Roll up your sleeves, people. Three weeks after the sales began, you may be forgiven for thinking that all the best buys are gone, snapped up by those who had the foresight (and energy) to queue outside their local branch of Next the moment Boxing Day struck. However, in a fortunate turn of events, being slow to the uptake could swing heavily in your favour when it comes to bagging a bargain. You see, if you have the patience to wait it out, you may find that the teddy jacket you rather liked the look of back in October has slipped from 10% off, beyond 30% and is currently an enticing 70% off the original price. Luxey retailers such as Net-A-Porter, Whistles and Kitri are doing just this with final mark-downs on classic and statement pieces, such as big-ticket items like JW Anderson’s cross-body bag which is currently 50% off or this sleek Ganni blazer which you can currently save £69 on. The high street, too, is just now hitting peak bargain with Warehouse, Topshop, John Lewis, Mint Velvet and Boden all offering huge discounts on items like this silky chocolate slip skirt (now half price) and Warehouse’s cosy wool jumper (now £21 off). Far from tattered dregs, there are some thoroughly decent offerings that are ripe for the picking. You just need to know where to go.
5 OF THE BEST SALE BUYS TO ADD TO BASKET
THE FANCY EARRINGS
These look a little bit like something you'd find in Missoma or Monica Vinader – luxe, classic jewellery with a modern twist – you'd never know that they were John Lewis & Partners, and on sale for just £22.50.
THE FOREVER COAT
If you fancy a change from a leather jacket, you can't go wrong with a faux fur aviator jacket like this one from Warehouse. These don't date and look wonderfully cosy slung over a jumper and jeans or smartened up with a pretty dress and ankle boots.
THE INVESTMENT BOOTS
You can now pick up these silver chelsea boots from Coach for half the price. They may still be an investment buy, but if you tend to stick to darks and neutrals, they're a great way to break up the colour. And, just imagine how fantastic they'd look paired with a pair of black skinny jeans and a black crew neck jumper. Yum.
THE THROW-ON MIDI DRESS
Q: How can you make the least amount of effort in the morning and still look cracking? A: Boden's selection of throw-on printed midi dresses. They're a one-stop outfit shop (well two-stops when you count shoes) and there's a massive selection to choose from, like this pretty cosmic number.
THE DESIGNER JEANS
You will never feel more smug than when you realise you're still wearing the foolproof designer jeans you bought in the sales six years ago. The only thing better than a sensible purchase, is one that looks and feels fantastic, and only gets better with age. Enter Isabel Marant's straight-cut jeans, which are currently 50% off.