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How to Score a Big-Ticket Fashion Item When on a Tight Budget

That dress or bag you’ve been drooling over for days, months, or even years but cannot afford to buy? In love with the latest fashion ‘It’ item?

Don’t despair. You don’t have to have an unlimited budget to get your dream top-end designer item. Our 4 simple tips will help you afford any big-ticket fashion item without getting into debt:

1. Save.
Put aside a set amount of cash into a dedicated money box each month.
There goes the money you get from selling your unwanted stuff too. And don’t dip into these funds until you’ve saved enough to cover the cost of your dream purchase.

2. Wait for the sales.
Sign up for updates from all retailers that have stocked your coveted item so that you are the first to know when their sales begin. Often, before markdowns officially start, special promotional codes are sent to email subscribers giving them the chance to shop with a discount ahead of everyone else. Create an account with a fashion search engine like ShopStyle and get the best deal on your desired item by setting a Sale Alert to find out when it goes on sale. When looking to buy in-store, pal up with the staff and ask to be notified in advance about upcoming deals.

 

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3. Hunt out deeply discounted pieces.
Make sure to always check outlet stores for past-season pieces often discounted up to 80% off original retail price during clearances. Barneys Warehouse is where I snatched my beloved cobalt-blue goat-hair 3.1 Phillip Lim Depeche East-West Clutch/Messenger Bag from for just $235, down from $895. Other online fashion outlets to keep an eye on are The Outnet, Nordstrom Rack, and Yoox. Search the web for promo codes prior to purchasing for an extra discount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Scout around for pre-owned gems.
If your wanted piece is from a past collection, try to track it down at resale stores such as eBayVestiaire CollectiveDesigner-Vintage, and The RealReal.
To never miss a bargain, sign up to receive personalised email alerts whenever new items matching your criteria are listed for sale.


And remember, you don’t need tons of things, crazy guts, or a special occasion to stand out. All it takes is one signature piece, some lipstick, and a smile to rock the world every day :}

XO,
Veneta & Kaira

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