The dress comes in a range of colours and patterns and some have seen huge price cuts – reporter Bethan Shufflebotham reveals how to find them
January sales may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the deals are – and I’ve just found a gorgeous figure-flattering dress in a hidden sale on the River Island website.
The retailer’s Black Abstract Belted Slip Midi Dress was originally £60, but has been slashed to just £15 just in time for Valentine’s Day. The date-night ready dress is perfect for marking the occasion on February 14, but works equally well for any event you find yourself invited to this year.
The black satin dress features a white abstract squiggle design, and has seemingly only been reduced because the dress has been released in some new colourways and patterns for the new season.
In fact, the striped version of this slinky number – which is full price at £60 – made it into our top three Valentine’s looks on the high street.
I went to try on the stunning style earlier this month, and said in my review: “There’s just something about a satin slip dress that makes my heart flutter and truth be told I’ve been eyeing this dress up for weeks. The maxi dress features long sleeves and a scoop neck that’s cut ‘just so’ to make imaginations run wild. The fabric has a beautiful feel under your hands, and its print is bang on trend for 2024. We’ve been seeing this pattern everywhere and it’s just such a classic.”
The abstract version of the dress features that same scoop neckline and long sleeves, as well as a tie belt detail – although I wasn’t a massive fan of this feature. That said, it can be tied at the back of the dress to cinch in the waist, or removed all together if you prefer.
It’s been cut beautifully to accentuate curves, and the long sleeves make it look really classy, too. What’s more, is that it’s still available in all sizes from 6-18, though I imagine it won’t stay that way for long.
Meanwhile, the solid pink version of this dress is reduced to £30, saving half price on the RRP, while the new-in yellow, striped, black and floral versions remain at full price. I even tipped the sunny hued version of this dress to be a sell-out in my round up of best new-in high street picks.
But about that ‘hidden’ sale. At the end of January, River Island removed the ‘sale’ tab from their navigation bar, swapping it for new in styles and curated edits like boho and date night outfits – but that doesn’t mean that the offers have gone anywhere.
They may be a little more difficult to find, but I found a hack that makes shopping the remaining sale pieces a breeze. Shoppers who search ‘sale’ in the search bar will be met with hundreds of reduced styles – and if you want to be more specific, searches like ‘sale black dress’ will garner some filtered results.
Other outfits we’re loving in the sale include this Pink Plisse Flute Sleeve Bodycon Midi Dress, which is now £12 down from £40, as well as this Navy Metallic Puff Sleeve Smock Midi Dress, down from £60 to £25. But perhaps our favourite is the incredibly classy Black Velvet Asymmetric Bodycon Midi Dress, which I reviewed late last year hailing it the ultimate Christmas fit.
But it’s not the only place you can shop River Island styles for less than their RRP. The high street favourite has launched an eBay page where customers can buy pre-loved styles from the brand, with prices starting from as little as £10.
Elsewhere, online retailer Secret Sales – essentially an online version of an outlet village – teamed up with River Island last March in a bid to clear stock efficiently.
The partnership means visitors to Secret Sales can shop from a selection of up to 1,000 products from River Island, all listed at a fraction of their original price – some as much as 90 per cent off.
As well as outlets like Secret Sales, ASOS also stocks a wide range of River Island pieces from £13.50. The retailer sells more than 600 items from River Island, though not all of them have seen reductions, but handily you can filter between sale and new season, with more than half of the stock having seen some form of discount.
But if it’s the stunning £15 sale dress you want to get your hands on, you can shop it here while it’s still in stock.