It is hard not to get carried away in the Sales. I have compiled a list for a few years now, and I try to stick to it.
For me, 2016 is all about buying the best I can afford and not stock piling tons of stuff, while still having nothing to wear.
I think random shopping is like eating sugar – it gives you an instant high, but the high doesn’t last. I am trying to wait more and buy less. It means you don’t get that instant gratification, but you will have pieces that will work in your wardrobe and make getting dressed easier.
Too much choice just leads me to grabbing the same pair of jeans and trainers regardless of the reams of clothes I have.
Now, before I buy something, I ask myself the question, “Is this the best I can afford, is it really perfect?”
I have had to learn to have patience and wait.
Also you have to learn to walk away from too many fads and ‘almost’right pieces. Experience shows me that ‘almost right’ will be left languishing in my wardrobe, or for sale on Ebay.
All the items I have highlighted below will work so hard in your wardrobe and are worth saving for, or tracking down preloved. This is a day time edit.
So how did I decide what to enter in the list? Well after years of buying the wrong thing, I feel that all the pieces are classics and if you want to be able to look in your wardrobe and find an instant outfit, these are the pieces to track down.
Probably nothing you haven’t heard before, but by summarizing I hope it helps you through the mine field of sales time.
- The Camel Coat. It is a must have. Everything looks more expensive with Camel, as it is a neutral that you can pair with everything. This is something to save up for and I would recommend a car coat, cocoon or oversized version. The one I am featuring here is from one of my latest finds, Not Just a Label. I love the way the site selects lesser know designers that we would otherwise never find.
- The good old biker boot. It works in the rain and this pair from Jimmy Choo, which are fur lined, are easy to find second hand or new at My Theresa – and there sale is starting soon. Tk Maxx also have a few sizes at really low prices, they have the flat and the heeled version.
- I love a great white shirt, though I prefer cotton to silk. Topshop, Theory and Cos always stock great ones but this one from Equipment is a worth investing in, as the length and collar detailing are spot on.
- A great slogan t-shirt is so useful to pair with a skirt or simple pair of trousers. We all loved the Bella Freud slogan sweaters but her t-shirts are just as good. A slogan t-shirts dresses down a slightly more conservative look and makes it fresh.
- Anyone who reads my blog will know that I live in these New Balance trainers for J Crew. I love the colour combinations and they are so comfortable., I have sold all my Stan Smiths as these look cleaner and are much more comfortable.
- The reason you see so many breton tops about is that they go with everything , jeans, leather, colours… there is nothing you cannot pair with a Breton Stripe. Iro have created the one to invest in this season, it fits beautifully and has been spotted on all the celebrities. Other great options are by Topshop , Joseph and Anine Bing.
- The Chloe Susanna boot has been out for years and they get better the older they get. I bought my pair years ago in the sale and they are still one of my go-to boots. There have been lots of imitators but this is something that is worth tracking down preloved or in the sale. I love mine with a floaty dress.
- It is always raining in London and I have one of these Zadig and Voltaire hats in my bag at all time to protect my hair. I have had this one for years and it is the perfect shape. H&M and COS also make fabulous ones.
- People often ask which leather leggings to invest in. It has to be Joseph, they are expensive but they are the best. Look out for these in the sale, they are large fitting so go down a size. In the link you can find a pair cut price at Yoox. Otherwise I love these from Very. Avoid the half leather, half material ones, and anything in plastic is just not comfortable.
- Invest in a great pair of skinny jeans. I have toyed with cropped, boyfriend and flares but the skinny is just so much easier to wear and is universally flattering. Frame are really super flattering and, if you are going to splurge, I would recommend the High Rise Cropped Skinny. Otherwise I love Zara
- The parka is a must have for any school run mum. I live in my Woolrich and it is something you will have for ever, with the best hoods and super warmth. These come up in the sale and also on Ebay so keep an eye out. You could also invest in one of these Ducie parkas.
- Another item I always come back to is a biker jacket. Balenciaga do the best ones and they get better with age. Again, I bought mine in a sale, and I will treasure it forever. Vestiare Collective has a beautiful one on at the moment. I wear mine over dresses to add an edge to the outfit. Otherwise I have a grey suede one from Topshop which is also beautiful, and Anine Bing also nails this look.
- A great day suit is a fabulous way to look smart and be comfortable. I pair mine with trainers. I have my eye on one from the Kooples. Also invest in a great peplum jacket, as it is my go to when I don’t know what to wear. In addition to this ,a great Pea Coat or Car Coat is super useful.
- Nothing beats Lululemon. I live in their Wunder Underpant, they just make you look one size smaller and are so comfortable.
- Celine sunglasses are my favourites. I have tried loads but I always go back to Celine.
- A great Marks and Spencer cashmere – round neck – from the Pure Collection and fisherman’s sweater will work so hard in your wardrobe .
- Nothing beats an Aspinal handbag, the finish and material are super high end but the price tag is affordable. I have invested in the Mayfair.
- Invest in a romantic floaty dress. This one is on my Wish List but this is something there are so many of at ASOS.
- I adore cashmere joggers and Wyse do the best ones. I wear these dressed up or down .
Obviously all the pieces are expensive but you can find them in the sale and on Preloved Sites, which is what I have done. These are pieces to accumulate over the years and you will always go back to them. Add up all the Topshop, Next, Zara pieces you have bought over the year, it may not seem like a lot at the time but it does add up – now consider spending that on real investment pieces that will last.
People say to others that these items are so done, but they are classics and I know how much wear I get out of them.
I will be doing my sales shopping in Dublin at Brown Thomas where they have the best bargains! Let me know what you find.