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I absolutely love Monsoon. Each and every time I walk past a store I spot at least one item I love and so when I needed 'That' dress for my daughters wedding, where else would I head but Monsoon. As we live out in the sticks I chose to shop online. I found the perfect dress and the added bonus was it was in their sale. What more could I ask for? So I ticked the size I needed and went through to checkout to pay. I did notice they only had two left in stock, phew! that was close. I emailed a photo to my daughter who said it was perfect and then I sat down happily knowing I was sorted. Imagine my horror when I received an email 3 days later stating I would NOT be getting the dress! I immediately emailed back asking for an explanation and told them the dress was for my daughters wedding. I stipulated there had been TWO in stock when I placed AND Paid so of course wanted to know why my order had been stopped. It took another 3 weeks for Monsoon to reply, apologizing for what had happened end of! No explanation as to why. No offers of any kind of compensation other than my money would be returned to my bank. In short I would never use their online shopping site again. Their customer service is virtually non existant which I suppose is due to the fact they aren't actually facing the customers who are complaining. The whole experience was such a shame from such a top clothing store.
I've bought clothes from Monsoon for years, and really love their products. However, this summer I bought a top that literally disintegrated! The fabric around the neck and cuffs completely frayed after just a few wears. You'd think with an item that was so obviously faulty, it would be straightforward to get a refund. Not so. I emailed customer services and sent a photo to back up my complaint. After two weeks I got a reply asking me to post the item back (and was told they would refund the postage costs). I posted the top back and waited a month. I then had to chase for a response. I then got a letter (with my name spelt incorrectly) telling me to call their customer service dept so that they could take my card details and refund me for the top (no mention of the postage cost). It took me all morning to get someone to answer the phone at their customer service dept, then they had to put me on hold to check about the postage. They told me they would refund my card straight away with the price of the top and the postage costs. After a week still no money in my account. It appeared about 10 days after my call. No offer of any sort of voucher as compensation for the ridiculous amount of time I had to spend just to get my money back, no offer to cover the costs of the packaging, just the actual postage cost, and most importantly, no real apology of friendlyservice from their customer services dept. All in all it took about 6 weeks just to receive a refund. After years of buying most of my wardrobe from Monsoon, I can safely say I will be looking for an alternative.
Monsoon was never really a place that caught my eye - I don't know why, I was just never tempted to go inside and take a look. However, after looking everywhere for a dress to wear to a wedding a couple of years ago and finding a gorgeous one in Monsoon, I have shopped there ever since. Monsoon is a British shop selling Women and Baby's clothes. They are also joined with the accessories shop 'Accessorize'. Monsoon is such a lovely shop; it has a lovely 'luxurious' feel to it and I love how classy the stores are. ~ * Prices * ~ You can expect to pay between around £12 - £200/£300 for any one item in the shop. They have a bridal section and this is the most expensive section - however the clothes in this section are very beautiful. The clothes in Monsoon are very expensive; One thing which I hate about Monsoon ; mainly because the prices are not affordable. I tend to buy the 'odd item' when I am in Monsoon and could never afford to buy a few items like you would be able to in shops such as New Look which is a shame. Because of this I sometimes just browse the store looking at the beautiful clothes even though I know I won't be able to afford them. ~ * The Good * ~ The shop has some beautiful clothes; very classy and 'expensive looking'. It is a very unique kind of place where you won't find clothes like them. I love how you are treated 'special' in the shop (obviously because you are paying extra). They even wrap some items (shoes etc) in paper tissue for you and put them in a nice bag which I think is a nice added touch. The staff are generally very nice and friendly. I find that the staff in the Bridal section are the nicest. They are very friendly and act like 'personal shopping assistants'. For example when I bought my dress for the wedding, they were telling me 'try this with it', 'try these shoes' etc and so I found this very helpful especially as I am not very 'experimental' when I am putting outfits together. Whenever I wear something from Monsoon, I get loads of compliments from people telling me they 'love my dress' etc. I find the clothes to be very flattering, flattering my curves. ~ * The Bad * ~ Whilst I love the shop, sadly I have had some bad experiences with some of their products (I don't buy many of their products - I probably own about 6 of their products) and out of six, three of them have left me disappointed. The first item was a pair of black heels with an open toe which I bought from Monsoon for £55 a couple of years ago. I bought them to wear to a wedding and I wore them once for a night out. On the night out (this was the only second time of wearing them), whilst on the dance floor someone accidentally stood on my foot and the front of the shoe 'ripped open' - The shoes were ruined! The person who had stood on me wasn't that big or heavy either! I was so stressed out that night because the shoe would just not stay on my foot and my foot kept slipping out of the shoe as there was nothing there to keep my foot in the shoe. I was afraid of stepping on broken glass on the club etc. In the end my friend had to ask a member of the bar staff at the club if they had an elastic bank to hold the shoe together so that I could actually walk. So all in all not what you expect from a pair of £55 shoes and so I took them back to the shop. Unfortunately we had lost the receipt for the shoes and so when we took them back after a lot of 'umming' and 'ahhing' in the shop - they didn't seem too helpful at first and I was quite annoyed especially as I had paid £55 for the shoes and only worn them twice. In the end they said that as the shoes were sold out we couldn't have another pair of the shoes (which I didn't want anyway if they were going to 'break') and we couldn't have a refund as we didn't have a receipt. So the only thing we could do was choose something else from the shop for the same value. In the end I chose a pair of blue navy trousers for work for £55. I was pleased with my purchase, but guess what? After a few wears bobbles began to appear on the inside thigh area and began to get holes in them. In the end I could not wear the trousers as they would'rub' my legs and were very uncomfortable to wear. I didn't take the trousers back as they had been a replacement for another item that had failed to deliver. Another item I purchased was a dress (the exact same dress that I bought for the wedding - I now have the dress in green (the won I wore to the wedding), red and black. Each dress cost between £90 and £110 so all in all very expensive (for me). The black and green dress have been great and I have worn them many times. However, the red one; even though it is the exact same dress (consisting of frills which are sewn on') however on the red dress they have come undone on one side which makes the dress look stupid as one side is hanging much longer than the other side. I actually had to sew it to try and make it look like it was supposed to. However, despite these disappointments I would still recommend Monsoon as it is such a lovely shop with lovely fashionable items. Thanks for reading! May 2012 Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Monsoon & Accessorize are 1 company (which I didn't know), which sell Womans wear, Childrens wear, Menswear, Home wear and jewellery. ***Company History*** Monsoon was founded in 1973 by Peter Simon following a period of selling shaggy wollen coats on the Portabello road and hand block printed clothes from Rajasthan to anyone who would buy them. The unusual focus was always clothes with an ethnic origian for faraway places, including dresses from Afgahanistan and countires en route. There are currently over 400 Monsoon & Accessorize stores throughout the UK and Eire. All Monsoon Accessorize suppliers are asked to commit to the Monsoon Accessorize Code of Conduct, which is based on the ethical trading initiative base code. The Monsoon Accessorize trust was set up in 1994. The trust aims to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and woman in south asia with projects focusing on education, health and income generation. The trust has been registered as a UK Registered charity , number 1038446. ***What do they sell?*** * Woman - Blouses, Shirts, Dresses, Jeans Jackets, Knitwear Nightwear, Ocassions, Skirts Swimwear, Tops & Tunics, Trousers, & Bridal wear. These items come in a range of sizes starting from an 8 and going upto size 22. * Men - Jackets, Jeans Knitwear, Shirts, Tops and T-Shirts, Flip Flops & Trousers. Their men's range do lots of different waist sizes and tops are sized Small - Medium. * Children - Tops, Dresses, Trousers, Shoes, Shirts, Knitwear, Skirts & Shorts. Their baby clothing starts from birth and goes through toddler ages all the way upto age 13yrs. * Home - Bathroom, Bedding, Candles & holders, Cushions, Lighting, Mirrors, Photoframes, Rugs, Storage & Tablewear. ***Quality of the clothing*** Different materials are used such as cotton, Linen, Silk, Denim and other fabulous materials to make great looking garments. The clothes see to be made quite well, how-ever you may find a faulty item here and there which is the same as any other store really. I do find that the colour of their darker, espicially black jeans do fade very quickly after washing them. This is a real shame as their clothes aren't very cheap compared to other highstreet shops where I can purchase jeans from. ***Prices*** Prices can vary from £14.00 - £230.00 (these higher prices apply to the bridal range.) I think some of the clothes are a bit over-priced & some even don't look that expensive. The more casual clothing in the store are of course a lot cheaper, and the more going out/dress up clothing and dresses get more expensive, this also depends on what material the dress is made from as well. ***Personal Shopper*** In the Guildford store they have a personal shopper who has had special training on fabrics and colours to go with skin colours, hair colours,etc. All you do is book an appointment and the personal shopper will choose your garments for you and bring them back to you whilst you sit back and relax in the personal shopper room, which comes with a large changing room and plasma tv! ***Monsoon account card*** The monsoon account card has the lowest apr on the highstreet. Every £1 you spend you receive 1 point. For every 100 points you get, you will be rewarded with a £5.00 gift voucher. They also have special days/weekends when they have double and even triple points for monsoon account holders. You have to be 18 to open an account. Please note that this is a store card and is something I personally wouldn't sign up for, but if you shop there are lot the perks are great! ***Customer Service*** Staff are always frindly and helpful. They'll go out their way to track down that top or dress you want in another size or colour! I find that the staff in here like to spend ther time and focus their attention on the customers, this means if you need help for the whole time you are shopping here then they will help until you are satisfied and leave the store happy. All clothing products are wrapped in purple tissue and secured with monsoon stickers, this is then placed into a paper carrier bag along with your receipt & hangers if you want them. There have been a few occasions where the security tags have been left on items, so the alarm goes off as you walk out the door, which is not only embarrasing but you have to go back into the shop to get the tags removed! ***Refunds/Exchanges*** Refunds and exchanges can be done with 28 days, anything after that is an exchange. I've never had any problems with refunds/exchanges at this store. The refund/exchange policey may change during seasonal times and on sale clothing. For a full refund you do need to have the receipt and return it within the 28 days otherwise an exchange will be offered. ***Changing Rooms**** When I have been into Monsoon changing rooms, I notice they take great pride in keeping them clean, as they never seem to have dirty mirrors and never any chewing gum stuck to the curtains or walls! The fitting rooms in the Guildford branch are all different and each cubicle is based on a different country/place. This makes the fitting rooms fun and good as each one is different. There is nearly always a member of staff at the fitting rooms to help you and get other sized clothing if you need it. They are also great at gving their honest opinions on the clothing as well. ***Fusion**** This is my favourite range within the monsoon store which includes vintage inspired, statment pieces in demure hues of colour and bold retro silhouettes. I think this range focuses more on the younger ladies within the store. Some of their clothes look quite 60's but in a fashionable way and these are reasonably priced and the items in this range are no more expensive than places such as Topshop. ***Accessorize*** Accessorize is also part of the monsoon company which stock bracelets, necklaces, anklets, flip flops, bikini's, beads and other jewellery, bags, sunglasses and more! The only thing I dont like about Accessorize jewellery is the price, considering the silver looking jewellery will turn you fingers blue if it gets wet/tarnished! www.monsoon.co.uk Monsoon have a website where you can order items. I have how-ever noticed that they don't sell all the items on the website, which they sell in the shop. I've never ordered from the website so i can't comment about delivery or service. ***Overall Impression*** Not all stores carry the home ware, menswear or fusion range. Customer service is fantastic, there's always someone who is willing to help you get the products/items you are looking for. The personal shopper is a great way to tell you what clothes and colours suit your body shape and skin colour. The personal got me out of wearing black and white and into colours! You can easily dress items up with a pair of strappy shoes or dress them down with a pair of leggings and ballet pumps. A great shopping experience and definately not an old ladies store! A lot of their sizes come up quite strange as I vary sizes in different trousers and different tops. I was also very dissapointed that they did away with the size 6 range! I'm naturaly a slim girl and I know there's other girls out there too who are naturally small and slim and I find it hard to find tops which fit me! I thought monsoon would also carry a Maternity range, but they don't! (review also on ciao)
Monsoon comes into more high-end category of high street shops. More expensive than many other places but then more pleasant stores, friendly, helpful staff, and a good range of good quality, well designed clothes suitable for all occasions and, with the addition of their fusion range, all age groups. *the stores* Monsoon has gone from a few small shops to having a store in almost every town/city in the country and Accessorize, its accessories counter part, can be found on high streets, stations and airports as well as many countries abroad. Each store is well laid out starting with the appealing shop windows. Each season a selection of key outfits from the range are chosen and well displayed in the windows with the back drop of one of their promotional images making a lively and eye catching window display. I also love that these displays don't try to show range of the season but tend to have a theme in each window so the outfits all complement each other instead of seeming to fight for space as seems to happen with so many shop windows. This seasons 50s inspired designs make a particularly appealing display. On entering the shop, the clothes are laid out well with rails against each wall and some stands in the middle of the shop floor. The arrangement is fantastic-not all in straight lines creating a more interesting layout and one you want to explore further and also well spaced so you can walk between racks of clothes without problems- many other high street shops could do with taking a lesson from this! Each of the key trends is assigned a rail or stand of its own with the tops and bottoms being arranged in such a way that you can walk up in just pick up an outfit that goes together without walking half way round the shop to try and find a top to match a skirt! Although many stores are quite small, they often feel larger than they are and you never feel crowded on top of other shoppers (with the exception of the sales) *the staff* The staff in every monsoon shop I have been in have always been some of the most pleasant and helpful on the high street. You are greeted with a warm smile as you enter and staff are always on hand to help if you need another size. I have also found the monsoon staff to be excellent at recommending outfits for any occasion- a bonus if you don't have time to try on everything in the shop or arn't really sure what you are looking for! I have also found that for once on the high street the fitting rooms are rarely left unattended and the assistants do not just show you in and out with a helpful 'do le me know if you need another size' but also engage in conversation-not just to tell you the clothes look wonderful in an effort to sell them though. On a couple of occasions I have tried something on and didn't feel it was quite right and the assistant helpfully recommended an alternative item that suited much better instead of convincing me about the first item- a really lovely experience that made me feel they cared about what they were selling. *The clothes* Monsoon do a huge range of clothes although most are more suited for more formal occasions. The quality of their clothes is without fail always fantastic with much of the embroidery and beading done by hand. The fabrics used are also of good quality-all their evening dresses that I own are 100% silk. You can see the thought that has gone into each item- Evening dresses that need it are boned all the way round and right down the bodice, thinner fabrics come with a cami or slip underneath as part of the item. ~~General range~~ This range contains everyday and moderatly formal dresses, skirts, tops and trousers in a range of fabrics and styles. Many of their skirts are A-line and a good length for the average woman. I do however think it is a shame that they no longer seem to do their petite range! All these clothes are in the typical monsoon style and they tend to have several different main ranges for each season. They also have in this range many more formal dresses ranging from cocktail dresses to full length black tie glamour. I really love their dresses and have several of them. They certainly last well many of the designs are classics that never go out of fashion. ~~Occasion~~ This range are more expensive and often more exclusive evening dresses and evening wear. often slightly more unique designs and a great choice if you are looking for a show stopper ~Fusion~~ The fusion range was introduced a few years ago and has become a firm favourite of mine. The range is aimed at younger people( although many of the items look great on someone a bit older). The inspiration for the pieces is taken straight off the catwalks giving an on trend, stylish line of clothes with the style and quality you can expect from monsoon-usually at very reasonable prices. Monsoon also do lovely children's wear for both boys and girls from baby upwards. *service and cost* The service you receive in monsoon is excellent from all staff. all the clothes are wrapped in tissue to protect them when you buy them. Although Monsoon clothes are at the expensive end of the high street shops for the quality you get they are well worth it. The clothes last a long time and they don't start to look shabby after a few wears! For an occasion where you are willing to spend a bit more on your outfit such as a wedding or evening dinner they have a great range with something to suit all figures. *most evening dresses are between £100-£200 * most of their clothes go from a size 8- and size 20 with some styles going up to a 22 and some of the fusion lines go down to a size 6 * their shoes are well worth a look as well!
I first bought from Monsoon in 2007 when I was looking for an outfit for my daughters wedding in the summer of that year, and I already had bought a beautiful lemon outfit, with matching hat, from another store, and it cost a lot of money too but I bought that outfit around 10 months prior to the wedding in a sale but by a couple of months before the wedding, I had gained weight from some steroids I was given for an illness and I did not fit into the one I had bought, and so I had to go looking in every shop, to buy a new one as time was running out for me and I had to quickly find a new one that I actually liked and which fit me comfortably too as that is very important for a wedding and especially the mother of the bride. My daughter told me to try some from Monsoon and I told her I probably would not find a dress that would suit me, but how far wrong was I, I walk in one day, to see a vast range of dresses and I only tried on 2 and I bought the first one I tried, it was an excellent quality indeed and it was priced at £140 but it was well worth it, as it fit me perfectly and it was so comfortable to wear and felt lovely against my legs and it was a very classy design. I have since bought 2 more dresses from this store and they sell lots of ladies tops, skirts, trousers, shoes and accessories, they have a nice range of handbags, and I recently used a gift token to buy a very nice good quality handbag, I have bought hats, gloves and socks from the store, and all have been very good excellent quality for the money and the prices are very good too for the quality of the items, because they last a long time and do not need replacing so often as cheaper ones. I do not treat myself that much, especially at the moment but when I do, this is one of the stores I always buy from because I know the items are going to be very good and a lovely fashionable design. I am in my mature years and the designs are good for me, along with the younger ages, and I always buy my nieces and family gift tokens to use at Christmas time, and the fashion is good for them too, they sell a lot of clothing and accessories for any age in my opinion. They sell beautiful children's clothing for babies too, and I have bought my little grandson a few items from here and they suit him so well and are very trendy. The store is very well set out, and especially for me as I use a mobility scooter, and I have visited lots of different stores, in different areas, and I have found that they accommodate me and my scooter perfectly and I can go around the store, without hitting the fixture etc. They also sell home items and I have had a few gifts for Christmas bought for me and the last gift I was bought was a beautiful book mark, it is beautiful with a nice stone on the top, I have also had perfume and a nice trinket box bought for me in the past as gifts and they have all been so beautifully designed and very good quality. Some store vary in what items they sell, depending on the size of the store, and some sell home items, such as lamps and wallpaper, and also curtains. This store have fabulous sales, and the items are half price too or even less, and lots of bargains are to be had during a sale, and I cannot highly recommend enough to visit this store when a sale is on because the bargains are absolutely brilliant in my opinion. The prices may seem a little high for some people, and I thought the same when I first started buying from Monsoon but I am so pleased I did visit it, because I have been so pleased with every item I have had from here. Some of the clothing is dry clean only, and one of the dresses I bought, I had worn for another wedding and I dropped some food onto it, and it needed dry cleaning and it was an oily stain and quite bad and I thought I had totally ruined it but I had it dry cleaned and it did not effect the quality of the material, and it came back as good as new. I recommend this store for anyone to try, and especially if you are going to treat yourself or you have an important date in your diary to attend as I do not think you would be disappointed at all with every item they sell and for me it has been a life saver store, and the quality is outstanding for my liking for a special clothing item. The stores I have visited have mostly been opening times from 9am to 5.30pm but I have visited couple in an shopping outlets and they were the outlets opening hours and open much longer. The website for Monsoon is www.monsoon.co.uk if you prefer to order online and have your items delivered for £3.95 and if you order £100 or more, it is free delivery. I give Monsoon 5 stars.
Our local Monsoon is in Nuneaton and when it opened I ventured in to get something for a wedding and I'm afraid to say I was very dissapointed! I think a lot of people mainly shop there for the dresses, which in all fairness they do have some beautiful clothes with a unique style. They do tend to be a bit of a 'hippy' fashion which i think can look lovely when your on holiday but I personally don't find it appealing for your normal everyday wear. The clothes are seriously over priced and even in the sales I couldn't find anything that I thought was reasonable! They sell a lot of long dresses and I was very dissapointed that I couldn't find a size that would suit me in length they were all too long! I would have ended up tripping over all the time! The store in Nuneaton is quite cramped and I havn't enjoyed a shopping trip there! I won't be visiting there again as I was quite dissapointed, the shop has a good name but I don't think it lives up to its expectations.
Re: Receipt No. 001162 1002 8501 116214 - 13/07/10 £26.00 001162 1002 8504 116214 - 13/07/10 £14.00I purchased a hat and a bolero on the above date for an impending wedding, they were tried on with the dress also purchased from Monsoon summer of last year, unfortunately the colours did not match. My first opportunity to return them was 23/07/10. I was told i was not entitled to a refund, so i ask for a voucher as i am a frequent visitor to Monsoon. Because i was outside of 7 days i am entitled to nothing and now stuck with two items i am never going to wear and cannot afford to throw away £40. I have always been very happy with Monsoon clothing. I now feel a very dissatisfied customer, reluctant to return. I feel i will be the one to loose out.
I've bought both adult and kids clothing from Monsoon. For those of you who don't know, Monsoon is a clothes shop for women and children. Whilst you may find their shops in your local shopping centre, their prices are expensive and they tend to specialise in clothing more appropriate for that special occasion.. Dresses range from £80.00 upwards.. The kids clothing is also expensive but again good for that special occasion. I bought my niece (who was 8 at the time) a lovely long party dress which cost £40.00 which is expensive but it was a lovely dress and worth the extra... Having said that, its always worth checking out their sales. I have bought two maxi dresses from there... both originally priced at £150.00 and I bought one for £60.00 and the other for £69.00 so less than half price. Both of them are really good quality and I've had one for 2 years now and its still going strong and will be dragged out again this summer too.. They also have a bridal range as well so again they are worth checking out the sales for a wedding dress if you are on a budget.. Shops are well laid out and our local one usually is sorted into colours which I think is a great idea... the staff are always friendly and they also wrap your purchases in tissue paper... lush!
I do like Monsoon clothes a lot but because they are expensive can usually only afford to buy them on Ebay if the bidding doesn't go too high. There are usually a lot of bids for their items as well which I think proves how popular this brand has become. My favourite top is from Monsoon and it is black with coloured jewels sewn into the front. I have noticed a lot of Monsoon clothes have extra embellishments like jewels beads and embroidery which makes them extra pretty but I did worry about the working conditions of the clothes makers who have to add in these details. When I checked I found that Monsoon have a responsible attitude because they say on their website that they are founder members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) (www.ethicaltrade.org), whose goal is to ensure that the working conditions of workers producing for the UK market meet or exceed international labour standards. To read more about this you can go here:http://www.monsoon.co.uk/page/ethicaltrading. I think this is good because these days we need to ensure ethical and fair trade conditions for workers in the clothing industry and get away from sweatshop conditions and the use of child labour. Knowing Monsoon are trying to be responsible in these matters gives me more confidence in the brand.
I find that Monsoon is one of the bets places to get a dress from if I need to go to an event. They have such a huge range you are sure to find what you are looking for and the colour you need. Monsoon also do everyday clothing but as I am 17 I find that they don't really suit me and are more for the slightly older woman. Also, the prices are quite high compared to other high street stores and when you are just shopping for everyday outfits you can't always afford to spend that much. However, Monsoon really does have amazing quality! The dresses are slightly higher priced, but if it is for a special occasion they are only what is to be expected. I would definately recommned this store if you need a dress for a special occassion as there items are different and unique to others on the highstreet, and are definately worth spending slightly more! I love how Monsoon and Accessorize are the same branch of stores which means whilst shopping for a dress you are guaranteed to get accessories to match! Beautiful jewellery.
I find Monsoon to be one of the high-end high street shops and so firstly it is a fair bit more expensive than other high street stores. But if you are ever looking for an occasion dress then this is definately a shop you should check out. The store is jam packed with the most exquisite and beautiful dresses in varying plush fabrics and accents like silk, satin and beading. Dresses in here tend to be very classy and conservative so if your looking for a skimpy mini dress this is maybe not the best place to look! You can expect to pay anything over the £100 mark for most of the occasion wear. As well as occasion outfits, they also stock a wide range of 'normal' everyday clothing too. I think that their day-to-day range is really aimed at the 30+ age range as, while it's still very much fashion led, it tends to be more grown up than the clothing in 'young' persons stores such as Topshop and River Island and also is much better made (i.e. not throwaway fashion). That said, they do still have lots of things a young person would wear so it's worth checking. Expect to pay a minimum of £40+ for a top (but you can get basic vests etc too) My only negative with the Monsoon range is that I don't think their sizing works for me. I am normally a UK 10-12 depending on where I go, but the bust sizing for Monsoon dresses tends to run quite small, so while the dress fits me from the waist down it is too tight at the top and if I were to go a size up it would be too big from the waist down. I suppose that could just be me and my body shape so perhaps it's not fair to blame Monsoon! They also stock a limited selection of wedding dresses and childrens clothes along with bags and accessories (plus there is always usually an accessorize branch attached to the shop as I think they are the same company which is quite handy). They have nice fitting rooms too - nice big cubicle (with beautiful curtains!) and the staff I've always found to be really friendly and helpful.
Monsoon is a range of shops selling clothes and accessories mainly for women but also has a small range of childrens and mens clothes. The advantages: - Quality of clothing- I find Monsoon clothing does generally last well, however be careful of washing instructions as some clothes are dry clean or handwash only. - Sale products- Monsoon has a number of sales throughout the year where products are half price or sometimes more. Although the shops gets busy during the sale, they do have some good bargains. - Colour and design of products is unusual and I think unique to many other stores. They sell very colourful clothing, not just black and other block, plain colours. -Fabric- use of fabric such as silk and organza makes them look and feel more expensive than they actually are. The disadvantages: - Price of products- often quite expensive - Overall range of products are similarly styled. Tend to be quite girly and floaty. - Good for special occasion wear but I find it difficult to find everyday wear items at reasonable prices. Overall I would suggest looking in the stores when there is a sale on but expensive at other times.
Monsoon is at the high end of the high street chain stores, supplying mostly the kind of clothing you'd wear for a special occasion. They have specialist collections for summer which include beachwear and so on, but really Monsoon's a place to go for an eye-catching evening dress or fabulously made coat or top-and-skirt set for a special event. Style-wise, Monsoon clothing is well cut and well made, with attention to fabric and detail. Many of the clothes have intricate beading or embroidery, and all are made to a high standard. In addition to their regular collections, Monsoon also carries a range of wedding dresses, which are relatively affordable and extremely attractive. They also have menswear and childrenswear sections, and are partnered with Accessorize the accessory company - often with a shop next door or nearby. As you can imagine, fabulous clothing doesn't come cheap, and Monsoon can be almost painfully expensive. Occasionally something will be relatively cheap - which leads to a spot of trepidation as you approach the cash register thinking it's a misprice - but an evening dress will normally cost between £100 and £150. The sales, however, are a different story: when Monsoon makes reductions they're serious, and the 70% off sale makes even their highest-end clothing affordable and indeed a bargain. I've only two complaints to make. The first is that the shops tend to be a little too small for everything that's in them, and so it can be a bit of a claustrophobix experience. The second is something that many would see as a bit of a plus point: sizing is rather generous, so quite often I find the smallest size is too small and I have to go away empty handed. Still, if you've the money to spend and a yen for vanity sizing, Monsoon's the ideal place to spend your cash.
Monsoon is one of those shops that I mainly just browse, without buying anything, until the sale time! Monsoon mainly sells women's clothes, shoes and accessories, but they also now have a menswear section and a children's section. Accessorize is part of Monsoon and quite often it is the case that there is a doorway separating the two shops, but they are actually connected. The shops are always beautifully laid out and I have always found the staff to be helpful. The changing rooms are nicely decorated and are quite luxurious in some of the stores. In my local store, the shop is separated in to two floors, with the downstairs floor selling shoes and wedding and bridesmaid dresses which are absolutely stunning. Upstairs, Monsoon sells more casual clothes, smart clothes and dresses for special occasions. Monsoon's style is usually quite bright and the dresses are always very detailled with patterns, sequins and beads. The dresses are all made very well, and are quite often 100% silk or similar. The prices are very hit and miss - occasionally I will find something which looks expensive but is actually fairly well prices, but other times a dress will cost around £150 which is a bit too much for me! The sales time, especially around Christmas, is a fantastic time to visit Monsoon as the sale reaches 70% off the RRP. This can result in dresses for around £30 which is a huge bargain. The shoes are well made and I have a few pairs of these which have always lasted me a long time. If I had the money, I think I would definately buy more in Monsoon, rather than just waiting for the sales, as the clothes feel very luxurious when on and are a bit different to other shops on the high street.