More often than not I feel too old, too fat and too plebby for Topshop. I'm that person that holds up a garment and asks: "this is a top right?" only to realise that it is in fact a flippy little dress destined for someone 15 years younger.
I will however never give up. I check the "New in" section of the website on a semi-regular basis (i.e., like twice a day) and some recent determined online shopping has resulted in two new gems.
First up, the boyfriend blazer.
AKA the blazer that I am wearing every day and one that will possibly need dry cleaning on a weekly basis.
This is a bright white long line blazer in a light fabric. It is IDEAL. I have been looking for a Chloe rip off like this for a long time but finding the right fit and material has proved difficult.
I have a little stable of white blazers from from Zara and ASOS but the fabric on those is very heavy for hot summer days and they can appear boxy at times.
This is a lot more relaxed and languid. I also very much appreciate that when I am wearing very tight jeans my arse is protected from view. I have a real thing about that - I guess a bum squeezed into tight jeans isn't something I want the world to see :)
The second item is what I call "The weird dress".
(PS. I'll try and get a better/close up photo soon because I will no doubt wear it again)
It's high neck, long line and shapeless. Now, doesn't that sound appealing?
I admit it was a bit of a risk but I actually love it. The fabric is reassuringly thick and non-transparent with a light satin finish and the petal detailing at the hem adds dimension and a point of visual interest. The trapeze style swings and swooshes (yes, its a word) as you walk and provided you wear it with heels it's not as horrendously unflattering as it may sound. I made sure I read the reviews on the website before I added this to the basket and all were equally as positive.
NB: I would probably size down in this - unless you have big boobs - as there is so much volume.
Now of course the next order is in the pipeline - delicate lace up flats and another addition to my weird dress collection. Just when I think I am soooooo mature and beyond the grips of such a youthful high street brand I regress and find myself right back where I started shopping 15 odd years ago.
Topshop, I can't quit you :)