Last week Ingrid got in touch asking me if I wouldn't mind calling into one of the big Sainsburys in Belfast to see what the new season range is like. She lives a bit of a distance from a Sainsburys but was wondering if it was worth the trip having seen this photo in a magazine:
Well - rant time now...when on earth will Sainsburys get their act together and start selling online? It's a strategic decision to stay in-store only apparently but given how well other supermarkets do online, it seems like a short sighted one. I rate the TU range highly but I don't always shop there so I sometimes miss new items coming into stock. Rant over - I made the trip over to the store in West Belfast, which has the biggest clothing range of all the NI stores.
So here's a quick selection of the things that caught my eye - I tried on what I could find in my size further down so keep scrolling! First up, a lovely raspberry red boyfriend fit coat with wool - this is the same coat that Louise Rednapp is wearing in Ingrid's photo but there were only big sizes so I couldn't try it on :(
This is a grey jersey dress/tunic. Nice oversized shape and with pockets. Would look great with a big scarf and some ankle boots/tights:
This blush coloured top is from the Gok range - which incidentally was very small and not particularly prominent. Wondering if this partnership is reaching an end? It, along with the cream top below, were the only stand out items from what they had in stock of the Gok range - it's trimmed in a gold fabric - lovely finish but sadly not a colour that suits me.
This grey marl top with pleather trim was the one thing I would have bought if I could have tried it on (fitting rooms closed for maintenance) it is a lovely weight, rather reminiscent of Zara and very well priced at £12.
These boots are a lovely colour..overall the footwear was quite good:
This spotty top was a nice weight and again, had a pleather trim:
This scarf is a great dupe of the Zara one that sold out really quickly last winter. It's a good big scarf too - great value at £12
Some nice knitwear - including this cardigan. A bit Orla Kiely-esque?
This dalmation jumper is cute - I'm not a fan of animal jumpers usually but did like this:
And if you're a fan of Joules - there are tons of tributes to this equestrian brand (including the doggy jumper above):
Nice striped breton here - a bit different with the blue neckline and a lovely weight of cotton for £8:
So now to what I could try on while remaining decent at 10am on a Saturday morning! This jumper appealed immediately - love the print and the pop of yellow.
...sadly too short. I tried on a 12. Long body strikes again but I think it's veering on cropped. Not a good look for many.
This fur collar shawl was nice in grey
But full marks to Sainsburys for the next two coats - first up this biker style mottled grey one with asymmetric zip. I tried on the 12 which looks a bit big on me - a lovely cosy coat for £40 (I think - from memory)
And this blue one is LOVELY - would have bought in a heartbeat if I was the right colouring for it...wool mix/boucle style with popper buttons. This is a 10 and it was probably a bit neat on me - so size up!
Phew - that's all the pictures! Hope it was a helpful round up. I was disappointed not to see the yellow coat that Ingrid took a picture of but will keep an eye out the next time I'm in.
PS the eagle eyed among you may have spotted that I'm wearing a sequinned top - at 10am on a Satuday morning. I was en-route to record the Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas CD and we were asked to wear Christmas jumpers, or similar festive clothing. Sequins always win over Christmas jumpers for a supermarket visit on the first Saturday in October :)