Your summer capsule wardrobe is here…
Along with unexpected cake deliveries and meeting a cute dog on my morning commute, the Net-A-Porter summer sale is one of those things I’ve been hoping will happen every day recently. Now, finally, it has happened, it’s better than expected and I promise you all there will be no disappointments.
As a fashion editor I often spend my working life planning ahead – attending Christmas events in July is normal, along with perusing spring/summer fashion shows in winter. When it comes to sales, I think of them much the same way – plan ahead. I always create wish lists on my favourite sites so when it comes to sales day I can head to the edit of all the things I’ve liked throughout the year and instantly see if they’re now a fraction of the price.
Although the summer sales are perfect for getting all your pre-holiday outfits you know you’ll wear on the beach, planning ahead will mean you invest in pieces you know you’ll actually want to wear long after s/s 2019. Of course I’m all for getting that Cult Gaia bag you’ve seen what seems like a thousand times on Instagram, then there’s the latest ‘it’ dress from Ganni you’ve had your eye on – but, with this in mind if you’re going to splurge on designer at any time it’s wise to think about your style, how often you think you’ll wear each piece and if it’s in fact an impulsive ‘buy me now because I’m cheap’ kind of purchase, or one you genuinely love.
Call me a sensible Sally, but there’s something special about buying designer pieces you know you’ll wear for years to come. I still wear my first Celine (old Celine, of course) bag I got 5 years years ago and I still remember wearing the pair of Louboutin heels I couldn’t for the life of me walk in for my graduation. Each a still have, and will probably never part with. This is why I’ve narrowed the 15,379 pieces in the Net-A-Porter sale down to 10 special forever pieces – scroll down to shop my edit now.
ATP Atelier Toma leather sandals
I’m a big fan of mules. Last time I checked, in fact,I had over 20 pairs (slightly obsessive, I know!). My most recent being a Proenza Schouler tiger print pair with a mirrored heel that make me feel like a modern day Cinderella.
Day or night, I wear mules anywhere and everywhere and it’s all about the strappy styles season and beyond. Look to ATP Atelier for a classic pair that’ll never date and will go with everything you own.
Was £235, now £141, ATP Atelier
By Malene Birger lace-up woven skirt
Like mules, I’m also an avid collector of midi skirts. They’re one of those go-to styles no matter the season and are universally flattering on all heights, shapes and sizes.
The chic detail on this navy number will go with anything from vest tops and sliders to knits and boots (continuing to plan ahead).
Was £240, now £168, By Malene Birger
Rejina Pyo Ana croc-effect leather shoulder bag
Summer sales are the ideal time to invest in a designer bag. You know the bags you’ve been eyeing up all year so far but failed to cut down on your daily coffee run for. Now there’s no need, as the slashed price means you can get the same quality without having to take out a new credit card.
Rejina Pyo is one of those brands that sprung up on the fashion scene and is set to stick around so I of course have this croc print beauty in my wish list.
Was £745, now £373, Rejina Pyo
Marni cat-eye two-tone acetate sunglasses
Wearing luxury accessories is an easy way to upgrade any outfit and make your whole look seem more expensive than it is. Investing in a chic pair of sunnies is the way to start from top-to-toe.
I advise sticking to brands you love, shapes that suit your face and colours that you tend to wear more often so you get the wear out of them.
Was £235, now £141, Marni
Tibi oversized twill blazer
Ah the suit – they’ll forever have a place in my wardrobe and although I’m a new fan of the shorts suit, a trouser suit is the one that’s worth the extra spend. Yes yellow may be a summery hue but this soft shade will work just as well for summer as it will with a grey knit once it’s cooler.
Trust me, you’ll never tire of a Tibi two-piece.
Was £820, now £410, Tibi
Tibi Sebastian twill straight-leg pants
Of course you can wear these sleek trousers with the matching tie-front blazer, but they all work with trainers and a linen top for day.
Switch to strappy heeled sandals and a silky pink cami top to take them straight through to evening. Note: yellow also looks so good with a red lippy.
Was £435, now £218, Tibi
Solid & Striped the Nina belted polka-dot swimsuit
Great swimwear is one of those pieces that you have to snap up quick before they sell out, which is why I was so pleased when I found this one still available.
I recently wore a belted swimsuit on holiday in Sri Lanka and it fitted like a dream, hence why I now want to raid Solid & Striped’s dream one pieces. After all, they are basically responsible for the revival of the retro swimwear trend.
Was £150, now £105, Solid and Striped
Rotate Birger Christensen satin wrap maxi dress
I always thought wrap dresses could come across as a bit frumpy, until I tried one a couple of years ago, that is. They flatter all chest sizes, nip in the waist and you can get them on any budget.
Investing in a designer dress is one of those things you have to be sure of, so opting for a wrap is a sure-fire win and just look at this puff sleeve style. It also comes in blue and yellow, FYI.
Was £240, now £144, Rotate Birger Christensen
Rejina Pyo Ava belted gabardine trench coat
Although we’re all thinking about heading off to warmer climates and packing only swimwear and linen looks, summer is also the time to think about coats. The summer sales is where you can snap up some of the chicest coat styles that you’ll end up wearing for season to come.
Try not to go to trend-lead with this one and instead look to trenches in classic colours and a tailored fit.
Was £785, now £550, Rejina Pyo
Ellery futile gold-plated hoop earrings
Although I’ve accumulated quite the collection of costume jewellery (mainly thanks to the Topshop Oxford Circus accessories section) I now tend to go for pieces I know won’t tarnish as quickly. This is why for me splurging a little more on jewellery seems like a more wise investment.
After all by the time I wear these gold hoops on the daily, the cost-per-wear will surely be pennies, right? Well, I’ll keep telling myself that anyway.
Was £340, now £204, Ellery
Opening image: Net-A-Porter