tea dress from Topshop

A Love Letter to Topshop & Sharing My Summer Style

bardot top

I have so much love for Topshop, it’s untrue.

It’s the first high store I’ll pop into if I pass it (I can’t actually pass it and NOT go in, much to my husband’s frustration-‘I’ll just be a minute’ always turns into thirty) and whilst I love the odd designer piece in my wardrobe, the majority of it is Topshop.

I have so many sweet style memories and rights of passage moments related to Topshop too. It’s not just a store to me.

Moving to London to study at Goldsmiths’ University of London saw a lot of my student loan being spent in their huge Oxford Street store (a fashionista’s heaven). I later rewarded myself with a haul on receiving a 2:1 for my BA and later a distinction in my MA… Later, working in the film industry in Soho and Charlotte Street I’d dash around the Oxford Street branch in my lunch break or after work and it was the first place I headed to if I had a film premiere to attend, or my own short films were screening at festivals. I could always rely on finding something special on its floors be it the more exclusive Boutique pieces or something seasonal I’d been lusting after from magazine coverage.

It’s also where a so far life-long obsession with tea dresses was born.

When it came to pregnancy wear, their Tall range which helps if you’re long-bodied which I am generally, was ideal for both my pregnancies (Maternity at that point just wasn’t cutting it) and season after season Topshop tick all my style boxes with pieces I love from floral midis to skinnies, bardot blouses and more (I’m not a fan of jeans full stop by the way, but Jamies, I’ll wear).

The floral bardot top above was bought last summer (similar ones are available now) and the shorts are cut-offs from Jamies!

On reflection, I have everything from Ivy Park leisurewear to lace trim nighties, lingerie, jewellery and beachwear bought in Topshop. I’ve even stocked up on nail polish and a phone case from there, before.

A few 30-something friends have commented they find it too ‘young’ but with my Mum rocking pieces from Topshop, I think you just need to look beyond a few cropped tops (of which I don’t see many) and head for print dresses and beautiful, timeless heels and super cool sandals that won’t kill running after kids.

I’ll be honest and state that I’ve found theie sizing isn’t consistent with a recent haul seeing me buy a UK size 6, 8 and 12 when I’m usually a 10 across the board, so I tend not to buy online (that goes for most of the high street though) and head in store to shop. I do love an in-store shop anyway, I like to see the cuts and all the pieces with my eyes. I know my body well and find it easier to judge in person if something will suit me than a picture of a model online.

I’m hourglass with a small waist but mumtum (go figure) and a large chest and hips with fairly trim legs! I understand how my figure could baffle most stores but growing up I definitely remember it being easier to shop for my body. It’s no doubt changed from then though but I do hear from many women of all shapes and sizes who struggle with sizing.

That said, I love the pieces below and think you will too.

Many have already said they want to buy them from pics on Instagram which is always lovely to read!

tea dress from Topshop

I love this vintage ditzy floral print tea dress from Topshop above.  I bought a few weeks ago and is now currently out of stock online and only available in Maternity. It might pop back up and could still be in store. I got mine from the Harrogate branch.

I could have done with the UK size 10 but they only had an 8 in and the assistant assured me it fit well. It was too low cut for me so I’m wearing a black vest underneath. I would have gone with a white vest usually but they were all in the wash as I like to sleep in a white vest and PJ shorts! There’s something so relaxing about sleeping in white.

The white block heels are from an M&S campaign I shot recently and add a bit of edge to the outfit. In the A/W I love a biker with a tea dress contrasting the dainty with the rockier styles.

The Pink Tassle Drop earrings are Topshop too. I’ve always been about the statement earrings so I’m loving how much of a trend tassel earrings and big hoops have become.

bardot style midi from Topshop

Next up is a Bardot Style floral midi I’m besotted with. This must be a large size style as I got the UK 6 (they’d run out of the others) and it was still big on. I like midis to be un-boxy so this was the right size in that style (told you sizing is confusing) and came up like a standard 10 in Topshop/ other stores. This frock surprisingly caused some controversy after I was on the receiving end of an unkind comment over of my FB page but I honestly love it. I think it’s flattering and I will wear it endlessly this summer.

Unlike some Bardot styles, the sleeves stayed put too. Well done TS. You can find it under Floral Shirred Bardot Dress.

Honest Mum wears Topshop midi

Dreamy. The Lana Platform sandals are LITERALLY the comfiest shoes I’ve ever owned and I spent the entire day exploring Glasgow in them. You can’t see but the heel is a tan wooden style and I’m actually going to buy another pair so I have a back up. That’s how ah-mazing they are!

So that’s a wrap. Stunning dresses that are flattering, bright and full of personality. Go bold or go home. I’ve been wearing them at home too of course because #mumlife!

Topshop you rock.

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