Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Fashion: Shopping At Bicester Village Designer Outlet

Barbour Shop at Bicester Village

Just outside of Oxford lies Bicester Village, a Designer Outlet with lovely shops, neat surroundings and great savings on designer products of up to 70% of the original price. Most of my Christmas shopping was done here, as I've visited the village last February and wanted to come back ever since. Christmas shopping came in handy and I also received my full flat deposit back so it just seemed right to splash some cash and treat myself and my family to some awesome gifts.

Shopping at Bicester Village

|Yes, please!|

I'm a typical High Street shopper and I've never lived or been close to a designer outlet so to me every single visit to Bicester feels very, very special. What I really like about Bicester is the unique shopping experience and you can have a look around all the big luxury names including Dior, Kate Spade, Burberry, Prada, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Folli Follie, Mulberry, Alexander Mc Queen, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi or Saint Laurent (full list here) without getting 'the looks'. Maybe it is just me, but on the High Street I always find myself adoring the luxury brands from afar. I windowshop but actually never dare to go inside, simply because I think the shop assistants can tell I haven't got the cash and I have this weird imagination they wouldn't even let me in.

In Bicester, there's a complete different atmosphere. No one will judge you and you can have a look around the beautiful little shops without being judged. Shop assistants are generally friendly and the doorman will greet you with 'Good Day Miss' and say good bye with 'Thank You for shopping with us Miss' - it feels very cultivated and exclusive. It is such a different experience to what you usually get on the High Street.

In most shops all items are display items, so once you've decided on something, you will always get a brand new item from the stock. This is perfect, because it underlines the exclusivity again and you can be sure the item will be entirely yours and not touched by billions of other people beforehand.

I find Bicester perfect for shopping quality designer gifts and it is a handbag paradise. I got three MK handbags from here. The satchel which you may have seen in my London ootds post was reduced from £250 to £99 and my slouch bag which I got for Christmas came £89 (formerly £360). Last time I went, I invested my fully refunded flat deposit in some Kate Spade bucket handbags. It was so much fun to shop alongside other fashion crazy women and find good deals.

Christmas decoration at Bicester Village
Burberry Bicester Village Designer Outlet

|Uhm, maybe not...|

I can't recommend the UGG shop right at the beginning of the village at all. Please don't bother to go in there. I've been twice now and both times it was so busy, their stock is generally low and the staff is super unfriendly. On my last visit I went in there and hoped to find a bargain with their expensive but very cosy sheep wool gloves. These usually retail at £110 and the Bicester shop sells them for £75. Unfortunately, there was only the display item left, which I didn't buy and the shop assistants reacted snappy and stubborn when I asked if they could check their stock if this one really was their last pair. Next time, I'll definitely skip UGG and head straight to All Saints or Ralph Lauren.

Bicester Village Christmas Time
Bicester Village Designer Outlet Village in Oxford

Bicester Village is so worth a visit. I've never regret going there, the atmosphere is great, the deals and brands are amazing. Bicester's good reputation and shopping experience is known miles outside of Oxford so be prepared that it gets really busy on the weekend. Monday is apparently their busiest day, too so I suggest to see the village later in the week. Take some time with you as the village is big and sometimes you have to queue 20-30 mins to get into shops (e.g. Ralph Lauren, Timberland). It is however an amazing day trip and, to me, a special experience you shouldn't miss out on. Happy shopping, ladies x

Thank you so much for reading today's post. Have you been to Bicester Village Designer Outlet before? What did you get? Do you live near Oxford? Have you got a designer outlet near where you live? Would you like to go to Bicester and which brand would you be excited for the most? Let me know your experience or if you've planned a trip down there, love to read all your comments and leave me links to your Bicester village posts!

Till next time,

xx CAZ xx

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  1. That's so awesome that they pull a new one from the stock for you! I always get grossed out thinking how many people have touched an item before I've bought it, especially if it's a sale item!

  2. This looks so much nicer than any other designer outlet I have been to!! Definitely need to visit xx

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Bicester Village is one of my favourite shopping destinations ever! So many bargains!! xoxoxo

  4. I can't believe I've still not got round to going to this place! Thanks for reminding me about it :) Sounds like you picked up so many amazing bargains! Lots of love for MK & Kate Spade :)



  5. This little shopping village looks so cute! I love the buildings. I've been to Oxford before but hadn't heard of this place before
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  6. Bicester village looks so lovely! I've never been as I'm up North, and our version of this is Cheshire Oaks which apparently isn't half as good for bargains! I will definitely have to make a day trip here if I'm ever staying in London :)

  7. I love the fact that you said no one will judge you because I've had some appalling treatment, especially when my tattoos are in show. Being in a little town we have no where like this near by but I wish we had a Barbour shop - desperately need a coat :P
    A little surprised Monday is the busiest day! Makes a change from a weekend.


  8. Bicester Village Designer Outlet looks and sounds magical given the collection of stores and all the lovely discounts on name brand products! Would love to visit sometime!


  9. I recently went to Bicester Village for the first time and absolutely loved it. I also got some items with great discounts but could not find any of the MK's handbags I was looking for. You got some great deals there. Made me wanna go back and check their shop again. lol :D x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  10. I love Bicester outlet and try and go at least twice a year. So jealous that you have 3 MK handbags, I think one of these May be my next splurge!

    Ami xxx

  11. I've never been to Bicester village but I've heard amazing things about it. I'd love to go! I grew up in the Midlands, & there's an outlet village called Cheshire Oaks which is the same principle but more middle of the road shops & brands discounted even more. I absolutely love going for a day trip there.
    Time to get saving the pennies...




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