary autumn colours. Am I being unreasonable to expect shops to sell summer clothes in early July?

NfkDumpling Sat 06-Jul-13 22:19:26

Silly you! Surely you know by now - you buy your summer clothes at Christmas - and just hope you don't gain/loose weight by summer! grin

gracesmum Sat 06-Jul-13 22:40:51

Poor old M&S. After the coldest Spring for decades, the latest start to Summer ever and racks of summer stuff simply not selling, when do they choose to "launch" their Autumn collection? The 2013 heatwave of course (all 2 weeks of it if we are lucky) They just can't win.

Tegan Sat 06-Jul-13 23:01:55

Although they don't have much that appeals to me in their shops I had a look at their website today and there were lots of things I'd be tempted to buy.

glammanana Sat 06-Jul-13 23:19:12

All the big department stores in Liverpool & Chester have their Autumn stock in now,DD was looking for some crop pants and couldn't find any but she could find loads of winter coats and boots.hmm

Oldgreymare Sat 06-Jul-13 23:26:06

... and M&S have racks of school unifrom ...state schools haven't even broken up yet!

KatyK Sun 07-Jul-13 11:02:00

I noticed this in M & S yesterday. I don't want to look at all those greys and blacks when we've got such lovely sunshine.

westendgirl Tue 30-Jul-13 12:21:24

I'm absolutely fed up with being a customer and not being able to buy what I would like e.g./ cotton or linen in the height of summer, holiday clothes ,sandals and so on.I have actually phoned customer services of M and S to complain and sent a reply to one of their marketing messages.Their answer is that it is the retail world.Well they can have their retail but until they give customers what they want they will continue to lose money.Can't we start a petition or do a mass contact ?I know I shall not be buying thick yeti=like sweaters or even a fur coat for a little girl.!!I am sure this happens earlier and earlier every year.It's a great business opportunity for someone to open a clothes shop selling what we want .,when we want it.

Galen Tue 30-Jul-13 12:44:43

Horrible colours this year

JessM Tue 30-Jul-13 12:49:20

Mysterious isn't it, the retail world. Other stores had their summer sales in July I suppose. M and S have ever really got the idea of sales but they feel that they are competing with the other stores for those people who are out shopping for their autumn wardrobe during August. School uniforms I get - but are the shops really full of people shopping for winter clothes in August?
Then they have to clear the stores by about 1st Nov to fill them with acres of boring black party dresses and children's clothes with appliquéd reindeer. Sigh.
(someone who worked for M and S once explained to me that the way they account for stock does not encourage heavy discounting in Sales and does encourage stashing unsold clothes in stockrooms. Don't know if that has changed?)

Gagagran Tue 30-Jul-13 12:59:39

How long till the "C" word makes an appearance? Another month? hmm

westendgirl Tue 30-Jul-13 13:56:56

Actually someone in customer services did say that C would be introduced IN SEPTEMBER.Now how about that.?
I really do think though that as customers we should tell them and other stores exactly what we think and what we would like.What has happened to the saying "the customer is always right "? If we just put up with it nothing will change.

Mamie Tue 30-Jul-13 14:02:35

There is an identical thread on Mumsnet. Apparently M and S don't listen to them either so you have to wonder who M and S think their customers are.
I was hoping to get some shorts and summer tops in the UK next week, what are my chances?

westendgirl Tue 30-Jul-13 14:30:30

Try John Lewis.
It was quite funny recently on the hottest day of the year watching hairy sweaters being put out.
Does anyone remember the shareholder who spoke out at a meeting about why she couldn't find anything to wear at M and S. They didn't listen to her and now we have the monthly sales of clothes that no one really wants.Teenage girls WILL NOT shop where their aunts, grans or next door neighbours go.Why keep trying to design for them and at the same time ignore what was once your core of loyal customers.

Bez Tue 30-Jul-13 14:40:49

My DDiL was complaining of exactly the same thing in the USA stores last week - could not find any shorts and it has been hotter than Europe where they are.

Stansgran Tue 30-Jul-13 15:14:11

Absolutely absurd. I've just worked out that we will be going to Northern Laos in February so I thought I might buy a few things like cargo pants to vary the photos. I've been wearing the same things in hot climate photos for years and am embarrassed to show them sun hat I bought in NZ eight years ago and although squashed is always resurrectable. I could buy a fur edged poncho in M&S and black just about anything. I'm going online to see if there is anything left.

JessM Tue 30-Jul-13 15:31:37

Try an outdoor shop maybe? I bought some lightweight Craghoppers trousers that are extremely comfy (stretchy but don't look it)

shysal Tue 30-Jul-13 16:04:54

This week I have resorted to buying unworn items from ebay. Plenty of choice and cheap, cheap, cheap!

Manhunter Wed 31-Jul-13 15:27:05

The M&S store in Cardiff is full of bright summer clothes. The fault lies in the quality of the fabric - too many cheap imports which only look good for the first few times articles are worn. Once clothes are washed, they look faded and limp. Bring back British quality to our shops, even if things cost more.

Bez Wed 31-Jul-13 15:39:36

I hear the one in town has had a facelift.

Nonu Wed 31-Jul-13 16:07:19

Our marks & Spencer is also full of pretty , cheerful Summer wear !!


Deedaa Thu 01-Aug-13 15:26:20

Half our store seemed to be full of black trousers - how many styles can there be???? And they've still got the nasty plastic belts everybody hates!