When TOPSHOP US got in touch to ask if I’d like to style a piece from the new TOPSHOP Archive collection I was SO in. I grew up with TOPSHOP – Saturday mornings in Ashford, where I went to school, were spent trying on clothes we could never in a million years hope to afford with our pocket money. It felt exciting and grown up and helped me start to think about clothes in a way that would influence my future career as a fashion editor and stylist.
There are 33 limited-edition pieces in the collection , all reissued from TOPSHOP’s vast archive, and designed to revive the customer’s thrill of buying that first TOPSHOP piece.
I chose this Ditsy Floral Print Playsuit as it reminded me of the pieces I wore growing up in the 80s – but I’ve made it work for the 21st century by adding wooden sandals, huge Valentino bug shades and a Moxom gold metal and leather bracelet. I also wanted to show that playsuits can work when you’re over thirty – they aren’t just pour les enfants…
Amongst my favourite pieces from the collection are a classic 70’s smock dress for lazy summer days, a fantastic strapless cocktail dress from the ‘80s, a 90’s lurex halter dress and a maxi rave coat.
TOPSHOP Archive signals the first stage of a growing collection uniquely intended to encourage TOPSHOP customers to get interactive. Shoppers will be able to contribute to future Archive collections with a social campaign, #BringThatBack, encouraging shoppers to post images across social media of their most-loved past TOPSHOP pieces for the chance to see them return to store in the new collection.
The Archive Collection is available now, and will be available throughout TOPSHOP UK, US, International stores and TOPSHOP.COM.
This post was written in association with TOPSHOP US (and thank you to my friends at Sue Ryder Camden for letting us prance about in their backyard!)
Thank you to Blow Ltd for the hair