4 Ways To Score Designer Clothes, Bags And Shoes For Less

Got your eye on a Chloe tote, Michael Kors watch or a pair of Prada sunnies but don't have the cash to drop on them? Here's how to save major money on your next designer purchase.

Blair Waldorf with designer shopping bags

Who doesn’t a gorgeous designer dress or a spendy bag for less than retail? Us! And you! So here are our tips ‘n’ tricks to scoring a big-ticket bargain for a lot less than full price.

1. Shop internationally

Jetting off? Designer gear is often cheaper to buy in its country of origin thanks to lower import and duty taxes. Don’t worry if you’re not off on your hollibops any time soon though, cos you can still avail of those savings on sites like FarFetch and Luisaviaroma. (But do note that you will be liable for VAT on items you buy online, so weigh that up before you commit.)

2. Check out consignment stores

Consignment stores sell second-hand items on behalf of the original owner, meaning you can nab a pre-loved designer item for a fraction of the price. You’ll want to verify that you’re getting the real deal though, and ensure that the store is meticulous about verifying the item’s authenticity. Our fashion ed Linda Conway recommends Siopaella and Vestiaire Collective as her two most trusted consignment shops.

3. Choose an unusual colour or print

If the style and look of your designer duds matter less to you than having the actual label then opt for one of the brand’s less popular items. A bag in an unusual colour or pattern can feel more unique, and will likely be cheaper than the brand’s classic or seasonal pieces.

4. Subscribe to retail newsletters

Why join your fave luxe brands’ mailing lists? Many offer a welcome discount coupon when you sign up or install their app. Forward by Elyse Walker gives you 15% off when you download their app for example, meaning major savings on that Alexander McQueen number you have your eye on. Score!