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|Bargain tips for ladies fashion
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Browse the online outlets
Outlet retailers flog overstock or unsold items from previous seasons, discounted by anything up to 70%, and even more. You won't find the latest hot-off-the-catwalk creations, so focus on the classics and steer clear of any one-season-wonders or wacky trend pieces that may look dated within a year.
Italian high-end discount giant Yoox offers an edited range of end-of-season clothing and accessories from some of the world's most prestigious fashion houses. It's a good idea to hold off until sale time as Yoox slashes prices by up to an extra 80% on the harder-to-shift clobber. The Outnet, Net-a-Porter's outlet store, is another go-to retailer for cheap luxe. You get to choose from 200+ designer brands, marked down by up to 70%. For discounted designer diffusion lines, Asos Outlet is your best bet.
Hit the discount stores
Offline, a decent rummage at your local TK Maxx can throw up a hidden high-end gem or two. Although it can sometimes seem like a glorified jumble sale, there are some serious deals to be found among the less than desirable tat: those racks have been known to harbour the odd pair of Dolce & Gabbana trousers or Pucci swimsuit, so it pays be patient.
If you've got a day spare and don't mind venturing further afield, head to one of the UK's leading outlet villages. England's Bicester Village boasts the cream of the designer brands from Paul Smith to Prada. North of the border, Livingstone Designer Outlet is Scotland's largest, Welsh bargainistas should head to Bridgend Designer Outlet and if you're in Northern Ireland, The Outlet Banbridge is the discount village du jour.
Sign up for secret sales
Members-only secret or flash sale sites have taken off in a big way over the last few years. They offer heavily discounted products for a limited time and tend to focus on one brand per sale, so they're ideal if you're a die-hard fan of a specific designer or label.
Like outlet stores, you can expect to save up to 70% or more on the original retail price. Simply register as a member on your chosen site, sign up for alerts and you'll be sent details of private sales as and when they happen. Vente Privee is the original flash sale site and the market leader. It features an uber-exclusive section called the VP Lounge showcasing highly coveted pieces at rock-bottom prices. Other sites shifting big-name brands include Secret Sales, Cocosa and Brand Alley.
If your idea of vintage clothes shopping is a quick butchers around your local charity shop, Rokit store or car boot sale, it's time to think. The internet is awash with sites selling select second-hand style at low, low prices.
Covetique is one of the best in the business. It hooks up individual sellers of high quality vintage apparel with buyers from around the world. You could also try Asos Marketplace - current finds include several affordable '70s Chanel dresses. Etsy is also worth a gander, though you may find it a bit of an effort trawling through all those homemade beads and trinkets.
After some serious arm candy? Get your nearly-new Chanel 2.55 or Chloe Paddington from one the UK's leading pre-owned handbag sites, Bagnificent or Rewind Vintage.
Bid for a bargain
Browsing eBay auctions and bidding on end-of-season or vintage goodies can save you a fortune. But be warned: you can easily end up with a fake if you're not careful. Reduce the risk by sticking to reputable sellers or eBay shops that enjoy predominantly positive feedback. Look for guarantees of authenticity and if you're not sure, only buy from sellers or shops that offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Still cautious? Chic and Seek lets you put bids on designer clothing offered by private sellers. All items are scrupulously checked, so you can be certain your're getting the real deal.
Seek out sample sales
Worthwhile sample sales are few and far between outside the capital. But if you live in London or visit the big smoke on a regular basis, they're not to be missed - ex-model and display stock and items with slight imperfections attract hefty markdowns.
Some of the best sales are announced via blogs, but if you can't face trawling the web for leads, sign up for Sample Sales London. You'll be sent insider tip-offs for the city's most important sales events, from temporary pop-up stores to the best designer clearances.
Swap till you drop
Got a wardrobe full of designer duds you'll never wear again? One woman's tat is another woman's treasure, so get into the craze for high-end clothes swapping or 'swishing'. Online, Swap Style, 'the world's original and number one fashion swap site' is a good place to start, as is UK-based Covert Candy. You should also take a peek at cult French site Vestiaire Collective where you can trade in your unwanted threads and then spend the proceeds on something chic. Offline, stores like Bang Bang and Notting Hill Clothing Exchange offer much the same thing, but as with sample sales, they tend to be concentrated in London.
If you just have to have this season's Marc Jacobs bag or Gucci heels, search for the best deal via a shopping comparison site. Our favourites include Ciao and Kelkoo. Look for discount codes that you can use on your chosen retailer's site - all it takes is a quick internet search. Get on your fave designers' mailing lists: you'll be sent end-of-season sale previews and details of special promos.
And finally, if you're feeling extra adventurous, grab your French or Italian phrase book and shop foreign language fashion sites. High-end clothing tends to be cheaper on the continent and most retailers will ship to the UK.
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|Lots of great places. Thank you for sharing Brian.|
|Wonderful stuff, thanks for sharing with us.