9 Sep 2018 / Northern Ireland, UK

Finding My Personal Style With Topshop


Finding or refining your personal style can be quite the predicament. I can't tell you how many times I have peered into my wardrobe brimming with clothes and thought why do I have nothing to wear today?, while frustratingly flinging my hands above my head in distaste, because despite my shopping trip two days ago, I still have nothing to wear to my interview or to Matthew's graduation, let alone dinner this evening.

For quite some time my wardrobe would have been dominated with plain black clothing - I mean; the saying 'On Wednesday's we wear black' would typically occur 7 days a week, 365 days a year in my house, as much as I am ashamed to admit that. I am a slogan t-shirt and leggings kind-of gal through and through, but only because I had persuaded myself that this was my type of comfortable.

In April 2018 I enlisted in the help of Joanne Lyttle; Belfast's very own -  Topshop Personal Stylist. The Topshop Personal Shopping experience is a premium, complimentary service available at an array of stores across the United Kingdom (Belfast being one of them). Here they cover appointments such as; The Essentials, The Big Event or in this case The Wardrobe Overhaul. I would be lying if I said I wasn't absolutely bricking it, but I was. I wasn't sure what to expect from this experience, would Joanne really be able to help me? or was I really too far gone?


I arrived at my appointment early, met Joanne and then had a walk around the store while waiting. This allowed me to suss out what the store had to offer and I'm sure if you're aware of the Belfast store in Victoria Square, there's quite a bit to choose from.

Joanne guided me into the personal shopping room, sat me down and made sure I was comfortable. Here there was sparkling lemonade and buns, alongside magazines to flip through. Joanne and I then had a 10 minute chat about what I was expecting from the day, what styles I have and haven't tried and what my favourite colours were before she disappeared. It wasn't long before she returned with a clothing rail full of eye-catching outfits for me to try on, all based on the information I had provided when booking but also through the introduction on arrival.

Joanne focused more on outfits she knew I would get wear from, but would still be able to mix and match. For instance; we picked out two pairs of jeans, paired these with t-shirts (both slogan and dressy), as well as jackets/throw-on's and then worked on accessorizing these with belts and shoes. It really opened my eyes and I discovered styles that I hadn't tried before, as well as colours far from my comfort zone - yellow is definitely a new favourite.


Looking back; I'm really pleased that I persuaded myself to ask a stylist for help. I feel like I genuinely needed the boost I received from my appointment and am now confident I can invest in clothing that I will wear, which is why I'm so keen to talk about my experience and share my advice on finding your personal style, because finding my personal style with Topshop was the best thing I ever did.

My main takeaways from the personal shopping appointment were that it's okay to ask for help, to seek inspiration, to be authentic and to have fun with your style.
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4 comments

  1. Love this idea, I didn't even realise TopShop offered this service. TBH I don't usually shop there, but I might have to give this a try. I always see people these days wearing whatever they like WITH whatever they like. I don't think there is such thing as ONE style anymore.

    Kylie
    www.firstforeverything.co.uk
    www.frankavenue.co.uk

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    1. I didn't realise it was a thing either, until my colleague had mentioned it. I shop with them quite often, so I knew it would be good for me. There definitely isn't one style anymore, it's whatever makes you feel good x

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  2. I knew Topshop had this service, but I haven't tried it myself. I shop at Topshop a lot because I am so petite and they have a great petite line. I may give this a try going into autumn!

    Lovely post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it, just because you aren't obliged to buy. I think Autumn and Winter would be a fab time to test it out x

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