January to May is probably my least favourite time of year – I’ve never really been a fan of Spring. The fun of Christmas has been and gone and left us in the depths of winter, it’s the most intense and difficult period within education (luckily I have no exams this year, but the amount of coursework I’ll be doing makes up for it) and summer waits far ahead, teasing us because there’s nothing else to really look forward to. The answer? Retail therapy, of course.
Despite my feelings about the coming season, I love that it’s an excuse to still wear jeans and jumpers, boots and coats for as long as possible. I can play around with layering clothes for a bit longer and start getting excited and planning for the activities and outfits summer will entail (plus it buys me time to save for all this…). January sales really are timed appropriately and work to beat the winter blues for sure. I’m guilty of getting carried away and ordering items that won’t last me, however this year I’m trying to invest in staple items and basics that’ll see me at least into Spring, and maybe even work all year round (these BDG denim culottes were the first sale bargain I snapped up from UO and will be doing just that; I’ll sacrifice the warmth of my ankles in the name of fashun to wear them now, and they’ll be dreamy in warmer climes paired with a tank or crop top).
Subtle, faded yellow is one of my favourite colours to wear and it’s always a fail-safe for spring / summer so that’s a colourway I’ll be stocking up on for statement accessories that liven up my wardrobe.
1 – The Black Coat. A few years ago I fell in love with a black, belted Zara coat and made the mistake of not buying it only to regret it ever since. This Mango version is the closest I’ve seen and maybe even better, so I definitely won’t be waiting around to snap it up this time! I’ll wear it now with jeans and boots and then dresses and sandals into spring / summer.
2 – The Mules. I had to kiss goodbye to my beloved Birkenstocks at the end of summer 2017 because I’d worn them to death – turns out they’re not indestructible after all. Knowing me I’ll probably just buy another pair, but I may also stock up on sandals now for later in the year and these mustard Mango mules are dreamy and would easily take me from city to beach.
3 – The V-Neck Jumper. Usually I’m against v-necks because they strongly remind me of hideous school sweaters (that rarely got worn) buuuut I think the right one can look amazing. We’ll be leaving jumper season soon however this incred grey Cos number is a wardrobe basic and would look just as good next winter and when the weather warms up I’ll throw it over a mini-dress or team it with shorts at the beach.
4 – The Wrap Dress. I’m increasingly getting into wrap dresses as you may have noticed from my NYE outfit, and this is one that will work pretty much all year round. Cos have nailed their smart-to-casual dresses and their collections make basics a little less boring. I love the pale blue and the big bow detail and could see this looking great now with tights and boots and even better on holiday somewhere hot with sandals (maybe new Birkenstocks…).
5 – The Yellow Blazer. I linked one very similar in last month’s Lust List – maybe I just have a thing for a yellow blazer. Zara sale is offering up this dreeeeamy pale pastel jacket for £19.99, which is almost too good to be true. I love the retro feel it has and can see it looking so cool paired with faded blue jeans and windswept hair. I’d get the large and wear it over my shoulders for the ideal spring statement piece.
6 – The Big Bag. I have a habit of buying small cross-body bags when in reality I need a camping-sized rucksack to hold everything I lug round with me. A sturdy, durable handbag is hard to come by on a small budget, so I think 2018 will have to be the year I splash out on a keeper. This Ted Baker bag is a little different to some of their designs, and I like it’s subtle, classy design. It’s big enough for all my stuff and is down from £200 to £120 in the John Lewis sale.
7 – The Blue Jeans. I’ve already bagged my bargain jeans to start off the year, but if they’re not your kinda thing I’m also loving the Whistles pair. Whistles know how to put on a smashing sale and the jeans I bought from there last January remain my favourites ever and have stood the test of time despite me wearing them far too often. The side stripe adds something unique and they’ll be the comfiest denim you’ve ever owned!
8 – Vinyl of the Month. Total Life Forever by Foals is in the HMV sale for £16 and if that’s not enough to convince anyone I don’t know what is. It’s an oldie but a goodie, the band’s second album released back in 2010 (how was that seven years ago?) features some of their best songs in my opinion; ‘Miami’ and ‘Total Life Forever’. Their usual submerged vocals and catchy, rock instrumentals are there, mixed with a subdued summer vibe that makes me imagine myself dipping my toes in a Caribbean sea – great for this month where all I want is to escape somewhere hot so at least I can imagine it with this soundtrack. Foals have long been a band I’ve loved and after seeing them live in 2016 at Reading festival they remind me of good times and I love their music even more.
There you have my personal pick of the sales! I hope you all find something you love as there’s plenty of bargains to be had out there.