Before global travel and the internet, designer clothes were expensive and exclusive. Fast forward 20 years and luxury brands are still highly coveted, but much more accessible. Instead of buying a plane ticket for Paris to get that Louis Vuitton (LV) bag (yes, some people did that to avoid import and sales taxes), you can sit at your computer and with a click of a button, purchase that LV merchandise at a discount. And, if you’re not sure you want to keep the item forever, some places even let you rent their products.
Here are Savetastic’s choices for the best online discount stores for designer clothes and accessories.
The Outnet is like the internet equivalent of an outlet mall. There are more than 350 designers to choose from and you can get discounts of up to 70%. If you spend over $300, you’ll get free shipping and for first time users, take 15% off your first clothing order. Also, that free shipping is actually “free express shipping.” Wins all around!
Beyond the Rack
Do you love the adrenaline rush of fast, aggressive shopping? Do you live for the pushing, shoving, and grabbing of sample sales? Not really? No problem — because at Beyond the Rack, you get to experience this same rush, but online and without any bruising!
To join, you’ll need an invite or to request an invite. Once you’re in the club, you’ll receive news of flash sales via email. These events don’t last long, usually until the end of the day, so turn on those push notifications and get ready to click away. The experience isn’t exactly like an in-person sale, but the digital version comes pretty close to the real thing.
If invites and flash sales aren’t your thing, then check out Bluefly. This website boasts constant great deals. You can find things like Stuart Weitzman shoes for 45% off, Fendi sunglasses for $100, and Cole Haan shoes for less than $50!
To get even more savings, shop their clearance section. Currently, all shipping is free and they offer constant promotions, so head over to Bluefly to see what’s being offered.
Rent the Runway
The word “rent” isn’t just clever alliteration, it’s how this discount online store works.
Rent the Runway is a subscription service that lets you hold onto pieces you like for as long as you like without buying them outright. After taking a fun personality quiz that lets Rent the Runway’s buyers know what kinds of fashion you like and what you’ll be wearing them for, they send you anywhere between four to 16 pieces of clothing per month, depending on your membership level. Keep and wear the items for as long as you’re a member and return the outfit when you’re done with it. If you really love certain pieces, you can always choose to purchase them; as a member of Rent the Runway, you’ll be able to buy them at a discount.
Fashionable and eco-conscious? The RealReal is the place for you. This is an online consignment store, sort of like Thredup, but it focuses on luxury brands. Their featured brands at this moment are Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry if that gives you a better idea of what is meant by “luxury brands.”
Like some of the other stores in this article, you’ll need to sign up before you start shopping. At the end of the day, you can feel better knowing that not only did you get a great deal, you also decreased your carbon footprint a bit by shopping used.