There's nothing I love more than a good sale spree. Actually, I should probably have qualified that - there's nothing I love more than a good online sale spree. Being surrounded by a hundred other frenzied girls grabbing and pushing manically at a limited number of torn, stained, and crumpled garments is not my idea of a good time.
I am a huge follower of online shopping; for me it is the no-stress, no-hassle aspect that greatly appeals to me, in addition to the unlimited time limits - I am a notorious plodder, indecision and a strong desire not to make a mistake leads me to taking a long time over almost everything, and shopping is no exception. This is hard to accomplish in smaller boutiques and stores, with prowling staff and suspicious security guards. I can, and have, spent entire days compiling lists on asos and topshop.com - only to spend other days pruning them down to an acceptable length.
The asos sales tend to be an extremely good place to go to for a quick and cheap bargain, if you are prepared to spend your money on last-season items. As I am more concerned with style than fashion, looks than trends, this is perfect for me - and I suspect any other lover of clothes.
Having said that, here is my final list of purchases. I am at this moment waiting for them to arrive - and hopefully their delivery system will prove a little more efficient this time than it did previously - (item just never arrived, had to arrange a re-delivery for the following day) although having said that, I have been ordering from Asos for years and that was the very first time I'd ever had a problem.
To be fair, not all of it was in the sale - the accessories weren't, but they were just so cute I felt I had to have them - I've been looking for a pair of tortoiseshell retro specks since just about the trend began; they're a little less obvious choice for someone wanting that look.
I loved almost all of Warehouse's S/S collection; this lace dress was, for me, the perfect option - I loved how, in typical Warehouse style, it wasn't too girly, despite the femininity of the lace and colour. I'm dying to style it with a leather jacket and flat, stompy leather boots (I'm thinking with the laces undone...) - although at some point I want to see if I can do something a little more unpredictable than the classic pretty dress/leather jacket combination.
These shorts were another thing I'd had my eye on for a long time. Again by Warehouse, they're everything I love for summer (any summer, not just this one...): "busy", floaty, and high-waisted. Because of the darker colour palette it might be possible to keep these going further into Autumn than you might think for some shorts....I can see myself rocking them with three inches of snow on the ground (leggings, faux furs and capes essential, naturally).
This Asos blazer was an impulse buy that I'm not really sure about now - it's altogether a little too 'safe' for me, and in a lighter shade than I tend to feel comfortable with, especially in relation to outwear. If you look closely though (it might not be visible on the small blog image), you'll notice there are faint white stripes all over it - it's a little quirk that might save it from being too 'safe'. And being a linen-cotton mix, it should feel nice on at least. It reminded me of a particular topshop AW blazer, also linen - although at £60 vastly more expensive than this discounted number.
I had to get some knee-highs. As soon as I heard knee-high socks were back in fashion, I did a mental whoop and retarded little dance - I have loved knee-highs ever since I stopped wearing them to school. They're warm, practical, comfortable, and a well-needed breath of fresh air. It's wonderful to see so many different trends come back after a too-long stint in the "has-been" closet - shoulder pads (very briefly, it has to be admitted, but in this modern age would you really want to have more than a brief flirtation with power dressing?), jumpsuits/playsuits, demin dresses, clogs...very nice. I suspect we'll all be sick of socks by the time March comes around, but right now they are hot, hot, hot! I picked khaki because I imagine them to be more interesting than depressing black, and more wearable than tricky gray, although I imagine that by Christmas I will have assembled a collection in all shades of the rainbow.
Who doesn't need a good autumn scarf? I love the texture of crochet, and cream is one of my favourite shades. Good for adding a quirky femininity to an "edgy", "hard" outfit.
I've lusted after this Allsaints t-shirt dress ever since it was first uploaded on the website - fortunately now I have managed to bag it at a hugely discounted price, far less than I was initially prepared to pay. It's typically macabre (typically Allsaints, in other words), but it's not over-the-top like so many of their designs. I can't wait to get my hands on this - I would love to pair it with something typical and safe like light blue jeggings and Uggs and a waterfall cardi in dove grey, and let the T-Shirt do all the talking.
Finally, these tights were incredibly expensive considering they are only Asos, but I saw them and swooned. I think the best way to wear them would be as depicted, with innocent ballet pumps and a simple black skirt - might look too suggestive with heels. However, we'll have to see, I'm sure I'll find some way of dressing them up to their full quirky potential.
So, that's all my Asos sale shopping for this year...I'm going to go and make lemony mashed potatoes now and dream of January.