How women shop
Unless you are a heiress, married rich, won the lottery or became a billionair due your own hard work, you don’t buy a $4000 designer bag, a pair of $2000 shoes and a $5000 coat on a Saturday shopping trip on 5th Avenue or Avenue des Champs Elysées. Most likely, just doing one of those purchuases would automatically block your credit card.
No, I don’t envy them and you shouldn’t either. When someone pays 100 times the taxes you pay, a $1000 item is like a $10 item. If you like it, you buy it. That’s what the Rich do too. And,it’s good that they buy these products. They keep well skilled craft(wo)men at work and preserve the art of high-end fashion and Haute Couture. Or high-end fashion as an art? Anyhow. When you buy your $10 item, you help someone somewhere making a living. And always rememberStyle is not defined by money, but how you edit and wear you clothes. #personalstyle Click To Tweet
… and yes, some of the expensive designer brands make their way to a thrift-store for a second time around. Who of us doesn’t love recycling and being resourceful. One woman’s trash is another’s treasure.
How to get designer clothes on a budget
Most of us are on a budget fashion-wise. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t get the one other high fashion item on a budget. There are two legal ways to adding designer pieces to your wardrobe.
- Saving for the lust piece by putting a fraction of the monthly fashion budget aside,
- Or buying them second hand in a conseignment or thrift store or online on eBay and alike.
Actually, I do both.
Unlike in a regular store, you cannot go in to buy a particular item. It’s no secret to score high on eBay requires patiences. Scoring high in a conseignment store or thrift-store requires regular browsing. It can be time consuming unless you apply some time-saving strategies for thrifting.
Know your personal style
Like you try to avoid mistakes when shopping the sales, it’s important to know when to splurge or bargain. Only buy items that fit you and your personal style. Otherwise you end up with a stuffed closet and you are not wearing the clothes you have. Reacll:Closet space is real estate. Don't waste it. #styletip Click To Tweet
It doesn’t matter that that Chanel skirt suit is $200 when you are a California Casual or Bohemian Style gal. It also doesn’t do you any good, when it is too tight or two sizes too large. In these cases, alterations are impossible.Only buy pieces that you can't wait to wear. #shoppingtip Click To Tweet
Designers worth buying
Here is a list of my favorite designers I look for when shopping second hand. They are listed in no particular order, but alphabetic so you can easily check them when browsing. Note that when they are second hand, they still have different price tags attached like they did when they were new.
- Anne Klein
- Ann Taylor
- Banana Republic
- Bottega Veneta
- Calvin Klein
- Diane von Fürstenberg
- Eli Tahari
- Ellen Tracy
- J. Crew
- Jones New York
- Lauren Ralph Lauren
- Liz Claiborne
- Michael Kors
- Michael Michael Kors
- Oscar de la Renta
- Tracy Reese
- Ralph Lauren
- Stella McCartney
- Tory Burch
- Valentino Red
- Vera Wang
- 3.1 Philip Lim
Get the list as a cheat sheet to put into your purse or bookmark this post in your browser to have it handy next time you are looking for second-hand clothing.
Gallery of outfits with second hand finds
Outfits with second hand Anne Klein scarves and blazers
Outfits with Burberry finds
Outfits with Prada finds
P.S. Like these looks ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.
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Disclosure: I was not paid for mentioning the designers/brands listed and I am not affiliated with them. There are many others who are worth buying second hand that are not listed. All opinions are my own and as usual 100% honest.
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