Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sale bargains

I always find the Gap sale is perfect for stocking up on wardrobe basics. Breton stripes for £5.99? Well, if you insist. Navy cardie for £19.99? Oh, go on then.

You may have noticed that I've got a penchant for cardies. They're my wardrobe staple. I spotted this particular one back in February, when it was a full-priced £35, and noted its advantages: a sweet ruffled bib detail that keeps this classic from looking boring; a fine-gauge knit that ensures it's wearable from spring through to summer, and the versatility of wearing it either as a top or as a cardie (layered over long-sleeved jerseys, vests, dresses...). What's more, the colour is going to come in handy for working summer's nautical trend, too.

Which brings me to the Breton stripes. Every wardrobe should have a Breton stripe or two. And the scooped neckline, cropped sleeves and cheerful red of this Gap number just puts a smile on my face. As does the price, which is down from £10.

As a bargainista fashionista, you can't go wrong if you shop in the sales, especially if it's for wardrobe classics that aren't going to fall by the wayside when a trend reaches its expiry date. And I've hit upon another of my smart shopping secrets, too: be familiar with the shop's stock so you're ready to snap up your favourite pieces come the sales. I know it sounds obvious, but if you identify and try on what you like early on in the season, you're all set to snaffle it up in the right size when it hits the sale rail.

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