Next to elegance

By Halla Mohieddeen (
Updated: 2008-05-23 10:55

Next has long been regarded as something of a British high-street staple when it comes to affordable officewear and middle-of-the-road basics.

But while trendy young things may sneer at the safe and dependable offerings, the clothing chain shouldn’t be written off outright. Indeed, given the vast selection of kids clothing, parents will inevitably find something they love, and the menswear section boasts a similarly wide range. In terms of womenswear, yes, there’s nothing that’ll set the catwalks on fire here. However, expats looking for a range of office basics that come sans the usual Beijing pearl and Chinglish accoutrements will breathe a collective sigh of relief and snap up a nice plain suit or two.

Prices are similar to what you’d pay in the UK, if not a touch higher, and whilst there’s not much to tempt the more adventurous dresser, we can recommend the cute short-sleeved summery shirt with funky print for RMB 350.

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