What is it about the sales that send us all a bit bonkers? I’m usually perfectly happy with my wardrobe, then a sale email drops into my inbox with those Grenson boots that Holly wore on I’m a Celeb, and I suddenly really want them. What’s up with that? I have trainers, and my leopard boots, and wellies for walking the dog – I really don’t need them. A while ago I wrote about the questions I’ll be asking myself before my next purchase, and I feel like I really need to revisit these before I even think about shopping: do I need it? Do I love it, or am I buying it because I liked it on someone else? Does it go with the other things in my wardrobe? Will it last? Is it a brand I trust? Of course, if you’ve got something that needs replacing, or a gap that needs filling, shopping the sales with a capsule wardrobe in mind should be 100% possible. So what will I be looking for?
I always have a list on my phone of lovely things that I’ve seen that maybe are a little bit out of my price range, and I make a habit of checking back to see if they’re in the sale (and if I still really want/need them). This includes hair and make-up – look out for gift sets like this REN Excite set with the gorgeous Atlantic Kelp range – they’re often much better value in the sale.
Great quality knitwear
I feel like I’ve still got a gap in my wardrobe for a classic black roll-neck jumper. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned Olive before, but I love their clothes, and their commitment to fair trade principles and the transparency of their supply chain. You do have to be a tiny bit careful with sizing as they tend to only produce items in one size, though. This black ribbed roll neck is on the chunky side and currently an absolute bargain at £45, reduced from £89.
If you want a finer knit, this cashmere roll neck from hush is one of my all-time wishlist favourites. I love its boxy shape and longer length. It’s now reduced from £200 to £160. Still too spendy for me, but how gorgeous is it, and the quality is so good that with proper care it will last years and years.
A beautiful, wearable dress
I’ve been looking for a gorgeous dress for absolutely ages. I don’t go out that much, but I wanted one that I could wear if we went out for dinner, wear on its own in the summer or on holiday, or with a black roll neck underneath (or a slouchy one over the top) in the winter. I finally saw this Mango leopard dress on The Anna Edit at the end of last year and bought it at full price (£59.99). It’s now down to £41.99, and I just think it’s an absolute must buy. It has a little bit of a drop in the hem at the front and a faux wrap look, and it’s soooo swishy and flattering. I wore it on its own (see header pic), with a black t-shirt underneath, and also with a big chunky cardigan. Love, love, love it.
If you love a bit of animal print, have a look at this beaut Temperley zebra print maxi dress in the sale at John Lewis too – it’s reduced from £130 to just £65 and it’s just lovely. I looked at it a while ago and thought it was lovely but a bit too expensive for me, so if I hadn’t just bought the Mango one, I’d definitely be buying this.
The perfect jeans
Jeans are tricky, because you really need to try them on at home. For skinny jeans, I love Levi’s 721 high rise cut, which are currently half price in ASOS, and I know they fit me so it’s a perfect time to replace my really worn ones. For other jeans, I always buy a few different sizes/styles and have a big trying-on session at home.
Sales are the best time to get better quality jeans for the same price you’d pay on the high street, like these Madewell high rise slim leg jeans, currently reduced from £130 to just £65.
Stock up on basics
It wasn’t until we got to Orlando last week that I realised I’m woefully short of t-shirts. People Tree – love this embroidered bee design – and Weekday both do gorgeous, great quality organic t-shirts, as do H&M’s Conscious range.
…and a few reminders that I always bear in mind on what not to buy in the sales
- Stuff you don’t really, really love or really need
- Anything you wouldn’t pay full price for
- Bulk buys of anything – you love that moisturiser/shampoo now, but will you still love it when you’ve finished the next one and still have another to go? I tend to get bored with products and also, there are new things out all the time.
- Stuff that’s a mega-trend right now – it has the potential to date quickly
- Anything that was all over Instagram (everyone’s seen it! Get something different)
- Summer stuff – I guarantee by the time I come to wear it, I don’t love it any more
- Anything you can’t afford, however much of a bargain it is!
More brilliant sales to checkout:
All the gorgeous Temperley stuff in the sale at John Lewis
The ever brilliant Boden sale
The hush pre-sale with 20% off everything (but remember the main sale starts on 3rd January so it’s a bit of a gamble as to whether you buy now, or wait until next week to see if the thing you like is in the sale at a potentially bigger discount!)
Made.com up to 40% off gorgeous home pieces
Speaking of home, don’t forget H&M
…and the super stylish West Elm
ASOS – with up to a stonking 70% off
Happy shopping and have a really lovely weekend. Next time we chat it will be 2019 and I’ve got loads of thoughts on creating a new life philosophy for the New Year. xx