So I’ve made some suggestions about how to shop smart in the the 2014 sales and unfortunately I’ve already spent all my budgeted on a new mini laptop (yay for me, boo for my wardrobe). With £30 off and the option to pick it up at my local Tesco express, I couldn’t have been happier at the fantastic deal from Tesco Direct. However, I do wish sometimes that I had a little more money stashes away, especially after finding these fantastic fashion bargains online. Here are my sales picks of 2014 (if I had
a million dollars/struck a book deal/simply had a bigger budget).
1. White poplin buffalo shirt, Surface To Air, was £130 now £78, available online at Avenue 32
When it comes to versatile buys, you can’t beat a classic crisp white shirt. This poplin cotton piece from the Parisian-based (of course) brand Surface To Air is chic, understated and would look fabulous with a pair of tight black trousers, statement necklace and high-heeled boots. What’s more, it’s now on sale for just £78 at Avenue 32. Grab it while you can.
Granted, even with this discount, £200 is a lot to spend on a dress. It’s probably the same you’d end up spending on a weekend to Paris (Eurostar plus hotel). However, this is the kind of dress you’d pull out from your wardrobe year after year, wearing it over tights, leggings or even bare-legged. This dress will skim your thighs and flatter your shape, making it a go-to if you’re ever having one of those days where you don’t want to have to worry about a little pot-belly,
3. Travis dress, Ba&sh, was £155 now £49, from Atterley Road
Treat yourself to a new LBD at the bargainous price of £49. This Travis dress by Ba&sh is just one of those things to add to your capsule wardrobe and, thanks to its flattering silhouette and neckline, will be something you’ll come back to again and again.
4. Vikro animal woven silk jacket, InWear, was £159 now £39, from Atterley Road
Wanna show off your wild side without being compared to Bet Lynch? Invest in this silk beauty from InWear. At £39, you really can’t go wrong. With soft tailoring and relaxed fitted lines, this blazer made from a silk mix will instantly add a sharp and confident edge to your outfit.
As I said in my smart sales 2014 guide, if you can stretch the pennies, get your hands on a quality cashmere knit. Forget the novelty Christmas jumpers and head to somewhere like Jaeger, which currently has a fantastic selection of styles that will never go out of fashion. From cobalt blue and Barbie pink to softer pastels and classic camel, step up the luxe factor in your wardrobe with soft-to-touch cashmere.
Two years ago, I wouldn’t have given Hobbs a second glance but after a storming year in 2013, their collections are just getting stronger and stronger. They are one company that have married the latest trends with their core brand identity. The result is a mix of fashion and heritage. Not only are these Chaffinch trousers from their NW3 line a real steal (£50), they are also a classic shape that can be worn from day to night.
Put some colour back into your wardrobe with this 40s inspired skirt from Marc By Marc Jacobs. Again, it’s at the more expensive end of the budget but think about what you could team this piece with. A rollneck in winter, white blouse in summer or even a smart silk t-shirt, the possibilities are endless. It’s also modest enough to wear to work as it’s not too short and has a cute fish-tail flare section at the back.
8. Funnel neck coat with belt, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, was £395 now £296, from House of Fraser
I love the idea of owning a camel coat but I’m such a mucky pup that I’ve had the guts to actually buy one. If I did, then this wool funnel neck piece from Lauren by Ralph Lauren would be my choice. It’s just the right length for you to be able to move freely but also incorporates a high neck to stop the wind from chilling your bones.
While you’re not making a massive saving on this purchase, you are buying a piece that is perfect for those days when you want to look “casual but smart”. Yep, the key to getting this right lies in the fabric. This top is 100 percent silk so it’s not really for lounging around the house in but I love the sporty feel of it. Teamed with a skirt and pumps or even jeans, the ink-coloured pattern on the front and contrast panel at the back makes it one of those pieces to return to season after season.
10. Levi’s jean modern demi curve, SoJean.co.uk, was £80 now £56
If you know your denim brands and your size, head to SoJean.co.uk, where you will find an array of denim at discounted prices. I’ve picked out Levi’s because I like the way they fit on my rather short stumpy legs but you can also find Diesel, 7 For All Mankind, J Brand, Salsa jean and more. There’s even an option on the site that allows you to find the best denim for your shape. Head to Fitting Room and give it a whirl.
Do you have anything you picked up in the sales this year that is a real steal? Please share if you dare.
Please note that these items may not be available for long and also the prices are subject to change.