This week was really supposed to be all about my holiday, but then a little email arrived in my inbox that said simply "The Net A Porter Sale Is Here." Oops. Scrap all plans to hunt for dress for a wedding in September, and channel all energy into hunting down the best bargains. Sale gets a bad rap, generally. It's thought of as the time that girls mindlessly pour into shops and pick up a pink tutu for £50, because it was reduced from £500. Or at least I am sure that's what the majority of men think... It's actually a brilliant time to shop wisely - spending high street levels of money of better quality clothing.
grey racer back vest, T by Alexander Wang now £44 / woven espadrilles, J Crew now £30 / breton / stripe tee, J crew now £35 / aqua marine stripe tee, Kenzo now £54 / up all night tee, Zoe Karssen now £42 / monsieur tee, Zoe Karssen now £52 / good morning toyko sweater, Etoile by Isabel Marant now £105
So, here are my picks to show those men exactly the opposite. It can be a fantastic opportunity to pick up the basics you really need. Take fantastic basics brands like T by Alexander Wang, Splendid and Zoe Karssen - all up to 50% off on Net A Porter now... Lets start with a few obvious purchases; this grey racer back from T by Alexander Wang is a must, breton stripe tee (with cute little parrot detail) from J Crew, similar style from Kenzo (this gives me such nostalgia to a t shirt my mum had in the 80s) - and you can get your slogan tee fix with these "up all night" and "monsieur" tees from Zoe Karssen. Oh, and that Good Morning Toyko sweater that everyone went nuts about is also in the sale (weeeeeeeeee!) reduced to £105. Then you have little summer pieces you'll wear endlessly like these J Crew espadrilles, now half price.
bow tie heels, Carven now £231 / Cypress boots, Acne now £230 / lilac pumps, Gianvito Rossi now £209 / coral pumps, Sophia Webster now £171 / embellished flat sandals, J Crew now £120 / breton stripe satchel, Sophie Hulme now £238 / brown tote, Anya Hindmarch now £385 / jukebox bag, Charlotte Olympia now £162.50 / blue with studs, Alexander Wang now £438
Shoes wise there are a few pairs I can't believe have gone on sale as they're eternal fashion favourites; the Acne Cypress boot (any self respecting A lister has them), Carven bow tie heels and the J Crew "fugly" embellished sandals - these really are a bargain. Likewise anyone looking for a wedding outfit shoe should heavily consider these Gianvito Rossi and these Sophia Webster pumps. Similar with bags... it's not very often you see Charlotte Olympia's stuff so heavily reduced, not to mention the Alexander Wang Rocco everyone knows and loves. The Sophie Hulme options and Anya Hindmarch are pretty remarkable too...
So, if you're thinking about buying anything for any occasion this summer - do try the sales first. It's not all the stuff thats left over from the previous season - some places even buy in stock especially for saletime! Enjoy!