Wee Birdy Guide to the Best Buys in the June 2013 Sales
It’s sales time and I’ve been scouring the web for the best designer (and high street) bargains for you. I’ve focused on timeless pieces – the kind of essentials that make a classic wardrobe. I often wait ’til sales time to purchase these kinds of pieces – and if I don’t need anything new, then that’s it – I don’t look at all!
It’s all too easy to get carried away by the lure of discounted items, and buying something for the sake of getting a bargain. And I reckon we’ve all got too much crap in our closets already. So for god’s sake don’t add to the chaos/potential landfill with purchases you don’t really need. Especially trend-driven purchases that date really quickly.
So I guess that’s why I put together this wee guide to the sales, cherry-picking what I consider to be really great, classic pieces that will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. But only if you really need them – agreed? For instance, I need a great pair of tapered black pants. Slightly cropped, almost capri style pants – the kind that Jean Seaberg paired with Breton stripes in Breathless. The thing is, it all comes down to cut and fit, and so far I haven’t had any luck. I’ve got my eye on these COS pants but unfortunately they don’t ship to Australia – yet. Come on, COS!
But if you are in the market for some spiffy new clobber, you better hop to it – things are selling out fast (I’ve already re-written my edit a few times). I’ll be updating this post with alternatives as items sell-out, so keep an eye on Wee Birdy over the next couple of days.
UPDATE: I’m now adding some cheaper high street alternatives into the mix.
1. The Liberty silk scarf
Blue Liberty House print small silk scarf, reduced to £66.50 (from £95) from Liberty. Or how about this gorgeous Erdem rose wave scarf, now US$139 (from $470) at Barneys Warehouse.
2. The sexy black heels
Saint Laurent metal-trimmed pointed leather pumps, reduced to £329 (from £470) from Net-a-porter. And check out these Narcisco Rodriguez two-tone pumps, now US$219 (from $795) at Barneys Warehouse.
3. The chic neutral pumps
3.1 Phillip Lim D’Orsay suede and textured-leather pumps, reduced to £212.50 (from £425 ) from Net-a-porter. These Duccio Venturi strappy pumps from Browns are also fabulous. After a super-cheap high street bargain? Check out these ASOS SIDNEY Pointed High Heels with Metal Toe Cap, reduced to AU$35.04 (from $78.84) at ASOS.
4. The black clutch
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute patent-leather and leather clutch, reduced to £201 (was £335) from Net-a-porter. For a bargainous high street alternative, check out this sleek black envelope clutch at ASOS, reduced to AU$17.52.
5. The classic cropped black pant
Miu Miu cropped stretch wool-gabardine pants, reduced to £147.50 (from £295) from Net-a-porter. Or try these pants. I also love these COS slim side zip trousers, reduced to £41.
6. The ultimate pencil skirt
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania stretch-cotton skirt, reduced to £138.60 (from £231) at Net-a-porter. Or try this or this. I love this wrap pencil skirt from Whistles, reduced to £60 (from £110). And if you’re after navy, check out this twill pencil skirt, down to US$45 (from $88) at Anthropologie.
7. The little black dress
Acne Adelle Tape open-back chiffon dress, reduced to £115 (from £230) at Net-a-porter. Also try this Acne denim and chiffon dress reduced to £145 at Browns. I also adore this super-chic Anja crepe dress, down to £85 (from £135) at Whistles. And this lovely Orla Kiely V-neck silk and cotton dress with box pleats is now £236 (from £338). Want something cheaper? How about this gathered detail dress at COS, reduced to £28.
3. The ballet flats
Bloch bow-embellished leather ballet flats, reduced to £62.50 (from £125) from Net-a-porter. Or try these ballet flats from Belle by Sigerson Morrison (reduced to AU$126). And you really can’t go past these simple, Audrey Hepburn-style ballet flats at Country Road for AU$52.46 (down from $69.95).
4. The bright mid-heel pumps
Lucy Choi London croc-textured Ruby pumps, reduced to AU$160 (from AU$230) from Matches. You can find more Lucy Choi shoes on sale here at Matches and here at MyWardrobe.com. And if you’re after a black mid-heel pump, look no further than these classic little beauties, down to £75 (from £125) at Whistles.
5. The casual summer frock
Emmy patch pocket dress, reduced to £45 at (from £95) at Whistles.And then there is this Antipodium Playpal dress, reduced to AU$154.03 (from $229.00) at Shopbop. Also loving this Chinti and Parker polka dot embroidered dress reduced to £110 from Browns. Then there is this ultra-cool COS silk and cotton dress, reduced to £40. And check out this gorgeous grey NW3 bow swing dress, as well as this very pretty cream NW3 Theodora dress, both reduced to £69 (from £139) from Hobbs. Want something cheaper? How about this super-sweet Warehouse fan-print frock for AU$42.05 (from $70.08) from ASOS? And if you’re a fan of Marimekko, check out this Marimekko Elaska Dress, reduced to AU$209 (from $299) at Funkis.
6. The tailored jacket
Antipodium Mandate Jacket, reduced to AU$239.15 (from $578.16) at ASOS. Or check out this incredible satin-trimmed blazer by Maison Martin Margiela. And check out this Orla Kiely print cotton blazer, now £222 (from £318). I’m also loving this sharp purple NW3 Indigo blazer, reduced to £84 (from £169) at Hobbs.
7. The DVF wrap dress
Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Two Dress, reduced to AU$327.35 (from AU$365) at Shopbop.
1. The black mini skirt
Helmut Lang Cocoon cotton-blend jersey mini skirt, reduced to £55 (from £110) from Net-a-porter.
2. The colourful sweater
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel cotton and cashmere-blend sweater, reduced to £162 (from £270) at Net-a-porter. Or try this. I also love this divine grey NW3 Birdie Intarsia sweater, reduced to £48 (from £69) at Hobbs. And then there is this scallop stitch pullover, down to US$49.95 (from $88) at Anthropologie. After something chic and cheap? How about this contrast cuff knit top, reduced to £23 at COS.
3. The sexy heels
Jimmy Choo Maya studded suede pumps, reduced to £486.50 (from £695) at Net-a-porter.
4. The messenger bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs washed up messenger bag in Flame, reduced to AU$238.80 (from AU$267.71) at Shopbop.
5. The throw-on-and-go summer frock
Acne Marnay pleated sateen dress, £140 (from £280) at Net-a-porter. Or check out this super-cool American Apparel low back black dress at ASOS, reduced to AU$38.54 (from $77.09). I’m also loving this Rare belted dress reduced to $35.04 at ASOS.
6. The ultra-flattering dressy frock
Roland Mouret blue albermarle tie-waist V-neck dress, reduced to £397.50 (from £795) at Liberty. Or there is this beautiful Gloria lace dress, down to £85 (from £145) at Whistles.
7. The simple shift dress
Weekend by MaxMara Randers dress, reduced to AU$100 (from AU$200) at Matches. Also loving this Orla Kieley organza shift dress reduced to £208.60 (from £298). And this Marimekko Pikubassi dress is reduced to AU$234 (from $335 at Funkis. COS printed shift dress, reduced to £81.