So it was a wonderful treat to visit the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlets (part of the McArthur Glen group). Just 2 hours by train from Euston for me, and then a short taxi ride away, the space is absolutely enormous (the size of 20 football pitches, to be precise).
|Post shopping, with my purchases|
It has a few more High Street shops than say, Bicester Village, but the designer section is growing everyday (and that’s where I hung out for the day). The premium brands include Mulberry, Burberry, Church’s, Lulu Guiness, Ralph Lauren and Joseph (see list of brands here) – which was more than enough shops for me to fill my day (with a little feed from Wagamama’s in the middle). And with up to 60% discount, I was keen to see what styles they had…
|Mulberry ‘Lily’ handbags £495, instead of £750|
Shops like Mulberry looked just like the flagship London stores, but with reduced prices. If you are thinking of buying a Mulberry bag full price, I would definitely consider spending a day here and seeing what you can buy with your leftover cash…!
|Tweed bag, reduced from £795 to £325, Mulberry|
|‘Pearls of Wisdom’ Lulu Guiness clutch, reduced from £95 to £47.50|
|Ex samples, all size 37, were all £99 a pair!|
|I loved these, but they only had in size 36.5|
|Trying the classic white studded brogues – and they do mail order….!|
|The pair I went for, reduced from £325 to £170|
|Trying on outfits in Joseph and a Burberry bag (bottom right), reduced from £795 to £556|
|Classic Burberry trenches, reduced from £1095 to £766|
There were also more ‘High Street’ stores such as Reiss, All Saints, Gap and Mamas and Papas – I got my husband some Vans, too.
My advice? Don’t go on a whim or when you don’t have any money to spend, I’ve learnt that mistake many times. I would go when you have something in mind that you want full price, like a Mulberry bag, or Michael Kors watch, and then be happy with your saving.
|Michael Kors bags, reduced from £360 to £239|
|Michael Kors bag reduced from £249 to £199|
|I must admit, I did make a very non fashion purchase of a Le Creuset saucepan!|
Has it got a Celine store? No. But give me a Mulberry outlet store (or even a Le Creuset store) over Celine anyday. Was it worth the trip? I had a great day out, shopping in exclusive stores where I could (almost) afford most things, had a lovely lunch and got myself some lust-worthy shoes for almost half price. I’d say it was a pretty productive day….!
|My new shoes in their new home…|