This is something that I do mention a number of times a year but I really don't think a reminder harms. Mainly for myself. Seeing as I am turning into a goldfish. My memory cells seem to disintegrate with every month I age. Seriously, it's becoming embarrassing how scatty I can be.
But when it comes to sale shopping, I am on it like a rocket.
Ok. So that's at the beginning of the sales, ie now. I'm not going to lie (even to myself). When it approaches the end of the sales, complete mania has been known to set in and all rules are out of the window (although I do end up returning most of it. Or regretting the purchase. I'd love to say it's usually the former - we all know it's the latter).
However when it comes to the start of the sales I am Mrs Determined. I will not break. I have sales rules and I will follow them. I just need to stay like this until Autumn.. Who else is with me?
To help us all, I'm going to keep these brief. The less there are, the easier they will be to follow, surely?
- Are you buying it just because it's heavily reduced? If it were in Zara for sale at the same price, would you buy it...
- Can you think of three occasions when you will wear it? And are they in the foreseeable future? This is important. I used to buy things to wear next season. Trust me - 99% of the time, this is a mistake. Buy it if you will wear it now and into next season but DO NOT buy something to wear in September. Because you won't. Fact. Trust me. I have the piles of crap I've bought and never worn to prove it.
- Buy less. I have learnt it's better to go up a budget and invest in one or two things than buy ten cheaper things. These are the things over the years that I have kept.
All Saints are Kings of Leather and their sale has just started. Great fit (although I do have to size up if I want to wear anything other than just my bra under it as I have massive shoulders being 5ft10), buttery soft leather, gorgeous detailing and when they're in the sale, prices that won't make you weep. Well, a slight tear may be shed but we're not talking Rick Owens wailing.
Starting with classic black. The must have for the majority of us. Although I will say, this looks like a washed black and would be perfect for those who are concerned that sometimes black leather can look quite harsh. There isn't a whiff of a Hell's Angel with this one.
Agnes Leather Biker Jacket in black was £358 now £250
Or collarless at Whistles. Adore this. Seriously love it and wonder could I justify another black one... (seeing how much I live in the one I have).
Drew Collarless Jacket was £350 now £225
Collarless again at Sandro in the sale.
Vivo Leather Biker Jacket was £475 now £237.50
Even more pared back - again at Sandro and 50% off in the sale.
Leather Biker Jacket was £499 now £249.50
Bargain time though at Mango. So... you can still use their discount code for 40% off one item and 30% off two with the code 6SALE8.
Pocket Leather Jacket in Black was £119.99 before discount.
Personally though, I prefer the extra detailing on this Mango one which is already reduced.
Pocket Leather Jacket was £119.99 now £79.99
Granite is the other option - again from All Saints (although I will say I can't really see much difference between this and the black above, although the granite looks blacker!).
Bleeker Biker Jacket in Granite was £328 now £229
And then we go off piste... Coloured leather. Starting with khaki. What's not to love?
Obika Khaki Leather Biker Jacket at All Saints was £358 now £250
More khaki at Whistles in the sale. Now online at the Whistles site there is diddly squat left in stock. But much better levels at House of Fraser.
Whistles Payne Leather Biker Jacket in Khaki was £350 now £250
Moving towards the brown side of khaki with mushroom at Muubaa. These are the most wonderful leather jackets. Mostly sold in small boutiques - they do need to be felt to be believed.
Norma Leather Jacket in mushroom from Muubaa was £397.73 now £170.91
Brown.. I love this shade. I have a chocolate one which is far more useful than you would think.
Klyn Biker Jacket in Brick Brown was £298 now £208
Brown again, this time at Whistles in their Agnes style and in a similar chestnut/rust brown shade. Perfect for all year round.
Agnes Leather Biker Jacket from Whistles was £330 now £250
And now, one in navy. Suddenly, I don't think I can live without a navy leather jacket. I love wearing my black leather with navy (that will be today's outfit sorted then.. see below) and I think the navy with black outfits will be fabulously useful.
Vernon Forever Leather Jacket from Finery £295 Don't forget your 20% off with Paypal20...
More blue at All Saints, although personally the belt of the one above does it for me.
Bleeker Leather BIker Jacket was £328 now £229
Leather bargain of the day isn't blue but is green, at Mango using the code above.
Leather jacket in Green £89.99 before discount. (with 40% off it makes it £53.99 and you can use the code as I've tried. Whoop whoop).
However if we're talking bargains, I know suede really isn't the point but if you are looking for a jacket to go with your dresses on the cooler days, this is absolutely gorgeous and an amazing price for suede. The ultimate vintage vibe.
Suede Jacket from Mango was £79.99 now £39.99
And here I am today in mine. Yet again in mine.
Breton top - Joseph
Ava navy trousers - Marks and Spencer
Onyx leather jacket - hush
Gold Kipper loafers - Kurt Geiger
Black Half moon bag - APC
So fess up with your sales tactics. Are you a rule follower? Do you avoid at all costs? Have you already bagged any bargains? (of the good variety..!) Anyone fancy being strong with me? I will if you will....
(and we Will Not Raid the Zara bargain rail at the end of July. Will we....??)