3 Secrets for Snagging Designer Style for Less

Monday, February 06, 2012

Little style secrets. What fashionista doesn't have them? From secret shopping behaviors, to closely guarded best stores, to the name of the top personal shopper at the local luxe department store, we all have something we consider the secret to our success.

When U by Kotex invited me to spill my most closely guarded style secret as part of their newest campaign, I thought it would be a lot of fun. My biggest style secret? Despite the apparent fabulousness of my luxe-label-filled wardrobe, I never pay full price for designer fashion. Here's how I pull it off...

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1. Learn to love off-price and outlets
I'd say that about half of my wardrobe comes from off-price and outlet stores. No, that doesn't mean that I have a closet full of weird sizes and no-name brands. I regularly snag labels like Vince, Helmut Lang and Theory at half-price. My favorite destinations: Loehmann's Back Room and Last Call by Neiman Marcus. Browse online daily and in-store weekly for best results -- these kinds of stores have high merchandise turnover. And be sure to check out our video tips for off-price shopping to get the most out of your experience.

2. Get into the online sample sale habit
Online flash and sample sales regularly have big name designers on sale, often as much as 80% off retail price. Just be sure to double check prices against department store sale sections to ensure you are receiving the lowest price, particularly factoring in shipping. Flash sale sites may charge up to $15 for shipping, while the Nordstrom sale section, for example, ships free. Altogether, tracking the sample sale sites is well worth the time. In fact, my own love for the sample sale sites led to our own daily online sample sale tracking section on Stiletto Jungle.

3. Snag designer shoes at Bluefly
You have to be diligent in your monitoring, but online outlet Bluefly can net some serious savings in the shoe department. I regularly find Jimmy Choo for around $300 a pair -- a massive savings. Be sure to grab a coupon code from Retail Me Not before you check out. Bluefly nearly always has a good coupon code floating around.

Ok, now that you know my style secrets, what are yours? Have the inside scoop on a great store? Know the best time to shop online? Let us know in the comments!

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