I got the chance to Skype with one of our readers Lauren about her experience working sales at the Topman in LA.
Her enthusiasm for Topman showed through as she described the music they play, her interactions with her coworkers, and the quality of their clothing.
Like me, one of her favorite things about Topman is their small sizing, allowing more smaller framed queers to buy grown-up clothes. Lauren sees between 1 and 5 women/female assigned people shop at Topman every day, and loves helping them pick out the right fits.
I’ve heard from a lot of you about looking for the best fit in men’s pants. Lauren recommends Topman’s trousers in the skinny and ultra skinny cuts. Even though a lot of us get nervous about men’s denim, she reports always seeing good ﬁt on the women/female assigned people who come her way. She said that the vintage slims and skinnys in particular are designed for people with wide hips who still want the slim look.
For people with big chests, she loves the ﬁt of their oversized T-shirts, and recommends tailoring for everything else (Here’s a guide on tailoring a men’s shirt to ﬁt your chest!). She also pointed out that compared to other fast fashion locations, Topman’s clothes are very high quality. She got a shirt there 3 years ago that she still wears all the time and looks like new. So the extra $20 to get it tailored is well worth it if you have the cash.
Lauren describes her style as minimal, alternative, and void of much color. What are Lauren’s top 5 Topman looks for Fall? She chose their boots (US size 7 ﬁts her) collar studs, a cardigan for quality layering, a leather jacket, and coated or waxed denim.
Black Leather Look Stretch Skinny Jeans, $80 (Waxed Denim)
Gold Centre Studs and Collar Tops, on sale for $4
And I have good news for students: For a limited time, Topman is offering a 20% student discount online and in stores.
When Lauren’s not at Topman, she’s doing graphic design and working on an app that will help queer women ﬁnd events and people to meet up with in their area. Keep up with her on her Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter.
As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.