Is it just me or is Topshop really on fire right now? I love stalking around the Oxford Street branch because it has the entire range rather than the slim pickings doled out to us in the rest of the UK. Here are some of the best things I found this Monday, some of which you might, just might, be able to find outside London.
The Kate Middleton dress: OK I saw this spotty number from The Seamstress on Monday and Kate came out of hospital with Prince George on Tuesday wearing a now iconic polka dot dress. As you can see the colour she wore is available on the rails in the background although this particular dress pattern reminds me of stuff my mum would wear in the 1980s (and not in a good way). Conspiracy theorists take note… £75.00
It’s Darling!: This dress is so versatile. You can wear it with a floppy felt hat to rock a 70s Luxe Bianca Jagger vibe or roll your hair up and wear it simply to echo Keira Knightly in atonement. It’s great for showing off toned tanned arms and also comes in an appealing teal shade. £75.00
A casual glance at this NAVY rail and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe circa 1985. But a little lace can go a long way and I’ve seen quite a few women looking elegant in the heat wearing high-necked lace.
Although I didn’t like that it was paired with a Heidi style skirt, this musical blouse could work well with pegged jeans, winkle-pickers, a quiff and a ribbon around the collar for a flirty feminine rockabilly look. Miss Patina, £55
Kimono jacket: one of the most wearable trends around, this is a steal at £40 and drapes way better than the ones out last year at places such as Biba. Topshop has genuine full-length kimonos for between £140-£180 but unless you are Jessa from Girls, why bother?
Kimono jumpsuit: Topshop’s black kimono print is put to good use in this flattering jump suit which would work well at a summer wedding and won’t date as quickly as the ubiquitous tribal prints that have defined this summer, £40.
Kimono play suit: The print makes a third appearance in this flirty little play suit. The peonies and cranes sit well with the drape and the red piping makes it pop! £34
They don’t just do black: a safe way to experiment with Kimono prints would be this more formal day shift dress which will keep you looking pretty, fresh and fitted without the kimono drama, £59.
Big Fat Gypsy no no: I’m sorry but no. No. NO! It’s not big (enough), it’s not ironic so it’s definitely not clever. But Jones+Jones have done it anyway. I don’t know about you but I think spending £75 on this would be throwing it away.