Whoa! Not so fast. Before we give out any secrets, we first must first determine if you're a true Fashionista. So you must pass the style quiz.
A true Fashionista doesn't concern herself with trends. That would be a Fashion Whore. I believe the technical name is Fashionisthoe. The Fashionista doesn't care because...well... she believes she is the trendsetter.
So before you continue reading, you must answer the following questions.
1) Do you actually enjoy shopping?
2) Are you continuously getting compliments on your wardrobe and/or fashion sense? Compliments from parents are an automatic disqualifier.
3) Are you not afraid to experiment, mixing and matching the vintage with the current?
If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you passed and you are a Fashionista or at least have Fashionista potential. The goal now is to help you up your game without breaking your Gucci wallet.
1st Option: Ladies Day Out
I’m not going to devote too much time talking about the most obvious choice for buying high-end designer clothes and accessories; which is, grab one of your fashionista friends and drive to ROSS, T.J. MAX, Marshall, and/or Burlington Coat Factory. I suggest taking a fellow fashionista (not husband, not boyfriend, not kids) and make a day of it because you may need to go to several of these stores in different areas to find that perfect ensemble but it could be well worth it for both of you.
TJ Maxx locations get new shipments 3-5 days a week, the earlier you arrive the better. The ambiance in ROSS is a little less than ideal…ok it’s pretty much always a hot mess, but this is because every day there is like Black Friday. But if you can get pass the clutter and long lines, you can find great deals. Ross replenishes their inventory 3 times a week. If you see something you really like, grab it. You most likely will not find it there later or at any other Ross for that matter.
You can always find good deals at Marshalls, but the absolute best time to shop there is during their Red Tag sales in January and July. They have to clear out existing inventory to make room for new season inventory. Here's a tip for you closet Fashionisthoes, the Purple Tags indicate the item was seen on the runway during Fashion Week. These items move quick, so if you like it, grab it or you will lose out to one of those other hoes.
Do NOT forget to check out your local boutiques. Local boutiques; such as ours, Eve’s Boutique, can offer even better deals because of their lower overhead cost. (And yes, I realize that was a shameless plug.) For you Fashionista’s looking for a little more variety, on-line shopping is a great alternative.
2nd Option: Chillin At Home
Popular websites; such as, EBay and Amazon offer big savings on brand name merchandise. You can't try clothes on so your concern would obviously be, is this stuff real. Both companies have pretty good return policies for items that aren't authentic or as described. EBay also has their Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program which allows intellectual property owners to easily report listings that infringe their rights. In other words, experts look at the item being sold and if it’s not real, it’s immediately taken down.
Now for you Fashionistas who are truly committed to “ballin on a budget” here our my top 7 reccomendations for on-line discount designer stores:
Neiman Marcus last call
Beyond the Rack
This should be enough to get you started. So get dressed ladies.