On my return to St Andrews this month, I was faced with some horrible news. Walking down Market Street for the first time since May, I noticed that a very important high street shop could no longer to be seen: New Look. Apparently, St Andrews needs yet another tourist gift shop. While I have nothing against Taste of Scotland and have actually made use of their gorgeous selection of Scottish gifts, I am now at a loss. Where can I find last minute going out tops, and my favourite jeans in the whole world? In attempt to calm my panic, I wanted to share my top shopping alternatives, so you know the best spots to hit up when in need of fashion assistance.
New Look Dundee
A trip to Dundee is the most obvious solution for die-hard New Look fans like myself. If you get as desperate as I do for a new pair of Emilee jeggings (my favourite black skinnys), or anything else from New Look’s killer collections, the 40 minute bus trip to Dundee’s Overgate is well worth it. Their Dundee store is much bigger than our old St Andrews one, offering you a wider range of stock, including a selection of AX Paris’s gorgeous line of dresses. New Look’s all-inclusive denim ranges alone are justification enough for a trip. As always though, click and collect is a perfect solution if you are in a hurry, or if you just prefer the comfort of shopping from home. However you prefer to shop, there is an option for everyone if the bus trip doesn’t put you off too much. It’s well worth it in my opinion!
Being the most credible replacement for New Look within St Andrews, (sorry M&Co), H&M continues to deliver the fashion we need for the variability of everyday student life. Our St Andrews H&M store is pretty comprehensive, stocking office wear (which is helpful for job interviews), everyday basics such as cardigans and vest tops, as well as more trendy pieces. No matter what event you are needing a new outfit for, or whatever style you’re most into right now, H&M is very likely to have what you need. Their denim range is almost as good as New Look and their cardigans and knitwear have been a personal favourite for years! The second thing I noticed on my return to the UK this September is that H&M has altered some of its sizing, making their clothing more accessible for all body shapes and sizes. The fashion world has been aiming towards being more inclusive and it’s wonderful to see that reflected in our high street shops.
I always forget about this fabulous option, but that’s mostly because I never seem to have any luck in a charity shop. St Andrews withholds a reputation within Fife for being a gold mine for wonderful charity shops. I have yet to find any gold, likely because each time I walk into a charity shop, I immediately expect to stumble upon exactly what I’m looking for. Patience is a virtue and perhaps if I had some when hunting through the wonders of a charity shop, I’d be more successful. With all the students in St. Andrews, charity shops are full of student castaways that are still very wearable! Charity shops provide students with what is effectively a clothes swap, with an added element of donating to charity. Charity shops are perfect for all budgets, so with a little dedication and patience, who knows what wonders you might find in the unsung heroes of the high street.
My final recommendation is the Queen of online shopping, ASOS. I don’t think there is anything you won’t find on ASOS. They even sell makeup and other beauty products, making it a one stop shop. Its next day delivery is a life saver for all your emergency fashion needs. Including brands from your favourite British high street stores (cough, New Look, cough), and harder to find brands such as Pull&Bear, the biggest selection of fashion you could dream of is always less than a 24 hours delivery time away. The advantage of shopping through ASOS is that you can buy as many different sizes or styles as your bank balance can handle. Then, you can try them all on in the comfort of your own home and send most (or all as I tend to end doing) back for free! The only bit of human contact involved is answering the door to the parcel delivery man. So, no matter what your crisis is, ASOS is here to help. Oh, and the year-round student discount is the icing on the cake!