Summer WITH BENEFITS
There are a few fail-safe summer identifiers: muggy weather, the smell of freshly cut grass. But nothing beats the vibes you get from Wimbledon, the super-casj tennis event to which the globe’s biggest stars (sporting or otherwise) flock, that’s so deeply rooted in British heritage it literally stops us in our fast-lane tracks. We prioritise tennis matches over working late which, for us Brits, is basically sacrilege, turning us into Pimm’s-chugging revellers. And, of course, it’s the perfect excuse to invest in centre court-worthy wares (p20).
Meanwhile, sale season is upon us – although my issues with the calamity induced by ‘10 per cent off ’ posters runs deep. As a child, I’d accompany my mum to the Next sale and spend hours trying on clothes four sizes too big as she assured me I’d grow into them and it would make for brilliant pre-emptive savings. But in an age where technology goes way beyond my comprehension, I’m slowly coming round to discount spending.
You no longer have to elbow fellow scavengers for a jumper with holes in for pitiful pennies off. Oh no, now there’s a bounty of bargains to be had direct from your smartphone, and we’ve found the best of the bunch (p8). Don’t be sad if you miss out, though. We’ve also uncovered the secret shopping outlets that exist all year round. We’re talking half-price Mango, Zara, ASOS and more on tap for a full 365 days.
Something tells me that if you too have renounced sale shopping since childhood, after poring over this week’s pages you’ll soon join me as a convert…