It seems that nothing can cure my online shopping addiction and I have been whiling away spare, quiet moments organising my summer wardrobe. Because by the end of this week I will have a brand new figure to clothe, which is rather exciting, after months of wearing exactly the same rota of outfits day in, day out! I can wear jumpers! Shirts! Trousers that aren’t leggings! I’ll do a lookbook video if time permits over the next couple of months, but here’s what I have in my basket from the Very Exclusive Sale* – mostly summer treats, but a couple of great autumn/winter investments, including a faux-fur gilet that I’ve had my eye on for ages and a chic evening dress. Loads of items now have up to a whopping 60% off and the sale runs until the 30th June.
To browse the designer sale click here.
First buy – very important – denim shorts. I need separates at the moment rather than dresses and denim shorts are always handy to chuck on with vest tops and jumpers. But so many of them are cut like hot-pants! I can’t do hot-pants! No way, José. These Boyfriend Shorts from Rag & Bone are just the right length and I like that they are pre-distressed and a bit battered up. £160 down to £64 here.
And my favourite colour to throw on with distressed denim? Navy. Or grey. So I can’t go far wrong with navy and grey, especially in a heart print! I’ve actually already ordered and received this and it’s beautiful – the quality from Cocoa Cashmere is brilliant. A bit of a long-term investment, but when it’s reduced down to £62, it’s not that far off a high-street price. You can find it here.
A simple but flattering t-shirt (sorry if these choices aren’t the most daring or fashion-forward; there are loads of amazing and directional pieces in the sale so just keep browsing!) and I’m still liking the Zoe Karssen vibe. Soft fabric, nice drape (flattering on the boobs) and simple prints and logos. I have three bat t-shirts now so thought I’d swap to stars for a change! Find this pink version here, £30.
Investment dress choice: beautifully-cut black number from By Malene Birger. I have another black dress from the same designer and it’s one of the most versatile things in my wardrobe. Though I’m still very sorely tempted by this McQ one I think that maybe the Malene Birger will be more useful for smart, chic functions. It also looks as though it might be a bit forgiving in the tum-tum area! The price is down to a very pleasing £107 from £215 – you can find it here.
Investment jacket/outdoor garment choice? This little faux-fur gilet from Unreal Fur. Unreal make brilliant fake furs and I have wanted a nice gilet for years but have never taken the plunge. I’d pop this on over a black jumper (I’m not into gilets with bare arms!) to bridge that summer-into-autumn weather transition. Find it online here – it’s £70 down from £140.
I love this Missoni bag. Lurex. Chain strap. So seventies, and a refreshing change from leather, especially for the summer months. I’m not overly keen on the logo tag, but I’m sure I can get that off with a bolt-cutter! It’s £170 down from £340 (hurrah!) here. There’s also a smaller clutch version, that has 60% off and is down to £84 here.
Finally: I may succumb to this leopard t-shirt from Joseph now that the price, after a 60% reduction, has just tipped below the £100 mark! I wouldn’t usually spend so much on a t-shirt but I seem to have mislaid my favourite Maje one and have been struggling to find a replacement that is beautifully cut and has a good, non-tarty leopard print. This could be the one! Made from 100% cashmere it’s a bit of a posh piece rather than “just a tee” and would look great tucked into a pencil skirt as well as with jeans. There. I’ve pretty much convinced myself! It’s £98 here.
*UPDATE: I’ve just noticed that the best maternity jeans in the world, Paige’s specially-adapted Verdugo, are in the sale. I mentioned these in a fashion post a while back, rather apologetically I think because they were a whopping £210. Not any more – try £84 on for size! You can get them here.
*this is a sponsored post.