We absolutely love the Summer sales, but when it comes to reductions, we can't help thinking some shops are a little bit stingy (Zara, we're looking at you here). Knocking £10 off an £80 dress doesn't really strike us as a good deal, so when we're shopping for summer dresses, bikinis and sandals in the sales, we look out for this proper bargains - and that means reductions of 50% or more.

Of course, these cheap deals don't stick around for long, and most of the pieces we've found below already have limited availability. But keep an eye on websites - towards the end of their sales some stores collect together all the leftover instore stock and stick it on the website, so you can sometimes grab an amazing bargain just by being patient. Oasis are particularly useful for this - last season one of our team nabbed a sold-out dress for £15 by constantly refreshing the website until her size came back into stock. Now that's fashion dedication.

That said, to inspire you to hit the sales now, here are a few of our favourite finds with at least 50% off. And the good news - they're all available online so you don't even need to go out in the rain!


- Red and white floral one-shoulder dress was £70 now £30 Oasis
- White daisy lace cropped top was £87 now £43.50 French Connection
- Placement scarf print shift dress was £60 now £30 Warehouse
- Tropical print trousers were £14 now £7 George
- Designed By neon print vest top was £35 now £12 Miss Selfridge
- Pale green 'scooter' sporty platform sandals was £78 now £35 Topshop