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The Bargain Hunter's Fashion Tips

Bargains are the new black in the fashion world. These days it seems that no one is paying full price for anything anymore. You don’t have to sacrifice sartorial elegance for shabby chic just yet though! If you want to score high fashion points without the price tag, join the bargainista brigade with these four tips.

Treasure hunter

Charity shops are a treasure trove of vintage finds. You can find pre-loved high street and designer label items for as little as £10. Ebay is also a good source of second hand treasures. Shopping often and popping into charity shops frequently means you won’t miss out on new stock and you might even become buddies with the shop assistants, who can let you know when stock arrives. Visit charity and second hand shops located in affluent suburbs – you will have a higher chance of coming across vintage Chanel or Galliano in these areas.

Discount diva

Online shopping has completely revolutionised the fashion scene. There are many options for discounted designer togs online, such as and If you fall in love with an item, bookmark the page where it is available and check back often to see if the price goes down. Register with departmental stores so that you’re amongst the first to know when sales are starting or when offers are on.

Rent fashion

Renting a must-have couture dress or It Bag for that once-off wedding or event is now an established trend amongst bargainistas. Members of and can rent a black Gucci dress for £30 a month, Jimmy Choo shoes for £10 a week and a Chloe Paddington bag for £110 a month, paying a virtual snip of these item’s full retail prices. Renting high fashion pieces mean more bang for your buck and an unlimited, always changing wardrobe with the latest designer items.

Seasons shopper

Buying winter items in July and beachwear in December may seem out of place but as every bargainista worth her Balmain knows, out of season buys are often the best bargains. Staple trends come around again every season – floral prints in spring, bright colours for summer, tweeds and checks for autumn and rich browns or velvet greys in winter. Stock up on these items when stores have clearance sales.

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