Occasionally, when I’m flipping through magazines or browsing blogs for inspiration, I get the clothes equivalent of ‘love at first sight’. My heart pounds, I feel my blood racing at flight speed through my veins and I come over all swoony, it’s like a menopausal hot flush with added emotion.
So it was with this gorgeous spring outfit from Topshop. I love the intense-and-dense floral embroidery on the sweat shirt, which is neither cropped nor too body con and looks long enough to cover the waistline decently. I adore the silver satin bias skirt -I so want this to be made from silk – that looks both easy and special at the same time. I’m always surprised at how bias skirts fit even the curviest of figures, and are so comfortable. And I love that it’s matched with trainers (EVERYTHING is matched with trainers this season) allowing you to instantly adjust your mindset to think of this whole outfit as everyday-special.
It may just be me reading too much into it, but doesn’t this look quite ‘grown-up-styling’, too? It would look terrific on the lovely Daphne Selfe or Jean from Fabulous Fashionistas (now a regular in the Guardian’s Saturday mag), wouldn’t it be lovely to think that brands were starting to think about women over 25? Even Topshop….Lordy.
And then there’s the wall behind, in the best shade of strawberry smoothie pink I’ve seen and one I need as the backdrop to my spring.
Despite furtive attempts, I can’t see any of these pieces yet on the Topshop website and of course I haven’t actually done the touchy-feely test (technical fashion term for quality control) on either the top or the skirt, so the quality might not be up to much, but I’m hoping, I’m sooo hoping.