Those Vogue and Victoria’s Secret models certainly got some serious threads, and you’re all alone left feeling inadequate. Don’t fret. Just because your budget doesn’t allow you a Gucci or a Prada, it doesn’t mean you can only dream about them. You can get a hold of designer clothes for less, if you know how and where to look.
Shop Other Collections – It’s not uncommon for major brands to have smaller ones beneath an “umbrella” of companies. One big brand (i.e. Marc Jacobs) can have what’s called capsule collections (a few staple pieces which best showcase a designer’s work); bridge lines (a collaboration between a high-end designer and low-end retailer); and lower-cost brands (lower-end variations of the main brand, such as Marc by Marc Jacobs). Be sure to check these out.
Buy Used – Something “used” isn’t necessarily something “abused”. You can easily find a number of designer duds at thrift shops, consignment shops, and garage sales, provided you know where they are. All these shops can have treasures just waiting for those willing enough to dig through the racks.
Check Out Discount Sites – Special discount sites are all over the Internet, offering designer clothes and accessories for less—and even better, they don’t require a special membership. Some of them are even willing to offer an additional coupon if you sign up for their mailing list. Sites like NoBetterDeal.com, 6PM.com, and LastCall.com can get you started.