Sunday, May 25, 2014

Luxe for Less: Where to Score a Designer Bargain Online

Have you got a tight budget but a big heart for designer goodies? Keep reading for the best places to score a designer bargain from the comfort of your own home.

Modnique is based in California, USA and provides daily deals with products up to 85% off, including womenswear, menswear, kids clothing and accessories, beauty, skincare, handbags, shoes and jewellery. Brands that you will regularly find on the site include Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Chanel (beauty) and so many more up-market designers.  They say shipping takes 10-17 days, but it's never taken longer than a week to get to me. The best buy I've scored is a Dolce & Gabbana skirt for under $100.

MyNetSale's buyers are based in Paris, France and you will regularly find brands such as Givenchy, Prada, Burberry and Gucci. Sales start at 7am each day and last for 72 hours, and as well as clothing and accessories, there's home and living sales too.

MYHABIT was founded by Amazon and offers products at up to 60% off, with womens, mens and children's clothing and home wares. You can always find a designer brand on one of MYHABIT's sales. Céline sunglasses for $150? Yes please! Shipping is from the USA and can take anywhere from 2-5 days to 8-16 depending on the option you choose.

From my shopping experience, out of all of the sites I've mentioned, Gilt is the one that offers the widest variety of designer brands. You will come across designers such as Valentino, Givenchy, Missoni, Gucci and Céline on most of the sites above, but only on Gilt have I seen Thakoon, Carolina Herrera, J.Mendel, Monique Lhuillier, Derek Lam, and, well, the list really does go on. Some items are still on the expensive side, depending on how tight your budget is, but search through their sales and you will find designer gems at great prices.

1. Sign up to their newsletters to know what sales are happening and when.
2. Most sites will let you refer your friends to gain shopping credits to use on their sales.
3. Be quick! If there's a Valentino clutch or Givenchy handbag on sale, it won't last long.
4. Don't go crazy. It's easy to get carried away, especially when you first get started with online designer bargain shopping, but you don't want buyers remorse. As Vivienne Westwood said, buy less, choose well.

Are there any other sites you recommend? Or have you scored an amazing find on one of the websites I mentioned? Let me know!

Natasha xx

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