The Secrets of Shopping Designer Clothes

by Nicole Franco

Being able to own and buy designer items is often a luxury that most people think will never be a reality for them. Especially if you are living in a closet sized room and paying way too much rent. Even if that is the case the way you shop and how you spend your money can really make a difference. There’s a science to shopping designer on a budget and it does take some time and effort but it is 100% possible to make it happen. Keep reading to see how I learned to shop for designer goods without going bankrupt!

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Know what you like & buy that

Of course every one of us would love to have a wardrobe full of designer clothes but thats just not a tangible reality for most of us plebeians. One way to build a wardrobe you will love is by buying what you gravitate towards. For me thats shoes. I don’t know why but I ALWAYS seem to wander off to the shoe section of any store. So I know if I do happen to come across a great deal on a pair of designer shoes I will more than likely buy them because I know thats what I wear and like. Look at it almost as being a collector and you’re always looking out for that new and exciting piece. Except this collection you actually wear on occasion.

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Always check the sale rack

This probably sounds like a no brainer but you’d be surprised how many people still skip the sale section and it really baffles me when people do that. Yes, it does take some patience to look through all the clothes but thats usually when you find the best treasures. Get to know the sales trends of stores (hint: the big ones are usually in the middle of summer and winter, they gotta make room for those new collections) and keep an eye out for the discount on discount deals. But make sure you don’t get carried away with buying sale items. Don’t justify buying something just because its on sale if you aren’t in love with it. Its better to let it continue to sit on the rack instead of collecting dust in your closet.

Think outside the box

Theres so many ways to find designer clothes at a discounted price without having to wait for Net-a-Porter’s sale (although it usually is a great one). Apps and websites like Poshmark, the RealReal, Tradesy, Vestiaire Collective and eBay have tons and tons of designer items available for a fraction of the regular retail price. 95% of the designer items I own were purchased through an website like these or were on extreme sale. Again it does take some patience to sit and search through all the merchandise and you do have to keep an eye out and check regularly. Make it easier on yourself by searching by specific designers you like or the type of handbag you are looking for. Get specific on your search, unless you want to spend hours online shopping, then grab yourself a glass (or bottle?) of wine and go for it!

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Don’t buy an item ONLY because its designer

We’ve all done this and probably regret it. Buying something JUST because it was designer and you HAD to have it. Yet it has been worn zero times and is now a permanent resident in the corner of your closet. My rule for myself when I do start to go down this path (it happens) is to think of 3-5 different outfits I can wear with what ever item I want. If I can’t think of at least 3 and have reservations about it then I put it back. Be smart with how you spend your money. If its not going to serve a purpose in your wardrobe then let it go, regardless of whose name is on the label.

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H&M shirt and jeans (similar) | Dior shoes (similar) | Givenchy sunnies (similar) | Hieleven bag

Change your spending habits

One thing I’ve had to learn that definitely wasn’t easy is to change the way I shop and spend my money. You can’t have your Dior shoes and still expect to go crazy at Forever 21. I reached a point where I wanted classic pieces I can wear over and over again. And continuing to buy inexpensive clothes for a one time wear was no longer working for me. It was like I hated everything I owned but I was crazy enough to buy it so was going I crazy? Probably. That’s when I knew I needed to start investing in pieces that I’m obsessed with and be ok with wearing them over and over again. Even if that meant spending a little bit more on one item and not buying so many cheap items. Trust me you can’t completely overhaul your whole closet overnight and its something I’m still working on. But it truly makes a difference when getting dressed, looking for an outfit for a night out, or packing for a vacation when you LOVE almost everything you own.

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8 comments so far.

8 responses to “The Secrets of Shopping Designer Clothes”

  1. Alex says:

    Very nice post ! For me it’s coats and jackets ! I think it’s important to choose wisely the designer items, they need to work with your style, lifestyle and wardrobe !

  2. Cool look!! Love the top!! It is so cool!!

  3. Imogen says:

    For me it’s definitely jewellery, I absolutely love gazing into windows like Tiffanies or Cartier, and one day when I have a full time job I will definitely invest in some staple pieces. I’m all for minimalism and I 100% agree about the cheap spending- you probable will end up spending more on useless items in a year than you would you bought a few really nice pieces of good quality products.

    Lovely post! Xx (as always)

    Imogen //

  4. Josie says:

    This was such a great post! As I’ve gotten older I’ve definitely realised that it’s quality over quantity. I love buying preloved pieces too, it’s nice to recycle stuff. Those shoes are so dreamy by the way! x

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  5. Monique says:

    Great Post! Love this look.

  6. Rachel says:

    I am obsessed with your jeans, and love your tips on buying designer goods! It is definitely easier to buy a bunch of cheap items, but worth it to buy the higher quality options. I’m trying to do the same!

    Lots of love,


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