Eight things to invest in during the summer sales

Don't fall prey to bargain racks, here's what to keep your eyes peeled for when the red signs go up.

There are few among us who can resist the temptation of a markdown. Even those who proclaim they're "not into fashion" can go weak at the knees when they see a work-appropriate staple or an occasion wear piece slashed to 70% off.

From now until August, there's ample opportunity to score a steal, as both high street and high-end stores clear out spring collections to get ready for the influx of autumn coats, boots, etc.

Sticking to our mantra of aiming to buy less, particularly pieces that are ultimately disposable, here's a strategic, fashion-editor approved guide to solid, classic investments that will become your wardrobe mainstays.


A hero blouse:

Ruffled Georgette Blouse by See by Chloé, was €238 now €119 from MatchesFashion.com

A gold piece that won't tarnish:

Gold-Plated Ring by Jennifer Fisher, €142 was €202 from NetAPorter.com

A shoe that goes with everything:


Riley Sandals by Kurt Geiger, €35 was €70 from BrownThomas.com

A great pair of trousers:

Tailored Wide Leg Trousers, €20.74 was €52.74 from ASOS.com

A neutral blazer:


Twill Belt Jacket, €46 was €89 from Topshop.com

A classic handbag:

Vicky Quilted Shoulder Bag by Saint Laurent, €1,032 was €1290 from FarFetch.com

A wedding guest-ready dress:

Ruffle Printed Midi Dress by Zimmermann, €298 was €595 from ModaOperandi.com



Leather-Trimmed Weekend Bag by Paravel, €254 was €507 from NetAPorter.com


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