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Sales are a blessing and a curse. I’m sure you have been in some of the below scenarios as many times as I have:

Blessing: find something super awesome that you wanted for ages but you couldn’t afford full price.

Curse: find something super awful that you try on because it’s a ‘bit different’. Buy in a frenzy of ‘out-there-ness’. Put at back of closet and never look at it again.

Blessing: Try on something that you liked but hadn’t dared to try on before because it was out of your price range and you might really love it. It fits a treat, wear forever and a day.

Curse: Try something on in a size above/below your actual size because you really, really like it and are determined to have it. Convince yourself it sort of fits. Buy. Put at back of closet and every time you try it on, remind yourself of the money you wasted on it because it doesn’t fit.

Blessing: Find some great wardrobe staples from better quality labels at high street prices.

Curse: Buy something that is ‘on trend’ at the moment, but is a fad and the reason it’s in the sale is that no one will be wearing it in a month’s time. (Macrame and tie dye, I’m looking at you.)

So. I have hit the sales recently and in a valliant and conscious bid not to waste my hard-earned on any ‘cursed’ items, I think I’ve done rather well. (Gloat, gloat.) Here goes.

1. Safari shirt dress

Totally loved this safari dress from Oasis when I saw it, but tut-tut they are so naughty with their full-priced stuff sometimes – they definitely overcharge on most items I find. I’m a bit of a ‘lining-pedant’. If an item is over a certain amount of money and isn’t lined I refuse to buy it on principle.

This shirt dress (a freaking wardrobe classic) was originally £65 and WAS NOT LINED! I declined to buy, on the basis that it wasn’t worth the money. Imagine my delight at finding it in the sale for £27, which made me less bothered about the whole lining thing. That’s a bit more like it, isn’t it Oasis?

Verdict: Sometimes its worth holding out when you like something but it ain’t worth the RRP. (P.S. this has been reduced to £20 since.)

2. Leather handbag

I’ve needed a new handbag for a LONG time. My current one I bought about five years ago and I have used it pretty much every day since then, and it is hanging on by a thread! I trawled the online catacombs of John Lewis and happened upon several Radley bags I liked. Now, traditionally Radley had been the leather-based stomping ground of the conservative and slightly older lady, but they have brought me around with this Christa handbag. Full price: £169. Sale price: £84.50.

Verdict: Some bags on the high street cost this much full price and aren’t real leather. If I use it every day for the next 5 years, that’s a pays-per-wear figure of  5p. Investment.

3. Decent underscroggins

I need not tell you that when it comes to underwear you get what you pay for. But a good underwear set can cost you £40 right off the bat. By the time you’ve bought a black one, a lace one, a t-shirt one, a nude one you’ve spent £200 without even realising! That is why I will always invest time in searching the sales for underwear. T’is always a bit hit and miss – often you’ll find they have limited sizes left, or you’ll find the bra in your size but the bottoms in sizes 6 or 26 only. But it’s worth the metaphorical rummage to get good underscrogs for more reasonable prices.

I bought this funky animal print set from the Caprice lingerie range on ASOS. Whole set cost me £19. The original price of the bra alone was £24, so that is a full on bargain as I see it (the whole set full price would have cost £38)

Verdict: Worth spending some time to grab yourself a bargain – but getting good fitting underwear is important, so don’t be wooed by the saving, and only keep it if it fits your brits a treat.

So there you have it! Take my advice: brave the sales intelligently; grab some bargains; regain the respect of your bank manager.

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Sale of the century? Maybe not.

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Happy new year, fashion friends.

I am sorry, specsfiles has deserted you for quite some time now. This is mainly because most of my money has gone on buying Christmas presents and I’ve had even less than normal to buy clothings! (I know)

But I’m back, baby and ready to go. The sales this January, I have to admit, have been disappointing at best. It seems that as stores are making more and more mid-season drops to keep us on our toes, it also means that crud enters the sales rails and the little list of things-that-we-were-thinking-of-buying-but-didn’t-and-were-waiting-for-the-sales-for draws a total blank when you actually hit the shops.

Nonetheless I have hit the web instead, and managed to bag myself these little beauties, which are winging their way to me as we speak.

First up is this cute swing dress from Warehouse. I had my eye on this, but for £70 I didn’t think it was worth it at the time. But at a much more reasonable £25, I thought I’d give it a shot. I am lead to believe that pastels and sorbet shades are going to be big in Spring/Summer 2012, so get in there early.

Any top heavy girls would be advised to steer clear as the high neck and straight-cut will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down. Pears on the other hand would be advised to steer towards this dress as the high-neck and straight but will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down.

I went for a little potter around Topshop, just to see what was on offer (not much, it turns out) except I found a pink version of these French Sole pumps tucked away. I love French Sole, but refuse to pay the swear-word-enducing RRP for a pair, which can be anything from £95-£150!

These babies were £40 down from £95, which I think is most excellent. French Sole are well made, comfortable and made from real leather. Considering you’d pay the same for a pair of synthetic pumps from the likes of Oasis or Zara, I think it’s an investment. They also will look cool with my new dress!

Whilst we’re on shoes, I always think that sale time is the ideal time to buy boots. Back in the day when I were a lass, and bought my first pair of knee boots they were £50. Real leather and everything. Nowadays you’re lucky to get a cheap PU pair for that. Boots now are pretty much all £100 and up, even on the highstreet. So leap on the opportunity to buy a good pair of boots in the sale. They will last you for years. I have taken my own advice and purchased these lovelies from Dolce Vita, reduced from £155 to £62. Unfortunately they were massive on me, so I sent them back.

My other tip, and my last purchase, is to buy your brands in the sale. Department stores are ideal for this sort of thing, as they have lots of brands and tend to do decent discounts. I always buy a Wonderbra or two in the January sales (overshare? Not sure!). Elle MacPherson Intimates are very pretty too. I’ve bought a purple jobbie from Debenhams this year. Undies can be a difficult thing to buy online as lots of places won’t refund underwear bottoms for hygiene reasons. But if you’re lucky enough to be near a department store that does deliveries in store, then go for that. When you go to pick the parcel up, you can leave the bottoms with them whilst you try the bra on, and if it doesn’t fit you can get a refund straight away for the whole set as they know you haven’t tried the knickers on!

Anyway, there we have it! Happy sale shopping! x