STRAY TALKING: Shopping the Cordings Summer Sale

Tuesday, 3 July 2018
STRAY TALKING: Shopping the Cordings Summer Sale

Fashion editor, stylist and Harrogate resident Stephanie Taylor shares her insider tips on where to go – and what to buy in the sales – in this quintessentially stylish town.

We do love our sales in Harrogate. There’s none of the madness, mayhem, rummaging and bun fights you’ll find in our neighbouring cities. Here, in our compact but eclectic town centre, we can make a genteel grand tour of all our favourite stores, boutiques and High Street names within an afternoon, and still have time for tea at Bettys. Visitors come from far afield by the coachload to do the same, such is Harrogate’s reputation for fine shopping and dining, so we locals know when we’re on to a good thing.

As careful shoppers – Yorkshire shoppers – we keep a keen eye open for bargains, but not at any cost. We prefer to spend our money on quality, on those items and pieces that we really want and need, and if we can get them for less than we were prepared to pay anyway, so much the better.

For me, it’s all about the classics at sale time, and that means investing in those hard-working wardrobe essentials we need season after season. I’m heading to Cordings for neat tailored jackets and beautiful shirts I can wear all year round – these are at the top of my list.  I’m looking towards autumn too, so light layering knits would be welcome, but there’s always room for a lovely summer bargain I can put away until next year (or which might provide an excuse for a winter sun break).

Here are my top 12 Cordings sale buys:

1. SPECIAL OCCASION MUST: Cream Round Collar Boucle Coat

Price: £265 £165

With its simple shape and works-with-everything, subtly opulent, cream and gold boucle fabric, this three-quarter coat will be an outfit saviour for special events and weddings for years to come. Plus, you can pair it with your favourite skinny jeans for an instant chic outfit upgrade.

Cream and White Boucle Coat from Cordings
1. Special Occasion Must: Cream Round Collar Boucle Coat

2. YEAR-ROUND CLASSIC: Dark Green Tweed Hacking Jacket

Price: £415 £315

Understated yet distinctive, this is the sort of tweed jacket you can make all your own, however you want to wear it. Great with jeans or cords, or throw on over a cotton dress for summer evenings. It’s cleverly tailored to fit and flatter, and the buttons and pockets are details to adore forever. dark green tweed ladies jacket from Cordings
2. Year-Round Classc: Dark Green Tweed Hacking Jacket

3. PERFECT LAYER PIECE: Mushroom Kimono Style Cashmere Jumper

Price: £149 £99

You could wear this fine cashmere knit now, by itself with jeans, but thanks to its easy, elegant shape, it’s going to be a brilliant layer piece as we move towards autumn. Try wearing over a long-sleeve jersey top, as a cover-up in place of a jacket. When it turns really chilly, it will be cosy, but fine enough to layer under coats.

Cashmere Mushroom Kimono Style Jumper from Cordings
3. Perfect Layer Piece: Mushroom Kimono Style Cashmere Jumper


Price: £59 £29.50

Every wardrobe needs the perfect tan suede belt, to pull looks together with a touch of tactile texture. This classic, calf skin, medium-width belt works well with jeans, but also looks good used to cinch in the waist of floral-print dresses and oversized white shirts.

Tan Suede Belt from Cordings
4. Everyday Outfit Maker: Tan Suede Belt

5. THE BUY-ME-NOW BOOTS: Chocolate Buckle Top Long Boot

Price: £189 £139

I don’t think I can get through the autumn and winter without these gorgeous leather boots. The burnished brown leather and buckle detail are simply beautiful, and I know I’ll be wearing them for years to come.

Chocolate leather below the knee ladies boots from Cordings
5. The Buy-Me-Now Boots: Chocolate Buckle Top Long Boot

6. WORKING WARDROBE ESSENTIAL: Crescendo Birds Liberty Tana Lawn Shirt

Price: £65 £45

The subtly quirky flying birds print is a real mood-lifter and conversation starter – ideal for the office, business meetings, maybe even a first daytime date. It’s beautifully made, and won’t ever look dated.

Liberty Print Crescendo Birds Shirt from Cordings
6. Working Wardrobe Essential: Crescendo Birds Liberty Tana Lawn Shirt

7. DAY-TO-NIGHT POTENTIAL: Melody Satin Silk Liberty Shirt

Price: £89 £69

I adore the grown-up floral print of this shirt, with the yellow-gold flowers popping against the rich, dark, satin background. Pair with dark velvet jeans or a swishy skirt and heels for evening – striking and sophisticated.

Melody print satin silk Liberty shirt from Cordings
7. Day-To-Night Potential: Melody Satin Silk Liberty Shirt

8.INSTANT OUTFIT ELEVATOR: Blue Dragonfly Oblong Scarf

Price: £45 £35

In cotton and cashmere, this generously sized, light but luxurious scarf is going with me on planes and trains, and will make an elegant cover-up for cooler evenings. It pulls together both special and off-duty looks with polish.

Cashmere and cotton blend pale blue scarf with white dragonflies from Cordings.
8. Instant Outfit Elevator: Pale Blue Dragonfly Oblong Scarf

9. PERFECT FOR NOW (AND ALWAYS): Round Collar Short Boucle Jacket

Price: £245 £145

I love the pared-back cut of this little jacket, and the way the cropped, neat shape means it will work with both slim-leg jeans and wide-leg trousers. I’d also be looking out for co-ordinating pieces in one of the colours featured in the boucle fabric – a simple emerald green or rose pink shift dress worn under would become another elegant special event outfit.

10. GO-EVERYWHERE SHOES: Taupe Suede and Leather Penny Loafer

Price: £115 £75

I’m wearing these with everything – skinny jeans, slim-leg crops, pleated midi skirts and summer print dresses. It’s not every day you find the perfect flats for both smart and weekend looks, but here they are.

11. NEW SEASON LUXE LOOK: Navy Stretch Velvet Jeans,

Price: £99 £69

Cut to fit and flatter with a touch of comfortable stretch, these luxe-textured jeans, in a gorgeously versatile deep navy shade, will come into their own in the coming autumn/winter. Dress them down and up, from day to night.

12. THE NEAT BUT ROOMY BAG: Blue Carlisle Tweed Tote Bag

Price: £129 £79

Large enough for my tablet, make-up bag and notebook, with handy pockets for phone, credit cards and keys, neat enough to look chic every day, no matter where I’m going. And that lovely blue tweed. Irresistible.

Tweed Summer Cropped Jacket, Taupe Leather and Suede Loafers, Navy Velvet Jeans, Small Blue Tweed Handbag
9. Perfect for Now (and always): Round Collar Jacket 10. Go-Everywhere Shoes: Taupe Suede and Leather Penny Loafers 11. New Season Luxe Look: Navy Stretch Velvet Jeans 12. The Neat But Roomy Bag: Blue Carlisle Tweed Tote Bag


July 10-12: The Great Yorkshire Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

It’s the 160th anniversary this year for this massive and hugely popular event. As well as all the prize pigs, ponies, tractors et al, there are stalls selling fashion and must-haves for home and garden, a fabulous food pavilion, plus there are four catwalk shows a day in the Kuoni Fashion Pavilion.

July 19-22: Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

A renowned and much-loved event, now in its 15th year, with best-selling writer Lee Child chairing this year’s proceedings. Guest appearances by John Grisham, Val McDermid, Nicci French and Richard Osman, among many other notables.

July 19-29: The Great Yorkshire Fringe

This alternative festival in nearby York features Michael Palin, Omid Djalili, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Slattery, Rachel Parris and Lee Nelson, plus music from Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. The Fringe Dog Show has prizes for prettiest female, most handsome male and waggiest tail.

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