Bored this summer? Try… Bicester Village

first_imgLike reading Vogue? Shop for clothes at GAP and Next although you’d prefer to wear Karen Millen outfits? Sounds like massive desire suppression to me. Fortunately, Bicester Village might offer you a good outlet. A factory designer outlet in fact. What you find in Bicester Village is a cluster of 80 designer shops including Karen Millen, Max Mara and Bally selling last year’s fashion. And because it’s last year’s, it’s reduced by up to 60 percent. My favourite trophy was a Max Mara needle-striped navy suit for £250. That’s a lot of money, but it’s only about half as much as a comparable suit would have cost me in London. A trip to Bicester Village is easy to fit into a busy student’s schedule. It’s only 30 minutes away from Oxford by coach, with departures roughly every 30 minutes from Gloucester Green. Conveniently enough, it’s open 7 days a week: weekdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 10am to 7pm. After all that shopping, you may feel you’ve saved enough money to treat yourself to a good Italian meal at Carluccio’s, or you might prefer a snack at Prêt à Manger. In case it all sounds too good, a word of caution. You cannot find decent GAP jeans anywhere in Bicester, or a couple of Next tops to go with them. If you are looking for clothes that simply keep your body warm, stay in Oxford. Bicester Village is more for those who treat fashion as the art of aesthetic self-expression without expressing the constraints of a student budget.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img

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