Review - La Redoute - What Price to Pay for Quality?

BB4BM Reviewer: Kirsty Grant   /    Company being reviewed:  http://www.laredoute.co.uk.co.uk/

New Clothes - a no-brainer...

 What lady doesn't love shopping for new clothes? Finding the time to do so though can be challenging. Whether you work all week or you're a stay at home mum and can't face the possible tantrums from a cranky child being dragged around the shops, it can be a struggle to find the time to actually get out to the shops to have a look for a certain item or just to generally update your wardrobe during the week. Then the weekend comes around and its full of family plans and events, so there is still no spare time.

With life so fast paced now and most high street stores 9-5, the internet shopping market is huge. It's so convenient being able to browse stores online any time of the day or night and order them to be delivered to your home. Whether you've just tucked the kids in and have settled down with a glass of wine and the laptop or your up on another night feed with your mobile phone for company, it is so easy to browse the web for some online shopping. But there is a snag to online shopping, you can't see the item before you buy it, obviously you can return it but then that can be time consuming in itself. So finding a company that does online shopping but with guaranteed quality is a must and that's where La Redoute could come into the picture.  They gave me a selection of clothing to give my honest review on...

What I Got in The Box

Footless sleep suits - size 12M
Hoodie & trouser outfit - size 12M
Reversible dress in midnight blue - size 4Y
Long fleece lined cardigan - size 4Y
Regular waist stretch skinny jeans - size 12/14
Dual fabric jacket with Asymmetric zip fastening - size 10
Long sleeved blouse with lace detail in pink - size10
Long chunky knit cardigan in beige - size10/12
Wool blouson jacket - size M
Chunky knit cardigan

Footless sleep suits

Both of my children have very large feet, my daughter was forever outgrowing the feet of her baby grows before the length and it was a pain to say the least. Then i quickly realised i was going to have the same issue with my son. So when i saw these footless sleep suits i have to say i was a tad excited. I had never seen these before and they are brilliant. They are perfect with a vest underneath them to be used as a sleep suit, or to be worn underneath clothing as a full body vest to keep them warm. These are a must with a baby and i will definitely be buying more of these for any friends of mine that have children in the near future. The sizing was true to size and fit my child perfectly.

Hoodie & trouser outfitHoodie and trouser outfit

I have to admit i love my little man in a nice dark pair of jeans and a collared top but there are days when he is more suited to be in something comfy around the house and still look cute, so when i saw this adorable tracksuit that was still stylish, i had to have it. The material is so soft and durable, and this was also a perfect match with the footless bodysuit above. This is one of my favourite outfits we have for my son now and we've had lots of compliments on him wearing it.

Reversible dress in midnight blue

Now this was a different item. I haven't seen many reversible items before, or should i say many successful attractive reversible items. So i was intrigued to see how this would actually look when it arrived and the quality of it. It is lovely, its a thicker material which is perfect for this time of year, as my daughter will still be warm enough in it without having to cover her up and hide the beautiful dress. One side has a deep blue with pretty shoulder and bottom hem detail and the popper fastening down the back, and the reverse side of this is a bold floral pattern, a bonus as well is the hidden pockets that are on either side as well. Most of all, my daughter loved this item and felt 'pretty as a princess', in her words.

Long fleece cardigan

This time of the year can be so awkward when it comes to taking out a coat or not. You don't need a big coat but a light cardigan isn't thick enough, so this is a perfect medium. A nice cosy warm cardigan without being a chunky waterproof coat. Also a lovely length so it can go with dresses or trousers, another winner in my book.

Regular waist stretch skinny jeans

Now when it comes to jeans, this is my nightmare clothing item. After having two children my hips are slightly wider than they once were, however my legs themselves are still their usual size. So the dilemma, my legs and hips are a size different to each other, and when your preferred style of trousers is a skinny fit, this can be tough to find to say the least. So to see that these jeans were available in in-between sizes was a welcome surprise, so i thought i'd give it a go. So i ordered a size 12/14 in the hope this would fit my 12 legs and 14 hips, i was not disappointed! The first pair of jeans that have fit me perfectly in years! They are really good quality, feel nice to the skin and fit perfectly, the stretch means they have a bit of give as well and i was lucky enough to receive this item in two colours. The jeans came with washing care instructions, especially the darker blue with would probably run for the first few washes, of which it did, but by following the care instructions provided i didn't run any other clothes when washing these. I will definitely be buying my future jeans from this company.

Dual fabric jacketDual fabric jacket with Asymmetric zip fastening

Now i have to admit i wasn't to keen on this item when it first arrived, admittedly it's not something that i would usually buy, but that is why i chose it, something different to my go to style, something a bit fresher. The length of it is shorter that i would usually get, the jacket stops on your waist so it would sit on your jean line, whereas i usually go for jackets that end on the top of my bum or lower. But after i had tried the jacket on a few times and with a few different outfits it began to grow on me and i do really like it now. I'm pleased i took the chance on an item that was outside of my comfort zone, another good quality product from La Redoute.

Long chunky knit cardigan in beige

Love, love, love this item, this is my favourite! Looks great with a long sleeved top underneath, the knit has a silver thread threw it as well so it makes it a bit younger looking even though it is a knit. Very fashionable and warm and my favourite item by far.

Chunky knit cardigan

Now this was a surprise item that i wasn't expecting in my bundle, it was a gorgeous quality, however the kit was a more old fashioned knit compared to the looser chunky knit of the cardigan above so i felt that for me, being 24, this wasn't for me, however my mum loved this item and gladly took it off my hands. My mum was very impressed with it and has had many compliments from her friends on this and where she got it from.

Long sleeved blouse with lace detail in pinklong sleeved blouse in pink

Now i do love blouses at the moment, the casual ones that you can wear to the shops but also to a dinner out. Now this one caught my eye because of the contrasting black edging and lace to the soft pink of the body of the blouse. The material is thick enough to not need a vest top underneath it and a really good quality, this fit is perfect and true to size.

Wool blouson jacket

So I'd picked out bits for me and the kids, so it was only fair that my partner got a little something too, so he picked out a jacket that i have to say was very smart and stylish. The wool collar is detachable so you can have a plain collar if preferred or more seasonally appropriate. The fit was perfect and my partner was very pleased with the style and comfort from the jacket.

 

The Overall BB4BM Verdict

 - 5/5 STARS - A BIG THUMBS UP! -

I personally couldn't be happier with La Redoute, all of their clothing across all of their departments were an extremely high quality, all the sizings were right on point and they all washed extremely well. I will definitely be recommending this company to my friends and family and will be buying from them in future for myself. Ok their prices aren't always the cheapest but if you are guaranteed good quality clothing - you have to bare in mind that you may be paying for the ease of online ordering as well.

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The Overall BB4BM Verdict

 - 4/5 STARS - A THUMBS UP! -
There was a couple of issues with the finish or printing on some pieces, now these could have been items that had slipped through quality control and i am still more than happy to use the items and have them out for people to see, so therefore, my overall verdict is that these are good products and I would definitely order items produced by this company in the future. I would also recommend this company to a friend if they were looking for an item such as the ones this company produces.  

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The Overall BB4BM Verdict

 - 4/5 STARS - A THUMBS UP! -
There was a couple of issues with the finish or printing on some pieces, now these could have been items that had slipped through quality control and i am still more than happy to use the items and have them out for people to see, so therefore, my overall verdict is that these are good products and I would definitely order items produced by this company in the future. I would also recommend this company to a friend if they were looking for an item such as the ones this company produces.  

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