Unfortunately we can’t all afford to shop the runway but even if you can, who doesn’t love a little bargain? So without further ado, here’s my top sites for finding those alluring items at affordable prices.
This site has a very exclusive feel which I think is down to their strict selection process, only certain labels are allowed and pieces are approved based on their style and quality. They collect the items from the sellers to list so all the photographs are impeccable and you get an honest product description, meaning there’s no disappointments or hidden damages. It doesn’t take a lot of searching to find something you’ll love and they have an inspiration page full of street style pictures and mood boards to get you inspired.
The concept of Vaunte is a designer marketplace that gives you shopping access to the wardrobes of some of the most fashionable women in the world, including Tarcila Bassi of Elle Italia and Jessica Joffe the style editor at DVF. Once a member you can follow people if you have a similar style or size and the home page is a great way to shop specific trends and look out for important sellers. This is an American site so you’ll have to convert the prices and figure out shipping costs but it’s so worth it.
Without doubt the most well know, this is Net-a-Porter’s discount sister and stocks some of the same incredible designers as it’s full price counterpart. The website works really well, it’s easy to search by size or designer and the choices are so good you forget you’re shopping discounted items. Again a little pricey but if you want to buy something special it’s worth it. They also have their own label Iris & Ink full of great wardrobe staples in a very simple, mostly neutral colour palette that’s worth taking a look at.
This is an amazing site for pre-loved clothes and accessories, the range of designers is so broad and a lot of the pieces seem to be from recent seasons. All of the products are checked for authenticity before you buy them so you don’t have to worry about counterfeits and member profiles mean you can follow others with a similar style to you. Because the selection is so amazing the prices are still quite high but it’s possible to grab a bargain if you’re lucky.
Less strictly regulated this has more of a jumble sale feel but it’s worth searching as often you can find some great pieces from classic designers and a few vintage gems. Also sales go through the website, so if there’s a problem with your item you can be quickly refunded without having to contact the seller. This is great if you’ve been burned by sites like eBay in the past and makes for a fool proof shopping experience.