I love shopping at DP, but my local store (Chester) is a let down. It's small and cramped and the product range is poor to say the least. So it's great that I can see all the range online! Great products, up to date designs and styles and brilliant value!! My only problem is with the delivery cost and time. At £3.95 a go I expect not to have to wait a week from ordering to receive my purchases. It's such a shame as I do love DP's but I'm truly getting fed up with this when I know you can pay much less or even nothing and ahve your products within 2 days, or even next day (Very and Next). As part of such a larghe group I find it suprising that they've not got a better delivery service. However I guess it's the products that I love so until something is done to improve delivery I'll have to put up with it!
I'd think I'd like to say more about the website than the shop, as it seems every store I've been in, bar about three, always seem to be very chaotic and untidy, with many sizes unavailable in anything you really want.
However, of late I have been doing a lot more clothes shopping online, and as they have so many fantastic sales on, Dorothy Perkins really stands out. Though their site is slow from time to time, the selection is great, the site is easy to negotiate and it's a lot easier to find a, your size, and b, what you need.
Postage is a whopping four pounds (I jest) but for that I find more often that not my shopping is with me within two to four days, by courier, and NEVER left on the doorstep, but left sensibly with a neighbour, or pushed under the gate.
Returns are really quick and easy, as are exchanges. All the labels come with your purchase so it's easy to send back.
My only real criticism is the sizes; my size varies between and 8 and a 12, and this isn't between separate stores, its between this one. You need to have your wits about you when buying online, as the concessions and designer brands sizes often vary greatly; in DP I could be an 8, and in a concession I could be 12. Annoying, and a bit of a set back, but can often be avoided, and if not, exchanged!
Dorothy Perkins (also known as Dotty P's!) was founded in 1909 under the name of H.P.Newman and then later in 1919 changed its name to Dorothy Perkins. Dorothy Perkins was previously owned by the Farndon family many years ago, but is now part of the Arcadia group. There are over 600 branches throughout the UK, often found along with Burton's. The shop is found almost everywhere, small towns, big cities and various shopping centres, they don't want to miss out!
They sell everything a woman could dream of: dresses, tops, trousers, jeans, knitwear, coats, accessories, jewellery, and shoes. They offer shoes in sizes 3-9 and clothing sizes 6-22 with options of leg length on most of their bottoms. The shop is for everyone's tastes, not just young, or not just old. You find everyone in there! They keep in with the fashion trends but also have various other styles of clothing available. With the choice of tall, petite and maternity ranges, and short regular and long leg trousers, they cater for anyone wanting to shop there.
The shoes and boots are usually found towards the back of the shop along with denim and other accessories. While the lastest trends and catwalk type styles more towards the front to catch your eye and entice you in!! The jewellery stands are mainly found towards the counter to have a browse in most Dorothy Perkins I have been in. Not meaning to say that it will be the same in every store, they will obviously have different layout systems.
Dorothy Perkins also stock different 'Designer' brands of clothing, mainly dresses (don't worry, they aren't extortionate prices)! They aren't always sold in store though but can be found online at www.dorothyperkins.com. Shoes can be quite expensive to buy from here usually starting around the £40 mark, but they do sell some really nice things. Clothes can be decent prices like £10-£20 for a top and £20-£30 for jeans, but I think £29 for a small cardigan is a bit expensive. It depends what you're after. But it is definately worth a look. I love this shop!!
With the Dorothy Perkins store card, you get 10% off your first purchase and thereafter can get other reward schemes and a few VIP days which are 20% off. You don't need the card to buy in store though, I don't have one. If you have a student card or work for the NHS, you can get 10% off every purchase, but you need the proof with you when buying in store. If buying online, for the NHS you have to enter your email.. I'm not sure about using the student card online though!
Returns are quick and easy, you just have to fill in a few details and all done. If you order online and want to return, you can return it to a nearby store or send it back free post to the address provided. Simple!
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It seems on just about every high street in England there is a branch of Dorothy Perkins. I live in a small town and we have very few shops but Dorothy Perkins is one of those shops and the same applies to the next small town next to us which also has a small branch of Dorothy Perkins. There are over 600 branches nationwide so this is probably why you see one wherever you go.
Founded in 1909 under the name H. P. Newman, it changed its trading name to Dorothy Perkins in 1919. Dorothy Perkins is now owned by the Arcadia Group. According to an article I read, its name was inspired by a rambler rose of the same name. I think in previous years Dorothy Perkins had a rather old fashioned look and feel to it. I have to say when I was younger this was not somewhere where I chose to go first to look for up to date fashions but now it is a place I usually shop for current clothes that are bang on trend.
I would still describe it as a young persons store and I think this has partly to do with the fact that it owned by the Arcadia Group which also owns stores like Topshop. The clothes are on the cheaper side and you can generally always get a bargain in store. For example, for basics this is a very good store. By basics I mean vest tops, short sleeved t-shirts and long sleeved t-shirts that do a great job of layering you look. They often have a, "buy two for £12," offer where if you just buy one it would cost you £7 so it is a nice little saver.
At the front of every shop is where you will find their trend items so the look catches your eye as soon as you walk in the shop. Here there will have whatever is in season and in fashion at the moment, from tops to dresses, cardigans and all the latest fabrics and colours. They are good catwalk copies and if you wanted to dress head to toe trend you could definitely do it in here. The quality is fairly good, I would say in terms of washing well and the fabrics lasting these pieces will definitely last you through the season and probably into next season as well although as a true fashionista you would never be seen in last seasons clothes, lol!
They have a nice denim range where you can basically get any type of jean you want from skinny to flares and skirts also. THe denim is well made and good looking and not cheap looking like some denims can be. They do a really nice accessories section as well. The have a nice selection of shoes, a bit expensively priced in my opinion as now they seem to have shoes starting at about the £65 mark. I think if I was going to buy shoes of this price I would probably go to somewhere like TopShop or Office which has shoes for this price that are a bit better made in my opinion. However, it is well worth waiting for their sales as they do sell off their shoes fairly cheaply when it comes to that. Their jewellery range is nice, of course it's costume jewellery but bang on trend again and cheap if you only want to wear it a couple of time.
In some Dorothy Perkins stores there is a maternity range and also a petit range so they do cater for all types of women in their stores. They are now also featuring a lot of brand name clothes from different designers and they have a really nice selection of different type dresses that you would find on the high street which is nice.
Dorothy Perkins has a store card which I do not have but I always get asked if I want to open an account when I buy anything in here. When you open the account you get 10% your first purchase and then various incentives and reward schemes, including vouchers on your birthday and several 20% off VIP days per year. Credit is provided by Santander.
All in all a good handy stop to pop in for bargains from time to time
Dorothy Perkins is part of the Arcadia Group, which owns other main high street stores including Topshop, Topman, Burton, Evans, Miss Selfridge, and Wallis.
Dorothy Perkins has always been one of my favourite high street stores, mainly because if I'm pushed for time and need an outfit for that night I know I'll pretty much always be able to get everything in the one shop from shoes to dresses through to bags and accessories.
I discovered Dorothy Perkins as a teenager. Back then I wasn't overly keen as I thought their clothing ranges were better suited to older women, however over the years they seem to have brought their collections more up-to-date to rival other stores, even having similar outfits to those seen on the catwalks.
Dorothy Perkins sell a really wide range of items, including jeans, trousers, jumpers, coats, shoes and boots, casual tops, party tops and dresses, as well as jewellery, belts and bags. They also now have a selection of clothes in their tall range for women over 5ft 7 inches in height, a petite range for women under 5ft 3 inches in height, as well as a maternity range for mothers to be.
I have always found the stores to be well laid out in sections for instance a section with all denim jeans, one for party wear, one for casual wear. They also have a number of mannequins displaying new outfits giving ideas of how to team items of clothing together. The items on sale are also fairly reasonably priced and on a similar par to other high street clothing stores for women. A party dress for example ranges from around £25 to £40 depending on the style and detail.
The staff I have found are always really helpful offering advice if you are not sure. There have been times when I've been shopping on my own and wanted just that extra opinion and they have always been more than happy to help and advise.
In most stores there is the chance to try the clothing on before you buy to make sure the items fit ok. The changing rooms have always been clean and tidy, with good lighting so you can see properly how things look. Items are usually available in sizes from 6-22 so they cater for most women.
I have found the sizing to be fairly standard and accurate too. I know that most items in my size will fit from Dorothy Perkins, and not be too tight or too big which I have found in other stores. Fortunately I have not had to return any items, however if the staff are as good with that as they are with advice, I certainly do not have any concerns.
Overall I would recommend shopping in Dorothy Perkins. I have certainly grown to love the store over the years. For that reason I award a fantastic 5 stars.
Dorothy Perkins is a fashion retailer selling lines like dresses, knitwear, accessories, coats, tailoring, maternity, petite, tall, denim, footwear, trousers, jeggings, leggings, fashion and casual tops.
I like the company image, from the logo to store layout. The stores are always kept nice and clean and the layout is usually very well designed. It is easy to find what you are looking for as there are sections e.g. outerwear, casual, work-wear.
I wouldn't say that Dorothy Perkins follow trends. Whilst their products are always slightly influenced by current fashion trends, they always have their own image which they stick to.
The shop may not be for everyone as the fashion is more mature (I would say 25 - 45 years old). I think that their biggest strengths is work-wear and shoes. Although the shoes are a bit pricey they are good quality and with many different styles and sizes available it is easy to find something that is of interest to you.
Returning an item is simple. I have never had any problems with customer service which is always very professional and friendly. The staff are knowledgeable and considerate.
The prices are reasonable for the quality of the products. Price-wise Dorothy Perkins falls somewhere between New Look and Next. However if the prices are too dear for you, Dorothy Perkins always have many different offers and sales on. Students also get 10% discount.
The only real problem I have is that the clothes are often very similar and they can be a bit boring.
I am really unhappy with Dorothy Perkins. My partner bought me some boots we could barely afford but we thought they were a good investment and would last for years. They cost £65 and after wearing them 3 x they are damaged. The shop refuse to change them and say its my fault and not a manufacturing fault. It does look like they were caught on something but I know I only drove to work in them. It is clear that they are not leather because the very thin layer of black on the top has come away to show some blue underneath. I think if they were good quality this would not have happened. I was also appalled by the service I received when I went back to OUtfit in Bradford. I had had them less than 2 weeks and this was obvious
I will never shop here again and am left with boots that I don't want to wear and can't afford to replace.
I would strongly advise anyone not to buy boots from Dorothy Perkins
Now I've finally got a proper job and am no longer classed as a student I seem to spend most of my weekends shopping in one form or another, whether it's in an actual shop or merely browsing online. I don't think there's been a weekend since I started school that I've not visited some sort of shop during the weekend, I've even started spending a small fortune when I visit my local Tesco store to do my food shop! I think I'm actually deluded at the moment about how much I'm earning as an newly qualified teacher, in my head I'm on at least three times what it says on my pay slip each month and I think I'm going to come back down to earth with a bump quite soon really! Just for a change I went shopping last weekend with my mum, in the hope that she'd take pity on me and buy me some clothes which she did, and I somehow managed to end up spending a bit of money myself in Dorothy Perkins!
Dorothy Perkins was established over ninety years ago making it quite an old name on the high street. It's now one of the biggest female fashion retailers in the country with over six hundred stores on the UK high streets and over fifty international outlets too. It only stocks women's clothes although it does have a male counterpart store known as Burtons and very often the two brands can be found alongside each other in the same store. The brand offers clothing in sizes from six to twenty two making it available to all women and they also have a wide range of specialised collections including tall, petite and maternity. In addition to selling clothing they also sell accessories (such as bags and jewellery) lingerie, nightwear and shoes. Their main aim is to offer affordable, feminine fashion and a pleasant shopping experience which will ensure that all their customers keep returning to Dorothy Perkins.
Their customer profile is a fashionable female with an age range of twenty five to forty (I think that age range limit could be lowered as I've been shopping there since my late teens and always see girls younger than twenty five in their stores) with an active lifestyle. Their typical customer loves fashion and takes a clear interest in the new trends, but doesn't always feel able to carry off some of the more fashionable or rebellious looks that are out there. They understand that women are not always confident about their bodies and therefore aim to make clothes that will ensure comfort rather than forcing you to bare lots of flesh! They aim to produce clothes that will offer fashion inspiration and advice to make every customer feel comfortable. Finally quality, fit and price are all very much central to their customer profile and these are the three things that they pride themselves on at all times.
I've been shopping in my local Dorothy Perkins for about ten years now and have always found their clothes to be comfortable, fashionable and good quality. In terms of comfort I've never bought anything that hasn't been comfortable to wear and hasn't fitted me practically perfectly either. In terms of fashion well their designs aren't quite at the cutting edge of fashion and their pieces aren't quite as "out there" as somewhere like Topshop. Instead they seem to prefer fashionable yet still relatively normal pieces that have been modelled on catwalk trends but not merely copied from them. In terms of the good quality of their items I've only ever returned one dress (that I can remember) due to the seams coming apart and that was replaced straightaway for me. Apart from that I've always found the quality to be really high and never had any other problems like that one at all.
Their clothes really do stand the test of time as well, probably better than quite a few other brands out there as well. I've still got a plain grey cardigan and a white shirt from Dorothy Perkins that I bought about five years ago, they've probably been washed over one hundred times in total and they're still wearable. I've bought pretty much everything from this store; from t shirts to boots, from handbags to jeans, from jewellery to dresses. There's nothing I've ever had that hasn't stood the test of time and lasted really well, the only thing I would say is be careful with some of the jewellery as some of their gold and silver products do tend to tarnish a little. Obviously this is due to the price and the quality of the stuff, and it's no different really from jewellery I've had from stores such as New Look and Miss Selfridge as well. Overall Dorothy Perkins products really stand the time test!
The prices always seem to be competitive and quite reasonable with simple summer jersey tops starting from about the £4 mark, jumpers ranging from around £15 to £35 and jeans starting from around the £20 mark. I've found you can pick up an evening dress from around £20 up to about £50 and that a winter coat will set you back anything from £40 to £80 judging from my shopping experience yesterday. Their range of shoes (which includes boots, flip flops, heels, pumps, etc) starts from around the £10 mark and goes up to about £100 for leather boots. The sale is always good at Dorothy Perkins, with reductions of up to 80% ensuring you can pick up some bargains! Although I wouldn't exactly say Dorothy Perkins was cheap to shop at it's certainly more reasonable than shops such as Miss Selfridge and Topshop which seem to have heightened their prices somewhat in the recent years.
The stores always tend to be practically laid out and have quite a modern feel to them. The stores that I've visited in the past have always had a light wooden floor and quite pale cream walls which give quite an open feel to the store. The collections are normally sectioned together to give some sort of order to the store with new pieces for winter and eveningwear being at the front, followed behind by more everyday items such as jumpers and jeans, while accessories, lingerie, nightwear and shoes tend to be at the back. The only thing I have noticed is that some stores are a little cramped, mainly due to the need to cram as much into one space as possible. The changing rooms are always clean and spacious; you actually have room to turn around in your cubicle rather than being squashed in as I've found at some chains in the past! There's usually a range of mannequins to offer you fashion ideas too.
Dororthy Perkins also runs a fully functional website that is great for either just browsing on or for actually purchasing products too. I've made quite a few orders online, my latest one being just last week, and have always been thoroughly pleased with the service in terms of the online experience and the delivery process. The full range of products that the brand stocks are available online and the site is organised into easy to understand categories which allows you to quickly find what it is you're after. All items are presented in a very clear manner with the price being shown at all times. Navigating the site is really easy, everything is laid out in a logical and uncluttered manner and there's several delivery options to choose from - normally a free one is available too if you spend a certain amount. I'd thoroughly recommend shopping online with Dorothy Perkins as well as in their actual stores.
The final thing I wanted to mention was customer service as I've had some really mixed experiences in different stores over the past couple of years. I seem to have encountered my fair share of rude customer assistants in different stores this year too! However one thing I have noticed at Dorothy Perkins is that the staff are always polite and willing to help you however they can. Yesterday I returned an item that I had ordered online due to it being too small and they rang three different stores to see if they had the same item in but in a larger size for me. There's a lot to be said for helpful and polite staff, it certainly makes me more likely to return to the store for another visit. So all in all Dorothy Perkins gets full marks for clothing range, layout and staff helpfulness... what more could you ask for from a store? The final thing to mention is my most recent shopping experience...
Yesterday I managed to buy a mid length winter parka coat (£45), a pair of knee high black flat boots (£50), a long silver necklace (8) and a woollen cardigan (£30) for only £133 which does seem to be a good price to me. In addition they are currently offering 20% off to students and as my student card has only just expired they honoured that 20% making my entire spend much closer to £100... quite a bargain! The staff were really helpful and polite, the store was attractively laid out and lit while the changing rooms were clean and spacious. I'd thoroughly recommend Dorothy Perkins as a place to buy good quality, fashionable and reasonably priced accessories and clothing. I recently read on their website that a jersey top is sold every two seconds and that the store has won numerous awards for its collections... now that surely is something worth shopping for! Five stars!
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There are two Dorothy Perkins in Nuneaton where I live, one small store and also they have a section in Debenhams.
I use to find Dorothy Perkins quite old fashioned when I was younger but now I quite like the fashion in there (not sure if its because I have got older or their styles have got younger!)
They have some nice maternity clothes but not enough in this section, but this is not just Dorothy Perkins I think a majority of shops don't have enough variety for pregnant women!
The jeans are good quality and look nice but I think they could be made a bit more younger and stylish.
They have a good selection of bags at a very reasonable price, I have had a few from here and they have always lasted a long time and have found they are very good quality.
I normally buy my clothes for work here as I think the style is good for office wear and they have a good selection of smart trousers for women.
My local store is quite cramped and is difficult to get the pushchair around, its always clean and tidy and the staff are always friendly.
I have only just recently started shopping in Dorothy Perkins and I wish I had started a long time ago!
Firstly, I find the staff there very friendly and keen to help with all of your purchases and great help if you need a different size etc whilst in the changing room! I think this creates such a positive image on the store and makes it welcoming to all customers.
The clothes which they sell there always seem to follow the latest fashion trends and are great for finding items which are slightly different to other stores. I also think that there 3 for £12 vest top range is very good and useful when you are getting up to summer!
I think that the accessorizes also follow the same trend and still stay at affordable prices so you are able to select the perfect outfit and the perfect accessorizes all under one roof.
My favourite thing which I like about Dorothy Perkins is the bags that they have there. This is because they are always slightly unique, usually around £20 - £30 they are at an affordable price and great quality to keep for a while.
Dorothy Perkins has long been a favourite of mine. It is the only store for which I have a store card and I have to say that I quite often find what I am looking for in there.
The staff in our local stores are very friendly and helpful, although I am finding at the moment that the online store is the better place to buy. It host a large selection of clothes and accessories with the added bonus of having extra brands to choose from. The delivery and returns are very efficient and I have never had a problem with them.
I have found recently that the prices seemed to have gone up a fair bit, however there are constantly special discounts and offers floating around and quite a lot of 20% days at the moment if you shop online. The store offers discount for students, NHS staff members and a couple more but I can't think right now who they are!
The clothes I get are always good quality and definitely worth the money when you have it to spend. Sizing can be a little hit and miss depending on what you are buying, cut, material etc but the website has a handy measuring guide and in the store you can always try things on until you get what you are looking for. I have never had any problems with Dorothy Perkins and it is one of the few stores I trust on the high street. They keep well up to date with styles and trends, but also have a good base of timeless pieces that never go out of fashion. It is nice to be able to shop online and in store knowing that they have excellent levels of customer service, good quality products and a great range.
Good old Dottie P's, unfortnatly is not as good as it used to be (maybe cause of so much competition).
I have found that recently the prices have increased quite drastically, and the choice of styles is limited, and not very good value for money. Another problem I always find with Dorothy Perkins is the sizes, somtimes the clothes are either huge or really small fittings. The jeans I find are really bad sizing, and either massive around the waist with big baggy clown legs, or dont fasten round the wast and perfect on the legs and bum!
The vest tops are good value for money, normally 3 for £12.00, and are very long lasting. I find these are good for work, and cheap enough to buy a few so a different colour every day!
I also like the jewellery range in Dorothy Perkins but again somtimes for what you are buying, you probably could find it cheaper elsewhere.
The DP Sale is normally pretty good, just depends if you get there at the right time as it can be full of really old stock.
DP was my favourite shop till a few months ago as their clothing selection and range in designs is becoming limited. I am however, still attracted to them and look around every time I go into 'town' as they are one of a few shops with a petite section in (I am small for my age and a teen) and still, I come out empty handed and unimpressed! Their clothing prices are...affordable for a teen shopping spree every now and then - although I must mention they have impressive sale prices now along with 10% student discount.
DP's website is highly recommended as it shows every item they sell, every sale, sold out items and pairs items up to create 'the look.' So, I prefer to shop on-line as their stores seem to be a little disappointing. At one point they were paired up with the amazing Gok Wan and there was pages and pages of fashion advice written personally from him to us, the shoppers, including videos.
Like I said they have recently started to disappoint me and I can't quite put my finger on it. I believe prices have gone up and variety has gone down although I will always have my eye on that petite section!!!
Shoes - the shoes are gorgeous, still highly priced but their shoe sales are pretty damn good!
Belts - I love their belts although I am sure I can find similar ones in Primark for a couple of quid!
Jewellery - DP's jewellery is also lovely, all their accessories are and have recently got a wider range of earrings and necklaces in which are actually reasonably priced, hence the last thing that I brought was a pair of posh dangley earrings for about £4.
I'll be honest here.... I only shop in Dorothy Perkins for three things... shoes, jewellery and trousers....
The shops themselves are well set out and very well lit (River Island can be a bit dark at times in comparison). They have some really good ranges and what I like about DP is that they have a petite, maternity and tall range.
Being fairly tall, I always buy my work trousers from their tall range as I find they are a really good fit. Although having said that the last pair I bought which were the same size as my current pair were a little tight so I'm not sure if I've grown or the material being used has been shrunk!
The prices of my trousers are £20.00 which is excellent VFM when you compare it to Next and other such stores. The quality of the trousers are very good aswell. I tend to wear trousers most days so they do get washed ALOT. One pair have really faded but after applying Dylon Dye to them they have sparked back to life again so its all good...
I find that they are also one of the best stores for their selection of jewellery. My store always has a stand with reduced jewellery on it so needless to say I always buy something...I can pick up earrings and rings for as little as £1.00 so its always worth a look. I find their jewellery up to date and some of their rings are HUGE! I also have a really funky silver bracelet which did discolour but this was due to me putting perfume on after the jewellery and I have since bought another one and this one has fared alot better...
I like their shoes too. They tend to cost around the £30-£40 mark but they have a good selection and make good work shoes.... however I find the rubber heels don't last that long on me (maybe thats because I'm heavy footed though?) and I find that I have to get them reheeled alot quicker than some other brands that I've had...
Other than their trousers I've not had any experience of their clothes... I don't know why though... I always have a browse through but nothing really grabs me if I'm honest and I couldn't actually tell you why that is!
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Dorothy Perkins is a great shop i think the have a target audience of about 20 upwards. One of the best things about dorothy perkins is that they are avaiable in most small towns as well as in big the shopping centres, so they are accessible to everyone.
Dorothy perkins prices have gone up quite a lot in the past few years and although there basic t-shirts are about £5-7 each but fashion tops are now between £14-20 which i think is quite alot for a t-shirt with a motif. There jeans are incrediably reasonable and are often on offer for 2 for £20 or £25. Dresses are quite resonable and start at about £25 upwards.
There sizes come up slightly large although they do seem to vary dramitically so its worth trying on things.
They often have 20%off days and other offers making them better value, and discount codes are often avaiable online.