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Mum Hacks for Budget Shopping: Designer Edition

Mum Hacks for Budget Shopping: Designer Edition

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In the world of designer fashion, the prices for some items of clothing can be absolutely absurd, which can make it hard to fill your wardrobe with the things that you really want. You may find that one designer item costs more than every piece of clothing you own, making buying it somewhat unrealistic. This is even more of a problem for the mums out there that have to look after their entire family and put everyone else’s needs first. However, there are some ways in which you can get your hands on designer goods without breaking the bank. 

Throughout the years, there have been a number of different ways that people can find themselves buying designer clothes without paying designer prices. From discounted luxurious dresses to gorgeous heels on sale, if you look in the right places, you will be sure to find designer pieces to add to your collection for a reasonable price. Below we will go through some of the best ways that you can find designer clothes whilst sticking to a strict budget.

Charity shops and vintage shopping

Charity shops are one of the best places to find hidden gems, including designer clothes that people have decided they no longer want to keep. The best part about charity shops is that expensive items are usually not recognized for their worth, meaning that you will usually be able to pick up some fantastic items for a very good price. Celebrities are known for having ridiculously large wardrobes full of clothes that they will never wear, and end up taking them to charity shops to make space for the next season of fashion coming out. This means that you have a decent chance of finding some popular designer brands, such as Mui Mui and Christian Dior, on the racks. If you are particularly interested in which shops celebrities have been known to drop off lots of their designer clothes in then, you should definitely check out the Cancer Research shop in Marylebone as well as All Aboard in West Hampstead.

Another type of shopping you can do to find old designer clothes people have decided to get rid of is vintage shopping. This is a great way to find old and unique designer pieces that are being sold for a fraction of the original price. It is also great fun to take a trip down memory lane and uncover old fashion trends that are becoming popular again. If you happen to be in London and are looking for somewhere that offers great vintage shopping, then you should definitely check out Blitz in East London. It has an amazing collection of both vintage clothing and accessories that you can browse for hours and come home with bags of new pieces.


Although this sounds a bit obvious, sales are actually a fantastic way to save money on designer clothes, and it is always worth checking the sales section for great deals. You can find sales on the high street, but if you want significant discounts, then the best times are during the summer sales or on Boxing Day. Other great places for sales are at department stores such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Harrods, which often have sales of up to 70% on selected designer pieces. 

Something that is less well-known is sample sales. One of the best ways to pick up designer pieces for a discounted price is to find imperfections in the clothes or items you want and ask if you can get some money off the final price. You can figure out the price to fix the item and work out whether or not the discount is worth the damage to the product.

Start saving

Sometimes there is no hack or cheat code to get your hands on a specific designer item, and the only way to buy it is to save up. Although this might not be what you want to hear, if you really want something, then you can put money aside and get it eventually. One of the good things about saving up for something special is the sense of accomplishment you feel once you can finally afford to buy something that you have wanted for a long time. There are many ways to save money, from cutting back on expensive dinners to stopping unnecessary subscriptions. If you put your mind to it, then you will be able to save up for that one thing that you have always wanted.

Designer outlets

Designer outlets are a must if you want the latest designer items at a discount. They also offer a much greater range of sizes and styles, which means that you will definitely be able to find something that fits you perfectly. Outlets also often have sales going on, so you may also be able to find what you are looking for at a discounted price. You will be able to find most of the popular designer brands such as Balenciaga, Celine, Burberry and many more, so you will be spoilt for choice.

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