Last Friday I was incredibly lucky to be invited down to the newly revamped Outfit store in Teesside Park along with a handful of lovely bloggers, where we were given VIP treatment whilst perusing the store and playing dress up (Pretty much my idea of heaven). I hopped on a train from Preston to York, then York to Darlington where I met up with Steph and Kylie, were a car was waiting to take is straight to the store. When we arrived we were met by the lovely Jo and Charlotte from the Outfit Head Office, and also the store manager who gave us a brief tour of the shop, explaining a little about the new layout and where all the brands were situated.
Now long time followers will know that I worked at Outfit in Preston for a good few years, so I'm pretty clued up when it comes to their stores when it comes to layout and merchandising, so for me I felt right at home as soon as I walked through the door! If you haven't shopped in an Outfit store before, they are basically large shops, usually on out of town retail parks, which house all of the Arcadia brands and more under one roof. Teesside Park's Outfit was home to Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Topman and Wallis, as well as Warehouse, Oasis and Apricot, a new addition to Outfit concessions.
We were all given goodie bags containing lots of lovely gifts including a very generous £100 gift card, and were told we could go off and have a look round the store to pick out our favourite outfits. I was in my element doing this, as I love putting looks together and had already spied some gems whilst we were being given the grand tour, so I went off in a mad dash a la 'Supermarket Sweep'. We had a professional photographer on hand to take our photos once we had tried on our items and decided on which pieces we liked best. Somehow I managed to squeeze in four outfits in a tiny amount of time which you can see throughout the post.
Skirt - Topshop at Outfit
The first look I pulled together was using this gorgeous coral lace skirt that I had spotted on the way in the store on one of the Topshop mannequins. I fell in love with the colour and the A line shape which made it look really Vintage and almost something you could wear to a prom. I wanted to toughen it up a little though, so I teamed it with a PU trim black bodysuit from Miss Selfridge that had some delicate sheer panels. You can't see them in the image, but I wore this look with some simple black pointed stilettos that pulled everything together nicely.
The second look is one of my favourites, and I actually ended up buying both the dress and the skirt because I loved them so much! The dress is a move on from the jersey midi dresses that Topshop did a couple of years back, but this time round they've added a beautiful layer of fine chiffon which makes it feel so much more luxurious and expensive, and made me want to dance around like a ballerina (I resisted temptation, you'll be glad to know). The jumper is lovely too, and I now want every single colour of it. It's so super soft and fluffy and is the perfect slightly cropped length for layering.
Cardigan & Shorts - Miss Selfridge at Outfit
Outfit number three was a cute ensemble of a classic sheer white blouse from Topshop, tucked into the most gorgeous high waisted floral shorts. These are actually part of a matching set, but the bralet did absolutely nothing for my figure, so I went for this combo instead. They have a really nice Vintage look and feel to them, and the floral pattern is metallic so they have a beautiful sheen when the light catches them. I wanted to try keep this look on the casual side so rather than doing the obvious dressing up, I threw over I fluffy pastel pink cardigan to compliment the colours of the shorts, and teamed everything with a pair of nude cut out ankle boots.
Jacket - Miss Selfridge at OutfitBlouse, Dungarees & Shoes - Topshop at Outfit
The final look I put together at the store featured one of my favourite pieces from Spring/Summer, the dungaree shorts. I've got a light wash pair of these already, so I really wanted to see what the dark denim pair would look like. I wore them over the same sheer white shirt as before, with a beautiful beaded Miss Selfridge jacket over the top. To keep the look young and playful, I dressed it down with some white flatform plimsoles which I love! I bought the jacket after trying on this outfit and falling head over heels for it! It was in the sale reduced from £75 to £35 so I just had to snap it up. There's so much delicate beading work all over it, and its pretty darn heavy, but it's beautiful!
I had an absolutely lovely evening at the Outfit Teesside store, and felt so welcomed by everyone. Nothing was too big a problem and all the staff were extremely helpful whenever I had any questions or needed help with finding stock. A massive thank you to Lil at Biglight Pr and also Jo and Charlotte from the Outfit Marketing team for organising the whole event, and for the gift cards and travel expenses. I can't wait to wear all my new purchases (I've already worn a couple in my latest outfit posts!).
Have you been to the Outfit Teesside Park store? What do you love about Outfit?