Over the past few weeks I have found myself in conversations about bloggers and clothing. The big question in each of these instances has been “How can she afford all of that designer/expensive/large amount of stuff?!” I thought I would share the answer here: She can’t. (Psst— this applies to male fashion bloggers as well, so please forgive the gender identifier…)
That’s right. Even fashion bloggers live by a budget. But that doesn’t mean they are out knocking over Barneys and Bergdorfs to get ahold of designer pieces. No. It means they have a few tricks.
Let me start by getting something out of the way: Some things are gifted. BUT any blogger with integrity will reveal that fact.
1) The Brick & Mortar Sample/ End-of-Season Sales:
Yes. You have heard talk of these elusive creatures. Basically, a sample sale gives designers the opportunity to get rid of excess merchandise at discounted rates, while an end-of-season sale serves the same purpose for retailers. New York and LA are rich in sample sales. But regardless of where you live, when you come across one, pounce on it, as these sales are usually short lived.
(Remember these finds? They were the result of the Barneys Warehouse Sale, discussed HERE)
2) Online Sample/ End-of-Season Sales:
If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a city where such sales exist- never fear! There are plenty of online versions—and frankly, I love shopping from the comfort of my couch. These include sites like Gilt & Rue La La as well as major retailer discount sites like Last Call. The sites have great markdowns, but you have to hurry, because like their real life counterparts, these sales are only available for short periods of time.
(I wanted to share a photo of some Gilt.com purchases here, alas, they haven’t been unpacked yet…)
3) Fashion Outlets:
Quit acting like an elitist. The women and men whose closets you covet probably shop at these. And why shouldn’t they? Outlets can have fantastic markdowns! These stores carry past season pieces, but that doesn’t make them any less chic. And with markdowns up to 85% off…well, shopping these makes designers accessible for all. Best part? You don’t have to drive to an outlet mall to get these deals! My favorite online example is The Outnet.com, where I can almost always find something special.
(These are my recent Outnet.com purchases… more than $950 saved off their retail price!)
**One more thing: Vintage/Consignment Shopping is another great option. But alas, not my area of expertise. Check out my friend Veronica’s blog The Refined Pursuit if you’d like to learn more about that…**
Do you live on a Fashionable Budget? Share your secrets!