Friday, 2 March 2012

If you don’t ask, you don’t get

I don’t often look at Topshop’s “buy now or regret later” rack as nothing usually catches my eye. But for some reason, a couple of weeks back, it was calling my name. I was pretty chuffed to find these beauts:

I raced to the changing rooms to try them out – because standing in the Topshop Oxford Circus returns queue is never fun(!) I didn’t think the dress would look anywhere near as nice on me as it did on Kathy who rocked it – but I honestly felt quite the princess. The top was baggier than I usually prefer, but so comfy.

Good so far. Then I discovered The Faults. Some black smudges on the top and quite a few gems missing / hanging off of the dress.

What do you do in times like these? 
Is this a deal breaker for you?

The price tags had been removed from both items and there was no indication whether they’d been reduced or not.

Worth queuing for or not?

I loved both items so much, I decided to chance it – asking for a cheeky discount at the till. Because you never know. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

I met the loveliest of ladies at the till, and am still to this day amazed about what I paid for both items. She reduced the top down from £38 to… wait for it… £18! The smudges aren’t even that noticeable and if they don’t wash out, I can tuck the top into skirts / shorts and hide the worst of it. In fact, that’s probably how I’ll style it anyway! And the shocker of all shockers… I paid a mere £18 for the dress which was originally… £60! A £42 whopper of a discount!

So my advice:

Never feel pressured to pay full price for clothing that simply isn’t up to scratch. It’s worth a try and you’re well in your rights to receive a discount at times like these.


  1. Nice work! And great advice. I have done this before and it's lead to some amazing deals. I remember getting a coat a few years ago for like, 1/2 price because one of the buttons was missing (along with the replacement). That's an easy fix and a great bargain.

  2. the dress is really pretty and you got yourself a great bargain! i don't think i've ever had anything reduced because of a flaw before x

  3. Love the top and of course the dress ;) that is such a good reduction, can't wait to see your outfit photos! xx

  4. So pretty! Those dresses are seriously BEYOND lovely.

    PS. We've a Giveaway to Number A on our blog! Check it out! :)

    ox from NYC!


  5. I love the yellow dress! x

  6. That's super good. I don't mind buying slightly damaged items if I get a discount cos i'm pretty handy with a needle and thread!

    It makes such a difference when shop assistants are nice like that. I had one that when I was buying something expensive told me about a 20% off discount in a magazine and then gave me another 20% off cos a couple of beads were missing.


  7. love the first dress (:


  8. What gorgeous bargains! I'm always way too much of a wimp to ask for discounts, I can just about pull out my student card. It's so silly! xxx


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