As regular readers will know, I have a serious designer weakness. But because I have a normal person’s salary which is somewhat at odds with my Upper East Side tastes, I’ve become rather skilled at hunting down my favourite brands at bargainous sale prices (in fact, I hardly ever pay full price for something). Because, after all, if something is both beautifully made and of such heart-stopping beauty, then that won’t change just because it’s a season out of date.
I had been meaning to go to Bicester Village for ever since I moved to England (I’d driven past on several visits to Oxford and stared in wonder at the shoppers leaving laden with designer shopping bags), and finally made my first trip in May. And oh, was it good. So good in fact, that I made a second trip there this weekend to escape the London tourists in favour of a spot of treasure-hunting. Bicester Village is essentially a perfectly manicured outdoor shopping strip boasting designer (and a good number of high street) outlet stores aplenty. Me being me, I began at the Mulberry outlet (where I picked up a pair of £300 golden flats for £50, and a gold charm bracelet for £100) and then popped to Anya Hindmarch (a darling little metallic pink card purse for £20 down from £120), Celine, Smythson (for a little stack of pink Smythson notebooks for my girlfriends), Temperley, Prada, Agent Provocateur (a bag full of decadently gorgeous silk knickers for around £15-£20 each), the L’Wren Scott pop-up, Ralph Lauren (some goodies for the Clever Boyfriend), the beauty shop (MAC lipsticks for each of my handbags) and Valentino (where it took all my strength to resist the heart-stoppingly gorgeous shoes and frothy silk dresses), by way of Searcy’s for lunch.
Items are reduced between 30-85% off and while it is largely a case of luck as to what you’ll find in each store (stock is a mix of previous season and slightly flawed current season stock), the place is literally overflowing with bargains for designer-lovers on a budget.Do you have any bargain shopping spots? Please do share!
Love, Miss B xx
Bicester Village is open 7 days a week. Travel by car or train from London (Chiltern Railways run regular services from Marylebone station) takes approximately an hour.
* Sponsored content in partnership with Bicester Village *