The Boxing Day sales have already begun creeping into stores and online, and whilst we love a bargain, there can be a tendency to buy everything we like because it’s got 50% off. But this year make clever fashion choices when shopping in the sales and really make your money go further.
The sales are a great way of getting classic items into your wardrobe without having to pay eye-watering prices, things like camel coats, white shirts, good jeans and black boots are something you’ll wear time and time again so it’s worth paying that little bit more for them.
Here we’ve picked out the key classic fashion pieces to buy in the sales, these items will stand the test of time in your wardrobe and provided you take care of them, you’ll be wearing them for years to come.
Stylish forever pieces to buy in the sales
You really can’t go wrong with a good pair of jeans, can you? You can dress them up or down perfectly with the items you choose to wear with them. And while there’s plenty of inexpensive high street options out there, you need to look at the higher end of the scale for the most hard-working of them. You want the sort that sculpts your figure and doesn’t lose their colour after one wash. Forever jeans can be long and lean or a “boyfriend” shape: both styles are classic, easy-to-wear, and will never date.
Simple and effortless, there’s nothing quite like a sharp white shirt to make you look instantly modern and pulled-together. Thanks to designers like Johanna Ortiz statement shirts are definitely having a moment, so if the classic button up isn’t to your taste, there are peplum, frill and other fancy details to certainly appeal to your sense of style.
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Little Black Dress
Every woman should have a little black dress – they can be worn to work, dressed up for a date, and dressed down for casual wear. Some of the most iconic dresses of all time have been LBDs: Holly Golightly’s in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Princess Diana’s perfect off-the-shoulder number. It’s one of those ideal “when in doubt” items since an LBD always looks classic, sharp, and fashionable – no matter what.
Another item that you could probably wear on a daily basis, black boots will forever have a place in our wardrobe. So what better piece to pick up in the sales, whether you choose ankle, over-the-knee, knee-high, flat or heeled, the possibilities are endless when it comes to black boots. As are the amount of times you’re going to wear them.
Take a look at our piece on Classic Coats that will never go out of style, for some inspiration on the types of coats you can buy now and wear forever. We love a simple smart coat that you can wear day or night, whenever you throw it on it instantly pulls your look together and makes everything look more tailored.
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Always wanted to invest in a cashmere jumper, now is the time. Grab a bargain in the sales on a piece of butter-soft cashmere that you’ll treasure and wear forever. Pair it with jeans and boots, skirts, over dresses and more. Keep it classic in colours like grey, black or navy.
Leather biker jacket
The perennial model-off-duty piece, the leather biker is the grab-and-go item that will take you from festival to bar, from shopping date to actual date. It looks just as good with a pair of jeans as it does worn over a ditsy floral tea dress: edgy without being zany, cool without looking too try-hard. Of course, the best bit about the leather biker is that it’s one of the few pieces in your wardrobe that gets better with age.
Or any leather piece in general
Leather dresses, skirts, pants, coats and more, they all make an incredible style statement, and usually a pretty big impact on your bank balance too. Of course there are plenty of faux leather options out there, but in reality, real leather items are going to last you a whole lot longer than any of the pieces. Use the sales as the perfect time to make an investment purchase and save money on a pair of real leather pants you’ll wear time and time again, both with your white shirts, luxury cashmere pieces and many more items from your wardrobe.
Masculine brogues look as good with a whimsical summer dress as they do with a simple pair of jeans. Choose a brown leather pair with a classic punched-out pattern on the leather to ensure that they just get better with age. A practical, trans-seasonal piece, brogues offer a fast-track to that notoriously hard to nail high/low vibe our favourite style icons always pull off so well.