I'm a Fashion Editor—These Are the Under-£40 Pieces I'd Buy From Topshop

I've been a loyal Topshop fan since my early teens. So much so that it was my dream to land my first-ever job there. That dream was realised just days after my 16th birthday when I was hired there as a Christmas temp. Almost 14 years on, I'm still just as enamoured with its clothes and accessories as I was then. If not, I'm probably even more so.


(Image credit: Monikh)

Monikh wears a Topshop slip dress.

My career as a fashion editor has allowed me to keep close tabs on Topshop, and over the last couple of years, it's clear the brand has put considerable focus into designing premium-looking pieces with affordable price tags. This means you're buying less into faddy trend-driven things and more into items that actually last and keep you happy.

When scanning the new-in section, I'm constantly surprised at how many items come in under the £40 mark but look significantly more expensive. Too good not to share, I decided to whittle Topshop's best under-£40 buys for you, and as it turns out, what I've created is the perfect minimalistic-style capsule.

From knitted tank tops that'll look the summery part paired with linen trousers and sandals to simple dresses that can be worn day or night, keep scrolling to see my pick of the best affordable Topshop items.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.