Top: Zara Skirt: Guess Shoes: Valentino Hat: H&M Sunnies: Elizabeth and James
There are a plethora of reasons why the beginning of a new year is so promising. In addition to metaphorically beginning anew there are also plenty of opportunities to start a new section in your wardrobe in the form of after season sales. And after taking a short road trip out to LA yesterday some of the big names, Topshop and Zara are having some of the best end of season sales I’ve seen in quite some time. Literally, pieces that were once $100 now only $12!
My shopping buddies were quick to remind me some of the pieces I found were not in tip top shape but alas when you’re buying something below company costs or just right at that value, I really can’t complain about a blemish that can more than likely be removed with some steam and a Shout wipe. If you are one of those people who nit picks on even clearance items being in less than pristine condition, please keep in mind you are already getting a discount. That associate whom you’re asking for a discount from, or even manager for that reason is not only there to help tell you whether or not the piece looks spectacular on you, but to run a business. Not all businesses have the luxury of sending their damaged pieces out to refurbishment centers. I get reasonable discounts if a zipper is truly broken or there is a huge hole that will take some time and money spent at an alterations place to repair but if it’s a deodorant mark that can be rubbed out or a wrinkle that can be resolved with some steam, take your deal that’s already marked and run. Don’t feel so entitled to having something practically free. OK my rant is over.
Side note? How freaking cute is this top I got at Zara yesterday for only $10?! I was a little reluctant to get a small, usually I get my tops in a medium because I don’t like them too tight but the way the sleeves were put on this actually left for some breathing room. And let’s be honest, while unlike my Dad I will probably never run an actual marathon, I feel like I’ve been training for a shopping marathon my whole life. Even in heels! Who walked the blocks down Wilshire, Beverly Blvd, and Rodeo yesterday? This girl! Even Olivia partook in the adventure. Which is perhaps the reason both she and I were exhausted today. We shopped till we dropped.
So after a month or so of the store officially being open, I finally ventured out to experience the 2 story greatness.
Located at the Grove in LA, Top Shop is everything I could have hoped and dreamed it would be. When you walk in, the sight of all the clothes, styles and trend stories literally is enough to take ones breath away. I’d be lying if I said I did not squeal for joy. The first thing I saw, was this uber cute, very structured floral lantern bandeau dress. (Lately I’ve had a thing for structured pieces.) I was afraid of price points but considering the design that was put into the majority of the pieces, I’d say they were pretty reasonable with a few notable exceptions. The exceptions to these price points? $20 for a basic cropped tee? No thanks. And most of the pieces were made of polyester, but again they have notable accents in design, and embellishments so people such as myself who have reservations about investing into polyester experience no buyers remorse.
I fell head over heels in LOVE for their screen print skirts! This one had two slits on each side of the skirt making it easier to walk in.
I was only half way through the first floor of the store when I realized I had a pile that was already growing bigger then me. I thought I was in trouble but then my friend pointed out they have a PETIT section! Let it be known this is perhaps one of my favorite things about Top Shop! There is something for all body types and the thing that always lacks from Forever 21, and H&M. Then one of the friendly associates started a fitting room for me in the personal shoppers side of the store. This aspect of the store reminded me of Nordtstroms for some reason. The idea to enhance the customer service experience is there, but the execution falls somewhat short. I was put in a beautiful fitting room, offered water etc. But the service kind of stopped there. I was not given alternative suggestions, offered a variance of sizes etc. Perhaps it was because I brought one of those brutally honest friends who told me when one piece was simply not working. Friends like that are rare but appreciated.
Unfortunately this piece was not available in petit, and I looked like I was drowning in the fabric. But with a few alterations and this would be amazing!
I ended up walking away with a super cute black and white striped mini dress and a very retro floral print, black and white skirt. Only $140 spent! Not too bad! I probably could have done a lot more damage if I was not focused on expanding my work wardrobe.
I loved the structure of the sleeves in this piece!
While I have yet to venture out to a Top Shop, (still can’t believe I’m only an hour away from the closest one eek!) I know I’m sold on the goods they have to offer before I even step through the door.
And this video is just a reminder as to why I love their concept. It’s rumored that their concept to production to delivery to the fashionistas around the globe’s closet is impeccable. Umm did we not just see these looks on the runway? Bold prints, bright colors, vintage looking lace pieces. The graffiti print leather jacket with the studs…AMAZING! Does this piece remind anyone else of the paint splattered clutch featured in the Carrie Diaries? No? Just me? I can deal with that.
Top Shop? More like one stop shop!