I do like a bit of a Tesco shop. You can pick up all sorts of things there. Things like this little pink shell top for instance :o)



It's bright isn't it? Scareee! But brightness aside, this is actually a little gem of a top. Remember Whistles were doing their expensive sculptured tops last season?  Well this one is a lovely take on them and it only costs £12. There are a lot of similar tops on the high street currently and some are done better than others and this one in my humble opinion is a goody and looks more expensive than it actually is. It even manages to look more expensive than some of the more expensive ones out there too! It's a nice crepey polyester fabric (the Whistles one is too!) which means minimal creasing so you can shove this in your workbag for going out and then pull on a statement necklace if you're into that kind of thing or you can wear it all day casually like a tee and be safe in the fact that your top doesn't look like a Sharpei's face by the end of it.

It's also a little lighter in weight than the Whistles top but that's not a bad thing because eventually the weather will turn a little warmer and what you have here is a a great little throw it on top which you shouldn't overheat in. It even has a little stepped hem - just like the Whistles version which I happen to have in ivory/white.

When I got bored of the ironing the other day, I thought I'd have a little play with this top to see how I if I could work the pink or if I'd had a moment of madness. I have to say that this pink is very much a summer colour for me and though it looks a little wrong in the cold February light, it will look very right come June/July when the light denim comes out, the toes are aired and we are all looking a little more tanned and healthy. If I had a lovely white skirt to wear with the top like this one - and long long legs, that is what I would want to wear but I haven't so you will have to make do with me in blue jeans instead.


Zara Jeans, APC Bag, Susie Ho Bracelet


... and it looks okay pared with black too.


Jack Wills Jeans, M&S Shoes, Topshop Necklace


.... and I kind of like it ... but if I'm being honest here - I'm terrified of the colour! I love it! But I'm terrified! I love it! But I'm terrified! Can you see the turmoil? I'm also trying to work out if this is the right shade of pink for me. I might sit on it for a few more days before I make my mind up. 

Anyway, what do you think? Am I a pink girl? Can I do this? Or should I stick with the ivory white version instead?



Zara Jeans, APC Bag, Susie Ho Bracelet


Oh, did I not mention they also do it in white? I could have this as the day version of the Whistles sculptured top and save that one for evening wear. And besides, it's always good to have a backup. I can be a bit of a muck tub :o)

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Last note.

  • In all honesty - these are lovely tops and well worth the money.
  • If you can't do pink, get the white. If you can do pink, get the white as well!
  • Size up. Well I had to - doesn't mean you have to but I had to.
  • For all those people who struggle with wearing a casual white tee - this is a good alternative!
  • Take a look at Trea's post on shell tops where she has done a great roundup of the ones out there currently and look at how she's wearing hers for more inspiration.
  • Update : 08/02/14 - the link to the top keeps moving so for reference - the product code for the top is bb411193. It is the brighter pink of the two pink shell tops which they currently have on the website. 





53 comments:

  1. These look great and after my £18 cashmere jumper purchase I am looking at Tesco in a new light! These make a change from a plain t-shirt - me likey, except the size up bit obviously lol x

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    1. Well I did try my usual size on but they were just a little big snug on the shoulder so I went with the size up and it worked out okay. Quite surprised actually as I find that supermarket items tend to be cut a little more generously ... but in this case, not this one. It's a brilliant little top for wearing under a blazer for a smarter look if you can work that kind of look or for the office even.

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  2. I think it looks amazing Sue. I knew you could wear bright colours!! Don't care whether it's February, July or November, you look great x

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    1. But it's so scareeee Donna! I put on the white version and all order was restored! I used to do a lot more colour but I seem to have stopped wearing it and now anything like this makes me take a step back. Is this pink classified as a deep colour?

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    2. Yes it's definitely in the deep palette because it's so strong. I think it's fantastic on you Sue. Do it!! x

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  3. Oh my Sue I've been thinking about getting this top for a while & you're now tempting me even further I LOVE it on you & I think the shade of pink looks fab on you. I'm also loving that Topshop necklace too - stunning. Jane xx
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    1. Jane, it's not the most exciting thing you can get but it could be one of the most useful and versatile tops to have for doing that elegant casual look that you do so well. And I don't have many necklaces so I guess the only statement one I have has got to count.

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  4. Well look at you! Looking all fab in pink! And yes, you know I've bought them both as well and completely agree with your assessment (and have to confess I'm a bit terrified of the pinkness as well) But they look great on you ... and you've inspired me to stick to my diet so that I can look just as svelte by the time the sun comes out!!

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    1. I actually think you will really suit this pink actually. DId you find it surprising to find yourself gravitating towards this colour?

      And yeah - I'm pretty scared. But we can be scared together.

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    1. Thank you! A little treasure in between the shopping aisles! Who would have thought!

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  6. You must keep both of them and buy the white too....no question. It's such a great cut for you and really does look way more expensive. As soon as frugal feb is over - Tesco will be my first port of call and if they are sold out, I will not be impressed...:(

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    1. Well I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that they still have some stock in for you in March. Thank goodness, February is a short month!

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  7. My finger is hovering over the checkout tab for the Tesco cami in charcoal which I have heard on good authority is on par with the Topshop ones last year!! Of course I shall now have to add the pink and cream shell top as well as they both look so good on you!!
    Help me Sue......I can't find that gorgeous little bracelet of yours in your shop?? Love it xx

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    1. The grey cami is quite true to size (yes - I went and tried it on) but I found it a little sheer and you definitely need either (1) fabulous underwear that you want to show off underneath it or (2) another layer. The Topshop ones win on the fabric this time but they were double the price. I ummed and ahhed over it as I have the perfect little Kimono jacket that it would have gone under.

      And have you seen this black one? http://www.clothingattesco.com/tops+t-shirts/f+f-organza-stripe-shell-top/invt/bb411204&bklist=icat,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-tops-and-t-shirts Would be fab with a pair of leopard courts in the evening and some jeans? I think this one is TTS.

      Oh yes - the bracelet. On my list of to do's to list on the shop tomorrow. It's one of those that I made for fun. I need to put some new designs on - I have been very neglectful of the shop.

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    2. So here goes....going to order the pink shell which will be lovely with charcoal jeans, the black organza stripe shell, as you are right that will be perfect for a night out and I'm going to test the water with the cami.....just to satisfy the craving ;o)

      Shall be keeping my eye on the Susie Ho shop for that lovely little bracelet too xx

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  8. Oooohhh! I love the pink on you. It looks amazing. But then I must admit, I scrolled down and saw the ivory and love it even more - I just love the classic white with blue jeans and you've styled it perfectly. What a fab find in Tesco! Gorgeous keep both! Lynne x

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    1. The white just feels much calmer doesn't it and more me? I like it more because it's such a classic combo and is much easier on the/my eyes. I think you like similar more muted tones like me.

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    2. Yes, I'd agree completely. I definitely lean more towards more muted, classic tones, though I am quite partial to a bit more colour in the summer! I absolutely love khaki and white - a classic combination which you always do so well and I continually try to emulate :-) x

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  9. Looks great, I like the pink I must say but the ivory will be very useful....... I tried them on the other day, my normal size was a bit too tight on the bust and the next size up just looked a bit wrong on me... Too long at the back and too big on my shoulders...... the boobies got in the way again because it's a great little top for £12 plus I could of sneaked it in being on the food bill!! X

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    1. Funny that - I found it a little snug on the shoulders so sized up for that reason but luckily it doesn't seem to look too big or swingy. But gosh - I bet that's frustrating about the old bust because it is a bargain .. if it fits. And I've tried lots of them on and the fit can be a little looser or tighter despite all saying the same size. So guess who had an armful of them in the changing rooms? I like to make really sure I got the best and the right one.

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  10. Wow it looks great Sue - I like both colours! The pink will definitely come in handy during the warmer months, and what a good price tag :)

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    1. I have to say, it's a lovely crepe. Just done incredibly well. I wonder if someone made a mistake somewhere ;o) They have other shell tops which are in a similar price bracket but just not on a par. The pink is the one I'm dithering over - I'm sure when the sun is shining, it's a no brainer but right now, I just can't tell. And you for one would look fantastic with the pink top set off with one of your lovely skirts.

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  11. Top looks fab in both colours a great alternative to a tee. I love the bracelet and would love one when they're listed. My moonstone necklace always gets compliments.

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    1. I promise to get the bracelet listed. That's my job tomorrow. I remember you asking about another one of my bracelets so I will try to get that sorted as well! And I'm glad you still like your necklace :o)

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  12. BUYING IT NOW! Wow it's ace! I bought an amazing yellow top from there last summer - it really should have been £30 instead of the £10 I paid - I LOVE TESCO!

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    1. The pink or the white? Or both? I take it you're not doing frugal February then?

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  13. Love both, especially the pink - Love a bit of colour, me ( ok a lot of colour!), and love that they have a bit of an unusual texture to them. How nice is that bag!! Cooool

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    1. You're a colour monster then are you? I'm trying to introduce a bit more colour in to the wardrobe but there's nothing like throwing yourself in to the fuschia pink end is there?

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  14. Ah my beloved shell top, cannot believe I didn't see these before I don't my shell top post. I've just ordered the pink, cream and of course the yellow, and the yellow dress too. Probably wouldn't have gone for the pink until I seen it on you, its stunning and you've styled it to perfection! Whistles who??!!!

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    1. Wow - you do like your yellow don't you? And I don't think I've seen you in pink before ... but I bet you'll love it. You're brilliant with strong colours like that.

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  15. WOW! They look amazing! I'm tempted to get another cream one as I wear my Whistles one so much, I'm worried I'm going to wear it out. The pink looks fab on you. Totally fab. For that price you have to keep both... I think they do a dress version as well. I may have to venture to Tesco tomorrow! (I HATE tesco as well!!!) Please tell me you're keeping both....

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    1. Definitely get another ivory/white one - it will see you through the summer during the day and save the Whistles one for the evenings. That's one of the reasons why I got the white. I'm sure you could find some use for the pink one too?

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  16. Gorgeous. Love the pink on you. :) xx

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    1. Thank you Helen. It is still rather startling when I see myself in it though :o/

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  17. You can definitely wear all sorts of bright and beautiful colours but it's a question of would you really do it? I want to love the pink and it looks gorgeous on you but prefer the white plus if you're going to wear it more, it's a no brainer for me. I would find it easier to add coloured accessories to the white. To me it's less the cost but the frequency of use that matters more and I'm trying to stop the multiple colourway buys habit.

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    1. You have such a valid point SPD. I know the white one is a definite but the pink is a bit borderline for me. When I put it on, it feels lovely and is such a surprise and then I have that moment of doubt which says is it really me? Thank goodness for return policies should I decide it's a no go! And if it goes back, you can give yourself a pat on the back and say "I told you so!"

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  18. I cannot even believe you got this top from TESCO?! What is going on. Why is there no Tesco in Zurich?

    You can totally pull off the pink one although, I have to admit, in my books the white is very chic. I agree that the pink might be a bit easier to swallow when the weather is a bit warmer and bright colors feel more appropriate. Totally love them both though. You should definitely keep them. Also, totally agree that they are such a great alternative to a T-shirt. Way more grown up and put together.

    Great find! xx

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    1. Definitely very comfortable with the white and definitely keeping this one. The pink I'm still making my mind up on as it's a little out of my comfort zone. I wish they'd done it some other colours as well but knowing my luck, it would be orange or purple or something - something just as challenging. But yeah - Tesco did good!!

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  19. Electric pink looks great on you! And you're right the shirt looks a lot more expensive than it actually is, so great find on your part :) I also quite like bright colors in winter - they help pick you up when everything else is dreary!

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    1. I'm trying to let my eyes adjust to the colour. It's not that I don't wear pink at all, I do, but slightly softer shades. This one is a full whack in the face colour - in my books - truly terrifying! But thanks for the vote of confidence :o)

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  20. tadaaaaaaa! There you are in pink! And you know what? You look lovely. :)
    Also, I'm in love with that bag. Also...those leopard shoes from M&S...who would have thought they're from there. They look so...well...expensive.

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    1. Ta dah!!! Make the most of seeing me in pink in this post - it might be the last time! I just can't do colour the way you do. I need to loosen up and live a little I know ... but look my M&S shoes have gold heels - that's pretty rocking for me :o)

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  21. SCORE! They both look amazing on you, I do hope you're keeping the pink despite your initial hesitations. So pretty, so effortless without looking sloppy at all. Perfect! Who woulda guessed...?

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    1. Really?? You like it? I would never have thought you would go for a pink (even if it's on me). You're right, I would never have guessed! Okay - you're swaying me!

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    2. Just keeping you on your toes Sue! Maybe that's exactly why I love the pink, it feels unexpected and unpredictable.

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  22. Hi, have just found your blog through I don't wear sludge brown, love the pink top - so much so have ordered one, also love the bracelet, how could I get one please ?
    Sue
    Bestfriendstyle.com

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for popping over from Donna's blog! Glad you like the pink top - honestly, this is a rare thing - you don't often see me in eye popping pink tops - I'm a bit of a monochrome girl myself but I am trying to introduce a little more colour in to the wardrobe. And the bracelet, I will pop up a little post later in the week when I have got them ready in the shop!

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  23. Keep both! I wish our supermarkets did great clothes here in Australia. Loving your blog, you have fab style. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Funny, I'm originally from Leeds and try to get back most years for a holiday to see family. Whereabouts are you? x

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    1. I'm on the edge with the pink but the white is a no brainer.

      And I actually live between Leeds and York - I have my shopping pick of the two though I favour Leeds.

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  24. wait is that white top from tesco? i love it sue, hope you kept it! i dig the pink as well but def in smaller doses for me. it's a nice shade of, definitely. and oh that apc bag! <3

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. Steph - you know what Tescos is? But yes, it is from Tesco and it's a goody. The white one is very you and would be the perfect accompaniment to all the dark pieces in your wardrobe. The pink one ... I'm not so sure about.

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    2. haha yeah we have tesco in malaysia and it's really popular, next to carrefour.. i'm strangely familiar with brit stores, mostly from reading brit mags as a teen! none of these stores are down under however..

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