I have never been that successful at Bicester Village. I think I am spoiled by buying preloved and also going to sample sales. Typically, the pieces I love are still a fortune and I end up buying something random to justify the trip.
Today, accompanied by one of my closest friends, we hit the bonanza. I think it is key to go with an open mind and to go early in the day. We were there by 10am and the shops were pristine and empty.
Chloe is always one of the best stores at Bicester and it did not disappoint today. We found some great fur jackets, but at over £1k, way too expensive, but oh so beautiful. More realistic was the jewellery; I bought a fabulous ring for £150. I also loved the sunglasses but in general found the clothing too expensive.
Then we moved on to D&G and fell in love with the block jewelled heels. These are the kind of thing to buy at Bicester for an event. Instead of buying an average outfit use something you already have and get a pair of fabulous D&G heels. These shoes are works of art and originally cost over £1,500 new but you can now pick them up in Bicester from about £300, not inexpensive, but cheaper than buying a whole new outfit.
I don’t think I ever bought anything from Oscar de la Renta but if you are heading to Bicester check out their store. They have those gorgeous satin slides and sandals worn by the fashionista, Man Repeller, selling now for just over £200. There were some truly beautiful clutch bags on sale too.
We then headed to Marni which was the store I enjoyed most of all as I picked up my Spring bag for £250 – they had so many great well priced bags.
Bicester is all about checking out those crazy pieces you would never spend the money on normally. Jo and I loved the green silk Marni bomber jacket. This cost £1,000 so much more than I would normally pay but it has inspired be to find something similar…for less. This is what is so brilliant about Bicester, it is not always the things you buy, but you can get lots of inspiration.
I like to go to Bicester at the beginning of the season as it reminds me to shop less and buy better.
Sunglasses are one of the best things to buy at Bicester, we literally found so many that we liked! Check out Fendi and Stella McCartney where they they had a brilliant selection at about £90 each.
The Stella fake furs are as good as the real thing and I know it is a bit late in the season but they had a white one still available in their store at £500.
Missoni surprised me – the skirts are the best that I have seen this season and even over jeans (we had given up getting undressed at this point) they gave you such a great flat tummy.
As for Celine I could have bought another pair of the ballet flats – they had loads and we both tried on a fabulous trenchcoat and checked red coat but the shop is still super expensive and I think I would rather hunt down the pieces preloved.
So, I will be back…as you can get to see so many brands in such a short space of time and there is always that excitement of the hunt, actually so tempted to head back for those Stella sunglasses tomorrow!
I think it is key to go on your own or with someone who shops like you do and get in and out quickly. If you don’t have to have it then leave it! Thank you Jo for all your patience .