It’s pay day!

How do you find a cut-price keeper? By only shop­ping for work­wear, says Emily Cronin

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - GAME CHANGER -

stand­ing in a sea of sum­mer sales racks, do you: a) Grab a cut-price bikini. b) Fig­ure it’s about time to try the off-the-shoul­der trend. c) Pick up a black-tie gown, just in case (no idea when you’ll wear it, but who can re­sist at 70 per cent off?).

There are so many ways a sales-shop­ping ex­pe­di­tion could go. So many, in fact, that it’s easy to get into a mud­dle and for­get that the place we dress for most of­ten isn’t the beach or a wed­ding. It’s the of­fice.

The sales, then, are the ideal chance to: d) Build your work­wear wardrobe with smart, of­fice-ready buys.

You’ve got to be strate­gic. If you’re some­one who mostly wears skirts, then why buy those black trousers, how­ever flat­ter­ing? If you al­ready have a desk drawer full of too-high-for-real-life pointy-toed stilet­tos that you rarely wear, then don’t be se­duced by an­other pair of four-inch heels.

Use the sales to buy pieces that are sim­i­lar to the items you al­ready own and want to wear and re-wear on work­days. Or use them as a chance to try trends you weren’t sure you wanted to com­mit to at full price. What­ever your ap­proach, our cheat sheet is a good place to start – though you will have to put that gown back on the rail first.

Back-loop, £164.50, down from £235, Ka­te­rina Makriyianni (browns­fash­ion.com) Fun cir­cle, £10, down from £19.50, J Crew ( jcrew.com) Brushed teardrop, £2.10, down from £7, ac­ces­sorize (uk. ac­ces­sorize.com)

Above right, from left Square drop resin ear­rings, £25, down from £40, Whis­tles (whis­tles.com). Sphere drop ear­rings, from a se­lec­tion, Mango (mango.com). Long drop dou­ble-ring ear­rings, now £25, Dose of rose (dose­ofrose.com)

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