Classic style essentials to snap up in this year’s sales!

This is one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year, but it can be super-stressful for the uninitiated. Hordes of crowds, clothes flung all over the floor and battles for the changing rooms – not exactly an ideal day of shopping.

Your best bet is to enter each shop with a plan of action – know what you're looking for and move on if you don't find it. With new season clothes coming in soon, you'll find classic pieces at a fraction of the price they were last week.

Here are a few ideas of things to nab this year – all items are listed here at full price, but we have our fingers crossed!

1. A striped Breton top
If you don't already have a navy-and-white striped tee in your style arsenal, now's the time to get one. A good quality striped top goes with everything from jeans and flats to high-waisted midi skirts. We love the loose fit of this relaxed boyfriend t-shirt:

Striped Boyfriend Tee, €18, Warehouse

2. A great pair of jeans
Just because jeans are on sale don't mean they're any lower in quality than they were three days ago! Take an armful of pairs into the changing room and keep going until you find the ones you love. You can't go wrong with these high-waisted black skinnies:

Black Amelie Reform Superskinny Jeans, €50, River Island

3. Next year's handbag
Another key investment that you could grab this week at a bargain price. Keep it simple – this bold red bag can be dressed up or down and will see you through to next Christmas!

Therapy Naomi Cross Body Bag, €44, House of Fraser

4. A pair of killer heels
It can be tempting to go for budget buys when it comes to heels, but if you want a pair that won't fall apart or leave you with blisters, it pays to splash out. Save yourself a few quid and get high-quality heels in the sales.

Pixelate Premium Heels, €123, Topshop

​5. Winter woollies
With spring ranges coming in soon, now's the time to stock up on some great winter pieces cheaply. 

Check Blanket Wrap, €24.99, New Look


Sequin Scarf, €25, Oasis

6. An elegant cape
Capes were everywhere this season so you're bound to find some great ones in the sales with knockdown price tags. We're seriously lusting after this gorgeous reversible cape and praying the price goes down this week!

Whitney Reversible Cape, €150, French Connection

​7. That perfect LBD
No-one can predict next year's trends but you can't go wrong with a classic black dress. This bodycon one from Warehouse will look great on all body shapes.

Bodycon Mesh Insert Dress, €56, Warehouse