I was shopping with my mother yesterday - who loves reading our posts, so HI MAM (cringe). Anyways we managed to do quite a bit of damage in town so here's what I got!
I'm going to begin this post with a bit of a rant. This is a fairly ironic thing to say considering I bought two items, but oh my God, I HATE American Apparel. Don't get me wrong, some of the clothes are great, but they are, for the most part, ridiculously overpriced. However, my main gripe lies with the shop and their staff. I can't stand the layout of the shop itself (if you've ever been to the Dublin branch, you'll know what I'm talking about). The staff are helpful to a point where it's actually irritating and the way they all kind of have a certain 'look' actually freaks me out.
I totally understand the concept of a shop requiring staff to wear its clothes to work, but American Apparel takes it to a whole new level of regulation. If you want to find out more, their dress code manual was actually leaked online last year and you can read it here. Some interviews were also carried out with American employees of the brand, and what they had to say really disgusted me - read them here.
I also completely understand and have experienced what it is like to work in retail, and of course everyone has to earn their money, but some of these girls were just ridiculous. They were just gasping for their commission and simply wouldn't leave us alone! The whole experience was kind of uncomfortable, but I guess you just get used to it, just like shopping at MAC. Having said that I would never go into AA alone, as bringing a friend means that the staff might just keep their distance!
Anyways, the first item I got in AA is a lovely shawl-style cardigan (above) in a reddish maroon colour. It is quite big and long-looking on the hanger, but only came in one size and is actually lovely on.
I also picked up this plain grey hoody - it may look boring but I get so much wear out of these. The fleece on the inside is gorgeous!
I also visited Topshop and picked up this red flannel shirt. I love the slouchiness of this, it's so comfortable and wearable in a load of different ways. I have a few shirts but not a decent flannel one so I'm really happy with this.
Also from Topshop, I got yet another floral dress. I have a mild problem when it comes to clothing of a floral nature, but I just couldn't leave this one behind! I love the cut of it and it definitely an item that I'll be wearing all summer long. It is a little too girlie for me in some ways though, so I'll be teaming it with a leather jacket or biker boots.
Finally, I got a rather strange item for my standards - a pair of light crepe harem pants from River Island. I really like them but any advice on how to style them would be much appreciated!