Thursday, 16 January 2014

Luck of the draw

Around now is my favourite time to go sale shopping. When the much-lauded "bargains" really have become true bargains, and it's touch and go whether you'll find what you want in your actual size or preferred colour. It's at this point when a great sale item feels like a true win.

There are some shops which I'll automatically go to as my first ports of call in the sale - those shops which are at the higher end of the high street. I was disappointed not to find anything to my liking in the sale at Whistles, Cos or Comptoire des Cotonniers this year, but it's worth having a browse to see if there's anything that suits your fancy, rather than mine.

Anyway, here's my pick. I expect that stock will be running low on most of these items, so if you see something you like, don't hang around. I've also had some success this year with stalking various items which have gone out of stock in the sale, but have become available again as and when people return them. So if you've got the time/patience for that it can yield good results.

Top row, left to right
Mulberry silk blouse, £33 & Other Stories; Milano knit t-shirt, £62.50 The Kooples; Silk and cotton sweater, £9.99 Zara; Wool sweater, £12 & Other Stories.

Middle row, left to right
Cashmere stepped hem sweater, £125 Jaeger (20% extra off sale price with code AWEXTRA20); Cotton crossover parka, £29.99 Zara; Dress with lace overlap effect, £90 The Kooples; Scallop neck skater dress, £65 Jaeger (20% extra off sale price with code AWEXTRA20).

Bottom row, left to right
Tuxedo collar blazer, £29.99 Zara; Solid silk shirt, £82.50 The Kooples; Wool sweater, £20 & Other Stories; Printed t-shirt £12 & Other Stories.

I think that sale time is especially good for buying accessories, especially when these tend to more more classic items which won't date as quickly. Leather bags particularly tend to be wise sale purchases, with huge savings to be made.

Top row, left to right
Leather shoulder bag, £40 & Other Stories; Printed clutch, £15 & Other Stories; Leather pouch, £13 & Other Stories.

Middle row, left to right
Calf hair clutch bag, £59 Reiss; Ines large shoulder bag, £125 Reiss; Leather wallet, £23 & Other Stories.

Bottom row, left to right
Leather clutch, £49.99 Zara; Blenheim leather shoulder bag, £44 Jigsaw; Brogue riding boot, £73 & Other Stories.

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