Let’s look at five easy ways to save on designer clothing. And we aren’t going to tell you to buy the knock-offs or switch to the discount retailers. We’ll provide several practical tips for saving money on designer clothes and give advice on maximizing those savings.
Check the Sale Section
When you go into a boutique, you may be overwhelmed by the price tags. However, many of them do have a sale section. Some of these outfits may be out of season while others may not be selling well. Don’t forget to check the sale section on online retailers’ websites, too. For example, the luxury fashion store Ssense have yearly summer and winter sales where you could find some great deals. Note that you’ll probably have to scroll through a few screens to get to the best deals.
Another thing you could do is look for coupons and coupon codes for designer clothing sellers. Use sites that help you find discounts and coupons for online clothing retailers. Look for ads for upcoming sales of designer clothes.
It would be also wise to sign up for your favourite store newsletter and/or loyalty programs. Most retail stores will have deals exclusive to their members and will notify you by mail if there’s a sale currently on.
And make sure you learn about “sample sales” as well. Sample sales typically have limited inventory and short hours. However, they provide good deals on designer fashion. Do your research, and you may be able to find online sample sales. These are an ideal solution for those who can’t get to the mall or retail outlet during the limited hours for their sample sale.
Visit the Outlet Store
Outlet stores connected with a brand name fashion retailer tend to offer deep discounts on items that cost quite a bit in the mall. Their sale racks yield even greater discounts. Note that designer clothing outlet stores may have their own websites, so you could secure their deals without having to travel to an outlet mall.
Skip the Store
Retail stores have to cover overhead costs like rent and employees who need to be paid whether or not there’s anyone in the store. This is why they charge more for outfits you could find for less. Instead of going to a retail store, you could go online instead and buy designer clothing for less than you would at a retailer who has to charge a markup for the exact same outfits.
Another option is checking out consignment shops and thrift stores. This could take a lot of digging, but you could find new or barely used designer items on the cheap. Thrift stores contain an amazing selection of cheap name-brand accessories, too.
One trick for finding gems at the thrift store is by choosing the location wisely. Thrift stores in upscale neighborhoods tend to have a much better selection and you have a great chance of finding awesome deals on tons of different vintage items.
A third possibility is online auctions. Online auction sites periodically offer great deals, awarded to the highest bidder. These items may be new or slightly used. A side benefit is the fact that you don’t have to wade your way through the thrift store to find these items. However, know that there are many vendors who sell knock-offs through auction sites, and they’re pretty unapologetic about it as well. You can’t simply take their ratings at face value since a lot of people are actually in the market for knock-off designer clothes. The only thing you can do is use your common sense; if a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Check Out the Unconventional Alternatives
Men’s clothing is sometimes cheaper than women’s clothing. While you can’t find a bra or decent skirt in the men’s section, you may be able to find a cheaper version of that designer winter coat you like. No one will be able to tell the difference.
If you can let the item sit in your closet for a while, off-season discounts can save you a lot of money. Retailers sell clothes at a deep discount at the end of the season to make space for the new, incoming seasonal wear. You’ll find that winter coats are cheaper in February than when they first went on sale, and you can find deals on swimsuits late in the summer.
You can have those designer clothes without draining your wallet. All it takes is a little effort and not just buying the first thing you see on the front rack.