First stop for us was Coast, that staple for overpriced evening classics and feminine separates. Prices – and discounts – varied depending on how old the stock was. We were - of course - seduced by the drastic discounts on old Summer stock. While the green dress I tried (£39) was way too small (I need to know when to say no to cake…) I did fall for a pleated babydoll (£45) that would have been perfect for the wedding I’m attending next year. However, I resisted temptation as I know I’ll see hundreds of other dresses between now and May, and because white is so impractical. Isabelle, meanwhile, tried a £19.50 white broiderie anglaise shell top that looked cute but came up very small.