Our Bicester Village Shopping Secrets

Unbeknownst to their marketing team, we are officially renaming Bicester Village. Yep you heard it here first: it will from now on be known as Bliss-cester Village because to us a day’s visit is always that. Pure Bliss. There are always butterflies when we meet at Marylebone station and jump on the short train journey straight into the village’s own station. The anticipation of what reduced goodies we may find reduces us to giggling kids time and time again. Not thinking about the reduced bank balances at this stage in the game. Not one bit.

On our last visit a couple of weeks ago we went to check out the village in full festive flow to pick up some gifts and ahem, perhaps a little something for ourselves. And we weren’t disappointed.

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Not only does The Village house some of the best international designer labels, all at discounted prices, it’s such a pretty shopping experience and always looks SO good but at this time of the year they maybe have surpassed themselves. Just check out our photos to see what we mean when we talk about bliss. Multi coloured lanterns hang above head lighting the way while huge Christmas trees are scattered around the village alongside silver reindeer and an oversize sleigh which is perfect for a post shop photo op. Just sayin.
When you think it couldn’t get any better {apart from an Isabel Marant store, gals can dream} after the new addition last year of a whole section of the village so it now houses over 160 stores, there is now a beautiful Wolsey restaurant to cosy up in for a hot chocolate or grab a delicious bite to eat if you fancy something a little more decadent than the Farmshop. We also had on our radar to check out the Tate pop up shop which is open over the festive period and has a great selection of gifting ideas for all the family aswell as an awesome print shop where you can select from over 500 artworks which will then be delivered to your {or anyone else’s} door.
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SO lets cut to the chase and the reason you are probably still reading ~ our shopping secrets. Having visited Bicester Village a good handful of times over the past few years we are pretty sure we have learnt some good shopping hacks, some of which you can read here, but what we really wanted to do when we decided to visit this time around was get your input. We know from the questions that flood in after a Bicester visit that you guys are really keen to know more about the product on offer and the discounts available so after our shout out on Instagram Stories we had a few stores to check out especially for you guys!
Gucci questions were by far our most received: can you get loafers? Do they have the GG belt? Which bags are available? What are the prices?
The long and the short of it is yes and no! Yes they have loafers and belts but not the classic ones. As a rule of thumb in most stores in the village, a brands no.1 best sellers are not going to be on discount and available at Bicester Village BUT they do always have alternatives. They may not have the GG Marmont cross body bag that you’ve seen online but {as you can see from the photos below} they do have some other Marmont styles.
This goes back to our Number 1 shopping hack: have something in mind but nothing too specific. No 2 trips have the same stock and the stores themselves don’t know what product they will receive so a visit is a bit of a lucky dip. We usually visit with the sort of product we need in the backs of our minds {i.e. party heels, a daytime tote bag, a dress for an event} but not 1 definitive style as you would be extremely jammy to find what you are after in the exact size and colour! So, go with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.
Also we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Ask if they have anything else in the stockroom. None of the Marmont bags were on display in the Gucci store apart from one but once we got talking to the sales assistant she soon bought us out more options. Explain what you are after and see if they happen to have more styles that they can show you. Remember if you don’t ask you don’t get!
Another good tip is to buy off season. If you have the insight to look for Summer product in the Winter months we are sure you can get a great deal. For example if you pick up espadrilles in December they are definitely going to be cheaper than June! We actually visited the village during Cyber Week so most stores we also offering extra discount plus if you go during sale times then again you find find product with extra reductions.
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If you are wondering if we took our own advice and what may have come home with us {you know we are never going to leave empty handed don’t you} and you didn’t catch our Live unboxing on Instagram Stories then below are some outfits featuring our Bicester buys. Alice scored the Chloé Susanna knee high boots and some red pumps from L.K.Bennett that she had had her eye on for ages. They didn’t have them instore in her size but were able to locate them and send them to her in the post which is another service we didn’t know they offered and only discovered once we asked! After having a dressy black and gold bag in the back of her mind, Hannah went home with the leather and suede medium Chloé Drew bag which shhhhhhh is actually still available instores but we got for 30% off. This oversize wrap coat was also from L.K.Bennett and even though it was a few sizes up we thought it was worth trying to see if the style would work oversize and wit an extra Black Friday discount it most definitely had to come home with us.
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Because its not all just about us, we also picked up some great Christmas presents too with gifts such as candles at The White Company, toiletries at Rituals, kids books at the Tate pop-up and small leather goods from Mulberry being our favourites.
With Central London heaving at this time of year, we’d opt for a blissful day out at Bliss-cester Village anytime. Who’s with us?
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Alice wears jumper from H&M, skirt from Topshop, boots by Chloé at Bicester Village, coat from Mint Velvet, bag by Mulberry, earrings by Giovanni Raspini and necklaces by Muru London
Hannah wears jumper from H&M{similar here}, jeans by Topshop, heels by New Look {similar here}, coat by L.K.Bennett, bag by Chloé at Bicester Village and necklaces by Muru London
This post is in collaboration with Bicester Village. All thoughts are our own.
Outfits photos by Margarita Karenko.
If you’ve found this post useful to get an insight into Bicester Village, you may also like to check out our other posts A Day Trip to Bicester Village here and How to Shop at Bicester Village here sharing more advice on how and where to shop once you get there and as always, if you want to see more head over to our Instagram page here, see you there!!!
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