Friday, 7 February 2014


The St. Enoch Centre shopping mall in Glasgow has said goodbye to the late-night shopping Thursdays of the past. Now shoppers can visit its stores until 7pm Monday to Friday; meaning the people of Glasgow no longer have an excuse not to make an effort for that last minute after-work drinks date.


Last week, the St. Enoch Centre invited me to test out how easy it is to find the perfect outfit for a date at the last minute. At 6pm I hit the shops, and managed to pull a great outfit in less than an hour. Luckily the sales were still on, so I managed to grab some bargains.


Debenhams (with its vast array of high street concessions, such as Miss Selfridge and Oasis) was my first stop; but I couldn’t find anything I liked in the style I wanted- pretty but cool, with a bit of an edge. I’m rather particular. So, I headed to Dorothy Perkins and immediately spotted this blue and white stripped dress from their SS14 collections. Its jersey material had just the right laid back vibe, and the leather-effect pockets and trim added some edge to the look.


Leather was now going to be a running theme, and I found this great quality orange clutch with gold accents to add a pop of colour to my outfit (also from Dorothy Perkins).


Next, I went to have a peek in Topshop to see if I could find some shoes and jewellery. These peep-toe shoe boots were a great bargain in the sale, and their metallic heels went well with the gold studded sections on my clutch bag for a bit of a rock-chick vibe.


No rock-chick is complete without chains, so I picked up this gorgeous metallic and black statement one in Topshop too.


I still had some money and some time left, so I popped back to Dorothy Perkins and added a final piece to my outfit- a cute white leather and gold chain bracelet that went so well with everything I had already bought.

I love black and blue together, and can’t stand the silly ‘rule’ of not wearing them alongside each other. I think my choices would show confidence on a date, along with style and a love of accessorising.

St.Enoch Centre is now open until 7pm Monday to Friday with free parking 5-7pm until 14th February.

By Laura Pearson-Smith

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