I had great intentions for last week, but sadly the lurgy got the better of me and I sniffed and coughed my way through the first week of January. So second week, here we go!

The sales are in full flow but be on your guard, avoid anything sparkly, even if it’s a steal, because by next Christmas you won’t like it! Look for what you need, probably basics, a great cashmere or classic trousers, or maybe a to-die-for jacket.
Last week, all my trousers felt tight and my smarter black trousers looked a little less than worthy so this is where I wanted to make the most of this discounting month.

BUYING ON-LINE CHECKLIST (to avoid annoying full returns, if you can help it)

Fabric – do you like the fabric mix, will it crease?

Washability – if it’s dry clean, are you happy with that?

Size – do you need to size up if the brand cuts smaller than others?

Length – a lot of trousers are cropped, have you got the ankle boots or loafers for spring that work?

Photos – take a snap shot of  just the clothes, and then digest what actually looks best. Compare each style alongside.

Although I love shopping to feel the fabrics and be assured of fit, sometimes a thoughtful on-line shop fits in the diary a little better. So loving the John Lewis website, I ordered 4 black trousers, hoping to keep one great pair, and was able to pick up from my local Waitrose the following day. Trousers are becoming looser, wider and drapier, so I was looking for something new.

I chose upper end high street brands to get the most out of the sale, and all arrived well made and in great condition. These tie waisted, gathered hem style from LK Bennett are in a floaty polyester, which I would normally avoid, but it suits the style and makes them machine washable, yay! I sized up.

A much heavier fabric in a wool blend that hides any dimples, but has to be dry-clean. The waist sits flat with a half belt and the hems are cuffed like a sleeve. Great for now and next winter with slim boots. I sized up.

A mid weight fabric from Gerard Darel, the poly/viscose/elastane is also dry-clean. Simple waist tab and turned up cuffs, the design is a simple solution trouser also fun with ankle boots or heels. I sized up.

A light weight from Jaeger in wool/elastane these trousers have a higher waist and easy pleats with back pocket detail. For Jaeger I sized down.

After comparing my not no perfect pins in the above I chose the LK Bennett pair, as not too smart for my work and also very comfortable (and washable too). The long ties can be wrapped around the waist to change the detail and I like the smart casual idea with ankle boots. Just need the right boots now!

My simple snap shots to help decide

Take time and research your buys to get the most out of the sales, not the cheapest, but the best for your own wardrobe needs.

Any sales questions, drop me a note.

K x