Sydney is rejoicing at long last. Why? Topshop and Topman finally opened its doors to fashion hungry Sydneysiders on the 3rd of October 2012. It was well worth the wait. The historical Gowings building on the corner of George and Market Streets is alive with five floors of fashion. We're talking 1800 square metres of space, and bright, shiny lights.
Just like Zara gave birth to Pitt Street Mall being revived from the dead almost two years ago, Topshop and Topman has revived the international fashion scene with fashion hungry (albeit conservative) Sydneysiders, and the novelty will not wear off. Read on to find out why. View this article as your go to reference, perhaps as your 'survival guide' to making the most of your Topshop and Topman experience.
Yes indeed. Topshop and Topman opens at an ungodly hour to many Sydneysiders who adore their beauty sleep after having an amazing night out any night of the week. Topshop and Topman in the city opens at 9am every day, and that includes weekends. Get here as early as you can. Why? You will be able to browse the latest fashions with more space and less people floating around. That way you can relax, and your Topshop and Topman shopping experience won't be as stressful for you. I am not joking when I say this, and you've probably seen it yourself. The queues get massive the later you arrive. One even arrived at 11am on a Thursday morning, and there was barely room to move. Enough said, the earlier the better.
In other words, if you have the luxury of not working at least one weekday, then follow point number one, and shop on this day only. Avoid peak times such as public holidays and weekends due to higher traffic in and out of the store on all levels. Shop here as early as you can while the majority of Sydney is at work. That way you have space to move around and try on a few things. Also, non-peak times at Topshop and Topman Sydney means that more staff are freely available to assist you and answer any questions you might have. That way you avoid the queues again. If you have ever queued outside Bourke Street Bakery, or at Adriano Zumbo's at Balmain (just after this top pastry chef has yet made another appearance on MasterChef), you can relate to what I am on about here.
3. Be selective
It is becoming the trend (we Sydneysiders are so conservative now) where our clothes are becoming more like investment pieces rather than something we buy, use and then discard. The stock is up to date with the current fashion trends. If you cannot find something that you feel great about - no stress just come back to Topshop and Topman in a couple of weeks - or even within a couple of days if you wish, and you will find new clothes in stock. You will be glad that persistence pays once you find a piece (or a few pieces of clothing) that you will actually like here. Worse case scenario, you might walk away with a free makeover that Topshop and Topman offer their customers in the beauty area.
4. Watch the plastic
Credit card usage is tempting at the best of times. You will appreciate your Topshop and Topman investment pieces when you pay cash. After all, cash is king. Only pay for your clothing items on your credit card if you can pay the total amount spent within your cards interest free period. Also if you're smart about it, your Topshop and Topman purchases could earn you rewards points depending on your credit card. Otherwise, that piggybank isn't one for nothing. Save your loose change and before you know it you'll be able to buy some quality clothing at Topshop and Topman. With the high turnover of stock in a massive store, prices aren't too heavily inflated. Topshop and Topman don't need to go on sale. Their prices are already that good.
5. Keep up to date on what is happening at Topshop and Topman Sydney
Twitter is the best tool on earth for keeping up to date on the latest happenings. #lovetopshop is your gateway to fashion bliss.
6. Hop on the coolest bus in town...
This is one bus that promises not to go up in smoke in Oxford Street. Sydney you can relax and not panic. For every weekend until the 28th of October (as at the time of writing this) the iconic double decker Topshop and Topman bus will depart from Bondi Beach. This is the bus that continually gives if you happen to be lucky. You could receive a goodie bag filled with Topshop and Topman treats, or score yourself a gift card to use in store. The timetable is below with departure times, and Topshop and Topman Sydney advise that this is only a guide:
From Bondi Beach to Topshop and Topman in the city:
Bondi Beach - Campbell Parade near Hall Street: 10am, 12noon, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.
Bondi Junction - Oxford Street near Bronte Road: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 2:45pm and 4:45pm.
Paddington - Oxford Street near Elizabeth Street: 10:25am, 12:25pm, 2:55pm and 4:55pm.
From Topshop and Topman in the city back to Bondi:
Topshop and Topman - Corner of George and Market Streets: 11am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm.
Paddington - Oxford Street near Elizabeth Street: 11:20am, 1:50pm, 3:50pm and 5:50pm.
Bondi Junction - Oxford Street near Bronte Road: 11:30am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.
To you wonderful WeekendNotes Sydney readers, if you have any other tips to pass on to ensure that Sydney continues to enjoy shopping at Topshop and Topman in the city, please feel free to share by leaving a comment below. Happy 'topshopping' Sydney.
Enjoy your 'smart' Topshop and Topman shopping experiences
I visited Topshop last week and was totally disappointed. I like everyone else was looking forward to it, as I lived in London for 6 years. We were promised no left over clothes from London. It was full of Winter clothes - there were some very heavy knitted scarves, that I couldn't imagine even wearing in Hobart in the middle of Winter. So much black and gray and heavy tights. We have been had!
I went a couple of weeks ago and picked up a couple of summer dresses. There is a lot of bling going on and some winter stuff too but I read we are supposed to have another cold wet summer so maybe warmer clothing necessary? Anyway I rarely went to topshop in London (didn't work anywhere near one) so its nice to be able to pop in and have a look on my way home. I went at 5pm on a Friday and it was busy but not too bad.