Sunday, 4 June 2017

How To Save Money On Designer Pieces

House Of Fraser Designer Sale

Whilst a lot of the big bloggers and YouTubers seem to buy a new designer piece every week, I'm well aware that for the large majority of us, myself included, buying something designer is a big purchase. As someone who vows to never to pay full price, especially when it comes to anything pricey, I thought that I would share how to seriously save on designer pieces without even really having to think about it.

So here are my top tips on how to save money on some of the big designer pieces;

Designer handbags

Depending on which designer you're buying, you have some different options. When it comes to relatively affordable designers such as my personal favourite, Kate Spade New York, there are two different options when it comes to current stock. If buying directly from their site, signing up for their newsletter can often save you a significant amount of money. And whilst 10% off at Topshop, for example, would save you less than a tenner, 10% off a £300 handbag is a real saving.

Most of the big department stores, such as Selfridges, House Of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Debenhams regularly run store-wide discounts. So for example, House Of Fraser currently have up to 30% across the store and this includes the likes of Lulu Guinness, Ted Baker, Michael Kors, Love Moschino and Kate Spade New York, meaning that you'd save more buying your new handbag from one of these stores rather than from the brand directly on this occasion.

For pricier designer handbags such as Chanel, Chloe, Gucci and Saint Laurent, buying pre-owned really does make a lot of sense. You can specify that the bag has been hardly used or that it is in perfect condition and just by buying it second hand, you can literally knock hundreds of pounds off the price. Some of the best sites have to be Vestiaire Collective, HEWI (Hardly Ever Worn It) London and And I'd recommend checking the sites on a regular basis if you're looking for something in particular.

Save Money On Designer Clothes Beauty Accessories

Designer sunglasses

As a real bargain hunter, I will never understand why people buy designer sunglasses at the airport. Each to their own but the thought of making a pretty big purchase whilst waiting for my gate to open stresses me out even just thinking about it. By simply ordering your holiday sunglasses a couple of weeks or even days in advance, you can save some serious money, money that can be put towards a fancy dinner when you're away or an experience that you'll never forget.

For some big savings, I'd definitely buy online rather than in-store. Sunglasses Shop are great for the likes of Miu Miu, Dior and Celine. And if you're buying Ray-Ban's, have some incredible deals on them at the moment. That's where I got this pair*. I finally opted for a proper pair after getting my £2 Primark pair caught in my hair for the thousandth time.

Designer watches

Again, I've never paid full price for a designer watch. My first foray into designer watches came via TJ Maxx, the American version of TK Maxx, when my parents and I went halves on a Marc by Marc Jacobs watch to celebrate my 21st birthday. And you can get some lovely designer watches, albeit past season's, in TK Maxx too.

Sites such as watchshop,com, again, are great for savings and John Lewis regularly price match any deals as well.

Designer shoes

TK Maxx can be a real treasure trove when it comes to designer shoes and I would certainly recommend taking a trip there. I've seen Manolo Blanik, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney and YSL on the shelves, as well as Michael Kors sandals and wedges in my local branch.

There are also sample sales, if you live in some of the bigger cities in the UK, most notably London. You can search online to see when and if sales are on and this is particularly helpful if you know you'll be in the Capital, for example, when one is on.

How to save money on designer purchases

Designer makeup

If you're a bit beauty mad, like I am, it might not even register with you that you're buying designer makeup, even if you are well aware that you're spending a small fortune on it. But again, like with most designer pieces, there's no real excuse for paying full price.

Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and my biggest vice, Charlotte Tilbury, you know the ones I'm talking about. Debenhams and House Of Fraser regularly run 10% off all things beauty, with the Debenhams beauty card offering up points and special discounts in addition to this. You can also earn back some real money when it comes to your points at Boots and they run promotions on designer beauty every week practically. It's just a case of waiting to see when there will next be some sort of promotion, whether that's double points, money off or extra freebies for buying at their counters. Boots points really do add up without you even realising so you can often deduct these from your purchase to make some serious savings.

Have you ever made a designer purchase? If so, what did you last buy? Or what has your favourite purchase been? Are you a bargain hunter or do you happily pay full price? And will you be putting any of these tips into practice the next time you make a big purchase?


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