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Always on the hunt for a bargain? Good – we’ve put together a guide that’s packed with money-saving fashion websites to help you stay stylish on a budget. We’ll show you how to hunt down the latest sample sales, where to snap up fashion freebies, and where to find the best places for vintage bargains. Plus check out our favourite members-only websites for exclusive designer discounts. Happy shopping!
We all love high street staples like Miss Selfridge and Topshop, but if you want to search the sales without all the hassle then go online. By checking out the sale section of fashion websites you’ll be able to pick up loads of great deals for next to nothing, all from the comfort of your own home.
These sites will often have last season’s stock in their sales section too, meaning they’re able to offer a much greater choice than shops on the high street – perfect if you’re heading off for some winter sun but can only find knitwear and boots in the shops. Win win!
If you’ve got a big party coming up, or you just want to look fabulous for a formal night but can’t afford a new outfit, then head to GirlMeetsDress – this genius site lets you hire dresses by Herve Lerger, Mui Mui, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney and more for a fraction of the price. For an app version, download By Rotation – here you’ll find accessories and dresses from designers including Shrimps, Ganni and Chanel.
Finish the look with a designer handbag from FashionHire, where you can rent a Mulberrry, Gucci, Chloe, Louis Vuitton or Fendi bag at an affordable price. All the bags are 100% genuine designer. Membership is £9.95 a month and hire starts from around £10 a month. MyCelebrityDress and Cinderella-me, exclusively for shoes, work in a similar way.
There are a growing number of these members only websites, which offer access to designer clobber with impressive discounts. Brand Alley (“the non-stop designer sale”) is well worth checking out as it sells excess inventory and end of season stock for leading designer labels – so you won’t necessarily get the latest lines, but you’ll be saving yourself a wad of cash. You need to sign up for access, but membership is free.
Be warned, however, the company does tend to send a lot of marketing emails – so set up a separate email account and direct them there if this bothers you.
This is a really great way of updating your wardrobe without spending a penny! You can even host your own party from the comfort of your own home. Simply go through your wardrobe and pick out any clothes you no longer wear, ask your friends to do the same, and bring them all together to swap them with other people. For an even wider range of outfits why not attend one organised by Swishing, the original swap shop pioneers?
ASOS is the UK’s large online fashion and beauty store, and it’s not one to miss if you’re looking for high street, designer and independent fashion for men and women. Check out the ASOS outlet for literally hundreds of pounds off loads of great designer labels, plus massive high street discounts too. Plus if you’re a student you can get 10% off across the site.
The Outnet features discounted clothes and shoes from big designers like Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo. If you’re the type of person who’d rather invest in a few top quality pieces rather than lots of cheaper bits, then this is the site for you. Prices aren’t rock bottom by any means, but the discounts are still incredible. Register now.
You can save money on accessories such as watches this way too – find out a few ways to save on those expensive accessories here.
Scouring through the rails of charity shops in posh areas is the easiest way to find the best clobber. Find all the second-hand shops near you here – just enter your region and it will bring up a list of shops near you.
Londoners should also make the most of the top second-hand/thrift stores in London according to Time Out.
Online vintage shops and marketplaces where users can sell their pre-loved clothes directly are ten a penny, but some are better than others so it’s wise to stick with reputable sites.
Fashion websites and marketplaces we like include:
There’s a lesson to be taken from Millennials here – along with Gen Z, more of them than ever are making money on sites like Depop. Find out how Millennials can teach everyone else a thing or two about saving here, and then read about how you can make money selling clothes online yourself. Items including trainers could be worth a lot – it might be time to dig into the back of the wardrobe!
You can find some incredible bargains in sample sales – the trick is finding out where they are. This is where sites like Sample Sales Guide come in – they’ve got a full list of sample sales coming up all over the UK, so you know exactly when and where you need to go. They’ll even email you when shows are coming up, so you don’t miss a trick. Chimi is also another great place to look for upcoming sample sales if you’re London based.
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