Shopping for clothes should be a pleasure, carried out at leisure in comfortable and relaxed surroundings. So why do we insist on joining the madding crowds to search for a new outfit during a rushed lunchtime or in the last hour before closing time?
If you genuinely have to shop at the same time as everyone else, then why not invest your precious time profitably: choose a clothes shop that will help, not hinder your decisions.
I've just discovered one such shop; a place where I guarantee you will find clothes shopping a real pleasure, not a chore!
On a recent visit to Harrogate I discovered Victoria Lane Fashions, on Kings Road. Just half a mile from the town centre and with the added bonus of free parking outside, this is one ladies clothes shop that definitely deserves a look.
Their clothes are hand picked from the collections of some of Europe's top designers and represent a stylish selection, much of which can't be found elsewhere in the North East. And while the clothes are all of a very high quality, the prices are not, so you won't have to spend a fortune to update your wardrobe with the latest trends.
The small team who run the shop are extremely knowledgeable and will be delighted to come up with suggestions for you to try on; however, if you prefer to be left alone to browse, then that's fine too. While you're looking you will be offered tea and coffee and the really good thing is that you won't be rushed into making a doubtful decision; time is your own to spend as you please.
If you fall in love with an outfit but it's just that bit too long or maybe an inch wide in the hips, never fear. Victoria Lane Fashions use highly skilled and talented seamstresses to make alterations so it will fit perfectly. Oh, and you're unlikely to face the horror of meeting someone wearing the same outfit as you; each collection is usually restricted to one garment in each size and maybe just two styles of trousers or skirts.
In the event that you are stuck at home, live within a 25 mile radius of the shop and can't, for any reason, visit Victoria Lane in person then Victoria Lane (Vicki) will come to you, with a selection of clothes for you to try on in the comfort of your own home.
And one final, more unusual plus point: once the team get to know you and the clothes you like to wear, they will happily take a shopping list with them when they visit the designers in person. They make twice yearly trips to the fashion houses in Europe to source new collections and they could help you to build a unique wardrobe that works for every occasion.
And that's just a few reasons why I think Victoria Lane Fashions is so much more than just a clothes shop. I do hope you agree.