Sale season is upon us and its so easy to be dazzled by the discounts and savings you can make but ladies I need you to remain calm and to become ruthless with your shopping.
Sale shopping shouldn’t be a free for all, it should be a stealth shopping operation where you only buy what you need and what will compliment your current wardrobe.
I’ve put together the Stylissimo Guide to Sale Shopping to ensure you shop like a pro, follow my rules and you’ll not go wrong.
Rule 1 – You should be able to style any sale pieces into at least three looks with your current wardrobe. The idea is that you don’t need to buy something else to complete the outfit.
Rule 2 – Don’t buy trend led pieces as they are unlikely to return as a trend next year thus minimising the length of time you can wear it as a ‘current look’. Some trends do return of course but best to steer clear during sale shopping.
Rule 3 – Look for classic pieces that won’t date, these items should add too, or replace a worn out piece, from your wardrobe. I would aim for good quality brands, maybe a step up from your usual places to shop. You’re saving money after all so why not aim higher and buy a good quality piece that will be used over and over again.
My suggestion on classic pieces include:
A good quality Coat which suits your body shape is a great investment piece. A trench coat is an absolute must for ladies with shape to their hips as the belt draws in your narrow waist. Also a good quality pea coat which is double breasted, is another style option for curvy ladies or a leather biker jacket never dates. I love this camel Trench from Hobbs is £209 down from £269
Boots are a great investment, the Flat knee high boots are now a modern classic and if bought in black I’m sure they will return season after season. These Carvela knee boots from House of Fraser are £149 down from £210
A good quality White /Denim shirt is a piece you can work into your wardrobe and style up or down. My denim shirt is THE most worn item in my wardrobe as you can layer them under jumpers to create contrast or style over dress’s or worn simply with jeans and a statement necklace.
Nine by Savannah Miller @ Debenhams has this great shirt with 50% off now only £19.
Nude Court Shoes which are good quality and well fitting can be styled in many ways and will see you right through the year, including your summer outfits. I loved these when they first came out in Office they were £65 they are now £25.60!!! Don’t push..Form an orderly queue ;0)
A Little Black Dress is always a great investment buy. Stick to shapes that flatter your silhouette though, this is not a time to ‘try something new’ stick to what you know suits you, don’t be dazzled by the level of discount you can get. If you wouldn’t buy it at full price don’t buy it now! I always look to Coast for formal dresses, I mean why not? They are so good at it.. I liked this classic cut simple yet elegant dress as it could be used for many different occasions, thus increasing the opportunities you have to wear it. this three quarter sleeve dress was £79 and is now £39.
Finally a good quality pair of Jeans which suit your shape are something you’ll wear all year long. If you have little or no shape to your hips skinnies and straight cut are great for you, with boot leg being the best style for those with small waists and wider hips. I prefer skinnies so that I can tuck them inside my boots, these from Diesel were £150 and are now £105!
This collection of items may seem plain, or even boring but they are staples, items that can be worn again and again thus giving you value for money. Invest in more expensive brands but in classic styles and you’ll not only get your wear out of them you’ll ensure you always look elegant.