What if you could actually fill your closet with the designers you love and stay on budget?
It always happens, you see your favorite designers grace the runways and presentations of fashion month. Then, you pick up a similar, more affordable version of the same looks as soon as they hit H&M, She In or the like.
Thanks to a few discount-friendly stores and sample sales, this doesn’t always have to be the case. Here are the ones you should know about:
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First, remember there are stores made for this purpose. You’ve seen me highlight Bluefly, a one-stop web-only shop for all things designer at incredible savings. (I once bought $400 Rebecca Minkoff booties for $90!) The e-tailer now has an extra 20 percent off your purchase for “Friends and Family” and typically has plenty of coupon codes floating around online.
While this is worth taking advantage of, there are plenty of other options to get your favorite label’s pieces for less. The Outnet, Net-A-Porter’s sister site, and Century 21 were made just for that. T.J.Maxx even developed a “Runway” section just to hold the best designers. Even Overstock, Amazon and Jet.com have designer goods for less. (I know, I didn’t expect that at first, either!)
It’s also easy to forget that some of the most luxurious platforms have sale sections. My Theresa is now offering an extra 10 percent off some reduced-price items. Shopbop even has a specific section just for designer pieces that go 70 percent off or more. (Just make sure it’s exactly what you want because the most-discounted items are usually final sale.)
Don’t Forget the Big Outlet Stores or Sample Sales!
Whether it is your local special occasion shop’s trunk show or Helmut Lang’s pieces at the Clothingline in New York City, there are year-round sample sales for you to choose from. Not sure what that is or where to find them? In my experience, a sample sale is typically composed of leftover product a designer made for this season or the previous one that is dramatically reduced in price. (I told you about the Kenneth Cole dress I snagged for $30.) Racked, one of my favorite sites, has almost every sample sale listed for L.A., San Francisco and New York. If you’re outside of this area, it may require a little digging to find out which site/location works for you.
The easiest sales to find, however, are in your local, grand-scale outlet stores. While Barneys Warehouse is available just in New York and online, other headliners have expanded their locations to throughout the U.S. Neiman Marcus Last Call, which is in the middle of its winter clearance right now, spans from Orange, California to Miami. Nordstrom Rack and Saks OFF Fifth are just as popular and offer discounted items from their luxury-based counterparts. (All of them are also online if you don’t want to travel.)
Still Can’t Find that Perfect Item? Did you know these Shops have “Factory” stores?
We’ve talked about J.Crew Factory as well as Coach Outlet and their helpful online counterparts, already. But, did you know that in some parts of the U.S., Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Ann Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Kenneth Cole and even more of your favorite designers have brick-and-mortar outlet locations? In the case of Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade, what I find on the shelves seems to mirror those in its regular retail stores. They just don’t publicize it as much!
Of course, I have much more to share with you! Check back tomorrow for vintage buying tips and later this week for how to snag wallet-friendly, unforgettable experiences.
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