Start Your Own Designer Wardrobe on a Budget - Part 2

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Anyone who knows me or reads this blog will know that my style is a mix of affordable high street clothing, with a few designer pieces thrown in. Yet, I very rarely buy any high end accessories or handbag full price. Instead, I use some of these tips and tricks to get the most out of my relatively small budget, so here is part 2 of my guide to curating your own designer wardrobe on a budget. You can find part 1 here.

3. Shop in Outlet Villages

You would be amazed at some of the things I have seen or bought from outlet villages - from DVF Harper bags to Valentino Rock Studs. The most popular chain of outlets - and my favourite -, is without a doubt, Chic Oulet Shopping. With locations everywhere around the globe, including France, Germany, Italy and even China, they have established themselves as the leading outlet group in the world. All their outlets have an incredibly vast range of labels to choose from. Anya Hindmarch, Céline, Jimmy Choo, Lulu Guinness, Prada, Valentino... You name it, they have it!

My favourite location of theirs, is Bicester Village. Only a short train ride away from London, Bicester is the ultimate place to buy designer goods if you're on a budget, but why not stop by La Valée Village next time you're in Paris? After all, money spent on holiday doesn't really count, does it?

4. Hit Factory Shops

Not many people know about factory shops. These are small, unpublicized shops which are often found next to the brands' own factories. The items you find there might be unsuccessful prototypes, discontinued lines or just 'damaged' goods which the label is offering to its most faithful customers for a fraction of their original retail price. As opposed to outlet villages, factory shops are usually a lot quieter, since they are not advertised and reserved to the lucky people who know about them. You would really be amazed at the things you can find in there. For instance, a Mulberry Bayswater will go for as cheap as £150 because of a small pen mark on the bottom of the bag - believe me, I have seen this first hand when I last was at their factory shop.

These are a few of my own favourite factory shops, if you want to check them out:

Mulberry Factory Shop

The Old School House, Kilver Court, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5NF, UK
01749 340 583

Burberry Factory Shop

29 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP, UK
020 8985 3344

Paul Smith Factory Shop

23 Avery Row, London W1 9HX, UK
020 7493 1287

Hope part 2 was useful to some of you! Stay tuned for part  next week! And in the meantime, check out part 1

- Elodie x
  1. oooo did not know about the factory shops! but will totally check them out! great post! xxx

    Anisha ♥ All You Need Is Red Lipstick

    1. You do! The Mulberry one is full of gems! x

  2. Such great tips! Thanks for sharing! xx

  3. i need to get myself to the burberry shop asap!

    from helen at

    1. Oh, yes you do - It's a good one! x