This is a huge fashion blogger faux pas but I’ve been in a bit of a style rut recently. I say recently, truth be told I’m not really sure when it was but one day I woke up totally despairing at the state of my wardrobe. It all felt jarring. The skirt I lived in last year suddenly felt wrong and looked awful with the shoes sitting on my shelf begging to be worn for the first time and don’t even get me started on the half dozen pieces I just bought on a whim. Getting dressed in the morning quickly became the bane of my life.
I will never be one of those women who are organised enough to put together a look the night before and still want to wear it the next morning. For me, fashion is much more emotive than that. I’ve always been an instinctive dresser, picking pieces and putting them together based on my mood rather than simply shrugging on a premeditated outfit. It’s one of our most overt forms of self-expression. Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, your outfit tells everyone that you encounter in a day something about you. And for the last few months, I’m sure they’ve been screaming “I got dressed in the dark!”
I went through my wardrobe to streamline it, giving away six bin bags of clothes, shoes and accessories to charity. It helped but it didn’t fix the underlying issue of having such a broad variety of styles, colours and prints staring at me whenever I opened my wardrobe. Having a signature style doesn’t appeal to me, while I appreciate a consistent ode to a 50s silhouette or Karl Lagerfeld’s love affair with his work uniform, I love fashion far too much to narrow my scope of wardrobe choices – I’m sure this is obvious for those who have flicked through my outfit posts!
The only remedy seemed to be investing in a whole new wardrobe to find pieces I actually want to wear while injecting some much-needed energy into the pieces I love. So a few months ago, I booked myself a personal shopping appointment at Topshop.
After a brief consultation with my personal stylist, I popped in on a Sunday morning and was totally overwhelmed by the service. My wonderful stylist, Lise, pulled together two rails of outfits in my own private room. Everything had been outfitted with accessories and she talked me through each outfit and alternative ways to style each piece. I spent the next hour trying the pieces on and falling in love with absolutely everything. It’s like Lise knew my style better than I did!
I ended up spending far too much on a brand new wardrobe from Topshop but you know what, it was worth it. The pieces I bought slotted in seamlessly with my own wardrobe, filling in the gaps that were there and enhancing the pieces I already owned. I rediscovered my love for fashion and saw my wardrobe in a new light, getting dressed in the morning became a joy again rather than a chore.
I can’t believe one personal shopping appointment had such a huge impact on me. I’ve been shopping at Topshop for about two decades and I can’t believe it took me so long to take advantage of their personal shopping service, which is complimentary by the way. Oh and this post is not sponsored by Topshop at all. It’s a genuine ode to their personal shopping team. I’m just blown away by the service, I’ve been raving about it to my IRL pals and wanted to share how amazing it is online too.
Huge thanks to the lovely Lise for being such an angel.
Dress – Topshop
Sneakers – Vans
Photography by Adorn Girl.