We might not want to admit it, but high end fashion is kind of a scam. High end designers will charge you up the wazoo partly because of the name. However, in some cases, they’re actually worth it, and you may have your eyes on a new pair of designer pumps or handbag but just can’t afford it. The good news is that there are tons of different ways that you can save on designer gear. There are so many shopping options nowadays that you would almost have to be a sucker to pay real prices, or a millionaire heir/heiress. Here are a few ways that you can get designer goods for less.
Thrift, Thrift, Thrift Away
Thrift shops are goldmines for anyone looking for great finds for less. You could even find some holy grail type of vintage piece when you least expect it.
If you’re looking for high end designer denim, thrift shops are the way to go. Also check Goodwill stores in your area. And if you can’t find your size, or an item doesn’t fit perfectly, simply take it to a tailor.
Another thing you could do is find hardly worn items through sites like Ebay. If you’re looking for something like a travel bag, then it makes total sense. Designer luggage is usually made to last, and leather bags in particular get even more character as they age, so that’s a great option.
Online shops can be tricky, but they’re also a great way to save on all sorts of designer items. However, there is the possibility that you come across something fake, so you have to be careful. This is also not the best place for all types of designer items, like handbags for instance.
But if there’s one item I will always buy online, is designer frames and glasses. They’re just overpriced offline and there’s no reason to pay these prices in my opinion. You could get all your measurements and prescription offline and find the exact same pair for a fraction of the price online. Take these calvin klein eyeglasses for instance. You’d have to pay a pretty penny for them offline. Not only will you get better frames through an online store, but you’ll even be able to buy more than one if you feel like it.
Beware of Outlet Stores
One thing you have to be wary about are outlet stores and sales. While you may think that you’re getting a good deal, what you may not be aware of is that many designers will have items specifically made for these outlets. So while you may think you’re getting the same Michael Kors handbag you would get at a regular store, you’re actually getting a cheaper version made for outlets. If I were to give you one piece of advice, it would be to avoid them completely.
If you follow these few tips, you’ll be able to look fabulous without breaking the bank. It’s all a matter of knowing where and what to look for, exploring all your options, and shopping smarter.