Topshop has finally arrived in Australian shores!  Melbourne is buzzing today with the new store opening in the Jam Factory on Chapel Street.  I was out in the city this morning and I was really tempted to go and check it out as Topshop is one of my favourite high street shops in UK.  Since I am from Scotland, I’ve worn Topshop since I was a teenager.  Anyway, I didn’t end up going to see the new Melbourne store but will pay it a visit later.  Instead, I am rushed home to dig out my most expensive Topshop purchase which is a Lulu & Red skirt.

I bought this Lulu & Red skirt back in January 2005 in the Topshop on London’s Oxford Street.  I remember it was a pricey item back then…possibly close to £100…??  I loved it for its uniqueness.  It is made of suit material with a pictorial at the front and has gorgeous draping at the back with a purple ribbon and it’s got an under-layer of a shiny lilac material….  OKAY OKAY!  I am rubbish at describing garments!!!

I tried googling more about Lulu & Red but I couldn’t find much info…so maybe they are no longer a label…??  I don’t know…but in the words of Heidi Klum from Project Runway :

“In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day, you’re out!”

I’ve worn it twice!  Yes, twice!  I am totally not getting my money’s worth!  I am a master of buying things I don’t use!  I know it’s a skirt but it’s kinda too long for me so I wore it as a dress to my Farewell Party when I was leaving Scotland for Australia 2 years ago.  I found some piccies on Facebook so have a look.  I was much skinnier in those days – le sigh!

Quite a few of my friends turned up for my Farewell Party – maybe it’s a hint that they were glad to see the back of me?!!  My sister also made me an awesome toothy cake because I’m a dentist.

I was planning to wear it again this year.  I packed it and took it all the way to Sydney for ABBW as my back-up dress for the Gala Night but ended up choosing something simple to wear because I had a bout of food poisoning as rushing to the toilet wearing this somewhat fiddly dress would not have been ideal!!

And here’s some full-length pictures of me…and my 3 sisters!  Have I told you I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers?  My parents were at it like rabbits!  Hehe!!

Anyone out there who buys expensive items of clothing but has only worn it once or twice?  Are you also a fan of Topshop?  And have you checked out Melbourne’s Topshop – what is it like?  And what do you think of my skirt/dress?

18 Comments on My Most Expensive Topshop Purchase Which I’ve Only Worn Twice!

  1. Norlin
    08/12/2011 at 1:21 pm (4 years ago)

    So THAT’S the dress you were talking about! It so DOES NOT look like a sack! I actually like this one. Good thinking on turning the skirt into a dress though. You should wear it out during Summer!

    • Ling
      08/12/2011 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

      @Norlin, HAHAHA! Yes, I remember I said it was like a sack..!! It kinda is…hahaha!!! But it’s a cute sack! But I’m kinda bigger now so if I wear it, it makes me look prego!

  2. Omega
    08/12/2011 at 5:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I think it’s gorgeous, definitely not like a sack at all! I bet if you put it with one of those cinch belts that seem to be in all the stores at the moment it would look amazing :)

    • Ling
      08/12/2011 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

      @Omega, Thank you Omega!! <3

  3. wendiie ♥
    08/12/2011 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

    !!!
    I’ve been waiting for topshop to open for a while now ! Must go check it out when I have time 😀
    And that dress looks gorgeous on you :)

  4. Marnie
    08/12/2011 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I didn’t make it there today either.
    Love your skirt/dress.
    x Marnie

    • Ling
      09/12/2011 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      @Marnie, Thanks lovely. I wonder if it’s any good…I bet it is 😀

  5. Ashlynn
    08/12/2011 at 11:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Never heard or Top Shop, but that skirt/dress looks gorgeous on you as a dress. Good thinking too! I like to get tops that are big and wear them as dresses :)

    • Ling
      09/12/2011 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      @Ashlynn, Great for us petite girlies 😀

  6. Melody
    08/12/2011 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I think it looks gorgeous as a dress!
    And ooh, I didn’t know Topshop opened up in Melb! I think I’ll go check it out ..one day 😀

    • Ling
      09/12/2011 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      @Melody, Thanks girl!!!! And yessssss!! So exciting! 😀

  7. Kim
    09/12/2011 at 3:52 pm (4 years ago)

    OMG, I had a dream just only last night about my teeth being pulled out too! That was so scary! I was talking and then pulled out my front teeth. Scary nightmare.
    I love your skirt/dress. I want to check out Topshop, I will some time in the future.
    x

    • Ling
      09/12/2011 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

      @Kim, EEEEE!!! Nasty dream!!!!

      And thanks Kim! Do you live in Melbourne too? Might bump into you there lol

      • Kim
        10/12/2011 at 5:57 pm (4 years ago)

        Yes, I live in Melb. Except I don’t go to the city that often to have a chance to shop around. I must change my shopping routines! I only shop around the holidays b/c I have time. Life’s so stressing and there’s never time to do anything!

        • Ling
          10/12/2011 at 10:55 pm (4 years ago)

          @Kim, That’s true – I live in Melbourne suburbs and rarely go to city too! Sighs…I love the city though!!! Shopping is a pain at the moment with zillions of queues due to Christmas!!

  8. Eden-Avalon
    12/12/2011 at 2:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Hee. Yeah, i’ve been known to do these things. Mostly with shoes and makeup. I think you look lovely in it, though!

    • Ling
      12/12/2011 at 4:47 pm (4 years ago)

      @Eden-Avalon, Hehe, we’re all the same, aren’t we? And thanks hun 😀