There are years when the term ‘summer sales’ is a loose one. 20% off does not, in my opinion, a true sale make. But this year…the sales are serious. So we give you an unashamed shopping post to peruse (and tempt?) you over the weekend. .
This is the time to score something “big”. Something you wouldn’t (probably wouldn’t) buy at full-price. Get thee to Matches, where there are gems to be had. Like this Isabel Marant Etoile skirt (£80, was £160). I rather like the MiH peasant blouse (£117, was £195) they’ve styled it with. Do also check out the sandals (£160 was £400). I also l-o-v-e this dress (above, now £177, was £295) if you’re a size 38, please buy it and tell me all about it). And the Vinny blouse in any way colourway would do nicely.
I was once a sceptic about the power of expensive jeans. I was wrong. My MiH ‘breathless’ jeans are a wardrobe staple: comfortable, flattering, fabulous. Do peruse the MiH sale. Perhaps start with these skinny boyfriend jeans (£97.50, was £195). I also suspect this denim skirt (£78, from £195) would come in terribly useful. Also, let’s discuss this chambray dress (£132.50, was £265). So easy. So pretty.
Boden‘s clearance section is well worth a rummage. This jumpsuit (now £39.80, was £99.50. I know.) will take you from work to weekend. I can really see Alex in it. The tunic dress (£19.80, was £49.50) is an off-duty essential (I really like the khaki). Of course, I am all about taking the opportunity to stock up on Breton stripes. And this mini pom pom trim top (£27.50, was £34.50) would be the perfect holiday buy (also great with jeans, btw). I bought this denim skirt (from £23.80, was `£59.50) in the shorter length – you can check it out on our Instagram (@wearandwhere) and it’s hugely useful.
There’s an almost-astonishing up to 70% off Mango. Thinking ahead, how about a camel coat for £39.99 (was £79.99)? I also like this natty little grey jacket (£24.99, was £49.99) and this trench (£49.99, was £99.99). Too much to contemplate winter when the sun is finally shining? How about this pretty, Marant-esque little top, then (£14.99, was £29.99)? (Size up, it is short.) Or this embroidered blouse, for just £8.99 (was £29.99). Holiday ready, here you come)?I met a friend yesterday for coffee and cake and playground action, and she was wearing this Monsoon jacket (£44.50, was £89). Summer being what it is in this country (variable), I am never without a little jacket to throw over a simple blouse or tee and jeans. In fact, this is the very outfit I wore this week, for dashing between appointments, press days and my desk. This one has the bonus of being navy. I also think this maxi dress (£29.70 from £119) is both an absolute bargain and incredibly elegant. If they had my size, I’d snap it up. Do also hop on this season’s boho bandwagon (I am firmly esconced) with this embroidered blouse (£24.50, was £49.00). Let me also flag this scalloped navy swimsuit, which I have and it is The Dream. Navy, chic, looks waaaay more expensive than the measly £14.50 it costs (was £29.00).Alex is a great fan of Alice Temperley’s collection for John Lewis. This maxi dress would happily take you to a wedding or party, but would be equally jolly hanging around on holiday (£99.50, was £199) and have I mentioned before how useful a black dress is in the summer? And this blouse would look fabulous under dungarees or tucked into black skinnies come the autumn.
Where else would I look? Zara, if you’re feeling strong. (I must be honest, it’s a bit of a jumble sale in there and those frosty Spanish assistants have stepped the attitude up a gear in response. DEEP APOLOGIES if you work at Zara and aren’t frosty; I admit that working in Central London is enough to frazzle the most mild-mannered of souls.) If you’re yet to discover Finery, this is the time to try it. The aesthetic reminds me of Cos, and it has the advantage of not being ubiquitous. I also love &Other Stories.