Have you been on your summer jollies yet? Or are you having a stay-cation since the weather is behaving? Either way, your suitcase needs some fabulous summer fashion and with the high street awash with sales, it's perfect timing for me to share my sales edit.
I often get a little overwhelmed at the prospect of sales shopping - clothes everywhere, people in a rush to snap up the best…it can be a tad stressful. But I have some tips to share!
- Think twice before you swipe the credit card
To quote my current style crush, Iggy Azaela, "first things first I'm the realest", you DO NOT need everything you see.
Plan out the pieces you need to add to your wardrobe to enhance it - maybe a top to match those cropped trousers that you bought in May, a jacket to make a suit with the pencil skirt that you haven't worn yet (it may even still have the tags on it), or a bag to complete an outfit for that wedding in August.
Once you have made your plan, you need to do one thing: stick to it. Try not to be tempted by the bargains that you may never wear. Buying for the sake of 50% off? Bad. Buying because you will get great wear out of it? Good. But sometimes in the adrenalin-rush of finding a bargain, we confuse the two.
- Time your attack
Try and shop first thing in the morning if you can; the shops are a little less chaotic and easier to navigate at the start of the day.
So with those tips in mind, what have bargains have I landed?
- Love your bargains!
I have two weddings over the next couple of months and I want a dress I can change up. Karen Millen is always a go to place for occasion wear and I find the clothes are true to size. The reductions are fantastic (up to 50% off in some cases) and it's also worth checking out the range of shoes on sale too to make a whole outfit from the one shop.
(Above, Lace Dress reduced from €225 to €60 from Karen Millen; Patterned dress reduced from €239.95 to €167.96 by Fee G at The Kilkenny Shop)
The Kilkenny Shop stock one of my favourite Irish labels called Fee G, which have a huge range of dresses that suit my shape and there's a 30% saving to made on these at the moment. I'm also investing in tops, which I actually need, and I am enthralled with the sale at Bastyan. Pretty summer florals and t-shirts are a-plenty, which I love to wear with skinny jeans and blazers for a casual look that's also practical and comfortable.
( Above from left, Tops all reduced from Bastyan at Brown Thomas)
Moving away from the high street, Arnotts stock amazing designers such as Goat, Milly, E by Tahari and 2nd Day who were my first point of call on my sales trip.
For accessories, I needed an everyday bag to fit my laptop and all my worldly belongings, so I've found New Look to have the best selection in the sales so far, so much so, I treated myself to two!
(Above, Skirt reduced from €340 to €170 and dress reduced from €585 to €292.50 both by Goat at Arnotts)
Have you nabbed a bargain yet? What has been your favourite sale so far, or what is the best bargain you've EVER bought? And do you have any sales tips? Come on, share the love!