“ An online lingerie store. „
Flowerbags.co.uk- They sell bras not flowers!
As I have got that little bit older I no longer relish the idea of going to a department store to try on lingerie. Bras are something I prefer to buy mail order and to choose in the comfort of my home. I have in the past been to stores, but the cramped changing rooms and stressful shopping experience has made me leave those days behind. Once dressed I really prefer to stay that way for the day. I have ME and sometimes even getting dressed is a major effort!
Choosing where to shop online for lingerie is fairly easy. I have used Debenhams and Marks and Spencer's, and Figleaves are a good option, but I rarely use any of these any more for bras since I discovered a shop in Cardiff called Flowerbags. They have a website at www.flowerbags.co.uk as well as an EBay shop, so you can easily place an order, and their website is fully secure and offers various payment options including PayPal. They also offer a telephone ordering service. They also sell a range for men - so not exclusively for the ladies and a good range for children
What I really value about this company is that they are in many cases a little bit cheaper. They also have regular sales and they offer quick delivery. Every order that I have placed has been superbly packed and presented and has arrived with lightening speed. In addition to this they only charge £2 for postage which is exceptional value.
They pride themselves on stocking this year's collections and are up to date, but as they deal with the manufacturers directly, they may be able to obtain stock from previous years if there is something you particularly love.
They are not aiming to cater for the designer market as Figleaves veer towards, nor to do they claim to be experts in the more specialised fields such as bras post breast surgery, but they offer a day to day solution for the purchase of good quality branded underwear for all the family. Makes stocked include Triumph, Sloggi, Berlei, Playtex, Wonderbra etc.
The Most Important Aspect- Have They Got Your Size?
I must say though that the most important aspect is that I have found their stock availability to be excellent, which is what led me to their website in the first instance. I was looking for a particular bra, and it was out of stock in my size at Debenhams and Figleaves - but this store had plenty. I am an average size so I found this to be very encouraging. To give an example recently I wanted to purchase a Triumph Supersoft T Shirt Bra - at Figleaves they had black and ivory both at £27- but they were out of stock in my size. At Debenhams the same bra was £27 at the time in the same two colours but my size was also out of stock, but at Flowerbags they had four colour choices for £24.99 including the same ivory and black as well as cappuccino and white, and all were in stock in my size. I was impressed.
An Excellent Website
The website is really well laid out and runs quickly and it is so easy to navigate. This is a real asset as I have had problems shopping with Debenhams during busy times as the website grinds to a halt, and Figleaves have some issues with their website from time to time especially if you use Firefox. Flowerbags is simple and straightforward and it makes shopping a pleasure!
There are so many well known makes stocked and returns are easy- they just ask you to email first so that they can reserve an item for you in your size should you wish to re-order.
The website also has a guide to measuring yourself which is important to obtain the correct fitting bra. This section also has tips about choosing styles and fitting advice generally as it relates to individual manufacturers that may differ in their fit and sizing.
With Christmas approaching it is also good to know that they provide a gift box service, and the photography is excellent too allowing you to understand exactly what the style is like that you are considering purchasing.
I have no hesitation in recommending this company - I think they are superb on price and on stock availability, and their delivery rates and times undercut their competitors significantly. Obviously you have to look at price and factor in offers and cash back that may be available at the time from the competition, but Flowerbags are a great everyday option for up to date styles and plenty of choice.
They have a slogan- "Providing Knickers To The Nation" which is rather memorable and sticks in my mind - but you can't run a business with just a catchphrase. I believe that the secret of this company is that they are competing up there with the big chains and offering something that bit better.