Who doesn’t love a bargain? But how do you shop the post Christmas sales without falling into the trap of buying something just because it’s a good bargain?
I’ve done it many a time. I’ve clicked on the post Christmas sales emails and filled my bag with pretty but frivolous purchases. My wardrobe was brimming already and I really didn’t need another party dress. But it was 75% off, so who could say no?
Thankfully, I’ve broken that habit. A few years ago I said “enough”. I made some simple rules to follow when shopping the sales – you can read a blog post about it here. I switched to a capsule wardrobe and I started buying more considered purchases.
This year, there are three items on my sale shopping list; a smart winter coat, luxurious knitwear, and a pair of warming utility boots. There would be four items, but I need my baby bump to disappear before investing in new denim!
And, whilst following my rules, these are my pick of the offerings out there during this Christmas sales period …
I adore luxury knitwear. One of my most worn items over winter is a luxurious cashmere polo neck which I picked up in the Marks and Spencer sale some time ago.
This year, I’d love to treat myself to another luxury knit. I’m thinking merino, alpaca, or cashmere blends – I can’t afford pure, even in the sales. They are wools that are soft and no reactive with my sensitive skin. They are also long wearing – as long as you treat them right.
Smart Winter Coats
The after Christmas sales is an excellent time to invest in a smart winter coat. Here in the UK the cold weather hasn’t hit yet but it’s likely on its way. Did you know that it’s more likely to snow at Easter than Christmas? Yes, winter is coming. And that winter coat is probably more needed than you think.
I already own a beautiful, vibrant blue wool coat from Navabi – it’s available again this year in a beautiful rust colour. However, it isn’t the warmest of coats, suiting autumnal dressing far more than deep winter. So this year I’m hankering after a heavier wool blend of coat. I’m looking for something in neutral colours; grey or camel being my preference.
Practical boots don’t sound the most exciting but they are all the rage. I don’t mean hiking boots. Although ASOS and the like label them as such – I wouldn’t recommend climbing Snowden in any of their offerings though.
Instead, they are boots with a utilitarian feel. They are often leather or snake skin with chunk soles and tartan or fur lining. They’re masculine and clumpy and warm. Perfect for days out exploring during winter.
And what did I end up buying? Well, follow me on instagram and I’m sure you’ll see!