Unless you are
a) mega rich thus not concerned with bargains or
b) some anti-consumption Che Guevara-fan (guilty), you are probably rejoicing over THE SALES! They are upon us! Most of us can't resist a good sale. But it can be tricky to resist impulse buys that will make you roll your eyes in a few months or even days. The Blonde Muse already did an EGGcelent post about how to succeed during the sales, I agree with every point she makes and usually do my best to adhere to all of those guidelines.
My favorite pointer in the list is her bit about having a wishlist. In my experience, you're far more likely to not buy tons of redundant crap if you set up a clear list of things you need/want, which means YOU'LL take an advantage of the sales rather than THEM taking advantage of you.
I for one am on the lookout for a list of specific pieces this time around. And I would be a crap writer if I'd just stop with that statement, so here is my list!
1. Airy summer dresses that don't look all obviously "cute, girly and/or romantic" (think ruffles, florals, spaghetti straps), much like most of the stuff I used to wear during the summer. I'm over that look right now, I much prefer either a bit of a funky edge or a very clean, classy, minimalist piece (something I might wear to work for example. WE AIN'T IN KANSAS ANYMORE TOTO). I'm thinking of interesting, elegant cuts, vibrant colors and unique prints.
PROTIP: go for loose or stretchy shorts. Supertight, non stretchy shorts suck.
3. Loose-fitting trousers. I mean I love skinnies as much as the next person. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I was one of the first people in Belgium to jump the skinny-denim bandwagon when the trend started blowing all of us out of our low-waisted, boot cut pants back in 2004. What can I say, I sniff out trends like a pig does with truffles (if that pig had read about the exact place and value of said truffles in various magazines). What I meant to say is that while I love skinnies (and I DO love 'em), sometimes (OK often) I yearn for a more relaxed look and feel. Lightweight fabrics in a solid statement color or a fun print, preferably not as flimsy as jersy or polyester. High waists are a plus! These look SO cool with crop tops.
Check my polyvore for the details on each of the pieces in my collages.
So! What are you going to pillage the piles of discarded high street crap for? Haha I'm such a party pooper :-D