Florence and Fred is Tesco's clothing range also known as F+F. It is available in larger stores such as my local one and online.
Included in the range ia casual wear, party wear, work wear, sports and fitness clothing, sleepwear, footwear etc. My local store is a frustrating experience when it comes to shopping Florence and Fred. The two poorly lit changing cubicles are left locked. Finding a staff member who can in turn find the one elusive staff member with the key takes forever. On the shop floor there is only one mirror which is hard to find and no seating to help those trying on shoes.
Nevertheless I have gone on to buy several items. My running shoes bought at £10 recently cost less than my previous £12 Primary ones and have lasted twice as long. Various pieces of running clothing have proved to be comfy and good value as well as good looking. Last Christmas a party dress from them was admired by several people who were suprised that it was a Tesco one. There are always one or two nice summer dresses. But you do have to watch quality and sizing on dresses as well as tops. I am a size 8 but even 6s are sometimes too big in tops are too big (yes I am flat chested). My size 12 friend could fit a size 8 blouse on. That said a Size 10 dress was too tight at the shoulders for me. In terms of quality I havehave often had to put dresses and tops back on the rails because of wonky seams and hems.
Florence and Fred follows fashion broadly rather than slavishly. You won't find any of the extreme trends here which is probably fine for most of us. I would say have a cautious browse offline so you can see exactly what you are getting and you are likely to find at least some good bargains.
You know I'm quite a fan of Tescos Clothing over the years. They're cheap and they always last - they've even come up with some really pretty designs over the years too!
PRICE - Even when the clothing items are full price you wont be paying a lot. I'd say the average price for a womans dress is £18, and Mens jeans £20 as a guide. The cost of baby clothing is pretty good too - I bought my nephew a Rudolf jumper for £10 and the quality was excellent! I seem to be exceptionally lucky when it comes to price though. I remember wandering through the Tescos in Hull once when there was a tannoy announcement stating that two rails had just been brought out with clothing that was £2 or less!!!! I came home with four bags of clothes that day, whilst I haven't seen promotions of that ilk since their sales in general are pretty cheap - especially baby clothing if you're on a budget (I bought 2 pairs of jeans and a jumper for my 9 month old nephew for £11).
RANGE - They have a bigger range of clothing than you would expect - I have a really pretty navy dress from them that has flowers on it - the finish is excellent and the length of the dress is just right (in other places I often find cheap means shorter). Again, their baby range is really broad and you wont be stuck for what to pick.
SIZES - they always have a wide range of sizes stocked, I've seen plenty of items up to a ladies 24 size, and for children they stock a wide range too. They stock plenty of each item so you can pretty much guarantee they'll have your size available.
I have been buying clothing from F&F for about 2 years. It started off as somewhere to buy some work appropriate clothes for cheap and now I reckon approximately 50% of my wardrobe comes from here as the clothes fit me so well.
Clothes shopping has always been a love / hate relationship for me. I love clothes and fashion but being short, just under 5' 1" and curvy, I find it incredibly difficult to get clothes that are a good fit, however only very rarely have I ever had to return an item to F&F because it didn't fit properly.
As I have always bought clothes from them online, I have to rely on their size guide, which I find to be very accurate. Tops always fit well and the sleeves are never too long like in many other clothing brands. I also find their tops to be very good for anyone with a larger tummy as they are quite often long line and sit on the hips, which I find slims down my silhouette. Likewise the trousers also fit like a dream. Many of their more common styles come in a variety of leg lengths which even cater for people as short as me. I would normally have to buy trousers from petite departments in other stores. They only product I find doesn't fit me in their range are the dresses as they are all invariably too long. Most of the dresses go right down to my knee, which would be good for someone who likes to cover up and look more demure, but I find I like a skirt or dress to be a couple of inches above my knee as it makes my leg look longer.
I have even had great success with their shoes. Normally I avoid shoes from cheaper ranges like the plague, as I was always of the belief that you got what you paid for, but the three pairs of boots I have bought online have all fit really well and more importantly, lasted! The only downside for me is the accessories range - there is not enough jewelry or bags for my liking, but that is me nitpicking.
Many people will complain that the clothes are a bit plain or not high fashion enough, but for the sort of clothing I like, quite classic pieces, I find it excellent and have recommended it to many others.
I used to think the clothes selection in Tesco was fairly good, but in my local store over the past few years the prices have gone way up and in my opinion the range isn't as good anymore as it once was. I am focusing on my local branch of tesco (Bathgate) for the purposes of this review. Obviously the clothing range may differ from store to store.
Tesco's own brand Florence&Fred clothing sells dresses, suits, a small selection of shoes, socks, accessories including watches, and some younger kids clothes (there is no teenage line of clothes in my local tesco).
Everything is laid out as it should be and it is better laid out than other larger supermarket chains clothing lines such as asda's and sainsburys'. I reckon this is because there is a much smaller selection of clothes so it's easier to keep in order! lol
There is no changing rooms in this particular store however it is not a tesco extra so I did not really expect any.
The clothes which I brought from this range seemed to be of good quality and lasted well. I got a few pretty slogan t-shirts a couple of years ago, sadly they don't stock these anymore however they were fashionable and comfy. I still sometimes buy socks and accessories such as hairbands if I am in tesco and they still seem good quality and do last, however i feel the prices are quite high for what is essentially a supermarket brand.
I know Tesco did very cheap jeans at £3 and my dad used to buy tons of these, however the cheapest ones I've seen lately were around the £6 mark. The tshirt i brought cost me about £7, but I looked at similar plain tshirts in my local tesco last week and they were around £12 . The prices have been hiked up in the past couple of years by a stupid amount.
One good thing about this clothing range is the clubcard system that tesco does, where you buy items and save up points, and once youve saved up enough points you can either get discount coupons for tesco, or you can get vouchers for days out such as alton towers.
Sizes for the female range of clothes here are from 8-20, though you might struggle to get the bigger sizes as often they're out of stock.
I checked out the F&F website and there is a much wider selection, so if you are interested take a look at http://www.clothingattesco.com/
Overall, I will not shop at my local tesco for clothes anymore apart from essentials such as socks as the prices are too high and to be honest, none of the clothes really take my fancy anymore as I feel they are geared more towards middle aged people instead of teenagers.
I am 45, size 14 and 5'8 and the days of wearing anything that doesn't at least cover my knees are over. I am continually disappointed when shopping in shops ranging from Hobbs, Whistles and LK Bennett to Florence and Fred, Sainsburies and all the cheaper end shops that skirts and dresses (especially all the lovely shift dresses about at the moment) are just too short and unflattering. i've seen others report the same (even the sales assistants in Hobbs told me so many women don't want to show their knees!) so if you want to sell more (the majority of 40+women even if they aren't tall can't carry off above the knee styles) start making the clothes a few inches longer and listen to your customers.
Florence and Fred is one of the clothing brands that you can purchase in larger Tesco's stores. It is also possible to buy items online at: http://www.clothingattesco.com/ However you will have to pay a £3.95 delivery charge.
The Florence and Fred women's range is primarily available in sizes 8-18. However there is also a petite range (available between sizes 6 and 20), Florence and Fred's True range (in sizes 16 to 28) and a couture range - which can only be purchased on-line - it contains 16 extra special pieces designed in sizes 8 and 18. There is also a women's accessory collection with a range of day and night handbags.
The Florence and Fred men's range stocks a range of jackets, sits, ties, hoodies, jeans and shoes.
Compared to other supermarket fashion ranges Florence and Fred is a little more expensive. However the designs are quirkier and they are generally more fashionable. The couture range is more expensive, these items are priced at approximately £140 for a dress, which is a lot for a supermarket item - but these pieces are extra special items.
I often find that the sizing is very hit and miss within this range - so I would recommend trying things on before you make a purchase. One good thing about the range is that each items is well stocked, so you should be able to find your size to try on.
The Florence and Fred sales are okay, you often find that an item is reduced by around £3 or £4, before being knocked down to half price. Tesco's also runs sporadic offers on this range. For example, during Easter weekend if you spent over £25 you got £5 off.
I think the designs within this range are good and you can find some nice pieces. I would particularly recommend Florence and Fred for work-wear items - because the suits, skirts, trousers and shirts are hardwearing, fashionable and affordable. However expect to pay similar prices to other stores on the highsteet - I would say that the prices are comparable to New Look and H & M.
Four out of five stars.
Whilst passing Tesco's I decided to stop in past to get some essentials. I decided to have a quick look at the childrens clothing and on my way past I noticed a really nice sparkly dress. I thought that the sizing wouldn't be very good so I took a range of sizes to the dressing room. After trying on all the sizes I was extremly impressed with the sizing and the quality. It has since been my first stop for clothes shopping if I am looking for something new before hitting the shops in town. They definately keep up with all the latest fashion trends at lower prices and just as good quality as designer brands. I also found that they actually washed a lot better than some of my designer clothes and to this day they have not faded or discoloured in any way. Some of the clothing are part of must have for general day to day wear.
Florence and Fred collection at Tesco
I am a massive fan of the clothes available in Tesco. I generally buy a lot of essential wear items from there for example, knitwear, strappy tops, t shirts, socks, underwear and loungewear. I find they have a very good range of clothes available and are usually up to date with the latest fashions.
They cater very well for Petite and Plus size women which is another positive reason to browse the clothing section next time you're doing your weekly shop.
They do a small range of footwear which is usually seasonal but again if you need a nice pair of boots and you're on a budget have a look at their footwear, you never know you might just find something you like.
The Childrens range is also very good and great value for money.
On the downside there isn't as much choice for the men but that is the same in many stores, men aren't as picky as us women.
I am a big fan of Tescos Florence and Fred Collection. I shop at a Tesco Extra so they have a big floor space for clothes and I find the range of clothes they have to be quite extensive. There is a good range for men and women ranging from casual T shirts to smart party wear and work wear. The range seems to keep up with the trends and whilst not necessarily being top quality or of excellent tailoring I find the clothes very good and importantly for a very reasonable price.
I recently returned to work after maternity leave and needed a new basic work wear selection of clothes. After about an hour in the shop I was able to walk away with about 5 good items of basic office wear clothes and all for about £40 in total. The clothes can withstand regular wear and washing and still look smart and up to date.
They change their stock quite regularly so it is usually possible to pick up some end of season bargins.
Tescos also provides really big changing rooms that can accomodate your shopping trolley as well whilst you try on clothes. No shuffling around in a cramped cubicle or horrid open plan changeroom!
As someone in their late 20's who loves fashion Tesco is always one place that disappoints. People keep recommending Tesco clothing to me but I never seem to find much. I do tend to buy casual vest tops in the summer from Tesco and the quality is ok and they are cheaper than other hightstreet stores which sell the same thing for double the money. I also quite like the underwear although they do not seem to do over a D in their and they never seem to stock many sizes.
I suppose the jeans are ok as jeans are jeans if you just want a plain pair.
I do however really like the accessories. I think they are really well priced and they always have a really great range - something to go with everything and the quality is really good - also very easy to slip into your trolly and not notice a big dent in your purse.
*** My Local Store ***
Although I have bought clothes from various Tesco's stores while on self-catering UK holidays, my usual venue is the Tesco Superstore at Pitsea in Essex. This is one of the best, in my experience, in terms of range and pleasant surroundings.
Near the front entrance is an escalator to the upper floor where they have the clothing section, which caters for women, men and children. There is also a lift, nearer the back of the store.
The aisles are wider than I would normally expect in a clothes store, so making it easier for those with a supermarket trolley to manoeuvre. (Unfortunately, smaller Tesco stores haven't the space to make clothes shopping this easy.)
I have found Pitsea's changing rooms clean and well lit and the staff helpful. (Smaller stores don't always have changing rooms, but if you find that it does not fit, they will refund your money with a receipt, or exchange without one.)
At Pitsea the customer service desk for clothes is next to the changing rooms. If you only want to buy clothes, you can pay for them here, but you can also pay for them with your groceries at the main checkouts.
*** Website ***
Since I originally wrote this review Florence & Fred clothes are now available to buy on line at the website clothingattesco.com.
However, I prefer to buy at my local large store, where I can try the clothes on before I buy. Like most online clothes retailers, they don't give as many measurements as I would like, eg length of garment.
On line there is a post and packing charge of £3.95 for delivery to the customer, plus a charge of £2 per parcel for returns via the Post Office to Tesco.
*** Ranges ***
My local Tesco Superstore stocks the full range of Florence & Fred women's, men's and children's outerwear and underwear.
All year round they stock casual, smart casual, formal office wear and sports clothes. In the summer there is also a wide range of beachwear, and on the run up to Christmas, they have specialist party outfits.
I have noticed that some popular classic styles have been repeated in different colours as the seasons change, but they also have ranges that are continuously updated, aiming to be one of the first mass market retailers to have new fashions in store.
In women's lingerie there is the Diamond Boutique range designed by Michelle Mone, the founder of Ultimo. A top of the range silk bra is priced at £14, with matching shorts £8, or thong £7.
Most of my underwear comes from the competitively priced plain range, which makes my outerwear look good, without making the underwear obvious. I have been especially pleased with the multi-way, T-shirt bras in this range, which I have in both black and white. They are priced at £5 each or 2 for £8.
*** Fit ***
In the women's ranges they include a section with sizes for Petites from 6 to 20, and clothes especially styled for sizes 18 to 28 called F&F True.
Top of the range lingerie sizes are 32A to 38D for bras, and sizes 8 to 18 for the matching bottom half of the set, while some of the plainer and cheaper underwear can sometimes to found in bigger sizes as well.
*** Quality ***
I have found the quality of the Florence and Fred range to be consistently good in terms of material, sewing and robustness in the wash.
*** Price ***
The starting prices are usually about average, or slightly less, than the most popular high street chains, but regular shoppers at Tesco need not pay their full price for any clothes.
*** Double Up Cardcard Vouchers ***
Hurry THE DOUBLE UP REWARD IS ENDING ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009, although exchanged vouchers are valid for 3 months after that.
Tesco has a Cardcard reward scheme, where customers get a 1p for every £1 spent in store, at petrol station, on-line and a wide range of services. Cardholders are also given the opportunity of earning bonus points.
These vouchers can be used for their face value on groceries, or exchanged for a variety of greater value rewards.
Under this scheme any number of £5 Clubcard Vouchers can be exchanged for £10 worth of Tesco Clothing Vouchers.
I have used these in combination with seasonal sales, and 20% off periods to get some great bargains.
*** Sales ***
They have the usual end of season sales where prices are gradually decreased to tempt shoppers into looking for a bargain. You have to be lucky to be there on the right day to get the bargain of your choice though, otherwise you will find all the popular sizes gone.
I much prefer looking for bargains during 20% discount periods. I have signed up to receive Tesco's clothing emails, to alert me to these. I have never seen them publicised before the start date, presumably so they can sell as much at full price as possible. This often happens around Bank Holiday times, but not exclusively and not all Bank Holidays.
I have also found occasional money off vouchers in some Sunday newspapers.
My purchases have included tops, skirts, knitwear, a raincoat, shoes, beachwear and underwear.
My husband has bought shirts, ties and underwear.
My young adult daughter has appreciated their machine-washable co-ordinated office wear and fashionable casual wear.
All of this has been reasonably priced, of good quality and hardwearing.
Therefore I consider Tesco's Florence and Fred range to be great value for money across a variety of clothing needs.
A few weeks ago I went to stay round my mum's, for a fun girly week. I'd planned the perfect fun shopping trip: playing with testers in Lush, Topshop, Starbucks, Hotel Chocolate etc etc.....exhausted from our day of (window) shopping and feeling great we headed home. Then my mum, once in the car, suggested we looked round Tesco's clothes and stuff, as she also needed to pick up a few food essentials, and I'll admit I instantly reverted back to be a sulky teenager (I'm 20 by the way) and began rolling my eyes and muttering but as we'd had such a great day together I convinced myself I could manage a few mins of looking at frumpy grandma clothes.
Shop Layout and First impressions
At my mum's local Tesco (which is the size of a small village!) their clothes, accessories and DVDs etc are on the first floor and as we were going up the escalator, I was mentally praying that she wouldn't make or try to convince me try anything on! I never for one second thought I'd be the one choosing a huge pile of clothes to take to their changing rooms!
I've not done a complete U-turn, Topshop and other such "fashion" brands will remain my favourites, but I will defiantly be checking out the clothes again. The majority of their collection is still, in my opinion, for the older woman (didn't check the men's section) or is very cheap and tacky but their truly are a few hidden gems. For example they had a lovely range of tunic tops and statement leggings, which only the most conscious brand expert would know came from Tesco, some items look far more expensive than their cheap affordable price tags.
After noticing the most beautiful pink and black oversized Tee and began working my way through all the rails looking for more. The layout of the clothes is much more logical than George at Asda (which after my Tesco eye-opener I've since checked out) with similar styles grouped together for ease of shopping, however they do not seem to be well kept, as you do have to hunt for the right size, and look at the labels on the clothes - as the sizes on the hangers often don't correspond!
The Changing Rooms and sizing
After hunting down 4 T-shirts (£10-£15), leggings, and a jeans, I headed to the changing rooms. We waited for ages for someone to appear, but after a while I decided to head in. The changing rooms were very roomy, with plenty of space for the piles of clothes you could easily gather.....I was very surprised by their red velvet drape doors, which felt lovely and easily covered the whole door area. I was also impressed by the lighting, which wasn't too bright and thus more flattering. I really don't understand why so many shops feel the need to use those bright lights that make you feel fat, and like you have terrible skin!
In the end I settled on my pink and black T-shirt (£10), a long black tight top (£10) that was gathered slightly at the sides, (very slimming) and a pair of skinny jeans (£12!!!). The jeans were easily the biggest surprise as jeans are notoriously difficult to buy. I have usually settled for flared jeans believing my thighs were way to big for the more fashionable skinny jeans, but having lost weight and toned I thought I'd give them a go, in a much less intimidating shopping environment. I truly didn't expect such a cheap pair of jeans to fit so well but they did!! All the clothes fit very well, and their sizing appeared to be very consistent and unlike some more fashionable shops that deliberately make their clothes too small ..... (e.g. I swear a size 12 in Jane Norman is really a size 8) .... Tesco (Florence and Fred) are honest with their sizing. I also found (through hunting for my size) that they have a very impressive range of sizes from 22 - 6/8 which is always impressive, so I'm sure most people could find clothes to suit their shape.
No pretty Bags but Oh well
On the down side though, paying for your outfits isn't much fun, no pretty bags, tissue paper, or scented beads. We simply put the items in the trolley and then headed down the escalator to get the milk, onions, prawns, curry sauce etc etc, then queued up behind the stressed mums and screaming children, and put them through the check out and into our normal shopping canvas fold up bags. But for such cheap clothing, that really does look good, its a price I'm willing to pay again.......
Far better than George at Asda too (dispite popular opinion)
I think the Florence & Fred collection is fantastic. However, like all designers they only cater fory the YOUNG. In my late fifties 5' 7" and still alive and kicking I am very much into fashion but cannot for the life in me get Florence & Fred clothes that are a decent length (especially their dresses). Isn't it time that designers catered for the older side of the market. The young may think we are past it but look at the 78 year old model the 5' 9" "Carmen Dell'Orefice. She is just as beautiful as any younger model. Would it break the designers hearts just to add 2 or 3 inches on their pencil skirts & dresses for the older taller woman. Come on you designers give us older ladies a break and bring out some classy longer clothes. Don't forget ladies "you too will be my age one day"!
Tesco have a clothing range called Florence and Fred collection. Every time I go shopping a have to go and have a look at the clothes, much to my kids dismay.
Everything is really good quality, and not too expensive, which is good in todays current climate. They sell everything from smart work clothes at reasonable prices, to sarongs and bikinis for on the beach. I always buy my holiday clothes from there, like vest shorts etc as can get my whole summer holiday wardrobe from there for less than 50 quid, and that's including flip flops.
They always seem to have a sale rail too, I picked up pretty bra and underwear set for £2 last week that was reduced, then reduced again.
Also buy my pyjamas from here as they are good quality and there is a good range of different ones.
The kids clothes are good as well, you get t shirts for couple of pound which is great value for them.
Where I live there isn't a Tesco very near by, so I only tend to go when Im visiting the in-laws up north! I was AMAZED at the prices of their clothes. Previously I had lived near Asda, and found them very good value, and really liked their younger g21 range (im only 23). But I have founds Tescos Florence and Fred range fantastic value and excellent quality.
Currently in store they have different coloured shift dress, well made, and lovely fitting, for just £12!!! I bought them in purple, pink and red.
They would look lovely dressed up for a wedding with some accesories, or perfect for brightening up the office in the summer! I wear them everyday with black tights and t-bar shoes shopping, or with a pair of low heels for lunch with the girls. They have sooo many uses.
Think how much one nice dress can set you back for a special occassion, you can get three or four for the same price as one from most high street shops.
I find all of the florence and fred collection fit nicely, i am a size 14, and i find they fit lovely with room to spare, i've bought jumpers, cardigans, shoes, tights, all sorts from this collection and always been happy with both the value and quality they provide.
I love there clothes so much I have even persuaded the hubby to drive an extra 20 minuites to go to our nearest tesco, so i can look at the clothes when we do the shopping!
I really think aswell, it's important,in this climate that we are getting value for money, I've shopped in primark - and you get what you pay for! I am happy with that as i don't have a large clothes budget, but I am genuinely impressed with the quality florence and fred provide, and whilst they do stock some "in fashion" pieces, most of their clothes are staples that are timeless, such as macs, trousers, shift dresses, pencil skirts.
They are cheap but also timeless, and good quality.
The best thing tesco could do now to expand their market, would be to sell their clothes online!