What I got in the January sales!
For the last few years, come rain or snow, my mum and I set our alarms at 5am on Boxing Day morning and drive to the sales. Elbows at the ready, we prepare to race all the other mum-and-daughter duos to the bargains. Some call us crazy, some call us mad...but have you ever bought an Alexa Chung Limited Collection leopard print dress at a 90% reduction? Didn't think so.
This year we decided to have a break. All the years of dress-grabbing, bargain-squealing and mid-morning frustration at the shortage of size 10s had taken its toll. On Boxing Day, I kicked back, relaxed and there wasn't a shop in sight. This continued through January. On several occasions I snuck into Zara, River Island and Topshop for a little peep at the sale rack, but I swear the sales are getting worse and worse. Some of the discounted items were reduced by as little as £5 and the sales stock was goddamn awful; foundation-covered seams, crinkled neon blouses and tops with sequins dangling from broken pieces of string.
Nevertheless, last weekend I decided to give the January sales one last try and to my delight, found some gorgeous little bargains! Here's what I got when I finally braved the January sales:
Calvin Klein Underwear Set - Bicester Village
I have really mixed feelings about Bicester Village (post coming soon!). For those of you who aren't familiar with Bicester, it's an outlet village just outside of Oxford that sells discounted designer brands. It's ridiculously expensive and every time I drag my poor boyfriend there he despairs for humanity ("£3577 for a BELT BUCKLE?!"). Admittedly, the Bicester January sales were actually very good and the discounts made the sales stock slightly more affordable. I picked up a white Calvin Klein Underwear set (crop top and knickers) for £26 and then grabbed an extra pair of comfy knickers for £9 from the sale rack!
Zara Bobble Hat
OK so this wasn't technically in the sales, but I fell in love with this bobble hat at first sight. It's a gorgeous grey knitted hat with a technicoloured bobble stuck on the top. I loved the unusual colours included in the bobble: vivid blues, orange and yellows. I'm not usually a hat person but I couldn't walk away without it at £9.99.
Zara Studded Work Skirt
Like most 20-somethings, Zara is my favourite place to buy workwear. The shop just gets. it. right. Clean cuts, neutral colours, flattering shapes and the fusion of catwalk trend with 9 to 5 practicality. I picked up this gorgeous studded skirt for £9. It looks amazing with a black polo, tights and little ankle boots. IN LOVE.
Topshop Leopard Print Jumper Top
This is probably my favourite piece from my January sales haul. Hidden beneath a disgusting holographic mesh jumper and an oversized graphic tee was this little beauty. The top has a leopard print collar and shirt bottom, sandwiched by a soft, fitted black jumper. With student discount, this jumper top came to £13 and I've already received so many comments on it at work (mostly good!!).