Category Archives: Tops

I Want it Wednesday – Mixed Up Prints

Topshop Printed Tops

Mixed Prints Outfits

1: Topshop Aztec Latino Suntop

2: Topshop Animal Border Vest

3: Topshop Bright Animal Cami

Outfits: see here for details of each item

Loving the whole Aztec/Navajo themes going on for SS12, especially the creative prints that we’re seeing as a result. It’s a bit brash, and a bit of an eye-ache, but it’s cool and fun and young. Mixing up prints is going to be big, so don’t be afraid, just play around with your prints and see what works for you. I’ve picked three great printed tees from Topshop to get started with (cause as usual they’re bang on trend and affordable)  and then made a print-crazy outfit with each – give it a go!

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Outfit – Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

Checked Shirt and Paisley Culottes

shirt: Topshop, culottes: ASOS, cuff: ASOS, earrings: a present

This shirt is one of my go-tos for easy wearing, so I wanted to mix it up a bit. Instead of pairing it with trousers or leather shorts as I usually do I tried it with these cute paisley culottes. I’m really happy with the mix of patterns, and the shirt tones down the girliness of the paisley print. This outfit is a bit skimpy to wear out at the moment though. Can’t believe how cold it is! I’m counting down the days till summer 🙂

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Outfit: Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

Leather and Silk

cardigan: Urban Outfitters, top: SuperTrash, bra top: ASOS, trousers: Ted Baker, scarf: French Connection, boots: Schuh, ear cuff: ASOS 

If I could, I’d live in leather trousers. They add coolness to any outfit, and I love pairing them with tees and more feminine textures like this Supertrash silk top. Real leather is also great in any season as it’s surprisingly cooling in hot temperatures and warming in winter, so although they’re pricey they are a good investment. I scored these amazing Ted Baker real leather and jersey trousers for £30 in an amazing Selfridges sale last year. Insane!

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Outfit – Triple Denim

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shirt: Topshop, skirt: Pull & Bear, leggings: eBay, scarf: Bershka, boots: Topshop, bag: vintage Mulberry, watch: Nixon, ear cuff: Pieces

Double denim is so passe, peeps! Triple denim’s the way forward now. Well, maybe. I just wanted to try it out and see how it looked, since I’m a huge fan of double denim. I’m actually pretty pleased with the result. It’s so soft and casual looking, but with a cool, easygoing style. I’ve been experimenting with new ways to wear scarves as winter is well and truly here, and I like the cowboy feel this draped style adds. Also, how awesome are these Topshop gold heel Adorn boots? Haven’t found an outfit they haven’t gone with yet …

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On THOSE T-shirts *Cough Topman Cough*

Topman I'm Sorry T-ShirtTop Man What Breed is She T-Shirtsource: http://www.topman.com

Just wanted to add my two cents to the debate that’s surrounding these Topman t-shirts – recently withdrawn from sale of course. I’m not really going to talk about the second one. It’s mildly funny and I don’t really take issue with it, especially when you consider how there are equally derogatory t-shirts about men in a number of high street stores. I can see how it was ‘a bit of a laugh’. But as for the first one, the ‘I’m Sorry’ tee, now that is just totally appalling.

A Topman spokesperson on Facebook apologised for the offence it has caused, claiming that ‘these T-shirts were meant to be light-hearted and carried no serious meaning’. Now, I like to think I’ve got a good sense of humour but what stops the t-shirt from being light hearted is the choice of excuses. ‘I hate you’? ‘You provoked me’? There are dark sentiments in these excuses. They hint at anger. They are scarily ambiguous. Even if this t-shirt makes no direct link to violence, it’s implicated in the words. Worn on a t-shirt, the excuses become glamorised, normalised. And let’s not even go into its implicated stance on youth drinking culture in Britain today.

I have no problem with fashion being offensive. It is, after all, an expression of the wearers personality, beliefs and opinions, and not everyone’s going to agree with what people have to say. But if you’re going to wear something controversial I’d rather you had something important to say – some message behind the fabric (or meat, a la Lady Gaga). There is no message behind this t-shirt. What’s its purpose? In fact, if there is any message behind it it’s that these sorts of excuses are ok. And no, Topman, they’re really not.

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