Bargains without the bedlam: Femail”s guide to the best of the online sales
Chaos, queues and conflict: Who really enjoys the sales season But while violent scenes break out on the High Street and hordes sleep on the streets overnight to bag a bargain, there”s a better way to hit the sales – all from the comfort of your armchair.
Here is FEMAIL”s guide to the top online shopping finds, from winter coats to fabulously discounted boots. But hurry, as all items featured are likely to be in short supply.
Heavily discounted at this time of year, with designer labels slashing prices by at least half, sometimes (check out Jaeger, for instance) up to 60 or 70 per cent off. Invest in classic colours – navy, black, grey, camel or red – for a purchase that can last you for years, or use the opportunity to buy something striking in this season”s more outlandish colours – cyclamen, gold or leopard.
A good coat can make an outfit and rid you of all wardrobe crises for the winter season, so choose the best quality you can afford.
TRY: MaxMara, Stella McCartney and Giambattista Valli at Matchesfashion.com; Reiss.com, Kooples (thekooples.co.uk), Jaeger.co.uk, Selfridges.com.
Sportmax wool and shearling coat, was 2,395, now 1,197. Save 50%. Matchesfashion.com
Alexander McQueen rabbit-lined wool coat, was 3,995, now 1,997. 50% off. Net-a-porter.com
Jaeger Black trench coat, was 760, now 380. Save 50%. Jaeger.co.uk
Giambattista Valli coat, was 1,935.00 Now 967. Save 50%. Matchesfashion.com
Trench with fur and leather trim, was 370, now 185. Save 50%. Thekooples.com
MaxMara wool and alpaca coat, was 870, now 522. Save 40%. Matchesfashion.com
Ifyou”re smart, you can shop for your autumn/winter wardrobe plus next summer too with just one or two savvy purchases. Think versatile pieces that can be accessorised various ways and you”ll get maximum cost per wear. Buy classics that won”t date to smarten up your wardrobe next yeartoo. At Reiss, one of the Duchess of Cambridge”s favoured stores, dresses are discounted by up to 50 per cent – some of them are more thanfit for a princess – while the best bargains are at DVF (another preferred DoC brand) where you”ll find over 60 per cent off certain pieces. Find it at matchesfashion.com.
TRY: Net-a-porter, Matchesfashion.com, brownsfashion.com, topshop.com, reissonline.com, johnlewis.com.
Ghost lace dress in midnight blue, was 120, now 84. Johnlewis.com
Lanvin black Cloque dress, was 1,450, now 699. 60% off. Harrods.com
Esther lace and grosgrain dress, was 225, now 112. Reissonline.com
Gucci printed silk crepe de chine dress, was 1,710, now 855. Save 50%. Net-a-porter.com
Diane von Furstenberg Pauletta dress, was 699, now 279. Save 60%. Matchesfashion.com
Diane von Furstenberg Berit dress, was 314, now 157. Save 50%. Matchesfashion.com
Vivienne Westwood gold label dress. Was 1,868, now 934. 50% off, matchesfashion.com
Suno floating bubbles tunic, Was 488, now 244. 50% off, matchesfashion.com
Topshop Unique striped dress, was 160, now 80. Topshop.com
There”s barely a month in the year where you won”t get some wear out of a good pair of boots. Choose wisely and these will last more than just one season too. Decent quality flat or low-heeled boots will never date and are a staple for work or weekend wardrobes. Choose riding boots for a classic, smart look, or biker detail for a more laidback approach.
Ankle boots are popular right now and according to the catwalks, they will be back in fashion next year too – so buy with a view to longevity.
TRY: Aldoshoes.com for Isabel Marant lookalike ankle boots in suede, Dune.co.uk for boots long and short that boast good quality leather and very up-to-the-minute styles for giveaway prices, net-a-porter for 50 per cent off big name designer brands like Louboutin, Burberry and Chlo, Marc Jacobs and McQueen, and even 40 per cent off Louboutins.
Deare boot (synthetic leather) was 80, now 38.49. Over 50% off. Aldoshoes.com
Tamsin D brown suede boot, was 81, now 135. 40% off. Dune.com
Chlo Tucson boots, Was 710, now 355. Save 50%. net-a-porter.com
Platforms, flat brogues, stilettos: almost anything goes when it comes to footwear this season. Sandals are well discounted at this time of year – get something you know will tie in with your summer wardrobe. Brogues are everywhere, with plenty of bargains to be had. And there”s always space in the wardrobe for classic black heels – they”ll just run and run.
TRY: Selfridges.com, brownsfashion.com, dune.com, aldoshoes.com, johnlewis.com, net-a-porter.com
Christian Louboutin Big Dorcet 120 suede pumps, was 635, now 381. Save 40%. Net-a-porter.com
KG by Kurt Geiger Bobbie stiletto in black and gold. Was 160, now 79. Selfridges.com
Gambas D mega wedge snake sandal, was 89, now 45. Almost 50% off. Dune.co.uk
Nicholas Kirkwood satin-covered felt lace-up shoes, were 495, now 250. Brownsfashion.com
Embellished sweaters, cashmere and merino that usually lie out of price range are suddenly affordable. Just be sure to protect fine natural fibres from voracious beasties like moths and carpet beetles to keep them looking pristine for next year. Christmas jumpers were all the rage this year, but for something with maximum wearability that still has character, go for embroidery, sequins, leather epaulettes or beading.
TRY: Donnaida.com, Topshop.com, Missselfridge.com, harrods.com
Markus Lupfer Liquid Sequin jumper in Forest, was 305, now 152.50. Donnaida.com
Gnome jumper, was 65, now 32.50, Cath Kidston.com
Love Moschino leopard print cardigan, was 390, now 229. 40% off. Harrods.com
Paul & Joe Varda Cardigan, was 280, now 139. Save 50%. Harrods.com
Now is the time to buy your high end handbags. Anyone who paid full price for the studded Louboutin clutch will be kicking themselves to see it at a full 50 per cent less at Brownsfashion.com. Mulberry”s bag of the season, the Carter, is heavily discounted too. The mini Carter camera bag, as sported by model Lily Donaldson at Glastonbury last year, is a way more reasonable 390 now, down from 650.
TRY: Brownsfashion.com, Mulberry.com, net-a-porter.com, matchesfashion.com,
Christian Louboutin Eden leather and stud clutch, was 995, now 500. Brownsfashion.com. Right,. Nina Ricci leather shoulder bag, was 880, now 440. Save 50%. Net-a-porter.com
Mini Carter camera bag in fox suede, was 650, now 390, 40% off, mulberry.com
Small Tillie corduroy shoulder bag, was 575, now 345, mulberry.com