The feeling of waking up lighter on payday can be likened to that first sip of celebratory bubbly - it's a refreshing moment that restores optimism. 

And after the reality of debit orders slaps you in the face shortly after, it only makes sense that you soften the blow with a new item of clothing or two - no matter how small.

With malls currently as bountiful with sales as Kylie Jenner's bank account is with money, this payday allows for you to grab an extra item, especially considering the fact that in the world of fashion, next season's wardrobes are curated in the previous one.

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So you had to hold off on buying those cowboy boots when you saw them slap-bang in the middle of month, but the good news is that you can now get them at a lower price. Plus, more 'It' trends to shop at these mid-season sales.

Time to head to the mall (or your computer) to try on and shop these essential items on sale:

ZARA sale

Only the most talked about sale right now. 

The Zara sale is the best place to do your winter shopping at the beginning of every year and it's even better in July - boots, coats, jeans and statement pieces are some of the most sought after items shoppers wish to purchase here.

We recommend this sale outfit: 

Red faux shearling coat, R799 (was R1599)

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Leather cowboy heel boots, R559 (was R1399) 

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Denim boilersuit, R559 (was R1199) 

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H&M sale

If it's knitwear for every day of the week that you're looking for, H&M has got you. 

And with up to 50% off the most Instagrammble items including corduroy pants, dresses and pleated skirts, you might just leave the store with more than an armful to create these street style looks.

But first, start with the basics: 

Underwear bottoms (3), R179 

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A blouse you can wear in multiple ways, R329 

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Plus, comfortable denims for every occasion, R179

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Woolworths quality sale

This one's a national favourite because it truly lives up to its name. With up to 50% off items and an extra 10% off for WRewards members, this sale is no joke - I bought my favourite pair of black pants here for R50 about three years ago. Yes, R50. 

You might be just as lucky too this payday.

We recommend this sale outfit:

Belted houndstooth paperbag pants, R350 (was R599) 

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Thebe Magugu floral off-shoulder top, R400 (was R799)

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Luxe Check Melton Coat, R850 (was R1499) 

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Superbalist sale

Well-known for their weekly flash specials, it's no surprise that Superbalist would again be a popular sale go-to with their new annual event, The Ultimate Checkout - a new take on the traditional clearance sale, putting the customer at the centre. 

We recommend this sale outfit:

Puma Basket Heart Glitter, R519 (was R1299) 

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Levi's L8 loose baggy pants, R299 (was R999) 

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C(INCH) frilled wrap dress (you can wear as a top with this look), R169 (was R349) 

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Or shop this printed Mango shirt dress, R699 (was R1399) 

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And pair it with this pair of Birkenstock Gizeh metallic stone sandals in spring to channel your inner Tracee Ellis Ross, R799 (was R1599) 

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