Product Type: Matalan Jeans LEvi s
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A cheap top
Matalan Stripe Ribbed Vest Top
Member Name: hlb2009
Matalan Stripe Ribbed Vest Top
Advantages: CHeap and practical
Disadvantages: quality is poor
I don't often shop in Matalan for clothes for myself. I usually go in to buy clothes for the children because they are very cheap I find it really practical to buy their clothes from here because they grow so fast and get so muddy I don't see the point in spending lots of money on clothes for them to just get grubby. Whilst I was in the shop buying some new sleep suits for my baby I noticed vest tops in the lady's section and decided to buy one seeing as they were only £3.
Matalan is a large shop which mainly sells clothes and they are at very reasonable prices. As well as clothes there are also some toys, books and homeware too. Everything is a very reasonable price and this does usually mean that they are not the best quality. When we buy from here we don't expect to have something which will survive endless washes or tough toddler play so we find this shop really useful for just practical clothing and things that we won't need to rely upon too much! They tend to be in retail parks rather than in town centres and are rather large stores. Our nearest one is in Stockport which has a good sized car park right outside it too which is always a bonus.
Buying the vest top
I like to wear vest tops. I have lots in my wardrobe. I tend to mainly wear them underneath clothing but when it's warm I do also wear them on their own so because they are on display I like them to be good quality and look nice. One thing that I don't like about vest tops is the neckline, I am quite specific about the type of neck line I like and crew necks are probably my most preferred as I find high necked ones make me look odd and I really dislike scoop necks so when I saw that Matalan had a few different colours in this style I thought for the sake of £3 I may as well buy another for my 'collection' especially as I have been wearing these for the gym too. There were several colours to choose from, I steered away from black as it was spring and I didn't want to just wear dull colours so I bought a pale pink. I knew when buying it that it wouldn't be the best quality but I thought for £3 I couldn't really complain about it.
The vest top
This is a ribbed top which means it has little ribs in it that go vertically down the material. I like this effect as it makes it a bit more flexible and gives it that tiny bit extra detail which makes it a little less boring than being simply a vest top. The straps on it are slightly thicker than some other vest tops I have and I like this because it helps to support me a bit better. The size I bought was a size 8 and that corresponded well to other size 8's I have in vest tops, if anything it was slightly bigger which I think may be due to the ribbed effect. One thing which is obvious from this just by looking at the top, never mind feeling it, is that it is very thin material. It's almost thin enough to be see-through (but not quite!) but I bought it anyway as I don't mind it being so thin!
When wearing this vest top it feels comfortable against my skin as it's quite soft and it fits really well. It is quite long which I like at the moment so it goes to just below my jeans waist band which is what I want, I don't like short tops. Now the problem with the top is the quality. After about 3 washes this has began to bobble up some what and look quite tatty. It has even faded slightly, it doesn't look a good strong pink anymore but rather worn. I haven't worn it all that regularly so for it to only have had about 3 washes and look like I've had it about 2 years is a shame. I know I shouldn't have expected much from it seeing as it was just £3 but it does seem a shame that i t's not lasted any longer. I still wear this but only as a vest underneath my other clothes as I don't think it is nice enough looking to wear as an outer garment so I don't wear this for the gym anymore.
This vest top is very cheap and practical there is no denying that. For some cheap clothing for a holiday or something it's ideal but don't expect this to last as the quality will really let it down. I've managed a few wears out of it but now is the time for it to be relegated to not being worn on show. I like the shape of it and the colour was lovely when first bought but I don't think I will buy from Matalan again for clothes for me because the quality has really let it down. I don't mind when buying for the children as they don't stay in their clothes for long anyway but for me it's not really ideal as it defeats the object of being cheap if it needs replacing regularly. I'm kind of unsure as to whether I recommend it or not! I think you can make your own minds up on this one!