Shop next season now

There is nothing more satisfying than that much coveted fashion item brought for a fraction of its original price (for me it was an LK Bennett Eunice wool jacket reduced by a purse-friendly 70%!!) and according to BBC News a record number of shoppers are hitting the post-Christmas sales, and I can see why.

Thanks to our pre-Christmas belt tightening stores are left with stock that needs shifting (make way, Spring Summer 2013 is well and truly on its way) and as a result the bargains are better than ever.

But do the sales really save us money or do we splurge on things we’d never normally buy just because it’s half off? If you’re me, the answer to that question is clearly ‘yes’; I have zero self-control and get ridiculously excited at sale time, not to mention the start of each new season.

But if you’re a savvy shopper and have a list of items that you genuinely need then sale shopping, especially now, offers some amazing value. To help you stay one step ahead of the pack, here is an overview of key Spring Summer 2013 trends and some [subsequent] key items to look out for in the post-Christmas sales.

Spring Summer 2013

  • Pastel pretty; colour palettes were once again awash with soft sugary pastels
  • No sweet tooth? Then neon, lego colours and hot white were also on offer
  • The swinging sixties was the decade that underpinned the shows and stylish monochrome and graphic prints could be seen up and down the runways
  • Tales of the orient; prints and embroidery, opulence and exoticism
  • Cropped proportions such as jackets and trousers, but for added cool, wear them as part of a layered outfit
  • Trainers added as an accent to high fashion look; now you can be stylish AND comfortable

Key items to keep/sale shop from Autumn Winter 2012

  • Bomber and biker jackets
  • Cropped trousers
  • Floral and big bloom prints
  • Mesh and sheer fabrics
  • Iridescence; think metallic, shine and sequins
  • Lady-like fitted jackets and pencil skirts
  • Volume; consider sleeve proportions, accentuated hips, huge cape shapes and swatches of fabric
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