10 tips for shopping at Topshop for women over 40

by Liz Hands

10 tips for shopping at Topshop for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Think you’re too old for Topshop? I did too for a while, until I saw how you could combine the likes of trendy Topshop dresses and Topshop shoes with classics you probably already have in your wardrobe.

At some point, and I’m really not sure why, Topshop became a no-go zone for me. I don’t think I entered the threshold of Topshop between the ages of 25 and 40, except to shop with my teenage daughter, and even then H&M and New Look were higher up our shopping agenda.

Topshop, especially its flagship Oxford Circus store in London, is thought of as a mecca for only the achingly young, no matter how hip you are. But, this season’s Top Shop collection has made me think again.

Here are some great ideas for shopping at Topshop, and some reasons why you’re never too old to shop there!

Look for Topshop Boutique

If you usually shop at mid-market boutiques, which offer a haven somewhere between Primark and Prada or H&M and Hermes, then take a look at Topshop’s boutique section.

Not only are the items here produced in smaller quantities, so you’re less likely to see some bright young thing wearing the same outfit as you, but if you dislike wearing manmade fibers, you’ll also find natural fibers like silk. There are some beautiful silk Topshop tops and dresses I have my eye on in the current Boutique range.

The color of the wrap silk blouse here is stunning and would look lovely paired with white for summer, while these cropped flared jeans are very flattering. I’d put this leather skirt away for fall and team with tights, booties and a silk scarf.

Topshop boutique pieces for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop leather skirt  – Topshop silk blouse – Topshop spotted frill skirt  – Topshop kick flare jeansTopshop fold neck top

Topshop shoes

If you’re worried about styles which are out of your comfort zone, then a good way to try new trends is to wear them on your feet! You can instantly update an outfit with a new pair of shoes. I love the unusual lilac of this leather pair, which look much more expensive than they are, or would team the red booties with white dresses and jeans for summer. The florals on these sneakers are also bang-on-trend!

Topshop shoes for women over 40: boots and slip-ons | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop nika round buckle sandals – Topshop hibiscus ankle bootsTopshop mischief ankle boots – Topshop flower slip on

Topshop dresses as tops

Many of the dresses at Topshop are actually knee-length or longer at the moment, as the ladylike vibe is very on-trend. But, if you do fall in love with one of the shorter options, then you could always wear over jeans or leggings as a long top. Any of these options would look great teamed with pants.

Topshop dresses as tops for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop spotted dress – Topshop ruffled tea dress – Topshop crepe mini wrap

Topshop dresses as dresses!

Of course, you don’t have to wear your dresses over something, particularly when Topshop currently have so many knee-length, midi and maxi dresses, which all look classy for women over 40.

You could add some instant sunshine with this yellow number, while I just think this emerald-green wrap dress is incredibly classy. I also love the idea of taking Topshop shirt dresses on vacation as cover-ups for the beach. I’d sling this embroidered number over a swimsuit and pop on some espadrilles to go from beach to bar!

Topshop dresses for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop rodeo satin shirt dressTopshop seam midi dressTopshop crepe wrap midi dress

Topshop tops

Because the ladylike trend is very ‘now,’ it’s the ideal time to shop at Topshop as you’ll find everything from pretty blouses to wardrobe classics like beige turtlenecks.

I’d dress up jeans with a blouse for weekend wear, or team with wide-legged pants or a pencil skirt for work or more formal events. Bear in mind that lots of Topshop’s tops tend to be quite short in the body, so plan on wearing with high-waisted bottoms, unless you want your midriff on display!

Chic topshop tops for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop phoebe frill blouse – Topshop floral wrap blouse

Designer inspired

As Topshop is built on fast fashion, putting out around 350 new items every week, it is quick to respond to the latest trends. You’ll find pieces which look very similar to designer items, except for a fraction of the cost.

These espadrilles look very similar to the iconic monochrome Chanel summer shoes, which are the most searched for shoe on Google so far this year. Meanwhile, Topshop’s Gucci-inspired tee sold out time and time again. But there’s now a sweater version, which would look great teamed with the leather skirt from above and a pair of booties. The mules are similar to a pair from Prada, albeit with higher heels.

Topshop clothes for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop merci cropped sweatshirt Topshop archie espadrille shoesTopshop galaxy flare heels

Try Topshop Premium

Just as Topshop Boutique tends to feature better fabrics, so too does Topshop Premium. You’ll find real leather pieces in this range, including these leather cropped flared jeans, which you could style with a silk shirt and heels, or with a cashmere sweater and booties for a luxe feel.

Topshop premium clothes for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop premium kick flare leather pants – Topshop premium leather and suede shoulder bag – Topshop premium leather crossbody roundie

The Topshop sale

While prices are already less than you would pay for premium brands, Topshop has sale pieces most times of the year, which are a great way to try a trend you’re not 100% sure about. There are bargains to be had, with dresses and tops for around $15! I’d wear the black and white embroidered mini over jeans, with red accessories.

Topshop sale for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop embroidered balloon sleeve dress – Topshop fern knot front blouse

Topshop accessories

Just as shoes can add a hipper vibe to an outfit, the same holds true for accessories. If you’re looking for inexpensive statement necklaces to dress up a plain white shirt, then Topshop is a good place to start. That way, if you’re not sure if it’s a look which you’ll stick with, you haven’t spent too much trying it!

Topshop accessories for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com
Topshop curved wood collar necklaceTopshop rhinestone fringe colar – Topshop mega collar necklaceTopshop resin flower necklace

Topshop blazers

Topshop have some really well-priced boyfriend-style blazers, which look great worn over jeans.The striped double breasted number would look at home in St Tropez, while the darker blazer with the gold buttons looks very similar to Balenciaga.

Topshop blazers for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com
Topshop striped cropped jersey blazerTopshop double breasted jacketTopshop golden button double breasted 

What are your favorite stores? Do you shop in stores thought to be for younger women? 

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots for a hack out on her crazy ex-racehorse.



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10 tips for shopping at Topshop for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

1 Gloria

Sorry Sylvia, but I don’t agree with you on this one. I just can’t look at this “fast fashion” and think it’s somethng I want in my closet. While it photographs like great on-trend stuff, typically it looks terrible on a body that is not as fit as it once was or that is sporting a few extra pounds in the wrong places. Not to mention the terrible consequences on the countries where these things are sold.

2 Gail

I find some great pieces in Topshop- particularly the jewellery. River Island and ASOS are also good. Plenty that flatters the over 40s.

3 Liz Hands

Me too Gail, I don’t like to think I’m limited by my age in terms of where I can shop!

4 jean

Have you noticed that all your models for the Topshop are way under 40? Would like to see what these fashions look like on real people over 40

5 Liz Hands

Totally agree Jean, I’d love to see Topshop run a campaign featuring older models!

6 Sylvia

I’m well aware and here is why https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/

7 trish

I love to look at the fashions on 40 plus but why call it 40 plus if you show models 18-25 wearing the outfits? It makes no sense!!! Use mature models.

8 Sylvia

We feature many 40+women on this blog but honestly, since this site if free for you, we don’t have the budget to hire models. More info at https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/

9 Fiona

I agree with Gloria. I’m increasingly turning away from fast fashion for those reasons. I use a second hand clothing app on my phone which is like a gigantic 2nd hand clothing store where I can find exactly what I want regarding style, colour and material at a fraction of the price and can buy with a reasonable conscience. But each to their own.

10 Greetje

You may be right about Topshop but I will look at other shops and brands first.

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