I’ve always loved celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, but it appears that nowadays the build-up to Christmas is getting longer and Christmas itself is getting much shorter.
Our family tradition since we were young has always been to shop the sales on Oxford Street on Boxing Day (my Dad would usually take us, while mum recovered from all the cooking on Christmas Day) and my sisters and I have managed variations on this annual shopping trip as we’ve got older.
This year, I shopped online, but the approach to the sales has always been the same.
Essentially, I try not to shop for clothes in the week running up to Christmas – they’ll just go in the sale a few days later and then I’ll be rather annoyed. So I avoid.
I try to stick to investment pieces in the Boxing Day sale. If I’m buying high street, I ask myself, ‘if I didn’t buy it full priced, do I really want it in the sale or do I want it just because its 50% off???’. This way I hopefully won’t end up with a wardrobe full of nonsense.
Lastly, I think about whether or not I will wear the things I’m about to buy next season. If it’s a yes, in the shopping basket it goes 😉
Happy shopping Guys.
John Lewis up to 50% off in their Clearance
Next 50% off from Boxing Day
Harrods up to 50% off across clothing, shoes and beauty
Aspinal of London up to 50% off
Amazon reductions across the site
Debenhams up to 60% off across the site
Sooooo…January is around the corner. Get ready to be inundated with different workout DVDs, downloadable weight-loss plans, meal-prep plans, you will be encouraged to signing up to gym memberships and lycra clad individuals will be springing up everywhere on your Instagram feed (I’ll probably be one of them, apologies in advance).
Either way, if you’re about to start working out, or just want to treat yourself to some new stuff to carry on working out, you can grab yourself some lovely things in the Boxing Day sales:
2. Shoes, of course
I don’t suppose you need reminding that a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes. And sticking with my rules of buying investment pieces, the Boxing Day Sales is a great time to be snapping up designer shoes at a reduced price.
If you’re like me and want to wear what you’ve bought now, then go for boots and strappy sandals – for New Year’s Eve celebrations of course!
The shoes to look out for:
shoes with PVC panels;
Boots (knee-high, slouchy, cowboy, block heel and in different print/colours);
Kitten heels (trust me);
mules (perfect for Spring/Summer ’19); and
anything embellished (bows, bejewelled, pom-poms, all of the above)
Handbags need no introduction. Et voila:
4. Stuff for your Summer Holiday
Shopping for things like luggage, sunglasses are a given, we tend to do this just as the weather gets warmer or before we go on holiday. But if you know you’re going, you should keep your eyes open for thins you know you will wear or take on holiday later in the year.
My beloved Travel wallet from Aspinal of London, is also on sale in certain colour ways and this is such a fantastic investment piece, you’ll use it forever and its such grown up piece.
You may need to hunt around for these on Boxing Day and they may also go in the sale later on in January, but the sales is the perfect time to purchase pyjamas because they are typically Winter stock that will disappear like coats and knitwear come February.
You may or may not have seen on my Instagram Stories that I received a pair of Olivia von Halle pyjamas as one of my Christmas gifts from the Hubs and I am over the moon with them – I’ve wanted a pair for such a long time.
These are likely to sell out before they go in the sale (my size is already sold out, I wear a size 2 fyi as I like them loose fitting). But you can check out The Outnet for reduced OvH and other designer pyjamas, but most will be added to the sale later on in January and this is the best time to buy them.
Enjoy the rest of the festive period!