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20 payday buys, as chosen by Stylist’s fashion team
After what felt like the longest month ever, payday is finally here. So of course Stylist’s fashion team are plotting their next high street purchases…
Mango

Fashion editor Polly says: “Like this classic crossbody bag (£35.99), Mango’s leather shacket (£199.99) looks way more expensive than it really is. I also love this leopard-print dress (£69.99): wear over a roll-neck now, then show off the on-trend square neckline come summer.

A camel coat with a nipped-in waist (£139.99) is perfect cold-weather dressing, and these barely-there mules (£35.99) will go with everything in my wardrobe. Plus, I’ll actually be able to walk in them – win-win.”

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Fashion assistant Helen says: “This green jacket (£135) will lift my monochrome wardrobe – until it finally gets too warm for jackets, when I’ll start layering an oversized cardigan (£120) over everything instead.

I wear multiple short gold necklaces all at once, and this longer double-strand chain (£23) will be a great addition. I’m also always on the lookout for straight-leg denim – these jeans (£65) are perfect – and classic party shoes. These 90s-inspired sandals (£85) will go with anything.”

Zara

Acting executive fashion director Hannah says: “Layering is key right now, so pop an 80s-style body (£25.99) under jeans and a high-neck sweater (£19.99) under dresses. On the footwear front, these ankle boots (£95.99) are perfect for trudging between appointments.

Bigger is better when it comes to bags this season, and a velvet-trimmed shopper (£95.99) will revive my spirits on gloomy mornings. So will this beanie (£12.99): the colours make me think of tea, scones and jam.”

Asos

Fashion news editor Billie says: “It might seem too cold to even think about summer clothes, but I hate missing out on great wear-anywhere pieces. Get a headstart with a floral maxi dress (£38) and linen blazer (£52): wear the latter with leather shorts to nail a key SS20 trend.

I’m also yearning to add this Cecilie Bahnsen-esque smock top (£34) and chuck-on dress (£38) to my repertoire – toughen them up with vegan leather Dr Martens (£139).”

Stylist Loves’ deputy editor Moya discovers some customisable earrings that make her very happy indeed
 

I used to shed jewellery like cats shed hair. I dropped earrings in bars and left bracelets in hotel rooms. Eventually, I just stopped wearing stuff I’d be sad to lose, sticking instead to unsentimental high street pieces.

Now, though, I’m venturing back into the realm of Proper Jewellery. Not diamonds and rubies, but quality pieces by small modern brands. My current obsession is these customisable Auree earrings: you start with silver or gold hoops, then pick your gem drop (I went with peppy green chrysoprase, but the range includes everything from moonstone to labradorite). They make me feel like a grown-up – and since I haven’t lost them yet, I think I just might be. From £40, Auree

Ethical, sustainable fashion brand Birdsong is hosting its last ever sample sale this Saturday – don’t miss it
 

In 2020, beloved London-based fashion label Birdsong is transitioning to a new made-to-order system, with the goal of eliminating waste stock and offering a wider size range. Ahead of the change, the brand is hosting its last ever public sample sale this Saturday: expect 50% off all chic dresses, jumpsuits, T-shirts and more, with prices starting at just £5, plus snacks, drinks and good vibes aplenty. 11am-4.30pm, 1 Feb; Drummond Crescent, NW1

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