I love the January sales, it’s a throwback to my teenage self when I was gifted money from various far flung relatives to treat myself. So over the years I have honed the art of sale shopping, and figured out how to spend like a pro and make decisions which you won’t regret. My top tip for a boutique is to look online, screen shot what you like then ask the sales assistant to help you find it to try on. Saves being elbowed in the face (I’m only 5ft2) or missing what you really want as you can’t find it.
Hertford isn’t blessed with too many clothes shops but we do have a few boutiques which stock a great range and save you the bother of day tripping to London. The most established is the Hertford Women’s Society sat proudly on the corner of Old Cross and a beacon of possibilities when you’re sat at the traffic lights on St Andrew Street. I like to play a game with myself that I really hope the lights are red but I’m the second car so I can have a looksy in the window. At the moment the window screams ‘SALE, SALE, park your car and head inside’….this is my interpretation. But the sale banners are up so here are the Rock Up Frock Up fave buys for 2018:
First up I love trainers and wear them pretty much all the time, you can dress down anything which may seem too ostentatious for daytime but get your trainers right and you can dress up anything which is too daytime for evening. Ash high tops fit the bill, always on trend, super comfy and now at £89 from £149. High tops are great as you don’t have to worry about cold ankles or what socks your wearing for the school run. A good metallic high top works well with many of the longer pleated skirts around at the moment too. It’s a nice alternative to boots if you’re not a girl who wears Nikes outside of the gym:
Now if you’re sale savy you’re going to be investing in jeans . The January sales are a brilliant way to get an expensive brand at a fraction of the price. At the end of last year we saw the fashion girls of Instagram ditching the skinnies in favour of a boyfriend cut and if you’re a little unsure how to let go of your fave skinny jeans then these beauties are a great starting point. The embroidery makes them a little different and the more relaxed shape works well with both a chunky jumper, shown here or a little vest top come the summer months. I can also see these being dressed up with a simple blazer and heels. Jeans, Maison Scotch £89 from £154.95.
But if you’re going to spend wisely I try to buy a few going out clothes. I don’t like the stress of trying to find something to wear for a night out and frantically searching the high street a few days before, so sale shopping for me is about buying a few key timeless pieces which work well for both nights out and any smarter work days. This lace top fits the bill of a useful sale buy perfectly. Available in both grey and pink this is a wardrobe winner. Pop under your dungarees to add a feminine edge. Wear under a jumper with ¾ sleeves or wear on its own for a grunge rock chick edge, a look which is returning big time in 2018. At £19 it’s a steal, shown here with a pleated skirt from Yaya down to £35 and the most fabulous Second Female leather fringe skirt down to £55. I’m a little in love with this fringe skirt, how many years of nights out could you get out of this? Would also be perfect for festival chic over the summer months and wear with thick tights and a chunky jumper and head of to work with a vibe which is definitely saying you’re ready to rock up!
If you’re feeling a little more reserved my most worn purchase last year was a Gillet, under my leather jacket as spring approached and over my gym gear in the evenings after a class. This sporty beauty from Barbour would do the job nicely. £55 down from £89.99.
Last but not least Hudson boots are comfortable, fashionable and in the sale. I loved the navy velvet ones, now £85 but then pony ones add a little something different if you tend to wear all black and are currently priced at £89.
The Women’s Society sale is on now.
Jenny is a fashion loving mum of two, who hosts re-homing fashion and styling events in Hertfordshire. Follow her Instagram account and Facebook page @rockupfrockup for details of forthcoming events in 2018