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Do They Seriously Still Sell these?

Today a miracle happened: I managed to get a little bit of free time and decided to go shopping. Somehow, I ended up in M&S on High Street Kensington. As soon as I got there It made me so utterly depressed that I went straight to their cafe. I even considered eating a couple of cupcakes to ease my pain (despite my new no-sugar resolutions). But I resisted. Instead, I decided to drink healthy green tea and to vent my anger in an email to the M&S big shots. What was wrong? In a nutshell, I felt like I had landed in granny land.
Here is my email. Please tell me what you think and circulate it if you agree with me. I can’t be the only one! Or maybe -shock horror!- there is something wrong with me.
Attention: Mark Bolland, John Dixon
Dear Sirs,
Today I went to M&S on High Street Kensington for a little bit of retail therapy. Somehow I ended up in the lingerie and nighties department, on the first floor. I was stunned: are you seriously considering us normal women to wear what is on display? If I wore anything from here I think my husband would be seriously worried.


No wonder the divorce rates are going up and the birth rates are going down. Come on, who would dare to touch someone who looks well, like a frustrated granny? I have a newfound respect for what British men have to endure. They deserve a medal. Just imagine your wife wearing such night clothes or pants. Add some socks and hair rollers and you are going to sleep in separate bedrooms for the rest of your life. In fact, your wife doesn’t need you: she will be warm enough!

Who Needs a Hubby When You Can Have  A Onesie
I quickly exited the shop, because I just wasn’t ready to wear THIS! 
I Pledge Never To Wear THIS

I crossed the street and saw another shop. I had a quick look, and once again felt completely out of place, but for very different reasons. No names, but I am sure that you know which shop I am talking about. This was way too much for me. Much too, well, slutty. I had gone from one extreme to another just by crossing the street. How bizarre.
So here is my dilemma: in this country, how can I find something sexy? Just sexy: not slutty, and not for grannies. Is there nothing in between over here? Haven’t you heard of brands like ‘Princesse Tam Tam’, Dim, Lou or Aubaine? I used to live in Paris and took them for granted. Silly me.
I quickly went back to M&S – it was all becoming a bit too much for me. The cafe is strategically placed on the same floor than the nighties,which helped. I sat down, pondered what to do and decided to email you.
Please do your part for a more positive body image for women in this country. There is such a thing , you know, as nice nighties and nice lingerie.
Yours sincerely,
Muriel Demarcus

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Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London