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By Chief Bargain Hunter, Chelsea Thomas

My most recent trip to DFO South Wharf was an absolute bonanza of really beautiful, timeless bargains. And that is good news for me, ’cause I have new cool pieces and you, because DFO’s Ultimate Weekend starts this Friday 30 September and runs right through until Monday 3 October.

Oh, I’m sorry, for anyone not watching the Grand Final on Saturday (my hand is up) go shopping. There is not a car on the road and you can snap up all the gorgeous sale items.

I headed in yesterday (then photographed the lot like a mad woman, for all of you to see) and went slightly berko in Calvin Klein (affordable, sexy-rexy delicates), Forever New (races dresses), Windsor Smith (heels under $100, yes ploise) and Valley Girl (jumpsuit mania much).

First stop – hey Calvin Klein.

I was literally gob smacked with the price points. I actually used to avoid this store thinking it would be too exe but I picked up some glorious lacy bras (that more than anything, make you feel together under your ‘werk’ attire). And if you want to get a little sexy on weekends then couple with oversized shirt and layer up, ladies!


Collar up? Collar down?


Yes, Spring is coming so you’re going to need some lighter top options. Moosh the look together with black leather look pants and heels. Medium to high ones.


Flip out the stripes for plain denim. Also, CK.


Then a Valley Girl jumpsuit appears for $24.95. Gasp. Jaw drop. Wear with a lacy bra showing or if you’re too scared, pop on a lace singlet (or plain) to give you coverage. Calvin has plenty of those too. For cheaaaaap.


Wide leg = must wear with heels. Nude works in well with navy. Always.


And oh, what do you know? A floral Valley Girl jumpsuit too. Good for shapes like mine, little boobs, small waist and a bum.


Forever New = Forever Cool. Lots of options for spring racing. Their offer for the weekend is further 25% off.               Offer available at DFO Essendon, Homebush, Moorabbin and South Wharf.

I’m a sucker for show string straps and lace bottomed dresses. So feminine. This baby was only $29.95 (reduced) and fell off the sale rack into my arms. Delight.


Who says you gotta pay loads for a spring dress or special occasion frock? NOT me.


Then, to heels. I whirled around Windsor Smith (who have up to 50% off storewide) as their offer for the weekend.

Surprisingly comfortable for the level of strap support. And cushioned. Good quality. Loving the colours for my ‘drobe too.


When I saw this stretch skirt, I just knew the fit was going to be good. And flattering. Nice elasticated waist bank and side split. Slinky fabric = always an easy go-to. Also, Forever New.


What it looks like to walk in. Pah.


By the way, sign up for DFO Insider in centre, for your chance to win a $500 gift voucher every day across Ultimate Weekend! And the Vic chicks, $5,000 holiday is up for grabs too.

Lap up the shopping girlfriends. The bargains are beyond.

Photography: Lizzie Halloran

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