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Sale steals...

I know I'm abit late on a January Sales post, as I've had these items for a few weeks, but I have finally invested in a proper camera and wanted to try it out with my latest additions to my wardrobe!

The perks of working in retail is that I often get to see what's going in the sale before it hits the shop floor, so if I'm quick enough this can often mean first dibs on items. Another benefit to retail is coming across hidden gems that may have been forgotten about in the stock room and missed, or if something hasn't sold, it gets further mark downs, which is when some of the best bargains are to be had!

How beautiful are these... 
On a Friday at work we sometimes get sent Topshop Sale shoes, I am a size 3 and we rarely get sent them, however a few Friday's ago my luck was in and I snapped up these beauties! (Thanks to Chloe... I will miss you!)  I'm a size 3, and these are a 4, but they fit well as they are closed at the back and have the ankle strap. I've been looking for the perfect nude/dusky pink shoe and think I've definitely found it with these!

I first bought this beautiful little Miss Selfridge beaded jacket in December with Christmas parties in mind, but I couldn't afford to keep it (at £55 it was a bit steep so close to Christmas) So I was thrilled when it went into the sale at half price! I absolutely love the intricate, delicate beading on this, I think it has a real vintage look to it. I plan to wear it back to front so the back is open with just the little hook and eye fastened. Every once in a while I buy something that I know I'll always keep in my wardrobe and this is definitely one of them. 

This little £5 Warehouse number is from last summer and I absolutely love it! The window pane mesh panelling is what drew me to this top as it is so unusual. This is the beauty of sales, if something gets forgotten in our stock room, like this top, then by the time we come across them and bring them onto the shop floor they will have gone right down! (Warehouse have brought this style out again, pretty much identical) Which can be found here...

This lovely leather Oasis bag was an absolute sale bargain, at £7 I knew it was a colour that would always fit in with my wardrobe, as I mainly have quite a monochrome/neutral colour palette to mine, so a pop of bold colour is never going to go amiss with an outfit! Plus the fact it is real leather also swayed me, as real leather is always an investment piece as it lasts much longer. 
Here is a link to the coral version of this bag which is also in the sale for £15. 

I have bought SO many things over the years simply because they are in the sale, as it's so easy to get caught up in sale frenzies, and have come to realise that savvy sale shopping is about buying and investing in things that you know you will wear time and time again, rather then just buying something to wear once simply because 'its in the sale.' (Unless I was looking for a certain item to complete a particular outfit!)

Apart from the mess and chaos, what's not to love about sales... you can get items that are great quality for less, from brands you may not normally be able to afford, which is definitely something I'm a fan of!

As much as I hate tidying the sales up at work, I do love having a nosey through them and picking up bargains such as this little lot!

And if you're not a fan of sale shopping, theres always online sales, from the comfort of your own home. (I may have indulged slightly in a Missguided sale spree today... but it would have been rude not too when they are sending emails out with an extra 40% off sale code...)

Sophie x

Warehouse Wish List...

I literally cannot get enough of Warehouse at the moment! 

And as I am the Warehouse Brand Specialist at Outfit, I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces we have in store and online now. 

I first began working for Warehouse when I was 16, in the middle of my GCSE'S at school. Never in a million years did I think I'd still be working for them 9 years later, but my love for the brand has grown so much over that time. (I have also undertaken a work placement within their design department, which was absolutely amazing, but I'll save that for another day!) I'm not sure if it's due to the fact I've got older, and my style has matured from been a teenager, or simply due to the fact that season after season Warehouse just seems to get better and better! 

Yes I love other high street brands, but there is something about Warehouse that sets them apart from the rest. I think its their clean, minimal approach to everyday dressing. Warehouse don't 'try hard' to keep up with the trends, yes they dip into them, but they also have an appeal to women of all ages, who aren't necessarily trying to be 'trendy' and are more looking for pieces that they can work into their wardrobe for years to come. 

In the 9 years I have worked for Warehouse (both in the solus store, and in Outfit) I have never seen a season quite as strong as this. Warehouse are ticking so many boxes right now. From simple mix and match jersey & denim basics, wear anywhere shirts and shirt dresses, to knitwear that can literally be worn whatever the weather and Warehouse always have such a diverse display of seasonal knits, ranging from soft, fine, barely there  to big fluffy, keep me snug as a bug knits!

As this time of year can be quite tricky with trans-seasonal dressing, brands have to have all areas covered, and Warehouse do this effortlessly. I have grouped together some of my favourite themes they are chanelling at the minute, and some of the favourite looks I'll be coveting this season! 

Hopefully these may inspire you, and if you're not a Warehouse shopper, I strongly advise having a little look around their website or local store, as I really feel you won't be disappointed.

Sophie x

Military, khaki and neutral colours are going to be big news this season, and Warehouse have hit the nail on the head with their 'Modern Utility' theme. Think army luxe, with bold separates. This look can be worked with denim and chunky knits, or chiffon and matt black accessories.

There is literally a shirt for every style and occasion in Warehouse at the minute, it was hard to pick my favourites, as I literally have so many! The shirt dress can be dressed up (as seen above) with chunky black boots, or dress it down with some relaxed denim and flats. Shirts are such a versatile piece, and can literally be worn all year round. 
At the minute I love to pair my shirts with a cropped jumper, but come Spring/Summer I'll be wearing them loose and open with some ripped denim. 

You can usually find a Breton stripe in high street stores all year round. However this season, Warehouse have pretty much got it covered whatever kind of stripe you're looking for. 
I absolutely love how versatile stripes are, for example, you could pair this leather look 60's inspired mini dress with a striped long sleeved top underneath for daytime cool, or pair the leather look pencil skirt with a slouchy basic jersey tee and chunky leather boots as shown above. 
Stripes adapt with each season, wether they feature on a knitted jumper, or a jersey dress, they are a go to basic that every capsule wardrobe should have! 

Lastly I thought I'd show you some of the beautiful images of the new Warehouse SS/15 Campaign.

© Sophie's Thredd

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