Good gracious me! I've just had the new next summer catalogue delivered, along with half of this town. And I suspect many other towns, without shops you could actually buy clothes in.
Shocking stuff! They seem to have reverted back to my oldest preconception of next, which was that it was aimed at people who worked in offices, ladies who maybe had a go on then, big glass of Chardonnay at a suburban pub or bar. And who had absolutely no sense of style, and saw nothing wrong with St George's flag on flip flops, or towels...or going the other way had a interior decoration style best described as a penchant for beige.
I've tried really hard to link some of the pictures - my favourite is an orange Killah top, with a high high waistband (multicoloured thick band) worn with practical jeans, white sunglasses (in a non-directional style if you know what I mean), oh and easy to keep short hair. There are also some men's flip flops, with a picture of an ice cream on, and bearing the legend - 'Lick it'.
Why, why why? The other key 'direction through the catalogue seems to be slightly poor American bling look, think the sister from Ugly Betty and you'd have it about right. The trouble is amongst these horrors are a couple of things that are pretty - mostly if you were a gorgeous 16 year old girl. But, hey - still nice. (n.b. H- you'll be fine in most of these, being gorgeous and a size ten, and very young looking). (Why am I friends with you again? Oh yes, you also have slugs!)
There endeth the lesson - being too broke to buy um, 'looks' is sometimes not a bad idea.
edit: Just back from the school run, H is actually a size 6/8 not 10! And everyone else, i.e decent mummies looks at the children's clothes first. Also wanted to note some quite cute shoes, and couple of lovely handbags. Suspect cheap handbags - they are all about 20 or 30 pounds is a false economy though, rather like the one I accidentally bought from Avon last year.