Have you ever found yourself fantasizing about owning the stunning designer pieces models wear on the runway? Anyone? Okay, I will be the first to admit that I have daydreamed about it many times! Although I would love to just walk into my favorite designer store and purchase whatever catches my eyes at pre-sales prices, I am also on a limited shopping budget. Also, with my frugal spirit, I would never allow myself to pay the full retail price for any designer clothing or accessories. If you’re like me, read on to find out how to live that fabulous Marc Jacobs lifestyle without draining your bank account! After scouring the Internet and speaking from my own shopping experience, I have compiled a list of my favorite discounted designer websites.
1. HauteLook, hautelook.com
At this free-to-join online shopping site, you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices they offer. Enjoy 50-75 percent off of some of the hottest designer fashions. Besides designer items, there are also mid-level priced items to cover the demands of all types of shoppers. Also, since all of its sales (events) run on a limited time span, make up your mind quickly when you find something you want. Moreover, the online store has an iPhone app that allows you to literally shop at your fingertips. Seriously, as Paris Hilton would say, this site is so HAUTE!
2. Ideeli, ideeli.com
Go on this site and enjoy the thrill of the chase of a shopping spree with top-of-the-steep discounts available! Most of the sales end in less than 48 hours. So, my advice is make up your mind quickly!
3. Rue La La, ruelala.com
This is an exclusive invitation-only site. However, getting an invitation is easy, and the good news is that membership is free! Unlike most other discounted designer online stores where you’ll mostly only find women clothing items, men and children’s clothing, discounted travel packages, home equipment and toys are also available. My current pick on the site is Dolce & Gabana’s Fair Isle Wool cropped sweater. The price reduced from $655 to $179! It is still a bit over my budget, but is a worthy item to purchase because of its quality and the drastic price cut!
4. The Outnet, theoutnet.com
The Outnet features a wide array of items designed by a huge variety of high-end designers. From the edgy and somewhat masculine designs of Alexander Wang to the luxury and extravagant designs of Alexander McQueen, this site offers it all! As if giving deals up to 70 percent off of the original price is not generous enough, The Outnet often holds contests for members to enter, and the winner may be rewarded designer goods that amount to four digits!
5. Gilt Groupe, gilt.com
Join it to experience how awesome 60 percent off retail really feels! Similar to Rue La La, this site also has sections for men and children’s clothing, hotel deals and travel discounts on classy getaways. It also has two additional sections of deals that Rue La La does not offer, including regional discounts for major cities, food and even wine! The plethora of various sales awaits you.