Design on a Dime

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have you ever watched HGTV? They have a show on there called Design on a Dime that teaches you how to decor your house with a small budget.

This kind of reasoning works in the fashion industry too. 'Style on a Dime" Over the last few years discount designer websites have blown up. Some people frown on buying high-end designer items cheaply because the items are usually "out of season" or "last year's hotness."

Ladies, here's the rub. If you spend $1,000 on a Fendi bag, would you only carry it that year? What if you bought a pair of Manolo Blahniks for $800?? Would you only wear them once? The whole in season and out of season thing is overrated. So why not purchase an expensive item on discount. No one will know if you bought it when it first came out or not?

Discount Websites
Haute Look
Gilt Group
Rue La La
Blue Fly
What I like about most of these websites, is they don't only specialize in designer clothes. On overstock you can find just about anything, and rue la la has cookware, etc. The thingwith websites like ruelala, hautelook, ideeli, sheckys and giltgroup is you have to be invited by a current member, or you go on a waiting list to join. So I am a member of all the above. If any of you want to receive and invite just let me know and I will have one sent to you.

If you are not a fan of online shopping, there are stores out that that carry discount designer clothing:

Discount Stores:
Burlington Coat Factory
TJ Maxx (I was in TJ Maxx last night and they have Michael Kors Pumps.)

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  1. I am so excited about you making this blog, and I think it's a great idea! You've ALWAYS looked well put together ever since we were in high school -- that's why everytime we're together, I love going to the mall with you! You have great fashion sense and are smart with your money!!! Unfortunately for me, I'm not so smart with my money ... I just bought a Valentino. :-/

  2. BUAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAA, It's ok girl! I remember our shopping ventures. Every girl is a lot a little splurge....remember my two Michael Kors watches?? Like I really needed two. I think every girl needs to have a little couture in their lives!

  3. I love your blog, you rock!!! I agree, you have a gift for style :) Question - I really want a burberry scarf (that's my new kick haha)... but i really don't want to spend $295 at Neimann's...I've looked up a few on Craigslist and Amazon that are going for $80-$ can I tell if they're genuine? I am SOOO against fake designer stuff... are you? I was wondering as a fashion expert, how do you feel about knockoffs? I hate them :( hahahaha ... love your blog, keep up with the good work!!!

  4. Meera,
    This is a good topic for a blog. I will definitely write an entry on designer knock-offs. But my response is, I don't really care for them. If I can't afford the real thing, I don't want it at all. But there is nothing wrong with getting the real thing on discount. I know people who use the websites I have listed above. I would be wary of craigslist and ebay purchases. I hear Amazon is pretty good. But worst case is you could buy from one of those websites, and then take it into the Store to have it verified.


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