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Dis-Count dracula

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I, of course, am signed up to receive many fashion alerts to make sure that I can benefit from some lovely, lovely discounts (it’s a way of pacifying my debit card “It’s ok, Visa, it’s not full price.”)

And recently, I can’t help but notice that a stack load of places are offering some natty online discounts – as it’s coming close to Christmas it doesn’t take a genius to work out why, but hey, I’m all for buying some little pre-Christmas presents for my wardrobe!

So I have taken these discounts and then found one item from each store that I would use the discount on:

New Look

Offer: 20% off with code NOVNL55

The magpie in me is loving the sequin trend hitting up the shops, and hey, we all need a spangley wee dress for a Christmas party, right? So I’ve chose this baby:

Don’t overdo this dress, the sequins and low back speak for themselves. A pair of opaque black tights and some black heels will make you look like you have legs up to *here*.

Fashion maths: Gold teardrop sequin dress: £39.99 – 20% = £31.99. Nice.

Peacocks

Offer: up to 20% off everything (no code required)

So Peacocks is not normally a shop I frequent, but with the uber-stylish Daisy and Pearl Lowe hitting the rails with their range, I have become better acquainted with the store. They are offering a lovely 20% off across most of their stock online. Huzzah. Here is a wicked checked shift:

A classic white shirt underneath and maybe even a beret (if you’re feeling a bit saucy) will set this off a treat. Avoid knee socks or you’ll look like a school girl!

Fashion maths: Checked shift dress: £25 – 20% = £20. Bargainous.

Warehouse

Offer: 20% off with the code 25WRAF

I am loving the studding and turn ups on these lovely jeans from Ware. And 20% off never goes astray in Warehouse.

Plonk on a pair of killer shoe boots and a band tee and you’re ready to rock some socks off.

Fashion maths: Studded turn up jeans: £60 – 20% discount = £48.

Oasis

Offer: 20% off with the code 20NOV2011

Lookie lookie at these awesome high waisted shorts from Oasis. Normally a shop I would go in for workwear, but as discussed in a previous post, SHORTS ARE NOT FOR WORK! But these checked high waisted lovelies are definitely for play:

Get comfy and cosy by teaming with a nice snuggly arran or cable knit jumper, a big wooly hat (bobble optional) and some thick tights. Snug as a very stylish bug in a lush rug.

Fashion maths: High waisted shorts with belt: £40 – 20% discount = £32. That is def keeping me warm.

So, they are my top tips, but there are these places also offering discounts are:

Gap – 30% off with the code GAPSAVE30
Dorothy Perkins – 30% off most of their range (no discount code required)
Wallis – up to 30% off online (no discount code required)
Accessorize – 25% off with the code ACCNOV25%AF
Ted Baker – 20% off with the code TED2IFJB7
Kurt Geiger – 25% off with the code WRAPUP

GET SHOPPING!

Pencil me in

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So, pencil skirts are a bit of a classic and a wardrobe staple, especially in black. After the swishiness of pleats and chiffon over the summer, they are having a bit of a moment as we come into autumn winter collections, which are a bit more about structure.

Also, a colleague asked me to find her a plum/purple skirt, but whilst we’re on it and there are so many beauties to choose from in so many great colours, I can’t help but add in a few of the others that I am loving.

Purple passion: Finding purple was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated! I found these two in New Look at £19.99 each, and this tube skirt from River Island at £20 (also in tres AW11 ochre.) For something a bit different (and if my friend is feeling a bit more flush) I also found this layered lovely from Coast for £78.

I have to say that my favourite is the second New Look skirt – you can’t see that well from the photo, but it has a slit on one side (v sexual), and is also availabe in black, red and jade. And it’s a bargain!

Best of the rest: There are squillions of pencil skirts teeming in all of the shops! Buy me, they shout, BUY ME! ASOS alone has over 30 styles to choose from. Phew! I’ve chosen the few that are making my eyes fat because they are so eye-candy-ful!

These are my faves from ASOS – the first two are the same style in different colours. I particularly love the cherry red – both a reasonably priced at £35. Be warned, this is a midi: it will shorten the legs of more petite girls. Avoid ankle straps, dolly bars or t-bars on your tootsies: it will shorten the leg further, no matter how tall you are. The third is a classic dogstooth, super chic, priced at £35. Although I loves a dogstooth, I’d be happier with parting with cash for this baby if it was a properly woven check, rather than a check print like it is.

I’ve also had my eye on this first Topshop number for a while – I particularly like the PU trim at the top. It gives waist definition without a belt. Nice. It comes in at £30 and is available in this turquoise colour, plus black, burgundy and mid-blue. I also spied this sweet lace number at £40 – go ladylike chic with a pussy-bow blouse and courts and you’re ready to rock and roll.

I am a big fan of independent labels, and I couldn’t possibly do a post about pencil skirts without a nod to the fabulous Vivien of Hollway, who specialise in retro 1950s style pieces. The Wiggle pencil skirt comes in classic black, navy and black satin, plus six, read it, SIX different tartan/checks. That happily ticks the heritage box! It’s priced at £35: you won’t see any of these babies in Primark, so you can stand out from the crowd for a reasonable price!

Enjoy the structured look…! x