Tight or just appreciating value for money 💁🏼 Whatever you call it, I am a bargain hunter through and through. So much so that it almost physically pains me to buy anything at full price. Sales season really is my natural habitat. But not everything in the sales is a bargain and worth parting with your hard earned cash.
My golden rules are:
Buy for specific events
Now is the time to stock up on Summer event wear. There are some great fantastic wedding/Christening/garden-party-appropriate outfit elements available.
This Oasis dress caught my eye straight away; the delicate shoulders, floaty pleated skirt, beautiful print and at £32 down from £75 it is SUCH a bargain. I have a few weddings over the Summer and this dress will be perfect. The fit is fantastic and I’d say it’s true to size.
I apologise for subjecting you to makeup free and un ‘done’ hair 🙈 I’ve actually been trying some different cleansers and moisturisers and have been really impressed with the results. Will share them with you if you’re interested? On the hair front – I barely had enough time to wash and dry it let alone style it so I’m afraid this is as good as it gets most of the time 🙊
Look for wardrobe staples in classic styles
The sales are definitely not the time to buy trend pieces. By the time the pieces are in the sales the trend is already cooling if not passed altogether. Try to find pieces in classic cuts that will give you longevity and won’t look like you bought last year’s trend at discount prices!
You can’t go wrong with a navy wool coat like this one from Mango
How many times have you needed a plain blazer to complete an outfit? Every year I have to borrow jackets from friends for Summer events and I’m always so worried about damaging them and also they never quite fit. This off white blazer from H&M is a great cut that will always be relevant. It’s currently £17.99 down from £29.99. The lapels are quite narrow so it would suit smaller boobs but they also have this fantastic linen blend blazer in the sale too which would suit most frames and boob sizes. It comes in light beige (£12.99 and only smaller sizes available) and navy (£17.99 sizes 12 upwards available). I know H&M quality sometimes isn’t the best but I bought a linen blend blazer from H&M about 10 years ago and am still wearing it now!
Invest in quality if you can
For items that will get the most wear it’s better to pay for quality as they really do give you better price per wear and tend to wash better. It’s the same principal when you’re decorating a house, pay up for better quality in the high traffic areas as they’ll look better for longer.
Go for wool, cashmere, leather, down, silk.
Chinti and Parker make the most incredible quality pieces but their prices are 😱 They do however do the most amazing sales. They usually start at 50% but try to wait until they drop to 70% as then the prices are approaching palatable but you have to move quickly!!! I bought a couple of bits in their summer sale and have been so impressed with the quality and managed to pick up this 3/4 sleeve top at 70% off. Slightly thinner than my last purchase from Chinti and Parker but still great quality and lovely cut. Slightly big on fit so I’d recommend sizing down.
If you’ve been hankering after it for more than 6 months – just get it!
But be strict with yourself! There’s a reason why you didn’t buy it at full price. Do you really need it or is it just the price making it more attractive?
These 👆🏻 suede trainers are another sale purchase. I’d been after some grey suede trainers for the last year and had been looking at some that were way more expensive but couldn’t justify buying another pair of trainers when I have my old faithful Adidas. Having bought H&M Premium Quality footwear before (these great Chelsea boots) I know that they’re fantastic quality and a great fit. At under £14.99 (extra H&M club discount) how could I not?! Plus they’ll be perfect for Spring.
Jeans are last year from Newlook but lots in the sale here.
Watch was a birthday gift from my fabulous friend but similar here.
Another rule that I haven’t exercised this sale season is:
Buy it then stash it
There are SO many amazing festive outfits in the sales. If I hadn’t already got a bulging festive-appropriate wardrobe I’d be buying up this phenomenal New Year’s Eve appropriate sequin dress from Zara, this beauty of a jumpsuit from French Connection or this luxurious velvet crossover dress from Zara.
Would you like me to pull together my best sale finds??