There are just a few days to go until Black Friday and Cyber Monday (they fall on November 29th and December 2nd this year - mark it in your diaries) but the savviest of shoppers will be keen to plan ahead before the big event later this week.
Whether you’re thinking of indulging in a spot of self-gifting or are keenly getting ahead on your Christmas shopping, there will no doubt be tonnes of bargains to be found over the highly-anticipated discounted shopping weekend.
It’s all too easy to get carried away when bargain-hunting, particularly with almost too-good-to-be-true offers like these, but the key to shopping without impulse and regret is to plan: What do you actually need? Were you planning to buy it before it went on sale? Would you pay full price for it? If the answers are yes then shop away!
We’ve put together a shopping list of the best things to look out for at a host of high street stores to keep you on the straight and narrow. Better get adding to your e-wishlists…
Classic workwear rarely goes into the summer or Christmas sales, so you won’t regret snapping up timeless pieces that you can wear now to refresh your workwear wardrobe. Opt for chic separates: avoid bold prints that’ll date quickly, and quirky cuts to ensure your buys stand the test of time.
Discount: 30% off everything, in-store and online from Wednesday 27th
What to buy: Its pussybow blouses and smart trousers look expensive and can be worn year-round with a change of accessories.
Discount: 25% off everything, in-store and online on Black Friday
What to buy: The colour-block midi dresses and knee-high boots are perfect winter workwear for corporate dress codes.
Discount: 20% off its most-loved essentials, in-store and online on Black Friday
What to buy: Handily, Cos has done the hard work and created an edit of its most popular staple pieces, including cashmere knits and leather totes.
Discount: 30% off all watches online, from now until Cyber Monday
What to buy: Its classic gold watches are worn and loved by fashion editors. Why not indulge in a spot of self-gifting?
For winter boots
A pair of practical cosy boots are a must this time of year, so tracking down a timeless pair that you can wear all winter long will be a wise buy.
Discount: 30% off almost everything, in-store and online from today
What to buy: Boden's boot collection has been looking pretty strong this season, and it has a selection of knee-high boots in both leather and bright suede.
Discount: 20% off everything, online now
What to buy: Its new winter collection ticks every shoe box, from the practical and chunky hiking-styles, to the glamorous knee-highs that are crying out to be paired with a fine knit and a pleated midi skirt.
Discount: 25% off, online now with code BF25
What to buy: You'll have spotted its Cube boots (was £500, now £375) on a host of stylish influencers on Instagram. Now's the time to invest.
For Christmas gifting
Whether you're indulging in a spot of self-gifting, or hoping to find some stocking fillers for friends and family, accessories and special designer buys are your best bet.
Discount: 20% off everything from 5pm today, in-store and online
What to buy: Monsoon's accessories selection is ideal for Christmas presents and stocking fillers: hair accessories, velvet handbags and earrings are all great options.
Discount: 25% off everything online
What to buy: Missoma has gold hoops in abundance, so there's a pair for every woman you'll need to buy a present for this Christmas.
Discount: Up to 80% off everything
What to buy: The Outnet already offers a hefty discount on designer items, so the further reductions for Black Friday mean you can splash out on something special for someone special.
Discount: 40% off everything online
What to buy: Any fashion fan worth her weight in chunky knits will have had her eye on something from Chung's recent collection. A fun knit or sweet dress are no-brainers.
Je'Taime jumper, was £135 now £81, AlexaChung
Discount: 30% off online
What to buy: Though its dainty pearl drops and pearl-studded hoop earrings are lustworthy, the brands chunky gold rings are a chic, statement gift for stylish women.
Though our minds are fixed on Christmas, New Years Eve is also just around the corner. We're not keen on splashing out on something that's only in rotation for two weeks of the year, but the Black Friday sales are the time to stock up on sparkles, velvet and embellishment galore at a discounted price.
Discount: 30% off online and in-store now
What to buy: Mango's sequin selection is brilliant this year: invest in a frock or a party suit to suit every NYE eventuality, and don't forget to check out its cult earring selection.
Discount: 30% off online and in-store
What to buy: Since Reformation officially launched in the UK earlier in the autumn, its stunning frocks have been high on our radar. A velvet midi will see you through party season with ease, but opt for a printed or cami version if you're buying ahead for a spring or summer event.
Suzanne dress, was £300 now £210, Reformation
Discount: Up to 50% off online
What to buy: The brands intricately-embroidered frocks are the stuff of partywear dreams. Buy now and you’ll whip it out for every wedding next year.
Discount: 30% off everything, in-store and online on Black Friday, then 50% off on Cyber Monday
What to buy: Topshop’s party selection is unrivalled on the high street: look for velvet frocks and printed skirts.
Printed skirt, was £35 now £26.25, Topshop; Printed top, was £29 now £20, Topshop
For coats and knitwear
Discount: Up to 50% online and in-store
What to buy: H&M's Black Friday offering has been one of the best on the high street in recent years: though it doesn't do a blanket discount across all items, the pieces that are discounted often have the prices slashed in half.
Knitwear is a department it excels in - particularly in its sustainable collection, Conscious - so be ready to stock up come Black Friday as the prices are likely to be irresistible.
Discount: Up to 20% off selected items
What to buy: Last year, that selection included outerwear and boots: handy, as they're the cornerstones of most of our winter wardrobes. Though the weather has plummeted, it's worth holding out in case the brand discounts this same selection this year.
Discount: Up to 30% off online with free delivery
What to buy: Sunspel's lambswool crew necks are a stealth buy that fashion editors love. They come in a range of colours and styles, but if you like an oversized fit, hit the men's section for a loose merino wool knits.