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Meet The Staff: Topman Students From Around The UK

To celebrate the launch of 20% student discount and our amazing win your rent for a year competition (yes, a YEAR), we talked to some of our student store staff from around the UK to find out about their day-to-day studies, styling tips, city hot spots and current trending pieces.

Name and age

Josef Hussain, 18.

What store do you work in? 

Meadowhall.

What are you studying and where? 

Music – Leeds College of Music.

Where do you live?

Sheffield.

What’s your favourite thing about being a student?

Getting the chance to express myself through my work.

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What are your favourite hang-outs in your city?

Lucky Fox for the BEST food, Devonshire Green to chill in the sun, and Meadowhall for retail therapy!

What does a typical college day look like for you from AM to PM?

Wake up, long morning commute on the busy M1 to Leeds, song writing class, production class, and band rehearsals. Sometimes a spot of shopping in Leeds city centre on my lunch break!

What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?

I love fashion and styling, so in my spare time I love picking outfits and taking pics of them for my Insta blog @joannahstyle.

What do you typically wear to your lectures?

On-trend trousers, either a side stripe jogger, trouser or wide leg. A basic oversized tee paired with an oversized denim jacket or hoodie. And a chunky trainer is a must.

What would you never wear to college?

Shorts. Not about that school P.E look.

What’s your ultimate college style-tip?

Comfort is key. But do it in style, oversized / wide fit everything is relaxed but still cool.

Who inspires you?

Kanye West – the king of trendy comfort.

mens kimono

What are your favourite pieces at Topman right now?

Topman – Wide leg grey trousers are my absolute favourite.

Printed kimonos! Create a whole look with anything plain for a unique statement!

How would you describe your style?

Far out, relevant, astro.


Name and age

Shay Hatchard, 18.

What store do you work in?

Bath.

What are you studying and where?

Currently studying A-Levels at New Sixth Bath.

What’s your favourite thing about being a student?

I am enjoying the freedom to grow and develop at my own leisure, and being at an age where I still have little responsibility and can use my downtime to work on creative projects related to fashion and photography.

Boston Tea Party, Bath

What are your favourite hang-outs in your city?

You will often find me around popular tourist spots such as the Royal Crescent or the Abbey Courtyard, which I find the sweetest spots for the sun for photography. Sitting outside Boston Tea Party with a smoothie is one of my favourite things to do in summer, and at a higher level is Alexandra Park, where the best views can be seen over the entire city at peace.

What does a typical college day look like for you from AM to PM?

I wake up early at around 6AM to dress and grab a bowl of Special K before heading for the bus. I tend to only have a few lessons every day at college, so the morning normally consists of independent revision. A few hours in the library, then on to my part time work at Topman during the afternoon before heading all the way home for a quick dinner and a bit of reading or photo editing.

What do you typically wear to your classes?

My school tends to encourage formality, but I always try and throw in a ‘statement piece’ to shake it up a bit – such as corduroy or flight pants, an over shirt of colour, or even something simpler such as a knitted tie, all to stand out

What would you never wear to college?

One thing I dread trying out are hats – they tend to only work on individuals, it’s difficult to find one that compliments your entire outfit and can often deter from my look.

What’s your ultimate college/uni style-tip?

As cliche as it is, try something new or different. A simple thing that can make you individual from the man next to you can make you slightly more memorable; it shouldn’t be scary to just throw some contrasting products together.

Who inspires you?

When it comes to fashion, I typically find myself deriving most of my inspiration from Explore pages on Instagram, and notably high profile celebrities such as Justin Bieber. I like how he has revolutionised his streetwear sense – making merchandise cool, and as aforementioned throwing contrasting colours together that actually make an interesting outfit.

What are your favourite pieces at Topman right now?

I am a huge fan of the smart trousers collection at Topman currently – the checks and patterns really add to an outfit as a statement piece. But I’d like to see some corduroy come in soon!

How would you describe your style?

I think I am largely influenced by ’90s street and sportswear such as oversized and graphic pieces.

What’s your Insta handle?

@shayhatchard


Name and age

Connor McCrear, 20.

What store do you work in?

Glasgow Buchanan St.

What are you studying and where?

Social Sciences at University of the West of Scotland (Hamilton Campus).

What are your favourite hang-outs in your city?

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, George Square, Merchant City, Buchanan Street.

What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?

Investment in fashion – reading fashion magazines, shopping, creating outfits, and working in retail

What do you typically wear to your lectures?

Comfortable but stylish jeans (mom & straight leg), t-shirt or jumper and comfortable trainers – sometimes I’ll wear boots or a baker boy hat to make a statement.

What’s your ultimate uni style-tip?

Don’t be basic 24/7, uni is a place to express yourself and that includes fashion – make a statement.

Who inspires you?

Lady Gaga, Donatella Versace, Jeremy Scott, Beyoncé, Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, friends at Topshop and family members who are interested in fashion – everyone has inspiration to give.

What are your favourite pieces at Topshop / Topman right now?

Berets/baker boys are a must.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic but always with some individuality – I like to create different looks everyday, both masculine and feminine.

What’s your Insta handle?

@connor_mccrear

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