Luxe For Less Shopping Tips

September 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

Like most people I have a keen appreciation for designer luxe items whether it’s amazing clothing in my favorite magazines, stunning photos in personal style blogs or the trendy moms at the local mall.  But more than anything I try to find inspiration from the finer things in life.  I love scouring flea markets, Goodwill stores, clearance racks – anywhere that will allow me to get the luxe for less and I’m all over it!  For the most part it’s focused around my love of fashion but it really applies to anything or anyone I may be shopping for in my life.  The thrill of finding something for way less than it was originally priced is simply unmatched. But finding pieces for less can easily open us up to impulse shopping so over the years I’ve come up with a few rules of shopping that I swear by:

Don’t be afraid of the junior department.  These are the stores and departments that WILL carry those trendy items seen all over magazines for way less, leaving you more money for those important investment pieces.

Find out what days they do mark downs and get there early.  I take about five days out of the month (sometimes even more lol) to hit up the stores for new items and shop the mark downs.  Some stores will even honor the sale if you happen to buy within a few days of the mark down.

Consider swapping with friends and family.  What’s old to you maybe something your friend or cousin might have been dying to wear and vice versa.

Consider some easy DIY projects.  Lots and lots of designer pieces are detail focused and can easily be recreated.

Know when to invest. I know this one may be a bit counterintuitive but I do know and appreciate that there will be items that need to be investment pieces. The criteria for me is that investment pieces have to fluidly go with just about everything in my closet and need to be easily dressed up or down.  So invest in a good bag and classic must-have items like a leather jacket, trench or a good pair of boots or heels.  These items will be worn year after year and never go out of style so they’re worth saving up for.

Below are some of my favorite outfits that I bought following these rules.

1. This purple dress was only $5 and I’ve been able to wear it so many different ways. 2. This outfit is a perfect example of mixing some high low pieces.  The DVF heels go with a ton of different outfits and I knew I could wear them year after year. The beige wrap dress is a no brainer and only cost me $25 and I’ve had this denim jacket for years and wear it ALL the time. Same goes with the clutch. 3. I built this outfit around my favorite $6 chambray top and the entire look was under $50 including the shoes.


Hope you found these shopping tips useful 🙂

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