YES YOU CAN: Sale-shop for a style classic

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you the timeless classics worth looking for in the sales.

If, like me, the New Year has you determined to clear out your wardrobe and only shop for pieces that last, try stalking the sales for these three stylish classics. A trench coat works across seasons and newer designs mix textures, fabrics and even sleeve and belt details. A Breton stripe never gets old and can be worn smartly with tailoring. A softer cut, lighter shade blazer is a winner dressed up or down.

How to shop and style timeless classics in the sales:

The new trench coat

Softly belted styles and neutral tones will always flatter

Sculpted sleeves give a classic trench a twist, as seen at Gabriela Hearst

Trench coat, £499, Massimo Dutti

Dress, £89, Aligne

Necklace, £270, Self Published

Sunglasses, £40, Matt and Nat

Boots, £180, A Perfect Jane, Immaculate Vegan

The bolder Breton top

A crisp white collar will up the ante under a striped jumper

At Balmain, a bold stripe adds a dash of French glamour

Jumper, £89.95, Massimo Dutti

Shirt, £45, Cos

Trousers, £130, Samsoe

Glasses, £168, Tom Ford, Smartbuy Glasses

Bag, £59, Cos

Earrings, £37, Wolf and Badger

Boots, £100, Matt and Nat

The easy-wear blazer

Invest well in a quality cut – then love for ever

The blazer is updated with a hint of blush and a roomier cut at Victoria Beckham

Blazer, £1,345, Joseph

T-shirt, £145, Marina Rinaldi

Jeans, £85, Lee, Amazon

Shoes, £136, All Kind, Immaculate Vegan

Bag, £200, Labante