Topshop is often heralded as high fashion on the high street. It has a knack for taking catwalk trends and selling them to the masses and is loved by celebs, editors and bloggers alike. But if you’re not into the high fashion thing, you don’t want to spend £45 on a pair of leggings or you’re over the age of 23, Topshop can be a very scary place…
When I walk into Topshop, my eyes are assaulted by the array of skull print leggings, floral bralets and dip dye hotpants. At 26 I feel old, my DDs aren’t going anywhere near those bralets and their size 12 jeans don’t fit me which is why I often flee for Zara, a safe haven of gentle pastels and appropriately-sized jeans.
But I think Topshop gets a bad rap. It’s not just a purveyor of the hipster’s uniform – if you root around a bit, there are some lovely pieces to be found. Like… well, this entire outfit. The denim shirt you’ve seen before but the grey jersey skirt and gloriously soft cardigan are recent purchases. All three pieces are simple, well-made and easy to wear – there’s no weird embellishment, no religious imagery, no cutaway panels. They’re basics, but with those Topshop touches that make them feel fresh and modern – cute pockets, draping, a tailored fit.
Without that telltale Topshop styling, these items mix well with my wardrobe and I’ve been wearing the skirt non-stop since I bought it last week. So Topshop is back on my shopping list – I’ll just leave the more directional stuff to my younger, more cutting edge counterparts!