This week I went to Oxford Street for the first time in five months, and it's fair to say the shopping experience was rather different from the last time I visited. There's the mask-wearing and constant sanitising, of course, but I found that the most significant change is that at least 90% of all changing rooms are now closed. Clothes that have been touched now have to be quarantined for 48 hours, and so trying on a jumper or pair of boots is now followed by a logistical operation that is just near impossible for most high street stores. The one place I did manage to try on clothes, however, is at the personal styling suites at Topshop's flagship, where you can book an appointment in advance and have a room to yourself for an hour or so.
I tried on a whole rail of the new autumn pieces, and after a long trying-on session, I was most impressed by five pieces, in particular. Like many at the moment, I am gravitating towards comfortable classic pieces, and so the items I loved are all 2020 spins on autumn basics. Keep scrolling to see the five items that I think are the best in Topshop right now.
1. Two-Tone Coat
Emma Spedding for Who What Wear
This coat is so good I almost went home with it. The double layers makes this a unique, statement-making trench, however, the brown and beige combo is classic, meaning it'll go with pretty much anything and won't date quickly.
I'd live in my dressing gown if I could, and so I instantly gravitated towards this floor-length cardigan that is so cosy you'll feel like you've left the house in your PJs. I'd wear this with a black roll-neck and a belt over the waist to make it feel a little dressier and at home with my slippers.
These jeans tick off a lot of boxes for me, as I love the raw hems and straight legs. Although they are slightly more cropped than I'd usually go for, so bear that in mind if you don't like a gap between your jeans and ankle boots.