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Topshop try to make mom jeans happen

mom jeans

“Wow!” we thought when this item first crossed our fashion radar, “Those look like MOM JEANS! It must just be the angle of the photo, though, for surely the pinnacle of modern fashion that is Topshop would not be trying to foist MOM JEANS upon its unsuspecting shoppers?”

Buy they ARE mom jeans. Deliberately so. It even says it in the product description, look:

mom jeans As you can see, “acid mom” is a thing now too, apparently. Which is… yeah.

So: mom jeans. Now, we know a lot of women who ARE moms take offence at this term, and rightly so. It’s not like moms can’t be stylish, after all. It’s not like becoming a mother means you have to throw out all of your regular clothes and slip into high-waisted, tapered leg “slacks” which flatter no-one. And let’s face it, that’s what “mom jeans” are, really.

If Topshop are selling them, though, it’s a good sign that they might be about to make a comeback: assuming, of course, that something that was never really fashionable to begin with can be said to make a “comeback”, that is.

What do you think? Could you rock the mom jean? Do you want to give it a try? You can buy these for £40 at Topshop if you do…


High Street Shopping: Topshop clean t-shirt satin maxi dress


We’ve always been slightly suspicious of maxi dresses. Oh, don’t get us wrong: we like them… on other people. On other people, the maxi dress can look effortlessly elegant, casual-yet-dressy, and that little bit different from all of the other dresses out there.

On us, though? On us, a maxi dress can easily make us look like we’re en route to a costume party: or like we’ve just been watching far too much Downton Abbey. And honestly, the length issues alone are enough to put us off, because if you’re anything less than model height, you’ll know that any maxi dress you try to pluck off the racks will trail along the floor behind you, gathering dust bunnies and other items as you go. Not a great look.

We’d be willing to overlook all of this, however, for Topshop’s clean t-shirt satin maxi dress. Great colours, great shape, and the kind of dress that’s totally simple, and yet very striking all at the same time. This would be really easy to dress up with a statement necklace or other jewellery, and we love the clean lines and beautiful jewel tones.

Buy it here.


High Street Shopping: Topshop A-line 60s swing coat

mustard swing coat

We’ve been showing you a lot of coats lately, but given that those of us in the Northern hemisphere have reached that time of year when it’s impossible to leave home without one, we hope you’ll forgive us.

This coat is from Topshop, and combines a simple shape with a stand-out colour. Mustard is one of those shades that gets a bit of a bad rap sometimes. It definitely doesn’t work on everyone, but if it works on you, it can be surprisingly versatile, and will also provide a splash of pretend sunshine on days when the real sun won’t oblige. We can’t say no to that…

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Fashion News

Richard Nicholl creates wedding collection for Topshop

Richard Nicholl for Topshop bridal collection

Say you’re a bride-to-be who’s also a fashionista. Where are you going to get your wedding dress? You can’t get a regular dress, obviously: you need to be edgy and fashion-forward at all times, and if you’re getting married in the summer of 2012, say, that basically means you’re going to need some kind of a mullet skirt. Ideally one of the ones that take the form of a short skirt, with a sheer maxi skirt over the top – a bit like a veil for your legs, basically. See? Bridal! You’re also probably going to need a pair of ugly, clumpy shoes, ideally by Jeffrey Campbell.

Well, we can’t help you with the shoes (or not right at this second, anyway. We’re more than sure we’ll have some ugly shoes for you to oggle soon…) but we can help you with the fashion-forward wedding dress, because Topshop have just joined forces with Richard Nicholl to create their first ever bridal collection. It’s called “Tie the Knot”, and while some of the pieces are aimed at the blushing bride herself, others would be appropriate for any kind of party or other special event.

We’ll be interested to hear what you all think of this collection. Would you want an up-to-the-minute, “bang on trend” wedding dress, for instance, or do you think it’s best to stick to something classic, that won’t scream “SUMMER 2012” when you’re looking back at your wedding photos, many years from now?

Click here to shop the collection.

Fashion News

Topshop Launches ‘Factory Girl’ collection

Topshop Factory Girl Collection

It’s grim up north: or at least, it is for these models, apparently – look at those scowls! (Modelling is hard, of course, as we should never forget…)

These images are from Topshop’s ‘Factory Girl’ collection, for Fall 2012, which drawns inspiration from the north of England in the sixties: think beehive hair, lots of eyeliner and a Bardot-esque pout. To compliment that look, Topshop’s collection consists of a lot of tweed, some very ladylike pieces, such as the pencil skirts and kitten heels, and, well, hotpants. Quite a few pairs, actually.

You can shop some of the items from the collection here (more will be filtering out over the coming weeks), and see some more images from the lookbook in the gallery below. What do you think, though: anything you’ll be buying?

Topshop Factory Girl Collection

Adult Onesie, Crimes of Fashion

Adult Onesies: What’s Up Doc?

Bunny animal all-in-one

We know we’re fighting the good fight against adult onesies all on our lonesome here, and that as soon as this post goes live, we’ll start getting comments telling us it’s “NONE OF OUR BISNISS!” what people choose to wear at home, and that they’re “SO COMFY!”*, but we will continue to fight it. Because if there’s anything funnier than the idea of grown adults solemnly going about their business while dressed as Bugs Bunny, we’ve yet to see it.

Actually, on second thoughts, maybe we won’t fight the growing wave of adult onesies. Sometimes we all need a good laugh, after all, don’t we?

This one is from Topshop: click here to buy it.

*The same argument is regularly made in defence of Crocs. The prosecution rests.

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Cousin Itt would love this



We don’t know about you guys, but we’re not really seeing “fringed dress” here. We’re seeing one of those women who refuses to cut their hair for like, 40 years, and ends up with it trailing along somewhere at ankle height, all dead and creepy looking. By comparison, the, er, “hair” on this dress is actually quite shiny. Does that make it any better, though? Are you currently doing seal claps over the edgy, fashion-forward dress you see before you? Well, some people obviously are, because it’s already sold it in medium/large, which means that only the small/medium fashionistas among you will be able to wear this, and only if you have a spare £180 to spend on it. If you do, click here to visit the Topshop website…

Crimes of Fashion, Trousers/Pants

Summer in Boca: Topshop tropical print bomber jacket and cigarette trousers

Topshop tropical print suit

We’re getting a real “Florida pensioner on a day-trip to the casino” vibe from this little number. You, on the other hand, may well be getting an “edgy fashionista, about to be street-style snapped” one. Because, well, it’s as ugly as sin, and that gets you major points in the fashion world.

(You know when people say “It’s so ugly it’s cute?” This isn’t that.)

Which vibe do you get? If you fall on the side of the edgy fashionista, you can click here to buy the whole outfit for £77. If anyone needs us, we’ll be lying down in a darkened room, trying to get rid of this migraine that just hit…

Dresses, Fashion Fraud Squad

Designer Dupes: navy and orange dresses by Victoria Beckham and Rare

Victoria Beckham dress copied by Rare

‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, now what have we ‘ere, then? Why, it looks like a case of Designer Dupes to us!

On the left, a navy and orange pencil dress, from Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 ready to wear collection: it cost $2,295, but the price is academic at this point, because it sold out as soon as it went on sale.

On the right, meanwhile… a navy and orange pencil dress, although this time by Rare, which is available at Topshop. This one is only £49, and was still available in most sizes at the time of writing, and can also be purchased at the Rare website, should it sell out at Topshop, which, let’s face it, it probably will.

Which do you prefer?

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Crime of Fashion? The Sad Smock

Topshop smock dress

This has to be one of the saddest dresses we ever did see.

In fact, it makes us feel like this:

The Sad Smock

In fact, honestly, this dress is like one of Harry Potter’s dementors: as soon as we look at it, we start to feel like we’ll never be happy again.

You know what else makes us sad?

The fact that it’s £85, it’s ugly, and it’s SOLD OUT.

Oh, and if you’re thinking that maybe it looks better on:

smock dress

That would be a “no” to that.

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Fashion News

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop arrives, sells out almost instantly


Well, that was quick work, Topshop shoppers. Mary Katrantzou’s capsule collection for the high street brand launched this morning, and at the time of writing, all that’s left is the hideous trousers pictured above, a scarf and a pair of leggings. And there’s not much of these left online either, so if you really want some of this stuff, you’re literally going to have to beg, borrow or steal it, and we don’t recommend the latter. Or, of course, you could dedicate the next few days to visiting Topshop branches, in the hope of finding something, or simply trawl eBay and pay more than the already-high prices you’d have paid in store. Shopping: it’s basically turned into a competitive sport these days, hasn’t it?

Poppy Delevingne (pictured) won’t be joining you on your search, though: she managed to get her hands on an MK-for-TS dress a few days before the launch, and is seen here wearing it to the Elle Style Awards earlier this week. (No, it’s not the dress in our image.) Lucky her.

What do you make of these pieces, though? Mary Katrantzou is currently the darling of the fashion world, and fashionistas everywhere have been gushing over her vibrant floral prints and quirky shapes for a while now. Do you want to gush over the Topshop collection, though? If so, you know where the comment box is…


But what if your name isn’t “Kate”?

Topshop 'Kate' sweater

They didn’t really think this through, did they?

Or, on second thoughts, maybe they did: this ‘Kate’ sweater arrived on the Topshop website yesterday morning… and was sold out by 8pm.

Are there really that many people called Kate out there? Did the Kates Moss and Middleton buy them all? Or are there now a ton of people who aren’t called ‘Kate’ walking around with someone else’s name on their sweater? Is it a reference to the Duchess of Cambridge? Do people really worship her THAT MUCH, if so?

Explain it to us, please.

Dresses, Style On Trial

Style on Trial: Topshop Wallpaper Ombre Hourglass Dress

Topshop wallpaper dress

Well, there’s a lot going on here, isn’t there? For one thing, this dress looks a bit like it’s on fire. Or at least, it does to us, but that could be because we’re slightly blinded by all of the eyeball bleach we instinctively reached for as soon as we laid eyes on it.

Topshop describe it as a “wallpaper” dress. This, of course, made us wonder what kind of room would have walls like this? And who would live in such a room? You can leave your answers to that one in the comments box. Mostly, though, we just want to know whether it would be a super-stylish someone, or the type of someone The Fashion Police should be thinking about arresting. You see, we thought the answer to this one was obvious… but then we noticed that although this dress has only been online for a day or so, it’s already started to sell out in certain sizes, so we need to know what we’re up against here: will we soon be fighting off entire armies of wallpaper-wearers? And if so, should we fight back, or let them win?

This is £65 at Topshop. But is it innocent or guilty? 

Celebrity Fashion, Fashion News

What Kate Bought: Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

Kate Middleton shops at Topshop

This week, certain sectors of the UK media were absolutely astonished by the news that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has been spotted doing a bit of shopping at her local Topshop, in Kensington.

Honestly, we’re mostly just amazed by the amazement. If she’s anything like any other British girl – and, small matter of being married to a Prince aside, the evidence so far would seem to suggest that she IS – Kate probably grew up shopping at Topshop, just like the rest of us did. Why would she stop now, just because she’s suddenly filthy rich. If YOU were rich, would you walk past Topshop on your way home, without so much as a glance? We wouldn’t. Sure, it would be great to be able to hit up the designer boutiques any time you wanted, but clothes are clothes, and we’re pleased to see that Kate apparently isn’t a clothes snob, because that’s the first stop on the fasttrack to Fashion Victim Central, as we all know.

Anyway, during her “spree” – if three items can be called that – the Duchess bought a teal pencil skirt (£38), and velvet trim boucle jacket (£65), and a pair of earrings. We have no idea how much the earrings cost, but probably around £10? Who knows.

Only the jacket was still available on the Topshop website at the time of writing, and we’d imagine that will sell out soon, the fashion world being what it is. (What it is = lots of women all desperate to wear exactly the same thing as each other, and as the Duchess of Cambridge.) You may still be able to find the items in question in-store, though, should you want to. Do you?

Crimes of Fashion, Dresses

Say something nice about this gold Topshop maxi dress


We can’t think of anything nice to say about this gold maxi dress by Topshop Unique. In fact, if we came round to your house, say, and you were wearing this, we would think we got you out of bed. We’d also think it was 1972.

It’s Friday, though, and, well, it’s nice to be nice, isn’t it? So we’ll leave it up to you. If you share our view, you can consider it a challenge. If you don’t, you can consider it an opportunity to change our minds. If you just want to buy the dress, you can click here and have your £195 at the ready. Go!

Fashion Police

Dress of the Day: Tulle spot prom dress by Dress Up Topshop


(Tulle spot prom dress, £75, Topshop: Click here to buy it)

This dress is from Topshop’s ‘Dress Up Topshop’ collection, which, as the name suggests, is a collection of dresses. Do you see what they did there?

According to Topshop, there are two different ways to wear this dress. Well, we mean, we’re sure there are more than just  two ways, but there are just two which they’ve chosen to illustrate: the traditional, pretty-prom-dress way shown above (i.e. add shoes, a bag, and maybe some jewellery and you’re good to go), and this, more casual way:

(Aside: this model really looks like she means BUSINESS, no? No one’s going to be accusing HER of looking all girlie in her tulle prom dress, no siree.)

(We also like her shoes. OK, we’ll stop with the parentheses now.)

Ah, the old prom dress “toughened up” with t-shirt n’ tights trick! Fashion magazines are very fond of showing us how to “toughen up” very traditional style dresses, but does it work, we ask you? Because we always die a little on the inside when we see this happen.*  It’s like the person wanted to wear the dress, but then, once she put it on, she got all sel-conscious about it and tried to downplay it, like, “Who, me? No, I’m not wearing a prom dress. *Whistles*) And we say OWN IT, sister. If you want to wear the pouffy dress, wear it. Save the thick tights for something else.

Then again, if we were feeling generous, we could just choose to see this as an easy way to make an evening dress look a little more casual. Because, after all, it’s not like you can realistically just walk around the supermarket, or whatever, in a strapless prom dress, can you?

What do YOU think? Which way do you prefer this dress?

*Note: not really. It IS just a dress, after all.