How to nail the sales
You probably noticed that the January sales have kicked off just when the Christmas festivities were barely just over. Even though many brands offer discounts from the end of November, this is now the time or never to get the items you’ve been waiting for the whole of winter. There’s always amazing pieces to purchase in the sales that can go up to 50 or 70% off however it can quickly become overwhelming with the risk to pick up more fashion bargains than you really need. There are a few tips to keep in mind to tackle sales effectively to make sure you’re spending for the right reasons, especially when knowing that most sales items cannot be returned.
You probably already have an idea in the back of your head of the items that are missing from your wardrobe or that you’ve been spotting when browsing the internet. Make sure to make a clear list of the pieces you really like and limit yourself to five items that go with the rest of your wardrobe.
This is also the time to make a real investment and spend a little more on something amazing. Look for pieces in leather, cashmere or silk that are usually more expensive but that can be a real bargain when on sales. If you know your size and what you’re looking for, you can refine your search so it becomes a lot less stressful. Ask yourself if you would buy this item full price and not just because it’s cheap. If it’s a yes then don’t be shy to treat yourself to something you will still wear next season and throughout spring too.
The trench coat is the versatile piece that can be worn come rain or shine and is a good investment for any season. Choose yours in classic beige – initiated by the iconic one from Burberry – but look for the extra details such as a belted waist or leather pockets that will give it a modern twist. If you’re after something a little bit different, a white or colored version will be a great addition to your spring wardrobe. Make sure you select the right fit and the length needs to come down to your knees to go with your favorite dresses and skirts.
Stylish leather boots will never go out of style and a classic, genuine pair will last you for a few seasons. Whether a modern Chelsea boot or heeled knee high boots, they are perfect for transitioning between seasons when worn with a midi skirt or tucked-in denim. Try to stick to neutral colors such as black, chocolate or sand that go with everything. If you’re feeling adventurous, an artsy heel or mix of fabrics will differentiate your new pair from the rest of your winter footwear.
This season has further blurred the line between the shirt and the jacket meaning that thick versions of the shirt have become the new outerwear. Wool and denim are great for in-between seasons when the temperature drops, while silk and cotton are perfect for sunnier days. Choose a loose fit that you can keep unbuttoned over a light tank top and layer under an oversized coat that you can soon drop when spring comes along. Stay with neutral colors to complete all your looks or wear a vibrant version to give a punchy twist to your outfit.
You probably already have half a dozen pairs of denim in your wardrobe but they’re probably the item that you wear the most and that will never go out of fashion. There are so many different fits, cuts and wash that you can play around with to never get bored. Whether slim jeans, high waisted, boot cut or flared, having a wide selection will constitute the core of your wardrobe. While black denim and a dark wash are classic staples, a lighter color will help you transition to the spring season with style and zero effort.
Maxi and midi dresses are the perfect office companions whatever the season – you can wear them with tights or knee high boots in winter and bare legs comes spring. Choose a long sleeve dress in monochrome silk or cotton that can be worn under your winter coat. If you’re already looking forward to spring, look for a floral, short sleeve version that you can layer with your cashmere and wool jumpers until the first rays of sunshine.