It’s pay day!
How do you find a cut-price keeper? By only shopping for workwear, says Emily Cronin
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)