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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool ready-to-wear

    Hi,

    Can I say: 'I'm looking for a ready-to-wear store'?

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    Re: ready-to-wear

    Hello Bi,

    Yes, that's fine; but you are more likely to encounter it in AmE than BrE. So if you plan to use it, make sure it isn't surrounded by British expressions.

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    Re: ready-to-wear

    Well you could, but most clothes stores sell ready-to-wear clothes (only, or predominantly). So the choice would be between

    I'm looking for a clothes shop [this is Br E; things may be different over there]
    [assumption: you want ready-to wear ('off-the-peg') clothes]

    or

    I'm looking for a [bespoke] tailor
    [assumption: you don't]


    Of course, with the right context/contrastive stress 'I'm looking for a ready-to-wear store' would be fine':

    [You're staying with rich friends, and you've asked the butler for recommendations]

    Butler: 'Well, I'm told Simpsons of Picadilly offer a good service, Lord Fauntleroy would never wear anything else, sir.'

    You: 'No, no, you've got the wrong end of the stick. I'm looking for a ready-to-wear clothes store.'

    b

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