Now I say dregs but to be honest with you, over the years, some of my best bargains have come from scraping the barrel at the end of the sales with the bargain basement prices.
It's also come this time that you can really get your head around what you're going to be wearing in the Spring (ish). As oppose to the day after Christmas when you're still suffering from a sequin hangover and the thought of bare ankles sends you back into another chocolate coma.
Come February though (yes it is actually February now. Which always goes offensively quickly and we'll be into March before we know it), we can suddenly see the wood and no longer just Christmas trees.
And it's the best time to take advantage of the more expensive sites that we might not usually look at. Starting with my perennial favourite - and that is denim. But we're not talking blue denim. Oh no. We are talking not blue denim. Any other colour but blue.
I'm sure at some point, I will have a blue denim revival but at the moment, it's just not on my radar and every time I wear it, I think ugh. Maybe because I have lived in derivations of it for the past ten years and just need a change.
We are going for ecru, white, black, grey, khaki - all of those I would happily welcome with open arms. The reason I think I love these so much at the moment, is I'm very much loving my more muted colour palettes. And buying into the versatility of trousers. So jeans (err denim trousers?!) that can be worn during the day and then out to dinner in the evening with a change of shoes are what I think are the perfect base to a super versatile capsule wardrobe.
The tale end (ok so we are at the very very end) of the sales are often a great time to have a look at those jeans that you normally wouldn't contemplate at full price as they're frightening. Or, it's a great time to sneak in an extra pair of more reasonably priced ones as a treat. I found lurking on a shelf a pair of high waisted Boden black skinnies in almost a moleskin that I have lived in since discovering them. It just takes one pair of new trousers to breathe life into last season's favourites that by now you might be tiring of - ever so slightly. And if they're a bargain, then that's even better.
Plus I reckon it's a fact that it's often the cheaper the things you buy, the more often you end up wearing them. No?
Starting with the scariest of jeans, but simply the most useful jeans come the Spring. There is nothing that lifts the mood like a pair of white trews. What was that I said about lambs gambolling? I can see them from here in these jeans...
Skinny jeans from McQ by Alexander McQueen were £165 now £99 pre extra 20% off. An extra 20% off ALL sale prices at My Theresa (be prepared to lose hours of your life. I will admit I may have got distracted earlier. The 11yr old came in. "Mummy, do you know I can hear you muttering SHIT under your breath?". Well everything I wanted was sold out in my size). I am going back at it when I've finished this. I may be on a sandal mission (don't ask).
I love the whole simplicity of this look. I think very Helmut Lang. I want to live head to foot in Helmut Lang when I grow up and win the lottery. Although you can keep the sandals.
Now moving back to the more reasonable but staying with super skinny and this is my absolute favourite fit. I promise you, it's magic.
High Rise Super Skinny Jeans from Boden in Silver were £69 now £41.40
In the navy waxed - £41.40 again down from £69 I honestly don't recall seeing these in a navy waxed earlier in the season. I have the black pair and the porridge pair. Which is the most awful description for the most sublime shade of oatmeal. Perfect for the Spring. As would be the navy.
Of course there's always the blackest black super skinny jeans (which I have on today and LOVE) Mine are last season but these do look to be the same. Amazingly flattering.
Super Skinny Jeans in black £49.50 BUT 20% off with the code M7X3
More grey skinny again at My Theresa so there's an extra 20% off these. And no, I'm not getting on board with the pink sneakers...
Halle Mid Rise Super Skinny jeans from True Religions were £201 now £100
So you can't find any grey jeans and then they're like buses.
These from Marc Jacobs.
Ella Cropped Jeans from Marc by Marc Jacobs were £180 now £108 (with an extra 20% off)
Other super skinny options which are a great deal are these from MiH jeans. These are a velvet (it looks more like a moleskin) texture to them. I love these with a clean cut white shirt, black blazer and killer heels. The perfect pair of black flats for during the day. Keeping it simply and acutely elegant. I LOVE these.
MiH Bonn skinny jeans in Stone were £185 now £92
In an ideal world, I think I'm going to want looser for the Spring/Summer. I adored my bargain pairs from All Saints (bargain from Kildare Village - all of £20) and ASOS (I think these one might have been £12... what was that I was saying about wearing the things you pay peanuts for, the most? So true with both these pairs of jeans).
Love these with a pair of sneakers, flats or sandals.
And these from Stella McCartney look perfect. Zip at the bottom means you can wear them more tapered or undo the zip for a straighter leg look. Admittedly not quite as good a bargain as I snagged but still a great price for a pair of jeans you will get loads of wear out of.
Solange low slung Boyfriend jeans were £275 now £110 If it's any help, I size up one size in these. So usually I would always be a 27 in jeans (28 in Topshop) but in Stella jeans, I'm always a 28.
How cool are they undone?