For most shops, the January sales should be renamed the December sales, for that is when many of them began. However, some of the best stores still ha ng on tantalisingly to their January dates. Browns, Yves Saint Laurent and Chan el all start tomor row, and Paul Smith does not begin until 14 January. So if you missed the first day of the Harrods sale on Wednesday, there is still a chance to be first in t he line at some of the big league designer shops tomorrow. A guide by TAMSIN BLANCHARD
Pellicano, 63 South Molton Street, London W1. Sale now on with reductions of 30 to 70 per cent. Prada double cashmere military coat, reduced from £1,200 to £600.

Joseph, 26 Sloane Street, London SW1, and branches. Sale now on with 30 per cent reductions.

Issey Miyake, 270 Brompton Road, London SW3. Sale now on, with 50 per cent reductions.

Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1. Sale starts 7 January. Reductions of 50 per cent off labels such as Fendi, Flyte Ostell, Anne Klein, Martin Margiela, Lella Nelson, Moschino and Ozbek (a lot of crepe/wool short skirts and evening wear.) and 30 per cent off all other labels.

Patrick Cox, 8 Symons Street, London SW1. Sale started Wednesday, with shoes reduced from £255 to £160.

Pollyanna, 16 Market Hill, Barnsley; 25 per cent off Yohji Yamamoto, Jil Sander, Romeo Gigli, Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons and Jean Muir.

Comme des Garcons, 59 Brook Street, London W1. Sale now on.

DKNY, 27 Old Bond Street, London W1. Reductions from 30-50 per cent.

Harvey Nichols, sale now on, with up to 50 per cent reductions on Calvin Klein, Dolce e Gabbana, ,and Rifat Ozbek.

Strand, 27 Queen Victoria Street, Leeds; 20-22 Queen Victoria Street, Leeds; 73-75 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne; 25-50 per cent off labels, including Paul Smith, John Rocha, Patrick Cox, Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester.

Red or Dead sale started yesterday at Red or Dead stores nationwide, with up to 50 per cent off footwear, clothing and accessories. Stores are at 36 Kensington High Street, London W8; 70 Buchanan Street, Glasgow; 43 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2; Queen Victoria Quarter, Leeds L1.

Gianni Versace Boutique, 34-35 Old Bond Street, London W1; 20 to 30 per cent off selected items.

Space NK, 41 Earlham Street, Thomas Neals, Covent Garden, London WC2. reductions of 30-50 per cent off Future Ozbek, Liza Bruce, Abe Hamilton.

Esprit, 38 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2; Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield, and branches. Sale now on; reductions of 30 to 50 per cent.

Gina, 189 SLoane Street, London SW1. Sale now on for luxury shoes. Reductions from 30 per cent.

House of Fraser stores; 50 per cent off Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, 40 per cent off Betty Jackson.

Jaeger, 200-206 Regent Street, London, and branches nationwide; up to 50 per cent reductions; alpaca coat, was £339, now £199; cashmere sweaters, were £220, now £99.

Mulberry, 11-12 Gees Court, St Christopher's Place, London W1; 23/25 Swinegate, York. Sale now on; reductions up to 50 per cent.

Oasis, 292 Regent Street, London W1; 13 James Street, London WC2, and branches nationwide; reductions of 30-50 per cent, including satin jackets reduced from £69.99 to £29.99.

Jigsaw Menswear, 9-10 Floral Street, London WC2; 39-43 King Street, Manchester; 2 Queen Victoria Quarter, Leeds; 4 Buchanan Prospect, Glasgow. Sale started Wednesday; reductions of 30-50 per cent.

Tom Gilbey, 17-18 Old Bond Street, London W1; 2 New Burlington Place, London W1; 50 per cent off selected waistcoats, evening wear and accessories.

Paul Smith, 41-43 Floral Street, London WC2; 10 Byard Lane, Nottingham. Sale starts 14 January.

Yves Saint Laurent, 137 New Bond Street, London W1; 33 Sloane Street, London SW1. Sale starts today for two weeks.

Jigsaw, branches nationwide. Sale started Wednesday. Reductions of 30-50 per cent with jackets starting at £90.

French Connection, branches nationwide. Selected items at 50 per cent off.

Chanel, 31 Sloane Street, London W1 and 26 Old Bond Street, London WC2. Sale starts 7 January; reductions of 40-50 per cent.

Emporio Armani, 57-59 Long Acre, London WC2. Reductions of 30 per cent on all autumn/winter clothes.

A La Mode, 36 Hans Crescent, London SW1. Reductions of 50 per cent on labels such as John Galliano, Anthony Price. Herve Leger dresses reduced from £895 to £395. Some odd stock reduced by 75 per cent.

APC, 124 Draycott Avenue, London SW3; 30 per cent reductions.

Austin Reed, 103-113 Regent Street, London W1, and branches; reductions from 30 to 50 per cent.

Helen Storey, 57 Kings Road, London SW3; reductions of 25-50 per cent, including cord mini reduced from £80 to £89.

Cruise, 39 Renfield Street, Glasgow. Sale now on.

The Changing Room, 8 High Street, Tunbridge Wells; 25 to 50 per cent off labels including Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Ozbek and Paul Smith.

Emma Hope, 33 Amwell Street, London EC1. Sale now on.

Ally Capellino, 95 Wardour Street, London W1; 30 per cent off and a bargain rail with 50 per cent reductions.

Fenwick, 63 New Bond Street, London W1; Newcastle upon Tyne. Up to 50 per cent off, with very good sales on coats.

Liberty, Regent Street, London W1. Sale now on; reductions from a third to 50 per cent. A Workers for Feedom skirt reduced from £465 to £99 and Issey Miyake reduced by 50 per cent.

Hyper Hyper, 26-40 Kensington High Street, London W8; reductions up to 50 per cent.

Hobbs, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2; 25-27 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham; 46 Burgate, Canterbury, and branches. Sale now on; up to 50 per cent off.

Natural Shoe Store, Princes Square, Buchanan Street, Glasgow; 21 Neal Street, London WC2; reductions throughout January.

Next, branches nationwide;reductions up to 50 per cent.

Plum Line, 55 Neal Street, London WC2; bargains include Freelance boots reduced from £190 to £99.

Katharine Hamnett, 20 Sloane Street, London SW1; Princes Square, Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Sale now on; 30 per cent off.

Smith & Westwood, Unit 42 Clayton Square, Liverpool; 20 per cent reductions on Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Bella Freud and Dries van Noten.

Whistles, 12-14, Saint Christopher's Place, London W1; up to 50 per cent reductions.

Wallis, branches nationwide; coats reduced from £130 to £89, and 50 per cent off evening wear.

The Warehouse, 61-65 Glassford Street, Glasgow.

Wade Smith, Mathew Street, Liverpool; up to 50 per cent off.

Monsoon, sale now on, up to 50 per cent off; cashmere blazer was £120, now £75.

Ichi Ni San, 26 Bell Street, Glasgow; up to 75 per cent off labels including jacket by Vivienne Westwood reduced from £460 to £225.

Agnes B, 111 Fulham Road, London SW3; 35-36 Floral Street, London WC2; 20 per cent reductions.

Jones, 15 Floral Street, LondonWC2; 30 per cent off menswear; Giuliana Fujiwara suit, was £519.50, now £419.50; womenswear reductions up to 40 per cent; coat/jacket by Ann Demeulemeester, was £615, now £369.