Heard the phrase “champagne taste on a beer budget?” It means living beyond your means. There’s nothing wrong with liking the finer things in life, but you also want to be responsible too. When you have a choice between paying rent or purchasing a new Louis Vuitton suit; the choice is obvious. But what if you can have the best of both worlds? It would be a complete game changer, right? Well you can! Nowadays, there are more and more retailers making it affordable to purchase designer brands. In addition, brands themselves are finding ways to make products more affordable and easily accessible. If any of this peaks your interest, read on to discover ways in which you, too, can be fabulous on a budget.
Outlet stores are one of the best and most common ways to score designer brands at bargain prices. Plus, this way you know that what you’re buying is legitimate and not a knock-off. There are more and more luxury brands popping up at outlets these days-Coach, Hugo Boss, and Michael Kors to name a few.
You know who they are; TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington, Macy’s, etc. These are some of the many retailers that sell designer brands at discounted prices. Take this John Varvatos wool jacket for instance; you can buy it now at Nordstrom Rack for $576.97 (reg. $1,198.00.)
Member-Only Subscription Retailers
You’ve seen the advertisements for Hautelook and ShoeDazzle; these are online, member-only retailers that offer designer apparel and accessories at lower prices. The only downside to these are the member fees (if they apply) and the fact that you may have to wait up to one month before you receive your order–this is the case with Hautelook. They offer discounted prices on major brand names, but they work directly with the brand to coordinate your order and shipping. In other words, Hautelook doesn’t stock their own inventory of items they sell. So if you’re not keen on waiting a month for your goods, this probably isn’t the best option for you.
Don’t Buy Into Brand Names
Sure, it’s nice to have brand names like Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, and Coach grace your wardrobe, but what does that really mean? Besides the name, not much. Yes, it’s likely that you’re getting better quality, but keep in mind that there are plenty of other retailers and brands that offer quality items at a fraction of the price you would pay the big designers. Take ASOS for instance; they recently launched plus-sizes for men–here you’ll find both brand and non-brand name apparel at prices that fit your budget. Boohoo is another retailer offering on- trend Big & Tall menswear at affordable prices.
Of course, in the end it’s your choice how you go about getting the luxe look for less, but at least now you know that you have other options when it comes to living a Luxe life.