Savvy shopping ... the sales are on!

It's October  - which means the sales are on!

With prices slashed it's often tempting to blow your latest pay check on frivolous items that you wouldn't buy if it weren't for the massive red '75% off' sticker.

We've all done it - the rush of over-excitement as you dash to the till with last season's must-have item for a mere £10 instead of £70 only for the thing to gather dust at the back of your wardrobe before being sent to the charity shop two years down the line.

In a recent wardrobe clear-out I was shocked at just how many of these items I owned ... I mean a sheer sequin-embellished crop top, what the hell was I thinking?

So this season I've gone all savvy and will only be buying those crucial items that have been top of my wish list for some months now ... and that will carry me through winter and into spring.

Clockwise from left: ASOS TALL Exclusive Midi Skirt in ScubaASOS Crop Top with Long Sleeves and Turtle Neck - Duck Egg Blue; ASOS Crop Top with Long Sleeves and Turtle Neck - Baby Blush

I've had my eye on a white midi skirt for some time - in a heavy scuba material, the skirt can be worn with knee-high boots and a jumper through winter before switching to bare legs and brogues come spring.

The turtle neck crop tops will be perfect of layering up for the colder months and can be worn on their own when warmer seasons hit - I really doubt the current crop trend will be going anywhere.

A swimsuit is always a good investment during autumn.  Go classic and buy something that will be perfect for any winter spa days as well as look amazing on a beach come spring.   I'm lucky enough to be heading for some winter sun this year so will be buying this chic black swimsuit from Figleaves.

Britt Underwired Baneau Belted Tummy by Sophina by Figleaves. 

I love the wearability of this swimsuit - the optional straps mean it will be prefect for an early morning swim.  I can then remove the straps for soaking up the sun and trying to get an amazing tan. The belted tummy will certainly show off an hourglass figure and it has a keyhole back which I'm obsessed with - who doesn't like a peeping flash of flesh?

With Christmas fast approaching (small squeak of eek at the thought of trying to find a suitable present for my in-laws) a party dress is high on any girls list.  This season, prints and pastels are big so you can easily wear a summer dress to the office Christmas party - just switch sandals for courts and a shawl for a sharply fitted blazer.

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Pencil Dress in Mixed Floral Print from ASOS

The scuba fabric of this dress means its figure hugging whilst hiding a multitude of sins and certain to flatter any curvy girl's figure.  The floral print is bold and vibrant enough to make heads turn without being too tropical looking and this is certainly the kind of dress that can be pulled out of the wardrobe for years to come.

My other sale picks feature a figure-enhancing under slip, a floral skater skirt, and a wear-everywhere red dress, and a brightening top to wear with a sleek pair of cigarette pants ...

Clockwise from top left: ASOS TALL Cigarette Trousers in Crepe from ASOS; HEPTUNE top from Coast; MAGISCULPT Shaping Underbust Full Slip from Simply Be; Red Lace Waffle Dress from Dorothy Perkins; Definitions Palm Print Scuba Skirt from Very.

Oh, and a pair of heels ... no sales are complete without a new pair of shoes ... and these will be perfect of the upcoming party season.

JAMIE by Carvela from Kurt Geiger

So, what are your sale picks?

C x