So all the sales haven't started yet but a good many of them have. And where do you start with what to buy? How long's the proverbial piece of string?
I'm therefore being random (which is obviously not like me) and devoting an entire post to the wonderful world of DVF. Which, in the sale, is always a fantastic buy.
I will confess to only owning one piece of DVF magic. But I've had it for 3 years now and wear it often. In the winter I wear it as a dress with black opaques and in the summer I tend to wear it over white skinnies (it's very short on me. Someone would get an unexpected and rather unpleasant eyeful were I to go bare legged or even with nude tights. Barf.) I've worn it to very upmarket parties and just to take the kids swimming in the summer. Perhaps the most versatile and comfortable piece of clothing in my wardrobe. And the best thing? Hand wash (that will be handwash in the washing machine not actual manual labour). And and and, no ironing as it's silk jersey, it just dries flat and you're ready to rock.
But they're not cheap. So the sales are a perfect time to treat yourself to something that will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Now the Clotilda top probably isn't handwashable after all of that (maybe though as it is silk....) but what a useful item to have. Great for work, great for casual, great for nights out or Sundays in the pub (oh those were the days....) £56 down from £187 but unfortunately only smaller sizes. (for the record - if sizes are numerical they're normally American. I personally always size up as well, so would wear a US 8 which is a UK 12)
This cardigan is just stunning. Unbelievably useful to wear as a cardigan in the Spring/Summer but also fab worn jumper style buttoned up (boob size depending...).
The Ibiza Tiger Eye Red Cardigan - £110 from £220 at Coggles
Or they have it in a dress Version - The Kivel Tiger Eye Red dress. This is the tunic shape that I love. £145 from £290.
Continuing with the tunic style, I love the Ruri dress - Chains Red & Grey. £155 from £310. One of my favourite things about DVF are the way out patterns she has. Don't ask me how, but they don't seem to date. There's something about a DVF dress that makes it a classic.
I love the pattern and colours of this Leopard Print Egg long sleeved shift dress. A looser fit so super flattering as well. (one for Christmas Day over thick opaques) I'd also wear over faded skinnies in the summer. If you weren't as ridiculously tall as I am, this would look so cute with bare legs as well. £160 from £330 from Flannels.
How perfect is this Geometric Print Dress for the S/S? Classic colours and a classic style. £135 from £315.
If I could remotely justify another black jacket or were I to wear a bright red, these Merino Majorette Knit Jacket would definitely be winging their way to me. I love a knit jacket. I find them so much more wearable than a suit fabric jacket - great for dressing down a dressier dress and so comfortable. Again, season proof. £110 from £310
I simply adore the colour of this dress. (although I do appreciate that Kermit green probably doesn't float everyone's boat) Much dressier than the silk jersey tunic numbers and definitely not washable but if you have a special occasion coming up, then this would fit the bill perfectly. I'd wear to a wedding, (darn it why didn't I see this last year!) - would work in both Winter and Summer, to a Christening, out for dinner - the possibilities are endless. This would fit my "go to" dress hole. (I think I most love the no mum tum on show aspect. Perfect) Oh god I've just done an excellent job of convincing myself I must have it. Darn this blasted blog.
The Leala Dress £215 from £431
Now I can't do a wrap dress. Despite the protestation of Trinny & Susannah that they suit everyone, I am testament to the fact that they're wrong. I look like a barrel. I have no boobs and no waist and me wearing a wrap dress is akin to having "look at my lack of breastage and thick middle" tattooed on my forehead.
However on those blessed with a more womanly figure - yes, I think they look amazing.
This is a classic DVF print - The New Jeanne Chains Red dress
Geometric prints are a classic for SS13 so this would work well.
The New Julian Two Dress £227 from £325
Whilst I could go on forever, I'm going to finish with some gorgeous accessories - in particular two pairs of shoes, boots and a bag.
As much I spent an entire blog pontificating about how I wore boots in the winter, I eat my own words completely as I would wear these in a heartbeat. Gorgeous. And a bargain now at £115 from £230. Zia black suede and glitter shoes. (how great would these be with the green dress? Lush)
And these would see you all the way through the SS in the snake print. Someone hide my credit card. Quickly. .
Anyone need a pair of wedge boots? ME ME ME. Opalista Taupe Suede Boots £167.50 from £335.
And I shouldn't love these. But I do. £185 from £370. Do you think there's a law about how many pairs of wedge boots you're allowed?
Finishing with a perfect black tiny clutch. The Mini Harper. £110 from £220. What's not to love? If I didn't have my Tory Burch one, I would definitely have treated myself to this (investment, investment....... If you say it enough times you can convince yourself. Honest guv)
There are oodles more bargains to be had, best ones I've found to date are at Coggles, Flannels and Matches. Net-a-Porter and Selfridges are normally excellent DVF stomping grounds but as of today, their sales haven't started.
Finishing finally with my outfits from yesterday.
Wine jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Distressed biker jeans - By Malene Birger
Fur gilet - Taylor Stephens
Tartan scarf - H&M
Bea Wedge trainers - Ash
And for a dinner party last night.