When it comes to Sales shopping the key is to go for what you love. Obviously, keeping an eye on the trends is a sensible idea, but if your heart has been set on that giant green fluffy jumper for months, then we say just go for it. Also, think classic and long-term. If you find something that’s a little out of budget, but will last you for 10 years instead of a season, then see if you can stretch to it – there is much happiness to be had in one beautiful item as opposed to ten so-so ones. And with that little nugget, get your credit cards out, lock the children in a cupboard and get ready to – sales – shop!
When the trend for cropped, flared jeans first appeared, I probably shuddered in horror. But, they are surprisingly flattering – and versatile. Perfect for spring/summer with bare legs and now with boots, these jeans from Isabel Marant Etoile (50% off) are a great find. These APC ones are in a similar vein. If however, you prefer a longer length, then try this pair of MiH’s famous Marrakesh jeans. Half-price and incredibly flattering, they are the definition of wardrobe classic. And, on the subject of MiH, I would probably wear these slim-fit tomboys to death. J.Brand Houlihans are super-cult covetable. If the remaining sizes fit you, I’d snap up a pair pronto.
Must-have Style staples:I have admired this ruffle collared shirt from La Redoute for a while. So simple, yet so chic, it is great for layering under a knit or wearing on its own. Now only £17.40. I must admit that I last visited a Jigsaw quite a while (we’re talking years) ago, but having just popped onto their website, I was very pleasantly surprised. I love this navy Artisan shirt – great colour, oversized fit, very easy to wear. If we’re talking about easy to wear, I must recommend this stripy thin polo from Baukjen, which I’ve had my eye on for a while. I actually have a similar one from H&M and have worn it a lot this winter. Need more stripes? Then snap up a Breton from Boden – from £15.90, it’s almost essential. Or go for one from La Redoute – even more affordable at £11.40. MIH are known for their jeans, but they also have a nice line in tops. This flare sleeved top is gorgeous and would be worn – by me – all summer. It’s also now 50% off, which makes a really good saving. I’m also a big fan of their oversized shirts, which fit beautifully and are endlessly wearable. I have one I bought 3 0r 4 years ago and still wear a lot to this day. If I were to replace it, I’d go for this soft blue one.
Statement Tops: Bella Freud is the Queen of cool tops. This disco top has great statement sleevage and has my name all over it. Peasant tops were massive this summer and are the go-to holiday choice for just about anyone. Unsurprisingly Isabel Marant Etoile has a nice line in them. This is rather lovely. As are the tops by Wonder & Weaver, which were instagram hits of the year and are now on sale. Lace tops are a W&W sartorial weakness. This is beautiful as is this top from Self Portrait, another It-designer of 2016. I do also rather the flamboyance of this.
Darn it, Baujken, why did you have to put this classic, super-flattering navy roll neck on sale? You know these kind of jumpers are my weakness. As are jumper dresses and intarsia jumpers. Natasha has this Etoile one from Hush and looks gorgeous in it. She also has this Breton, which she loves and would suit just about anybody. I have my eye on this turtleneck cape from Iris + Ink, which would be a very chic addition to a winter wardrobe. Or if you’re after cashmere, this is classic and covetable. There aren’t many sizes left, but if it fits (we think size up), then this roll neck from The White Company is gorgeous. When it comes to knits, check out our new find Me + Em, which Natasha wrote about just last week – dreamy designs now on sale.
Dresses and Jumpsuits
I tend not to wear dresses these days. Not sure why, I suppose I have just slipped into a habit of always wearing jeans. However, this navy embroidered dress is so beautiful, I think I may have to break that habit. And this shirt dress from La Redoute just looks so fresh and ready-for-spring, it’s hard to resist. Of course, jumpsuits are the ‘new dress’ – if you haven’t yet succumbed, then do – they are very flattering and being a one-piece so easy to wear (although obviously a bit tricker when it comes to the loo). Both Natasha and I have this from Hush.
Coats and Jackets
The Sales are always a good time to pick up a coat or jacket. This navy offering from Hobbs is stunning and would smarten up any outfit. This military style one is also beautiful. I am a big fan of funnel neck coats, this black one from Mint Velvet is half price at £99. Monsoon does a nice line in cropped jackets (Natasha has some amazing ones). This black velvet embroidered one would be great for parties. Whilst this navy hooded puffa from Boden is ideal for school runs and park walks.
Shoes & Bags
Dreading a grey January? These silver shoes would brighten up any day and are only £12.Boden make great shoes. This season the wave courts and leopard flats are worth snapping up, as are the sandals from last summer, which would work really well in a few months time. When it comes to every day shoes, Adidas’ Stan Smiths are classics. These are on sale from La Redoute. Or pick up this pair of black biker ankle boots, which are £99 (down from £165) by Kanna.
Boden also great bags. I’ve lusted after this leopard-print one for a while – this leopard print from Accessorize is also great value. Slightly (ahem) more expensive, but just heavenly – I’d never say no to a Sophie Hulme bag. Whilst this blush-coloured Alexander Wang cross-body beauty is perfect for spring.
Somewhat amazingly, Amara is a relatively new discovery for me. I’d always known it had existed, but never really bothered looking. And it’s definitely worth looking as there’s so much on sale including gazillions of cushions (and you know how I love a cushion) including this Corita Rose cushion (a joyful addition to the sofa), this fuchsia Designers Guild cushion and this Sahco one. On the subject of cushions, these from Graham & Green are rather fab as is this from Oka. Regular readers will know how much we rate La Redoute when it comes to homeware. Both Natasha and I have versions of their Berber rugs and couldn’t recommend them more. You also might know that we both have a thing for art deco. This lamp from Marks & Spencer is a real beauty and at half-price is a steal.
If you’re after a new mug (and who can resist one?) then stop by Anthropologie where monogram mugs are on sale. Treat yourself or stock up for future presents.
And, a quick shout out for bed linen – which I really do need. Christy make beautiful sets, this duvet cover is 50% off. I also like this beautiful set from The White Company. Whilst if you’re looking for plain white, John Lewis is always a good bet.