Monday, 4 July 2011

#1 To keep - or not?

The other day I stopped at Ted Baker in my lunch hour. I just want to be clear - I never shop in Ted Baker. I think that their prices are ridiculous so have never dared to venture into a store. The other day their "sale" sign in the window was calling my name and curiosity got the better of me. 

In general, I was quite unimpressed. Yes, there were some reductions but lots of things were still what I call silly prices. Why would I buy a basic tee for £50? I mean, come on now!

Then suddenly a maxi dress caught my eye. Gorgeous colours, incredible forest / tree print and not to mention silky fabric to the touch. This was one classy dress. I racked my brains to think where I could possibly wear such a beaut and result: I had a wedding to go to.

Unfortunately my ideal size had sold out so I grabbed the size above and the (last available) size below and headed to the changing rooms:

What do you think? Do I look "all hips" or is that just me?

Ideally the size in-between (the one that has sold out) would be better. The larger size kept falling off of me and the smaller one was doable - just a bit too close for comfort on the money makers!

I am the worst at making decisions. I didn't know whether to risk the smaller size or not. In the end, I went for it. I knew I'd be devastated if I didn’t and came back another day to find that the dress had sold out. And my Lucy logic: if you change your mind, the magic "r" becomes possible - returns!

After justifying the purchase to myself, I bought the dress and went home. But when I got home I was really annoyed.

Why do you think this might be?

On the back of my receipt it said "for exchange / credit note only" - meaning that I'll never see that money in my bank account ever again. Ted Baker has well and truly swiped it from me. I am aware that some shops have return policies like this but I feel really cheated - I feel the shop has a responsibility to tell you this information at the till before you hand over your card. Isn't there some sort of law saying this? Hand on heart, the girl who served me never mentioned this and I naively handed over my card. I am quite miffed because if I did return it for a credit note, the credit I would receive wouldn't be enough to buy a normal full priced item in Ted Baker - I'd have to shell out more of my money which sucks.

Have any of you been in a similar situation before?

This has certainly soured my opinion of Ted Baker and I can't see myself shopping there again. I do however love the dress. I'm not 100% sure if I'm keeping it or not though. I didn't wear it to the wedding in the end as I felt it was too formal for the type of wedding it was. 

What do you think of the dress? To keep or not?


  1. i think it looks perfect on you and so you should keeeeeep it! :] xx

  2. I really like the dress it looks good on you :)

    The only thing i've got from Ted Baker is a pair of boots but I got them from Office so I had no idea about their returns policy! It's really stupid specially if it's somewhere you don't ever shop. I know the last few times i've been to Office they've told me I can't return them full stop.

    I also hate it in shops when you exchange something and if it's under the price of the original item they either put the remaining amount that's usually £1 on giftcard! or make you find something for £1 (non existent in most shops!) so you have a to spend more like you said.


  3. Oh I actually really like it, the print is a bit out there but that’s a good thing! Haha, I don’t think your hips look too big at all, it gives the dress some shape and looks far better than the straight up straight down look! x

  4. i love love the dress! if you got a small size try to see if there are any seam allowances so that u could make it a lil bigger or if you got the bigger one try to take it in jst on the top area..i think it would not be that of a problem..nways i love the color and the print on the dress!!

  5. I love that! you could get it taken in by a seamstress? don't know how much it would cost but they'd only be pinning it in a little bit. Returns policies aren't ideal but I'm pretty sure it's not law for them to tell you, they're just meant to display it somewhere like behind the till. I think you should keep it though!

    In regards to the shoes, I'm going to run to my new look tomorow and have a look in! I'm far too specific haha, if they go into the sale I'll snap them up, but otherwise I don't think I can justify them as i too have far too many shoes.

  6. i think that dress is gorgeous - keep it x

  7. I know what you mean, I never go in neither, but sometimes I think it can be great. Dress looks fantastic, it's a keeper!



  8. I don't ever look in there unless there's a sale on either, ridiculous prices. Looks lovely on you though, keep.

  9. You look lovely in that dress so you should definitely keep it. :)

    The Cat Hag

  10. it looks lovely on, if you're struggling for an occassion to wear it i'd imagine it would look lovely with maybe a jumper layered over the top for everyday. i never really tend to shop anywhere that doesn't provide returns, i think it's pretty ridiculous really. charlotte x

  11. Thanks for your comment lovely. Defs keep the dress it's looks and sounds amazing especially if u got it on sale :) xo


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