I’m going to be honest, I love designer clothes. My favorite brands are One Teaspoon, The Laundry Room, Dayreamer, and Free People. These are brands where tee shirts are over fifty dollars. Now, I can also be kind of cheap. I hate paying full price for anything. That doesn’t mean that I won’t. But I find that outside of shoes and handbags, rarely anything is worth it to me to buy at full price. Shoes and handbags last a long time and you don’t really grow out of them. I am willing to splurge on new sandals or a new daily handbag, but I will wear them until they break. Shorts and jeans are worth a good chunk of change to me as well, since I wear them every day. However, the brands that fit me best are about one hundred dollars per pair. I’ve saved up money and bought them before, but I can’t do it that often.
But almost nothing is worth full price.
I’ve found a few ways to avoid paying full price for designer items, and I employ these methods religiously.
- Check Poshmark first. Poshmark is an app available in the app store where you can buy and sell clothes. You can read my review if you want any more information on the pros and cons of using it. You can check other clothing resale apps, but since I haven’t used any, I won’t endorse them. Many people sell designer items on these for over half off. Search for the item you’re looking for a few times using different key words and see if you like what is being offered. Often times, it may not be the same item, but the differences are worth the savings. I recently bought a pair of One Teaspoon shorts for 63 (instead of 98) and I had my eye on them for a while. I’ve bought Free People dresses for about 30 and Miss Me and other premium denim brands sell for about 50. (Feel free to check out my closet! @kirstenortez and use the code BBGDX for a free $5 when you sign up)
- Google discount codes for each store. The websites with lists of coupon codes are my best friends. Just google “[store name] coupon code” and plenty of websites will come up with current and past discounts. They’re also a good gauge of what kinds of sales they offer and how often.
- Check other stores to see if they have a sale. Online shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. I just got a pair of Free People shorts for over 50% off at Lord and Taylor. Even though the shorts I wanted weren’t on sale on FP’s website and other websites that sell their clothes, the shorts were on sale at Bloomingdale’s and Lord and Taylor. All you have to do is run a quick Google search to see if it’s on sale somewhere else.
- Sign up for the promotional emails. Create an email just for promotional emails that you can search through when you’re looking for something specific. You can even create a filter that takes the promotional emails and puts them in a separate folder if you don’t want the hassle of multiple email accounts. Since most websites offer a discount for signing up for email, this pays off almost instantly.
- Join the rewards program. Even if you don’t do a ton of shopping at a store, take the 5 minutes to join their rewards program (if it’s free). You get discounts for more purchases and free discounts on your birthday… If it’s free, there’s not a huge downside as long as you remember to use your account. Also, I haven’t signed up for any store credit cards and since my one credit card is hard enough to handle, I wouldn’t recommend that unless you’re super experienced with credit.
- Sign up for ebates. As long as you make your purchase through the website first, you get cash back! I’m not as great at remembering this one, so it’s harder for me to use. But a lot of my friends love it.
- Decide what you’re wiling to pay. Didn’t find anything using the methods above? Decide what you’re willing to pay for something and keep your eye on the item until it goes on sale. If it’s not in your price range, don’t get it. If it’s below your maximum willingness to pay, go for it. Waiting a little bit before you purchase helps too since it can help you deicide if it’s worth it.
I know I’m not a fashion blogger, but I hope this helps! I haven’t bought much at full price lately (being in college and all) so I’m pretty good finding cute things on sale.