As a self-proclaimed fashionista, I love designer clothes. However, I don’t love the designer price tag. I’m always on the hunt to find designer clothing for cheap.
Believe it or not, it can be done! Here are 5 places I score designer clothing for an affordable cost.
1) Vintage Stores
Vintage stores frequently offer amazing finds with a much lower price tag.
While you may have to do some digging, you can score amazing vintage designer pieces for a fraction of the cost of something new. Plus, having a vintage piece makes it special and unique!
You can even shop for vintage designer clothes online through Thrifted. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
2) Buy Second Hand
Gently-used designer clothing is an excellent way to save money. This is one of my favorite ways to score designer finds for cheap.
One of my favorite consignment sites to buy from is The RealReal. The RealReal employs specialists who confirm the authenticity of designer items, so you know you aren’t purchasing a fake designer piece. Best of all, The RealReal lists the condition of the item, and has a generous return policy in case something doesn’t fit.
And if you currently own designer pieces, you can always consign them online to earn some extra cash.
3) Clothing Swaps
Are your friends fashionistas? If you have friends who are equally as into fashion as you, you can hold clothing swaps and share designer goods.
By shopping each other’s closets, you all can expand your collection of designer goods without spending any money. Just be sure you all agree to return the items in mint condition to avoid a friend accidentally damaging your designer goods!
4) Factory Outlets
Have a favorite designer? If they have Factory Outlets, you can save up to 70 percent off retail price!
For example, designers like Michael Kors, Coach, and Guess all have factory outlet stores. Designers send clothing items that aren’t selling to outlet stores. However, just because they weren’t selling right away doesn’t mean you can’t find some one-of-a-kind gems you love!
You can visit these in person in most major cities, or you can shop online. By purchasing from an outlet store, you are guaranteed to find a wider variety of designer clothing for cheap.
5) Rent It
Shopping for a special occasion? If you are in need of a new outfit for a one-time occasion, such as a wedding, a charity event, or a work obligation, you don’t need to go out and purchase an expensive new designer outfit. Nowadays, you can simply rent designer clothing through websites such as Rent The Runway.
For example, take a Marchesa Notte gown, which typically retails for around $900. Instead of spending your hard-earned cash, you can rent the dress for around $150 through Rent The Runway. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning!
Renting clothing is such a great way to expand your wardrobe, but without having to purchase all of the clothing for full-price. In addition, you can simply return the outfit when you are complete, thus saving room in your closet.
Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers. Read more by checking out her website at RachelSlifka.com.