TOPSHOP:What To Wear If You Want To Look Cool And Stay Warm On A Night Out

It’s here: party season has well and truly arrived and we couldn’t be more excited. But there’s a catch: it’s absolutely freezing outside and the going-out pieces we want to wear are mostly short, sheer and quite the opposite of warm. This might be fine when you’re actually at the party but when you’re standing in the queue, waiting for a taxi or walking from bar to bar it’s not ideal. This year we’re finally listening to our mums and are set to wrap up in party-ready outfits that will equally keep us looking cool and staying warm. Here’s how…

  1. In biker jackets we trust…
    We’re never going to give up on mini dresses, so winter months call for the unsung hero of cold nights out: the trusty biker jacket. You won’t regret investing in your favourite one, as they go with absolutely anything, will shield you from the wind and still show off your outfit. We’ll be completing this look with a pair of trending chunky heels and sparkly gunmetal socks.
  2. Suited for anything…
    A black suit is the forever effortless go-to for party season and super warm at that! We love this one because its diamanté trim makes it very clear that it’s for the 5-9 and not the 9-5. Keep the sparkly-theme going with all of your accessories and, if you’re still chilly, you can always wear a plain black long-sleeve top underneath.
  3. Too pretty for the cloakroom…
    A knitted bodycon midi dress is guaranteed to keep you a lot warmer than all of its floaty alternatives, so we can’t recommend it enough. Add a cropped faux fur jacket to add a touch of glam, ideally one that’s so nice you won’t even want to leave it in the cloakroom. Finish the look with some snakeskin boots, grab party bag and you’re all set!
  4. Turtlenecks can party too…
    If you’re really struggling with what to wear, you can never wrong with a pair of black jeans. This year, try a coated pair: they will make you feel a more dressed up and, since we’re focusing on the warmth factor, are slightly thicker. Pair them with a party-ready sheer long sleeve top and of course lots of sparkling accessories.
  5. Too many sequins? Never…
    A sequin skirt just had to be on the list. Go for a midi length, so you’re not braving bare legs but still look ready to party. We’ve opted for all-black-everywhere with the rest of the look and picked a taffeta top, stiletto boots and a simple shoulder bag. And just in case that’s not enough sparkle for you: complete the look with an embellished headband.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/12/what-to-wear-if-you-want-to-look-cool-and-stay-warm-on-a-night-out

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TOPSHOP:5 Iconic Outfits From Winter Movies We Want To Recreate This Season

If you ask us, movies are the ultimate source of fashion inspiration. Movie wardrobes are designed and carefully curated specifically to highlight each character’s different personalities and storylines, so you can always find one that speaks to your taste. To make things even better, all of these characters then wear their perfect outfits against scenic backdrops and film sets, making them look even better! So, for inspiration this season, we decided to look back at some of our favourite flicks from across the ages and recreate the iconic outfits of their most stylish stars…

  1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
    There’s no shortage of stylish looks in the rom-com of all rom-coms, When Harry Met Sally. Set in the ’80s, the film is overflowing with power-shoulder blazers, high-waisted trousers, puffy taffeta sleeves and mom jeans. However, the knitted jumpers that Harry and Sally wear in the apartment scene have got to be two of the most iconic looks in the whole film (and movie history). They’re so simple to recreate, too! Simply pick your knit and keep the rest simple with either denim jeans or an A-line skirt, classic boots and patterned tights.
  2. Manhattan (1979)
    Oversized shirts, cool tailored trousers, long flowing hair and natural makeup – Meryl Streep as Jill in Woody Allen’s Manhattan is serving up all the style inspiration we need this season. Due to the film’s noir style, we can’t tell exactly what colours she’s wearing here, but timeless neutrals are probably the closest bet, so pair two beige pieces together and wear with brown add-ons.
  3. An Education (2009)
    Made in the ’00s but set in the ’60s, An Education transports us into the world of a sophisticated set of British socialites whose style at the time was more influenced by the fashion houses of Paris than of London. The film’s leading lady, played by Carey Mulligan, wears a number of covetable looks – think simple satin slips, classic trench coats and Audrey Hepburn style hair. However, today, all our eyes are on this outfit worn by Rosamond Pike’s character, Helen. Who could say no to a killer leopard print coat paired with sleek black and red accessories?
  4. Notting Hill (1999)
    It might have been 20 years since the absolute classic that is Notting Hill graced our screens for the first time, but could Julia Roberts’ style as Anna Roberts be any more 2019? It’s probably because most of her looks are made up of simple basics that will never go out of fashion, like the pinstripe trousers and white T-shirt in this coffee spilling scene. But remember, it’s the ultra-stylish leather jacket and beret that elevate this look to iconic status so they should be a part of all of your day-to-day outfits this winter.
  5. The Great Gatsby (2013)
    2019 is drawing to a close, which means this NYE rings in the start of this century’s Roaring Twenties! What could be a better time than this to recreate a look from Baz Luhrmann’s glittering and glamorous interpretation of The Great Gatsby? A sparkling slip dress is always a great choice for festive parties but give your look the Gatsby touch by accessorising with luscious faux fur and dripping gold jewellery.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/12/5-iconic-outfits-from-winter-movies-we-want-to-recreate-this-season

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TOPSHOP:7 Full Outfits For £100 Or Under You Can Buy This Black Friday

Black Friday is here! This week we’re giving you 25% off everything and there’s so much to discover: from that new pair of jeans you’ve needed for ages to the ultimate dress for party season and so much more. Not sure which pieces you want to go for? To inspire you, we styled seven looks for seven occasions with five pieces each that are now just £100 or under. You’re welcome…

  1. For the Christmas party…
    Yes, you can really get a faux fur coat, a party dress and the matching accessories for under £100! That’s your look for the Christmas party sorted.
  2. For an after-work event…
    Heading out for a team away day, evening gathering or Christmas lunch? Wear a pair of jeans and a nice top with trainers and swap for heels once you leave the office.
  3. For a shopping trip…
    That co-ord you’ve had your eye on? It’s now 25% off and you’ll even have enough money left to get a pair of boots, a beret and a crop top to match!
  4. For a date night…
    Always wanted a great tailored blazer dress? Ours are now cheaper than ever and a full outfit based around them won’t even cost you more than £100. Win win.
  5. For a cosy winter walk…
    Wrap up warm in this super cosy look and save £59.75 at the same time. It sounds too good to be true, so make sure you don’t miss out…
  6. For an on-trend everyday look…
    Because everything is 25% off, that also includes this season’s most-wanted pieces such as platform ankle boots, bodycon midi dresses and stylish mini bags…
  7. For anything…
    A great knit? Check. On-trend mules? Check. A pair of great-fitting jeans? Check. All for just £100? CHECK MATE.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/11/7-full-outfits-for-100-or-under-you-can-buy-this-black-friday

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TOPSHOP:3 Ways To Style Christmas Jumpers That Will Actually Make Them Look Cool

Christmas Jumper Day 2019 is less than a month away (it happens on 13th December), so we think a festive knit needs to be the next addition to your winter wardrobe. This might make some of us jump for joy but, for many of us, styling a kitsch novelty knit and actually looking cool in it seems like quite the challenge. Luckily – believe it or not – the days of gaudy, ugly Christmas jumpers are long gone and a new wave of knitwear is here. We picked three of our new-in seasonal jumpers and styled them for any sartorial dilemma this festive period…

  1. If you want to stay on trend…
    Yes, it’s socially acceptable to wear a full-on sequin skirt with your Christmas knit this year. In fact, it’s actually really cool. We’ve completed this unique combination with a pair of chunky boots and a biker jacket to tone it down and give it an extra edge. If that’s not your thing, a sparkly bag and statement heels will work too. It’s Christmas after all!
  2. If you were forced to wear a Christmas jumper…
    You may be confused at the lack of Christmas jumpers featured in this outfit – but if you look really closely you’ll find a ‘Dear Santa’ embroidery on the black knit. If you ask us, that totally counts and it should be enough to satisfy that Christmas jumper dresscode. A red faux fur coat and a beret give extra festive points, so you won’t seem like a total scrooge but will still look cooler than everyone else.
  3. If you want to wear a Christmas jumper to the office party…
    If the office Christmas party is coming up and you really want to go all out, you can even get your festive knit all dressed up for the dance-floor. Simply add some faux leather shorts, a pair of platform heels and an extra sparkly bag. A red fluffy jacket will keep you warm in the queue to the party, and also give off ultimate Mrs. Claus vibes. But cooler.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/11/3-ways-to-style-christmas-jumpers-that-will-actually-make-them-look-cool

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TOPSHOP:5 Outfits That Prove You Don’t Have To Wear Heels To A Party

Wearing heels to a party seems to have been an unwritten sartorial rule for as long as we can remember, leading to long nights looking for a place to sit down and the inevitable barefoot walk home. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of a great night out, you’re in luck: we styled five different outfits that prove you can also put your best foot forward in a pair of flats this party season. Keep scrolling to discover how to wear your trainers with a suit and boots with mini dresses, so you can look effortlessly cool and kill it on the dancefloor (without killing your feet)…

  1. Suit and trainers
    A velvet suit will definitely make a statement at any event this party season, so you won’t have to worry about it being too casual when paired with some crisp white trainers. We love the look of a blazer buttoned up with nothing worn underneath but you can always add a white crop top just to be on the safe side.
  2. Sequin skirts and Western boots
    Nothing says party girl quite like a fully sequinned mini skirt. We’ve given it that model-off-duty vibe with a white T-shirt and some Western-style boots. Add a leather jacket for extra cool girl points and some glitzy jewellery if that’s not enough sparkle for you yet.
  3. Organza and snakeskin
    Mark our words: organza is going to be everywhere this party season. Keep your look bang on-trend with this long sleeve top paired with some leather flares and a mini bag. Complete the outfit with a pair of snakeskin flats for some added glam minus the pain of strappy stilettos.
  4. Mini dresses and chunky boots
    The easiest way to make flats work for a party is pairing them with your favourite mini dress. We went for a corset-style number worn with tights, chunky boots and a faux fur jacket. Some simple silver hoops are all we’re adding on the jewellery front but a fluffy bag will keep the look totally party-appropriate.
  5. Jeans and teeny tiny heels
    So perhaps we’re slightly cheating here but these pair of kitten mules have such a small heel we’re sure you’ll stay pain free all night! We’ve kept the rest of the look simple with just a touch of glam in form of some gold jewellery and a mini faux fur jacket.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/11/5-outfits-that-prove-you-dont-have-to-wear-heels-to-a-party

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TOPSHOP:5 Outfits To Wear This Party Season If Dresses Aren’t Your Thing

party outfits, dresses aren’t your only option either! Whether it’s the classic jeans and a nice top, plisse animal-print flares or luxe velvet shorts, there’s a whole world of sartorial alternatives out there. Here are some ideas to get you started…

  1. Slick shorts…
    Vinyl has been one of the biggest trends of the season: there have been high-shine trousers, cool trench coats, mini dresses and now, there are slick pieces for party season too! Pair some vinyl shorts with a stand-out sequin top. Then accessorise the neutral look with blush pink add-ons and shimmering heels.
  2. Blue jeans, baby…
    Let’s be honest, you can never go wrong with jeans and a nice top. Desk to drinks? Jeans and a nice top. Girls night out? Jeans and a nice top. Festive family and friends dinner party? Jeans and a nice top. Since it’s party season, step things up a notch by going for a really nice embellished top with some effortlessly cool blue jeans and finish the look with a pair of chunky heels that you can dance in all night!
  3. Funky flares…
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    Combining a pair of stretchy printed flares with an ruched jersey crop top is a stylish going-out option that will be super comfortable all night long. Keep all eyes on the statement animal print by sticking to a neutral colour palette but go all out with fun party-ready additions like a black feather bag, some patent platforms and gold jewellery.
  4. Swanky shorts…
    As fabrics go, velvet is hands-down the most luxe and opulent option out there which makes anything in that material perfect for your night out. If you opt for some fun and flirty shorts, mix things up a bit by pairing them with an oversized polka-dot shirt. Top tip? Only tuck half in at the front so you can catch a glimpse of fuchsia below.
  5. A tailored two-piece…
    Nothing says ‘I have my life together’ quite like a tailored two piece. They’re cool, sophisticated and will definitely stand out (in the best way) in a room full of mini dresses. But we’re not talking about the type of suits you might see in the office: for special occasions, go for one with a sparkling diamanté trim and offset the tailored vibes with a delicate lace body.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/11/5-outfits-to-wear-this-party-season-if-dresses-arent-your-thing

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TOPSHOP: Behind The Scenes Of IDOL Winter 2019: Find Out What Inspired Topshop’s Most In-Demand Collection

Since its launch about a year ago, Topshop’s in-house premium brand IDOL has become our most in-demand collection. The autumn winter capsule, which just dropped today, is defined by luxe contrasting textures, new heavy embellishment and, as always, a dark rock and roll edge. Want to know more? We headed down to the studio to see some IDOL magic happen first-hand and speak to Design Director, Anthony Cuthbertson, about the inspiration behind all the latest pieces…
What was the inspiration behind this November IDOL drop?
We started off by looking at early ‘80s Helmet Newton photography and integrating an early ’90s Tom Ford vibe in there too. So we were really going back to dark rock and roll, whereas the other earlier collections were travelling from Tibet into the seventies. The last collection, ‘Through The Looking Glass’, then moved into Asia where we were thinking of early ’30s Singapore. This recent drop is set during the ’80s and has a real hard edge which fits in more with winter and the build up to Christmas.
What are the main textures, fabrics and prints that we should look out for in the collection?
There are so many great textures to look out for and IDOL is all about pairing them together! We’ve got these beautiful, new snowflake-like polka dot prints and also lots of baroque textile prints that we’ve overlaid with different laces and inserts. There are lots of top store shearlings and harder edge aviator jackets where we’ve played around with foiling. Plus there are some amazing zebra prints on skirts and dresses, waxed denim, ultra high shine PU leather pieces and big poppy prints! It’s all got quite an androgynous mood to it that really mixes highs and lows of casual with real premium leather pieces. It’s very IDOL to mix all these unique pieces and prints altogether!
Were there any particular fashion icons you kept in mind during the design process?
We always think about our rock girl, so we’re always looking back into the archives of icons like Kate Moss. The whole idea of IDOL is that it’s influenced by music. We see it sitting in a place where it’s got lots of music influences that are really rock and roll – anybody from Kate Moss to Patti Smith to new emerging talent. It’s also a little derivative from French dressing and has a bit of an LA vibe as well. I think generally the IDOL customer is confident. They’re body positive. They’ve got a sexiness and they’ve got a strong attitude.
How is this IDOL drop different from the previous two drops earlier this year?
Well, with the build up to Christmas, there are more intense sparkles across a lot of the collection. So, we’ve got new boiler suits with all the iridescent studs, star hand embellished pieces and beautiful little star floral prints on pretty tea dresses. Of course, going into November and December, there is more of a cold weather focus too. So, for example, there are lots of high waisted top pants that really emphasise the waist and Crombie shearling coats. All the sheepskin for these are from the UK too so we’re supporting UK manufacturing which is fantastic for the carbon footprint. There are also some great new denims where we’ve created new wash blacks instead of true black – these are really cool for winter.
I think each collection that drops evolves a bit from the last but we consider the pieces across all of them to be must-have pieces which people can always keep in their wardrobe and return to. We see IDOL as something to invest in. Especially because, whilst other Topshop lines build on trends, for IDOL we draw so much inspiration from lasting vintage pieces. It’s almost like our in-house designer brand which is establishing a distinct aesthetic and style.
How do all these different inspiration points influence the art direction behind the photoshoots?
Well first we build and present the collections. Then it’s all about keeping the identity throughout the process. When myself and David, the Creative Director, did the first IDOL collection we had a very clear view of who we wanted the model to be: we wanted a youthful rock and roll icon with an international vibe, not just British. Their hair was a bit gritty and they would give an effortless impression. For the imagery, we’ve used the same photographer all the way through to keep the richness in the photography consistent. It’s a lot about the model really, her attitude.
This time, because of all the dark textures in the collection, we’ve gone pure black for the shoot and used water to add extra texture. In the last shoot it was all about reflecting light so we used mirrors whereas this is more about creating texture on black so the movement of the water works well. The team this morning have spent the hours and hours filling up the studio with water like a little swimming pool – how they’re going to empty it, I do not know! Thankfully, that’s not my job!
There’s going to be another IDOL drop in February – what do we have to look forward to?
Oh, it has a completely different vibe! So much more colour! It’s all based around Romeo and Juliet. It’s about two gangs and tribes, like in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie version. We’ve taken inspiration from that, so it’s got a little bit of a western style and then a Vietnamese vibe as well with lots of traditional prints, amazing textiles and colour. Again it’s a move forward and it feels very youthful with a real tongue and cheek vibe in there with some fun Hawaiian prints. Colour-wise, there is lots shine, lots of pastels, gold and white. It’s going to be really good!

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TOPSHOP:How To Pull Off A Hat Like A Street Style Star This Season

Whether it’s a beret, beanie or bucket – hats are undeniably the ultimate winter warmer and a definite essential. However, finding the right style for you can be quite the struggle and often we ditch the idea all together for fear of looking silly. But, luckily for your cold ears, we’ve turned to the trusty street style set to give you the low-down on how to actually be able to pull of a hat. Your next bad hair day? Sorted.

  1. Beanies
    Not only is the classic beanie the most useful in terms of keeping us warm, they also add that cool skater-girl edge to any outfit. We like to pair ours with basically anything in winter and our top tip is to get one in a loud colour to brighten up any monochrome outfit.
  2. Berets
    We’re all dying to be as chic as the Parisians and what better way to do so than with a beret? Keep it simple in a classic black style and pair it with a snug knit dress and some snake heels to really make a statement when stepping into the office.
  3. Caps
    Baseball caps aren’t just for summer, soccer moms or even baseball games – this season we’re pairing them with our favourite blazer for that effortlessly chic, model off duty vibe. Sports luxe never looked so good.
  4. Bucket hats
    Listen up! Bucket hats are no longer just a festival exclusive, as we’re seeing the ’90s classic on all our favourite street style stars. Our favourite way to style them is with dressy outfits so people didn’t think you tried too hard (even though you totally did).
  5. Headbands
    If we’ve still not managed to convince you to try out a hat, ease your way into the concept with a headband instead. We like to pair the ultra-feminine accessory with some more androgynous outfits like suits. Extra style points up for grabs if you manage to match your headband colour to your clothes.

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TOPSHOP:5 Retro RuPaul Looks We Want To Recreate This Party Season

It’s RuPaul’s birthday this weekend! The legendary drag artist, actor, TV host, Emmy award-winning producer and musician turns 59 on Sunday. To celebrate her stellar career and iconic style, we looked back at some of Ru’s best Retro looks we totally want to recreate this party season. Category is…

  1. Snakeskin extravaganza
    In 1995, Ru attended the GLAAD Media Awards – an accolade to recognise and honour members of the media for their outstanding representations of the LGBTQ+ community and the issues that affect their lives. For the occasion, she wore a figure-hugging snakeskin mini dress that we absolutely wouldn’t mind having in our wardrobe today. Animal print is still trending, so do it like Ru and go for croc materials this party season.
  2. The glitter ball
    The disco era still offers endless inspiration when it comes to a great going out wardrobe and it’s no secret that Ru loves all things disco too. We’re obsessed with this mirror ball inspired bodysuit she wore for a performance on stage at the Des O’Connor Tonight show. A bodysuit worn solo might not be your thing, but we have lots of great sparkly dresses that are just as good.
  3. Red and silver on the runway
    Red and silver is the perfect colour combination this Christmastime, so take cues from Ru and incorporate it into your next party look. This option will be great for an after-work event: wear your red top with a pair of jeans during the day and then add a metallic piece at night.
  4. Cowgirl eleganza
    Western-inspired clothing and boots have been all the rage this past year, but Ru was way ahead of the game with this 2004 ensemble. Ease yourself into the trend by simply styling your favourite party dress with a pair of Western boots or adding a statement buckle belt to your jeans-and-a-nice-top combo. The full-on gold look can come later.
  5. Fringe realness
    We’re absolutely obsessed with this glitter fringe dance costume Ru wore at an event in 1995. Want to emulate the look with a more subtle approach? We have suits, bags and tonnes of other pieces embellished with diamanté details, sequins and fringed trims that should do the trick.

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TOPSHOP:5 Luxe Fabric Trends You Need To Know About This Season

We spend our summers wearing floaty cotton dresses, light linens and broderie anglaise but, with winter, comes a whole new selection of fabrics to play with. From ’70s style velour to voluminous ’80s taffeta and slinky ’90s satins, this year’s standout textures span all the most stylish decades. Plus, in rich jewel tones and classic neutrals, they’re looking super luxurious and are perfect for party season! Take a look…

  1. Leather
    As the temperatures drop, it’s nice to wrap up in thicker materials. The great thing about leather and vinyl pieces is that they’ll keep you extra warm whilst looking super slick. This year, you can find the material in lots of different varieties including new neutral shades, croc embossed prints and embellished options.
  2. Taffeta
    2019 has been the year of sleeve drama and voluminous OTT silhouettes, so it’s no surprise that taffeta is so big this season! Our favourite pieces are the ones in rich opulent shades that make the most out of the stiff material with extra ruching, tiered ruffles and cute bow detailing.
  3. Satin
    When it comes to fancy premium pieces, nothing beats silky satin fabrics. Whether paired with a chunky knit for a casual daytime look or dressed up with shimmering accessories, their subtle sheen adds a luxe feel to any outfit.
  4. Organza
    Just like taffeta, this fashionable fabric is all about ultra voluminous shapes! When we first saw organza pieces pop up, it was mostly just on statement sleeves. Now, the trend is in full swing and can be found plain, printed or embellished on tops, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits and more…
  5. Velvet
    Nothing says festive season quite like shimmering and sumptuous velvet. Not only is it one of the most elegant fabric trends, it’s also incredibly soft and comfortable, so we can’t get enough of it! When styling, try to contrast the heavy material against something lighter like lace or chiffon.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/11/5-luxe-fabric-trends-you-need-to-know-about-this-season

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