4 Tricks to Save Money When Shopping For Designer Clothes

designer clothes, save money when shopping, save money shopping, frugal shoppingIf you’re a frugal person, shopping designer often may be out of the question.

But once in a while it’s nice to spoil yourself. I mean, what’s life without a little fun? And just because you buy designer doesn’t mean you have to drain your bank account. Here’s four tricks that will help you save money when you want to wear designer clothes.

Learn the inner workings of thrift

Of course a thrift store is “the place” to find the cheapest designer clothes. But we all know what it’s like shopping at a thrift store, especially if you’re looking for something specific. It’s all a game of chance.

There’s no guarantee you’ll find anything designer (or even wearable) because the good things disappear as soon as they hit the racks. So, beat the system. Increase the odds of scoring designer clothes by shopping on days the store processes new merchandise. How? Stake out the store, ask the staff and swoop in at the right time to take your pick of the best stuff.

Surf the online stores

Some online shops offer great discounts on designer clothes and shoes. I purchased Badgley Mishcka shoes for my wedding from 6pm and they only cost me $99. Standard retail price for the designer is over $200. Not bad, right?

You can also try sites like Last Call, Beyond the Rack, and Loehmann’s to score on designer duds. Items that appear on these sites are designer brands like Marc Jacobs, Chanel or Guess. And all of them are at a fraction of retail price. Also, depending on how much you purchase you can save a nice amount of money on shipping.

Check out clothing swap stores

If you don’t have any money to sacrifice on designer clothes, but you want something new to step out in try a clothing swap. The most popular store that allows you to swap your clothes for other clothes is Buffalo Exchange. When choosing the clothes you take to the exchange, pick items that are on trend and in season. They probably won’t be inclined to take a bunch of tank tops from you in the middle of winter.

If you don’t have access to a Buffalo Exchange, host your own clothing swap with friends and family. You can all refresh your wardrobe without spending cash.

Rent designer clothes

If you need a high-end piece of clothing for a short period of time, why not borrow? It’s a great option if you’re looking for something specific that you can’t find on sale in stores or online.

I borrowed jewelry from Rent The Runway for my wedding and it’s a very easy process that I always recommend. First you browse through clothes, jewelry or bags and there are ratings to help you make a final decision.

After you purchase, they send you the merchandise with a return package. When your rental period is over you just drop it in the mail. A few designers you can find on the site include Rachel Zoe, Valentino and H Missoni. Many of the items rent for nearly 75 percent less than retail price. This is perfect if you’re just looking for something to wear on a special occasion.

Do you have any other tips you use to shop designer on a budget? Share with us below!

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