How To Find And Wear Affordable Designer Clothing

June 4, 2014

Everyone who’s ever opened a fashion magazine dreams of wearing clothes by top fashion brands. However, these clothes come at a very expensive price which most people can’t afford. Luckily it’s not that hard to find affordable designer clothing. You simply need to know where to look.

The people who can normally afford to spend thousands of dollars on a dress or a pair of jeans can be divided into two general categories. The first is the type of person who slavishly follows every trend and only wears the very latest ranges. This kind of person tends to be someone with no sense of style and can seem like someone with very little class who is desperate to impress. It’s better to look as if you belong in the second category, which is the type of person who buys classic pieces that will last for many seasons and for whom the quality is more important than whether everyone can see the brand logo.

An important principle to remember is to choose classic, timeless designs. You can wear these for several seasons without them looking outdated. This means that you can easily pick up expensive labels at huge discounts during the January or end-of-season sales and wear these items next season or the one after that.

Choosing second-hand clothes is a good option too. Look in stores that sell pre-owned clothing, at flea markets and in charity shops. Alternatively, check online suppliers to see what they have in stock. It’s possible to find an item that has been worn only once or twice and pay only a few dollars, where it would have cost hundreds or thousands of dollars if you bought it new.

There’s no reason to be ashamed of second-hand clothes. After all, both Reese Witherspoon and Penelope Cruz received their Academy Awards while dressed in stunning vintage gowns from the Fifties, Witherspoon’s by Dior and Cruz’s by Balmain. One of the most admired Oscar gowns of all time was the one Julia Roberts wore when she won her award. Her dress came from Valentino’s collection from nine years before and she had to have it altered so that it would fit her.

It’s best to avoid fake designer items. Counterfeiting is a crime and supporting this industry is not very ethical. Besides, real fashionistas can spot a fake from a mile away.

If you’re brave in your fashion choices, you’ll know that you don’t need to buy clothes by the most famous designers only. Young, up-and-coming designers often create more imaginative pieces that can set real trends. The added advantage is that these clothes are normally much less expensive too.

A final trick is to learn how to mix and match expensive items with ones that you got from cheaper retail chains. Sometimes the only way to tell the difference between a T-shirt that cost two dollars and one that set you back two hundred is to look at the label on the inside. It’s better to invest in a pair of designer sunglasses.

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