9 Sale Buys to Smarten up Your Wardrobe

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There’s a certain magic in the air when Black Friday rolls around. It brings a mix of feelings, from excitement as you await the announcement of discounts on your favourite brands, relief at the chance to afford a previously out-of-your-reach item, to an overwhelming urge to splurge. But these intense feelings could cloud your judgement and potentially lead to poor decision-making. Because let’s be honest, sales are also a time when you’re more likely to purchase things you’ll never wear. 

If you’re wondering how to make the most of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, consider this simple rule: Buy the pieces you’ve not only had your eye on all year, but the bits you know will fit into your wardrobe with ease, elevate your existing pieces, and contribute to your long-term style. Now, keep that mindset as we bring you our edit of the key pieces to shop during sale season and the essentials to look out for every year. 

9 Sale Buys You Won’t Regret

The objective of smart sale shopping is to get quality at a discounted rate – luxury for less. In other words, forget the trends and hone in on the staples that never go out of style. Here are 9 products to have on your radar during the two biggest shopping events of the year. 

A sophisticated blazer

A blazer means business. It is a major contender in the smart casual dress code, immediately fixing an overly-relaxed look. Get one made to last and you can wear it with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to trousers and a sharp shirt. 

A dress shirt

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s as good a time as any to upgrade your smart shirts. A dress shirt doesn’t have to be something so formal you’ll only wear it once. There are plenty of options that fall into the smart casual category that will spruce up your look, whatever the occasion.

A relaxed shirt

Casual days call for comfort, but you can still do your park walk, coffee date or gallery visit in a great shirt. Think a cotton Oxford button-down or a flannel shirt with your favourite pair of blue jeans. An everyday shirt will also lend itself to your layering efforts, pairing with overshirts, knitwear and blazers.

A sharp suit

Everyone needs a strong suit they can rely on in times of need (like a last-minute dinner date or an unexpected work event). But if special occasions leave you considering your existing suit as a last resort, it’s probably time to upgrade. As a two-piece (plus a shirt, tie and shoes), suiting can quickly rack up a hefty bill. That makes the sale a good time to treat yourself to a luxe set for less.

A quality knit

If your wardrobe is lacking in the knitwear department, the sale is a good chance to get yourself some quality wool pieces. From crew necks to roll necks, there’s a perfect style to see you through sweater season. And with the right fabric content, you’ll be digging out the same knits year after year.

Winter boots

How many times have you wished you had a trusty pair of boots when winter comes along? Faced with rain, wind and snow, there’s no greater luxury than warm, dry feet. 

Dress shoes

Don’t let your footwear let your outfit down. To coincide with the blazers, dress shirts and suit jackets, it takes a smart pair of shoes to really finalise that polished look. If you don’t dress up or attend more formal events very often, sale time can be the perfect opportunity to get a pair in the bag for when they do crop up. 

A good-fitting pair of jeans

Jeans come in all shapes and sizes, and often, it’s tough to find a pair that ticks all the boxes – the perfect waist, length and overall fit. When a pair of jeans don’t fit right, they either kill your look or end up lost and forgotten about. On the other hand, you might have a pair that were great once, but the poor quality left them unwearable after a few washes. With denim, it’s always best to invest in quality. That way they will last and maintain a good fit for years. 

A proper warm coat

Forget flimsy outerwear and shivering in the cold. A coat that keeps you warm is arguably the biggest, most worthwhile investment you can make. We recommend shopping for something sensible but stylish – a balanced mix of function and fit that you’ll wear with everything. And of course, it always helps to have a couple of options, for instance, a longline overcoat and a short puffer coat, that are suitable for a multitude of cold-weather looks. 

Ready to give your wardrobe an upgrade? Shop the full Black Friday sale now.

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