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So Last Season

On the hunt for a bargain

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 4:47pm

June is a funny old month for fashion, what with sales starting, summer continuing and yet the introduction of the first of the autumn pieces into stores leaving us all feeling a little confused as to what we should be buying or wearing.

I’ve started feeling that I can’t really justify buying many summer pieces, so if I am making a purchase I have to really ask myself: can this piece last me to the autumn and will I be able to layer it and make it work come September?

I also find it hard to buy high summer pieces when I know I’m not going on a beachy sun holiday this year and so the world of swimwear and stylish cover ups is dead to me this season. I’ve picked up a couple of summer bits this year, but they’ve generally been in the sales.

Now having worked in retail for many years, I am somewhat traumatised at the thought of entering into a shop when the sale rails are out, but gradually I’m slowing getting back into the swing of things. Mainly because who doesn’t love a bargain?

I’ve found it can be less of a traumatic experience if you go nice and early in the morning and if you have some specific items in mind.

If you go in there just to wander about, you can suddenly find yourself picking up a vast selection of items that you just know will live in your wardrobe for the next five years with the tags still on. That dress you thought you’d get loads of wear out of, even though it’s a size too small, but you plan on losing a half stone in the winter deserves a better life than that.

There are a few things that I always try and pick up in the sales as they are things I’ll wear year round and aren’t trend-led pieces. I picked up a tan pair of ankle boots in River Island that I had my eye on for ages and which were reduced to €20.

They’ll look great with summer dresses now or with a pair of jeans in the winter. Jackets are another summer sale item that are worth keeping an eye out for. I like to pick up statement trophy jackets or handy blazers for a fraction of the original price and these are things which you’ll always get use out of.

A trophy jacket is timeless and will look great over even the simplest outfit and the right blazer will last you for years.

It’s a great time, too, to invest in basics, so I’ll always be on the lookout for t-shirts in a selection of colours and denim. You’ll always find the more fashion styles like the straight leg, cropped or wide leg jeans go into sale and so if you didn’t want to invest full price in these then now is your chance to pick up a pair. Don’t worry about the longevity of these pieces, they are all here to stay for the next few seasons.

Apart from the boots, I also treated myself to a leopard print dress which I can wear with sandals or with tights and ankle boots in the winter and leopard print also happily happens to be one of the key prints for A/W18 so I really felt that was a win for me.

It’s been my long held belief anyway that leopard print is a neutral at this stage and should be worn all year round. It just goes with everything and adds some pizazz to any look!

Happy sale shopping and be nice to the retail workers!

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