I love clothes but I hate shopping for them. For me, there is no thrill in the hunt.
But what if there was a way to have everything in your size and specification pulled for you and waiting in a dressing room? It is a dream no more, enter TopShop Personal Shopping.
Whilst this location is tremendously overwhelming when you go it alone, it's utterly manageable with help from TopShop personal shoppers. During my first appointment, I spent nearly three hours trying on so many things! It felt like working with a stylist - she brought shoes, accessories (including a necklace I have now worn for years and always get compliments on), knew the entire collection intimately, even pulled items from swim when I told her I was going to Majorca.
All you have to do is try everything on and decide what you want and what you don't. Following that you pay at a dedicated counter (no lines here ladies!).
In a word, amazing. TopShop personal shopping made me question ever shopping without help again.
Me and my boo signed up for a personal shopper so that we could feel like Royals when we would visit London. I guess I'm not the easiest guy to deal with. My personal shopper would soon find out.
The guy who assisted me, had a hipster style that was very cool. He actually told me that, because it was a busy day, he was a little tight on schedule. So he asked me what I was looking for and brought back some stuff to try from the shop. And all I had to do is wait in a very chique lounge that was somewhat looking like a 'private area'. I was offered free water by a Top Shop lady in the meantime.
So I can't blame the guy for bringing back like eight pieces of clothing that I did not like at all. I'm like some cyborg, my eyes scan the object from a few metres away. Before I even try on the clothing I already know what it will be.
Anyways there was one casual chique navy blue jacket with checkers that looked kinda cool. I basically took all the pieces with me to the dressing room and decided I should buy that jacket before I even tried it on. It actually fitted perfectly immediately.
My personal shopper also brought back some skinny jeans that almost terminated my future seed and made me look like Riri on a bad day. Also some other wool items that would be great to wear if I would be a 40 year old virgin preferring 40 more years all by myself.
Oh well, I'm back from London and all I got was this very cool jacket. Not too sure if the personal shopping concept works for an antifashion guy like me. On the other hand the store is too crowded so a little more personal space isn't that bad at all. My girl's personal shopper got her some awesome clothes so overall it's a very cool thing that Top Shop offers.
Pretty frenetic, even overwhelming. Too many choices, too many people, and too many prices that make you go: "Wha?! Why?!"
Seriously, clothing this trendy is good for one season only, and so the price tags should be cheerfully cheap. But they're not.
It's worth noting that the prices are listed in pounds, euros, and dollars, but you are charged in pounds. (The other currencies are just for reference, as if tourists are too dumb to figure it out on our own.) That would be ok, but the exchange rate was wildly off, making items appear even *more* expensive than they actually were.
I do have to say that the staffers are almost all very pleasant, apparently unfazed by the insanity around them. The cashier even offered me VAT forms unprompted, which was much appreciated.
One of my fav stores in London! It's not just a store it's an institute of pleasuring women in all senses! Ok almost all senses! Anything I girl wants and needs, ok, almost anything lol!! She can find it there for reasonable prices! Lord I could spend a whole week there! Shopper's paradise!
I love this Topshop, because it is huge and the collection is better than the other stores. This store has 4 floors with women clothes, shoes and accesoires and a Topman. Unfortunately I am not the only one who is a Topshop fan and this store is always crowded. My fiance doesn't like it when I am hanging around for a few hours in a crowded store. Time to book 2 Personal Shoppers and E-mail our preferences and wishes. This service is free of charge and I have read good things about that. Who doesn't want to feel like a celebrity for one day ;-)?
The Topshop and Topman have their own Personal Shopping department and we were glad that it was crowded there, even on Boxing Day. My fiance went to the Topman while I went to my Personal Shopper, Katerina. I was looking for a more edgy look without looking like a curvy 30+ who tries to look like a skinny 16 years old girl. And I would like to mix the edgy things with my own clothes. Katerina and her colleague understand me and when I came in the very big fitting room I saw a lot of outfits. Wow, I fell like a real celebrity!! I got complimentary water bottles and you shoud need that. Shopping makes you thirsty, even if you have a personal shopper. Katerina explains that she selects new items and items in my own style and that I can mix and match. I try the outfits and make a picture of them for making a selection. I was trying the short jumpsuit and I didn't know that this one suits me. I thought jumpsuits are for skinny girls. My fiance, Katerina and her collegue were positive about that outfit. This one will be my outfit for Amsterdam Fashion Week! I also like the black dress with the batman cape. The feather jacket was cool too and I looked like. real rockstar. I chose for the jumping shuit, Bat Little Black Dress, fake leather skirt and pants (finally found two which suits me and for affortable prices), tops, shiny black blazer and ankle boots. I would like to buy more but my budget is not like a celebrity :-(.
Katerina did excellent work, because she let me try (re)new (hey, I was 16 years old in the 90s) things which suits me all. My fiance helped me to select, because without him I was totally bankrupt. This was my biggest spending in one shop but I didn't need to shop anymore :-). And fiance was happy too, because I could go to his stores. He told me that my Personal Shopper was much better so next time we will book Katerina for both us! 4 star for this Top Shop Store but 5 stars for the great Personal shopping!
There was a pair of Balenciaga booties that I highly coveted however after mulling over it I decided I could never justify paying $1300 for such a trendy shoe that I could only wear for two seasons tops. Well, Topshop to the rescue! I saw a pair on their website that was inspired by the pricey label. This was that classic case of "splurge or save" that some of us shoppers have to endure way too often. But... alas, the site was out of my size! I called customer service and asked for a list of London stores (since I was heading out there) that carried the color/size and the Oxford Circus store was one of them.
This massive multi-floored store includes a Topman and is right next to Miss Selfridge's located in the busy touristy area which I would equate to SF's Union Square or NYC's Times Square. And they even had a little food/drink section inside the store. And did I also see a brow bar or was I hallucinating because it was so damn hot in here? But seriously there is not a working AC in here. I was literally working up a sweat after I found my shoe and was no longer in the mood to do any further browsing after that. My bra was soaking wet and I was dying to go into the fitting rooms to take it off... until I saw the line for it.
It is truly a madhouse in here. A mix of Forever 21 (slight notch above) and a department store. Their quality has really gone down in the recent years despite their prices heading the opposite direction. However Topshop does come in handy for that affordable trendy designer inspired piece that I fully expect to have a quick turnover rate in my closet.
Do you have claustrophobia?
Do you occasionally suffer from anxiety?
Are you sometimes uneasy in a crowd?
Do you prefer a LOT of a few things, rather than a FEW of a lot of things?
Are you in a rush?
Do you know what you are shopping for?
If you answered "YES" to any of the above, avoid TopShop at all costs.
However, if you are on a shopping slash wandering adventure, and/or have never been to TopShop in Soho (not the same as other TopShops!), coooomeee onnnn downnnn!!!
**Warning: expect a lot of Oxford Commas below. This place needs DESCRIPTION.
A mecca of cheap, Forever21ish finds rubbing shoulders with avante garde high fashion pieces, sprinkled among true vintage consignments and artisan wares and frosted with unique vendors such as Hersheson's Blowdry Bar, Blink Brow Bar, Metal Morphosis Piercings, Wah Nail Salon, and a cafeteria, TopShop Oxford Street is more than a one-stop shop, it's a one-stop for the afternoon, and maybe stay into the evening, and then head out for a night on the town-eria.
Four floors of fashion, music, exciting prices (jewelry), depressing prices (designer duds), and chaos, don't be surprised if you end up on the fourth floor (actually called floor 2) and can't make your way down. Surprise! There's no down escalator. You have to make your way to the back and take the elevator. 0 is street level, -2 is the bottom basement floor, and everything else is in between.
Hungry from your many many miles of going up, down, and inbetween? Stop by the yogurt stand on the main level near the jewelry section.
I could honestly live in here. I suffer from a bout of anxiety in the massive crowds and overwhelming choices at times, but if I lived in a little shoebox apartment above TopShop, I'd be the most fashionable person I've ever met. And still be able to afford to eat. Okay, maybe not eat a lot, because who can pass up a £25 blowout & style once or twice a week.....
Flocked with tourists and locals alike, this is a huge Topshop location and you can easily spend hours here rummaging through accessories and clothing. As soon as I got to Oxford Circus, it started raining so I was thankful for the short distance between the underground and the store. You can easily lose track of time and money in this place. One royal blue turban I had my eye on was frigging 40 pounds and I was highly astonished as to why. Anyhow such is Top shop, ranging from H&M price to Nordstorm/Barney's price range.
Customer service is top notch at top shop! thank you to jade at office shoes for helping me out today with a pair of brand new trainers that weren't holding up so well, she went above and beyond and if I lived in London this would be my first stop for shoes.
This places is LONDON RAH CENTRAL...
BUT I STILL REALLY LIKE TOP SHOP.... but this places gets 4 stars for being a wee to overwhelming and messy...... kind of like the H&M I use to frequent when I lived in San Francisco... Just way to many pushy people (especially girls)....
I mean I understand its hard to keep the store clean with so many people coming in and out all the time but JEEZZZ they are doing so much business they should just get more staff.
But besides that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Like a lot of Topshops it has a Topman near by so I can always pawn of the boys who seem to go shopping with me a lot in Topman and not have to worry about them. But the like to walk with me ANYWAYS to check out the "fit girls" ahahahhaha...
Found a really cute dress in here but wanted a different size so when I went on to order it they didn't have it. I am not sure if this shop just sells unique things because it is so large but it was kind of a let down.
NOTE to some of the RAH'S who tend to frequent this store: LESS MAKE UP IS MORE and PLEASE BRUSH YOUR HAIR, LOOKING POSH DOES NOT MEAN HAVING A RAT'S NEST OF TEASED HAIR...
Wow, it upsets me that there are so few reviews by locals of this place so I have decided to dedicate a good morning review of this shop.
As a Londoner, this is a destination shop. If you need to re-vamp your wardrobe, find that perfect Christmas oufit or even get a belt to match your fluro body-con playsuit, you are more likely to find it here than anywhere else in London. This is the largest ladies fashion store in the world and with 4 floors of joy that's no surprise. This unfortunately is a good thing as well as a bad one. It's crammed with tourists and sweaty teens in town for the day and then the die hard fashionistas (i would include myself in that latter group).
If you want to do this like a local, take the afternoon off work, eat lunch close by (but not in the cafe in store) for energy and then head straight to the basment. This is where you will find a killer selection of independent designers hand picked and displayed in all their glory. You'll also be in their shoe boutique...need I say more! After some time here browse the selection on the other floors but most of it will be the generic crap that everyone else is wearing but make sure you stop off at the accessories and misc floor (that's the first floor) to finish your look.
The locals call this place "toppers," not to be confused with Mr. Toppers! ps. ask for personal stylist Nicky Woodvine, she rock my socks!
My love for the accessories section at TopShop edges on unhealthy. When two hours of browsing passes like two minutes, you know you're onto something guuuud.
Earrings and bangles and necklaces and headbands and peacock feathers and handbags and belts and rings and scarves and sunglasses and hats and boas and bells and whistles and pretty pretty pretty. Let's just say that my "ohhh... something shiny" reaction is full throttle in here, and at times I can barely maintain anything resembling speech patterns other than primal feminine grunts of "oooohhh!" and "eeeeiiiii!" and if I really push it, some "ahhh, look its."
Sure there are the compulsory floors and floors of clothes and crowds and general mayhem, but for bling on a budget, Topshop is the only shop for me.
You might be a real clusterfuck of a store but I did get some Lady Gaga inspired shoes for £40 ($75)! That alone makes you awesome in my book!
Overall clothing is along the line of H&M with a more Boho/trendy feel to it. Accessories are a lot better than H&M, and there is a great selection of handbags to choose from (costs more than Forever21 & only slightly better in quality). I would have dropped some ££ on a slouchy bag, but for almost £90 my money was better spent getting shoes at The Office instead.
Way better than the TopShop in NYC, although I did go in August when it was a sweltering tropical jungle. Will definitely come back to get more cute nick-nacks for my hair :)
TALL SECTION REVIEW!!!
Ive been going to TopShop Oxford street for years and Ive seen Tall section being moved to all parts of the middle floor. Ive seen this section going from a really small in a corner to currently bigger then normal now being next to a changing room.
Over the years I have bought trouser never jeans because my booty is to big for their jeans, the length is great just not on the backside. Ive also bought tops to coats.
With Tall section I'm never overwhelmed with joy, the clothes don't move me apart from the odd garment or recently a coat that makes me gasp with excitement.
I feel average sized girls and petite girls get a better deal with their clothes and i tend to long for their clothes more, wishing this item was a in Tall section.
I will still come here because its the only TopShop in the city that still keep this section while others have a Tall section for a while and then its removed. The prices for their clothes are cheaper then independent tall clothing shops.
I still have faith in the section, they do tend to have the odd gem plus I never make a trip to Oxford street without going in here, i have not got much of a choice when your rare species.
It's been nearly a decade since I was last in this store. It goes without saying that my fashion tastes have changed, but I still found plenty at this shop that suited my current style.
New to me was the vintage section downstairs; dresses and shoes sorted by color, very cool. However, I found the pieces overpriced (£90 for a polyester dress) even if most of them were made in Italy or France.
Also new was TopShop make up, complete with an in-store assessment team. I didn't bother though as I am not a make-up experimenter and stick with brands I've come to trust.
The jewelry section is mind-blowing and great for trends--the epitome of a "high street versions" for all the designer pieces you can't afford (and would be an idiot to pay for even if you could).
Shoe section is equally impressive, though not very many classy pairs were on site. I picked up some Tom's-esque slip-ons.
Anything you can think of--from head to toe, from hats to undies--is available here. You'd ideally need a good two hours or more to cull the shop to its fullest, and also should leave your better half at home or at the pub. The music is ear-splitting and the store is humongous. It is definitely sensory overload in this TopShop, so make sure you enter with your game face on.
I used to looooove TS! But the past couple of years it seems a bit lack luster. I try, I really do, I go in card in hand, ready to spend money, get a non-caloric pick me up that costs a little more then a sandwich. It was fab! A London icon, your go-to shop for fun.
Now TS is trying to up market itself somewhat and it has changed the whole vibe of the product. First there was Gwenyth Paltrow talking about how she shopped there, then Kate Moss came on board to 'fashion' it up, when frankly it already was. It went to America, and its global now instead a cult brand.
Thanks to TS there is this growing trend of men working in women clothing departments, and that's fine if it were just that. But instead it has created a group of wanna be stylists exuding diva behavior and pretending that they are on some reality telly programme. It exhausts me. Major attitude, can't be bothered to do much unless they feel motivated.
All that aside, I could always count on finding a few cute club tops in there. Now, its like they are trying to compete with designer denim or something with a couple dozen t shirts or uber trendy, and gone are the cute fun tops, the stretchy lace and fringe type things, which looked a bit more special.
I think I love you Top Shop. Especially this one. The size of this one is enormous. I think we should have budgeted at least 4 hours to spend pursuing this place. Instead Natascha B. and I thought we could do all our browsing of this massive place in 30 mins. So we plan to meet in the Top Shop Maternity section in 30 minutes, and hopefully we can get some sight seeing done afterwards.
30 minutes later... we met and show each other the small amount of items we had gotten which was like 20 items for myself and 12 for my friend and it's like ok. We need another 30 minutes. Then after doing the same thing again, another 20 minutes in addition to that.
I barely made the top floor for accessories. The basement has a great dressing room, shoes, as well as boutique items. Mid floor has all their lines. 80s attire, new age, punk, you name it they got it. Top Shop is like 1000x better than Forever 21.
Not only that, for vacationers to the UK, they do the Duty free thing. Ask for it at the cashier. I surely enjoyed every segment of the 30 minute intervals that we spend here looking for things.
TopShop is one of the greatest department stores ever for young people! It has the sheer quantity and diversity that make department stores so great, yet very fashion forward. I think it's great that they have a vintage section...I mean, I've never seen a dept store with a vintage section! And every accessory or pair of tights you could dream up! I think most anyone could find something here to suit them. This place is visually and mentally stimulating...from the clothes to the clientele...
My only complaint is the madness of it all. You have to psyche yourself up to take a trip to TopShop in the first place, but then to face Oxford St. is a whole other story!
Huge collection of mostly poorly made clothes selling for extortionate amount. It's a warren in there. And if you find yourself in here on the weekend, then you really do have my sympathies.
That being said, I do like a well dressed lady. Topshop - a necessary evil.
An interesting store, but I didn't do it right. I was in this store on a trip to London without my wife. I walked by and thought I could handle it. No way.
She would have know exactly what to buy. I was lost and overwhelmed.
Everytime I'm out at Oxford Street I promise myself that I won't go into Topshop..and I always end up..at Topshop.
The store is huge, and has everything..ground floor is accessories, 1st floor is mens clothes, -1 is womens clothes and -2 is shoes and dresses. I do hate how chaotic Topshop is- girls running around everywhere, long lines for the changing rooms..long lines for the cashiers..it's way too crazy in there.
While I am a big fan of the accessories and the shoes and dresses on -2, the actual womens clothing is not my thing. Yeah, some of it is nice, but the price is absolutely ridiculous for something that's considered 'high street'. Affordable my ass.
I have a love/hate relationship with you, TopShop. You have cute clothes, but the prices vary in a major way. And you are always full of idiots. And I always forget about how cute your shoes and accessories are. So when I've finished rifling through the racks of clothes for hours, I suddenly remember about the extras, and then spend more hours perusing your handbags and sunglasses and belts.
Screw you, TopShop.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean it. Come back.
I'm not sure how bad off the U.K economy is doing, but I did a great deal to stimulate it while I was in London, including here at Top Shop. (While shopping I pretended the prices on the tags were U.S$ instead of British pound.)
And, you're Welcome!
When D told me I should go to Oxford Circus and check this place out, I thought, "Meh, what could London have that Los Angeles doesn't?" And when he told me that this place is like a Forever 21, I immediately said NO, given I don't care for Forever 21 at all. I think it's all basically rubbish.
However, while in the area, my curiosity got the better of me and I ended up wandering in to take a quick look-see. Immediately, I was drawn in by their accessories -- clutches, wallets, coin purses, hats, scarves ... I was in accessories heaven! Even before getting to the clothes, I was already mesmerized by the sheer number of goods they had in store. Every color you'd want, every texture you adore -- Top Shop has it all!
Maybe the quality isn't the best but it's definitely great for the money you'd spend. And I'd say that the clothes are more expensive that Forever 21, but Top Shop's quality far surpasses F21. I can't even begin to tell you just HOW much they have. The assortment of interesting bags and scarves, the colors in every hue/tone all just blew me away.
The clothes are on the expensive side. Remember: in the UK, you have to buy a size up. I forgot this, so I had to go back to get a size that'd fit. So please be sure to grab two sizes for everything you want to try!
The dressing room is a mess; there is a huge line that circles around the room. I think if you know your size and what you like, you should skip the dressing room and just buy the dang thing. (The line for the cashier isn't short, either.)
They also have a cupcake stand inside! And right next to it, they have the biggest collection of jewelry. I didn't even want to take a look around that area because I knew I'd just be browsing for hours. -_-
Overall, I'm glad I took the time to check out Top Shop. I really wish Top Shop would come on over to California! Please? I guess I'll have to settle for their online store. :P
When I visit London again (hopefully next year), I am definitely going to stop by and get a little shopping done. ;) Have fun ladies! (And to the men - they have Top Shop men right next to it!)
Nearly too big and too much to choose from, but still shopping heaven.
I somehow always managed to get there at a time, when it is not terribly crowded and when it was no problem to get into a fitting room. I love the selection of item, the shoe section, all the basics you can get there, the decoration, the friendly staff, simply everything.
But seriously, this shop is simply too big, I can never manage more than one floor in a day, otherwise I would suffer from a major shopping-overkill. One time, when I apparently overdid it, I forgot to take my change. I was chit-chatting with the girl at the check-out and in the end we had both forgotten about the change.
Later on I realized that my wallet was surprisingly empty and I though to myself "Hey, I should at least have about 19 pounds of change from my Topshop nirvana". The next day I went back to Topshop and explained the situation. It did not even take 15 minutes in which the lovely lady at the check-out talked to finances and the surveillance camera team and I got my change. They were actually able to confirm that I did not get my change. I think, this is quite impressive!
Thumbs up for Topshop!
This place is craaaaaaaaazy huge! The one in NY is a peanut compared to this one. Several floors, several areas - I got lost trying to get out the first time I tried to leave!
Someone said that you have to give yourself at least a few hours to really shop here and I would wholeheartedly agree. I was lucky enough to have some time to kill before flying back home and if I didn't feel so relaxed and didn't have the time to go over the same racks several times, I wouldn't have some of the pieces that I ended up taking back with me. I think the intimates are some of the best things you can buy here.
Many people have commented on the quality of the clothes for the price you pay for, and I would agree that quality doesn't match the price. However, you're also paying for the style - TopShop is pretty trendy. One other plus is that they honor a student discount of 10% off which I used a LOT.
In any case, come and shop here especially if you have the time. You can't leave London without stopping by!
Attention boys: set foot in this Topshop store, and you will leave with a deep and intimate knowledge of your personal hell.
Attention girls: this Topshop is the fucking TITS.
Three floors of knitted, sequinned, mini-skirted, leather-hotpants glory, complete with pick & mix sweets stations, cupcake shops, (relatively) clean loos in the basement and a fairly agressive dressing room traffic system that makes it easy to get in and out of that changing room, fast. I could literally spend an entire day in here, wetting myself over the vintage and boutique collections and trying on sky-high heels.
Students: flash your cards for a nice little discount.
Foreigners: let them know you're from abroad. I paid for all my purchases in dollars, using a fairly competitive exchange rate and forgoing my bank's conversion fee.
Oh, TopShop, how I miss thee!
This place is huge. TopShop virgins should be advised to allow themselves at least 3 hours to browse. Most of the clothes are very trendy, but you can find some fairly basic pieces that you'll wear for years to come as well. My favorite trousers for clubs/ raves are a pair with zippered pockets I got here 6 years ago. Around the same time, I got some pinstriped trousers I still wear for work. I am tall and find it very difficult to find trousers that fit nicely, so I'd definitely recommend TopShop to any tall or petite girls. Their range of sizes is great! Prices range from fantastic to "you want *how much* for a high street item?!?" but it is almost impossible to walk out of this store empty handed. I just wish we had TopShop in the US!
OH, let me count the ways in which I love thee....
My biggest weakness when it comes to shopping in the UK, TopShop is the ultimate destination for everything chic, trendy, and cutting edge. Sure, I wouldn't wear EVERYTHING that they sell, but I'm not lying when I say I would probably wear about 80% of stuff...
From work wear and going-out wear to vintage and retro wear - whatever your style, TopShop has stuff that will complement it! Not to mention the affordability - PLUS if you're from North America, stuff that you get at TopShop won't even show up on North American racks for a good 12-16 months afterwards, so you'll be more than a few steps ahead of the crowds!
Topshop is my mecca. It calls me to enter those big doors, down into its wide and carefully-spaced floors and requires me (like most women) to touch every item on display. I love the amount of choice they have on offer and if you ever want to find anything that is currently 'in', you come here.
And they have a 'blink and you miss it' policy. Which means, they have limited stock runs of certain items, which promotes the exclusivity of the dress/top/skirt/trousers and urges you to buy it now, or lose it forever. It's not fair, but fashion isn't. You want it? You buy it.
Topshop is also ubiquitous with teenagers, so much so that you will often get fashion scouts looking for their next 'face' here. The amount of teens that get spotted here is high, so you never know... and it is quick quick quick about translating trends and getting them on the high street. Going to a 50's, 60's, 70's or 80's party? You are guaranteed to find something here that will be inspired by that decade and can translate it into your outfit. Want to pep up your clothes without spending a fortune? Buy some cute shoes, a belt, a scarf, some ethically made earrings if you wish (MADE).
Who else would Kate Moss collaborated with? Who else would hold a lock-in for students to shop? I tell you, no one did it first. Topshop is so much of British culture and fashion, it's ingrained in us and that is why we come and worship, at least five times a month, despite all the madness and crowds, to show our never-ending love.
Insane! So many customers. All the knock offs of designer labels you can dream of.
Jaded since all my fellow fashion designers come to knock off the knock offs. Don't get me wrong, it's a vicious cycle propelled by unimaginative bosses overwhelmed by deadlines.
Oh what a site! This was definitely my favorite shop in London, above anything else. Fashionable, smart, sexy and one of a kind. The sad and sorry thing was that everything was too pricey for me. But I adored browsing through the floors and trying on outfits. I was seriously considering purchasing a dress from the new Kate Moss line but resisted the temptation.
I regret it now though and can't wait to come back to London to spend my savings on some fab finds at TopShop.
Can I just put it out there that I HATE topshop. *cue gasps from female population.*
I really do, they're such false advertising, the designs are eye catching and I think it's really good for being catwalk-high street turnover in a short amount of time but the price and the quality BEG to differ. I'm essentially paying for a jumper that £40 in store that shrinks after the first wash? (Lukewarm cycle, no dryer) THAT IS NOT ON.
This place is a labrinth, and its definitely not for the quick shopper. (I'm the definition, I look online, know what i want, go in store, grab it and go.)
I'm only giving it two stars because of the accessories and hosiery which are great high street finds.
I love love love Top shop because they sell eyecandy in the form of clothing and accessories. They have a great selection of fun and crazy t-shirts, skirts and dresses to choose from stacked three stories high. Here you can find a great selection of accessories that help you stand out (which could be good or bad depending on taste) and a great deal of shoes for literally every occasion.
The secret to shopping at Top Shop is to during the middle of the week and head straight to the bottom level. Here you'll find some of London's most unique designer clothing. This leaves you less likely to walk out of the store with the same items that everyone else at your uni bought the same weekend. Some of the best dresses and skirts I own have come from Top Shop and have lasted many years!
Oh Topshop, you've put up with so much of my crap over the years - most of it being my epic shopping escapades.
On my most recent trip, they dealt with a Carla hopped up from a little too much lager down on Fleet Street, and in desperate need to get in and out without annoying Adam too much. Given that, I must admit that in my shopping frenzy I selected 13 pieces and tried them on in under 30 minutes. I also picked up a few without giving them a test run and bought them on impulse, and had them turn out to be the best of the lot - guess I should go shopping by instinct more often.
With regard to useful information, I don't suggest telling your boyfriend to 'meet [you] in there' after he peruses the Niketown next door, given that this behemoth is multiple levels (each of which is the size of a few football fields) and is teeming with girls foaming at the mouth and ready to run him over to get to the last pair of size 7 flats or Kate Moss jeans. Additionally, bathrooms are located on the -2 level (as is an Eat, so after Niketown your boyfriend need not have to follow you around, and can instead sip coffee). Also on -2 are capsule collections from various world designers (love the Yuki one from Tokyo).
Oh Topshop..... I was visiting the UK for the very first time and must I say, this is THE spot to shop.
They have a wide variety of things you could buy, and you'll always leave satisfied.
It's a bit pricey sometimes, but it's worth it if you're in need of retail therapy.
Love Topshop but it's always a hit or miss for me. This store is huge with several levels and tons to buy. It's a bit stressful for me to shop in this sort of environment where everything is disorganized and you have to dig through piles of weird stuff to find something you like (that's also in your size) but it's definitely an experience. The price range is a bit overwhelming because you can find really nice things for cheap but there are also items that are super pricey and it seems that prices have gone up in general. It's strange to me though because I thought Topshop was supposed to be the "every woman store" where things were designed to be fashionable AND affordable. Alas, fashion and business, when you are combined, you are a fickle monster.
They have a huge selection of jewelry, shoes, and purses as well as a vintage section (with bags, scarves, and other cute accessories). The vintage items tend to be borderline scary-expensive but that is to be expected.
This store is total sensory overload. But I want MORE!
In the US, we only get the watered down version of TopShop, and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. I can hardly handle the multi-level H&M store in San Francisco.
Trendy clothes and accessories, all over several stories of absolute MADNESS. They even have a whole Kate Moss section. *dies*
I never left the ground floor really, with just taking a quick peek downstairs. It was just too much to take in. I felt like a spastic animal with the attention span of a four year old who ate too much ice cream. Music, lights, colors, textures, and people crawling with huge shopping bags EVERYWHERE.
OOH! SHINY! ..... Wait, what's that over there?! OMFG SUNGLASSES! *proceeds to try on 23 ridiculous pairs with my best friend*
It was just too much. I didn't even buy anything.
I hate a 100% love/hate relationship with TOPSHOP Oxford Circus.
Not going to lie, three years ago this place used to be my one stop shop. I was completely in love. But let me tell you A LOT has changed at TOPSHOP over the last couple years.
Prices have gone up so drastically, it's ridiculous. The quality here is in my opinion low high street, especially when we are talking about the TOPSHOP brand itself. TOPSHOP used to be priced fairly so you could get the newest fashion, fast. But now prices are climbing and climbing and it's just getting ridiculous. Not to mention the vintage pieces are priced the worst! They have polyester dresses priced at 65 quid! Faux fur priced at 80?! Not acceptable....
Also, this store used to be bearable during the weekdays. I would never step foot in the flagship store on a weekend before. But now it's 24-7 chaos, a complete tourist trap. I was trying on a raincoat today downstairs in the concessions and was trying to take a photo to send it to my boyfriend to show him, and I was stopped and told that no photos were allowed in the store. SERIOUSLY? Where am I? Madame Tussauds????
But the one thing that keeps me coming back to this location is the awesome concessions on the lower level with all the quirky local designers. Prices down here can be a bit steep at times too. But I feel the higher price points on the indie designers are acceptable as they are small and upcoming, and the pieces are much more exclusive, often with only a couple pieces in each size. The quality is far better than what is upstairs as well.
This is the wildest shop I have ever been in. Think of the busiest Forever 21 in a popular downtown area x100. It was packed, large, and full of goodies.
4 stars because of the prices and quality, but, then again, the dollar is nothing anywhere in Europe.
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