Style: Christmas comes early

One advantage of leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute is that you can scoop up some bargains in the pre-Christmas sales, says Tamsin Blanchard.

If you are one of those Christmas Scrooges who wishes you could postpone Christmas for a week so you could do all your shopping in the January sales, your dreams have come true this year.

Every year the sales seem to start a little earlier. Liberty has reduced most of its fashion merchandise by 25 per cent. "It's an early Christmas present," said a Liberty spokesman. People are panicking for that last- minute dress and they all know that by Saturday, prices will be slashed. They might as well have that little extra incentive to buy now.

Among the bargains worth searching out at the Regent Street store is a rose embroidered dress by the designer of 1997, Alexander McQueen. Other sales that will be starting fashionably early include ...

Whistles

Plum velvet tie coat was pounds 570 now pounds 400

Sparkly lurex dress was pounds 115 now pounds 79

Black pencil skirt was pounds 110 now pounds 55

Aquascutum

Mens suits were pounds 425 now pounds 295

Ladies cashmere coat was pounds 1,295 now pounds 895

Ladies 100 per cent wool suit:

jacket was pounds 350 now pounds 225,

skirt was pounds 150 now pounds 95

Comme des Garcons

Navy long wool/chiffon dress was pounds 325 now pounds 230

Navy woollen/chiffon skirt was pounds 390 now pounds 275

Brown wool cardigan was pounds 325 now pounds 230

Gina shoes

Long chocolate olive suede boots were pounds 450 now pounds 295

Red snakeskin court shoes were pounds 225 now pounds 139

Black ankle cowboy boots were pounds 295 now pounds 195

Nicole Farhi

Valentino

Red crepe wrap-over dress was pounds 1,520 now pounds 912

Long camel coat was pounds 1,740 now pounds 1,045

Pinstripe trouser suit was pounds 1,590 now pounds 954

Wallis

Black dress was pounds 50 now pounds 25

Long cashmere trimmed coat was pounds 179 now pounds 120

Velvet fur-trimmed jacket was pounds 120 now pounds 80

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