Have you ever wondered how I am able to score designer items at low prices? I’m passing my tips and secrets along to you in this post!
Over the years I’ve collected a few really great designer pieces for my closet. Emphasis on the “over the years” part, because building a timeless wardrobe full of designer garments and accessories is absolutely something that does, and should take time, patience, and careful consideration. Knowing what your personal aesthetic is, what things you are looking for, and what styles are timeless in your wardrobe is important as it will give you an eagle eye when browsing the endless world of online retail, and reduce frivolity and buyers remorse. Similarly, once you do know what you’re looking for, be prepared to spend hours browsing and researching to find the best deal and the lowest price. Often times it’s sacrificing our modern desire for instant gratification, being patient and waiting for that promo code that can be combined with sale prices. One example is the Zimmermann ensemble below, I’ll see an item I like during a runway show or preseason, then six months to a year later I’m able to get it – at about 50-70% off though! So, yes, it is a time investment but one that you won’t regret – I certainly don’t!
Below, I’m sharing some of my designer – mostly mid-range but some luxury – finds that I scored at deep discounts, brand new, with tags still attached. I’m proud to say that with the exception of only a few of these items, I’ve been able to get everything for no less than 40% off of the original price. I’ve gradually learned a few good secrets to smart shopping such as where to shop, when to shop, what times of year things go on sale, and how to use coupons and promos to get the deepest discounts. To help you do the same (because I believe in investing in high-quality, stylish items that will last forever and stay in style for just as long, over trends and fast fashion) I’ve included some of my favorite designer sale finds, where I purchased them, AND I’m revealing exactly what I paid for each of these beloved items to give you an idea of the kind of reward patience, research, and knowing a few tricks can provide.
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Favorite deep-discounted designer finds
Where to shop: My favorite online shops for discounted designer items.
Saks Off 5th.
Neiman Marcus Last Call.
Century 21 Stores. (website is currently not available but check back because I’ve found some really great shoe deals here!)
Favorite e-tailers for great seasonal sales (their sales are the best of all retailers in this category):
Matchesfashion sale section.
Net -a- Porter sale section.
Designer websites sale sections (ie: Loveshackfancy.com; PamelaMunson.com).
Shopstyle.com (aggregate site, not as good as it used to be but still worth mentioning).
Websites I’ve not ordered from but have some good deals:
United Apparel Liquidators.
When to shop: Watching for sales throughout the year.
Most retailers run some form of sale or promotion every month, I’ve made note of when the “big” sales happen.
January/February: Autumn-winter collections to go on sale. “Warehouse sales,” sometimes pre-spring collections on promo, deep discounts on remaining summer stock.
May/June: Spring collections go on sale, deep discounts on remaining fall and winter stock.
July/August: Summer collections begin to go on sale, pre-fall arrives (Nordstrom sale on pre-fall), deep discounts on remaining winter stock and spring lines.
November: Black Friday/Cyber week sales.
December: stores usually run sales all month, end-of-year sales, boxing day sales.
How to shop: Coupons and promo codes.
- Many times, companies will give a 10%-15% coupon code in exchange for email signup.
- Pay attention to the home page and any banners for promotions, sales, and codes.
- Sometimes you can do an internet search for “_____ promo codes” using the name of the site you are shopping.
- DO sign up for your favorite designer’s email list and be the first to find out about sales and promotions. Often times they run promos on top of sales and items go quickly (such as with Loveshackfancy’s take an extra 25% off sale).
When to pay full price.
- When you know an item will sell out immediately, and of course you have the wiggle room in your budget to accommodate the purchase, buy immediately. Examples; limited-edition styles, designer collaborations (such as the Simone Rocha x H&M collab.), trending items from popular brands (such as the Hill House Home nap dresses).
- Whenever there’s a huge market for knockoffs to ensure you are getting the real deal (such as with Gucci belts, designer bags, etc.).
- If you absolutely love it, can’t life without it, it’s not going to hurt your budget, and you really don’t care if you get a discount on it.
Guilt-free full-price purchases
If you’ve been wanting to shop smarter, buy better quality items, and practice more mindful buying habits, bookmark this post and refer back to it when you feel the urge to settle for something all around cheap. It’s entirely possible to build a wardrobe of high-quality, ethically made, or designer items for a fraction of what everyone else is paying – I’m proof of this! Of course, always have a cushion in your clothing budget so that when you do find that item you will not be able to live without, you can afford to splurge on it!