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Miss Thrifty: Savvy sales shopping for dresses


Coast Leonara Bubble Dress reduced to €95.

Coast Leonara Bubble Dress reduced to €95.

Coast Leonara Bubble Dress reduced to €95.

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.