What to buy and what to avoid like a Spencer Matthews chat-up line in the spring/summer sales? I recently read an interesting article on ethical fashion in which sustainability campaigner Livia Firth offered up her advice on our shopping habits; each time you make a purchase ask yourself if you are going to wear the garment 30 times, and if the answers no, put it back. Sound advice to help us all shop with a conscience. So here’s my sales edit with sustainability in mind – timeless investments that you will wear forever. The Breton stripe is a great starting point and J.Crew have several interpretations in sale. Clarks sandals are my summer go-tos, they’re so comfortable you will wear and wear them and these sporty white sandals are on trend, too. Elsewhere investigate The Finery sale which is full of smart tran-seasonal buys like the Danbury lace shift dress that will look great layered over a polo neck once the temperature drops. A great white tee or a transformative piece of costume jewellery is a great buy, too.
1st column top - bottom: Jennifer leather tote, Jaeger,
£99 £75. Topshop Unique cropped knitted sweater, £60 £30. Metallic sandals, Cos, £135 £94. Raey cotton jersey t-shirt, Matchesfashion.com, £65 £45.
2nd column top - bottom: Lace-up sailor tee, J.Crew,
£68 £47. Netrix Rose white leather sandals, Clarks, £50 £25. Stacking rings, Astley Clarke, from £30. Danbury lace shift dress, Finery, £75 £49.
3rd column top - bottom: Sheer lips in Play with Fire, Topshop,
£8 £3. Bamboo print silk trousers, Whistles, £170 £85. J.Crew tassel earrings, Net-a-porter.com, £60 £30.