Wednesdays Wardrobe – sale bargains and an interview with stylist Mark Heyes

A new term, a new season.  Yet before all the new A/W stock can fill the shops the S/S needs a clear out.  Oh how I love a good sale bargain.  I can’t bear trawling through rails and rails of messy clothes even though there are often great bargains to be found.  However I enjoy sale shopping if the shop is well presented.  The sale rail fills me with a thrill – will I find a steal??  I especially like sale rails for the children.

My tips for sale shopping are:

1. Look for next year for the children.  Often the clothes are just going out of season T shirts and summer dresses on sale in August. so I will stock up for next year.

2. Go without the children.  They are my biggest distraction and I just get flustered.

3. Go for the expensive shops- that is where the best designer bargains will be found.

This week I caught the end of the Monsoon sale.  I love it when it gets to 70% off!  I was able to get this gorgeous leggins and top set for a song!


I love the details on the top, Monsoon always impresses me with embroidery on the tops.  Their clothes wash well and last the course.  The top has a thin vertical silver thread which Erin likes.  She is a magpie and likes anything shiny and or sparkly!

This week I also got to ask Mark Heyes (you know the one off the TV) some questions about what I should be wearing and what us women should go out and buy right now.  Here are his replies to my questions.

What are the autumn trends?

Let’s start off with an unusual one – winter pastels. We’re used to seeing them in the summer but this winter try wearing them with soft greys, caramel tones or if it’s all too much for you, chocolate brown or navy works brilliantly with them.

Another big look is tartan and check – from kilts, to totes it’s tartan-tastic! Try clashing it up if you’re feeling brave but if not just go for one key piece to work the catwalk trend.

Next up let’s take a look at winter florals, seen everywhere on the runways and an easy to wear trend for any age, shape or size. Other prints to look out for are the heart print like we saw at Burberry and the ever-classic animal print- and don’t forget to keep your colours brighter and more vibrant with Comfort Brights!

What colour should I be wearing? I’m a brunette and always wear black for work?

My favourite winter colourway this season is burgundy. Believe it or not it can be incredibly flattering and is great on any skin tone. Better yet it’s still as professional as black for work but with of a fashion edge. Remember though if you are brunette, you can get away with wearing a lot more colour so take full advantage of it and start experimenting.

I’m a teacher, what should be in my capsule wardrobe?

The key to a capsule wardrobe is a great selection of essential basics that suit your body shape and can be dressed up or down. All of these key pieces should be in a solid colour and should mix and match with each other. This allows trend led pieces to be slotted straight in, so there should be no more mistake fashion purchases that stay at the back of your cupboard. The key items for you would be a pair of black 7/8 trousers, one button blazer, a pencil skirt, a white shirt and a pair of black and nude heels. Then just experiment with some more fashion forward pieces.

 What item should everyone go and buy tomorrow that will suit them for work?

The illusion dress is a must-have piece for any working fashionista. It helps create those fabulous curves whilst being super chic and easy to wear at the same time.

I’m only 5”3 what length skirt suits shorter women?

As far as I’m concerned, the only length of skirt that shorter women may have difficulty wearing is the midi length. Midi length skirts on petite ladies can look a bit like a pencil skirt gone wrong! Make sure you always check out the petite sections of the major stores for the best selections, especially for those maxi skirts.

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