Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That's why we've created this offshoot shopping column as part of our We Try Before You Buy franchise, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favorite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to intriguing new brands, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you'd like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or message me via Instagram for requests.
From Topshop to New Look and Arket to & Other Stories, I can safely say that I have an embarrassingly comprehensive knowledge of Oxford Street's changing rooms (Arket's have nice lighting and are roomy while & Other Stories' are always very clean, but that's a separate story altogether). It's always interesting to compare the IRL experience of a store to its digital platforms. Generally, they're consistent in terms of aesthetic and product offering, but sometimes there's a bit of a disconnect. This is what motivated my shopping subject this week.
After a quick office survey, it occurred to me that many of my colleagues loved Mango's online offering of grown-up, stylish pieces. However, some found that in-store, the IRL experience doesn't always match up with the slick virtual one. As someone who's up for a challenge, I decided to make a trip to the brand's Oxford Street branches to do a bit of shopping-based investigation.
My findings were that it's best to discover the pieces you love on the website first. Then, when you're in a store, ask an assistant for help finding them. Those expensive-looking gems are there, but they're probably hidden among many other products. Also, take a look at the "last chance to buy" rail because this essentially acts as a ready-made edit of the most popular products around right now. Lastly, a quick changing room tip for the main Oxford Street branch (the one next to Gap): Forgo the second-floor women's changing rooms and instead make your way to the top floor (next to the outlet), where there are rarely any queues. You're welcome.
Hopefully, these tips will help you have a more happy and productive Mango shopping experience because once you get to the good stuff, the autumn collection is so chic. It's definitely up there as one of my favorite high-street collections this season. Think powder-blue suits, gorgeous brown checked coats, and butter-soft leather separates. Mango's seriously nailed its autumn color palette. Scroll down to see my pick of the best new-season pieces.
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