Saturday, February 13, 2010

Have you ever watched HGTV?  One of my favorite shows on there used to be Design on a Dime. The interior designers on the show teach you how to decorate your house with a small budget.

This kind of reasoning works for your wardrobe as well. Instead of Design on a Dime, we'll call it "Style on a Dime" Over the last few years discount designer websites have become all the rage. Now, you may notice that SOME people will frown upon buying high-end, designer items at a discount because these items are usually "out of season" or "so last year."

Ladies, here's the rub. If you spend $1,000 on a Fendi bag, would you only carry it that season? What if you bought a pair of Manolo Blahniks for $800?? Would you only wear them once? The whole in and out of season thing is overrated. Buy what you want and wear it whenever and for as long as you want. And if you follow that philosophy, why not purchase an expensive item at a discounted price? No one will know if you whether you bought it when it first came out or not. And honestly if you have people in your life that are asking you when you bought something, you may want to find a new group of people to hang out with.  Here are just a few websites that offer discounted accessories, shoes and clothing:
The thing I like the best about these websites, is the variety of product offerings. None of these sites ONLY focus on designer clothes. On you can find just anything from home goods, to sunglasses, and Rue La La sells cookware. The only drawback to sites like Ruelala, Hautelook, Ideeli, and Gilt Group is that you have to be invited by a current member, or you sign-up for a waiting list :-(. But guess who's here to save the day? Me! I am a member of all the aforementioned websites. If you would like to receive an invite just let me know and I will send one to you.

If you're not a fan of online shopping, there are plenty of brick and mortar stores that carry discount designer clothing:
Let me know if you try any of the websites or stores in this post! I would love to know what your purchased!

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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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