Received wisdom would dictate that you never, ever buy the crazy or impractical when sales shopping, even if it does fit and it is a real bargain. But I would argue, that on occasion, you really can still strike it lucky. And sometimes, the sales are the only time you can truly justify and allow yourself that slightly bonkers but brilliant item you’ve always wanted. So I’ve scoured the shops for just a few of those wonderful, wildcard pieces that might just be perfect.

Last week I had an hour to kill one evening in between meetings in the city (dangerous, I know) and found myself in a wonderfully quiet branch of & Other Stories, absentmindedly browsing the sale rales all to myself. I haven’t really ‘done’ the sales much this year and most of the pieces I had ordered online ended up going back due to bad fit and a general reaction of ‘meh’. As someone who usually shops on the high street, I admit that I’ve never really been one for the designer big ticket items anyway, so I rarely get that heart-quickening, oh my goodness that’s a fantastic bargain feeling any more.

And then I spotted the gold boots of my dreams. I have wanted a pair like this for a long time. They needed to be in a pale, subtle gold, with a low enough heel to walk in. And when I tried them (the last pair in my size) on, they felt soft as butter and fitted like a dream. It took me about 0.7 seconds to decide I wanted them, with an absolute assuredness I hadn’t felt in a long while. Oh and they were reduced by 70% – surely the definition of the perfect sales purchase?

So my faith in sales shopping has been restored and while I know this is the point in the month when most people think the sales are full of dogs and dregs, I believe there are still real gems to be mined. Fortune favours the brave!

Duvall coat, was £275, now £160, Whistles

The sales are always a good time to invest in coats but it’s the fabulous, faux fur variety like this one from Whistles that really tempt me. At this time of year, you will definitely still get great wear out of something like this and it’s a forever coat that you will take out each winter and remember how amazing it is just thrown on with jeans and boots. Free delivery & returns are available with this item, so no risk in trying on!

Leather tote, was £349, now £174, Me + Em

A pale pink bag is probably the epitome of impractical and the opposite of classic but my love for this blush colour continues unabated and I think this is the perfect rendering of it in simple yet stunning handbag form. As Me + Em says, it’s a trophy bag for everyday use. It works well with monochrome and patterns alike, will look like the perfect summer accessory and still feel current next winter.

Argon jacquard skirt, was £95, now £38, Finery

I love Finery for its unusual slightly avant garde cuts and details. This statement skirt in a beautifully wearable print will work right through spring and summer. Think long jumpers over the top now and crisp white blouses/tees later. I also LOVE this classic-with-a-twist camel trench, which is a great price.

Stripe trainer, was £79.50, now £39.75, Boden

Am so tempted by these trainers: the perfect classic trainer with a metallic twist. What’s not to love? I think we all still need a bit of sparkle in January, no?

Satin jacquard pull-on trouser, was £165, now £49, Toast

My very stylish friend was wearing these the other day and they are the perfect fit, especially post-xmas splurge, as they have an adjustable waistband (all about that at the moment), nicely loose around the hip/thigh before tapering to a cute and flattering peg leg. Would still look ace in summer with sandals.

Blake shearling backpack, was £198, now £99, Jigsaw

A shearling back pack? Why not? Back packs are still universally popular (and practical) and the textural appeal of leather and sheepskin adds a bit of individuality to an outfit. This is beautifully crafted too.

Patched denim jeans, was £65, now £20, &Other Stories

I’ve never really been one for statement denim, but a little bit of ripping or contrast colour detail has worked for me in the past and I think these jeans are worth a go. The shape and cut look really wearable and while the patches do draw attention, I think the black could be quite flattering. Just keep everything else simple and plain.

Taissa shoe, was £195, now £95, Plumo

And finally, have you checked the Plumo sale yet? This site is the home of unusual, beautiful and bordering on the eccentric fashion but I love it, even though I can rarely afford it. But there are some good reductions available currently (I love this teddy bear coat). How perfect are these nude leather pumps (if you love the granny shoe thing like me) with their square toe and low wooden heel? *makes chef finger kiss gesture*

Have you found the perfect sales buy yet?


fortyandofftherails //

I’m a total bargain hunter myself and still rummaging through the sales rails, loath to look at spring bits. Love your sales pick, great prices on some real quality bits – Whistles coat is my fave, love it!

Kathryn //

I know that coat is just fabulous isn’t it!? Nothing like the feeling of finding a great bargain xx


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