Get Designer on a Budget

If you’re like me and have champagne taste on a beer budget, it can be realllllly hard to feel like the designer labels we love can actually be in our closets. Through blogging and my love of a good bargain, I’ve found some creative ways to get designer on a budget that I hope will help you as much as it’s helped me!

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Don’t Buy, Rent!

Perhaps my biggest trick is renting designer pieces from DesignerShare. The Chicago-based company is now shipping all around the country, so my Chanel tote from NYFW could be at your place tomorrow! You can select a rental length of 1-4 weeks and get the perfect accessory for special occasions at a fraction of the cost. This is also great for statement pieces that you wouldn’t wear more than a few times – the Gucci bug series is one of these for me, because even if I was able to get one of the bags, I don’t think I’d wear it that often. With DesignerShare, I can just rent it for a week, and that’s absolutely perfect. You can get 20% off your first rental with code FIRST πŸ™‚

Buy Secondhand

The number of legitimate secondhand designer shops have skyrocketed. I can remember digging through eBay and trying to figure out if bags were genuine or fakes (spoiler alert: 99% were fakes) but thankfully I no longer have to resort to that! Some of my favorites are Luxury Garage Sale, Material WorldΒ and Tradesy. I am always able to find insane deals on pre-owned designer bags, accessories and more, and I’ve even sold a few of mine through Material World! $ I put toward the purchase of a new bag πŸ˜‰

There are probably local consignment shops you could visit to find authentic pre-owned designer products at fantastic prices!

Buy At Large Discounts

You can occasionally get new designer pieces for INSANE deals if you know where to look. There are the obvious Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th, offering merchandise that didn’t sell well at either Nordstrom or Saks but has nothing else wrong with it. A great deal of my everyday wardrobe comes from these stores! However, if you dig a little deeper, the designer savings get bigger. TJMAXX recently has upped their game and included well-known and coveted designers such as Gucci for SO CHEAP. Another place I’ve shopped is Gilt City, where specific labels will go on sale for limited periods of time. Lilly Pulitzer had a big Gilt City sale over summer and I’ve seen Hermes, Free People, Prada, Kate Spade, and others on there as well!


Hope you soon have some cheap designer items in your closet!


I'm Caitlin, a Chicago twenty-something turned blogger who shares outfits, inspo, good deals and so much more. welcome to my corner of the internet!

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  1. Lauren wrote:

    Love these tips, caitlin! I’m always looking for ways to find deals on designer πŸ™‚ Designer share seems wonderful- i love how you can choose how many weeks to rent it for!



    Posted 2.26.18 Reply