18 Monday, 6 July 2009 London Lite Salesto setyou upfora summerWardrobestaplesallatasnip W hen it comes to sales shopping, most of us are split into two clearly divided camps. There are those with strong, pointy elbows who love nothing more than muscling to the front of the sale rails. Then there are the milder shoppers who cant stand the jumbled stock and crazy crowds, and head straight to the new collections. Whichever type of customer you are, there is no denying that this years summer sales offer a great chance to snaffle a whole new holiday wardrobe at cut prices, so nows the time to take the sales plunge. If you fall into the latter camp and need a helping hand when it comes to success- fully bagging those bargains, read on. Firstly, before you head out you should have a clear idea of what you want or need to buy. Give your wardrobe a critical once over -- packed full of strappy tops? Then steer clear of strappy tops and try to fill in the missing gaps instead. As we are slap bang in the middle of summer and will inevitably have holidays booked, there are a few areas that are worth investigating on your sales mission. Bikinis, sundresses, sunglasses and sandals are all good bets, as they are classic summer perennials. Swimwear is no fun to shop for at the best of times, so you might as well bite the bullet and at least try to get something half-price. If you cant face a changing room, buy online instead and then you can try on in the comfort of your own home. Try Brazilian brand poko-pano.com or look to figleaves.com and net-a-porter.com. For dresses, its worth splashing out a bit -- after all, a designer dress will have real staying power and is so much more satisfying to flaunt. We love Jaegers sale for stylish, timeless classics, Stella McCartney is great for pure class and also head to Harrods and Selfridges for high-end treats. Its also a great time to invest in a designer handbag. Stick to classic leather styles that wont lose favour next season. So go forth and sales shop -- you wont come back empty-handed. by rebecca boyce THISWEEK lite loves Head turner: design and make your own hat at John Lewis HersHis IN&OUTTONIGHT Hat making A hAT or fascinator can transform a so-so outfit into a va-va-voom outfit, but sadly not all of us have the budget for a Philip Treacy or a Stephen Jones. So hurrah for good old John Lewis on Oxford Street which is holding a Craft It Yourself hat workshop on Wednesday. It will show you how to transform all sorts of haberdashery bits and bobs into beautiful headgear, and you only have to pay for the materials you use. Just think, bespoke millinery for your next wedding. To book, call 020 7629 7711. Frogging out PeraPs you deed not know, but 14 July is Bastille Day, a celebration of all things French. as it falls on a school day this year, there ees an elaborate ruse to celebrate it on sunday, 12 July instead. and celebrating is what theyll be doing in Battersea Park with ricard (makers of that French aniseed-flavoured drink) hosting a giant ptanque (boules) tournament where you can win a holiday to the south of France. add in superb food stalls, a cool French DJ and a caricaturist Main picture: striped dress, was 299, now 149; necklace, was 80, now 60; earrings, were 80, now 60. All at Jaeger Wedges 30, Office Dress 19.99, Republic Sunglasses 18, Accessorize Sunglasses 15, Urban Outfitters T-shirt 51, Ralph Lauren Trainers 9.99, Urban Outfitters Jeans 35, Burton CAMILLA RIDLEY-DAY Bag 8, New Look thelookDitaVonTeese & LouisMariedeCastelbajac index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html