How To Shop Designer On A Budget

Anyone who knows me well will know that I have a love of all things designer. It is almost like a compulsion which is not at all ideal when you don’t have the bank balance to match. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that you have to own designer. It also doesn’t mean that I won’t buy from the high street, just that I like to mix and match. I just like owning more luxury items whether it is clothes, accessories or beauty products.

If there is a purchase I am considering making then there are a couple of things I do to get the best deal.

Wardrobe clear our and ebay.

If I want to buy new things I have a good clear out of anything I haven’t worn in the last six months or that I know I won’t wear again. Anything that has only been worn once or twice goes on ebay and anything else is donated to charity. The money I get from ebay goes towards what I want to buy.

Mulberry Mini Alexa
Image by Alice from The Middle Sister


I am always watching out for the sales. When I decided that I wanted to buy the Mulberry Mini Alexa I waited until just after Christmas as I knew that Mulberry would be having their sale then. I also think that by waiting and not impulse buying it is a good way to see if you still really want something. When you are making a big purchase you really don’t want to regret it.

Buy wisely.

My last point leads into this one. When it comes to shopping designer I will always go for something that I can see myself still loving in five or ten years time. It is always worth going for classic items that won’t go out of fashion. I also tend to go for base colours as you are more likely to get the wear out of something relatively neutral.

Shop around online.

I will always take the time to compare the price of an item on multiple websites. I also make sure that I check out The Outnet as they have some serious bargains. Discount codes are a must so if I can get my hands on one then I’m thrilled. Last winter I have my eye on a pair of over knee boots from Nine West which at £225 were a little more than I really wanted to spend especially around Christmas. I found them with 50% off and then was able to use a discount code which took off another £20. This meant that I ended up paying £93, which wasn’t bad at all considering the original price.


Vestiaire Collective

I couldn’t talk about designer shopping on a budget without mentioning my latest love. Vestiaire Collective is a website that sells pre owned designer items with up to 70% off RRP. Each item is checked before you receive it to guarantee that it is authentic, which I love as I’ve found buying designer from ebay a little risky. I am always checking the site when I have my eye on something, which at the moment happens to be the Bulgari Serpenti Forever bag in metallic gold. I previously bought my Gucci scarf from this site and it was as good as new and came complete with tags. Obviously the better quality an item is it will cost a bit more but that will still be significantly less than brand new.



(2) Comments

  1. This is great post, especially for people like me looking to buy my first piece!

    Dana xx

    1. lifesacatwalk86 says:

      Thank you!x

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