When navigating the wet and busy January sales, it’s dreaming of summertime that will get you through the experience.
Which is why my advice would be ditch the quest for heavy knits and coats (unless you come across something fabulously cut-price and perennial, like a Burberry trench or a Max-Mara camel coat), and instead plump for pieces that will set you up for spring summer 12 – it will be here before you know it.
To get ahead, purchase pastel shades, metallic finishes and with 2012 being an Olympic year make sure you invest in a bit of sports-luxe along the way. Head-to-toe prints are bursting with colour for spring summer 12, and from tropical and floral to baroque variations, prints are important on both tops and trousers.
When it comes to evening dressing, a touch of peek-a-boo sheer or lace will go a long way, and on the footwear front, clear plastic detailing or iridescent finishes will keep you on-trend well into summer. The Isabel Marant Bekett wedge trainer came into favour this year but will be huge for spring summer 12, making it a must-have sale buy.
However, if you are set on purchasing pieces to pack away until next autumn, then take a punt on this season’s leather panelling still being around. Keep your eyes peeled for autumn winter 11’s I.T coats from Zara and 3.1 Phillip Lim in the sales.
The high street backed knitwear in a big way this autumn winter and much of it (including those revived roll-necks) will go into markdown. So look out for the best of the bunch from Topshop and Cos and don’t neglect Marks and Spencer’s cashmere crew necks – a good piece of knitwear will always transcend trend.