It’s almost sales time! So if, like us, you’re waiting with bated breath for all those pieces you’ve been ogling to suddenly slash in price, you’ll be happy to know that glorious moment is almost here. But what are you going to buy? When faced with a sales rail, the whole shopping experience can be a little overwhelming - and what seems like a bargain buy in the changing room and soon become a fashion nightmare once you get it home.

But don’t get yourself in a fashion flap. There’s an easy way to navigate the sales and ensure everything you buy will be beloved for years to come. The solution? Stick to the basics. Yup, a capsule wardrobe of absolute fashion classics.

So if you’re thinking of blowing your hard earned cash in the January sales, here are the items we'll be looking out for. Keep those eyes peeled!

1. The White Trainer

Swiftly becoming the it-shoe of the fashion crowd, the trainer has surpassed our previous love affair of the skyscraper heel. Opt for bright whites for the freshest of looks.

Shop: White slip on trainers, £12.99, New Look; White superstar trainers, £65, Adidas; Fringed hightop trainers, £35, ASOS

2. The Trench Coat

Come rain or shine, a trusty trench will keep you looking chic. And thankfully with our ever-grimble weather it's a seriously savvy sartorial move.

Shop: Flowing trench coat, £69.99, Mango; Navy trench, £185, French Connection; Oston trench coat, £265, LK Bennett

3. The LBD

If you have yet to fall under the timeless spell of the little black dress, then now is the time to invest. Opt for classic shapes for easy workwear attire and after dark pleasure, or dare for a dramatic cut for a fashion-forward appeal. Buy one, buy them all.

Shop: Black stretch dress, £660, Victoria, Victoria Beckham; Layered crepe dress, £395, McQ Alexander McQueen; Layered dress, £185, Theory

4. The White Shirt

Simple, yes. But stylish, definitely! Never overrated, the white shirt is the ultimate layering piece. Whether worn under an LBD or tucked into a statement skirt, it'll have heads turning in and outside the boardroom.

Shop: Stretch shirt, £210, Theory; Oversized shirt, £55, & Other Stories; Brushed cotton shirt, £28, Warehouse

5. The Boyfriend Jeans

We guarantee this will be the most hard working item in your wardrobe. Pair with heels and a marl grey knit for easy high-low dressing, or take a little inspiration from the boys and wear with a pair of fringed brogues and a tailored jacket.

Shop: Frayed boyfriend jeans, £29.99, H&M; Cropped boyfriend jeans, £230, Current/Elliot; Busted jeans, £42, Topshop

6. The Breton Top

Whether worn in the depths of winter or saved for a sunny summer day, the classic navy and white stripes of a Breton tee will have you looking fresh.

Shop: Long sleeved Breton top, Boden, £25; Striped Breton top, £7.99, H&M; Striped cotton t-shirt, £17, COS

7. The Pleated Skirt

Below the knee pleats are still reigning supreme when it comes to the skirt department. For winter wear with a sleeveless tunic poloneck, and then swap for a crop top when the sun comes out to play.

Shop: Moleskin pleated skirt, £30, Warehouse; Metallic pleated skirt, £60, Topshop; Wool pleated skirt, £39.99, Zara

8. The Cashmere Jumper

This is the ultimate frugal find as a cashmere knit will never go out of style. The ideal colours you're after are the classics (grey, camel and navy), but a pastle hue is always welcome in spring and no one can fault classic black!

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Shop: Navy cashmere sweater £510, Thomas Maier; Beige cashmere sweater, £95, & Other Stories;Grey cashmere jumper £75, Marks & Spencer