Thursday, 5 December 2013

Who do you think you are?

It wouldn't be a standard blog post if I didn't have a rant about something or have a view. In fact, it would probably be a very boring blog altogether if I didn't give my opinion.
So, I will begin (brace yourselves)... Who do Topshop think they are!? Obviously, I know they are a high-street clothes shop, but lately I have started to wonder if they know that any more? My rant/opinion like many of my previous posts has come as a result of a personal experience. This particular post has come after spending many hours yesterday 'screen shopping' (the internet version of window shopping) and after searching for Christmas gifts for my girlfriends I decided on the rational, two for them, one for me. Which, I think, is a perfect Christmas present ratio. After deciding on a treat in the form of a bag I started to browse Topshop's many lovely offerings until I came across bag costing... £700!? After checking I had my contact lenses in right I re-read the price again. 'Yeap' to my shock I had read it right! Yes, the bag is part of the 'Unique collection' and has been featured on the Topshop runway, but that doesn't mean its any good. Like I have said in many of my blog posts I am not naive, I recognise that fashion is a business, but since when did Topshop begin to neglect there 'bread and butter' customers and start to think they are in the same league as more established brands such as Mulberry, which has the heritage, and therefore, the credentials to charge that? I understand that Topshop employ designers, but I feel I would be more likely (if I could afford to) to buy something from a 'virgining' talent than a massive company with faceless designers. I know that is quite hypocritical of me as I do happily buy pieces from Topshop's lower price bracket, but that's the nature of highstreet fashion. I feel with £700 sorts of prices they are playing with 'the big boys', the luxury brands who have 'covertable' pieces, and again, I am not discrediting the designers who work there, more the cheek of Topshop to think they can demand that sort of money. Maybe, its the way the items are placed on the website with all the other handbags? Maybe there should be a high end page, or a separate website altogether to make the item feel more luxurious and worth the money? I also think it speaks volumes when there is a no reviews on a piece. Don't get me wrong, I love Topshop and I love the high-end feeling you  
get from some of their pieces. I also really love the aesthetics of their ad campaigns, but I feel they should remember first and foremost they are a high street store. There is nothing wrong with striving, but perhaps I would respect the expensive pieces more if they gave the designers name on each piece. I sort of feel like 'unique' is such a general and 'blah' way to describe some seriously talented people. Maybe I am letting my inner hippy out and I am trying to 'stick it to the man' as I feel Topshop are sort of sucking designers and their creativity up and spitting them out. Perhaps I am totally wrong (it wouldn't be the first time), maybe Topshop is nurturing designers and giving them a valuable platform they never would of had? Or maybe its just a business and if your shit sells you don't need a name. Does it just boil down to money? What do you think about High-street stores charging High-end prices? Finally and totally unrelated to the  post here is WIWT. 
Hollie x

Jumper- TK Maxx
Shorts- Zara
Boots- Topshop



  1. Great looking coat very stylish doll.

  2. Totally love your amazing coat and how you styled it, I'd wear this myself in no time! You look so gorgeous! ♥

    Oh wow, hadn't seen that bag and I always find myself browsing Topshop! I definitely think that a high end page would help, and I do agree with you, your rant makes sense hehe! Maybe they're trying to mix high street and high end together and it doesn't quite work. It's kind of a "either or" for me!

    Liana x
    Dress Code Chic

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment. I am glad you can see my point of view and I totally agree with your 'either or' point! Hollie x

  3. Urgh I hear ya sista. I feel like a lot of those high street chains are growing too big for their boots and getting greedy! Just because a bunch of 'celebs' are toting around in their label doesn't mean they can hike up costs because of demand! It's absurd. They need to get back to basics and remember who they sell to. I remember Mimco (an Aussie label) went through a surge in popularity then went a little cray in releasing 'special edition' bags that cost $700+, keeping in mind their price range is between $200-$500 anyway but still because it's 'special edition' they can double the price? It was a teeny little thing too. Probably why they're not as huge (in my eyes anyway) as they were before.


    1. Thanks for your comment! I totally agree with your remark about Celebs wearing there clothing, and them becoming 'to big for there boots'. I almost feel like some high street chains are becoming greedy! A lot of people probably don't realise that the Celebs get gifted these bags just to improve sales and media exposure. The funny thing is some of the Celebs who have these bags may not even buy them and only wear them because they were free. Hollie x

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  6. Amazing look!!! love your lovely coat!!



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