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How to shop the Summer Sales. I’ve scrolled so you don’t have to.

The Summer sales have started which means you need to hit the shops. Hard. Am I right? Actually, no. Rather than all that exhausting pavement pounding, use my guide to the highstreet retailers that have started up to 50% off clearance to refine your online fashion shopping list.

A few other hints. It goes without saying there are bikinis discounted everywhere,  but remember as well as holiday shopping consider buying ‘out of season.’ That means picking up wintery bits now while they’re cheap so you don’t end up splurging when the new season stuff drops in a few weeks. Furthermore, don’t go for anything that could be described as trend-led because chances are you won’t like it for long. Instead, look for long-lasting staples like long sleeved tops and dresses, plain blouses, pencil skirts, boots and structured bags. Then grab something super trendy for a hit of instantly wearable gratification (scroll down to see the shiny little number I couldn’t resist buying while writing this).

Zara

Best for: Light weight jackets, minimalist and floral dress, A line skirts, print trousers, floaty tops and blouses, structured leather bags.

Top pick: The Studio dress, £39.99 (was £79.99), a black zip-back tunic dress that works now with flat sandals and in winter with opaque tights.
zara black studio dress tunic high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion

Urban Outfitters

Best for: Floral gypsy dresses, blouses and shirts, sweatshirts, swimsuits.
Top pick: House of Holland tropical clouds dress, £55 (was £110), a super bright oversized Tshirt dress.
house of holland dress urban outfitters high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion

H&M

Best for: Basic tops, denim, underwear, slogan tops, jersey dresses, textured skirts, LBDs.
Top pick: The gold metallic pleated skirt, £15 (was £29.99) namechecks three trends in one.
h&m gold metallic pleat midi skirt high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion

John Lewis

Best for: Boxy tees, sleeveless blouses, midi and maxi skirts, shift dresses, knitwear, branded handbags, shopper bags.
Top pick: Windsmoor lunar print drape top, £25 (was £69), a loose abstract print top that will pair perfectly with a black blazer for work.
john lewis windsmoor lunar print top tshirt high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion

Dorothy Perkins

Best for: Knee-length skirts, jumpers, skater, shift and Bardot dresses.
Top pick: The Waffle pencil dress, £12 (was £20), a pink dress that will transition nicely from summer to autumn.
dorothy perkins pink waffle dress high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion

Topshop

Best for: Block colour skirts, casual/workwear dresses, party dresses, crop tops, strappy heels, bras.
Top pick: The Mermaid sequin slip dress, £35 (was £75), a gorgeously glitzy party dress fit for an epic night out.
topshop green mermaid sequin slip dress high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion
And this Metallic spot shift dress is the shiny baby I picked up. I originally saw it in the window of the Oxford Circus flagship, part of the prom collection, a couple of months ago. It made my heart leap but the £68 price tag also made me grimace, which is why I snapped it up when I saw it in the sale for £30. Let’s hope when I pick it up on Friday it lives up to expectation.
topshop metallic spot shift dress high street sales summer sales clearance june july 2014 best of the sales best of clearance fashion
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One comment on “How to shop the Summer Sales. I’ve scrolled so you don’t have to.

  1. annawilliamson117
    June 26, 2014

    Love the mermaid dress!

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