Miss Thrifty: Savvy sales shopping for dresses
The new year is suddenly upon us and the sales are still in full swing. Being addicted as I am to picking up a bargain, I headed online to see what was out there.
Despite the current cold snap, I've managed to find myself basking in the warm glow of the January dress sales. I found everything from a discount Alexander McQueen dress to a perfectly symmetrical 80's power smock for a bargain €20 and, if I do say so myself, I'm quite impressed with the results.
Here's my selection of the best dresses from the January sales:
Where? Matches.com - matchesfashion.com
Reductions: Matches have up to 50% off dresses, knits, accessories, coats, jeans.
What we found: Alexander McQueen strapless bustier dress reduced from £2126 to £567.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Silk Ruffle Dress reduced from €340 to €238.
Silk Bandeau Maxi Dress by Heidi Klein - reduced from €290 to €203.
Dianne Von Faustenburg satin dress with 50s detailing and back bows - reduced from €582 to €282
Where? Coast - coast-stores.com
Reductions: Up to 50% on all womenswear - Coast is slowly becoming Miss Thrifty's shop of choice.
What we found: Leonara Bubble Dress reduced from €175 to €95.
Freya Dress was €148 now €45
Where? All Saints - allsaints.com
Reductions: 50% off on selected items. If you're shopping generally, All Saints have an excellent selection in the Vintage section.
What we found: Alyassi Long dress was €295 reduced to €147.
Sarasota dress in white (beware the colour of your costume jewellery before taking the plunge ) - reduced from €75 to €30.
Maeva LBD reduced from £85 to £25
Where? House of Fraser - houseoffraser.co.uk
Reductions: On everything nearly - though shopping online can be a little tricky when registering your details!
What we found: Bench Sway Dress - a modern take on power dressing a steal at €20.
Ponteroma tailored dress with black trim reduced from £100 to £60.
Untold Slab Stitchless dress with White Bow detail reduced from £110 to £33
Where? Liberty of London - liberty.co.uk
Reductions: Up to 60% off on selected womenswear and some very decent discounts on bags.
What we found: Charcoal Chambray Dress by Rag & Bone - was £245 now £61.25
Blue Frill Belt Dress by Malene Birger was £220 now £55:00
Calvin Klein Black Cap sleeve dress - reduced from £715 to £357.50
Where? My-Wardobe.com - my-wardrobe.com
Reductions: Up to 70% off designer goods.
What we found: Ripul Tiered dress by Armand Basi reduced from €350 to €104
Paul and Joe Sister - Black Daria dress - from €168 to €84
See by Chloe - Grey Jersey Dress €72 from €145
Sinead Van Kampen is the editor of The Savvy Shopper . For a rundown on fashion and food bargains plus regular insider tips visit TheSavvyShopper.ie website.