Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Farewell to Topshop

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Dress: £20 Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: £20 Newlook, similar here
Necklace: Forever 21

Last week me and Thomas boarded a train set for London for our wedding anniversary with a plan to shop, eat, and watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical. I had planned on wearing this dress to the royal drury lane theatre, however it was slightly bum grazing and I felt a bit exposed so with half an hour to spare I dashed into the nearest shop which happened to be Dorothy Perkins.
Setting foot in there was like one of those ta-da moments you see on tv, whilst milling around the shop and frantically grabbing at dresses I had an epiphany. I can now happily make the transition from Topshop to Dozza P and I don't care if that makes me more of a 30 year old than a 20 year old!

This pivotal moment in my life came after a horrendous visit to the Oxford Circus Topshop a couple of weeks before hand. I walked in and felt like I'd opened a door to the 90s, not the cool "lets watch Saved by the Bell and play the Sega 90s" but a sort of 90s cult that only 18-20's could join and they weren't about to let anyone stand in their way of the scrunchies, backpacks, and ill-fitting jeans on offer. I accidentally brushed one with my handbag and got a snappy response, she was probably mad that she hadn't thought to wear her frame-only glasses that day, but non the less the whole thing was a horrible experience and I won't be returning.

So I'm welcoming Dorothy Perkins and it's age appropriate clothing into my life with open arms. I realise this post is a little bit hypocritical as I'm still sporting the ohsotrendy bleach london hair colour, but I'm living on the edge and blurring the lines of student and late twenties office worker. I'm mad me.


  1. I've never been to the Oxford Circus store but that sounds horrible. It's a shop, you're allowed to touch what's on sale as much as you like!
    I actually buy from Dorothy Perkins quite a lot (as well as Topshop) as I'm pretty short and just love their petite range. Plus, their prices are great haha.
    That dress is a stunning colour anyway and I love the shape :)

    Louise /

  2. Love the colour on you elosie! I'm only in topshop for the shoes and midi skirts - can leave the rest!

  3. I'm loving DP's at the moment, there's so lovely A/W bits I want to invest in too. This dress is gorgeous and looks amazing, such a good colour xx

  4. Ah, sorry you had such an unfriendly experience! I've gotten that feeling from Topshop as well- very alienating! Don't blame you for giving it up. Love the dress you're wearing. The shade is beautiful on you! xo


  5. Speaking as a 20yr old, I prefer Dotty P on the whole! Rude staff and customers = get me the hell away!

  6. Hahaha you always make me laugh Eloise. I often think Toppers is SO overpriced as well. I still dress like a child, but only from the sale rail! You look gorgeous, fuschia really suits ya <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

  7. I have no interests in wearing unflattering 90s clothing. If I see one more person with a scrunchie, round glasses, backpack, high jeans and crop top I will scream. It didn't look good in the 90s, it doesn't look good now. This dress looks lovely on you and it's always much more calm in DP xx

  8. I have to admit, I'm not much of a fan of either store at the moment - I'm not enjoying this 90s thing.

  9. I can't really do 90s stuff, I couldn't even do it first time round!

    Maria xxx

  10. this color looks really beautiful on you btw... love it!


  11. I love Dorothy Perkins. Great dresses in a length that doesn't show your knickers, in better fabric and for a better price than at Toppers. Yes. Please.

  12. I just love the colour of this dress..its a sweet colour

  13. This colour is seriously stunning on you! Love it! :) x

    Sarah @ xx

  14. I’m so with you on that one. Topshop seem to overdo trends sometimes and their clothes aren’t always wearable. I personally love Dorothy Perkins too. There clothes are well fitted, classic and reasonably priced. That purple dress is so on point, must keep an eye out for it! Fab post chick! :-) xx

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