This post contains my tricks to afford pricey things. There are affiliate links, but only to things I use and adore. Enjoy designer frugality!
I have about 4 different outfits I can wear to work. My closet is fashion roadkill. That being said, I am a lover of the extremely, obscenely, expensive. I devour fashion blogs like they’re going out of style. And I myself look like a secretary fought with a college student back in 1999.
My Prada skirt is in the consignment pile. My D&G skirt keeps it company. I had an Aiden dress there too, but I gave it to a girl that works in my building to wear at her various wedding events. I loved that dress. I was told to take my skirts back to the consignment store in Fall. I apparently wear a lot of Fall, and not too much Summer.
I still have in my closet my senior prom dress, a Grecian number that I adore. I have Chanel pumps, a LAMB clutch, and two Kate Spade bags. I wear Prada sunglasses. I rock Rock and Republic jeans.
All this I pair with my wardrobe regulars: Target Tank and Zara cardigan. I have a 3/4 length Calvin Klein grey short jacket I usually wear with jeans and a tank.
All this would seem like I adore materialism. Right? And of course, to some extent I do. I buy into the belief that designer clothes are worth the price, and I don’t hesitate to spend $30 on a designer item when the same item with a Target tag on it would make me balk. Is it materialism? The belief that the resale value will be high? The preciousness I feel with a designer bag in hand?
Who knows. What I do know is that my coworker looked at me and, with a dropped jaw, asked if I bought my Prada and D&G on sale or full price. I am, after all, the girl that she made fun of because I couponed 40 free boxes of Barilla pasta. I scoffed. Of course not. I would never buy designer full price.
Almost everything designer I have is from various consignment stores. Have I mentioned my love of consignment stores? My husband bought me my Chanel pumps from a consignment store after I tried them on and fell in love. My Prada skirt and sunglasses – consignment store. D&G skirt – consignment store. Rock and Republic jeans – Nordstrom Rack clearance rack. $30?
I am of the full belief that goods – even expensive ones – need not be budget busters. You can always find a deal somewhere. Here are my favorites:
Gilt Groupe is a favorite. I bought the most amazing things at their $1 Black Friday sale.
Ebates is the best way to save money while shopping online. Since I started, I’ve gotten back over $200 on things I normally buy anyway – Expedia, Orbitz, Nordstrom, Sephora.
Of course, these are the online gems. Local gems are Le Frock and Sell Your Sole in Seattle. In Hawaii, Paris Station is wonderful. I’m sure every city has their favorites; I’d love to hear yours, and I hope you enjoy mine.