“ Brand: Miss Selfridge / Type: Tunic Vest „
I don't shop at miss selfridge very often because although I do like their clothes I personally think that they can be a bit expensive.
I got this vest about a year ago when there was a sale on and I paid £4 for it. The retail price if I remember right was about twenty pounds, which I think is ridiculous! There's no way in a billion years that I'd have paid the full price.
At the time that I bought this, animal print tee shirts and vests were a huge trend, and I like to keep up with fashion so even though I wasn't too keen on the design I bought it.
The vest is a longline vest which I like because its long enough to cover my bum and upper thighs so you would think it would be a it more flattering than a shorter vest, but it isn't because it rides up and bunches up so it needs constantly pulling down and readjusting. The straps are quite thick which I also like because they cover my bra straps.
The vest has a scooped neck which is pretty deep - it's low enough to show some serious cleavage, and the back is also scooped. Being self conscious of my weight I didn't really appreciate this, but as I wear it under a cardigan this isn't too much of a problem.
The vest is made from a stretchy material which reminds me a bit of swimming costume material. It is very clingy and clings to every lump and bump, and even worse because it is so stretchy it tends to go a little see through where it is stretched eg around my boob area and belly area, so it is not the most flattering top.
The design isn't the nicest but its not ugly either, it is simply a lion's face with faded detailing. It will probably appeal to younger girls (I'm 19) but I think for me personally its a bit too generic and it doesn't appeal to me really.
The top definitely isn't great quality, I've had mine for around a year and it has lost it's shape a bit, gone bobbly and the stitching looks tatty, it's also quite see through now and the design on the front has faded. I know what you're thinking - that's understandable seeing as I've had it for so long but I've only worn it a handful of times and its been washed 3-4 times at the most.
The top is made from 95% polyester & 5% elastane. It comes in sizes 4 to 16. I wouldn't recommend it, it is overpriced, unflattering (in my opinion) and not very good quality.
When it comes to fashion, I like to hunt around for bargains so tend to avoid shops such as Miss Selfridge. This is because I feel that they are far too overpriced, and you can often find similar items for much cheaper in other high street stores. Don't get me wrong, I do really like a lot of the clothing Miss Selfridge sell, but I unfortunately can never bring myself to spending so much on their clothes as my budget simply does not stretch to it. For my birthday this year, I received a gift card which I could spend in multiple shops with Miss Selfridge being included so I thought I would give it a go and look for something nice to treat myself. I went on a special 'student night' meaning I got a considerable amount off the price of the top.
The price of this was originally £22 which I think is an awful lot of money for a vest, especially when I usually pay around the £5 for one. I got mine for around £15 with the discount from the event, and it was also paid on a gift card, so for me it was essentially a freebie. I would not have been happy to pay either price if I was paying with my own money. As far as price is concerned, I was disappointed.
The top itself I think is lovely. I would say that it is suited more to the teenage and younger female age range, however could look lovely on all sorts of people. It is a washed out grey and white colour, which I think is nice and gives it a lovely effect as opposed to a block background colour. Not just animal print, but animal heads seem to be a really big trend at the moment, especially on tops and vests. This vest really stood out to me, as it has a large tigers head on the front. It is really striking, and although the picture does not quite do it justice, there is a whole host of colours subtly added in to bring out the features of this vest. For me, I felt the design was great, and I think it does stand out a little more than the animal head tops that are available in the more budget high street stores such as Primark.
One thing I really like about this vest is that it is so versatile. I am a big fan of wearing leggings, however one of my biggest hates is when people strut around without covering their bum when wearing them! I get quite paranoid about this, and must ensure that my vests are quite long. This is a long vest, and is legging safe which I am glad to say! I am quite short at 5"4 and this is considerably long on me, however I think it would be perfectly fine for slightly taller girls to wear too. I think this top suits black leggings most, however it could look great with jeans, or teamed with a jacket or cardigan. It is a really simple top to accessorise and make look great.
The top is made of 95% polyester and 5% elastane. I have to say that the material feels great and you can tell it is of a good quality just by touch. It is very comfortable to wear on the skin, and I have had no problems with it. It is a thicker material, meaning not only is it comfortable, but an acceptable vest to wear under something on a colder day.
Despite the price, I was thinking that I'd really pulled this one out the bag, as it was a lovely vest which I wear on a frequent basis. I have owned this now for around three months and was completely happy with my purchase. However, my happy days with this vest seem to be over. One thing I have found with tops I have previously purchased from Miss Selfridge and also in this top is that they bobble really easily. Now obviously this happens to many clothing items, particularly if you wear them a lot. However, I haven't worn this top so much that I would expect it to have bobbled as much as it has. I am really disappointed with this, as now it looks much cheaper and used even though it shouldn't.
Overall, this is a lovely, striking top from Miss Selfridge, and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately it is no longer available to buy as I got mine a good few months ago. It is an expensive buy, and unfortunately the quality of it soon wears away which I was not particularly happy with. Will be avoiding Miss Selfridge now in the future, as they are overpriced and all of their clothing seems to bobble too easily. I hope this helps and thank you for reading.
The arcadia shops such as Top Shop and Miss Selfridge are my favourite high street stores but they do tend to be pretty expensive. To counteract their high prices I tend to shop in the sale or just buy one or two items when I have just been paid or for a special occassion. My latest buy from Miss Selfridge is this vest top with a tiger's face emblazonned on it.
The top itself is a vest style top but the sleeves are only a little thicker than spaghetti straps. The top has a scooped neck but it isn't too low and doesn't reveal any cleavage unless it is pulled right down or is the wrong size! The material (which is 95% Polyester,5% Elastane) is very clingy which is very different to most of the graphic vest tops at the moment which seem to be baggy or loose fitting. I like the style of this top as, like I have said, it is different and is basic and easy to wear yet still bang on trend. One of the main advantages to this top is that it is long enough to cover your bum whilst wearing leggings.
The concept of animal tops was first made popular by like likes of Top Shop and Asos who sold wildlife jumpers and tops similar to this one. Primark then jumped on the band wagon and sold cheap animal printed vest tops and EVERYONE seemed to be wearing them which got tedious. I had always wanted a top like this one but wasn't willing to buy a top that I would be conscious to wear incase everybody else was wearing it!
The overall colour of the top is a light grey marble effect which prevents the top from being plain. The pattern is very subtle as the main attraction on the top is obviously the animal face. The face itself is mainly in black and white apart from a few orange/yellow patches on the nose which really makes it stand out. The detail in the tiger face is really good especially the eyes and nose area.
In terms of washing this top (which I have done so several times) I have not noticed any shape deformations with the top becoming baggy or shrinking, nor have I noticed any of the colours fading or running which is a testament to the quality of this product.
I paid £12 for this vest top from Miss Selfridge in the sale, originally it was £22 so I was pleased with my bargain. It gets 5 stars from me.