CATCH UP WITH THE GIRLS AT TOPSHOP HQ

Ready for another glimpse into the life of a Topshop HQ girl? This month we caught up with Becky Andrews, a Personal Shopper at our Oxford Circus London Flagship to talk about her amazing job, new season trends and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s wardrobe…

How did you become a Personal Shopper at Topshop?

I’ve been a stylist for a few years but always wanted to work for Topshop Personal Shopping, so when I heard there was a role available I jumped at the chance and was lucky enough to be offered the job.

What do you love about your job?

I obviously love the clothes and being creative, but it’s the different clients I get to meet everyday that make the job so special. I really enjoy helping them to build their confidence and find their own style.

What’s great about the Personal Shopping service?

I think the fact that it’s free is great as it makes the service accessible to everybody. It takes the stress out of shopping for a lot of people and makes it a really enjoyable and fun experience. Birthday bookings are really popular so we always try to make it a luxury treat!

Do you have a favorite piece from the Topshop Unique collection?

I love it all but one of the key pieces that stands out for me is the velvet jumpsuit, it’s beautiful and will be hitting stores in September. I’ll definitely be running out to buy the black petal vest dress too!

What should we buy and wear now to take us through to next season?

An oversized army jacket is a must – perfect for pairing with a feminine flirty dress now and some tailored trousers and a blouse for when the weather cools.

Any tips on the new season trends?

Expect gothic, baroque and eastern opulence! The military trend is following through and masculine tailoring and prints will also be back in a big way.

What are you most looking forward to wearing next season?

I’m really looking forward to next season, I love texture and there’s loads of leather, eastern prints and baroque styling. I’m really looking forward to embracing the Sensationalist trend; it’s so dark and sexy! I’ll hippy it up though so I make it my own.

How would you describe your personal style?

Boho 70’s grunge!

Who are your fashion icons?

Jane Birkin and Anita Pallenburg are both amazing – I love 70’s fashion! And I have a huge style crush on the Olsen twins and Charlotte Gainsburg.

If you could ransack anyone’s wardrobe, who’s would it be?

Definitely Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s, I can only imagine how incredible their collective wardrobe is!

Do you have a piece that you always come back to, season after season?

My leather leggings, I have about 100 pairs!

What’s the style rule you live by?

I think rules in fashion are there to be broken so I guess that’s my rule, generally if you don’t think it will work try it anyway and it will!

Do you have a fashion weakness?

Yes, so many – I have a major obsession with silver jewellery and on a recent trip to India I went a bit mad and bought everything in sight! Otherwise I would say my Jeffrey Campbells, I buy a new pair every month.

What’s your favourite Topshop Make Up product?

I love the lip glazes and have one in every color. Another favourite has to be the Infrared lipstick – it’s a great orangey red, which adds a bit of glamour to any outfit.

What’s your first memory of Topshop?

My mum bought me this gorgeous embroidered top and from then on I was hooked!

What would your best night out involve?

Margheritas and my girl friends! We normally start off at Venn Street Records in Clapham Common and then see where the night takes us. We never plan where we’re going to go – I think random nights are always the best!

Where do you like to relax on a Sunday where you live?

I hardly ever get to chill at home so on my Sundays off I love to sit on my balcony with a good book and a cold beer (weather permitting!) otherwise there’s this great little Italian café round the corner from me where I go with my best friend and sit for hours drinking wine and people watching.

The Topshop Personal Shopping service is completely free of charge. Whether you need help finding the right outfit for a big event, want to revamp your wardrobe or just want a sneak peak at new pieces, simply call or email to make an appointment at one of our Personal Shopping stores.