WITW’s Guide to Luxury Shopping on a Budget

We’ve all been there. First, you’re scrolling through Instagram and feast your eyes on that picture-perfect luxe item that you simply cannot get out of your head. Then, you conduct a little research to see who makes said item, where you can find it, and just how much it would ~hypothetically~ cost if you were to buy it for yourself. Then, disappointment sets in: it’s incredibly out of your price range.

But what if I told you that buying designer pieces didn’t have to cost your entire paycheck and then some? Have no fear. Keep scrolling to find out WITW’s top tips for luxury shopping – on a budget!

Tip #1: Shop Secondhand

These days, more and more brands are doing their part to design quality yet sustainable pieces that are both better for the environment and the eradication of “fast fashion” in general. As a result, many consumers are turning to thrift shops and secondhand retailers to fill their closets. The added benefit of shopping secondhand, in addition to its ecological perk, is the money you can save on designer purchases. Here are some of our favorite places to shop:

1. Poshmark

This winter, I purchased two Anine Bing items from Poshmark; both still with the tags attached. The first was the Remy Moto Jacket (originally $1,099), which I snagged for $240. The second was the Dylan Coat in Brown (originally $799), also for $240. You’d be surprised by how much you can negotiate off of the initial asking price.

2. Vestiaire Collective

For years now I’ve been longing for my first Chanel crossbody bag, and thanks to Vestiaire, I was able to make that dream a reality. And if you love vintage finds like me, Vestiaire is the place to shop. They also have in-house experts who authenticate your purchases based on the descriptions made by the individual sellers and brand criteria.

3. The RealReal

Similar to Vestiaire, The RealReal offers thousands of secondhand designer pieces at discounted rates. They, too, guarantee to authenticate each item. The only difference is you cannot place bids.

4. eBay

How could we not include this old faithful in our roundup? Although it’s important to be cognizant of sneaky scam artists who try to sell counterfeit goods, eBay can be a great resource. I like to buy vintage Levi 501s from eBay sellers for less than $20.

Tip #2: Shop THE OUTNET

Sister company to the luxury retailer, Net-A-Porter, THE OUTNET offers some of the world’s greatest designer pieces at discounted rates all year-round. Plus, their user-friendly website makes it easy to filter exactly what brands you’re looking for at your desired price range.

Do you have any money-saving shopping tips? Share them with us in the comments below! And be sure to catch up on our latest posts. 


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