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Is it just me, or are the clothes sold here in the Basel streets really so dull ? Up till now I have not found a clothes shop I like. I find it all so boring. In Belgium I knew some boutiques I would go to and find the right stuff right away. I never went to H&M, Mango etc. Now I tried some of their stuff on, it doesn't seem to fit. I sometimes have the impression they only sell stuff for 16-year olds. Boring colours too. Where can a serious adult of normal proportions go to for some good quality and not overpriced clothes ?
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Old 13.04.2014, 09:50
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Re: boring clothes

Face it, Basel is totally pants. This has been unscientifically proven by a bunch of forum threads on the topic.
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Face it, Basel is totally pants. This has been unscientifically proven by a bunch of forum threads on the topic.
Not surprised Basel clothes are boring if all they sell is pants.
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Not surprised Basel clothes are boring if all they sell is pants.
If they sold only pants, then Basel would be great. Boobs!

Oh. And fat, balding men like me wandering around topless
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I tried some of their stuff on, it doesn't seem to fit. I sometimes have the impression they only sell stuff for 16-year olds. Boring colours too. Where can a serious adult of normal proportions go to for some good quality and not overpriced clothes ?
In Switzerland, adults of normal proportions generally have the same proportions as 16 year olds.

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In Switzerland, adults of normal proportions generally have the same proportions as 16 year olds.

Tom
Looking at what's hot in fashion for mid-teens I would either look somewhere between mutton dressed as lamb and a bag lady, and my proportions haven't changed significantly since I was a teenager.
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Leicester is actually much better and easier- as all the shops are within about a walking mile... and much cheaper too (EasyJet to Luton then train up).
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Re: boring clothes

My vote is for Barcelona.

Lots of nice shops (if you can avoid the pickpockets).

You can even do the round trip in a day if you're really short on time
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Old 13.04.2014, 13:19
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My vote is for Barcelona.

Lots of nice shops (if you can avoid the pickpockets).

You can even do the round trip in a day if you're really short on time
If you don't look like a tourist, if you are careful to keep your belongings next to you, keep your bag close and you don't talk to strangers, you don't have any problem.

Pickpockets are looking for easy targets. Backpack in the back in the busy metro instead than in front of you, purse open, on one shoulder facing the back, etc.
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Re: boring clothes

...and I have the impression most clothes (and bags) are for 60-year olds. Especially in Zug, most shoes you see here look rather comfy and safe than stylish. Lots of orthopaedic shoes here... Try going to Konstanz. It is cheaper and not so far away. Outlet in Mendrisio is massive but you need all day for this shopping trip. As for Zurich I don't know but I am curious to learn what others recommend

Ups Sorry I just realized it is Basel you are talking about not Zurich.


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Is it just me, or are the clothes sold here in the Basel streets really so dull ? Up till now I have not found a clothes shop I like. I find it all so boring. In Belgium I knew some boutiques I would go to and find the right stuff right away. I never went to H&M, Mango etc. Now I tried some of their stuff on, it doesn't seem to fit. I sometimes have the impression they only sell stuff for 16-year olds. Boring colours too. Where can a serious adult of normal proportions go to for some good quality and not overpriced clothes ?
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Re: boring clothes

How far is it from Basel to Paris?
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Leicester is actually much better and easier- as all the shops are within about a walking mile... and much cheaper too (EasyJet to Luton then train up).
Can you do it in a day though?
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Re: boring clothes

A bit of a push- but neither can you London- Cheaper hotels in Leicester.

All the main stores are there though- all within walking distance. London is fabublous, but very spread out and so busy. The new Highcross shopphing centre has a huge John Lewis, House of Frazer, Debenhams, Monsson, East, etc, etc and all the other well-known chains, with Marks and Spencers, British Home stores, Primark, Matalan and a large TKMax for great bargains, etc- also nearby and within walking distance of station. Birmingham is great too, and so is Nottingham, but again not so compact as Leicester, for the same shops. Google 'shopping in Leicester' for more info.

Those of you who haven't been to Leicester recently will think it weird to suggest it as the best and easiest to reach shopping centre- but it is truly excellent.

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Re: boring clothes

One way to paris from Basle takes about 3 hours each way with the tgv , it is possible to make a day trip, same goes for London (flights only).
When you know where to shop, no problem at all
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My vote is for Barcelona.

Lots of nice shops (if you can avoid the pickpockets).

You can even do the round trip in a day if you're really short on time
I totally agree with you. They have great clothes in Barcelona. But then you REALLY need to built like a tiny teenager, not even a normal sized one.

If you are normal size woman, you are better heading off to Brussels or better, Antwerp.

Having said that there is a lovely boutique in the center of Neuchatel, on the pedestrian street that the tram goes up. Belgian mum can give us the name when she gets in.

There has to be at least one or two nice boutiques in Basel. Nil, is there really nothing in Basel?
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A bit of a push- but neither can you London- Cheaper hotels in Leicester.
I've done London day trips may times from Zürich. With an early start and late return plus a good plan and not just dawdling around you can achieve quite a lot. It's mostly a question of hunting around for good deals on flights. Hotels in London are very expensive, even the cheap ones and the flea pits are expensive. You can easily fly for less than the price of a hotel.

The problem with most UK cities is that they all just have the same big chains on the high streets so there's little point traveling much shopping-wise as you find the same stuff all over.
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Re: boring clothes

Whilst I can find clothes to fit, I find mainly the colours a tad boring in Switzerland. I prefer to order on line from my fave uk shops (debenhams, monsoon etc) and have them either shipped direct to me in Basel or to my german liefer address (LAS Burg in Weil). The result: I get colourful, quality & stylish (IMO) threads for a fraction of the cost, RESULT!
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There has to be at least one or two nice boutiques in Basel. Nil, is there really nothing in Basel?
To be totally honest, I find the general "sense of fashion" very boring in Basel. Ok it has been 3 years so I can only hope things have changed. Back then, I used to shake my head in despair over the choice's availability and people's choice in term of clothing.

I don't like shopping but I like to find original pieces. Clothes in BCN are cheaper than in Germany and the options are illimited. I also like to buy clothes online for kids like verbaudet and zalando for myself. I hate to have to look in every store for something in particular I have in mind.

I would suggest OP to look in zalando Germany and get deliver over the border.
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A bit of a push- but neither can you London- Cheaper hotels in Leicester.

All the main stores are there though- all within walking distance. London is fabublous, but very spread out and so busy. The new Highcross shopphing centre has a huge John Lewis, House of Frazer, Debenhams, Monsson, East, etc, etc and all the other well-known chains, with Marks and Spencers, British Home stores, Primark, Matalan and a large TKMax for great bargains, etc- also nearby and within walking distance of station. Birmingham is great too, and so is Nottingham, but again not so compact as Leicester, for the same shops. Google 'shopping in Leicester' for more info.
If you really are just going for the day for shopping then the same can be said for lots of other UK towns/cities which are probably more easily accessible than Leicester.
As so done else has pointed out all the major towns just have all the same stores and lots of them have done kind of shopping mall where you can find everything in the one place.
Having said that I personally would not go to the UK just for a day for shopping so would combine it with sightseeing, visiting the area etc. I don't know Leicester at all so wouldn't know what there was to see there but I have to admit it wouldn't have been the first place that sprung to mind to visit.

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If you are normal size woman, you are better heading off to Brussels or better, Antwerp.

Having said that there is a lovely boutique in the center of Neuchatel, on the pedestrian street that the tram goes up. Belgian mum can give us the name when she gets in.
I agree completely Brussels and Antwerp are fantastic for clothes shopping and they do cater for the curvier woman too.

There are a couple of very nice boutiques in the centre if Neuchâtel but neither of them are near the tram line. I'm guessing you mean Rue Du Seyon where the trolley buses ( not the tram) run. There are a couple up that road and another on the pedestrian street running parallel to Rue du Seyon up from the Place des Halles.
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