Don’t shop the sales! Is what I normally tell people. But every rule has its exception and here’s mine. Shopping online at the very end of the sales can work. Sure, there’s not a great deal left and sizes are few and far between but that just makes it quicker and easier to sift through the dregs. In my case it also happens to be a nice distraction from doing my tax return.
Pick your top 3 websites (I’ve given suggestions at the end of this post), sort by size and see what comes up – you might just find a gem.
Here’s what I’d buy:
Isabel Marant Elmira sequin wrap skirt, now £774 at Matches (was £1,290). If your legs are your best asset, this is a winner. Worn as shown here, or with stilettos and a simple oversized knit, it’s a head-turner, dressed up or down. Note: because the waist is a wrap, it’s adjustable and comes up quite big so you can opt for a size smaller.
Ann Demeulemeester Drawstring Top, from Browns, now £70 (was £170). I can’t resist a black basic. My spring uniform is black leggings, worn with Lanvin patent flats or Nicholas Kirkwood pointy ones, with a slouchy top. This one’s great – long enough to cover the essentials, with a drawstring to make it more than a t-shirt and a boat-neck that’s kinda sexy. Easy, chic comfort.
Tabitha Simmons Byron suede ankle boots, now £372.50 at Net A Porter. I have these in black leather and hardly take them off. If I could justify having two pairs, I’d get these as well – in soft, grey suede, to wear in spring with a simple white t-shirt and old faded skinny jeans.
Bizarrely, my accounts didn’t do themselves while I was browsing. So I have to sign off. But I’ll leave you with these websites. Go forth and conquer.