Fashion insider Lila Flint-Roberts on how to finesse the January sales…
January is an odd month, isn’t it? Full of promise, and at the same time perhaps the most sombre time of the year. New Years Eve is over, and (as always) it was a little bit of a let down. You’re in a constant state of hangover anxiety, still in the midst of a self-induced food coma and to top it off, now you’re back at work. I enter the year, as I’m sure we all do, with naive optimism. Dry January, meat free January, no-spend January, slimming January… Nah, you’re alright. Not this year. My optimism is still present, but this year I will not be quantifying my happiness by my weight or physical appearance. Saying that, I have and always will take pride in my appearance. Therefore I will be making a few sale purchases, and thought I would share the best of them with you!
The only place animal print is going, for now, is into the sale. As soon as February hits, it will be back full force on the ‘New In’ pages, so take heed and purchase these straight leg leopard print jeans from Zara. They’ve been done by premium brands such as Paige and Saint Laurent, but we haven’t all got that budget. These are a perfect alternative and a bargain at £17.99. They will serve you throughout the coming Winter months with a jumper and hiking boots, and through to the Spring with a white tee and sliders. I hope they will anyway – I’ve just bought them.h
The Little Ganni Dress
Am I the only person consistently chasing the Ganni Girl/Scandi aesthetic? Their minimal effort and maximum style equation ALWAYS works. I sometimes feel like my attempts at Scandi-Cool translate as more Potato-Sack-Chic, but I reckon it’s all about confidence. If you think you look cool, you will probably emanate it (I think.) Anyway, this shirt dress is a modern, updated twist on the plain white shirt and rings through at £75 (50% off!). Wear it over jeans and brogues in the winter, and make it last through Spring by pairing it with a pair of cowboy boots.
The Cable Knit
£10 if you can pronounce this designer correct the first time: Baum Und Pferdgarten. Another Scandi brand, known for their flamboyant addition to the typically minimal Danish style scene. This baby pink mohair-blend knit compliments most complexions, and would be best suited with a slip skirt and trainers. And, at £98 (and 15% off your first order if you’re a new customer), your cost per wear is a no-brainer. If it’s particularly nippy, layer with a turtle neck (tres chic) or should I say, ‘meget smarte’? (I’m Sorry)
A simple silk blouse should be a staple in your wardrobe. Pop it alongside your collared cotton white shirt, and whip it out whenever you’re stuck for an outfit. Pencil skirt? Jeans? Trousers? Shorts? Add a white blouse. Pair with a beautiful pair of earrings, tuck into black kick flares and add a slingback heel. Whether it be a work outfit or a desk-to-dinner situation, this white blouse will become your go-to swiftly.
For those of you who aren’t aware of Uterque, here is a brief history: firstly, it’s another problematic-to-pronounce brand; secondly, it’s Zara’s younger and more expensive sister. Founded in 2008, the Inditex offspring has quickly gained impetus amongst press and bloggers. These heeled ballerinas are another purchase I will be making myself. Their geometric heel and square toe are reminiscent of a Yuul Yie or Rejina Pyo silhouette. They are super elegant, and can be paired with staples which you will already own. Look after these, and they will age well.
That’s my January five for you. Happy New Year, and enjoy any purchases which you may make!