Do you love designer styles but cannot afford the price tag that is associated with the brand? If you’re a devout fashionista and glamourous trendsetter in your own group of friends, you already know how cruel it can be when you’ve spotted the perfect addition to your next ensemble but can’t afford to splurge! Even if you just like to find a good sale occasionally, these style tips will keep you looking fashionable and financially stress-free.
Beyond The Rack
If you absolutely must have designer clothing and you won’t settle for any lesser quality, you will likely prefer to settle for designer brands at lesser prices. Imagine purchasing Chanel or Dior at 50% off of the original price. Sounds like a dream, right? Beyond The Rack has made this dream a reality for many fashion addicts. So how does it work? You sign up as a member in order to participate in savings events. Certain days will have corresponding events and differ each week. The savings that you can get for each event can vary from 25% to up to 85%, depending on the sale or promotion that is going on. In example, one of this week’s events focuses on designer handbags.
Because of the crazy discounts that are listed on this site, you truly have to act fast when you see something you want. If you don’t, it will sell out very quickly and you will regret that you missed out! In my entire time of having an account with Beyond The Rack, I have never seen a week where there wasn’t some type of designer fashion being featured in one of their events. Shipping is amazingly cheap and they won’t spam your email – in fact, they’ll only send you notifications when new events have been posted. Likewise, although there are many of these “event” based shopping sites out there, Beyond The Rack tends to be one of the top sites with the best reviews.
Know The Style
Sometimes it’s not about what you wear – it’s about how you wear it. If you can’t afford designer brands but you still want to look exquisite or like you dropped a few hundreds on your last shopping spree, it’s important that you know the style and can mimic it to the best of your own advantage. Here’s a quick example. In the picture below, the knit vest on the left (Barney’s New York; Ann Demeulemeester) costs around $1,220, while the knit vest on the right costs only $29.55 (Tambukiki – ebay) and can achieve the same effect by choosing a size form fitting to your body, folded appropriately and paired with a basic belt.
Alternatively, maybe you’re the type that loves designer so much that you will even consider wearing a knock-off, if it’s convincing enough. Note that I’ve said convincing enough. You have to be very careful in the realm of knock-offs; no one wants to become known as the king or queen of bad knock-off fashion among a group of friends or contacts in the fashion industry, so tread here at your own risk. A few bad knock-offs can get you blacklisted by even the most sympathetic of your fashionable friends.
This is a point where you really have to consider who you are making your fashion statement for. If you’re wearing copycat designer styles because you are seeking to impress a group of people, choosing a knock-off is generally never the best choice, and you should probably only opt for discounted-designer.
However, if you’re wearing the style for yourself and only purely because you like it, then go ahead and knock yourself out with these knock-offs. The picture below depicts designer Jeffrey Campbell Litas ($158), a custom made knock-off ($80), and American Flag Lace Up Booties ($42 @ GoJane)
Whether you’re a discounted-designer fashionista or a hip and trendy knock-off lover, taking a few of these fashion tips and making them your own is guaranteed to make your style skyrocket while leaving your bank account in peace. What are some of your tricks for saving money while staying in fashion?