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Topshop Basic Strappy Vest
Basic Strappy Vest
Author Name: daisylee3
Basic Strappy Vest
Date: 11/07/12, updated on 11/07/12 (35 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonable price, comfy, versatile
Disadvantages: The white one is quite sheer, very low cut, not very long
In my opinion, there's no such thing as having too many vests as they are such a basic wardrobe staple. Vests are essential really and they can be worn in so many different ways. I don't normally buy vests from Topshop because there are cheaper alternatives in Primark and New Look etc, but these basic strappy vests, unlike a lot of Topshop clothes aren't actually too overpriced.
These basic vests retail at £6 each, which for Topshop branded clothing is a bargain. I managed to get mine for £3 each in store as they were on the sale rack, but I'd of happily paid full price. The vest is available in two basic colours - black or white. I decided to get both as like I said, you can never have too many vests!
These vests are very simple in design - the vest is obviously sleeveless with thin 'spaghetti' straps. I normally prefer thick straps as I find the thin ones quite flimsy, although because the straps on these vests are made of normal fabric rather than being elasticated, they're fine and they stay in one place and keep my bra straps covered. I always make sure that I wear a bra with thin bra straps with one of these tops, because the straps are so thin and it doesn't look right when bra straps are visible in my opinion. The vest could be worn over a bandeau though too or a strapless bra.
The vests have a deep scooped neckline which is quite low cut. I have quite a small bust and I find that the top doesn't fit particullary well around this area and it does need adjusting quite a few times as it droops a little in the middle of my cleavage, yet it fits fine around my stomach and hips. I always find myself looking down and realising that the top is showing way more than I'd of liked, which is a downside and this is why I usually only wear it around the house, or layered under a blazer/jumper/cardi. If I do wear it on its own, I usually wear a bandeau so that I don't feel concious that i'm showing too much cleavage!
The top is stretchy and it feels a bit like a bodycon vest. Because it's stretchy and the material is quite thin, it means that it is quite sheer and a coloured bra/bandeau can be seen through it slightly. I've also noticed that even my belly button is slightly visible so clearly these vests aren't the best quality, although despite the 'visibility' issues the top is soft, comfortable and it looks pretty nice on as it clings to all the right areas. The material is cotton (100%) and the top washes well and it dries really quickly too as it's so thin.
The top is easy to style as it's so versatile and it is best suited to casual wear. This is a nice summer top because of the lightweight material, but it can be layered under a cardi etc in colder weather. Sizes avaialble range from six to sixteen and I'd reccommend getting a size bigger if you don't like skin tight tops, as these are designed to be well fitting. Length wise, this vest comes down to the waistline of whatever trousers I am wearing so it isn't very long and I'm only 5'3 so on taller girls it'll probably be almost cropped. Overall, reccommended - 4/5.