Get Shopping: My Top Summer Sale Selections

Summer Sale Picks Net A Porter Lover Lace Skirt Carven Skirt StyleOnTheCouch

Summer sale picks Alexander Wang and Dorothy Perkins StyleOntheCouch

Summer Sale Picks Carven Paris Print Dress and Pour La Victoire Shoes StyleOnTheCouch

Summer sale picks reissI spent a remarkable amount of time browsing summer sales this weekend, Blog Reader.  Whilst I may mostly have been dreaming (or should I say, drooling) of that special piece from Erdem or Peter Pilotto to take with me on honeymoon later this year, I did remember that summer sales are an excellent time to make investments on show stopping or classic pieces that will carry you into the fashion future and never get ‘old’.

First things first though, a little summer sales advice (especially of the online variety).

1. Make a plan – If you haven’t got many special events on this year, nor does your wardrobe resemble that of Daphne Guinness, that spectacular dress or gown might be a waste of your hard earned cash. Repeat this mantra several times just so you get it, Blog Reader. Decide what you want to invest in at a bargain price and stick with it.

2. Buy double – if you really haven’t found that perfect pair of slim fit black trousers and you stumble across the perfect pair in the sale, you may want to think about buying too. Some great bargains don’t often come round again…

3. Remember your body type and style aesthetic – summer sales (or any sales for that matter) are not times to experiment with fashion.  Stick to what you know and what you know works for you. That McQueen jumpsuit, whilst an absolute bargain, may not reaaaally be your thing.

So. Without further ado, some of my favourite sales on presently:

Net a Porter

Dorothy Perkins


Lover The Label

My Wardrobe


Here I am presenting some of my top sale ‘picks’ for you.  I hope you like them, BlogReader.  Also, if you have any sales suggestions or top picks of your own, let me know!

My top sale picks, images top to bottom, left image then right image: Lover Rosebud Lace Miniskirt and Carven Flare Stretch Cotton Miniskirt both from Net a Porter; Alexander Wang Dress and Dorothy Perkins White Skater Dress; Pour La Victoire Pumps from The Outnet and Carven Paris Print Cotton Dress from My Wardrobe (as seen here on The Cherry Blossom Girl); Reiss Hestia Dress (seen on my blog here) and Maddy Electric Blue Jacket (a sure win to carry you into AW13).

In With The New (Dress, obviously – you know me…)

With a reason to get dressed up and plenty of time to reflect, New Year’s Eve combines my passion for psychology and fashion perfectly.  I have a very short wish list of resolutions for 2012: to travel to Montana and play cowgirl this summer (I knew I should have bought that Stetson in Texas), learn to make macarons and make at least two trips back to Europe (because Europe, I miss you so…).

My outfit for New Year’s Eve is from All Saints.  All Saints recently brought out a collection of Premium dresses that are so wonderfully constructed and dramatic in style they drew me in like a moth to a flame.  This Appeley gown is styled around the parachute theme that typifies many of All Saints’ dresses.  Rope fabric has been twisted to create three-dimensional seams on the dress. These seams are placed strategically to create a uber flattering silhouette – curving around the body and flowing down into the full skirt.

There are five dresses in the All Saints premium collection – others are Heather, Sumi Cora, Allegra and the Silk Parachute dress.  Appeley remains my favourite, but I’ve love to know what you think of the collection, Blog Reader.

Photo credits: Lydia Hudgens.

I wanted to give a brief round-up of my favourite places to shop for dresses in the winter sales here – for any of you searching for bargains this January.  First of all Farfetch, an online site that brings together some fabulous boutiques from across the world, has a great sale on now with many designer dresses at discount (top tips – this sleeveless Alexander Wang dress and the Ardwick dress from Rag & Bone).  Also Black White Denim, a wonderful UK boutique (top tip – this cut out dress by Carven). Finally Opening Ceremony, whose SoHo store I often visit for style inspiration in NYC (top pick – the Rachel Comey Candela Dahia dress).

Happy New Year, Blog Reader!! (But now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty – what did you wear??)