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Wallis are a well known high street fashion chain store and can be found in most shopping malls and towns/cities in the UK. Their clothing is geared towards females in the 30+ age range in my opinion. It's not somewhere a 19 year old is going to frequent but being in my late 20's it's somewhere I would pop into if I were looking for a conservative outfit for say, work or an event where I had to look classy.
They do an excellent range of tailored clothing. Recently I bought a black shift dress which I required for a funeral and I must say that not only was it very reasonably priced (£20 in sale) but the cut and fit of it was very good indeed. I find that their sizing is nice and generous and is very consistent so you're not going to need to try on loads of sizes of whatever you're looking for. The dress range also includes some evening wear dresses - the type that could be worn to a wedding or a party which are very classy, you won't find mini skirts or tarty looking stuff in here which is not a bad thing at all. You can be assured that everything in there is very tasteful and is not going to look cheap and nasty. I think the fabrics are always good quality and they look well made too.
Casual wear is not something you will tend to find a lot of in Wallis. They generally sell dressy, smart looking clothes. You usually also find a small range of footwear, bags and jewellery which are not really to my tastes just yet but are good quality.
The stores are clean and the staff are reasonably helpful and not the annoying ones who follow you about asking if you need help. I like to be left alone while shopping - if I want help I'll ask for it. It's not any different in appearance to most high street stores but it's a pleasant place to shop.
It's not somewhere I'd shop regularly at the moment as I think the tastes are just a bit too mature for me but it's somewhere I think I'll shop more as I get into my 30's.
I love fashion. Infact I love fashion so much that all my friends and family tease me over it. I am not one for brand names, but I like to look good and have an outfit for all occasions. I have read a few reviews regarding Wallis clothes stores. I have to say that whilst I agree that Wallis do tend to tread on more conservative ground, I actually love this store and shop here on a regular basis.
Wallis offers a more sophisticated shopping experience. I do think that it has the reputation of catering for the more middle aged woman. Whilst I agree with this in some respects, I feel that for classic staple pieces for your wardrobe, you can't go wrong with the style and quality offered by Wallis.
The garments in Wallis, are in my opinion always well made. They have a great quality and look about them. I always feel that they take pride in the finish and cut of an item. Whilst many clothing shops offer much cheaper alternatives, I personally love the way Wallis clothes make me feel.
I have bought numerous outfits from this clothing store. It is always my first port of call if I have a wedding to attend. Last year I bought a fabulous maxi dress from Wallis. It was a very reasonable £50 and I love it. I always have positive comments when wearing it. I have washed the dress and worn it on numerous occasions and it still looks as good as new.
I like the classy fashions that are offered in Wallis. You won't find cheapy lycra t shirts in this store. They offer a much more tailored, smart array of clothing. I think that they have a really great selecction of clothes that can be worn to the office. But what is so clever, is that these pieces can be dressed down for a more casual look. Wallis, also has a great selection of costume jewellery. Although, I have to state that I find the jewellery to be rather expensive. I don't think the quality of the jewellery is reflective in the expensive pricing. I would much rather shop for my accesories in Primark.
I have always found the staff in Wallis, to be both friendly and helpful. They are always very keen to assist, especially if you are in the changing rooms and need a different sized item. Although this store is quite sophisticated, the assistants have not got an air of grandier about them which I find very offputting. There is also no overpowering, banging music in this store. They have a gentle volume of music playing in the background, which is pleasing and adds to the shopping pleasure.
I have never had reason to return any items to Wallis. I have no doubt though, that they would be very accomodating. They have a very customer friendly atmosphere, which makes me feel confident when choosing my clothing.
Wallis, is a very popular high street store. It has hundreds of chains throughout the country. They have also joined with other stores such as Dorothy Perkins and Evans to set up out of town 'Outfit' retail stores.
I personally love Wallis. I love the way the clothes are presented on the rails. Everything is clean and well in order. Which is so helpful when searching for your size. The shoes are also very classy, although again I have to say I find the prices of the shoes to be quite steep. I will just stick to buying classic items for my wardrobe here. I have a great fondness for this classical, smart store.
Despite the fact that my twenty something friend sometimes buys from here, I always had the impression that Wallis catered more towards a middle-aged generation of shoppers, probably primarily based on the fact that my middle aged mum once bought a cardigan from there!
That is until I bought a dress in my local store recently, and was surprised at how much I liked the clothes and how well they suited me.
I'm not sure if this is because my style has changed over the years, and especially since I turned 30, or if it's because Wallis have become more modern, or simply because I was wrong all along.
As a stay at home mum, I am out of the loop for the smart workwear this chain churns out, but luckily I can avail of all the lovely prints they have in at the moment, and recently treated myself to a top for £35 and a dress for £50.
As a Primark regular, I found it hard to part with this sort of cash at first, but these days I prefer to buy a small capsule wardrobe of well made, long lasting clothes, instead of things that are fairly disposable.
Wallis clothes are good quality, not amazing, but certainly very good for the price. The current seasons stock seems to mainly be based around brightly coloured basics and more elaborate floaty pieces, such as maxi dresses, and tunics in gorgeous summer colours.
Some of these items are quite dressy due to the embellishment, including sequins, and fake jewels sewed around the bust and neck lines.
As a slightly bigger size, I can find it hard to find clothes to fit nicely in some high street stores but I have found Wallis fit really well and flatter my size 18 figure nicely, even allowing me to fit into a 16 most of the time.
The clothes are fairly standard in length, however there is also a petite range available.
The stores are fairly minimalist, yet sophisticated in design and the staff are very polite and helpful, although often slightly older than in most high street fashion stores.
With around 300 shops in the UK, Wallis pops up everywhere and the stores vary massively in their stock levels. For example my local store is fairly small and stocks a conservative selection, so I tend to shop at the Bluewater branch, where I tend to find more choice and younger styles.
As a thirty something woman who needs to look professional and smart for work, without having a huge budget, and with the added disadvantage of not being 5ft 10 and 8 stone, I have found a friend in Wallis, the High Street store, for many years.
Wallis have offered a range of suits and separates, casual wear, and evening wear of a decent quality and at a reasonable price. It is not a shop where teens and early twenties would go, generally, yet it is not aiming for the middle aged woman who simply wants comfortable slacks......It has an excellent reputation for late twenties, through to the more trendy Gran, with plenty for the thirty-something professional woman on a budget!
Many stores now offer clothes in different "height" sizes - Marks & Spencer do "short", "regular" and "long", Wallis and Next do "Petite". Petite clothes are aimed at those women who are 5ft 2 and under - meaning if you are a short size 16, you can buy clothes to fit a short size 16, not clothes that might fit you round the bust but then drag along the floor and need taking up! Petite clothes are in proportion - arm lengths, leg lengths, body lengths....all helping you to look smart without stress (and without a needle and thread too!). Although I am 5ft 4, I do have short legs, so regularly buy their petite trousers, which I can then team up with a matching jacket from the "regular" range in order to ensure best fit!
Shoes, accessories, winter coats - all are available at wallis (seasonal variations of course), and I do not think the prices are over the odds - especially if you visit one of their many sales. Over the past couple of years, it seems that Wallis have had a near-permanent sale on, meaning that if you are prepared to rummage through the racks of clothes, you can get some really good bargains.
Over the years, I have been happy to build up my "capsule wardrobe" from Wallis - timeless classic suits.....black trousers, jacket, a couple of different types of skirt, perhaps a shift dress......together with more seasonal tops - floaty or fitted, plain or printed, knitted or knotted, and in all that time, things stay in shape, they wash well, and the classic stuff is just that - classic.....it doesn't date, which is ideal when you cannot afford to continually renew your wardrobe, but need to stay looking smart.
Wallis don't tend to stock a huge amount of each design, trying to keep an element of exclusivity I guess, so sometimes there may only be one of each size of item sent to the store. Murphy's law says that they will have the size 10 and the 14, but not the 12.....and depending on who you ask, they may simply say "we don't know what we will get in the next delivery" or "just one moment, let me ring another store and see if they have one in stock", but generally speaking, I have found the staff to be polite, pleasant and helpful, and the shop to be neat and tidy. I have, on occasion, wanted a refund after buying things without trying them on, only to find that they don't fit, and provided you have a receipt, it isn't a problem to get a refund.
Our local store in Norwich has just relocated to another shop unit just along the road.....so I went in for a nosy. I have moved up a dress size and can't seem to shift the weight (that'll be the biscuits, then!) and thought I would treat myself to a new work suit. I was therefore dismayed to find that there were no work items at all, if you are looking for the "classic" look. There was just one, yes one, design of black trousers, which were a very wide legged pair, and which didn't have any matching jacket.
Don't get me wrong, there was lots of summer, floaty, printed fabric around, with accessories and sandals to match.....but I have come to rely on Wallis to clothe this short, dumpy 30 something professional woman, looking for work stuff, but this season they have let me down.
10 years ago, we had Principals, Richards and Wallis, all aiming for the same market - 2 out of the 3 have gone by the wayside - I hope Wallis gets its act together before it becomes another victim of the High Street recessionary woes. Classic isn't "old fashioned" - it is "classic" and it is great for shoppers on a budget who want to look good! Don't cast us aside in favour of floaty flighty whippersnappers!
Wallis and I have been friends for years, but we are just going through a little patch of not talking to each other.....I hope we don't fall out for too long (besides, I can't afford Austin Reed).
Wallis has 60 stores in Ireland, and a further 65 littered around the world. Not as many as you think right but lets not forget the outlets that can be found in major stores like Debenhams (which are not included in the figures!) Clothes sizes stocked are usually from a size 8 (Petite is stocked as well as the general small sizes), and some clothes go up to a size 24 (though this is in larger stores opposed to outlets in the main).
Usually glass fronted with double doors (so wheelchair friendly)and are somewhat elegant and well lit up and kept quiet and serene (no loud music). These are not fashion stores but in my view the clothes are aimed at the over 30 crowd (ME!). My nearest store has a marble type floor, chandeliers and cream walls and isn't huge. Clothes are hanging on the outer walls, racks in the middle. In my shop it seems to be that on the left hand side of the store dresses hang, then coats, then jackets and up towards the back there is usually a rack of 'bargains' in other words stuff that is reduced. Then on the other side of the store it's suits and mix and match items and then in the centre of the store just mix and match items such as tops, jumpers etc. Towards the back of the store there is a cash desk and jewellery racks and then handbags and hats, gloves and scarves and the likes and shoes boots and bags (though not a massive range). At the back of the store there are 5 changing rooms all with cream curtains (which shut well), well lit, roomy and have a large mirror and buttons within them to call for help from staff if needed. These changing rooms are always clean and tidy when the store is busy I'm given a plastic hanger to take in with me which tells the staff how many items I took in with me and I can take up to four in. Sometimes though I get away with not having to take one in with me which means I get away with sneaking as many items as I want to take in with me lol
For a long time the stuff on sale has been of the highest quality and what I have always thought of as sensible, so not really me to be honest lol. I always say I'm 34 but not dead yet and in honesty I've always had a quick look around the store on route to other stores but left empty handed but oh my word has Wallis brought their collection bang up to date of late with a fabulous collection of goods for us over 30's who want quality but still want style and not style that fades too quickly due to passing fashion trends!
The collection at the moment has all the usual staple pieces for the sensible among us. So if you want a simple black shift dress and a nice tailored jacket and some plain court shoes then yes Wallis is still for you so don't be worried about what appears to be a slight update.
What they have done is a mix of the classic old favourites but some stuff has been updated and have bang on trend additives which is great because it's all so subtle that it won't be out of fashion the following day so the stuff remains the usual good standard of quality as Wallis hasn't suddenly become a throw away fashion store.
As I say alot of sensible clothes but Wallis appear to be wanting to become alot more stylish and a bit more dapper. Not aiming at youngsters still but these clothes are appealing to those of us who want to be a bit more trendy but are willing to pay a bit more for quality goods. The stuff may be a bit more trendy but still won't be putting off older wearers either as it's so subtle with tiny little bits of attention added.
Dress wise the collection changes of course season by season. Up until a couple of weeks ago the store was saturated with party frocks but now we're back to knitted jumper dresses along with a couple of more party outfits but we're out with spangles.
The suits at the moment are fabulous and once again you have the normal staples you would expect to find with a variety of blouses and things available. Size wise different lengths and fittings are available and help is on hand in this area in my store. At the moment Wallis have some lovely 1940's styled pieces. Tailored jackets, flared skirts with little pleats and high waisted trousers some of the pieces are just really vampy and you can of course dress them up as you want to! Mostly in black but some are in grey (once again on tend), the range really impressed me and whats more most are washable too!
Coat and jacket wise again the tailoring is great. I saw a lot of duffle coats in stock and attention to detail as does the jumpers and the cardigans. One coat in particular though (a military one) was seen on 'This Morning' recently and alot of people were stopping and looking at this for £85 and I have to say it really was stylish and felt great to the touch.
There is a selection of jeans, trousers and of skirts. Though again don't expect a massive collection of these items and although I have seen skinny jeans in store along with wide leg and bootcut jeans don't expect to see teeny weeny ra ra skirts and the likes coming into store any time soon. Think feminine at all time and a tad sensible!
Not cheap but nice and again good quality and classy with lots of matching items. Same as the shoes, belts, boots and hats, gloves and scarves and bags. Nothing earth shattering, not cheap but are great. I wouldn't go in this shop delieberley looking for these things but I will say that the shoes (I had a pair once) last donkeys years and again seem to be classic styling lol The only criticisms with the shoes and boots is that they are expensive and rather sensible. I think of them more suited to office type gals! lol
Older and wiser. Leave you to it seem friendly enough but they're not over friendly or anything and leave you well alone. They always look smart in their own clothes, they're never many on duty when I go in but they are approachable but they don't approach you. I've never had a friendly chat in store or asked for advise or anything and I wouldn't want to, to be perfectly honest. They're ok but not over friendly but I rarely need help anyway when shopping lol.
To pay is simple they take a variety of credit cards and cash of course and if you leave the labels on the item and then you change your mind about the purchase just take the item back with the receipt to any Wallis store and you will get a refund it's as simple as that.
All In All....
If your looking in the main for good quality, classic clothing that will really wash and wear well then this is a great store. They are trying to update and you can feel that when looking about but don't think they stock essential must have items in the fashion stakes cos they simply don't lol If you want throw away fashion...head to Primark as this stuff is classic, quite conventional and lasts an age!
One day I decided to go to Wallis as I was desparate for some sandals for holidays. I'm in my early twenties and judging by the other reviews people my age don't shop at Wallis, including me. I was, however, suprised at what I found - some lovely leather sandals. Every sandal on earth makes my feet hurt and I usually get blisters when wearing them constantly for a day, but not with these sandals. They are so comfortable, and are white and lovely.
So, even if you don't normally shop in Wallis, you never know, they may have what you're looking for.
(My friend also got a really gorgeous skirt from Wallis, which she wore to graduation).
I was really impressed with the new range from Wallis when I recently went into the store. I'm not a classic Wallis girl BUT thought it worth a try. Unfortunately the quality of material used by Wallis is very poor. The service is also far worse than any you will experience in any decent shop on the high street. When I complained about the lack of helpful staff to customer services, they sent me a voucher for 10 pounds. However, I'm so indignant that I doubt I will ever use the voucher in a Wallis store.
I don't shop in Wallis very often as I don't find that it caters for me very well. I'm a 21 year old student, and it's really not my thing. However, my Mum and older female relatives rave about the clothes available. Wallis seems to have 3 distinct ranges of clothes. There are the party frocks and tops etc, which are quite nice, and I'd definitely wear one or two of them to a smart "do", but not out as normal in the pub. It's very middle-aged, but still classy. I'm not very enamoured by their work wear and casual ranges as they are very middle class and middle aged for my liking. The jeans are frumpy, as are the jumpers, and the work suits really aren't my thing. Having said that, there is the odd surprise garment which would be OK. Like I said, Wallis just isn't for me, but I can really see why others like it so much. Accessories-wise. Their bags and wallets are both good quality and fashionable. Also they are reasonably priced, and very useful to have. Their belts are fairly boring and frumpy, but some of their flowery brooches are very cute! The quality of the clothes is excellent, and the prices are affordable. I'm also told that the sizes are generous, and I have to agree with that, as the jumper and skirt I've got from there are both either my size, or the one down, which is great. It's very much a shop in which you either like something or you hate it, it's very easy to shop there as a result because you don't stand there going "I'm not sure about this one". Still, it's not really for me.
Wallis I have to admit to being quite surprised that this shop has been placed under the heading of "casual wear". Although it does have a few clothes suitable for the weekends, to me Wallis seems the ultimate "dressing up" chainstore. From the cool, classy decor (neutral colours, wide spaces between the racks, air conditioning) to the classic styles and quality fabrics, it cries out for the mature, spohisticated career woman. I agree with Liz Wood that the cuts are on the generous end, but this has advantages: the jacket I bought was roomy enough to be worn over my chunkiest knitwear (whilst paradoxically maintaining the appearance of being close-fitting) and I am always cheered up by the fact that I am sometimes a size smaller here than in other stores! The range of suits, coats and jackets, are particularly appealing - beautifully cut and well finished (good strong seams that don't come undone easily) - as are the dresses; and there is a petite section which means that long skirts are not too long. The prices are quite high, in comparison with shops like Etam, but you do get what you pay for. The colours do not fade and the clothes keep their shape which makes them a good investment. The only downside: funky it ain't. You might find your work wardrobe, and something stylish for trips to the theatre or to a particularly classy restaurant but if you looking for an outfit to wear to a trendy new nightclub or to see your favourite alternative-rock band play live, I think you will be hard-pressed to find anything here.
The high street fashion store wallis have got the best selection of clothes that they have had in a long time. I have always been quite a fan of their clothes, but particually at the moment (April 2001), the range is superb. A big fault with wallis historically has been their sizing. I am just 5' 2" and have always found their clothes quite big particually their arms and legs being too long! I noticed that they have seemed to address this issue as in most cases now I can fit into the items quite nicely. They have introduced a new petite range which is for 5ft 3in and under ladies. they often repeat items in both of their ranges so you have a good selection of sizes to try to ensure the best fit. I recently bought a pair of black trousers from the petite range with a triangular shiny pattern on them giving them a lovely 'evening dress' kind of look for £35.00. I teamed them up with a snake skin pattern blouse with hook and eye fasteners all the way up the front in Gray for £30.00 and a white Lycra T shirt to go under work suits for £18.00. all exeptional value and very well made. Go in and take a look I'm sure you'll find something for what ever occasion, work, wedding, evening wear or casual. They have also extended their range of shoes offering both fashion and 'sensible' work stlye shoes.