How to Get Designer Looks for Less

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Outfit details: bag- here, c/o Designer Share | jeans- here | blazer- here | heels- here

 

Alright friends, let’s get real. As a twenty-something, I definitely do not have the money to be buying designer everything. As much as I adore this season’s Gucci bags or Louboutin heels, it’s just not realistic at this point in my life. But, as a fashion-lover and blogger I’ve gotten pretty creative about other ways to get designer pieces. I’ve rounded up my top 4 secrets for how to get designer on a budget.

 

1. Rent Designer Items

One of my best tips is to RENT designer items! That’s right– rent them. My friend Caitlin recently introduced me to Designer Share, and I’ve fallen in love. The gorgeous Chanel bag in my photos is from Designer Share, and I couldn’t have been happier with my rental experience.

Designer Share is a Chicago-based company that just started shipping nationwide! You can go on their site to look through handbags, shoes, clothing, and accessories to rent. Once you pick out your items you select the rental period from 1-4 weeks. Of all the rental sites I’ve been on, I haven’t found another one that allows you to just rent the item for a week! Most make you rent for an entire month, so this is a great option to do if you have an event or trip coming up. Designer Share also offers 20% off your first order with code FIRST.

 

2. Buy from Resale Sites/Stores

You have to be careful with this one for authenticity purposes, but there are some websites that are verified authentic! My favorites are The Real Real, Fashionphile, and Tradesy. These sites all ensure that items are 100% authentic. I would be cautious when looking at sites like eBay and Poshmark, etc.Β  I’ve seen a lot of dupes on them and it’s hard to tell just from the photos.

Another option is to visit local consignment shops. NYC has a bunch like What Goes Around Comes Around and Michael’s. But I’ve found that the prices are usually higher at stores than online options. A pro of this is that you get to actually touch and see the designer item before you buy it.

 

3. Check out Sample Sales

If you’re in a big city (s/o to NYC), then they are bound to have designer sample sales. It’s just slightly dangerous that the biggest site for these is 5 blocks away from my office. I always check out Racked to find out what sales are popping up in the near future.

*Pro tip: Sample sales usually run for about a week, and the prices decrease as the week goes on. If you are willing to riskΒ  your item selling out, then you should wait until later in the week for a price drop.

 

4. Shop from Discount Retailers

Stores like Saks off 5th and Nordstrom Rack will sometimes have amazing designer goodies listed. I usually just check these stores or websites occasionally to see what they’re offering. You never know what you’ll find!

 

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Xx,

Lauren

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  • Cathy
    Reply

    These are such great tips! Renting for special events is a great idea!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Cathy!!

  • Stephanie
    Reply

    These are amazing tips! I’ve heard of a couple of the brands, but I definitely didn’t know you could rent designer pieces, and now I totally want to try that out! So neat!

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Yess– it’s so amazing! A great solution πŸ™‚

  • roxy
    Reply

    You know I am so in for designer bag rentals! Designer Share sounds amazing. I really need to have a luxury bag on my arm for a few days before I buy it so I can see whether it’s the right size, weight and feel for me. Totally checking out the site this very instant! Thanks for the tips.

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Love it!! I 100% agree with try before you buy πŸ™‚

      Xx

  • Laura Leigh
    Reply

    Awesome tips lady! I could definitely use help finding some great deals when it comes to designer items. My husband would be happy if I followed these haha.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, girl!! Omg I bet πŸ™‚

  • Kileen
    Reply

    These are great tips to get designer looks for less! Great post babe, and I love your outfit. Denim and heels are my fave!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Kileen! Me too, I find myself pairing them alot recently πŸ™‚

  • maggie
    Reply

    Great tips! Renting is always my go-to for events

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks! Agreed!!

  • Samantha
    Reply

    Obsessed with these shoes!

    http://www.stylebysamantha.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Samantha πŸ™‚

  • Meghan
    Reply

    Love your outfit babe! You look great.

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Meghan! You are so sweet πŸ™‚

  • Steph
    Reply

    This is such a good post. Always looking for those good deals.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Steph!

  • Jasmine
    Reply

    Okay loving these tips because I’m someone who hates buying designer items lol

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Thanks, Jasmine! I’ve found that they are super helpful πŸ™‚

  • sarah lindner
    Reply

    I’ve done this before, great advice!
    Xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.TheHouseOfSequins.com

    • Lauren Gill
      Reply

      Love it girl!!

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