We know the student loans aren’t in yet, but you’ve been good lately; you’ve bought the jewellery for your mum and not so much as glanced at all the pretty earrings, and thanks to you, your best friend has got the scarf she really wanted, so there’s never been a better time to treat yourself. Think of it as a personal ‘Well Done!’ for battling the crowds and queues before Christmas so grab a friend and dive headfirst into the post-Boxing-Day-SALE chaos with our handy guide to the best sales around!
Standard student fare and with pretty heavy discounts on all the jumpers, chinos and even homewares (stationary, phone cases and bedding) you might need to kick off 2014. www.jackwills.com/en-gb/sale/
Maybe this isn’t the sort of store you’d automatically go to, but with many items under £100, perhaps you really could do with some new suede boots? www.kurtgeiger.com
Not a fan of the Bridge-style interior of the shop (darkness, questionable music choices and a smell you just can’t place)? Pop over to Hollister’s online shop and take advantage of 40% off everything and free postage on orders over £50 – free P&P offers don’t hang around for long here so hurry! www.hollisterco.com/shop/uk
Like Zara and Topshop, MANGO is the staple of the fashion-conscious and every now and again, they have an incredible sale where EVERYTHING in the shop is 50% off. Get there quick and grab yourself a bargain! www.mango.com
The shop which offers such a wide range there is literally something here for everyone! You’ll probably already know if there’s one near you (they’re quite hard to miss!) but all discounts are available online. www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
Okay, so it’s not strictly fashion-related, but everything in the shop smells so good and it’s a great time to stock up on super-cheap limited edition Christmas ones before they’re gone for another year! www.lush.co.uk/sale
This one’s mainly for the ladies and is especially good if you’re looking for dresses for parties or formal dinners. My last ball dress came from TFNC so it’s never too early to start looking! www.tfnclondon.com/sale
Topshop sales can be a bit hit and miss throughout the rest of the year, but this post-Christmas one is looking pretty promising – with a lot of last season pieces heavily discounted, this could be your chance to pick up the shoes you’ve had your eye on! www.topshop.com
Ah, Accessorize; the shop where convincing yourself you really need that bracelet makes it nearly impossible to leave empty handed. Now you can still do that, but without feeling guilty! Oxford’s still pretty chilly in January and February so stock up on winter warmers like scarves and gloves! www.uk.accessorize.com
If having almost everything discounted wasn’t quite enough to whet your appetite, head over to Dorothy Perkins’ website for an extra 15% off sale items until 2nd January 2014 with code XMAS15. What have you got to lose? www.dorothyperkins.com
The sale currently on at GAP is one of the best we’ve seen with over 75% off items! It’s definitely a great place to head if you’re looking for basics like jeans and jumpers, and they’ve got a great range of petite/tall pieces available online. www.gap.co.uk
Unfortunately, despite how hugely popular H&M is across the UK, we still don’t have one in Oxford! Make the most of being at home or just click online to check out what they’ve got for sale! http://www.hm.com/gb/department/sale
The internet shopping giant that is ASOS has a sale on of equal proportions – it’s huge and most of the pieces have massive reductions! Even in normal conditions, ASOS has a pretty overwhelming array of styles so there’s sure to be something there to catch your eye! http://www.asos.com/Women/Sale/Cat/pgehtml.aspx?cid=7046
Phew! Do keep in mind that these are just some of the shops that we’re particularly fond of, and that a short wander around your High Street will lead you into a sea of temptation (or of over-excited fellow shoppers and exhausted sales assistants!) with even more great bargains to be had.
If you’re keeping all your shopping strictly online, it’s always worth trying to get a code from the BRILLIANT student discount website, UNiDAYS, www.myunidays.com – some stores do accept codes even in sale periods.