After three years of working at Who What Wear, I've developed a bit of a sixth sense about high-street items that are on the brink of selling out or being all over my Instagram feed. This week Topshop released a taffeta blouse with long puff sleeves. I am 99.9% certain that this is going to become an item like the Topshop satin slip skirt or the polka-dot pinafore dress. One indicator was that every single editor in my team bought it or considered buying it, and our columnist Monikh ordered it almost instantly. So why are we so persuaded by this top?
The finish of the fabric, the regal colours (gold, red and a rich navy) and the crinkle-effect fabric make this a cracker of a party top, but the exaggerated sleeves and nipped-in waist make it feel particularly premium for the £35 price tag. We never like to hedge our bets on these things and always want to see the products up close to be sure about our cult status hunch. Our friends at Topshop lent us some samples to try, and we found that they look amazing with printed midi skirts, satin slips or jeans. We've concluded that our favourite was the berry version.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the top before it inevitably sells out.