Going Out………What to Wear?!!!!

Up until a few weeks ago, like most people in the UK, we weren’t going out to socialise and there was certainly no reason to get dressed up. But, after Rishi Sunak (our Chancellor in the UK) announced the “Eat Out To Help Out” (50% discount off food when eating out), my family and friends decided to give it a try.

We have been taking advantage of this offer throughout August. This certainly got me out of my jogging bottoms and out the door. This push was a good thing and I did love getting dressed up, properly, again. This initiative was, of course, designed to entice consumers back to hospitality venues, who are really struggling along with most businesses. I think there will still be discounts in September to carry on the momentum and persuade us to go out and spend money.

This time last year, we were in the middle of a mini-heatwave. No such luck, right now!! We are currently experiencing typical British weather – lots of good old wind and rain. When we have weather like this, it’s time to think about packing the summer frocks away, unless we are lucky to have an Indian summer. I can dream, plus, the way our weather constantly changes, this may be possible.

In the last couple of weeks, I have started to wear clothes which are “transeasonal” or, in real terms, clothing which will keep me warm. I have been wearing a few old favourites which are still available on the brands’ “outlet” sites, at a much-reduced rate.

Finding these dresses still available intrigued me as I’m only aware of Mango’s online outlet. But, when I checked my denim dress, I found out Monsoon have a website too, which I wasn’t aware of.

Visiting my son in Newcastle. I bought this dress last year. It’s now available on the Monsoon Outlet. Please see the details below.

The first time I experienced an “Outlet” shopping experience was on our first trip to Florida in 2002. I remember taking full advantage of the bargains and we came home with our suitcases full of goodies for ourselves, and our family. Since then, I always visit the Outlets when we are away.

Easy to pop on Monsoon Denim Dress Styled here with “Hotter shoe” ankle boots and a camera bag. Kindly gifted by Hotter shoes last year.

The one I loved and found so much choice from was the “Woodbury Common Premium Outlets”, which are situated outside of New York (visited in 2013). My children weren’t with us on this trip, but they did very well from this outlet visit. We are still using and wearing items which we bought on that trip.

Since then, shopping outlets for discount designer shopping and all kinds of brand name products have sprung up all over the place. There are some outstanding online bargains out there, now. The stock can be the current season or six months to a year behind the leading-edge fashions. Mango have an additional discount on your purchases, too.





































This is a list of websites and apps which are great for a reduced-price item or pre-loved.  Can I mention that postage on returned items isn’t always free so before you order check this out?  I did order a lot of items from the “Mango outlet” to be met with a £10.00 charge at the post office. 

Drop me a line in the comments if you know any more!  I love a bargain:



Mango Outlet – https

Monsoon Outlet 

Cos sale 


Clarks Outlet 

Dune Outlet

Hobbs Outlet 

Kurt Geiger 

Laura Ashley Outlet 


I’ve had a look to see what is available in the sales, at the moment.. Please see below:

Please note that the above are affiliate links – if you like the look of one of the items and click through to the website, there is no extra cost to you.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have enjoyed it and found it helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. All products are my own.

Best wishes and thank you for stopping by.

Alison x


    • We loved being able to go out – but, like everywhere we are now entering into new restrictions again as there has been a huge spike in confirmed cases. Thank you so much for your comment and I hope it’s not as bad where you are. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

  1. HI Alison
    I am in love with your plaid dress! I have a few I enjoy wearing, but I may just have missed this on Mango outlet, I am on there and Mango often, love their clothes! Looks sensation with the moto and booties too. It is not too cold here yet but I can wear some fall items now – I rebel!
    The denim dress is so flattering too.. I have always been a dress girl as well.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Many thanks Jess. It’s you I have to thank for introducing me to the Mango outlet.. there’s some great bargains on there.

  2. I love both dresses! I’ve been thinking about getting a denim dress. I didn’t know about the outlet site – the Sosander one looks good! It’s a brand I’ve had my eye on for a while so I may give it a try! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • I do love a bargain, so any kind of discount website is very attractive. There’ll be some great bargains in the “Black Friday “ sales, hopefully. xx

  3. Oh wow, Alison, both of these dresses look so great on you! I have not worn my denim dresses in so long. I need to get those out again. And that plaid dress is so great! That is totally my style with the moto jacket, too. Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


  4. Our hospitality businesses are suffering a lot, as well. So fun you found outlet shopping! I love how smart the denim dress looks on you!

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    I love a good bargain too! I think at the moment, with the way things are, everyone is on the hunt. I hope you are staying safe up there in the north Alison xx

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    We’ve still only been out once to eat, since the lockdown started! I think it’s because we usually used a theatre outing as the reason to have dinner at a restaurant. I really like your dresses. You’ve done well to get such great bargains! Thanks for linking at #WowOnWednesday.

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      Except when we went to the Lake District – forgot that! That was a week of eating out, in our hotel and the pub we visited. Phew, not such a hermit as I thought!

      • I really miss going to the theatre too and feel so sorry for the creative people who work there. Their livelihoods have come to a grinding
        halt. I do love lounging around in comfies, but feel so much better getting dolled up now and again!

  7. The plaid and jeans dress are so nice. I like how you styled them. It’s so rare to see women these days who know how to wear a dress. You surely do.

  8. Lise

    Very nice denim dress. It totally suits you.

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