When Etail Pr announced that I had won £300 worth of Topshop vouchers in their Hairtrade competition I literally lost my sh*t! I love Topshop but rarely shop there as I can never quite justify their crazy prices and I am always slightly put off by the sizing of their clothes (not the worlds biggest fan of taking 27 trips to the fitting room to find a pair of jeans that fit!)
Admittedly as soon as I got my voucher I ran straight to Topshop like a giddy child at Christmas. Anyone who has been to the one in the Arndale centre is Manchester will know its quite big and and spread out.....queue panic stations. I was completely overwhelmed by the fact that I had all of this money and had no idea where to start....I ended up grabbing a really boring (but nice) jumper of one of the rails and running to the tills in desperation. The checkout girl was quite amused that it was all I could manage. That is when I decided I should probably arrange an appointment to use the (free)Topshop Personal Shopping service.
I was filled with apprehension when I contacted them by email to arrange a date and time but the whole process was honestly so easy. Within 24 hours of emailing them I had a reply asking what date and time I would like and to also fill out some details about my size, style icons, budget, hair colour and eye colour (confused face!) etc. They confirmed my appointment the same day. Being the wimp I am I was a bit nervous about the whole situation, I am crap at saying no to people and I was worried that I would be pressured into buying something I didn't like. I was so wrong!
Upon arrival I was greeted by a ridiculously stylish and super lovely girl who told me to take a seat and help myself to water and cupcakes. We chatted away about my blog and her degree whilst I waited for my 'stylist'! When she arrived I felt at ease straight away as she presented me with a drool worthy array of outfits she had pieced together for me to try on. When I filled out my form before my appointment I deliberately didn't want to give too much away about my style as I wanted to break out of my comfort zone a little, however somehow she still managed to nail my style to the ground and I love everything she picked. There were a few items that given the choice I never would have picked off the shelf but that was the whole point I guess. I turned my nose up at a printed smock dress that she had paired with an over sized denim jacket but when I tried it on it went straight to the top of my yes pile.
If something didn't fit she happily went and got me a different size and was great at pulling different bits of the shop floor to try with the outfits she had already put together, she knew the shop inside out. When I tried something on that I didn't like she accepted it and in no way pressured me into changing my mind, she was also really complimentary which was lovely.
Before I wrap this up I couldn't not give a shout out to the fitting rooms!!! I can put my hands together and thank the fashion gods because you will not leave the personal shopping area with any less self confidence than when you walked in. I am sure many of you will join me when I say that most high street fitting rooms are HORRENDOUS with their harsh bright (reveal every blemish and bump on your body) lights and fun house style mirrors. The Topshop ones are the exact opposite with their lovely low lighting, ample amounts of room and one full length mirror.
I honestly can't recommend the Topshop personal shopping experience enough. It felt like a was shopping with a friend, I came away with some fab new clothes and felt completely relaxed. I have included the items I got below and also a pic from my latest outfit post (the jeans are incredible)
Have any of you used the Topshop Personal Shopping Experience? What did you think?