Top summer sale picksThe summer sales are in full swing, but it can be tricky to know what to purchase. Great reductions can often lead to impulse purchases, which might seem fantastic at the time, but are you really going to wear those lime green trousers or too short-shorts once the thrill of bagging a bargain has worn off? All too often, we are left with clothes hanging in our wardrobes with the tags still on, destined to be given away to friends or end up in the charity shop, and a whole wardrobe filled to bursting with clothes, but of course, nothing to wear! If this is you, fret not! We've picked out some key styles that will work well with all the things you have in your current wardrobe, add a bit of a fresh fashion update to your favourite looks, will last longer than a season and are a bargain to boot!
Top row L-R: Bardot dress was £99, now £75, Hobbs. Jumpsuit was £42, now £20, Topshop. Ruffle top, was £28, now £12, River Island
Bardot dresses show no sign of going away and this beautiful French blue version from Hobbs is a buy now, wear all summer long kind of wardrobe saviour. Dress it up or down, take it on holiday or to the beach, it'll be a piece you'll reach for again and again.
A summer jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress and this lightweight number from Topshop, with slouchy batwing sleeves and softly pleated fabric, is a double trend ticker: the perfect shade of forties blue, set to be a huge trend for autumn, as well as nodding to the 80's with its body skimming cut (another trend to watch out for.) Get streets ahead for just £20!
Ruffles are another trend that keep on going, and a simple poplin top is the perfect way to try the trend if you're not sure of it. Pair this simple blouse with slim denim jeans for a chic and elegant way to get ruffled.
Second row L-R: Shirt was £29.99 now £10.99 H&M. Folk blouse was £32 now £20 Topshop. Jeans were £24.99, now £11, New Look
Corseting has been all over the catwalks and this trend is filtering down to the high street, with lots of corset belts and bustier tops designed to be worn over shirts hitting the shops. This white shirt from H&M is a wardrobe staple with a twist provided by the lace up detail which turns it from functional to fashionable!
Embroidery and folk influences are still hot stuff and this Topshop blouse is a perfect downtime piece. The monochrome colourway means it won't date, and the gentle puff sleeves will bring a touch of femininity to any look.
Shopping for jeans can be tricky, but New Look have come out on top with this 70s inspired, cropped kick flare style. Pair with a suede jacket in chillier weather or wear now with a cotton bardot top and lace up sandals - they are a must have!
Third row: Red trousers, were £38 now £17, River Island. Gingham wrap dress was £24, now £16. Dune fluffy sliders, were £90, now £45.
Invest in the colour of the season ahead for a snip with these River Island trousers. The ruffled hems nods toward another key trend, and they are surprisingly werarable - pair with a white t shirt and block heels for a laid back look.
Gingham is the print of the summer, as Bristol Fashion Week SS17 cleverly predicted back in April! This lovely wrap dress from New Look demonstrates how to take the print into autumn - a tighter check is fresher and this wrap style dress would look great worn over slim trousers or skinny jeans.
Sale shopping should be fun, and so of course we had to include a party purchase....we love these fluffy slides by Dune. At £45 they aren't cheap, but they are half price, and they will look fabulous with jeans, shorts, skirts....and they're so fluffy!
Fourth row: Mules were £52 now £36, Office. Scarf was £49 now £24, Jigsaw. Denim dress was £46 now £25, Warehouse.
A slightly more practical footwear choice comes courtesy of these mules from Office. Wear to work, wear to dinner, wear to brunch - the block heel and neutral colour makes these a classic. We'll take them!
Update your favourite summer looks with a splash of colour via an accessory. Perfect to lift neutral shades or to add a bit of zing to your favourite denims, this cream scarf from Jigsaw pops with a neon orange tassel trim. Ideal to stash in your holiday bag, this would make a perfect evening wrap.
Finally, a denim shirt dress is a versatile addition to any wardrobe and this one from Warehouse comes in the perfect shade of blue. Team with a tan sandal and straw hat now for pure summer holiday vibes, and work it in the autumn too with an ankle boot and chunky scarf. Definite wardrobe winner!
Products and prices correct at the time of going to press.